Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign for New Book Atrocities: Secrets from the Past

"The images I saw when I first began to research my father's native Bosnia were so horrific, they chilled me to the bone." Marina, "Atrocities: Secrets of the Past"

The Kickstarter campaign for my new book has launched and I need any and all support to help make it successful! You may view and support the project here: Atrocities: Secrets from the Past by Miguel Dante

From the author of Evangeline, Alive & Well: A Story of Hope in Haiti comes a new story...

When 13-year-old Marina decides to do a school report about her father's native Bosnia, she uncovers a horrifying family secret, in Atrocities: Secrets from the Past by Miguel Dante.

I am currently writing my new children's book Atrocities: Secrets from the Past and am in need of funds to do the research necessary to complete my writing and to produce a book suitable for young adults to read. The book is about the Bosnian "genocide" that took place during the 1990s, a topic which has been virtually forgotten by the world at large, but certainly not by the people who endured it...and lost loved ones and family members, as an estimated 250,000 people were killed. All funds raised will aid in my research of this very important part of recent history, and will help young adults understand that these horrific events can and still take place in our world.

The story is about a thirteen-year-old girl who decides to do a school report on her father's native Bosnia. Marina's father has never told his daughter much about his life in Bosnia during the war and before emigrating to the United States, and she is naturally curious about her heritage.

Her research puts Marina in contact with a survivor of the Bosnian "death camps" and "ethnic cleansing" that take took place during the 1990s. Ayna's story of survival is riveting and drives Marina to learn more about the atrocities that took place in Bosnia during the genocide. As she delves deeper into the shameful and horrifying story of unimaginable cruelty and violence, she uncovers a secret so shocking, it will forever change everything she thought she knew about her life and her once-perfect family.

Marina must now decide what to do with the information she has discovered, a decision that will alter the course of her life and change history. Atrocities: Secrets of the Past is a moving and emotional story of the power of truth, the bonds of family and the supreme importance of justice...

All money raised will be used to research the topic of the book, to help with travel expenses to Bosnia and to locate survivors.

My challenge will be to locate survivors of the Bosnian genocide that will be willing to tell me of their experiences during the war years. In many cases, the memories of what happened to them will be beyond comprehension, and a majority of the people may not be able or willing to relive their horrifying experiences.

I am certain, however, there will be some survivors eager to tell their story, to ensure that people remember what took place in Bosnia and to prevent similar atrocities from taking place again, anywhere in the world.

For donations over $1, you will receive a shout-out in my blog, plus I will tweet, blog or help promote any projects you may have with Kickstarter!

For donations of $50 or more, you will receive an autographed copy of my book, Evangeline, Alive & Well. 

For donations of $200 or more, you will receive a digital copy of the completed book, with your name in the acknowledgements section!

Any help and or support will be greatly appreciated!

Kickstart my book Atrocities: Secrets from the Past!  

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