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"The evil overlord Wiz has seized control of all the tea, cake and magic in the universe. In a world crammed with dubious science and cream-powered technology, crippled by sugar tax and loose leaf ration books, overrun by cake smugglers, tea fiends and lemonade dealers, ruled over by Tea Time Lords and policed by vigilante mechanical angels, only a band of truly extraordinary adventurers can bring down this oppressive empire and save the good people of Ire from this tea time tyranny. Could these two would-be wizards, Messrs Smith and Skarry, and their band of relentless rogues, be the anti-heroes The New World has been waiting for, or have they simply stirred up an enormous storm in a rather tiny teacup? ....."

                                                     Greetings and Salutations!

                                                 

Penny Blake and Perilous Wight (AKA Lou Lou and Dan Pulford) have stories we would like to share with you, stories which chronicle The Curious Adventures, The Dangerous Exploits and The Nefarious Schemes of two junior wizards named Mercurio Smith and Johnathon Skarry as they strive for selfish gain and accidentally play a small but vital role in saving the world they wish to rule over...

Well, sort of... because 'saving the world' is subjective, right? (Having spent several years studying Sociology, Psychology and World Religions, we certainly believe it is! ) 




We would dearly love to produce these chronicles for you as ebooks and printed volumes, interactive games and small tea-painted  mini-books.

But we cannot do this alone because the cost of illustrating, editing, printing and producing these tales to the professional standard you deserve takes both time and money.

Time we have; money, despite ploughing in all we have to plough, we need a little more of. We cannot ask illustrators, cover designers, photographers, printers and editors to work for free and our humble full-time income only really amounts to enough to put bread and tea on the table and into the mouths of our hungry little urchins. 

Nevertheless, we are determined to bring these stories into being because we passionately believe that the world needs less stories about shiny toothed, monotone super heroes who relentlessly save the day and never fail to succeed ...  and more stories which feature characters that we can relate to -  characters who consistently fail, wizards who can't actually do magic, women who are also their own husbands, pirates who are magnanimous pacifists, people who are also machines, machines who are also people, fiends who feel unable to identify as anything and, in general, characters who make us all question the notions of 'power', 'identity', 'hero' , 'god', 'demon', 'success' or 'love' because real  life is messy and confusing and people seldom fit neatly into boxes do they? Especially the ones with tentacles...

 
https://youtu.be/jx2iaFmJE-A



If you're still with us, that's great! We're guessing you'd now like a little more detail so this, specifically, is what we're plotting and we'd love you to be a big part of the magic...

WARNING CONTAINS SOME SERIES SPOILERS... 



Book One: THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Two apprentice wizards set out to conquer the world and become accidentally embroiled in a complex range of devious plots to save it. However 'saving the world' seems to look very different depending on whose the perspective is...

The text of this novel is completed and edited and some illustrations have been completed by Robin Eisenberg and those are already paid for. Your generous donations will help fund the remaining illustrations, cover and final round of editing. All being well, we'd love to release this book by the end of 2019.


Book Two: THE DANGEROUS EXPLOITS OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Not to be deterred by the philanthropic aspirations of others, our would-be-wizards attempt to turn the noble actions of their new found friends to their advantage. However they soon discover that the world they are striving to dominate is built upon a sinister web of  twisted lies and ridiculous assumptions and survival rather than success soon becomes the priority. 

The text of this novel is completed and your generous donations will help fund the edits and illustrations. WANT THE CHANCE TO BE A MINOR CHARACTER IN THIS NOVEL? CHOOSE THE £2 TIER 


Book Three: THE NEFARIOUS SCHEMES OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Things at last appear to be going delightfully, deviously well for our newly self-styled 'Doctors Of Magic' ... that is until a familiar fiend with tentacles turns up once more to ruin everything with his deplorable plans for world peace and unholy matrimony...

The text of this novel is almost complete. 

Besides these three central novels we have a series of novellas in progress which will add colour and depth to the series, are riddled with tasty 'Easter Eggs' and reveal a few secrets and hidden gems which were hinted at throughout the novels:



1) JACK AND MARJORY
What happened to Jack and Marjoy after they escaped the treacle mines? Who exactly is Montmorency? Did anyone survive the burning of London? Why was Lancaster flooded with lemonade? And did Bess get out of her spot of bother? 

The text of this novella is making steady progress and we would like to release it by the end of 2019. 


2) THE HULLISH INCONSEQUENCES OF EIGHTCUPS MAX
What was life like for Max and Collin in the sunken prison city of Hull, and how did they manage to escape? 

The text of this novella is making steady progress.

3) THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF EIGHTCUPS MAX
Who or what, exactly, is Eightcups Max? Why does he have so many scars? Which of the rumors are true? What is a Sherbert Rocket? And does it really matter anyway? 

The plot of this novella has been outlined and storyboards are complete for the illustrations.

4) NECROMANCERS
Five hundred years after these events, a forgotten cult are still obliviously serving their long-dead leader, Wiz, and trying to find the secret of immortality. Sort of. Actually daily temple life revolves more around knitting circles, bridge nights and summer fetes... until two novices stumble upon the secret of undeath themselves and unleash a couple of very unlikely 'gods' upon the unprepared and erstwhile peaceful community. 

The text of this novella is making steady progress and is over half way completed.

5) THE TIFFIN DEN SLEUTHS
Who are these people who keep interrupting the flow of our chronicles with their rantings about conspiracy theories, coded poetry books and stalactite scrolls? Meet the archaeologists who can answer that question, between mouthfuls of Victoria sponge, of course. 

TEA PAINTED 'TEABIE' BOOKS:



 UTTERLY MYSELF
Eightcups Max skilfully avoids answering the question "Who the Hull are you, Max?" in our first tea-painted mini-book. This book is published in collaboration with Small Strange Books For People and is now available for purchase in our etsy store. If you'd like a free copy, choose the £5 tier.

50 SHADES OF TEA
Everyone's a little different, and this book will celebrate that fact, through the medium of tea and with a lot of extremely dreadful puns along the way. 


INTERACTIVE FICTION
We are currently developing some of the stories as games using Twine, these will be available on our website as soon as they are finished and as our supporters you will be able to have access to them during their development phase and also early access to the finished product, we'll give you the details of this in your Patreon feed once we have figured out the logistics. 



We will of course update this information regularly so that you can see how far your donations have helped us achieve our goals and keep you posted with a regular newsletter letting you know how we've progressed and what we are currently working on.

Lastly, we're not all about ourselves - over the past few years we have devoted many hours to supporting and promoting our fellow Steampunk, Indie and LGBTQIA+ writers and creators through reviews, interviews, features, promotions and book tours on our blog www.blakeandwight.com (formerly www.blakeandwight.com We'd love to continue doing this because, as we said, we passionately believe that the world needs more fantastic Indie creations. So, as well as helping us create our own fiction, your support will help us devote the time and energy needed to support other Indies on their journey too. 

So, ready to join the adventure? All you have to do is decide what devilish sort of a rogue you'd like to be..


With hugest thanks to Nimue Brown, editor, and Rae Smith, Robin Eisenberg, Saranya_V and vectorcarrot, illustrators and photographers. 


Tiers
LEMONADE DEALER
$1 or more per month

Hey, we know the coppers are tight, you've probably got The Good Folk on your back and you're putting every penny towards your next Lemonade fix- we understand, we're there too! We hugely appreciate whatever gift you can spare and to show our gratitude we're giving you a 'Patrons Only' which will keep you updated with  ahead of publication! In fact, we love you so much we'll even give you a free pdf copy of each novel your kind donations have helped support, plus occasional 'behind the fiction' posts telling you how all the science, history, technology, music hall and other gloriously geeky goodness in our books actually relates to real life!  We'll also list your name and website in our Rogues Gallery on blakeandwight.com so that everyone will know you are an officially wanted criminal in the Scattered Isles Of Ire.
Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF
  • Rogues Gallery Listing
SKYWAYMAN
$2 or more per month

What? Seriously? You're going to share some of your hard-won, ill-gotten gains with us? Well, we're blown away! ...er, not literally though, please...no, no honestly put the gun down because look, we have wonderful gifts to offer you to thank you for your kind generosity! Of course you can have all the lovely things the lemonade dealers are getting and, because we really are a little terrified of you, we'll even include you as a minor character in the book, short story or snippet we are currently working on and in your patron feed you'll also get occasional bonus short stories, character musings, teabie sketches from Penny and other fun little snippets which the lower tier won't have access to. And, yes of course, your name will be listed on our website as a wanted scourge of the skyway rails in The Scattered Isles Of Ire!
Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF 
  • Rogues Gallery Listing
  • Feature as a minor character
LAND PIRATE
$5 or more per month

So you've given your heart to the pirate king? Well he'd like to give you something in return! As well as everything the Skywaymen get, you will be assigned to the crew of a genuine New World Landship which steams out of the clockwork city of London. On our website you'll be listed along with your other crew members as wanted criminals in Ire and we'll send you a personalised printable wanted poster to pin on your wall! We'll even send you a free copy of our first tea painted mini-book Utterly Myself to read whilst sunning yourself on deck between raiding and pillaging!

TEA TIME LORD
$10 or more per month


If you can't beat em, join em eh? As a teatime lord or lady you rule over your little patch of Ire with a fair and merciful hand...at least that is what your subjects hope. And in return for this service Wiz himself rewards you with as much tasty tiffin as you can handle! As well as the previously mentioned rewards, you get to choose your own tea time title (Lord Sponge or Lady Cucumber sandwiches for example) and have the option of sending us your steampunk portrait which will then be added to the gracious and esteemed benefactors page of our website. We will also send you a free PDF copy of Penny's book 'Mahrime; Mythpunk For Monsters'.

 

 

Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF X2
  • Gracious Benefactors Page Listing
  • Feature as a minor character
  • Your own title



SPONSOR A HULLIAN
$20 or more per month

Take pity on a banished teafiend and sponsor their rehabilitation and your generous gift will pay the wages of more guards to make sure their stay in Hull is a memorable one... in return you will receive a short series of  hand written letters from your sponsored tea fiend, letters which will never be replicated and will give you extra background information about the plot and characters which can't be found anywhere else. Choose to sponsor Eightcups Max, Dr James Murphy Sallis, Collin The Octopus, Georgiana Bidwell or Kitty Flynn. 

"The evil overlord Wiz has seized control of all the tea, cake and magic in the universe. In a world crammed with dubious science and cream-powered technology, crippled by sugar tax and loose leaf ration books, overrun by cake smugglers, tea fiends and lemonade dealers, ruled over by Tea Time Lords and policed by vigilante mechanical angels, only a band of truly extraordinary adventurers can bring down this oppressive empire and save the good people of Ire from this tea time tyranny. Could these two would-be wizards, Messrs Smith and Skarry, and their band of relentless rogues, be the anti-heroes The New World has been waiting for, or have they simply stirred up an enormous storm in a rather tiny teacup? ....."

                                                     Greetings and Salutations!

                                                 

Penny Blake and Perilous Wight (AKA Lou Lou and Dan Pulford) have stories we would like to share with you, stories which chronicle The Curious Adventures, The Dangerous Exploits and The Nefarious Schemes of two junior wizards named Mercurio Smith and Johnathon Skarry as they strive for selfish gain and accidentally play a small but vital role in saving the world they wish to rule over...

Well, sort of... because 'saving the world' is subjective, right? (Having spent several years studying Sociology, Psychology and World Religions, we certainly believe it is! ) 




We would dearly love to produce these chronicles for you as ebooks and printed volumes, interactive games and small tea-painted  mini-books.

But we cannot do this alone because the cost of illustrating, editing, printing and producing these tales to the professional standard you deserve takes both time and money.

Time we have; money, despite ploughing in all we have to plough, we need a little more of. We cannot ask illustrators, cover designers, photographers, printers and editors to work for free and our humble full-time income only really amounts to enough to put bread and tea on the table and into the mouths of our hungry little urchins. 

Nevertheless, we are determined to bring these stories into being because we passionately believe that the world needs less stories about shiny toothed, monotone super heroes who relentlessly save the day and never fail to succeed ...  and more stories which feature characters that we can relate to -  characters who consistently fail, wizards who can't actually do magic, women who are also their own husbands, pirates who are magnanimous pacifists, people who are also machines, machines who are also people, fiends who feel unable to identify as anything and, in general, characters who make us all question the notions of 'power', 'identity', 'hero' , 'god', 'demon', 'success' or 'love' because real  life is messy and confusing and people seldom fit neatly into boxes do they? Especially the ones with tentacles...

 
https://youtu.be/jx2iaFmJE-A



If you're still with us, that's great! We're guessing you'd now like a little more detail so this, specifically, is what we're plotting and we'd love you to be a big part of the magic...

WARNING CONTAINS SOME SERIES SPOILERS... 



Book One: THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Two apprentice wizards set out to conquer the world and become accidentally embroiled in a complex range of devious plots to save it. However 'saving the world' seems to look very different depending on whose the perspective is...

The text of this novel is completed and edited and some illustrations have been completed by Robin Eisenberg and those are already paid for. Your generous donations will help fund the remaining illustrations, cover and final round of editing. All being well, we'd love to release this book by the end of 2019.


Book Two: THE DANGEROUS EXPLOITS OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Not to be deterred by the philanthropic aspirations of others, our would-be-wizards attempt to turn the noble actions of their new found friends to their advantage. However they soon discover that the world they are striving to dominate is built upon a sinister web of  twisted lies and ridiculous assumptions and survival rather than success soon becomes the priority. 

The text of this novel is completed and your generous donations will help fund the edits and illustrations. WANT THE CHANCE TO BE A MINOR CHARACTER IN THIS NOVEL? CHOOSE THE £2 TIER 


Book Three: THE NEFARIOUS SCHEMES OF SMITH AND SKARRY
Things at last appear to be going delightfully, deviously well for our newly self-styled 'Doctors Of Magic' ... that is until a familiar fiend with tentacles turns up once more to ruin everything with his deplorable plans for world peace and unholy matrimony...

The text of this novel is almost complete. 

Besides these three central novels we have a series of novellas in progress which will add colour and depth to the series, are riddled with tasty 'Easter Eggs' and reveal a few secrets and hidden gems which were hinted at throughout the novels:



1) JACK AND MARJORY
What happened to Jack and Marjoy after they escaped the treacle mines? Who exactly is Montmorency? Did anyone survive the burning of London? Why was Lancaster flooded with lemonade? And did Bess get out of her spot of bother? 

The text of this novella is making steady progress and we would like to release it by the end of 2019. 


2) THE HULLISH INCONSEQUENCES OF EIGHTCUPS MAX
What was life like for Max and Collin in the sunken prison city of Hull, and how did they manage to escape? 

The text of this novella is making steady progress.

3) THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF EIGHTCUPS MAX
Who or what, exactly, is Eightcups Max? Why does he have so many scars? Which of the rumors are true? What is a Sherbert Rocket? And does it really matter anyway? 

The plot of this novella has been outlined and storyboards are complete for the illustrations.

4) NECROMANCERS
Five hundred years after these events, a forgotten cult are still obliviously serving their long-dead leader, Wiz, and trying to find the secret of immortality. Sort of. Actually daily temple life revolves more around knitting circles, bridge nights and summer fetes... until two novices stumble upon the secret of undeath themselves and unleash a couple of very unlikely 'gods' upon the unprepared and erstwhile peaceful community. 

The text of this novella is making steady progress and is over half way completed.

5) THE TIFFIN DEN SLEUTHS
Who are these people who keep interrupting the flow of our chronicles with their rantings about conspiracy theories, coded poetry books and stalactite scrolls? Meet the archaeologists who can answer that question, between mouthfuls of Victoria sponge, of course. 

TEA PAINTED 'TEABIE' BOOKS:



 UTTERLY MYSELF
Eightcups Max skilfully avoids answering the question "Who the Hull are you, Max?" in our first tea-painted mini-book. This book is published in collaboration with Small Strange Books For People and is now available for purchase in our etsy store. If you'd like a free copy, choose the £5 tier.

50 SHADES OF TEA
Everyone's a little different, and this book will celebrate that fact, through the medium of tea and with a lot of extremely dreadful puns along the way. 


INTERACTIVE FICTION
We are currently developing some of the stories as games using Twine, these will be available on our website as soon as they are finished and as our supporters you will be able to have access to them during their development phase and also early access to the finished product, we'll give you the details of this in your Patreon feed once we have figured out the logistics. 



We will of course update this information regularly so that you can see how far your donations have helped us achieve our goals and keep you posted with a regular newsletter letting you know how we've progressed and what we are currently working on.

Lastly, we're not all about ourselves - over the past few years we have devoted many hours to supporting and promoting our fellow Steampunk, Indie and LGBTQIA+ writers and creators through reviews, interviews, features, promotions and book tours on our blog www.blakeandwight.com (formerly www.blakeandwight.com We'd love to continue doing this because, as we said, we passionately believe that the world needs more fantastic Indie creations. So, as well as helping us create our own fiction, your support will help us devote the time and energy needed to support other Indies on their journey too. 

So, ready to join the adventure? All you have to do is decide what devilish sort of a rogue you'd like to be..


With hugest thanks to Nimue Brown, editor, and Rae Smith, Robin Eisenberg, Saranya_V and vectorcarrot, illustrators and photographers. 


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Tiers
LEMONADE DEALER
$1 or more per month

Hey, we know the coppers are tight, you've probably got The Good Folk on your back and you're putting every penny towards your next Lemonade fix- we understand, we're there too! We hugely appreciate whatever gift you can spare and to show our gratitude we're giving you a 'Patrons Only' which will keep you updated with  ahead of publication! In fact, we love you so much we'll even give you a free pdf copy of each novel your kind donations have helped support, plus occasional 'behind the fiction' posts telling you how all the science, history, technology, music hall and other gloriously geeky goodness in our books actually relates to real life!  We'll also list your name and website in our Rogues Gallery on blakeandwight.com so that everyone will know you are an officially wanted criminal in the Scattered Isles Of Ire.
Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF
  • Rogues Gallery Listing
SKYWAYMAN
$2 or more per month

What? Seriously? You're going to share some of your hard-won, ill-gotten gains with us? Well, we're blown away! ...er, not literally though, please...no, no honestly put the gun down because look, we have wonderful gifts to offer you to thank you for your kind generosity! Of course you can have all the lovely things the lemonade dealers are getting and, because we really are a little terrified of you, we'll even include you as a minor character in the book, short story or snippet we are currently working on and in your patron feed you'll also get occasional bonus short stories, character musings, teabie sketches from Penny and other fun little snippets which the lower tier won't have access to. And, yes of course, your name will be listed on our website as a wanted scourge of the skyway rails in The Scattered Isles Of Ire!
Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF 
  • Rogues Gallery Listing
  • Feature as a minor character
LAND PIRATE
$5 or more per month

So you've given your heart to the pirate king? Well he'd like to give you something in return! As well as everything the Skywaymen get, you will be assigned to the crew of a genuine New World Landship which steams out of the clockwork city of London. On our website you'll be listed along with your other crew members as wanted criminals in Ire and we'll send you a personalised printable wanted poster to pin on your wall! We'll even send you a free copy of our first tea painted mini-book Utterly Myself to read whilst sunning yourself on deck between raiding and pillaging!

TEA TIME LORD
$10 or more per month


If you can't beat em, join em eh? As a teatime lord or lady you rule over your little patch of Ire with a fair and merciful hand...at least that is what your subjects hope. And in return for this service Wiz himself rewards you with as much tasty tiffin as you can handle! As well as the previously mentioned rewards, you get to choose your own tea time title (Lord Sponge or Lady Cucumber sandwiches for example) and have the option of sending us your steampunk portrait which will then be added to the gracious and esteemed benefactors page of our website. We will also send you a free PDF copy of Penny's book 'Mahrime; Mythpunk For Monsters'.

 

 

Includes

  • Early access to the finished content
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Free PDF X2
  • Gracious Benefactors Page Listing
  • Feature as a minor character
  • Your own title



SPONSOR A HULLIAN
$20 or more per month

Take pity on a banished teafiend and sponsor their rehabilitation and your generous gift will pay the wages of more guards to make sure their stay in Hull is a memorable one... in return you will receive a short series of  hand written letters from your sponsored tea fiend, letters which will never be replicated and will give you extra background information about the plot and characters which can't be found anywhere else. Choose to sponsor Eightcups Max, Dr James Murphy Sallis, Collin The Octopus, Georgiana Bidwell or Kitty Flynn.