To raise funds for the science fantasy novel The Coming War, author Joan Marie Verba is using the Kickstarter crowdsourcing platform. There are a number of rewards/incentives for investing in the project, including ebooks and paperback books written by Joan Marie Verba.
The pledge levels to receive the ebooks or paperbacks start at $5, where investors receive a copy of The Coming War in ebook format and get their name listed on the acknowledgements page. The more an investor pledges, the more books and ebooks the donor will receive. At the higher levels of donation, an investor can receive ebook copies of the short story "Revenge, Denied," the nonfiction work Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets, and paperback copies of the novels The Coming War, Sword of Queens, Countdown to Action, Action Alert, Deadly Danger, Situation: Critical, Extreme Hazard, and Danger Zone.
Just for fun, progress on this project is being measured by putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Pieces are added to the puzzle with every $10 pledged; if the goal is met, the puzzle will be complete.
The Coming War is a post-apocalyptic novel, and the protagonist, Lani, has the genuine ability to foresee the future. Since Lani is also a member of the court, there is also plenty of political/palace intrigue as well. What happens when a largely pacifist culture realizes that a warrior culture is coming to destroy them?
The Kickstarter program runs through May 2. Find out more here.