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Sascha ZamaniBy Sascha Zamani
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Sascha ZamaniBy Sascha Zamani
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About

Why Magic's Shadow:

I have always been a fan of fantasy stories; however, I often found it discouraging that most of the characters that I identified with in these stories were male and a lot of the stories focused prodominately on black and white characters without any shades of gray. 

Therefore, I wanted to write a story that was full of gamer humor while also providing positive role models that could help empower young female readers while appealing to the fantasy reader population at large.  I wanted to write a YA novel that adults would also enjoy.  In order to accomplish this, I focus on dealing with the moral conflicts and more human aspects of my characters personalities and seek to not only show character growth throughout the stories but also to promote the ability of my readers to be themselves in order to realize their own dreams and potentials.

Meet the Team:

Sascha Zamani the author of Magic's Shadow

"Sascha has been writing fantasy since she figured out how to hold a pencil. The advent of the laptop has just sped up the process. Some of Sascha's favorite works include: Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as they were her first introduction to high magic fantasy worlds as well as fantasy races; Gaiman & Pratchett's Good Omens because of its quirky characters; Rowling's Harry Potter series for its integrated plotlines and amazing use of foreshadowing; and Salvatore’s Drizzt series because of its gamer roots as well as its non-traditional take on heroes.”

Galen Dara will be illustrating the Magic's Shadow cover.

"Sitting in a dark corner listening to the voices in her head, Galen Dara has a love affair with the absurd & twisted, and an affinity for monsters, mystics, & dead things. She has illustrated for Edge Publishing, Lightspeed, Apex, Scapezine, Tales to Terrify, Dagan Books, and the LovecraftZine."

Examples of her amazing artwork can be found at www.galendara.com

Natalie Dunn will be editing Magic's Shadow.

"Natalie spent many years as an early childhood educator teaching First Grade. She has also taught art classes for adults and children and belongs to the Echo Poets, a spoken word poetry group based out of Claremont.  Not only has she been working with Sascha for the past few years, but Natalie is also a fantasy author."

About Magic’s Shadow:

Magic’s Shadow is a high fantasy story that predominantly revolves around the adventures of an unlikely group of five characters that fate has thrown together despite their differences.  Provided that they can manage to not kill each other, the world should be ok – that is until another group of bad guys comes by and causes more problems. I guess it is good that the whole saving-the-world thing tends to be cyclical, or adventurers would be out of a job or at least have to find one waiting tables or something. And, we all know that that tends to go particularly poorly as customers tend to become a bit unhappy when you ask to take their order, kick over their table, beat them up, and take their stuff. Oh well, I suppose you have to work with the skill set you’re given.

Meet the Characters:

Main Characters in Order of Appearance: 

Main Antagonists in Order of Appearance:


Why We Need Your Support:

Sascha has already invested her own time and money into finishing the draft of Magic's Shadow and has an excellent team lined up to help her complete the project.  Now she needs help to raise the money necessary to pay them and make the Magic's Shadow dream a reality!  The funds raise during this Kickstarter campaign will go towards editing, cover art, character artwork, formatting for print and e-book versions, ISBN fees, and book launch promotion.

Kicking It Back to the Community:

Our team members are strong supporters of Kickstarter, crowd funding, and awesome indie products getting out into the world. So, we intend to use 5% of the profits to support the Kickstarter community!


Stretch Goals:

$7,000 - Town's Emergency Survival Guide to Dealing with Adventurers
If we reach a stretch goal of $7,000, I will write a survival guide for all you hapless villagers that are faced with the predicament of adventurers descending upon your home and taking everything that is not both nailed down and on fire. The guide will be set in the Magic's Shadow-verse and deal with actual ways the party has "helped" / traumatized small towns along their way to "saving the world". All levels of backers will receive a digital copy that also includes new character art.

$8,000 - Kasea's Kookbook
If we reach this stretch goal, I will loose Kasea's creative cooking on my blog.  This will take the form of releasing some of Kasea's kooky recipes on the poor unsuspecting world - well at least some of her less lethal recipes.  Though, you are on your own for where to find raw imp wings.  I'd try a local adventurer's guild, or sometimes, I think grocery stores have them mislabeled under turkey as imps are pretty scruffy.

$10,000 - New Short Story - War Tribunal:  Non-Frontier Justice
If we reach a stretch goal of $10,000, I will write a short story based on what would happen if the little villages and towns all banded together in an attempt to bring a certain group of adventurers to justice for all of their "war crimes".  No actual adventurers will be harmed in the making of this story, but there may be villagers with flaming pitchforks (Zak's greatest fear).  Backers at a level of $10 and higher will receive a digital copy that also includes new character art.

$15,000 - Magic Shadow Comic
If we reach this goal, the Magic's Shadow graphic art team will create a comic based on our backers' favorite scene by popular vote.  The comic will be posted on my blog as it is created and available in print after the project is finished at a pre-release price for all our backers.

$20,000 - Audio Book
If we reach a stretch goal of $20,000, I will create an audio book version of Magic's Shadow and offer it at a pre-release price for all our backers.  I have an excellent audio book narrator lined up, so I really hope we can make this a reality!


Rewards:

Adding Books to Rewards: If you want additional copies of Magic's Shadow add $10 for an e-book, $20 for a paperback, or $35 for a hardback to any level after they first appear as an option.  For a signed copy, please add an additional $10 to cover additional shipping charges.  If you have any questions on rewards, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks!

Bookmarks:  Backers selecting reward levels including bookmarks can select from the following options.  If you want to add a bookmark to any reward level after the bookmark reward, just add $5.

Limited Edition Magic's Shadow Poster:  This poster artwork reward was created by a very talented illustrator friend of mine.  It depicts one of the battle scenes from the story where Zephyr's magical creativity is severely tested.  It is a limited edition that is available only to backers of this Kickstarter campaign.  (Custom Poster reward will be created in the same style and depict a scene of your choice.)

Risks and challenges

Most of the risks associated with this project have been mitigated as I have already finished the draft of the book and the team for editing, cover art, and formatting is all on board. Further, while this is my first kickstarter, my team members have worked on highly successful kickstarter projects in the past and have been heavily involved in the planning process. If we run into any delays moving forward with the project, we intend to keep all of our backers informed at every step of the process. Moreover, I have put a lot of my time and effort as well as personal funds into this project, so I am definitely committed (and possibly should be committed) to seeing this through.

Thanks for your support,
Sascha

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    RAMEN GOD/GODDESS - Help a starving author buy ramen and continue writing. Receive my heartfelt thanks and updates on the Magic's Shadow project as it develops.

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    BLOG HERO - Become a Magic's Shadow Blog Hero Level 5 on my blog's acknowledgement page. Your name will be listed along with a hero name and character class of your choice.

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    ZAK'S CHOICE - Become one of the first victims (I mean owners) of the Magic's Shadow e-book and become a Level 15 Magic's Shadow Blog Hero.

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    TYNDARIEL'S CHOICE - Become the proud owner of one of the first paperback copies of Magic's Shadow without even having to explore any haunted ruins or fight any devils while leveling up to 25 in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame. Also, receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    KASEA'S CHOICE - Pillage a bookmark along with your paperback copy of Magic's Shadow while earning an epic level 30 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame. Also, receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    ZEPHYR'S CHOICE - Become the proud owner of one of the first personalized signed paperback copies of Magic's Shadow while leveling up to an epic 35 in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame. Also, receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    SAY CHEESE - Do you have a gaming character that you've wanted brought to life in the form of character art, or do you just want to immortalize yourself in the Magic's Shadow-verse? Now's your chance. Receive character art in the Magic's Shadow art style based on your character description while earning an epic level 35 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame. Also, receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    STAR DRAGON'S HORDE - Receive an e-book copy of Magic's Shadow as well as a limited edition e-book short story, Zephyr & the Thieves Guild, which is only available to Kickstarter backers. This story takes place during the Magic's Shadow story shortly after Zephyr arrives in the port city and describes some of the trouble she gets in while learning to better control her magic. It is standalone from the main story but interwoven. In addition, earn an epic level 40 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    CRITICAL SUCCESS - Receive an e-book copy of Magic's Shadow as well as your very own role playing adventure based in the Magic’s Shadow-verse. The adventure is a mystery set in the ruins of Old Duende just prior to the occurrences in the first three chapters. See my blog to read the sample chapters. In addition, earn an epic level 40 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    STAR DRAGON STYLE - Receive the Magic's Shadow e-book as well as a limited edition Magic's Shadow poster, depicting one of the battle scenes from the story where Zephyr's magical creativity is severely tested. The poster is a limited edition that is available only to backers of this Kickstarter campaign. (See poster image in project description.) In addition, earn an epic level 45 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    ZAVON'S CHOICE - Become the proud owner of one of the first personalized signed hardback copies of Magic's Shadow while leveling up to an epic 50 in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame. Also, receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    STAR DRAGON'S DELUXE HORDE - Receive a paperback copy of Magic's Shadow (add $15 for hardback) as well as a limited edition e-book short story, Zephyr & the Thieves Guild, that is only offered to Kickstarter backers. In addition, earn an epic level 55 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    BACKED UP CRITICAL - Receive a paperback copy of Magic's Shadow (add $15 for hardback) as well as your very own role playing adventure based in the Magic’s Shadow-verse. In addition, earn an epic level 55 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    THE SNOWFLAKE'S MEOW - Receive the Magic's Shadow paperback as well as a limited edition Magic's Shadow poster, depicting one of the battle scenes from the story where Zephyr's magical creativity is severely tested. The poster is a limited edition that is available only to backers of this Kickstarter campaign. In addition, earn an epic level 60 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    GOT SNOWFLAKE CLASS & STYLE - Receive the Magic's Shadow signed hardback edition and a limited edition Magic's Shadow poster, depicting one of the battle scenes from the story where Zephyr's magical creativity is severely tested. The poster is a limited edition that is available only to backers of this Kickstarter campaign. In addition, earn an epic level 75 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    A ROSE BY ANY NAME - Ever wanted to be a character in a fantasy story? Now you have the chance. You have the option to name your choice of a good, neutral, or evil character in Magic's Shadow and to meet your character in your very own copy of the Magic's Shadow e-book. Name subject to approval. In addition, earn an epic level 100 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support and character name in the book.

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    I'll BE BACK - Ever wanted to be a reoccurring character in a fantasy story? You can name your choice of a good, neutral, or evil character that will show up not only in Magic's Shadow but also in the rest of the trilogy. Then, meet your character in your very own copy of the Magic's Shadow e-book. Name subject to approval. In addition, earn an epic level 200 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive acknowledgement for your support and character name in the book.

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    DUNGEON MASTER - Receive your very own role playing adventure based in Magic’s Shadow-verse and have it DMed by the author herself. DMing will take place local to Orange County, CA or over Skype/Google Hangout. You will also have your choice of whichever version of the book you prefer. In addition, earn an epic level 250 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive special acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    SCOUTS HONOR - Sascha (a girl scout herself) will personally lead a creative storytelling workshop for your scout troop or other girls/boys club (local to Orange County only), which includes fun group activities to help with character development and writing perspectives. You will also have your choice of whichever version of the book you prefer. In addition, earn an epic level 250 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive special acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    RELEASE THE ART IMPS - Want to memorialize a favorite scene from a DND game? Have the desire to star as an epic hero? Let our graphic art imps turn this dream into a reality. Receive an e-book copy of Magic's Shadow along wih your own custom poster depicting a scene of your choice in the same style as the limited edition Magic's Shadow poster. In addition to the pysical poster, you will also receive the digital artwork. You will also have your choice of whichever version of the book you prefer. In addition, earn an epic level 300 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive special acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS - Become part of the creative process for the Magic's Shadow. Receive pre-releases of all three books in the series and signed copies of the books as well as the opportunity to discuss plot lines, new characters, and provide creative input. Sascha will also talk to your book club, gaming group, or other event (either local to Orange County, CA or over Skype or Google Hangout). You will also have your choice of whichever version of the book you would like. In addition, earn an epic level 500 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive a special patron dedication for your support.

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    DINNER AND A BOOK - Dinner (of the extremely non-ramen variety) with the author. I will personally deliver your signed copy of Magic's Shadow (whichever version you prefer) to you over dinner at The Cat & the Custard Cup while being waited on by a personal friend of mine at this fine dining establishment. I'll cover food. You cover your transportation and drinks. In addition, earn an epic level 750 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive special acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    A-LIST STAR - Receive not only whichever version of Magic's Shadow book that you prefer but also your very own original short story within the Magic’s Shadow-verse with character of your choice (You provide name, appearance, personality, profession, key traits, other creative input, etc.). Your story will take place within the timeframe of Magic's Shadow, most likely cross paths with some of the characters, but be standalone and centered on your character and his/her band of adventurers. In addition, earn an epic level 1000 spot in the Magic's Shadow Blog Hero's Hall of Fame and receive special acknowledgement for your support in the book.

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    COMMUNITY HERO - Receive 20 personalized copies of Magic's Shadow to donate to your choice of local libraries, kids clubs, or school libraries. Additionally, receive a dedication page for making the Magic's Shadow dream a reality in the book as well as being featured in the Hall of Heroes along with a charitable cause of your choice.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE - Receive 25 pre-release, dedicated copies of Magic's Shadow three months before the book is available anywhere else. Additionally, receive promotion for your bookstore on the Magic's Shadow blog as well as being featured in the Hall of Heroes.

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Funding period

- (30 days)