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JM Bannon's  steampunk thrillers come to audiobook and packs your ears with alchemy fueled thrills and an original soundtrack.
JM Bannon's steampunk thrillers come to audiobook and packs your ears with alchemy fueled thrills and an original soundtrack.
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The Alchemists Audiobook and Soundtrack

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Greetings fellow traveler,

If you like urban fantasy, science fiction or historical fantasy then your in the right place. This project is  all about immersing you in the steampunk world of JM Bannon.

Just the other side of the aether is a world like ours but oh so different…

At first glance this world is similar to ours, only it the year 1860, then you discover that savants and inventors have command over the mechanical and metaphysical sciences. The application of this genius has resulted in the invention of marvelous steam powered machines and what you might call magic. 

Until now the only way to experience this world was to read the Guild Chronicles and enter this world through the written word, but times have changed, and modernity is upon us! 

Through the fantastic invention of the audiobook you can pierce the aether and enter this world in a new way!

Do not be fooled by those that say these are just hallucinations induced by the narrator. The world of the Guild Chronicles is real, and you can adventure there on your daily commute.

To gain this auditory access and join Rose Caldwell, Dolly Williamson and the rest of the gang on their adventures, all you need to do is join the Guild of Alchemists.

Yes, by pledging at the Alchemist level you will become a member of the Illuminated Society of Alchemists and have a portal opened to this fantastic world across the aether.

Are you uninterested in this new-fangled technology of audiobooks and would rather nestle into your wingback and read a copy of “The Alchemists” as an ebook or in print? Pledge and you can get copies of all the books. Even better Imagine while reading your Sanctum Libris is filled with original music compositions, inspired by the Guild Chronicles. Your pledge helps to also make original music for you to enjoy.

Be warned after listening to the tracks of music, ear worms will be pulling you into the alternate universe where Rose Caldwell and her companions use fantastic steam-powered machines and metaphysics to win the day and protect the innocent.

As a member of the Alchemist Guild you will joining your fellow steampunks in a grand battle for the hearts and minds of this universe. 

For far too long our message has been unheard and with your support today we will create more content for our community and introduce others to what steampunk is all about. 

Show Kickstarter how strong the Steampunk community is by making a pledge to this campaign. Even a one dollar-contribution will show world that there is a desire for steampunk stories. Imagine as Throw you make your pledge that you and your fellow Alchemists are throwing your sabots into the cogs of the Kickstarter Algorithm and forcing the mindless automaton to stop and take notice of the will of the people! 

Unite Guild Members!

Join your fellow guild members in bringing more steampunk to this world and adventuring in the fantastic world of JM Bannon just the other side of the aether.

Audio books and potentially more than one if we hit our stretch goals! Here is a rundown of the great stuff you can get your hands on:

  •  digital version of "The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson" (ePub, mobi)
  •  "The Alchemists" audiobook
  • original music compositions 
  • ebooks, 
  • paperbacks
  • limited edition USB cards
  • exclusive stories set in the Guild Chronicles universe
  •  limited editions hard covers of "The Alchemists" 
  •  and a bunch of other fun stuff from steampunk author J.M. Bannon

If you dig audiobooks and steampunk thrillers then read on... 

Are you already in love with the White Witch of London? Then you will be excited to participate in our latest project for the Non-Newtonian Universe. Rose is going stereophonic. That's right, we are fundraising to get "The Alchemists" produced as an audio book.

Never heard of Sister Rose Caldwell or the Guild Chronicles?

It is an ongoing series, currently five books with another five in production.

 The stories are set in an alternative universe very similar to ours, but magnificent steam-powered machines and magic exist. In this 19th century, three powerful Guilds vie for power behind the scenes,  our heroine and her eclectic group find themselves using their unique skills to solve thrilling mysteries.

The purpose of this project is to introduce new audiences to this story world. This is accomplished in two ways, first by letting all the great Kickstarter supporters like you know about these stories, then by getting the stories into a new medium - audio. 

We have also decided to explore how music can be used to get you in the mood of this world. Many writers use music to influence the atmosphere of a scene. In the same vein, JM Bannon thought it would be fun to have original music that can be used in the audiobooks or for you to just chill out to while you read.

Below in the evidence section, you will be able to listen to sample chapters by the narrator and a beginning interlude composed specifically for the Guild Chronicles.


Detective Williamson has pulled together evidence for you to draw your conclusions about the team's ability to deliver a quality product on time.

The Audio Book

The project is already in process.  Ana Clements, the narrator has provided a sample of the work  below so you can get a feel for what you're going to get in the audiobook.

The Soundtrack

There is an initial composition for the soundtrack for you to get a feel for where the sound is going. This music was also used in the project video. Depending on the number of stretch goals hit there will be three to ten tracks created.

Here is a sample


The Books

The Guild Chronicles paperbacks are stand alone steampunk thrillers set in the 1860s. You can see examples of JM Bannon's work by clicking on the picture of the books below.

 Look what readers have to say...

There are a lot more reviews, the prequel has 128 of its own, but form your own opinion by listening to the sample chapters below. 

The thing is most of us don't have time to read a book but we could listen to one on our commute or while working out, and that is why JM Bannon is seeking your help to get the books made into audiobooks.The series begins with a prequel called "The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson".

This story is set in London and follows Detective Adolphus "Dolly" Williamson as he hunts down the murderer of an elite London banker. This all could just be part of what looks to be a heist from the bank gone bad but similar corpses begin turning up in high society. Dolly enlists the help of an ex-nun who practices metaphysics to find the killer. When they do, they discover it has more to do with a deep family secret than Wellington's gold. 

"The Alchemists"

This story picks up a year later, and Rose Caldwell is a constable in a new paranormal division of the Metropolitan Police Department.  When her reclusive friend Preston shows up on her doorstep she knows he needs help. He hasn't left his house in three years.

Preston shares that a past lover of his has sent him a cryptic message that can only mean she is in danger. The two begin following the clues and globetrotting eastern and western Europe, in an old airship as they seek to find Lorelei Traube and reveal the true nature of the philosopher's stone.

"The Necronists"

Rose is going about her day to day affairs fighting demons and filling out reports when a break comes in the Zeus Colonial case.  An entire town in the territory of Colorado has suffered the same fate and Dolly and Rose are requested to go to America to investigate. 

Finally with a break in the case it looks like the device used is associated with the infamous Necronist Guild. This group of powerful metaphysicists are protected by the Emperor Napoleon and believed to be the secret behind his extended life.

"The Mechanists"

Rose and the gang have a hot trail of clues they hope will finally lead to the capture of Doctor Caiaphas. Rose has discovered his true nature and understands the threat this villain poses. The problem for Rose is that the closer she gets to finding his lair and capturing him the more she realizes that she may be his most important pawn.

The Limited Edition USB Card

Some levels will get the USB card as an additional method of digital delivery. It is rumored that Dr Traube may have left an encoded message on this device. 

Depending on the backer level your card will be loaded with a range of digital files.

At the Seer level and above an assortment of authors will be contributing their books across a range of genres

Bonus Content:

This little card has some stowaways. Friends of JM Bannon have included books of their own to sweeten the pot! Some of todays best Steampunk, Fantasy, and Sci-fi writers have contributed. Here are a few of the names:

Orlando Sanchez, Jonathan Yanez, Jon Del Aroz, Nick Thacker, John Logsdon and many more...

Mock UP Original Art will be created for final product
Mock UP Original Art will be created for final product

Rare Edition Hard Cover 

Ten (10) copies of a faux leather limited edition copy will be provided at the Preston's Library level. The book will be high quality and include new original artwork inside.

The cover will be a high quality green faux leather with foil stamping. Each copy signed with a personal message if requested. The book will include original artwork inside. I will commission Vadim Voitekhovitch who I've worked with in the past to create unique works for book covers. The picture below is an example of Vadim's work it is a rendering of the Peregrine flying over Königsberg.

JM Bannon is the author of the Guild Chronicles. When not writing, his time spent reading or walking the grounds of the sanitarium, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Prague Castle. He still asserts that his books are not fiction, but factual and he has been stranded here from an alternate reality after stowing away on a steamship that could travel through the aether. His psychiatrist Dr Gustav Kreppelin allows the writing to be published and the author to participate in projects like this one as it appears to be a passive outlet for his patient's delusions.

Ana Clements - Narrator Ana always nurtured a secret dream to be an actor, but life got in the way and she found herself at university, rather than drama school, studying economics rather than acting. After a successful career in finance, she decided to follow her dream; trained as a singer and spent 6 years working in provincial musical theatre. 

She has undertaken audio training with Nancy Wolfson, Sean Pratt, Johnny Heller and Yvonne Morley and spent two years taking courses in Sound Engineering and Critical Listening.

Ana's dream of becoming a performer is now a reality and she works full time from her home studio as a voice talent in audio books and corporate audio for clients in the US and Europe as well as in the UK. 

Ana is Spanish by birth, but grew up in London, and is bilingual. Her assured tones belie her Tigger-like nature, bringing enthusiasm and excitement to every project.

Sonata & Scribe composes soundtracks for books. Original compositions are created to capture the motifs and settings of a book or series of books.



DELIVERY 

The delivery of the first audiobook will be May 2019

If all of the audiobooks are funded they will be sent out every other month starting in May.

Signed hard copies will be sent out by June of 2019.

USE OF FUNDS

Here is a breakdown of the use of funds from the initial funding goal.

Risks and challenges

Dr. Kreppelin assures you that his patient Mr. Bannon while not of sound mind and quite delusional is prolific in his work and has extensive experience in the production of his fantasy. While this is the first time he has brought his delusions to the Kickstarter platform he has shown a long history of producing digital and physical product and delivering it on time.

The Brookhaven Institute is certain that if the campaign is funded that under the direction of his attending physician and with the team he has enlisted Mr Bannon's ravings will be delivered in digital and physical form on time.

The most significant risk to you not getting your stuff is successful funding.

The probability at the time of this writing for a successful funding on Kickstarter is 36%, so slightly higher than one in three.

With the campaign funded the issue becomes delivery. All of the team members are veterans in producing the products they are responsible for delivering. The book audio is already being produced and delivery dates are projected with some buffer.

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    Helping hand

    Any little help is appreciated and for a minimum contribution you will receive a copy of The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson ebook supplied DRM FREE via Bookfunnel for easy loading on your e-reader of choice

    This prequel to the Guild Chronicles series is 4.3 star rated with over 125 reviews on Amazon.

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    The Guild acknowledges your talent in the realms of the mechanical and arcane. These talents must be rewarded.
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    The Illuminated Society of Alchemists recognize your contribution to the science of alchemy. **STRETCH QUALIFIED** Limited time only ends after 48 hours.

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    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
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    The Illuminated Society of Alchemists recognize your contribution to the science of alchemy. **STRETCH QUALIFIED**

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    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
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    LAUNCH DAY SPECIAL

    A special for those who choose to only be in tune with the audio vibrations.

    Get the audio package of the audiobook and soundtrack with access to all of the audiobooks released as stretch goals are hit **STRETCH QUALIFIED**

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    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • Limited Edition Alchemists USB Card
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    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • Limited Edition Alchemists USB Card
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    • Three tracks from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
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    The Metaphysicist

    You understand the warp and weave of the Aether and wish to control more of this universe.
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    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
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    • The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson in ebook format
    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • Awaken: A Rose Caldwell Story ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • Name read in credits on all funded audiobooks
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    • Three tracks from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
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    No Introduction Necessary

    You get the audiobook, the music, the usb card and you'll be featured in an upcoming book. Either your name or your steampunk persona will be included in a future book. You will also get a signed paperback of the book you're featured in.

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    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • Limited Edition Alchemists USB Card
    • Be named in a book as a character
    • A signed copy of the book you are featured in
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    The Celestial Order of Mechanists

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    • The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson in ebook format
    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • Awaken: A Rose Caldwell Story ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • A track from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
    • Name read in credits on all funded audiobooks
    • Limited Edition USB Card loaded with guest authors books
    • Signed paperback copy of "The Alchemists"
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    Baron von Traube Package

    Live large the Guild Baron Augustus von Traube. Only the best for him and his friends!

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    • The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson in ebook format
    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • Awaken: A Rose Caldwell Story ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • A track from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
    • Name read in credits on all funded audiobooks
    • Limited Edition USB Card loaded with guest authors books
    • Signed paperback copy of "The Alchemists"
    • The rest of the collection (4 books) signed paperbacks
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    Preston's Library (early bird)

    You are a collector of arcane antiquities and as such only the rare and limited are allowed within your studio or library.

    This reward level is only for a limited time (first 48 hours) of the campaign.

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    Includes:
    • The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson in ebook format
    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • Awaken: A Rose Caldwell Story ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • Three tracks from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
    • Limited Edition USB Card loaded with guest authors books
    • Signed paperback copy of "The Alchemists"
    • The rest of the collection (4 books) signed paperbacks
    • Rare edition faux leather hard cover edition of "The Alchemists"
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    You are a collector of arcane antiquities and as such only the rare and limited are allowed within your studio or library.

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    Includes:
    • The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson in ebook format
    • The Alchemists: Book one of the Guild Chronicles ebook format
    • Awaken: A Rose Caldwell Story ebook format
    • The Alchemists in audiobook format narrated by Ana Clements
    • A track from the Guild Chronicles Soundtrack
    • Name read in credits on all funded audiobooks
    • Limited Edition USB Card loaded with guest authors books
    • New Short Story
    • Rare edition faux leather hard cover edition of "The Alchemists"
    • The rest of the collection (4 books) signed paperbacks
    • Signed paperback copy of "The Alchemists"
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Funding period

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