Up and coming author Kristen brand joins the Silver Empire team with two steampunk novels - The Ghost Machine and Clockmaker!
Ella Rosenfeld doesn’t feel insane. In fact, she feels quite normal. Exactly how she did before the accident.
Until the sun goes down. Then the hallucinations start...and the ghosts come. Sometimes they speak to her. Sometimes they merely stare. But they couldn’t possibly be real, could they?
Checking herself into an asylum in the mountains of Eastern Europe, Ella hopes the doctor there can cure her. She doesn’t want to be a burden to her family. She doesn’t want to keep seeing ghosts, or whatever they are, every night. Desperate for relief, she’ll try anything to banish the dead.
But there is no solace to be found. Only silence, knitting, and cruelty. Soon Ella realizes that while she could check herself into the asylum, she cannot check herself out. At the mercy of the doctor, her treatments grow more barbarous and agonizing by the day.
Ella must escape before the horrific experiments leave her dead. Or completely mad. But her only hope is the surly and stubborn Baron. Only he can stand between her and the twisted treatments her Doctor insists are necessary.
Will the Baron help Ella or betray her? And what terrible fate is waiting for Ella beneath the asylum?
Kristen Brand’s The Ghost Machine is a haunting page-turner, powered every step of the way by Ella’s determination and intelligence. Fans of plucky, resourceful heroines, ghastly ghosts, and abominable clockwork machines will adore this book.
Check into Auttenburg Asylum and read The Ghost Machine today!
What you get
You'll get some of the best new steampunk novels around. These books are available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats for your convenience. What's more, all hardcover and paperback editions will be signed and personalized by the author!
The ebook edition of The Ghost Machine is already complete, and will be shipped to backers by the end of May. Print editions require some extra cover work, costs to be covered by this crowdfunding campaign.
The manuscript for Clockmaker is complete. The book still needs a cover for both ebook and print editions.
What we need
We're raising money to cover the costs of cover art, printing books, promotional artwork, and to support Ms. Brand as she finishes these novels and more.
What your pledges support
Your pledges support getting us those covers and promotional artwork, they'll help us promote the books, and - most of all - Ms Brand will get paid at her typical royalty rates, which will help ensure more wonderful novels!
- $500 - Goal SMASHED!
- $750 - Every backer receives a free copy of Kristen's short story, The Strange Stairs at the Aldebourne Estate, previously published in our #1 bestselling anthology Secret Stairs! SMASHED!
- $1000 - Every backer receives a free ebook copy of The King's Regret, the first novel in Philip Ligon's new YA Steampunk series, The Falconbone Chronicles!
About Silver Empire
My wife Morgon and I founded Silver Empire in 2014 to publish the best in up and coming science fiction and fantasy fiction. Since then, our umbrella has grown to include 15 different authors publishing with us. We published 18 novels in 2018, and have nearly 50 novels on the schedule for 2019. We're located in north Alabama, and we're running this crowd funding campaign because Ms. Brand's novels are fantastic and deserve to be read!
Risks and challenges
Both of the books listed here are manuscript-complete. All that is required to complete them is cover work and layout. Although there is always risk with any crowdfunding project, Silver Empire has released more than 25 books, and is easily able to complete this work with appropriate funding. Additionally, we have successfully completed and fulfilled two previous Kickstarter projects, and have two others that are being completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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