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Beastmaster meets The Count of Monte Cristo in this popcorn fantasy novel of revenge, power, and love.
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Revenge, power, and love in a world where men and women commune with animals.

Revenge: After a treacherous attack, former spymaster Katria promises to find who betrayed her. The thought that keeps her going, night and day, is vengeance.

Power: Unbeknownst to Prince Neru, Katria still lives. In her absence, he struggles to help a far-off village in his kingdom. He placates his father, the king, but knows his people live under the brutality of the Apex. .

The Apex movement gains ground, openly recruiting and openly attacking.

As Neru races to stop the Apex, Katria moves against her past enemies. Political turmoil erupts into bloodshed. Constant danger looms over the kingdom.

Love: Against the odds, each must complete their deadly tasks to ever see the other alive again.

Apex Rising is the work of 3 years. I wrote it during lunch breaks, or the early hours when I got to the office before work. It's a fast-paced action-packed fantasy story, in the growing genre of "popcorn fantasy".

Here's an excerpt from my website:

What is Popcorn Fantasy? Popcorn fantasy favors style over substance. It does not make you think; it’s more of an action-movie than anything else. The sub-genre is fun, but not very challenging. Here’s a link to more great answers to this question. 

Who is the target audience? Anyone who says, “It’s Friday night. Let’s put on a movie with lots of explosions.”

In my book, replace 'explosions' with 'animals fighting alongside people in battle'. It's a fun action book.

And here is a short excerpt of the book.

I'm Kickstarting this book because I want to hire an editor to proofread the final draft. Nothing screams "Amateur" like dozens of misspellings.

Stretch goal: If we fund the project to $1000, I'll use the excess money to purchase a quality microphone to record an audio version of Apex Rising. A copy will go out to every backer.

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Why Pay-What-You-Want?

If Kickstarter allowed a free option, I'd put this up for $0 and keep it at pay what you want. This is my first book, so I get that you're taking a risk on me. It's alright if you want to pay $1. If you want to pay more to help support this dream of mine, then I'll gladly take it. I just appreciate the opportunity to get my name out there and get my book into the market. And if you want to send me some lunch money, a $5 pledge will do the trick.

I ran this story through four beta readers, and the critiques they gave only made the book better and better. Especially the negative critiques. One beta reader said, "No girl would ever say this" in regards to one of my main characters. She followed up with "Consider changing every gender in the book, and you'll see what I'm talking about". I didn't take it as far as changing every gender, but I went through and switched the genders of most of the main characters.

After that, I could see what she was talking about, and I re-wrote again. With all of the help I received, Apex Rising is a stellar book, a fun read when you want an action-packed thrill.

To-Do: Once funded, I'll hire an editor to proofread the novel. I'll format the book in the different file types, and potentially start recording the audio version (if we hit $1000). The artist will work on the digital prints while I format. I expect to wrap it all up within a few short months.

Risks and challenges

The risks are small. I already wrote the book, so I will deliver it as soon as it's edited.

The rewards are all digital, so there aren't any shipping or manufacturing risks.

I hired a fantastic artist for the digital prints, and she's already done my book cover and website banner. I'm excited to see what she comes up with next.

The most risk is in the audiobook. I am brand new to book recordings, although I ran a podcast for several months. If we hit $1000, I will produce the audiobook, but the risk is whether you'll like it or not.

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