Exactly 17 minutes after the final book in the Gilded Blood series was published, one of my readers asked me, "Hey, when are you doing a deluxe omnibus for the Gilded Blood series?" To which I tiredly replied, "I just wrote 4 books in one year. My nerves are so forking shot, the answer to that is NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER 𝐸𝑉𝐸𝑅." (Except my response was much more polite than that, I swear.)
More and more requests for a special edition started coming in after that.
But there was already a deluxe paperback out there with partially-colorized chapter headings. Tired or not, I wasn't going to take more money from my readers unless I could make something truly and utterly spectacular for them.
Then, several months later, I saw the most beautiful book cover I had ever seen. I mean, my jaw DROPPED.
After looking into the artist, I thought to myself, Man. If someone as talented as Uwe Jarling could do like 10 full-page, full-color illustrations of key scenes in the books, that alone would make the omnibus worth it.
Well, I reached out to Mr. Jarling and not only can he do it, but he's SUPER excited about the project. And guess what else? He's already started working on two of the illustrations.
And so, after MUCH thought and designing and meticulous financial planning, we ARE, in fact, doing this. Not only that, but I promise you this: if this project funds, this omnibus is going to be the most beautiful, most colorful, most breathtaking book imaginable. In addition to the revamped cover and added illustrations, I'll personally be redoing all of the chapter heading artwork, resulting in 100+ fully-colorized designs. We're also looking into a special printing method that will allow for some of the most vivid colors imaginable. Seems fitting for such a colorful series, after all :)
So....are you ready for this?
The Kickstarter for this omnibus is officially launching on September 12th, but the pre-order link is up now! Even if you're unable to contribute financially at this time, the more followers a Kickstarter project has before launch, the more KS pushes it in the algorithm once it goes live. So please come join me on what is going to be a TERRIFYINGLY wild ride, because I'm going to need all the help I can get with such a massive undertaking. (We gotta raise $15,000 in 21 days. TWENTY ONE DAYS. Are you panicking? Because I'm not. Nuh uh. Nope.)
Just in case you needed a teensy bit more incentive, here's a close up of the first of 10 full-color illustrations that are hopefully to come!
What do you think? The project is still in the planning stages, so I'd love to hear your feedback!