About this project
Welcome to the Kickstarter for SNOW ISLAND, the third book of Chronicles of Wererabbit—a hopeful young adult paranormal/action/fantasy series about a girl who can shift into a rabbit and her journey to become a hero. The book contains themes of self-empowerment, environmentalism and finding the hero inside each of us.
New Review of Snow Island by Reader's Favorite
"M.Y. Zeman's paranormal thriller, Snow Island: Chronicles of a Wererabbit, Book Three, is an action-packed adventure tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. Zeman's story is first-rate, and, at times, marvelously droll and funny. Snow's AI-enhanced motorcycle, Thumper, has an onboard computer called the Captain, whose voice is that of Star Trek: Next Generation's Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and the conversations Snow has with her Captain are priceless. Chronicles of a Wererabbit is a modern classic that should not be missed."
STRETCH GOAL #1: $1250: email copies of 2 of the beautiful sketches from Snowball and Snow Bunny to EVERY backer that may be printed and are perfect for coloring. Done! #2 : $1500 : a map of the island to be included in the book and emailed to EVERY backer. Done! #3: $1750: I will email copies of 2 more of the beautiful sketches from Snowball and Snow Bunny. Done!
STRETCH GOAL #4 : $2000: Lucky handmade wooden Snow charms for EVERY backer who pledged $5 or more!
STRETCH GOAL : $2250: Backers will get a sneak peek at the First Chapter of book four Snow Road in June; months ahead of publication!
STRETCH GOAL : $2500: Backers will get a sneak peek at the First two chapters of book four Snow Road in June; months ahead of publication!
A mysterious island with a dark secret...
Vampires, werewolves, unicorns, pterodactyls, and other creatures from myth or brought back from extinction
A deadly monorail with an insanely cheery Artificial Intelligence tour guide that really doesn't like anyone who does not have a ticket...
A vampire queen with an evil plan
A fortune teller's frighteningly accurate prediction of death
And Snow the only rabbit shifter in the world, is about to face it all...
Science Fiction and Fantasy fans that love action
People who love Star Wars, Star Trek and Disney movies
People who love rooting for an underdog.
Set in the modern world where vampires and werewolves live side by side among humans, Chronicles of a Wererabbit is set to be a seven book YA Science Fiction/Fantasy series about a girl rabbit shifter and her journey to become a hero. Each book is another step on that journey. There is also an overarching story involving her father's evil vampire sister that spans the series.
The first two Snowball and Snow Bunny were published last year to great reviews. Snowball reached number one in the "Coming of age" category on Amazon on its debut. Both books are currently available on Amazon.
You can read the first chapters free on Amazon's "Look Inside" feature.
This campaign is for the third book, Snow Island. It has been categorized as a "paranormal action thriller." It is finished and at the copy editor's now. Jason Moser, my wonderful illustrator, has already created the cover and five B&W illustrations for the inside.
I always wanted to create a new female superhero. Snow is a true underdog. She has an ability that is not powerful: she shifts into a rabbit. She was not born with a great destiny but a very bad one: to live and die as a laboratory experiment.
She has to forge a new destiny for herself. She is also still grappling with the question: who am I? Why am I here?
Most heroes' journeys begin when they are given a task or when they obtain super powers. I want to explore what makes them who they are to begin with—the kind of people (or animals) they are. Where do their values come from?
That's why the first book begins with Snow's childhood when she learns about the world and develops her values. When Snow does get her strength at the end— it comes from inside herself rather than the result of a power or event.
She finds out that everyone has a hero inside them.
Like George Lucas, I am a fan of the Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell which describes the portrayal of the hero's journey throughout time and used it as one of my references.
The series does touch on many serious themes and issues but is overall hopeful. It has more in common with Star Wars, Star Trek, Narnia and superhero movies like Superman and The Avengers.
Other influences range from James Bond and Raiders of the Lost Ark to the books of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Michael Crighton, Rick Riordan, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J. K. Rowling, James Dashner, Tolkein and C.S. Lewis.
My favorite comparison is to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy "because it has humor, action and heart."
Signed Paperbacks; ecopies of all three books; signed postcards and refrigerator magnets are all available. And as an extra special treat: a crochet mouse, bunny and unicorn each handmade by my Mom!
Also you have the chance to include a photo of your pet at the end of Snow Island in a section called 'Snow's Friends'.
If that isn't enough you have the chance to a name a character. In Snow Road Snow travels across country and receives help from people along the way. One of those people could be you or someone you love!
If you don't see a reward combination that you are interested in - let me know and I'll be happy to work with you to create a custom reward!
New to kickstarter? All you have to do is click the green button at the top that says Back this project and then choose your reward! You have officially joined Snow's journey and have my deepest thanks.
I love illustrations in books like The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. I believe with the advent of ebooks they are, sadly, becoming a lost art form.
Jason Moser, who designs my covers creates five beautiful b & w illustrations for each book. Four are included in the ebook and a bonus one in the paperback version.
Something I've always been very passionate about is the way we are all connected (humans-nature-animals) and dependent on one another. An ongoing theme is the need to protect our environment and care for animals. Many species are endangered and on the verge of extinction. Scientists estimate that a quarter of the world's plant and vertebrate animal species will face extinction by 2050 if something is not done about it. Snow's father has made it his life's work to catalog and preserve the DNA of all species so that this does not happen. Book four and future books will also deal with topics such as climate change.
Real science facts are woven in with the science fiction for a few reasons. It grounds the story in reality. Since girls are not often encouraged in math and science, it is important to me to have a female heroine who is interested and excels in science. Finally, some science facts are just plain cool! Like the fact that rats do laugh. They just do it at a higher frequency than humans can hear!
Snow has two dads. Even though there have been great advances in LGBT rights over the past decade, there are very few gay characters and even fewer gay parents in YA and middle school literature. I believe it is very important for books to reflect the modern family and one of the only ways that children will grow up knowing that it is perfectly normal is to include it our literature. In the series, her father being gay is not dealt with as an issue. It is simply a fact.
ABOVE IS BOOK TRAILER for SNOW ISLAND
What seems to be a fun Jurassic Park type island holds a dark secret that will place Snow in more danger than she has ever faced before. This trailer includes color versions of the illustrations from Snow Island.
The first book, Snowball sets up the world and follows Snow as she grows from a baby to a fourteen year old and the moment when she first discovers her inner strength and ability to fight as she saves a werewolf.
Theme: is learning to love and accept yourself.
Snow Bunny back tracks for a few chapters to let readers get to know Josh (the werewolf she saved) and learn about werewolf society. It was important to keep all information about him out of the first book so that when Snow decides to save him she is all the braver for saving a stranger. The rest of the book follows their budding romance and winds up in giant action finale.
Theme: the importance of family and the fact that it is made of those people you choose to be with.
Snow Island begins five months later with Snow, now 15, receiving an ominous prediction from a fortune teller. She travels to a mysterious island with Josh, her dads, her friend David (a werewolf who can't shift) and Charlene (a mouse) to find out what happened to the creatures and werewolves that have been disappearing.
Theme: Snow is looking outside of herself wondering about the big questions like does fate exist? Is destiny set or something that can be changed?
It will be used for beautiful illustrated cover and inside sketches; professional copy-editing and proofread.
Any money above the goal will be very gratefully used for ISBN and Library of Congress number; printing and formatting cost for paperbacks; paperbacks to bring to Northeast Bunfest and other fairs. Marketing and advertising the book.
Here is your chance to join this adventure with me and help to bring Snow and her friends to life!
Every backer will also receive emails during the campaign to keep you updated. I will also share some trivia, anecdotes and a sneak peek at Snow Island.
I hope we can go on this amazing journey together as Snow learns that one person can make a difference because we are all connected. We are the hope for the world.
And every single one of us, no matter how small or furry has a hero inside.
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