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What Mothers Want Most

Flowers, schmowers.  Nine out of ten mothers agree:  what they want most for Mother’s Day is time alone with a good book.  And we’re here to help.

From now until Mother’s Day you can send mum a copy of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou and we’ll send her a copy of Pulp Literature Issue 14 as a gift from us.

Or, if you really want to shower mum with appreciation all year long, give her a subscription to Pulp Literature and we’ll add in both Stella Ryman and the soon to be released Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels for only $10 more.

Stella + Issue 14, print:  $17.95

Stella + Issue 14, eBook: $6.99

 

Mother’s Day Subscription bundle, print: $60

Mother’s Day Subscription bundle, eBook: $27.99

 

Be sure to drop us a line at info(at)pulpliterature.com to let us know her address, and we’ll even send an e-card on Mother’s Day.  Now all you need to do is arrange that time alone for her to read …

And if this is a gift for yourself?  Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Besides, you deserve it!

Double Dare: Stella and Allaigna!

What’s better than one great heroine?  Two!

Our Something Novel campaign has just been picked as staff favourite over at Kickstarter, and we like to think it’s because of our ‘Strong Female Characters’, aka the heroes of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.

On the surface, Stella and Allaigna couldn’t seem more different:  one is in her eighties, trapped in a home waiting to die; and the other is a child just starting out on a life of adventure.

However, it is their similarities that make them characters we love.  Despite their lack of personal power, they are stubborn, strong-willed, and fierce crusaders against injustice of all kinds.   We are rooting for them from page one.

If you want to invite both these uppity women into your home, choose the Double Dare on Kickstarter.  For $35 + shipping we will send you each novel as it’s released: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries at the end of March, and Allaigna’s Song: Overture in late May.  And if digital is your style, you can get both novels for the amazing deal of $10.

bookshelfBut wait, there’s more!  The second Allaigna novel will start in the pages of Pulp Literature Issue 13 and continue to be serialized throughout the year.  Plus, issues 14 and 16 will both contain brand new Stella novellas!  To avoid missing out you can get a print subscription plus the novels with the Reader’s Delight at $80, or your can add a digital subscription to any reward for only $10.

But hurry!  There are only a few hours left of the Kickstarter campaign.

 

Help these heroines into books of their own by backing us on Kickstarter!

Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries

For my money, here’s the best reward on Something Novel

Mrs Stella Ryman is an amateur sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home.
You’d be cranky, too.

Have I mentioned how much I adore Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries?

Of course, I may be biased.  I was there when Stella was born, in Mel’s beautiful house on Bowen Island, overlooking the water, with the sun flickering through the towering trees around us.  In fact, I feel sure the opening sentence that came from Mel’s pen in that Hour Stories session, and which has remained unchanged since, was a product of benevolent Bowen sunshine.

“On this particular sun-and-shade April morning at Fairmount Manor, Stella Ryman no more entertained the idea of becoming an amateur sleuth than she had of entering next spring’s Boston Marathon.” 

Isn’t that brilliant?  I’m sure that a hundred years from now it will be one of those oft-quoted first lines, right alongside “It is a truth universally acknowledged …”

But Mel’s prose isn’t just elegant and witty … it’s also warm, compassionate, and insightful.

48944aa0e49fc0f95a6d49b4a2911610_originalIn Stella, she has written a character who is brave, intelligent, wise, and stubborn, but who is also trapped.  Stuck in a care home, limited by physical fraility, and at the mercy of her slightly less-than-reliable memory, she is nonetheless a warrior, seeking justice for the powerless within the walls of the Fairmount Manor care home.  While the context is mundane and the situations treated with gentle humour — the erratic wisdom of Mad Cassandra Browning, the convoluted plot to allow Thelma to take an unsupervised bath, the snarky observations of ‘The Greek Chorus’ of elderly harpies — Mel’s sharp and compassionate writing makes us care about defending the defenceless and righting the wrongs of the nursing home as much as Stella does.

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities; and Stella, for all her eighty years and circumscribed life, is a hero that can stand proud in any Hall of Worthies.

If you haven’t yet met Stella, or if you have and want to get to know her better, consider ordering a copy on Pulp Literature‘s Something Novel Kickstarter campaign.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

-Jen

 

 

The Writer’s Delight

Wondering what to give the writer in your life?  Look no further than Something Novel where you’ll find …

The Writer’s Delight

Limited Reward!  Jam-packed with Writing Value. You receive:book &Pen small

  •  The Writer’s Boon Companion, the motivating, illustrated 30-day writing guide
  • a detailed critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress by one of the Pulp Lit editors.
  • A print subscription to Pulp Literature (Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.)
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.

This is a steal of a deal at the $100 reward level.  But hurry! There are only 9 left!

Looking for more great gift ideas?  Head on over to Something NovelWe even send gift cards!3-notecards

Art Collector’s Delight

All right, this is the uber mega reward.  For the true art lover who wants to be a patron of the arts by supporting Something Novel on Kickstarter at the $1000 level, you score a beautiful piece of original art by Mel Anastasiou.

Only 1 available!

Two for Joy, by Mel Anastasiou.

“To complete a composition of this size, with a fair amount of complexity, and smile while I work on it late into the night … the secret is to love every tiny line.”
– Mel Anastasiou

This signed16″ x 24″ pen and ink composition is drawn on high-quality acid-free paper and is suitable for framing.  Plus the lucky backer who pledges for this reward will get all the perks of the Collector’s Delight and a thank-you card from Mel.  That includes

  • All 12 print back issues of Pulp Literature  plus a 1-year print subcription.
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion by Mel Anastasiou
  • A complete collection of printable notecards from Mel
  • The option to swap the Art Lover’s Delight for the Collector’s Delight and have a portrait drawn by Mel.
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detail from Two for Joy

There’s only one reward at this level, but here’s where to get other great rewards:  Kickstarter’s Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

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This is huge support for Pulp Literature Press.  $1000.00 covers a quarter of printing and distribution costs for our first two novels, and lets us get the ball rolling for this brand new  publishing house.

What does the funding go towards?

The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for creative costs, production, marketing, and distribution to deliver Stella Ryman & The Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture into your hands.

  • Creative Costs: These include hiring a graphic designer, copy-editor, and proofreader for each book, plus the cost of new cover paintings for Allaigna and Stella by Melissa Mary Duncan and Kris Sayer.  Mel and Jen have contributed their texts at no cost to the project and will only get paid through royalties.
  • Printing & Distribution:  Books for the Canadian market will be printed locally at First Choice Books in Victoria BC, while international markets will be served by local print-on-demand services to reduce both shipping times and our carbon footprint.
  • Reward Fulfillment: This includes costs of rewards outside printing and distribution of the novels.
  • Marketing: We have allotted $1000 per book for marketing both during the campaign and afterwards to make sure these novels reach the eyes of readers like you around the world.
  • Kickstarter Fees: 3-5% of the funds go to credit card processing fees, and 5% of the money raised stays with Kickstarter to support the platform and make crowdfunding like this possible.

Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book

Did you discover Paradise with last year’s Kickstarter?  If not, here’s your second chance!  We still have a few copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book available on Something Novel.  At $10 plus shipping, this book of beautiful full-sized, frameable colouring pages is the perfect gift for the colouring afficionado in your life.  Relaxing and inspiring, colouring may be just what you need to de-stress and re-invigorate your creative brain.  The reward includes:

Colouring book

  • A gorgeous print version, plus the pdf to print as many additional pages as you like.
  • Add $9 to include The Writer’s Boon Companion and any digital issue of Pulp Literature (save a dollar)!
  • Add $9 to include a print edition of Pulp Literature (save another dollar)!

Here’s what people are saying

  • “classic timeless and elegant”
  • “exquisitely rendered”
  • “inspired and inspiring”
  • “possibly the beautiful pictures you’ve ever coloured”
  • “the most beautiful coloring book I’ve ever seen”michaelfortw2

 

 

 

 

 

Get this at more great rewards at Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Art Lover’s Delight

Every time we run a Kickstarter Mel generously offers to do beautiful portraits for a few lucky backers, and this year is no different.  This year there are only five Art Lover’s Delight rewards available on the Something Novel page.

Portraits by Mel
Author portraits by Mel

Art Lover’s Delight – Only 5 available! 

  • An 8.5 x 11″ pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one in Mel’s breathtaking renaissance style
  • A fun set of limited edtion JJ Lee paper dolls by Kris Sayer created for our first Kickstarter campaign back in 2013!
  • One of the few remaining print copies of Colouring Paradise.
  • A one-year print subscription to Pulp Literature.
  • Both novels: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion illustrated 30-day writing journal
  • All this plus free shipping at the $500 level!
A 2015 Backer portrait

All of Mel’s customers have been delighted with their Renaissance-themed portraits.

As Mel says, “Like the Renaissance painters who are my first inspirations, I try to give good value, and at the $500 level I include intricate backgrounds and favourite themes in an intriguing composition.”mel-bubbly

Update! There are now only four of these rewards left on the Kickstarter.  Here’s where to get a one for yourself along with other great rewards:  Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

 

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Creative Writer’s Delight $150

pen2smallHere’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Creative Writer’s Delight

The Creative Writer’s Delight package is jam-packed with rewards for writers:

  • boontitlepagesmallThe Writer’s Boon Companion, a 30 day pocket guide to writing
  • a critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress.
  • A print subscription to Pulp Literature
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.
  • plus, full membership  to the Creative Ink Literary Festival from 31 March to 2 April 2017 in Burnaby, BC.  Don’t miss this amazing conference for writers, readers, and artists! There are only 3 available.
  • All these awards plus a festival membership for only $150!
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.

 Here’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Something Novel is live!

Don’t let the Hallowe’en fireworks die down yet, our new Kickstarter campaign, Pulp Literature: Something Novel is live!

The campaign is raising funds to bring two of your favourite heroes, Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and JM Landels’s Allaigna, back to the page in glorious full-length novel format as they were meant to be read.  If you’ve been itching to get your hands on these books, hurry to the campaign page now.  We have made 15 copies each of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture available at the early-bird price of $15 instead of $20.  But hurry, these prices are only available till Sunday!

And those aren’t the only rewards for early backers.

  • The first 50 backers, regardless of pledge amount, will receive a pdf advanced release copy of Mel’s fabulous new writing workbook, The Writer’s Boon Companion.  And you’ll receive this gift right away, without having to wait till the end of the campaign.
  • If we get 50 backers by the end of November 2nd, we have another gift for you.  This one’s a mystery, but we promise it’s something you’ll be able to use again and again in the upcoming holiday season and all year long.
  • And if we get 100 backers by November 4th we have a second gift!

Plus there are more limited rewards

  • The Earlybird Readers Delight: get a copy of both Stella and Allaigna, plus a 1 year subscription to Pulp Literature for only $65 until Sunday or the limit of 20 is reached.
  • We have 30 copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book to give to readers who pledge $10 or more.
  • Plus a collection of inspired and inspiring packages for writers, readers and art-lovers at the $100 and up levels.

And of course you can also renew your subscription to Pulp Literature here as well and benefit from all the earlybird goodies today or tomorrow.  See you over at Kickstarter!

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Mock-ups covers for Stella & Allaigna