If you’ve looked at our Kickstarter campaign lately, you’ve seen that we’re only $231 from our initial goal of $4,000, which is great news indeed. But we’re not done–at least I hope we’re not–because I’ve put up two stretch goals I think you’ll like.
  • At $4,500, every backer from $6 on up gets a free e-novella, in which Imperial Investigator Maxtla Colhua of Aztlan: The Last Sun and Aztlan: The Courts of Heaven hunts another vicious killer in the golden precincts of a 21st-century Aztec Empire. If you haven’t read a Maxtla Colhua mystery yet, here’s your chance–for free.
  • And at $5,000, every backer from $6 on up gets a bonus of an entire e-novel–The Hammer and The Horn, the first book in the Vidar Saga trilogy, in which we meet the immortal survivors of Ragnarok, the Norse Twilight of The Gods.
Let’s see how far we can take this Kickstarter campaign. Please continue to spread the word as you’ve done so well already. Please continue to support Lost Days, through which I hope to bring the Italian Renaissance alive for young readers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1354092292/lost-days
For more information, you can check out this video:

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Lost Days CoverCongratulate Mike on his Staff Pick Kickstarter Campaign! Veteran author Michael Jan Friedman is writing a historical fantasy for reluctant readers based on the advent of the Gregorian Calendar in 1582.

“I know,” Friedman said. “Who in his right mind would want to write a book about a calendar? Especially one that’s been around for almost half a millennium?” Nonetheless, he insists, Lost Days is an exciting adventure, steeped in intrigue and the interplay of magical forces. As a history teacher, he is enthusiastic about what the book can mean to students for whom history is a turn-off.

“I’m talking in particular about kids who grew up in underprivileged circumstances,” he said, “kids who never got the chance to see history for the splendid and fascinating tapestry it is. These are the kids I see in my classroom every day. This book is for them.” Friedman said he hopes to capture the attention of these readers with “monsters and demons and blood and death, and magic, and courage, and crazy schemes, and even love. These are story elements that kids, any kids, can latch onto.”

Lost Days - Kickstarter campaign
He is financing the publication and distribution of Lost Days through a Kickstarter campaign. Anyone who wishes to back the project can do so at http://bit.ly/MJFlostdays.

Friedman is a co-founder of Crazy 8 Press, an indie publishing concern designed to address changes in the traditional book-publishing landscape. He can be reached at MichaelJanFriedman.net and Crazy 8 Press, as well as on Twitter @FriedmanMJ and on Facebook (Michael Jan Friedman).

And they said it couldn’t be done! Fight The Gods, my brand-new roller coaster of an urban fantasy novel, can now be accessed on your Kindle, through your Kindle app, or on your Nook. Just look for the links on the Crazy8Press.com site. And the print-on-demand version is in the works as well.

Fight The Gods is about Zeno Aristos, who, at the age of thirty-eight, is trying to find himself. Much to his girlfriend’s chagrin, he’s quit the New York City police force and can’t figure out what he wants to do with his life. A job in security doesn’t appeal to him. Bodyguard work leaves him cold. Only single-wall handball, with its street culture of razor-edged competition, seems to get his juices flowing.

Then someone close to Zeno is kidnapped, and his search for that person leads him through a gauntlet of increasingly dark and cryptic forces, taking him from the sullen streets of gang-ravaged Brooklyn to the manicured cemeteries of suburban New Jersey to the slick corporate penthouses of midtown Manhattan. The deeper Zeno digs, the more certain he is that he’s dealing not with a mere earthly adversary, but with an ancient entity steeped in the deepest and most malevolent of mysteries!

Check it out! No, really!