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A Steampunk novel in which the scions of the classic Victorian monsters fight an evil cabal of vampires bent on taking over the world.

Hello!

I understand that this is where I'm to entice you into investing in my project, and that I can upload a video of me wheedling and begging for money. You can see that I have absolutely no problem with that. I started this Kickstarter because I wrote a book. Well, actually, I've written a few books, one of which is here. That book was written to be a sort of primer to introduce you to my characters and let you know a bit about their world (and my writing style).

Let me take a moment here to tell you that I understand your fear.

I'm not talking about writing scary stories. I'm talking about the fear that comes from picking up a self-published book and wondering why it was self published instead of through one of the the big publishing houses. In my case? Time. It takes years to get a book released, and I am not a patient man. On the other hand, a real, physical book will always outweigh (literally and figuratively) an e-reader version. I am not some archaic fool who won't release an e-version, far from it. There will be electronic and audio versions of all of my books, I just happen to feel that there is something magical about pages turned by hand and the unmistakable smell of a bookshop.

The amount that I am asking for is the printing and shipping costs for me to print 1000 copies of the book, the same number of books that I printed of the novella. If the Kickstarter goes well, additional copies will be printed. I will sell the Rise of the Steam Goddess for $10 at conventions and $15 online to cover shipping costs (so pre-ordering it for $10 is a total bargain!).

About the books themselves - they're a late Victorian era series of stories that use Steampunk elements, but aren't drowning in them. I use advanced technology based on the actual inventions of the time, simply advanced further due to one historical difference in our world and theirs. Charles Babbage actually built a Difference Engine, starting the information age in the 1840s rather than the 1940s. Add to that the fact that I treat the horror fiction of the Victorian era as literal truth; combining vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, Jack the Ripper, biblical lore and everything in between into one world - you get a sense of what I'm doing here. I'm a rabid history nut and you'll often meet real people in my books. It's important to me that the historical people you come across in my stories really were where I have them at the time that the characters interact with them. So you could consider the books historical fiction as well, if you need a more 'literary' label to interest you. But really? If this next sentence doesn't entice you, you might not be my target audience.

Jack the Ripper and a vampiric priest do battle with steam powered zombies.

Yup, that happens in this book. Donate early, donate often!!

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  • The $500 pledge gift was unique to being written into the next novel in the series and I do not want to lessen the experience of that generous pledge (THANK YOU!). That being said, I AM a colossal whore and there ARE 5 books planned. You can still pledge at that level and I will make sure that you get all of the swag listed, and I will write you into one of the following three books.

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    A personal, hand written letter from one of the characters to you, thanking you for helping the Arcana continue their fight against creatures far worse than themselves. Included at this level is an e-reader copy of the new book!

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    The letter, plus a signed copy of the new book! I mean, that's what this is all for, right? The book is already written and formatted. If the Kickstarter goes well and my cover art gets done quickly, you'll get it sooner than September!

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    The hand written letter and BOTH BOOKS in the e-reader format of your choice! Suggested by an international backer, I can't BELIEVE I didn't think of this beforehand. Thank you, sir.

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    The letter from a member of the Arcana, signed copies of both Arcana Imperii: Origins and Rise of the Steam Goddess mailed to you. Included at this level are the e-reader versions of both books (your choice of format) emailed and/or posted for download.

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    NEW LEVEL!! Here at the new $40 level will be both books (physical and e-reader), the hand written letter from any character you choose (or who's around at the moment, seriously... they're very busy) and one of the authentic secret society collars shown in the update picture and video. These collars are made from rich velvet and are all embroidered. Some of them even feature real metal bullion trim and fringe! When you pledge at this level please leave a comment specifying which one you'd like. First pledged gets first pick!

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    All of that good stuff listed before this, AND a pair of handmade goggles! Fashion accessories AND books? MADNESS!

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    What all the best dressed are wearing this season! At this new level, you get the books and one of a VERY limited quantity of authentic lodge sashes. These are all made from a silky velvet overlain with bullion edging and embroidery. Rare and hard to find, these beautiful sashes will dress up any outfit... especially your reading clothes.

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    NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! This reward level includes the letter, the books and their e-reader versions, and instead of a pair of goggles adds a small, derringer sized metal pistol in a left OR right peek-a-boo holster. The holster has a loop on the back that allows it to be slid onto a belt or harness. http://theskydogs.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/flintlock-derringer-with-peek-a-boo-holster is a shot of this little shooter!

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    The letter, the books, the e-books, AND instead of a pair of goggles (because a lot of you have many pairs of them already) a custom made wood and metal (non-working replica) full size steampunk pistol with a genuine leather holster, embossed with clockworks and aged.

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    The letter, the books, the e-books, the goggles AND a custom made wood and metal (non-working replica) full size steampunk pistol with a genuine leather holster, embossed with clockworks and aged.

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    Again with the guns! This level brings you that lovely letter, the books, the goggles, and a pair (that's right, TWO) of black and gold chased pistol replicas in left and right black leather peek-a-boo holsters. Sleek and stylish, these pistols feature faux ivory grips, 'eagle head' butts (heheheh) and a tapering barrel etched in gold.

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    Ok so here's where the limits really kick in, but for good reason. You get everything listed above AND one of my not-even-unveiled-at-a-con-yet-one-of-a-kind (non-working replica) FULL SIZE steampunk rifles in addition to the RIDICULOUS bounty listed before this.

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    My weirdest and certainly most unique prize offer. In addition to the letter and both books in physical and e-reader format is this very interesting creature. I have a taxidermied war pig, and I am willing to part with this prized possession to get my book printed. I will display him prominently in the next video update for your perusal. He is mounted on a shield shaped wooden board with a brass plate explaining where and when this horrifying beast was slain. He has a protective eye plate, remnants of his brass armor's framework and, of course, the heavy brass hose that powered his terrifying, biologically modified, hydraulic jaw. You can't get any more one of a kind than this!

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    This pledge level gets all of the swag listed before it, as well as a unique opportunity. I am currently writing the second novel (technically the third book in the series) and have room for you. Yes, you read that right. I will write you, or a persona of your choice, into the next book. A full description, clever banter with the characters, and either: a moment where you help move the plot along and slip away into the sunset OR you help them but die a horrible death so that the Arcana must avenge you! Exciting? You betcha! The delivery date includes everything but the next book, of course (though I'll send you updates and pages when I get to your part of the next story!)

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    Allen Jay Penick's Personal Pledge! A unique prize level for a generous backer! Adding it here at his request: At this level he is receiving the books, a clockwork 'clock-lock' rifle, a collar of his choice, a sash, and one of my custom vampire slaying kits. He will also appear in the third novel in the series!!

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