The production of the TV pilot for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart, will commence April 12th, 2017. I’m very pleased to have the dates set and we will be very busy this fall with preparations for the production. We have one last open auditioning call to host, after which we will set the full cast for the show.
Also, Seventh Star Studios, who will produce this project, has a brand new website at: www.seventhstarstudios.com Seventh Star Studios is a new division of Seventh Star Press focused on visual media projects and the Rayden Valkyrie TV pilot represents the division’s first production.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us in the Kickstarter for the Rayden Valkyrie TV Pilot. 187 people made it happen in backing this project and now we aim to bring a great TV pilot to the screen! Rayden Valkyrie is the character who is nearest and dearest to me, and this project is the most important one I’ve ever taken on, so I will go to every length to make it the best possible. Thank you everyone, to the 187, to our great team of Frank Hall, Eric and Kylie Jude, Julie Fink, and Jennifer Malone Wright, and to all who participated in the campaign, stood with us to be featured, and all those who shared and posted on it. We made it happen! Onward and Upward.
Today we are doing a special drive to seek some $5 pledges in our campaign to bring to live a Rayden Valkyrie TV pilot. Some folks might not think a $5 pledge matters, but growing our backer family in a Kickstarter campaign makes an impact and helps more than you might know.
We’re making headway for sure, but it’s not an easy road to bring this Kickstarter Campaign to the goal line. And in a Kickstarter campaign you don’t get the funding unless you reach the goal. It’s all or nothing, which is a good thing as it ensures that the project is genuinely funded before it is confirmed.
Five dollars, in other areas, might mean a pack of smokes, a couple gallons of gas, 2 bags of chips, a couple gallons of milk, maybe a matinee movie, which are all gone quick, but the $5 pledged in our campaign will set in motion a tv pilot that we intend to grow into a full blown television series, something to entertain you for a long time to come and employing people and creating opportunities for a long time to come.
That’s all we are asking on our Sunday Drive for 5. One day to encourage some folks to come aboard our backer family and just make a $5 pledge.
Don’t forget, a $5 pledge also gets you an eBook copy of Heart of a Lion, the first novel that Rayden Valkyrie starred in, and it also gets you entered into the Imaginarium Convention contest that includes 2 hotel room nights, 2 weekend passes, and 2 award banquet tickets where the winner will be seated with our guest of honor and other major writer/filmmaker guests!
It only takes a few moments to make a pledge, so join us today on this Sunday Drive for 5! You can help us make this project happen!
The Kickstarter Campaign to bring Rayden Valkyrie to the screen in the form of a tv pilot episode went live today. This is the biggest project I’ve ever set out to do and one of the most personal as it involves a character near and dear to my heart. I hope everyone takes a look at the campaign, including the 4 minute introductory video where I talk about Rayden and why bringing her to the screen is important.
You can also see the first concept art piece created for the project by artist Jerome Sayers, which came out beautifully.
The campaign has a lot of reward levels, with exclusive, credits, events, and much more. I also wrote a blog post about this project which you can find at this link.
Please copy and share the following link everywhere you can, as this one is the official campaign page:
A new interview is up at the blog of H.C. Playa. The topics covered in it include writing, sword and sorcery, and elements concerning both Heart of a Lion and the Fires in Eden Series. There are more than a few insights about Rayden Valkyrie in the interview as well.
Kylie Jude captured Rayden’s essence beautifully and this is a full lyrics video too. This character, this series, is all about staying strong and moving forward, onward and upward, in the face of all storms.”.
As the chorus goes:
“You can’t break me
I will still be
To sign up on the official mailing list for the Rayden Valkyrie TV Pilot Project Campaign and to keep up with this exciting project, please visit www.raydenvalkyrie.com
I wanted to highlight a wonderful new review of Heart of a Lion, at the Beauty in Ruins Book Blog out of Canada. This is a very exciting review as this reviewer is very versed in the Sword and Sorcery genre. This quote in particular was an immense honor to read!
“Rayden Valkyrie is a fantasy heroine who can stand tall and proud alongside Red Sonja (Robert E. Howard), Jalav (Sharon Green), Estri (Janet E. Morris), Raven (Richard Kirk), Morgaine (CJ Cherryh), Paks (Elizabeth Moon), and – of course – Xena.”
I have a couple of blog tours up for sign-ups. They take place the final week of October and the first week of November, for Hellscapes Volume 2 and Heart of a Lion, respectively.
We are looking for book bloggers and reviewers to host activities ranging from interviews, reviews and perhaps other activities for these two week-long tours. I really want to put a lot of effort into these two weeks, so if you know some book blogs, or are a book blogger yourself, please do have a look! I want to make these fun and informative visits. I really enjoy blog tours and am excited about these two back to back tours!
I’ve got a batch in and there’s a special offer for my new logo-tshirt. You can get a special combo deal including the new shirt and a signed copy of Heart of a Lion, or you can get a signed copy of Heart of a Lion by itself! T-shirt quantities are limited, so it’s first-come, first-serve until they are gone. If we do run out I will let you know an estimate on when I should be getting more in.
The price on t-shirts is just $15.95 for sizes Small to XL, with XXL and XXXL at $17.95. The special combo offering a t-shirt, signed copy of Heart of a Lion, and a Heart of a Lion Bookmark is just $28.95 ($30.95 if your t-shirt size is 2X or 3X).
If you’d like just a signed copy of the new book, you can still do that too at $14.95!
One flat shipping fee, so if you buy more shipping stays the same. Shirts are in stock and we will begin shipping them out this coming Monday.
This offer is for US residents only. I hope to be able to offer some international options soon.
This photo shows one of our lucky winners at the February 7th book launch of Heart of a Lion at Joseph-Beth Booksellers! But now we are making the shirt available for purchase!
Purchase T-Shirt Only
$15.95 per shirt, Small to XL, $17.95 for XXL or XXXL.
Purchase T-Shirt with a signed copy of Heart of a Lion! Also receive a Heart of a Lion Bookmark!
Combo is $28.95 for orders with shirts sized small to XL, and $30.95 for orders with shirts sized XXL to XXXL.
Purchase a signed copy of Heart of a Lion only (w/ a Heart of a Lion Bookmark included):
$14.95 per book
It is definitely a day to celebrate, the release of the eBook and video trailer for Heart of a Lion, the first Rayden Valkyrie novel and Book One in the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy! We are gearing up for the celebration of the print version this Saturday at 5pm at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY, but those with eReaders can dive right into Rayden’s world today.
The video trailer was created by the incredible Kylie Jude of Frozen Creek Studios. She has composed Rayden Valkyrie theme music as well, which is included in this trailer.
As far as the book itself, here are the direct links to the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo versions. The synopsis is below. The cover art was created by Bonnie Wasson and my editor on this one was Scott Sandridge, both of whom I want to give a big shout out too!
If you enjoy dark fantasy/sword and sorcery, you will find all the goods in here along with a wonderful heroine!
Synopsis: Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.
A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.
The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.
Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.
Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.
Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.
Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.