Athena's Daughters Anthology Kickstarter begins today and runs through Jan. 8, 2014!
Authors include Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Cleolinda Jones, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Rabe, Sherwood Smith, Janine 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.
And.... it includes 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.
It also includes beautiful illustrations by Autumn Frederickson.
Here's a peek at part of the illustration for my story, "The Songbird's Search." (Be sure to go see the whole thing! It's wonderful, as are the others!) Meet Marietta:
In my story, "The Songbird's Search," Marietta comes to town, hoping to find a new life. She's as plain as can be, but when she steps into the Black Fiddle and opens her mouth to sing, everything changes. Her voice... oh, her voice is like heaven! Now all she needs is to find that one special man who finds her as irresistible...
And if you wonder... what's a Kickstarter? Well....
The project by Silence in the Library is looking to raise $8,500 to get this anthology and all the goodies underway. Be a backer for $5 (you can bid a minimum $1 too) and up to $500 and if the project is funded you can get all kinds of fantastic incentives like ebooks, original signed artwork, trade paperbacks and... cool! Be "Tuckerized" - be put into a story as a character!
My story is one of the chances to be a literary star!
There's much more, so check it out! Funding is from Dec. 10 - Jan 8. Hope to see you there!