You can now Pre-Order the Mythica: A Quest for Heroes novel over on Kickstarter! If that’s all you need to go reserve yourself a copy, click on the image below and it will take you to the Kickstarter page.
For the rest of you, let me tell you a little bit about the book and its connected film franchise, and a little bit about how the Kickstarter interface works.
Mythica is the most ambitious indie fantasy project ever undertaken. The series is comprised of five feature films, shot over two years on location in Utah, USA.
The Mythica series follows the adventures of Marek, a wizard born with the dark power of necromancy, as she learns to harness the magic that threatens to corrupt her. She recruits a team of adventurers to battle Szorlok, the legendary Necromancer, and thwart his goal of uniting the four shards of the Darkspore to unleash an undead plague on the land.
Fun for all ages, Mythica is a sweeping adventure featuring monsters, magic, romance, betrayal and hard-hitting action.
Starring Melanie Stone, Adam Johnson, Jake Stormoen, Nicola Posener, Matthew Mercer, Robert Jayne and Kevin Sorbo.
Our story, A Quest for Heroes, features the origins of the group that will come to be known as the Red Thorns. Stuck in a life of indentured servitude, Marek dreams of becoming a wizard. When she meets a beautiful priestess, Teela, in need of help, Marek escapes her master and puts together a team of adventurers – including Thane the warrior and Dagen the half-elf thief – and embarks on an epic quest to free Teela’s sister from orcs and ogres.
After raiding the orc camp, the group learns that Teela’s sister has been taken into the mountains by a giant ogre. Escaping hellhounds and orcs on their dangerous journey, the team find themselves hopelessly outmatched by the man-eating ogre, and must unite all their talents to free the prisoners and escape with their own lives.
MY PART – WHAT’S NEW?
What I’ve done is write a companion novelization of the first film, A Quest for Heroes. What makes that different from the film? Well, there are both new and extended scenes in the novel that you don’t see in the film, and the novel allows the reader to get into the head of each of the lead characters in a way you just can’t get in the film. The novel delves deeper into everything you see in the movie and enhances it for an all-new experience. Whether you’ve already seen the movie or not, you’ll get the same joy from reading the novel and jumping into this grand adventure series. Here’s a look at the cover.
KICKSTARTER – HOW IT WORKS
Backers pledge an amount and choose a reward. At the end of the 30-day Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for the novel meet or exceed the $10,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge are charged and the publisher receives the funds to print the physical books. If the campaign doesn’t meet the goal, then the money is not withdrawn from the pledgers’ account and no rewards are provided (the book doesn’t get printed) :(. If the $10,000 goal is exceeded the additional funds will be used to print more books, get better distribution channels set up, and get one step closer to some awesome stretch goals that will be announced later. The Kickstarter platform isn’t a charity donation. You’re pre-ordering a product and purchasing fun extras at the same time. The funds provided are used exclusively for the production and shipping of the product (and extras) to those who pledge.
A PERSONAL NOTE
I’ve written many different novels over the course of my career. I’ve developed worlds and characters that were uniquely and entirely mine, yet conducive and real in their own sphere of existence. My Sharani Series has been a best-seller on Amazon, nominated for numerous awards, and been a fun experience to write.
This project was 100 times harder.
Well, over the course of the Kickstarter Campaign, I’ll post a very in depth look at what I did as part of this project, but, in short, writing something that already has a pre-existing fan base, in someone else’s world, is about as hard as it gets. Creative peoples, and especially writers, don’t color within the lines.
I’m very proud, on a personal level, of what I accomplished with this. The novelization is as good as it could possibly be. I was very deliberate in making sure each of the lead characters go POV sections and the reader gets to see inside their minds and hear their individual and unique voices. The new scenes enhance the story and answer a lot of the questions the film leaves you with. I have become a super fan of the series itself. It’s been an amazing experience.
Here’s the thing.
If the Kickstarter doesn’t hit the goal, the novel doesn’t get made. If the novel doesn’t get made, all the work I put into it becomes, essentially, meaningless. I’m extending my personal invitation to everyone reading this blog post to buy the book through the Kickstarter Campaign. Make a pledge at whatever reward tier you can afford. Everything is one step closer to the overall goal. As James Artimus Owen says, “Miraculous things can happen when enough people get behind something they believe in.”
Stay tuned here on my Author Page (CLICK HERE) for updates on the Kickstarter and the novel itself!
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