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We recommend that you Crowdfund an all-woman anthology of scifi and fantasy stories

We often recommend crowdfunding projects through groups such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo. This is a strong one, which also supports charitable efforts, as outlined below.

Athena’s Daughters: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Jean Rabe edits this all-woman anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories, which includes works by Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Cleolinda Jones, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Rabe, Sherwood Smith, Janine K. Spendlove, Vicki Johnson-Steger, Cynthia Ward, Jean Marie Ward, and more, plus an introduction by retired astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy. Autumn Frederickson and Betsy Waddell will provide illustrations for each story, and Tietjen Alvarez will create the cover. Backers can nab the ebook for a $5 pledge and the paperback for a $25 pledge.

Another cool aspect of the project is authorship by several of the great women authors of the BroadUniverse collective :

As one of the BroadUniverse authors writes:

But ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS has funded its publication.  So now pledging is the same as buying…with benefits like beaucoup free books for the same price as the ebook.

And it’s a heck of a book–written by women, illustrated by women, edited by a woman (Jean Rabe).  The theme is strong women–all the ways women can be strong: physically and mentally, through wit and determination, enduring and overcoming impossible odds.

Broad Gail Martin’s story features a rape victim who seeks “Retribution” from beyond the grave–and the woman who has to stop her. The story’s a natural match for the anthology’s charity, too.  Part of the proceeds of the Kickstarter and a percentage of all sales go to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Fellow Broad Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s story is a Steampunk tale about a woman seeking her missing cousin so he can assume management of their father’s estate. Along the way, she gets tangled up in a rather amazing predicament with an American inventor.

Cynthia Ward’s Steampunk story features a woman monster hunter on the trail of Jack the Ripper.  Maggie Allen sends thirteen-year-old Beyoncé (she hates that name!) to Lunar Camp.  Conley Lyons explores women’s strength through the generations on the earth and the moon.

Mary Robinette Kowal adds a 100-year-old time-traveling sorcereress to the mix, while Sherwood Smith writes about “Commando Bats” who come into their powers in their eighties.

Jean Marie Ward’s story turns in the other direction with a contemporary fantasy about a ten-year-old girl who will do anything to save her best friend’s dog–even confronting the fairies who live beyond “The Gap in the Fence.”

Oh!  I almost forgot!  Colonel Pamela Melroy, USAF (Retired), only the second woman to ever fly the Space Shuttle, is writing the introduction. A real, live astronaut–and a woman!  How could I forget that?

And it’s illustrated!  And it helps RAINN!  And it’s only volume one…

If you want to check it out–and maybe snag yourself a copy, as well as some really great swag–the Kickstarter is at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/athenas-daughters-women-in-science-fiction-and-fan

Now how can you go wrong funding that?

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Athena’s Daughters is a collection of short speculative fiction by some of the industry’s best female authors.

This anthology features stories written by women about women.

Those of you who followed the Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter will know that here at Silence in the Library we like to bring you projects that are not just fun and entertaining (though they are most certainly those things), but that also have purpose and substance. We feel that readers have the right to demand everything, that they shouldn’t have to settle for one or the other.

Athena’s Daughters was born of that mindset. While we love our male science fiction and fantasy authors, we wanted, in this project, to provide a platform by which our female authors, artists, graphic designers, and editors could showcase their incredible talents.

To that end, Athena’s Daughters is a project conceived, developed, and driven by women. All of the authors in this anthology are women, as are the artists, the graphic designer, and the editor.

In this anthology you will find authors you know and love like Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Cleolinda JonesDanielle Ackley-McPhailJean Rabe, Sherwood SmithJanine K. Spendlove, Vicki Johnson-Steger, Cynthia Ward, and Jean Marie Ward and new and exciting talents like Maggie Allen, Conley Lyons, Doris Stever, and C.A. (Christine) Verstraete.

We’re incredibly excited to have an introduction to the anthology by retired astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy.

Athena’s Daughters is a collection of diverse and engaging science fiction and fantasy stories (clocking in right around 100,000 words with more to come when we reach our stretch goals!) with one unifying theme: all of the protagonists are strong women that exhibit a wide range of physical attributes and abilities. And by strong we don’t necessarily mean physical strength (though we have those characters too), but ALL kinds of strength. The strength to stand up for what you know is right, the strength to make an unpopular decision, the strength to be a calming voice in a contentious situation. ALL forms of strength.

While many of these stories feature central characters who fit the prototypical ‘hero’ mold, that does not hold across the board. You’ll be entertained by a whole cast of female protagonists who range from your traditional ‘good guy’ to the villain you just love to hate (or even hate to love).

Illustration by Autumn Frederickson for Athena's Daughters
Illustration by Autumn Frederickson for Athena’s Daughters

Silence in the Library believes strongly in the concept of bringing the artistry back to publishing. To that end, every anthology we produce features illustrations for each and every story. When we are putting an anthology together, we search for the right artist for the project – the artist whose style screams compatibility with our theme.

This anthology carries on that tradition. And we’ve been lucky enough to find two amazing artists who will be providing the illustrations for the stories in Athena’s Daughters.

Autumn Frederickson has been creating fantasy worlds since childhood. As she got older, crayon scribbles of unicorns gave way to stylized paintings of a variety of popular characters and the occasional yeti. In addition to commissioned art and conventions, Autumn still continues to work on a personal body of illustrations that draws from numerous mythological and fairytale sources as well as her own brand of humor.

Check out some of her amazing artwork:

Illustration by Autumn Frederickson for Athena's Daughters
Illustration by Autumn Frederickson for Athena’s Daughters

Best known for her covers for Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy, Betsy Waddell’s work brings an ethereal beauty to the project that helps the reader more fully connect with the emotional heart of the stories.

As you will see when you take a look at the reward levels, Betsy and Autumn have graciously offered their original art as rewards for this Kickstarter. By contributing at the appropriate level, you can own an original piece of one of our stories.

In addition to illustrating the stories, we are offering this work in trade paperback and, if we reach the stretch goal, limited hard cover editions.

We have also developed some really exciting stretch goals, as you will see below. In particular, if we reach the initial goal of $8,500, our cover will be a very attractive graphic design cover (as seen above). If, however, we reach the $13,000 stretch goal, we will have a beautiful original art cover created by artist Tietjen Alvarez.

Here are some samples of Tietjen’s work:

We also have an amazing artist, Bright Copper Penny, who has created one of her popular “Penny Blossoms” exclusively for Athena’s Daughters . These beautiful hair accessories are a wonderfully subtle way of letting your geek flag fly no matter the setting. Whether you’re flying away on vacation or sitting down for a meeting with a head of state (Janine Spendlove has done both of these while wearing a penny blossom), these are the perfect geek accessories.

The authors who have contributed to Athena’s Daughters and the staff at Silence in the Library Publishing believe strongly that any good project should contribute something to improving the human community. We are pleased to announce that a portion of every book sold will go to RAINN. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

In this project Silence in the Library continues its dedication to making the creative drivers of the publishing industry, authors and artists, full partners both in the process of publishing and in the fiscal rewards. We want to ensure that our authors and artists make a decent living at their craft so that they will continue to enlighten us with their work. To that end, as the Kickstarter makes more above the initial goal, the authors and artists will make more. Along the way, we’ll be able to add more great stories and some really cool additional rewards for all of you.

Take a look at the tiers to the right, and decide how you would best like to participate in the Athena’s Daughters experience. You can be a part of the book as a ‘Patron of the Arts’, a ‘Daughter of Athena’, or a ‘Goddess of Wisdom’ (men, here’s your chance to finally be a goddess!).

If there is a combination of things you would like that you don’t see in the reward levels, just let us know, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

After you’ve perused the tiers, look at our stretch goals to see what we can achieve with your support. We believe in this project, and we can produce it, but only you can make it live. Please be a part of the team, and travel with us on this incredible journey.

STRETCH GOALS:

FIRST 100 BACKERS: *ACHIEVED* Okay, this one’s not really a stretch goal. Author Maggie Allen has offered to give an electronic copy of her short story “Land of the Lost” exclusively to the first 100 backers of Athena’s Daughters.

FIRST 200 BACKERS: *ACHEIVED* Author Janine Spendlove has offered to write an exclusive short story, free to the first 200 backers only, titled “Birth of Anarchy” that is a companion piece to her HEROES! anthology story “He Was a Marvelous Man”.

FIRST 500 BACKERS: *ACHIEVED* Will receive a free digital download of Janine Spendlove’s story “He Was a Marvelous Man” from the Origins anthology HEROES!

$9000 – ACHIEVED – Artist Ginger Breo will produce an exclusive work of art featuring the goddess Athena.  We will make 8×10 prints of the artwork available for purchase. Here it is:

$9500 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s novel The Halfling’s Court.

$10,000 – ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Gail Z. Martin’s short story bundle 3 Deadly Curiosities. This bundle includes the short stories “Vanities”, “Steer a Pale Course”, and “Buttons”.

$10,500 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Naked Singularity’s album Last Call. This classic-rock and modern-day folk inspired band is led by author Maggie Allen.

$11,000- ACHIEVED – We will add a story by author Nisi Shawl and will continue our policy of bringing you new and interesting authors by including a story by Tanya Spackman, a talent you’re sure to love as much as we do.

Nisi Shawl’s collection Filter House was a 2009 James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner; her stories have been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and both volumes of the Dark Matter series. She was the 2011 Guest of Honor at the feminist SF convention WisCon and will be a 2014 co-Guest of Honor for the Science Fiction Research Association. She co-authored the renowned Writing the Other: A Practical Approach with Cynthia Ward, and co-edited the nonfiction anthology Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Shawl’s Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming in 2015 from Tor Books.

Tanya Spackman is a technical writer for various corners of the government. When she’s not writing for fun or profit, she volunteers as an editor and webmaster for a couple of religious organizations. She loves NASA, the growing private space industry, and things that glow in the dark.

$11,500- ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Danielle Ackley McPhail’s novel Yesterday’s Dreams.

$12,000 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Cynthia Ward’s short story “Gabriella”.

$12,500 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Sherwood Smith’s novel Crown Duel.

$13,000 – ACHEIVED – At this stretch goal we will replace the graphic design cover of the print version of Athena’s Daughters with an original art cover by artist Tietjen Alvarez. But don’t worry, you’ll actually get to have both awesome covers, as we’ll be keeping the original cover for the eBook version.

$13,500 – ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Jean Marie Ward’s short story bundle Four For More.

$14,000 – ACHEIVED –  We will include a story by new and exciting author E.J. Lawrence. When not writing, EJ Lawrence is a forensic scientist and genetics expert who has practiced her craft at the Armed forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institute.

$14,500 – ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the audio book of Danielle Ackley McPhail’s collection of short stories titled Flash in the Can.

$15,000- ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of a bundle of three of Gail Z. Martin’s Jonmarc Vahanian short stories. Included in this bundle are the stories “Raiders’ Curse”, “Caves of the Dead”, and “Storm Surge”.

$15,500 – ACHEIVED – We’ll include stories by talented new authors Tera Fulbright and Tricia Barr.

Tera Fulbright has been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade. She has five short stories published in a variety of anthologies (Her latest is “Fires within the Blank Page” published in Urban Fantasy: An Anthology.) and is working on her first novel.

Tricia Barr is the creator of FANgirl Blog, a genre-focused website analyzing female characters and the heroine’s journey. She contributes to numerous geek websites, including Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Blog and Random House’s Suvudu, as well as the Star Wars Insider print magazine. She also c-hosts two podcasts, Fangirls Going Rogue and Assembly of Geeks. Tricia’s novel Wynde is a military science fiction epic with a fantastical twist.

$16,000 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the eBook of Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human.

$17,000 – ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Tera Fulbright‘s short story “Fires Within the Blank Page”.

$17,500 – ACHEIVED – We’ll add a story by author Jennifer Brozek.

Jennifer Brozek of Bothell, WA, is an award winning author and editor. She has been writing roleplaying games and professionally publishing fiction since 2004. She has won awards for game design and editing.

$18,000 – ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download artist Ginger Breo‘s original illustration of the goddess Athena. Additionally, backers who purchase print copies of the book will receive a free 5×7 print of Ginger’s art.

$19,000 – ACHEIVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the audio book for Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human.

$20,000 – ACHEIVED – We will produce a limited hard cover edition of Athena’s Daughters with the original cover art by Tietjen Alvarez. This edition will be a run limited to this Kickstarter only. We’ll be using BackerKit, so you can order this even if we only reach the stretch goal at the end of the Kickstarter.

$22,000 – ACHEIVED – We’ll add a story to the anthology by author Diana Peterfreund.

Diana Peterfreund is the author of nine books for adults and teens about awesome young women doing awesome things: from breaking down the gender barriers of an all-male secret society to saving the world from killer unicorns. Her latest book, Across a Star-Swept Sea, is a gender-flipped take on the Scarlet Pimpernel set in a post-apocalyptic future. Her critically acclaimed short stories have appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List and in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 5.

$24,000 – We will produce a companion volume to Athena’s Daughters titled Apollo’s Daughters. This anthology will feature stories by some of the best male science fiction and fantasy authors in the business. These stories will also feature female protagonists. Authors like Michael A. Stackpole, Aaron Allston, Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, and Bryan Young have already signed on for the project.

$26,000 – We’ll add a story to Athena’s Daughters by author Alma Alexander.

Alma Alexander‘s is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and cat) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination.

$28,000 – Every backer 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”.

$30,000 – Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of the eBook for TS Rhodes’ novel Scarlett Sails.

$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”.

ADD-ONS:

$5 – eBook of Sherwood Smith’s novel Posse of Princesses.

$15 – All three eBooks of the novels in Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy.

$15Athena’s Daughters Kickstarter exclusive Penny Blossom

$15 – artist signed 8×10 print (you can get as many of these as you’d like of whichever illustrations you’d like, to include the original art cover when we reach that stretch goal.) *now also available to Ginger Breo’s exclusive print for Athena’s Daughters

$20 – additional copy of Athena’s Daughters. It makes a great gift!

$35 – Add a copy of the limited edition hard cover of Athena’s Daughters to your order (those living outside the US who have not already paid for shipping of another print copy, please add $25 for shipping)

$15 – Upgrade your trade paperback of Athena’s Daughters to a limited edition hard cover of Athena’s Daughters.

WHO WE ARE:

INTRODUCTION:

Pam Melroy is a retired Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College in 1983 and a Master of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. Col Melroy is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, with more than 200 combat and combat support hours. She has logged more than 6,000 hours flight time in more than 50 different aircraft. Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994, Colonel Melroy flew three missions in space: as Space Shuttle pilot during STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002, and as Space Shuttle Commander during STS-120 in 2007. All three missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station. She is one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. Colonel Melroy has logged more than 924 hours (more than 38 days) in space. She retired from the Air Force in 2007, and left NASA in August 2009. She currently serves as Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

EDITOR:

Jean Rabe:  USA Today bestselling author Jean Rabe has written more than two dozen fantasy and adventure novels and more than 60 short stories. When she’s not writing, which isn’t often, she edits . . . two dozen anthologies and more than 100 magazine issues so far. She’s a former news reporter and news bureau chief who penned a true crime book with noted attorney F. Lee Bailey. Her genre writing includes military, science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, horror, and modern-day adventure. She shares her home with a double retriever (Labrador/Golden), a graying pug . . . and her new addition, a Boston terrier puppy. All of them are rescues. Rabe occasionally teaches genre writing courses. Visit her website: www.jeanrabe.com.

ARTISTS:

Autumn Frederickson: (see bio above)

To see more of Autumn’s work visit her website at www.FreddyScribbles.com.

Betsy Waddell:

Betsy received her B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. When she’s not illustrating the covers for Janine Spendlove’s War of the Seasons series, she can be found designing, building, and repairing costumes, helping award-winning costume designers illustrate their designs, or drawing caricatures of Broadway actors. She currently lives in New York City and works behind the scenes in the theatre and film industry.

COVER:

Kelli Neier (rhymes with fire) is a native Memphian who works as a freelance graphic designer and editor (by night) and exercises her left brain as a bank teller (by day). She has edited Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons series and designed covers for Time Traveled Tales and Athena’s Daughters anthologies by Silence in the Library Publishing and the Wanderlust series by Elieba Levine.  She enjoys running and takes pride in being the slowest member of GeekGirlsRun.

AUTHORS: 

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor, 2010) and Glamour in Glass (Tor, 2012). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. Sherwood Smith studied in Austria for a year, earning a masters in history. She worked many jobs, from bar tender to running the copy department at MGM studios, then turned to teaching for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, drama and dance. To date she’s published over forty books.

C.A. (Christine) Verstraete enjoys writing both flash and short fiction with a touch of the fantastic or macabre. Her stories have appeared in various anthologies including, Darlings of Decay, Feast of the Dead – Hors D’ Oeuvres, 100 Doors to Madness, plus in Timeshares and Steampunk’d from DAW Books. She’s also written a nonfiction book on miniatures and dollhouses, In Miniature Style II. Her new book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, gives readers a glimpse into the world of a teen-turned-part-zombie who has her own quirks, special diet (no, not that!), and other challenges. Learn more at her blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com or website, http://cverstraete.com.

Maggie Allen recently started writing short fiction, but for her day job at NASA she has years of experience writing and podcasting about various non-fiction topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Maggie is a guitarist and singer in the rock band “Naked Singularity,” which released its first album of original music in 2013. She has also been a long-time member of the costuming community, and has run her popular costume research and resource sites (padawansguide.com and costumersguide.com) for the past 14 years. Her writer website may be found here: http://writermaggie.blogspot.com

Danielle Ackley-McPhail‘s published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections. Learn more at www.sidhenadaire.com.

Cynthia Ward has lived in Oklahoma, Maine, Spain, West Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Tucson. She has published stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful (Prime Books), among other anthologies and magazines. She has published articles in Weird Tales Magazine and Locus Online, among other webzines and magazines. Her story “Norms”, published in Triangulation: Last Contact, made the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011. With Nisi Shawl, Cynthia coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press), which is based on their diversity writing workshop, Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction (http://www.writingtheother.com). A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, she lives in the Los Angeles area, where she is not working on a screenplay. Her website is http://www.cynthiaward.com.

Vicki Johnson-Steger has several short stories published in DAW anthologies, Spells of the City, Timeshares, Boondocks Fantasy, and Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance. Orphan Train was published in Triumph over Tragedy, 2013. “Auggie’s Wings,” a novella, was acquired by Dragonfly Soapworks, to launch their Bitty Bug line of skincare products for children. Fairydale Tale, a YA fairytale mystery, was a quarterfinalist in Amazon Penguin’s Novel Contest 2012 and is currently being shopped. Her tribute to Gene Wolfe appeared in The BULLETIN of the SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS of AMERICA.

D.L. Stever has several short stories in three anthologies: Fractured Fairy Tales, Timeshares, and Boondocks Fantasy, all published by Daw Books. She also a story in the Triumph Over Tragedy Anthology with all proceeds from the collection going to the Red Cross for relief efforts to benefit those devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Cleolinda Jones is the author of Movies in Fifteen Minutes; she has written many novels and might even finish one of them someday. A classy dame who knows what’s what, Cleo currently supervises the House of Bark, recaps when she is least expected, and maintains a howling vortex of delight on Tumbler. She is still blogging on Livejournal out of pure cussedness.

Conley Lyons is a 2010 graduate of Elon University, with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is an avid costumer and runner, having completed a full marathon, numerous half-marathons, and many other races. She is currently a freelance writer living in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Athena’s Daughters features her first published short story.

Jean Rabe (see bio above)

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various anthologies alongside such authors as Aaron Allston, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. She is also the co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other.  She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com.

Gail Z. Martin is the author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga and the upcoming Reign of Ash (Orbit Books, 2014), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. In 2014, Gail launches a new urban fantasy novel, Deadly Curiosities, from Solaris Books. She is also the author of two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail also enjoys reading, cooking, watching anime and Dr. Who, and hanging out with her husband, kids and dogs. Say hi @GailZMartin on Twitter, Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, AscendantKingdoms.com, See new excerpts on wattpad.com/GailZMartin and join her monthly book groups on goodreads.com/GailZMartin

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including the award-winning Hellebore and Rue, and The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity. Her short story “Lord Bai’s Discovery”, which appeared in the Eppie-nominated Dark Quest Books anthology Dragon’s Lure, was shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award. She is also known for her art books, Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete and Fantasy Art Templates. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years, and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Magazine. Her web site is JeanMarieWard.com.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with most of our projects, there really aren’t a whole lot of risks here. We already have the vast majority of the stories in hand. As you saw in the description, our artists are already producing the illustrations for the stories.

When dealing with printers, there is always a chance of delay in delivery, but our printer has been really good about delivering on time to date.

At this point, it is all just a matter of funding the project.

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    ETHEREAL. Your Athena’s Daughters eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice will come bundled with the eBook of the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name and the eBook of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales. You’ll also get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    ADVENTUROUS. At this level your Athena’s Daughters eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice will come bundled with the eBooks for all three books of Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy (The Human, The Half-blood, and the Hunter). You’ll also get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    ADVENTUROUS TOO. Janine Spendlove was kind enough to offer up another set of these! At this level your Athena’s Daughters eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice will come bundled with the eBooks for all three books of Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy (The Human, The Half-blood, and the Hunter). You’ll also get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    GRACEFUL. At this level you get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF) and an exclusive “Penny Blossom” hair clip created by BrightCopperPenny for the Athena’s Daughter’s Kickstarter. You’ll also get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    ARTISTIC. At this level you get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF) and a beautiful 8×10 photo-quality print of the illustration of your choice from the book signed by the artist. You’ll also get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    WISE. At this level you get the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, as well as the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). You’ll also get a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    STEAMY 2. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the DAW anthology Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    STEAMY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the DAW anthology Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    SEXY. At this level you get the limited edition hard cover of Athena’s Daughters, as well as the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). The hardcovers will be limited to this Kickstarter, so you’ll be the only ones able to get them! You’ll also get a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    MUSICAL TOO. Author Maggie Allen was gracious enough to make 10 more of these available! At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a CD of the album Last Call by Naked Singularity signed by the band, including author Maggie Allen. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    MUSICAL. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a CD of the album Last Call by Naked Singularity signed by the band, including author Maggie Allen. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    BEAUTIFUL. At this level you get the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, as well as the eBook in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), and an exclusive “Penny Blossom” hair clip created by BrightCopperPenny for the Athena’s Daughter’s Kickstarter. You’ll also get a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    HEROIC TOO. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    HEROIC. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    DEFENDER. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the DTF Publications anthology No Man’s Land, featuring stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jennifer Brozek, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    TIMELY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a paperback copy of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    PLEASURABLE. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the anthology Strange Pleasures featuring stories by Jean Marie Ward and other great authors and signed by Jean Marie Ward. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    DEADLY TOO. Author Diana Peterfreund was gracious enough to offer up two more of these! At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of each of Diana Peterfreund’s two books Rampant and Ascendant (books about killer unicorns for the win!). Diana’s stretch-goal story for Athena’s Daughters is a tie-in story to these books. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    HELLISH. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the anthology Hellfire Lounge 3: Jinn Rummy, featuring stories by Jean Marie Ward, CJ Henderson, John L. French and other great authors and signed by Jean Marie Ward. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    PERCEPTIVE. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy (by both authors) Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward’s book Writing the Other. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    DARING. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the anthology Rum and Runestones, featuring stories by Gail Z. Martin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Tera Fulbright, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    DARK. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled one signed copy of each of Gail Z. Martins two novels Dark Haven and Dark Lady’s Chosen. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    DEADLY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy each of Diana Peterfreund’s two books Rampant and Ascendant (books about killer unicorns for the win!). Diana’s stretch-goal story for Athena’s Daughters is a tie-in story to these books. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    STELLAR. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s novel A Legacy of Stars. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    POWERFUL. At this level you get a beautiful limited and numbered 11×17 photo-quality print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive artwork of Athena the Space Marine signed by the artist and the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    IRONIC. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the anthology In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk, featuring stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (and signed by Danielle), David Sherman, CJ Henderson, and many other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    MAGICAL. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the DAW anthology Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance and a copy of the DAW anthology Spells of the City. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    CREATIVE. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of author and artist Ginger Breo’s novel Celluloid. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    TIMELY TOO. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a paperback copy of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    GRAND. At this level you get a beautiful limited and numbered 11×14 photo-quality print of the illustration of your choice from the book signed by the artist and the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    STRONG. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of Tricia Barr’s book Wynde, to be released New Year’s Eve. Tricia’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology is a tie-in to this novel. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    ENCHANTING. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of each of the two novels in Alethea Kontis’s Woodcutter series, Enchanted and Hero. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    TIMELESS. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of THREE different DAW anthologies: Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, Spells of the City, and Timeshares. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    REGAL. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a limited edition advance reader copy of Gail Z. Martin’s novel The Blood King. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    COLLECTED. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a copy of the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name and a copy of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales. All three anthologies feature the work of Maggie Allen, Jean Rabe, and Janine Spendlove, and you’ll also find stories by Aaron Allston, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn and many other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    GODDESS. At this level you get a beautiful limited and numbered 11×17 photo-quality print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive artwork of Athena the Space Marine signed by the artist, the trade paperback of Athena’s Daughters, and the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    SUPER-HEROIC. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy (signed by the majority of the authors) of the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    MORE TIMELY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a limited edition hard cover copy of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    EDUCATED. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed copy of each of three different Gail Z. Martin books in the Thrifty Author’s Guide series on book promotion: Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind, Selling and Promoting Your Book Online, and Social Media and Mobile Apps for Authors. These books are easy, step-by-step guides to getting your book out into the world from a bestselling author and social media expert. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    EVEN MORE TIMELY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed paperback copy (by all of the authors) of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. The eBook is of Time Traveled Tales is included. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    COURAGEOUS. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with signed copies of all three books of Sherwood Smith’s Dobrenica series (Coronets and Steel, Blood Spirits, and Revenant Eve). You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    PIONEER. At this level you get a beautiful limited and numbered 11×17 photo-quality print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive artwork of Athena the Space Marine signed by the artist, the limited edition hard cover of Athena’s Daughters, and the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

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    FIERCE. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with signed copies of three Gail Z. Martin novels: Ice Forged, The Sworn and The Dread. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    YOUTHFUL. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with signed copies of all three books of Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    THOROUGH. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled signed copies of each of the following Jean Rabe books: Fenzig’s Fortune (hard cover), Betrayal (paperback), Pandora’s Closet (paperback), Death March (paperback), and Rebellion (paperback). You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters and signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    LYRICAL. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with the audio books of three Gail Z. Martin novels: Ice Forged, The Sworn and The Dread. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    TANYA SPACKMAN TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Tanya Spackman’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    JANINE SPENDLOVE TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Janine Spendlove’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    TRICIA BARR TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Tricia Barr’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character (name might need to be altered to fit the world-building dynamics). Tricia’s story is a tie-in to her space opera novel titled Wynde, which will be released New Years Eve. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    NISI SHAWL TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Nisi Shawl’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    GAIL Z. MARTIN TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Gail Z. Martin’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    JEAN RABE TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Jean Rabe’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    SHERWOOD SMITH TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into Sherwood Smith’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    C. VERSTRAETE TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written into C. Verstraete’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    VICKI STEGER-JOHNSON TUCKERIZATION. At this level, you have the opportunity to be written intoVicki Steger-Johnson’s story for the Athena’s Daughters anthology as a minor character. You’ll also receive the print and eBook editions of the anthology, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with signed copies of all four books of Sherwood Smith’s Inda series (Inda, The Fox, King’s Shield, and Treason’s Shore) and the companion volume Banner of the Damned. Additionally, Sherwood Smith will hand-color a map of that world that will be included with the set. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Daughter of Athena” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    VIBRANT. At this level you take home the original artwork for one of the illustrations from Athena’s Daughters. The artwork will, of course, be signed by the artist. Additionally, you’ll be listed in our exclusive “Goddess of Wisdom” recognition section in the back of the book and eBook. Finally, you’ll receive the print and eBook editions of Athena’s Daughters, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist, and you’ll get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    MOST TIMELY. At this level your trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters will come bundled with a signed hard cover copy (by all of the authors) of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales, featuring stories by Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maggie Allen, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Jean Rabe, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and other great authors. The eBook of Time Traveled Tales is included. You’ll also get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters in the DRM-free format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF), as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist. We’ll include one of the limited edition Time Traveled Tales Challenge coins featuring Matt Slay’s art work from the anthology, one of Bright Copper Penny’s exclusive Athena’s Daughters “Penny Blossom” hair clips, and a limited, numbered, and signed (by the artist) 11×14 photo quality print of an illustration from the anthology. Finally, you’ll be recognized in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts” and get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    UNIQUE. At this level, artist Autumn Frederickson will do a private commission of the artwork of your choice. Want a portrait of yourself? Done! Want a portrait of yourself shirtless holding a baby tiger…well, okay, but done! The artwork will, of course, be signed by the artist. Additionally, you’ll be listed in our exclusive “Goddess of Wisdom” recognition section in the back of the book and eBook. Finally, you’ll receive the print and eBook editions of Athena’s Daughters, as well as a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations from Athena’s Daughters signed by the artist, and you’ll get an email from one of our authors personally thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    MENTOR 2. At this level, you have the opportunity to submit a story for review by author Cynthia Ward. After reading your story, she will provide you with feedback and advice on your submission. Cynthia is the co-author of Writing the Other, the popular manual designed to help writers create richer and more accurate characters. You’ll also receive the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, the signed (by the artist) postcard, and an 11×14 limited, numbered, and signed print an illustration of your choice from the anthology and, after we reach the first stretch goal, an 11×17 limited, numbered, and signed print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive Athena artwork for Athena’s Daughters. Additionally, if we reach the hard cover stretch goal, you will receive a copy of the limited hardcover edition of Athena’s Daughters. Finally, you will receive an email from one of the authors thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    MENTOR 1. At this level, you have the opportunity to submit a story for review by author Danielle Ackley-McPhail. After reading your story, she will provide you with feedback and advice on your submission. Aside from being a great author, Danielle is the senior editor of the Bad-Assed Faeries anthology and content editor for the Defending the Future anthologies. You’ll also receive the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, the signed (by the artist) postcard, and an 11×14 limited, numbered, and signed print an illustration of your choice from the anthology and, after we reach the first stretch goal, an 11×17 limited, numbered, and signed print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive Athena artwork for Athena’s Daughters. Additionally, if we reach the hard cover stretch goal, you will receive a copy of the limited hardcover edition of Athena’s Daughters. Finally, you will receive an email from one of the authors thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    MENTOR 3. At this level, you have the opportunity to submit a story for review by best-selling author Sherwood Smith. After reading your story, she will provide you with feedback and advice on your submission. Aside from being a great author, Sherwood teaches at Viable Paradise and edits for Book View Cafe. You’ll also receive the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, the signed (by the artist) postcard, and an 11×14 limited, numbered, and signed print an illustration of your choice from the anthology and, after we reach the first stretch goal, an 11×17 limited, numbered, and signed print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive Athena artwork for Athena’s Daughters. Additionally, if we reach the hard cover stretch goal, you will receive a copy of the limited hardcover edition of Athena’s Daughters. Finally, you will receive an email from one of the authors thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    MENTOR 4. At this level, you have the opportunity to submit a story for review by best-selling author Janine K. Spendlove. After reading your story, she will provide you with feedback and advice on your submission. Aside from being a great author, Janine is one of the founding members of Silence in the Library Publishing, and has been deeply involved in the publication of multiple anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales and A Hero By Any Other Name. You’ll also receive the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, the signed (by the artist) postcard, and an 11×14 limited, numbered, and signed print an illustration of your choice from the anthology and, after we reach the first stretch goal, an 11×17 limited, numbered, and signed print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive Athena artwork for Athena’s Daughters. Additionally, if we reach the hard cover stretch goal, you will receive a copy of the limited hardcover edition of Athena’s Daughters. Finally, you will receive an email from one of the authors thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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    TRANSCENDENT. At this level, you can have the book dedicated to you or someone of your choosing. The only caveat is that the person to whom the book is dedicated must be a woman. So, if you’re a man this is a perfect chance to dedicate the book to a woman who has had a significant impact in your life. You’ll also receive the trade paperback edition of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, the signed (by the artist) postcard, and an 11×14 limited, numbered, and signed print an illustration of your choice from the anthology and, after we reach the first stretch goal, an 11×17 limited, numbered, and signed print of Ginger Breo’s exclusive Athena artwork for Athena’s Daughters. Additionally, if we reach the hard cover stretch goal, you will receive a copy of the limited hardcover edition of Athena’s Daughters. Also, you’ll receive a signed hard cover copy of the Silence in the Library anthology Time Traveled Tales and the Silence in the Library anthology A Hero By Any Other Name. Finally, you will receive an email from one of the authors thanking you for your contribution.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
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Dec 10, 2013 – Jan 8, 2014 (29 days)

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