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I'm Kristin Stefanoff and I've always been captivated by the world of fantasy. As a child I was given a tiny figurine of a red dragon, and for some reason it fascinated me to the point that I wished it would come to life and fly around my room. That little figurine sparked a love of dragons and inspired me to write a story called The Secret Of The Sword, which over the course of eleven years has become The Secret Of The Sword Trilogy.

By day I'm a high school music and drama teacher, which reflects my other love. Music and theatre are my passions, and any spare time not spent writing is used up performing in amateur musicals around Adelaide.

What’s the project?


A fantasy story can transport you to a completely different world in a way that no other genre can. It's a world where anything is possible: animals can talk, swords can have magical powers, dragons are real, and I can become a published author.

Unfortunately, the first three on that list are not possible in our world. And until recently, I thought the fourth wasn't either, but thanks to my eternally supportive husband and the inspiring stories of other authors who have taken the bold step into publishing, particularly self-publishing, I'm here now, telling you about my dreams, no, plans, to publish my book. This is an incredibly scary and exciting thing for me!

Where’s the money going?


Half of the $3000 will be going towards a professional editor
. Having the story professionally edited will give the book its best shot of succeeding. Together we will go into the smallest niches of my world, squashing any grammar and spelling gremlins, to transform Quest for Revenge to its ultimate form. This is the most vital step in getting my book published.

The rest of the money will go into:
-printing
-getting my website up and running (thanks again hubby for saying you'll set that all up for me!)
-promoting The Secret Of The Sword Trilogy


Read an excerpt of Quest for Revenge

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Quest for Revenge Synopsis

Ever since her brother was murdered by an ancient dragon, Princess Melina has felt a dark hole swallowing her soul. With the aid of some unlikely traveling companions and an antique sword that reportedly possesses great and mysterious power, Melina seeks to avenge Kelliar’s death. Will revenge give her the inner peace she desperately craves?


Coming Soon: Quest for Power

The next instalment of The Secret Of The Sword Trilogy. My first draft is currently available to read for free on wattpad.com, but I would like to also have this available as an ebook by the end of the year. This will require editing, but will not have the other costs of website establishment or advertising, as they will both be established by then. Keep an eye on my profile for more information about when this will be released.

Synopsis:
Ever since an ancient dragon murdered her brother, Princess Melina has felt a dark hole swallowing her soul.....until now. While her journey to get her revenge on the beast is far from over, and Melina's personal demons are far from being defeated, a mysterious knight shows her there can be something more than hate, than vengeance. Can she let go of her plaguing demons and take hold of hope?

Currently in the works: Quest for Peace

I'm writing Quest for Peace at the moment. This is the third and last book in The Secret Of The Sword Trilogy. Ever dreamed of being immortalised as a character in a novel? Here's your chance! See the rewards to the left ---->
for more details.

Synopsis:
On her return from the Isle of Mists, Melina discovers that Akalia's neighbouring nation, Derlontram, is struggling through political upheaval, and refugees are pouring into Akalia at an alarming rate. While on the hunt for a corrupt captain embezzling from one of Akalia's largest Derlon refugee camps, she finds herself in Pentriona, the capital of Derlontram and the heart of the nation's upheaval. Upon discovering that the coup leaders' hopes for peace rest on the evil Prince Lazarron's long lost brother, Prince Torrazan, thought dead for many years, Melina finds herself taking part in the search for the long lost prince. Can Princess Melina help to bring peace to Derlontram? Or will the lost prince only bring more despair?


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A$5 +Constance's Choice:   A personalised thank you on Facebook and Twitter   -Constance's kindness wins out over all else. "I need nothing more than your thanks," she says graciously.-
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A$10 +Glenowen's Choice:   An ebook copy of Quest for Revenge OR An exclusive Quest for Revenge bookmark. Features cover art from Quest for Revenge book cover and leather tassel. You'll never lose your place again! (postage outside of Aus extra)   -Glenowen's faith in the intangible extends even further than Erius. "Even though I can't touch this book or hold it in my hands, I know with certainty that it is on my device, and will be there when I need it."-
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A$20 +Lanarra's Choice:   An ebook copy of Quest for Revenge OR An exclusive bookmark featuring cover art from Quest for Revenge (postage outside of Aus extra) + an exclusive release ebook or PDF titled "Akalian Booke of Cookyry" - experience the taste sensations of Akalia, Dresbinsk, and the Elvish Tribe of the Rowador Forest.   -Simple and useful. Everything Lanarra wants in a reward.-
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A$30 +Cousin Fellgus's Choice:   An autographed paperback copy of Quest for Revenge and a limited edition bookmark (postage outside of Aus extra) + an exclusive release ebook or PDF titled "Akalian Booke of Cookyry"   -Fellgus's need to compete with his cousin, King Cailan, is obsessive to the point of irrationality. "You may be the king of Akalia, but did you get a signed book AND a bookmark? No. Ha!"-
19 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$50 +Nael's Choice:   An autographed paperback copy of Quest for Revenge and a limited edition bookmark (postage outside of Aus extra) + an official invite and 2 free drinks at the book launch (alcoholic or not - your choice!) + a personalised thankyou in the acknowledgements in the book   -Nael is in the business of knowing good value. "It's a steal!"-
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A$75 +Melina's Choice:   An autographed paperback copy of Quest for Revenge and a bookmark (postage outside Aus extra) + you appear as a minor character in 3rd book. Please provide physical description, personality and habits. Characters will be suitably medieval-ized for the story + personalised thankyou in acknowledgements in Book 1 and Book 3   -Melina is willing to take risks to get what she wants. It might seem like a risk to provide personal details to an author, but she knows it's worth it.-
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A$100 +Ronan's Choice:   An autographed paperback copy of Quest for Revenge and a limited edition bookmark (postage outside Aus extra) + an official invite and 2 free drinks at the book launch + appear as a minor character in the 3rd book (see details in $75 reward) + a personalised thankyou in the acknowledgements in Book 1 and Book 3   -Ronan, perceptive and wise, knows an offer worth taking when he sees one.-
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A$200 +Rheann's Choice:   Jazz/lounge duo to provide an evening of entertainment at your function (specific songs available on advance request) + personalised thankyou in the acknowledgements in Quest for Revenge   -Music echoes through Rheann's soul, filling her with such joy it's all she can do not to dance in the rain.-
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A$300 +King Cailan's Choice:   Medieval themed kids party at your house! Includes birthday cake (please inform of any dietary needs), medieval games and princess and/or knight themed craft. Valid in Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula on Saturdays or Sundays only + a personalised thankyou in the acknowledgements in Quest for Revenge   -A party fit for a king! The King of Akalia, though he may seem gruff on the outside, is never too old for some good clean fun. "Pass the glitter glue."-
0 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013