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A fantastical illustrated historical novel featuring a traveling circus, a devastating tornado and tragic love.
A fantastical illustrated historical novel featuring a traveling circus, a devastating tornado and tragic love.
175 backers pledged $9,347 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: Fully Funded! Now What?

Hi! First off, THANK YOU to everyone who has backed this project! But if you haven't, you might be asking yourself why back a project that's already fully funded. That's a great question that I'm happy to answer: REWARDS!

You can still essentially pre-order a copy of the book by backing this project, get prints of the artwork or even snap up some of the remaining portrait commission and cameo appearance rewards available for backers in the last few days of this project.

So please take this opportunity to continue supporting The Circus and the Cyclone and sharing it with everyone. Thank you again!

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The Circus and the Cyclone is a piece of fantastical historical fiction set against the worst natural disaster in Wisconsin’s history - the destruction of the town of New Richmond by a tornado in 1899. The event was made even more tragic because a traveling circus had also arrived that day, attracting many outside visitors to the town. 

Using this backdrop, I have created a narrative that weaves between a pair of childhood friends, now grown and fallen in love, a pair of clowns competing for the affections of a beautiful contortionist traveling with the circus and a megalomaniac human cannonball who dreams of flying to the moon. All of these stories culminate when the tornado suddenly strikes, turning fates and revealing hidden truths.

The book is fully illustrated in my unique style which combines historical circus art with the artistic style of the golden age of illustration from the early 20th century. I have created nearly 50 illustrations already with only a few to go. I'm working on an expanded draft of the novel which will integrate with the illustrations to create a compelling story that is both visually rich and entertaining.

I'm hoping to have the last of the illustrations completed in the month following the closure of this Kickstarter campaign, including the integration of anyone who is rewarded with a cameo appearance.  We are ultimately targeting to have everything to your door just in time for holiday gift giving!

The book will be 8.5 x 11 inches, printed in full color on nice heavy paper stock in a hard cover binding. Each book will be signed and shipped to your door. Electronic copies are DRM free and can be read on your computer or other device that can open PDFs. Prints of the artwork are roughly in 8.5 x 11 in. They will be shipped flat along with your book. You will be able to choose which prints you want when you claim your rewards.

Thank you so much for your help in getting this project to the finish line.

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    A signed copy of the physical book and 5 prints of select pieces of artwork from the book, a digital PDF, credit in the acknowledgment page of the book and a big THANK YOU! (International backers, please add $10 for shipping)

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    A simple cameo appearance in The Circus and the Cyclone. Send in a photo and a fantastical description and you will be worked in as a circus performer or townsfolk extra. You will receive a print of this illustration suitable for framing. You will also receive a copy of the book, a digital PDF and a big THANK YOU! (International backers, please add $10 for shipping).

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    A signed copy of the physical book, all 5 prints plus a custom portrait done in Sue Lawton's distinct illustration style. Portraits are based off of an image you send and a fantastical description of yourself that fits within the historical fiction Sue is creating with this book. Want to be a death-defying high-wire acrobat? Now's your chance! In addition to the original illustration, you will also receive a high-resolution scan and thumbnails suitable for use as avatars on twitter, facebook, etc. (International backers, please add $10 for shipping)

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    A deluxe cameo appearance in The Circus and the Cyclone. Send in a photo and your fantastical description and you will be worked in as a circus performer or townsfolk extra. You will receive a print of this illustration suitable for framing. You will also receive everything in the $500 reward, including a portrait, all 5 prints, a copy of the book, digital PDF and a big THANK YOU! (International backers, please add $10 for shipping)

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