Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kickstarters and Holiday Cheer

Here's the teaser for my story, as well as the art to accompany my story

Once again it has been too long since I've updated my blog, but I'm particularly full of Holiday Cheer this season thanks to being involved in two amazing Kickstarter projects: Tales of the Weird Wild West, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Athena's Daughters Volume II by Silence in the Library. Both are Speculative Fiction anthologies.

The first is the brain child of Misty Massey and Margaret S. McGraw, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to join as an editor. We connected with Danielle, the awesome publisher and Kickstarter guru, and we were off! 

We've got several great authors contributing, many of which I've had the pleasure of working with before, including Misty Massey, John G. Hartness, Gail Z. Martin, and James R. Tuck. I'm looking forward to working with the other authors: R.S. Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jonathan Mayberry, David Sherman, and Robert E. Waters.

We've got slots for open submissions, so that we include new voices in the anthology, too!

Plus, there's art! Mike McPhail and Bryan Prindiville. Check out the project; we're very excited about it, and have raised a bit of money already through the kickstarter, but we've still got some to go. There are great perks including Tuckerizations and full-novel edits for backers at certain levels!

The second project, Athena's Daughers Volume II, is one in which I'm a contributor rather than an editor. My story "The Last Two People on Earth" will appear in the anthology, complete with art by Ginger Breo. I backed the kickstarter for Athena's Daughters because I loved the idea behind it (as stated on the kickstarter page):

"Athena’s Daughters was born of the mindset that—while we love our male science fiction and fantasy authors—we wanted to provide a platform by which creative women could showcase their incredible talents in a historically male-dominated genre. And so we set out to produce an anthology where women were involved in all aspects of the creative process, from the artists to the authors, the editors to the project managers. Women of all ages and races, abilities and physical attributes, unified by a love for art and literature."
And they certainly didn't disappoint! The stories and the art are fantastic, and the kickstarter was more than successful: it raised enough money to start work on the second volume. I couldn't wait to submit a story and have a shot at being a part of something like this! While the kickstarter for ADII has been successfully funded, and we've unlocked several more great stories and art, there is still a lot more to discover and unlock, and lots of perks still available, including ebooks of Apollo's Daughters II, a companion to ADII which features stories written by men about women. 
My story for ADII is "The Last Two People on Earth," and here's the teaser and the art for it! 
Imogen won't sell, and no one can change her mind. But Doyle's offer of one last adventure--at trip to her property on earth--is just too intriguing to resist!

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