Mady’s Storm by James Mahoney

James Mahoney has sat down with me and discussed his current Kickstarter project, Mady’s Storm. This is the second novella in the Mady set of novellas. The first, I Died Once, was funded successfully in July 2012. Mahoney has been kind enough to offer this novella for free to anyone that e-mails him at so that you can get caught up with the story! You can support this project NOW on KICKSTARTER.

For me, this is more than a story in a book series – this is an invitation to challenge your friends, fellow writers, and the world in looking how books are produced and distributed. It’s easier than ever to spread a book, especially one that’s just digital. You can give it away for free and reach millions. How awesome is it to have fans back the production of the book before its release! You are being invited to show publishers, the bookstores and anyone with a book worth writing that it’s possible to start a project, specifically a writing project, with a show of support on Kickstarter.

James, why do you think Kickstarter is valuable in the book launch process?

“I think Kickstarter is valuable overall…It’s just taken off. I feel supporters get to feel like mini entrepreneurs, investing in things that interest them, without flipping for the whole bill. But as far as books are concerned, I feel it creates a lot of excitement around the book, and generates anticipation. And for those that have books in their heads, and I feel most people do, it’s a great opportunity to be part of a new book, without writing it yourself.”

How much do you need to raise and what do you do with the money?

“This project is for $500. $200 will be used to hire an Editor, which is the goal of this specific project. $50 of it will go to the photographer of the cover, who is granting the photos’ use to me. The remaining $250 will go towards the rewards I will be sending to the backers of the project, be it signed copies of the book, etc.”

How did you go about already raising enough money on Kickstarter? What type of promotion does someone need to do to raise enough money?

“My first novella, I Died Once, was the first of this series of novellas [Mady’s Storm clearly being the second] and was successful on Kickstarter. I was actually surprised by its’ success. As I’m not one of these people that has hundreds of friends on Facebook (44 last time I checked), I did not expect all that many to come from there. But in the end, I actually had 17 backers. I will say that a handful of them were friends and family. I feel especially supported me on that first project because I’ve never really asked anyone for anything – financially that is. Other than a few times from parents, should I not have food or rent, Lol. But to my surprise, several of the backers were either people who floated onto Kickstarter looking for projects to back below the $1,000 range.

One of the things that potentially happens with Kickstarter is, because it’s an all or nothing kind of platform (meaning you need to hit the goal amount, or you don’t get any of the contributions), it puts a sense of urgency on it, and has the potential to pull the backers together in a form of camaraderie. This is what happened in my case. It got towards the end – closer to the goal – and some backers increased their contributions to push it over the final number. The whole thing is very exciting to be honest, watching that number slowly going up.

As far as what kind of promotion to do, I had several blogs at the time, so I promoted it there. I promoted it on Facebook. And, I sent out E-mails. Also, I had family members that helped share it on Facebook and through e-mails. Give yourself 30 days, and basically don’t stop promoting the thing that whole 30 days…Never let off the gas.”

What do you think will eventually happen to the traditional publishing model?

“The reason I got into Self-Publishing, as opposed to pursuing a Publisher is, I didn’t want to wait until I first got an agent, who then shopped my book. I had some experience trying to get an agent for my screenplay (I wrote screenplays prior to writing books), and a lot of work got me no closer to getting one… And in that business, no agent, no screenplay shopping… No screenplay shopping, not selling the screenplay. I didn’t want to then go through the same process trying to get a literary agent. The frustration basically stopped me in my tracks with screenplay writing, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen with book writing

As far as traditional publishing model, my feeling is it’s probably good to do both. Pursue Self-Publishing so you make sure you get your book into people’s hands, then perhaps shop the finished product to Literary Agents whilst continuing to write more books while Self-Publishing more books. And if you at some point get a bite on the agent thing – great! However, you’re not sitting there waiting for an e-mail, or phone call from an agent. So, I say, do both.”

Can you give us a preview of Mady’s Storm? How’d you think of the name?

“Mady’s Storm is about a girl named Mady, who was introduced in the first novella, I Died Once. Mady was 15 in the first Novella and is 23 in the second. I don’t want to give away the stories of either novella, but I will say the first novella is largely about Mady, and her Father’s relationship. Mady’s Storm is about her internally spreading her wings and becoming a woman, but her past was very traumatic, and so offers certain challenges for her. I hope that is enough, and I’m not being too vague, Lol. The name of the novella is captures the protagonist’s name,’Mady’, where ‘Storm’ is basically symbolic of her emotional state whilst making her way into the world on her own.”


James Mahoney is a Writer, and Self Published Author. In addition to Writing, he does Admin./Marketing Consulting for an Architect in Southern California. James started Writing his First Fantasy Novel when he was 1-11 years old, but never completed the Project. In 2000-2003, James Studied Film Making, then shited to Screenplay Writing in 2003-2005. In 2006 James began Conveting one of his Completed Screenplays to Comic Book Script, and Hired an Artist to Draw him The Cover, and 8 Pages. Learn more on The Written Word.

JR AuthorPicture2Joshua began crafting the world for the dark fantasy series, Thrice Nine Legends, in 1999. Melkorka, the first book of the series, was published in 2015. In addition, he is the author of the transitional children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble. Joshua helped co-create the fantasy tabletop game, Thrice Nine Legends, based on his books and due to be released in 2015. He is also known for his flash fiction, short stories, and poems. Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children.

Nepenthe – A Short Film on Kickstarter


Marcus and Alex Tolman are two brothers that have just launched their first short film on Kickstarter. The project, Nepenthe, tells the tale of a couple beset in tragedy. According to their page, “the film explores the extremely difficult and frightening attempts of a couple trying to reconcile after an earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their marriage. Due to their failure to repair their relationship our story takes these characters to an unfortunate and extremely terrifying end.”

This is their first film. They will be doing the entire thing from start to finish by themselves. The idea of the film started out completely different from what it is now. It was originally was about a woman seeing a monster and not knowing if it was real or not. There is still a monster in the story but it is not a monster that we would expect.

Alex Tolman has some experience in filmmaking. He will be directing this piece, while his brother Marcus produces.

“I love film; I want to write and director major motion pictures and work with other professionals who share my passion. My brother and I hope to finish this short and move onto making a documentary about how a community puts on a small but impressive theater production. Also we hope to make in a year’s time another documentary about a League of Legends team.” Alex Tolman

A dark visceral and haunting tale, set at midnight.

“I have always been interested with the prospect of working in the film industry. Though I lack experience on set, I have a strong desire and love for this art. I have decided this is what I want to do with my life, and I hope to own and operate my own production company. I have a technology background, but I love talking and working with people.” Marcus Tolman.

This film is expected to be a captivating tale. The brothers have worked hard on getting the storyline complete and all of the film’s aspects figured out. I see great things in the future for these two. Let’s help them make their dream a reality. You can make your pledge HERE!

Katherine Scruggs is an Urban Fantasy writer and a blogger. She is a stay at home mom and is pursuing a Master’s in Historical Studies. She hopes to be a published author and a teacher. You can see her blog posts at


Bombers and Traders

Any that know me well, know that I am a passionate and dedicated geek that is constantly looking for the next best game. This led me to making contact with the co-founders of Overworld Games, Brian Henk and Clayton Skancke.

Last year they had their first successful Kickstarter when introducing the game Good Cop Bad Cop. In fact, the two of them almost doubled their initial funding goal! Clearly, I had to take a closer look at what the fuss was about. Brian and Clayton agreed to answer a few questions with the release of their expansion of Good Cop Bad Cop called Bombers and Traitors.

How did you two start building games together?

We spent quite a few years creating indie games and apps for Xbox, PC, and mobile devices. While we were writing code, creating animations, and continuously supporting next gen hardware, we spent our leisure time playing tabletop games, which is where we recognized an opportunity to spend more time creating the “game,” which is the part that was the most exciting to us.

Why the passion for tabletop games?

We both realized that we enjoyed the social interaction encouraged by tabletop games over the sometimes antisocial nature of digital games. We were inspired by the emotional roller coaster players would experience when they played games like The Resistance or Lifeboat and were determined to create games that would engage them like no other game they have ever played.

Tell us a little about Bombers and Traitors.

Bombers and Traitors is the third game published by Overworld Games and promises to evoke a a different set of emotions as players sit around the table. It’s the same excitement you get from Good Cop Bad Cop, with some splashes of paranoia and an added focus on investigation. Even if a leader is discovered in the first round, players need to keep investigating to make sure they’ve taken out any Traitors lurking around the table before they eliminate the leader. That usually gives the other team just enough time to do some investigating of their own and narrow down the identity of the other leader, which causes the game to conclude in a hilarious rain of bullets. And when the bullets start flying, each side has to make sure they don’t accidentally take out a Suicide Bomber, or the Bomber will win alone.

What makes this game different?

Good Cop Bad Cop is different from many other hidden identity games because players aren’t required to lie to be successful. If someone begins interrogating you, you can always suggest that they take their turn to investigate you for additional information. Bombers and Traitors will add some REALLY fun new equipment cards and an even better social experience than the original. It’s a game that doesn’t require players to lie to be successful because when someone asks who you are, you can always answer with, “You’ll have to investigate me to find out.” Publicly revealing information usually doesn’t help you because there are as many opponents as teammates, but if that’s your game, it is possible to lie your way to victory too.

Tell us a little about TheForbiddenLimb?

The Forbidden Limb is a podcast, vidcast, and blog created by Brian that has two different perspectives on the tabletop game industry. The first one is on game strategies where Brian does a complete statistical analysis on a popular game and breaks it down into high-level strategies and low-level tactics players can use to get an edge over their competition. The second is a podcast/vidcast on the business side of the industry where he talks with Jeremy Commandeur and Richard New about distribution, marketing, Kickstarter campaigns, and other behind-the-curtain decisions that are made by designers and publishers.

What is next for Overworld Games?

New Salem, a hidden identity, drafting, and set collection game, is about to begin manufacturing with fulfillment occurring this Spring. We can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on that one and be a part of a good ol’ Salem witch hunt. In the Summer of 2015, we’ll be launching a new team-based hidden identity game designed by Jeremy Commandeur. More details on this one will be released in the coming months.

JR AuthorPicture2Joshua began crafting the world for the dark fantasy series, Thrice Nine Legends, in 1999. Melkorka, the first book of the series, was published in 2015. In addition, he is the author of the transitional children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble. Joshua helped co-create the fantasy tabletop game, Thrice Nine Legends, based on his books and due to be released in 2015. He is also known for his flash fiction, short stories, and poems. Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children.