With shout-outs over the weekend from Gail Simone, The Mary Sue, io9, and Jezebel, the ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS Kickstarter had a fabulous first weekend, which by all accounts are generally slow. So the story summary for my stretch goal participation, which I originally thought I would have to write this week some time, ended up being due today. That’s right – we funded all the way up to $15,500 yesterday afternoon! By the time this posts, we will have reached nearly $19,000 in funding with over 875 backers and 23 days yet to go.
If you haven’t checked out the Kickstarter, now’s the time. The stretch goals mean even a small donation gets you tons of free stuff.
A quick summary for my short story “Mission Accomplished” follows:
Summary: The day after her first combat mission as a member of the elite commando unit PARTE Seven, Gemini Reed struggles with the memories of the bloody battle and wonders if she could have done more to help her comrades. When Sergeant Murch interrupts her debrief with a new assignment, Gemini is certain she is being tested. Will she earn her squad’s trust, or has it already been irrevocably damaged?
Author’s note: This stand-alone story takes place during the events of my novel Wynde, which will be released December 31, 2013. Gemini is the lifelong best friend of my principal heroine, Vespa. Their friendship and teamwork are central to the novel and become critical in the final climactic battle for the Kavil moon. With the novel focused on Vespa, in my short story I wanted to share more of Gemini’s journey to becoming a heroine.
I’m very excited to see the artwork that goes with it. I’ve also offered a Tuckerization for a minor character as a backer reward (which someone has already snatched up!) and three copies of Wynde to be included in bundles.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the project so far!
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Assembly of Geeks and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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