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A dieselpunk novel set at the start of World War I, with zombies, swords, and giant robots. The sequel to Shadows of Asphodel.
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Some of you may remember Shadows of Asphodel from the Kickstarter I ran last February, which successfully reached its goal. I self-published the book in September, and I couldn't have done it without the support and input of my Kickstarter backers. Readers have been asking me if and when I would run a Kickstarter for the sequel, Storms of Lazarus, and I have emerged from my Writing Cave with the answer. Yes, and now!

The Story

Storms of Lazarus is a dieselpunk set in an alternate 1913. In this world, World War I has been halted by the Hex, a magical curse placed upon the land by the Archmages of Vienna. The Hex negates gunpowder, forcing a return to swords, archery, and more unconventional weaponry. Like a necromancer commanding an army of the undead, or the archmages building giant robot prototypes to crush their enemies. When war is declared, it doesn't go like our history books...

Oh, and Nikola Tesla. That's not too much of a spoiler, is it? But I'm totally putting Tesla in this book. It's Storms of Lazarus, after all. That title has to involve high voltage electricity.

Warning: Shadows had romance in it, and Storms will, too. And by romance, I mean the scenes get steamy. They're of course relevant to the story and super hot, but you can technically skip them if you blush.

The Cover

Of course Storms of Lazarus will need a cover. I can't send a book out into the world naked. Damon Za designed the cover for the first book in the series, Shadows of Asphodel, and I will commission him to create the cover for Storms of Lazarus.

"But wait," you say. "What about the first edition cover I remember for Shadows of Asphodel? The one illustrated by Timothy Lim (Ninjaink)? I want another one for Storms of Lazarus." Well, alternate covers can get a little pricey, so I'll keep that as a stretch goal for this Kickstarter!

The Formatting

Once the outside of Storms of Lazarus looks pretty, the inside will need to be prettified, too. The book will be formatted for paperback and for ebook editions. Benjamin Carrancho did the formatting for Shadows of Asphodel, which came out beautifully. 

The cover and the formatting added together represent the greatest publishing cost for the book, and this Kickstarter will cover both.

The Books

The Storms of Lazarus paperbacks will be printed through CreateSpace, a print-on-demand service with distribution to bookstores and libraries. The ebooks will be distributed through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.

Your pledge will help me get Storms into the hands of new readers, as well as fund awesome swag like bookmarks that I hand out like candy. Yes, I will slip a few bookmarks into every paperback!

The Incentives

And last but not least, this Kickstarter will fulfill incentives for backers. The primary cost of fulfillment will be printing and shipping the paperbacks.

For a full list of incentives, check out the sidebar. And note that this Kickstarter will be the only way to preorder Storms of Lazarus, and that every paperback copy will be signed by yours truly, the author!

Risks and challenges

Storms of Lazarus will be my fifth published novel. So the likelihood of me not finishing the book, or not publishing it, is pretty slim. If you are worried you might not like the series, I would suggest checking out reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. They have been pretty awesome so far, and I'd love to release another book for my fans!

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    MERCENARY LEVEL. Just the new book, please. An ebook copy of Storms of Lazarus (Book #2) in your choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF).

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    AUTOMATON LEVEL. Both books, please. An ebook copy of Storms of Lazarus (Book #2) and an ebook copy of Shadows of Asphodel (Book #1), both in your choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF).

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    NECROMANCER LEVEL. You like the smell of ink and paper. A paperback copy of Storms of Lazarus (Book #2), SIGNED by the author, and an ebook copy in your choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF).

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    ARCHMAGE LEVEL. You want more for your bookshelves. A paperback copy of Storms of Lazarus (Book #2) and a paperback copy of Shadows of Asphodel (Book #1), both books SIGNED by the author. Plus an ebook copy of each book in your choice of format (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF).

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    IMMORTAL LEVEL. For those who wish to be immortalized. A tertiary (or maybe even secondary!) character in the novel Storms of Lazarus will be named after you, as approved by the author. Plus all the rewards at the $50 level.

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