That's not all I'm excited about, either! I know some of the biggest fans of the Shattered Sigil series don't have $900 to plunk down for the Ultimate Fan reward. So starting today I'm running a drawing for interested backers, where one person will get their reward upgraded to Ultimate Fan level. Rules are simple: comment here with your backer name and the name of a book you wish more people would read. One entry allowed per backer; drawing is open until midnight MDT Thursday Mar 19. On Fri the 20th I'll randomly choose one commenter for the reward upgrade. Notification of winner will happen here on the blog and via Kickstarter message and update.
(What is the Ultimate Fan reward? Here's the description from my KS page: "I'll write a short story set in the Shattered Sigil world featuring the characters of your choice (and I'll name a new character after you if you like!). Plus you get a signed set of trade paperbacks of the entire series, DRM-free ebook of The Labyrinth of Flame (and ebooks of the first two novels if you don't have them already), hi-res image of series map, 18x24 poster of the cover art for Labyrinth of Flame, your name in the acknowledgments, and your choice of a peak climb, skating lesson, climbing lesson, or lunch with me at a convention.")
Good luck to all! Looking forward to seeing what books you recommend. In closing, I offer pics from Kit Carson Peak in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo range, because Kit Carson is top of my list for "14ers I want to try again." The Sangre de Cristo loom high over Great Sand Dunes National Park in a way that reminds me happily of the Owens Valley and eastern Sierra:
|Sand dunes to the left, Sangre de Cristo in background
After playing about on the dunes for a while, my husband and I backpacked into Willow Lake on the peak's western side. Willow Lake is one of the most scenic places I've camped in Colorado - the lake itself is beautiful, and the ridges around it have all kinds of fascinatingly odd rock formations. Plus there's a local herd of bighorn sheep that wander about the lakeshore, displaying very little fear of humans.
|I could spend weeks here scrambling up all the side peaks
|Bighorn sheep visiting our campsite