Athena’s Daughters, Day 12: 26K, an updated Rewards Rundown, and the Stretch Goals Strut!

Day 12 of our Kickstarter campaign, and we are over $26K!! Meaning we can officially welcome Alma Alexander to Athena’s Daughters!

For those of you not keeping track, here’s where we are on the Rewards Rundown. All backers at the $5 level are now getting:

4 novels
3 short story bundles
2 short stories
2 audio books
1 music album
1 illustration of Athena (digital, and a physical 5×7 for people with books.)

Plus, we added 8 additional stories to the anthology, and will be producing a limited-run hardcover edition!

Yesterday, I also promised you a more extensive list of upcoming stretch goals.

When we reach $28,000, all backers pledging at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Janine K. Spendlove‘s War of the Seasons short stories “Girl” and “White Flag.”

At the $30,000 level, every backer at the $5 and up will receive a free digital download of the eBook for T.S. Rhodes‘ novel Scarlett Sails.

At the $31,000 level, the graphic design cover for the paperback of Apollo’s Daughters will be replaced with an original art cover by artist Joe Corroney. Joe has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he’s illustrated include True Blood, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Farscape for BOOM! Studios, Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak The Night Stalker and The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he’s illustrating for IDW’s new Star Trek and X-Files comic books. He’s also developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.

At $32,000, every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons short stories “World Spins Madly On” and “Fire and Rain”.

At the $34,000 level, all backers pledging $5 or more will get a free digital download of the eBook for Vicki Johnson-Steger’s short story “When Dragons Fly.”

Finally, at the $35,000 level, we’ll start adding stories to the Apollo’s Daughters anthology, first by authors Joshua Palmatier and Donald J. Bingle.

Joshua Palmatier started writing science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories in the eighth grade, when the teacher assigned a one page Twilight Zone-ish short story. He wrote a story about Atlantis. He got an A. Joshua has never stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels, including his popular Throne of Amenkor series.

Donald J. Bingle is an oft-published author in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, romance, steampunk, and comedy genres. His novels include: Net Impact (spy thriller), GREENSWORD (darkly comedic eco-thriller), and Forced Conversion (near-future military scifi). Many of his three dozen short stories are available in hard copy and for Kindle and Nook, including his Writer on Demand short story collections: Tales of Gamers and Gaming; Tales of Humorous Horror; Tales out of Time; and Grim, Fair e- Tales.

I do not have a story preview for you tonight. But I can offer you a GIF which nicely summons up my feelings about another successful week (technically six days, if you’re counting) —

I don't know who made this GIF. But every time I look at our Kickstarter page, I want to blast Wham! from a Jeep and get orange mocha frappachinos.
I don’t know who made this GIF. But every time I look at our Kickstarter page, I want to blast Wham! from an open Jeep and get orange mocha frappachinos.

Happy Saturday, all. I am obligated to remind you that the link to our very awesome project is here, should you or someone you know feel like contributing or sharing.

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