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Book 3 Update and Cover Reveal

lfneJason L Blair20 January 2014

Hello, everyone!

First off, thank you very much for your continued patience as production continues on the latest Little Fears Nightmare Edition book. I wanted to give you all a quick update as to where things stand:

Writing: It’s going well! Day job has had some serious spikes in time dedication and energy but I’m putting as much time into Book 3 as I can. It’s coming along nicely. All the character chapters are complete and a good chunk of the world chapters are done. The biggest single chunk that remains is the included episode, “My Soul to Keep.” I aim to make it pretty scary.

Art: Everything that’s been commissioned for the interior has been in for a while though I might need one or two interiors to accent some of the additions. I don’t see anything major though.

Cover: In! Veronica Jones delivered a knock-out cover for the book. She continues to be the face of the line, and I’m really happy with what she delivered. Speaking of which, here’s the cover to Book 3: Blessed are the Children.

(Click for a larger image.)

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We’re Starting a Fiction Line!

lfneJason L Blair20 September 2013

The LFNE Book 3 Kickstarter passed $8,000 in pledges last night—which means I’m writing a Little Fears book this November!

That is amazing. Thank you all so much. We still have just over a day to go! Please help spread the word wherever you can.

Hey, am I getting a copy of this book?

As was outlined in this Kickstarter update, every Kickstarter backer who pledges $25 or more will get a free digital copy sent to them. If you back at $70 or more, you’ll get the digital copy PLUS a signed print edition sent to you. This book will be shipped separately so it will not delay fulfillment of your backer tier. Or, you can add a digital copy to your pledge for $5—no matter the level—and extra hardcopies for $10 (please include $5 shipping if you need it sent outside the United States).

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One Week to Go!

lfneJason L Blair13 September 2013

The LFNE Book 3 Kickstarter has just one week to go! Please help spread the word. We’re still a little over $1400 from launching the Little Fears fiction line. If you’d like to see some books set in the Nightmare Edition universe, help the Kickstarter reach $8000!

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Help Launch the Little Fears Fiction Line!

lfneJason L Blair09 September 2013

The Kickstarter has eleven days left on it and we’re less than $2k away from launching the Little Fears fiction line! I’m very excited, and it’s a goal we can reach, but it’ll need your help. Please pass the word, spread the link, and share your own Little Fears stories online and with your friends. I’d love to be able to get the first book, The Wolf Pact, to press with your help.

If you’re not familiar with my fiction writing (I imagine most of you know me from my roleplaying games), I posted a short fiction piece to my professional website a bit ago. A teacher friend of mine asked me for a 4-5 paragraph survival story for her Sixth Grade class. (She tells me it was quite the hit—so hooray!) My contribution is called REST and you can read it here.

You can also read a brief excerpt from The Wolf Pact in a previous update to this site.

Thank you all for your continuing support! I really does mean the world to me.

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Kickstarter Stretch Goal #1 – Little Fears: The Wolf Pact

lfneJason L Blair29 August 2013

Nate opened the library door slowly and glanced inside. Miss Dennison’s desk was at the back, to the right. Twenty steps or so. The boy shut the door behind him, pushing it until he heard a faint click. Even though lunch had just let out, and the tables were filled with students, the place was a silent as a cemetery. As he crossed the room, his eyes darted across the desks, avoiding direct contact whenever he could. Nate counted his steps as he crossed the room toward the librarian. Twenty-one.

Nate looked at Miss Dennison, her eyes fixed on a computer screen, fingers flying across the keyboard. The monitor glowed softly on the thin woman’s pale skin.

“Um,” Nate squeaked. “Do you have any books on werewolves?”

Without looking up, the librarian pointed a long bony finger towards one of the aisles. “Row 12. Fiction. Horror.”

“No,” Nate said, a bit too quickly. “Um, I mean, like, facts about werewolves.”

Miss Dennison stopped typing. “Excuse me?”

“Real life,” Nate searched for the right words. “Like, history and stuff.”

The librarian withdrew her hands from the keyboard. She raised her head slowly. Her every action was precise. She spoke, low and steady. “I suppose you could check Folklore. There are many accounts of lycanthropy among ancient civilizations. For historical accounts, I recommend an Internet search. Computers are at the back. Use your Student ID to log in.”

“Thank you,” Nate said, quietly, eyeing the imposing aisles stuffed with books. He had never been much of a reader. The thought of delving into so many books made his palms sweat. He stepped toward the shelves, thought for a second, then turned around. Miss Dennison was still looking at him, her face like stone. Nate swallowed down a lump in his throat. “Lycanthropy?”

“Yes. Lycanthropy.” The librarian wrote the word on a yellow sticky note and handed it to him. “Werewolves, shapeshifters, skinchangers, all of them fall under the category of lycanthropy. It’s a good word to know if you’re doing any research on the subject.”

Nate took the piece of paper. The tacky strip on the edge stuck to his fingertips. “Thank you.”

Miss Dennison’s face turned up in a flat smile. Her lips parted slightly, exposing a long row of thin white teeth. “Of course. That’s what I’m here for.”

The Wolf Pact

Little Fears: The Wolf Pact is about 11-year Nate Torrance. Drifting away from his two best friends—one doesn’t want to grow up and one who can’t wait to be an adult—Nate feels more alone than he ever has in his life until he strikes up a conversation with Jennifer Mills, the new girl in Mr. Jenner’s Sixth Grade class. Their friendship quickly blossoms and, one day, Jennifer admits to Nate why her family moved into town: two years ago, her older brother, Brandon, disappeared in the middle of the night. Her family soon fell apart, and she and her mom decided to relocate in order to get a fresh start. Jennifer reluctantly admits that she believes her brother was taken by monsters.

Real ones.

Nate worries Jennifer might be crazy—until he runs across the path of a werewolf who has been stalking a neighbor’s house. The neighbor? Nate’s friend, Darren, the 12-year old who can’t wait to grow up. But it’s not Darren who the werewolf wants, it’s Darren’s 8-year old sister, Lindsay. Nate then recruits Jennifer to help him stop the werewolf and prevent Lindsay from suffering the same fate as Brandon. It’s not until the two run into a second werewolf, one who claims he’s hunting the first one, that Nate begins to discover the truth behind monsters and a mysterious place called Closetland.

The Kickstarter

I wrote the first draft of The Wolf Pact back in 2007, before the launch of Little Fears Nightmare Edition in 2009. While it was a worthwhile experiment, that original text is not the book I’m looking to publish. I’d like to take the same basic idea and many of the characters and rewrite it as a new novel set within the Nightmare Edition world. And if the Blessed are the Children Kickstarter hits $8,000, I’ll commission a cover from Veronica Jones and publish the book in print and digitally as a PDF and eBook. In addition to the fiction, the book will include full stats for the characters and creatures featured in the story.

Every Kickstarter backer who pledges $25 or more will get a free digital copy sent to them. If you back at $70 or more, you’ll get the digital copy PLUS a signed print edition sent to you. This book will be shipped separately so it will not delay fulfillment of your backer tier. Or, you can add a digital copy to your pledge for $5—no matter the level—and extra hardcopies for $10 (please include $5 shipping if you need it sent outside the United States).

I hope this excites you as much as it does me. I’ve long wanted to launch a line of Little Fears novels and, with your help, I’ll be able to. Thank you!

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Little Fears Fiction Line?

lfneJason L Blair26 August 2013

The LFNE Book 3 Kickstarter is now over 200% funded (woah!) with 26 days left to go! You all are amazing. I cannot thank you enough.

Looking toward the future of the Kickstarter, I’ve been thinking over stretch goals with an eye towards what’s feasible, what’s best for the line, and what do folks want to see as the (not necessarily in order) criteria. A fourth book is a definite possibility but I’d HATE to promise anything that would cause a delay in shipping the Book 3 rewards (I learned that lesson from the Streets of Bedlam Kickstarter). Besides, I’d also like to grow Little Fears in other directions as well.

So, my current thought is launching the long-in-waiting Little Fears fiction line as a stretch goal for the Book 3 Kickstarter. The big benefits of this are:

1. Helping grown Little Fears in a new direction
2. It will not delay fulfillment of the other tiers in any way
3. The art demand isn’t nearly that of another game book

That said, there would be art and that’s what the stretch goal funds would cover. Veronica Jones has agreed to do the cover and I’d also have some interior illustrations as well. The book would be 25-30k words, made available in eBook and PDF as well as softcover and limited edition hardcover, and set in the Nightmare Edition of the world. I’m still working on the specifics of which tiers would get which version of the book but it’s safe to say $45 and over would get at least the free digital version and the print version would be available as an add-on (again–shipped separately so your reward would not be delayed because of it).

I’m throwing this out to you all though. Would you like to see a Little Fears fiction line?

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Book 3 Kickstarter – FUNDED!

lfneJason L Blair23 August 2013

Wow. Thank you. THANK YOU. In less than 24 hours, the Kickstarter for Book 3: Blessed are the Children hit its goal. I am well and truly blown away. I am going to greenlight the cover with Veronica Jones and touch base with the other artists to reserve slots in their schedules. I hope to have some images and text to share with you very soon.

The Kickstarter still has a month to go. I am currently considering stretch goals, including possibly doing up some LFNE dice bags for the sets and looking into an LFNE GM screen. None of that is final, and if you all have any suggestions for LFNE support products you’d like to see, drop a comment here or on the Kickstarter page.

Thank you all again!

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LFNE Book 3 Kickstarter is Live!

lfneJason L Blair22 August 2013

It’s my birthday today and I’m celebrating with the Kickstarter launch of Little Fears Nightmare Edition Book 3 – Blessed are the Children! Here’s the teaser video I created for the Kickstarter.

I am very excited by the potential of this book and I hope you’re intrigued by the premise. I consider Book 2: Among the Missing to be the best tabletop work I’ve ever done and I aim to exceed that with Book 3. The Blessed are an incredibly interesting group of kids and Book 3 will offer insight into a previously unexplored part of the Little Fears universe.

If this sounds interesting to you, please check out the Kickstarter page for details on this next book, check out the backer reward tiers, and post any comments or questions there. For review, here’s what’s up for grabs by backing Book 3:

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