{Guest} L Blankenship

Kickstarter by L Blankenship

People who know me would be surprised if they knew I’m writing a six-part gritty fantasy romance. I’m publishing the first part this year — Disciple, Part I: For Want of a Piglet.

They wouldn’t be surprised by the “fantasy” part — I love fantasy, and always have. And not surprised by the “gritty” part because I’m the sort who’s just as fascinated by the ugly, grimy side of life as the smooth, beautiful side. They wouldn’t even be surprised that it’s six parts, because I love big, meaty stories just as much as the next fantasy fan.

Romance? Me? I’m not a romantic person. In fact, I’m a determinedly un-romantic person. Flowers, chocolates, love at first sight, surging violin music… nope, sorry.

Why do my peasant-born healer and the kingdom’s only prince fall in love? They come from wildly different backgrounds, but they share the same interests. Namely, a love of books and discussing what they’ve read. When they’re thrown together by a mission to find allies for the kingdom, the healer and the prince begin sharing a book and talking about it. Soon they’re talking about anything and everything, the way teenagers do when they’re starting to fall in love.

The dangers of the journey prove they can trust each other. The friends they lose knit them together with shared grief. But, in the end, they are a healer and a prince with very different responsibilities — what hope do they have of being together? That’s a question for Part II.

Back cover copy:

The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.

And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.

I’m running a Kickstarter project to fund the professional editing, proofreading, and cover artwork for my gritty fantasy romance, Disciple, Part I: For Want of a Piglet. There will be six parts in total, published over the course of the next few years.

I’m offering e-books, paperbacks, promotional bookmarks, and more at various pledge levels (ranging from $1 – $100). Check out the project page for my book trailer, budget, and production schedule.

Kickstarter.com is a fundraising platform for all sorts of creative projects. Artists post a profile of their project and offer rewards in exchange for pledged money. The pledges are not collected unless the artist’s funding goal is reached within a set period of time. If the goal is reached, the artist receives the money, carries out the project and distributes the rewards promised. It’s a fascinating site and easy to lose time in!

About the Author

L. Blankenship is the alternate identity of a mild-mannered graphic designer. She writes hard science fiction and gritty fantasy adventures, and blogs at Notes from the Jovian Frontier. She also contributes to Unicorn Bell and Science in My Fiction.


About Bek Harrington

Writer, author, vampire fan and historical enthusiast. You'll often find me crusing the internet under the guise of my alter ego, 3000 year old vampire "Bektamun"

Posted on 17/07/2012, in Guests and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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