The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart
August 1, 2013 5:24 PM   Subscribe

The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart
A fun piratey ebook serial and treasure hunt! Puzzles! Swashbuckling! Carnivorous mermaids! The Royal German Marinological Society! Ridiculous amounts of chocolate!

I did a Kickstarter earlier in the year to launch this project, funded, and now we've set sail! Every month, I'm putting out a short ebook about one of Lucy Smokeheart's adventures, including a puzzle you can solve online to get a little extra information about the story (but the puzzles are crazy hard, sorry about that). Three episodes are now out, with number four coming a couple of weeks from now. There will be twelve episodes in total. Exciting!

The point of this project was to get away from the gritty, realistic, dark aesthetic of Game of Thrones and its ilk. Remember back when Hercules and Xena were on, and how didn't take themselves too seriously? Also: feminism!

Lucy Smokeheart is not explicitly written with children in mind. That said, readers keep telling me their child/little cousin/niece or nephew also like Lucy, so... you know... there's that.

The ebooks are 99 cents, but shhhh, if you send me MeMail I will happily give you a secret link to the first episode for free in multiple non-DRM formats. Because I like you, is why. (I'd put the link in here, but I think it's a violation of Amazon's Terms of Service. Alas!)
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posted by Andrhia (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Looks great! I'm in on an ebook project with some friends that we plan to put on KS next month. (All hush hush until Sept 1.) I wish I had seen this when you were funding it. Really like the secret treasure codes idea to bring readers to the website. I feel the curiosity now. "What is inside there? I need that secret treasure code!" The KS FAQ says YA-ish, so I wonder, it might work with some of my English as a Foreign Language students. Do you know of any teachers (ESL of otherwise) who have tried these with students?
posted by Gotanda at 5:18 PM on August 3, 2013

Alas, no word regarding ESL students. The way in which it's YA is more the sort of breezy tone, but I haven't intentionally pulled any punches with language. Lots of reports of people giving episodes to their clever 11-year-olds, however?

Feel free to ping me if you'd like to chat about your own KS. I'm no guru, but if you can benefit from asking pointed questions about my experience I am of course happy to help!
posted by Andrhia at 5:31 PM on August 3, 2013

Thanks for the sample of Episode 1. It was a fun, knowing pirate yaaarn!
posted by Gotanda at 7:11 AM on August 20, 2013

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