Kunoichi Tales Kickstarter Under Way

We’re excited to announce that the Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale, the second title in David Kudler’s award winning Seasons of the Sword series, is now open — and already 80% to its initial goal!

About the Kickstarter Campaign

This crowdfunding campaign, which runs through April 10, will help us create the best possible book — while guaranteeing our supporters copies at less than the retail cost.

As author David Kudler wrote,

Thank you so much for supporting Bright Eyes!

Green is spring’s color
Rain and rebirth flow like joy
Publishing takes cash

It’s true. Publishing isn’t cheap. While Bright Eyes is nearly finished, I need your help to make the book a reality and to help it find its audience.

Reaching the funding goal will help create an attractive, exciting, historically and culturally accurate thrill-ride of a teen book.

Some things you’ll help make happen:

  • Producing an audiobook
  • Final fact-checking by a historian (support your local scholar!)
  • Proofreading
  • Advance reviews (Yes, disgusting isn’t it? Some of the major sources of book reviews charge small publishers simply to be reviewed.)
  • Inclusion in major catalogues, trade shows, etc.
  • Thank-you gifts for the Risuko Beta Team (a group of phenomenal teens and adults who are helping me to polish the final book)

Some of those are not very exciting in and of themselves, but they’re all essential if we’re going to release the best possible book.

Should we surpass the goal, there are a number of would’t-it-be-nice options that we’ll be able to go for, from presenting the book at cons and festivals to marketing directly to libraries and schools to creating braille and/or large-print editions for the vision-impaired to finding translators for foreign language editions. When we get there, I’ll start announcing some stretch goals. 🙂

About the Book

Bright Eyes is the thrilling sequel to Kudler’s award winning teen historical adventure novel Risuko:

Can one girl stop a killer?

The future of Japan hangs in the balance, and it’s up to a girl who likes to climb to save the day

Bright Eyes cover

Two armies have descended on the Full Moon, Lady Chiyome’s academy for young shrine maidens (and assassins), and the war that has torn Japan apart for over a century threatens to destroy the school’s fragile peace.

In this thrilling sequel to Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, Risuko must face warlords, samurai, angry cooks, a monster in the hills, the truth about her father, a spy among the kunoichi

And a murderer.

Someone kills a Takeda lieutenant, staging it to look like suicide. Can Risuko figure out who would do such thing?

And can she keep it from happening again?

(Teen historical adventure — Release May 5, 2022)


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