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Book four in the series, The Legend of Mermaids Tears, is called The Octopuses Garden and continues the story of our family of Mermaids
Book four in the series, The Legend of Mermaids Tears, is called The Octopuses Garden and continues the story of our family of Mermaids
Book four in the series, The Legend of Mermaids Tears, is called The Octopuses Garden and continues the story of our family of Mermaids
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So far we have successfully kickstarted three volumes of the series The Legend of Mermaids Tears, telling the story of Seaham and its sea glass from the early 1800's until 1950. Volume four takes up the story as we pass through the post-war period and explains how the mermaids decide to turn their attention to clearing up the sea bed, while enjoying the peace.

Jack, our erstwhile Pirate wannabe, is doing his best to find a way of communicating with the mermaids, partly because he's fascinated by them but mostly to see if he can resolve his own predicament - that of being stuck in time, living one day or so in every year that passes. He feels trapped but at the same time wants to believe that there is a reason for his situation. He hopes to discover what that reason is, if only he could speak mermaid!

As the mermaids begin their clean-up, they occasionally throw their tears, now turned to glass, onto the beach ahead of Jack as he strolls along in contemplation, but they notice others picking up the ones he misses. So begins the hobby of collecting sea glass, and mermaids tears especially.

We hope to raise the funds needed to bring volume four, and later in the year volume five, to print. Each of these volumes is a limited edition in their current, full colour illustrated form. Only 1000 copies of each will ever be printed, all beautifully illustrated by the skilled illustrator Becky Bumble. Without Becky, the story wouldn't come to life in the same way and we are deeply indebted to her for all of her continued support.

As well as the books, depending on the pledge chosen, you will also be able to secure other goodies as your reward, from souvenir postcards, to actual sea glass from Seaham Beach, home of the mermaids. If you are unfamiliar with Seaglass, this is a great opportunity to learn more and start your collection. Previous volumes are available with some pledges such as the story so far pledge, where you make one pledge and receive all four volumes so far. Choose carefully and if you're not sure, convo me to discuss the options in greater detail.

Here are the pledge options we have on offer. If you can't see one that exactly fits the bill, you can choose the nearest one, then contact me to sort out how to customise your pledge to ensure that you receive exactly the reward you want - some of you know how to do this already

 That's it, eight pledge levels to choose from, eight sets of rewards to enjoy, but if there's something you'd like to add, you can always ask us.

We can provide add-ons and tell you how to increase your pledge to cover them. Check out the info below and the FAQs to learn more.

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Risks and challenges

Initially, we saw this project as being a risk. Would we have enough pledges to go to print? Would people like the book? But we needn't have worried as the first Kickstarter was a success, and the subsequent two have reached their goals faster than the previous one on both occasions. We're just hoping to keep the momentum going now for the last two volumes, but the risk is diminishing as we are committed to going to print for those who have pre-ordered. It's just a matter of being able to reach 1000 copies of each volume.
The practical elements are all sorted, we have a friendly print company, Becky is putting the finishing touches to the illustrations, the text was completed ages ago, and in fact we're writing book five now. So it's all systems go. We just need your ongoing support...

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    The Karma Pledge

    For a mere £5 you can receive a pdf version of the book, with your name, or that of a loved one, printed in the backers list and next time you're in Seaham, a wave from a mermaid. (Make sure you don't miss it).

    Includes:
    • PDF Digital copy of Book Five of the Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    The Book 4 Pledge

    One copy of the book with a full colour souvenir postcard and your name included in the backers list.

    Includes:
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
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    "Click and Collect" Book 4 Pledge

    A physical copy of book 4, with your name in the backers list, a souvenir postcard and the opportunity to meet Paula who will gladly sign and/or dedicate the book for you.
    Collection can take place from The Lookout at Seaham Marina, if you are visiting Seaham or live here. Alternatively Paula can arrange to meet you at East Shaw Guest House or at Seaglass House if you are staying at either.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
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    Pledge £18 or more About US$ 24

    Codd and Chips

    Inspired by the way visitors to Seaham talk about the Fish and Chips at Downeys, this pledge offers a gorgeous Codd Marble and an assortment of "chips", mosaic quality sea glass, in addition to Book 4, with your name in the Backers List and a souvenir postcard of the Book 4 cover. We have six of these available, but we don't recommend dousing them in vinegar!

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • A Codd Marble plus a selection of mosaic quality seaglass
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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 33

    Jack's Haul Pledge

    A physical copy of Book 4, with your name in the backers list, a souvenir postcard, PLUS a 1/4lb haul of Aqua and Black Sea Glass from Seaham Beach to start your collection.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • Jack's Haul - 1/4lb of Aqua and Black Sea Glass from Seaham Beach
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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 39

    Sandy and Shelly Duo Pledge

    TWO physical copies of book 4 with your name in the backers list, 2 souvenir postcards, PLUS an actual mermaids tear from Sandy and one from Shelly.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • Two mermaids tears, one green, one yellow, from Shelly & Sandy
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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 53

    The Story So Far Pledge

    An opportunity to catch up - with all of the previous volumes, plus this one and souvenir postcards for 4 and if available, volumes 3 and 2. (postcards for vol 1 sold out a while back, sorry) Plus you'll have your name in the backers list of book 4.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • Books 3, 2 and 1 plus souvenir postcards for 3 and 2 if available
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    Pledge £42 or more About US$ 55

    Polly's Pledge

    Polly, Jack's ever present feline companion, was getting jealous of not having her own pledge, so here we are. A copy of Book 4, with your name in the backers list, a souvenir postcard of the book 4 cover plus 1/4lb of Seaham Sea Glass.
    Also - Polly has promised to sign each of the books bought with her pledge, using her paw.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • 1/4lb of assorted Seaham Sea Glass
    • Your name included in the backers list, in every copy of book 4
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    Pledge £55 or more About US$ 72

    Starfish and Coffee

    Inspired by the Prince song, this pledge combines a rare (only 2) mug with Becky's awesome Evolution of a Seaglass Hunter design, filled with assorted sea glass - enough to make your own starfish. See the photos on the left. First to pledge gets to choose which starfish you will get. Of course you also get Book 4 and the postcard.

    Includes:
    • One physical copy of Book 4 of The Legend of Mermaids Tears
    • A souvenir postcard featuring the cover image from Book 4
    • A limited edition Evolution mug full of assorted sea glass.
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    Pledge £88 or more About US$ 116

    The Octopuses Pledge

    To celebrate the return of the octopuses to the waters off Seaham beach, here's a special pledge consisting of Book 4 as before with your name in the backers list. Plus:
    Souvenir Postcard
    A Codd marble
    A Stopper Stem
    A Multi (a good one)
    1/4lb of Aqua Sea Glass
    1/4 lb of Mixed Sea Glass
    A Rare Coloured piece of Seaham Sea Glass
    That makes eight items, however, if you're not into Sea Glass as much as me and some others, then you can substitute any three of the additional items for more copies of Book 4 or copies of the earlier books as desired. If you opt for all four books, i'll include more postcards as bookmarks.

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