Last call for Christmas!
Well, this is the last call for pledges. The Kickstarter ends on December 9, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST, 2 days from now.
What is it?
A Limited Edition Christmas Epic Fantasy Adventure
A family searches for the true meaning of Christmas, then must save it in an epic fantasy adventure told through poems.
What's it about?
When his master found out about his son, Sarn's worst fear was realized. Will his master help him get custody of his son? Or will this tear his family apart?
With nowhere to go and no choice but to obey orders, Sarn must move his son in with his master's family. They go from living in a chilly cave with no running water, and no idea where their next meal will come from to his master's warm, multi-room home.
Are they guests? Or are they here to serve?
This change of living quarters didn't come with a change in station. As their foster family observes Advent, tensions mount as the symbols of a season and a strange holiday grow.
What is Christmas?
Why does his master celebrate it?
Should he let his son participate in this mysterious tradition?
Sarn has no way to find out except to ask his master about it and expose his ignorance. But this is the best place for his son, and he won't risk losing it.
Thankfully, Sarn's struggle doesn't go unnoticed, nor does his wish to understand the reason behind the season go unanswered.
With help from Santa, an iceman, some determined fairies, and other holiday favorites, Sarn and his son discover the heart of the season and a new tradition. His struggle might just win him the only present he wants for Christmas, custody of the little boy that lights up his life.
This story is told in a series of poems that build upon each other to tell a fantastic adventure of a father and son's search for the magic of Christmas.
***The 2023 edition of Stars & Angels Sing also includes stories and poems featuring Sarn and his family in their humorous quest to survive the events of Thanksgiving Day, and the book is 30% longer than the original version, including holiday stories that were written later but are part of the overall holiday storyline.
What can you get if you back the Kickstarter?
an audiobook narrated by the author, Melinda Kucsera, that has licensed musical accompaniment for every chapter. (We still have 3 chapters to narrate and add music to, and Melinda needs to record the commentary, reflecting on the whole process and the story. So we’re not sure what the final length will be. It could be anywhere from 3.5 to 5 hours.
a paperback book with 27 full color images (but it might increase to 30 when done) to accompany the story
an ebook with 27 full color images (but it might increase to 30 when done) to accompany the story
If we do a retail version, it won’t have the color images and the audiobook might not have the musical accompaniment due to restrictions from retailers and the fees they charge. By fulfilling the campaign ourselves, we don’t have those restrictions.
eBooks and audiobooks will be delivered by BookFunnel after the campaign ends. Paperback books will be printed and mailed asap after the campaign ends and we get back the surveys Kickstarter sends out with address info, so we know where to send them.
I hope you’ll check it out and consider backing.
—This is Ran, son of Sarn, signing off. I’ll be back on Monday with our regular newsletter.
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