Kara Hale

is creating novels and short stories

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Bloodstone Updates: Join the adventures of Knave and Ellison and get access to each monthly chapter update.
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Get access to each chapter update AND receive a brand-new original short story every month.

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Behind-The-Scences: Get access to each chapter update, receive a brand-new original short story every month AND get a Behind-The-Scenes sneek peak to the world of Tilith.  

Want some cheeky character studies or some dialogue exercepts that don't make it to the cutting room floor? Then this tier is for you!




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Have you ever had that one story that never leaves you? Those handful of characters that are like a warm welcome safety blanket, whose lives and tales and trials are embedded in your heart? Those words that rattle around in your head for decades, waiting to be written?

Well that's what this novel is for me.  Bloodstone has been knocking around my head for over ten years now and I'm finally in a position to buckle down and actually write the thing.  But, in order to make that happen, I could still use a little help.  Currently I am a grad student working on my PhD and trying to figure out the best way to make my own bread because food is ridiculously expensive.

Ah, yes, but what is this whole Bloodstone story about, you ask?

The Buzzword Version: Hope, Death, Spies, Assassins, Secrets, Siblings, Revenge, Romance, LGBTQIA+

The Short Version: A vaguely traditional coming-of-age story in a fantasy realm following the lives of Knave and Elli as they navigate the trials and tribulations of politics, magic, and trying to figure out the difference between vengeance and justice.  

The Long Version: Bloodstone is a story of dark magic, death, and desperation as sixteen-year-old Knave and his fourteen-year-old sister Ellison have their lives turned upside down one fateful night.  The events of that night haunt the siblings as the two escape to the city’s capital, Hull, but ill luck continues to follow them like a black cat.  The Great Purge sees swaths of necromancy accusations and hysteria gripes the kingdom in response to a plague that has been decimating towns left and right.
Faced with trying to build a new life, Knave begins working for an undertaker, Christian, but he soon learns that Christian is not at all who he seems to be. An undertaker by day, in charge of an elite ring of assassins working for the Crown by night, Knave sees this as the perfect opportunity to get close to the man who took everything away from him and his sister. With bitter vengeance raging in Knave’s heart, he learns the ways of an assassin, but secretly vows to bring down the King no matter the cost.

I'm a graduate student working an a PhD in archaeology with a penchant for video games and coffee.  I love my cat (you can see her sweet adorable face up there ^^) and have recently moved to a brand new town as part of pursuing this whole PhD thing.
In terms of my future goals I would love to be able to balance a nice academic career with my writing.  I want to be able to tell stories about the past and bring these tales to everyone, to focus on the stories that haven't been told, to share the hidden figures of history that are often ignored, swept under the rug, and left to pass away into obscurity.  

Every subscriber will get access to the patron-only feed, which will include monthly updates about the world of Tilith, possibly some doodles, and most likely quite a few photos of my cat.  Additionally, every patron will receive a new chapter of Bloodstone on the 14th of the month.  Everyone subscribed to the Short Story Tier and above will ALSO receive a new short story on the 28th of every month.  These perks will begin starting Janurary 2017.

Your support means the world to me and I greatly appreciate any and all contributions. It's because of you that I can have the time, motivation, and ability to pursue this passion AND the possibility to share it with others who like these kinda weird, wonderful tales. You ROCK and I love you <3

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Vlog Chapter Reading: Watch me flail around as I attempt to read a chapter of Bloodstone while throwing in some ridiculous voices and trying to keep my serious face.  There's about a 10000% chance I will be unable to make it through reading without dissolving into laughter at some point.  This reading will have fancy visual annotations/drawings and kickass background music.
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