Kickstarter: Amelia Sand and the Silver Queens

I have really been slacking on the blog front, haven’t I? Well, if it helps, it’s partly because I’ve been busy with other projects, like a middle grade standalone fantasy called Amelia Sand and the Silver Queens.

I’m excited about this one. It’s got humor, some fun worldbuilding, a goblin heroine and her (much) older human companions, and a talking feathered snake with an anxiety disorder. Here’s the official synopsis:

Amelia Sand is a goblin student at Ainsworth Academy, where nonhumans are taught to be more civilized. But for the rulers of Umbra — humans who crossed through a world-gate from Earth and now sit upon the thrones — that’s not enough. When Amelia discovers the king’s plans to use magic to “civilize” her and her fellow monsters into blind obedience, she sets out to stop him.

Everyone knows goblins can’t be heroes, so Amelia returns to the world-gate to summon human champions of her own. But instead of mighty young heroes, she finds herself with two middle-aged women who have no interest in magical or military shenanigans.

With her friend Boa (a talking ribbon-snake), Amelia joins former teacher Ruth and absent-minded Lily in a journey across Umbra. Can their odd little band stop the king and save the “uncivilized” peoples of Umbra?

Full of humor and hilarious goblin hijinks, Amelia Sand and the Silver Queens is a story about finding unexpected family and learning to trust in your own power.

Earlier this week, I contracted with Leanna Crossan to do a wraparound cover for the book. Leanna also did the artwork for Tamora Carter: Goblin Queen.

The Kickstarter launched this morning, with a goal of $5000 to cover initial costs. If you’d like a sample, you can read the first chapter in PDF format. (And if you’re a reviewer and would like an advance review copy, let me know and I’ll hook you up!)

Official release date is tentatively set for December 12. Supporters will get their copies sooner — hopefully in October.

In the meantime, I get to spend the next 30 days refreshing the Kickstarter page and trying not to be too much of a pest about self-promotion. Not my favorite part of the process, but hopefully the results will be worth it 🙂

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