Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
War Kids - A Syrian Story's video poster
Play

We reached our KS goal!! A few hours left to get your copy. Only $20 for a signed softback, an incredible value! Thank you! Read more

New York, NY Fiction
Share this project
81
backers
$3,050
pledged of $3,000 goal
0
seconds to go

Funded!

This project was successfully funded on April 30, 2014.

We reached our KS goal!! A few hours left to get your copy. Only $20 for a signed softback, an incredible value! Thank you!

New York, NY Fiction
Share this project

About this project

The Story. 

When fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself.

Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. 

With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war.

's video poster
Play

Free First chapter. 

Check out the first chapter for free on my website www.hjlawson.com  

About Jada. 

Jada knew from an early age that she was different, especially by the color of her blue eyes. Her mother told her that her eye color came from her grandfather, and must have skipped a generation. 

That was another part of her life she didn't understand, in her village other family members lived in the same house. She didn't have any other family members, other than her parents and brother. Jada had never met her grandparents, she was told that both sets of grandparents were no longer alive. 

Jada thought that this was strange, because her parents were so young when they had her. Jada was a loner at school, her mother said she was always in a day dream, just floating through life, but she was really just trying to understand why she was different.

Dream cast for War Kids.

“So when is my book going to be a movie?” Not anytime soon. 

But I have let myself daydream about the possibility of it becoming a movie.  When I was writing War Kids, I could picture the characters very clearly in my head.

Chloe Moretz for Jada, she’s smart and fearless in a small package. Just as beautiful in jeans and a hoodie as she is in a little black dress.

Brenton Thwaites, Jada's love interest, fresh face handsome young man. 

War Kids reviews. 

Angela Nelson - I like how you've created a strong young female heroine, that helps show young women that they can be strong and take care of themselves. A great plot twist was when it was revealed why Jada has blue eyes, and is different to the other children in Syria, I totally did not see that one coming! Thank you again for this opportunity to read it, I truly enjoyed it!

Donna Theresa Shorrock - I have read through this novel twice. I was the first person to read the un-edited version, as HJLawson gave me the privilege, wanting my opinion and input as to how she could improve it, as I am an avid reader of hundreds of books. 

An original heart wrenching story set in the times, troubles and atrocities surrounding Syria, as seen through the eyes if the children that are the main characters. War Kid's is very well written and I would recommend anyone to take a peek. I wish her all in the world in getting this published, and I am looking forward to reading the next installment, as she plans to follow on with where the children go onto with the next phase of their lives. Well done HJLAWSON And good luck...Donna Shorrock (Lancashire ENGLAND).  

Susan - I am coming to the end of War Kids, I am totally drawn in, I feel like I am in the mist of all that is going on in these children's lives, taking it all in.

Dave - I thought this was nicely written. I could really picture the scene from Jada's eyes and could feel what she was feeling. Good luck with the rest of story, and send me the second chapter. I'm interested to see where Jada goes from here. Thanks for the entertaining script!

Check out more reviews on my website www.hjlawson.com 

Chapter Excerpt. 

Wake up. 

Run. Jada, wake up! I scream to myself. 

Taking a breath as I prepare for what I was about to see, millions of tiny molecules fly up my nostrils, tickling the inside as they move. I can taste the particles. What is this familiar taste? It reminds me of when I was playing, with chalk outside on the street and licking my finger by mistake. It took all the moisture from my mouth and left an unpleasant taste in return. Where am I? 

 A cold shiver runs over my body. Why do I feel like I’m covered in dust? Why was chalk dust in the air? What’s happened? My father never trained me for this., Are they going to kidnap me the same as they did with my father? 

 My terrified eyes are unwilling to see what awaits me. With a blink of my eyes, like the flash of a lightning bolt, a scene of unthinkable horror appeared in front of me. 

Chaos unfolds in front of my eyes; there is a blurred image of a boy younger than me who stands trembling at the end of my bed, with a bewildered look on his face covered in dust with tears streaking down his cheeks. I can see his dazzling white teeth as he screams... 

Pledge $10 or more

Reward 2 - E-Book PDF version works with any tablet device.

Pledge $20 or more

Reward 3 - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL SIGNED - Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book.

Pledge $25 or more

Reward 4 - Signed & Number Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book.

Pledge $50 or more

Reward 5 - Signed & Number Hard cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book.

Pledge $70 or more.

Reward 6 - Signed & Number Hard cover - PLUS Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book.

Pledge $85 or more.

Reward 7 - Signed & Number Hard cover - PLUS 2 Soft cover versions of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book.

Pledge $200 or more.

Reward 8 - NAME A CHARACTER IN MY NEXT BOOK! - Signed & Number Hard cover - PLUS 2 Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book. 

About the novel. 

WAR KIDS - deals with the very real crisis of the ongoing Syrian Civil War through the eyes of young children as they try to stay strong despite the overwhelming presence of death. 

The novel provides a number of perspectives from young characters as they deal with the deaths of their families, the destruction of their villages and their ongoing need to survive. War Kids is based on current events in Syria with fictional characters. 

War Kids is 71,000 words, around 250 pages long.

Research for War Kids, can be found on my website http://www.hjlawson.com/blog/ 

Funding.

What will I be doing with the funding?

Once successfully funded my campaign I will do the following.

  • Hiring professional editor
  • Purchasing the ISBN (http://www.isbn.org)
  • Printing copies of the War Kids 
  • Fulfillment / shipment of the rewards
  • Kickstarter and payment processing fees

  • Shipping Note: If you live outside of the U.S., please add $15 for the shipping cost to any soft cover or hard cover.

    Special thanks to 

    “It is not the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Janine Fourie & Karen Swart - wonderful ladies.

    www.sparklebooktours.com

    http://booksofmonthclub.com/

    War Kids is getting some great press! Check out the following:

    The Visitor newspaper. 

    Lancaster Guardian newspaper.

    The misadventures of a twenty something.

    Self publishers showcase.

    Paranormal Book Club.

    Dark motives books and more.

    Risks and challenges

    I have established professional relationship with a professional editor who is ready and waiting to take the book to the next level.

    Thank you for reading my project and helping make a difference.

    Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

    FAQ

    Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

    Ask a question

    Rewards

    • You selected
      Pledge $5 or more

      3 backers

      Follow my journey through exclusive emails.
      Also thank you on my website www.hjlawson.com, Facebook and Tweet.

      Estimated delivery:
    • You selected
      Pledge $10 or more

      20 backers

      A E-Book - Digital version of the book, PDF format. ( 6.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
    • You selected
      Pledge $20 or more

      15 backers Limited (85 left of 100)

      EARLY BIRD SPECIAL SIGNED - Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS the E-Book. For non-US donors, please donate at least $35 total to accommodate shipping. ( 21.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge $25 or more

      19 backers

      SIGNED - Soft cover version of War Kids - PLUS a E-Book - PLUS your name in the acknowledgements section in the book.
      For non-US donors, please donate at least $40 total to accommodate shipping. ( 24.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge $50 or more

      10 backers

      SIGNED - Hardcover copy of War Kids - PLUS a E-Book - PLUS your name in the acknowledgements section in the book. For non-US donors, please donate at least $65 total to accommodate shipping. ( 39.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge $70 or more

      3 backers

      SIGNED - Hard cover and Soft cover of War Kids - PLUS a E-Book - PLUS your name in the acknowledgements section in the book.
      For non-US donors, please donate at lease $85 total to accommodate shipping. ( 51.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge $85 or more

      4 backers

      SIGNED - Hard cover and two Soft cover of War Kids ( Give one to a friend ). PLUS a E-Book - PLUS your name in the acknowledgements section in the book. For non-US donors, please donate at lease $100 total to accommodate shipping. ( 60.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge $200 or more

      1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

      NAME A CHARACTER IN MY NEXT BOOK!
      My next book is also based on current events, you will probably do something awful in the book, and you may not be nice, but that's the risk you will take.

      PLUS SIGNED - Hard cover and Soft cover of War Kids - PLUS a E-Book - PLUS your name in the acknowledgements section in the book. For non-US donors, please donate at lease $215 total to accommodate shipping. ( 215.00 UK )

      Estimated delivery:
      Ships anywhere in the world

    Funding period

    - (35 days)