Many Moons and Lesser Beings are now LIVE!

Woohoo! I’m pleased to finally announce that I’ve just launched a pair of new books! Both are LIVE on Amazon right this minute! 

If you are ready to push aside the infinite veil separating ordinary life from parallel dimensions and alternate reality, the Many Moons anthology presents thirteen voyages of imagination beyond the far reaches of the universe! 

New technologies help doctors with triage and patient care. A young man helps an alien race rise from near extinction. A crashed starship yields its treasure. 

Dolphins, porpoises, and whales share a common spacefaring future. Aliens work to conceal their presence among us. Interstellar travel is replete with dangers, up to and including ritualized cannibalism. 

The pursuit of artistic talent leads to distant horizons. Love beats self-preservation. A forsaken child struggles to survive the harsh alien environment of Jupiter’s moon Io. 

An invention allows brief glances into the past. Sentient stars hire trans-dimensional aliens to care for their young.

“Backspin”

“The Catafalque”

“Cooler by the Lake”

“Department 17”

“Dining Out”

“Egging”

“Oceans Above”

“Oh, Europa, Please Trust and Take Me In!”

“Raise All Your Happy Voices”

“Red Moon”

“Reflections in Period Glass”

“Starphires”

“When the Morning Stars Sang Together”

 

Meanwhile, with civilizations on collision courses and humanity’s fate in the balance, Lesser Beings’ wild sense of palpable suspense has early readers comparing it favorably with David Brin’s Startide Rising, Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed, and Pournelle & Niven’s The Mote in God’s Eye.

From the author of “Reflections in Period Glass” and “Red Moon.” 

Writing “…reminiscent of the fine tales of Ray Bradbury or Zenna Henderson—the kinds of stories that will always be in demand.”—Dave Wolverton, Writers of the Future Volume XII.

Both are available NOW (free with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon’s free Kindle App).

 

Many Moons (LINK): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KGN5TCX 

Lesser Beings (LINK): https://www.amazon.com/Lesser-Beings-Multiple-appalling-atrocity-ebook/dp/B07KGKYYG6 

 

AND coming in December:

Release Dates!

 

We are now just 10 days away from LAUNCH! (Hard to conceptualize! Harder to believe!) More dates, later….

Also, I think I’ll be posting some of this both as a “blog” (still don’t much care for that word!) and as a broadcast to everyone on the “Street Team” mailing list. My apologies to those of you receiving repeat lumps of “update.”

First off, thanks to everyone who has already taken the time to send me a note (or two) concerning either the Many Moons anthology or advisory notes about the first book of the River of Light series: Lesser Beings!

Even when working with very fine editors and proofreaders, it never hurts to have someone else look over a book manuscript! One of the typos found in Many Moons, could ONLY have appeared during MY “final” pass through a final, pre-publication galley! (Silly me!) Several of you caught the extra “m” and missing comma in the anthology’s introduction. Thanks so much! Also, in Lesser Beings, it was nice to learn that the word “Braille” only needs to be capitalized when directly referring to Louis Braille. Again, nice catch! (Please don’t hesitate to share anything else that you may notice!)

True historical note: in the latter days of the U.S./Soviet Cold War, when I was a young Navy officer attending a mandatory course at the Navy’s “Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific” in San Diego, California, we were routinely counseled not to worry over concerns about the use of nuclear weapons (in general) as they were merely “bigger bombs.” A natural evolution, of sorts, in firepower.

I’m not sure this is quite like that, but while working for the Time Travel Forces, I have been similarly advised that…unlike fictional time travel, we don’t have to worry about creating paradoxes. The universe, trust me, has a number of built-in mechanisms for dealing with them. 

Thus, I want to share a few numbers with you that should not in any way change how you currently react with reality, whatsoever.

As one of Hawk’s Grove Press’s “most-prolific writers,” I now have access to really cool programs such as “Scrivener,” “Vellum,” “MailerLite,” and “BookFunnel.” So, here’s what’s so cool!

Out of the 30 unique active subscribers who volunteered to join my VIP mailing list (or “Street Team”), fully 77.27% actually opened my first “campaign” email offering Advanced Reading Copies! More than 60% then actually clicked on one or more books! And I am told—by good people who are in the know about such things—that this is an EXCELLENT response rate!

Woohoo! I couldn’t be more pleased!

Additionally, deeper scrutiny reveals that somewhere out there, right this moment, 11 people have actually taken the time to download Lesser Beings AND (and!) 14 people have actually downloaded Many Moons!

Wow! Fantastic! What an impressive group! 

Well, I promised a few (semi-solid) LAUNCH dates and here they are: 

15 November 2018: Many Moons

15 November 2018: Lesser Beings

15 December 2018: Broken Bells (so I should have Advanced Reading Copies out on that sometime soon!)

Cover reveal!:

 

30 December 2018: Cross the Sky (ditto)

Cover reveal!:

 

30 January 2019: Home Before Dark

28 February 2019: Rituals of Sacrifice

To be determined: Fire & Forget

To be determined: Significant Others

Several people asked whether or not they will be able to review the books on Amazon when the time comes if they have been reading free copies.

From what I can tell, I should be able to “gift” each one of you a fresh copy directly from Amazon on launch day. (I’m hoping that’s true!) and if you “accept” the gift within 24 hours, you should then show up as a “verified” purchaser. Well, I am still climbing the learning curve on all-things Amazon…but I am sure we’ll all be able to figure this out together. 

So, what else is new?

I just turned in “Rituals of Sacrifice” (the sequel to Lesser Beings) on the 26th of October. Still no word on that…reminding me that all of these things take time. I am currently gathering notes for book three of that series: Significant Others. Let me know if you have any suggestions or even character names you’d like me to work in!

The current project is called “Fire & Forget” and—having just shredded/tossed out its first two chapters—I hope to start getting my act together on that later this morning! 

One last big THANKS to you all! And, please, if at all possible, be ready to post a short review sometime later this month….

(Scott)

Hello, Everyone! How about Helping Me Start a “Street Team”?

**Psst** Hey there! Yes, you! ….Tired of Reality?

The Many Moons Anthology is just a few days from going LIVE on Amazon! The cover is ready! All thirteen short stories are formatted and ready for your reading pleasure! Not only that, but my first science fiction novel (Lesser Beings) is also just about ready to go live!

 

 

So, with just days to spare, I am looking to build a team of science fiction readers—a “Street Team” of super fans—willing to read my stories and books for free! Ideally, each team member would read whatever Advance Reading Copy (ARC) rolls down the pipeline via Bookfunnel and submit a brief, early review on Amazon once the book shows up there to help maintain an ongoing, grassroots “buzz” about my work.  

{Please remember that I don’t expect reviewers to give false or fake reviews and that I’ll always be grateful for any honest feedback you post, even negative.}

All I need is your email address. But please don’t worry! I will keep all of your details private and never share my VIP mailing list with anyone else! If you’re interested in quality science fiction, you can sign up (Here!) on my website at www.scottazmus.com — wait for the pop-up — and I will add you to my guaranteed no-spam, VIP mailing list!

Anyway, if you are willing to submit a review or even just spread the word via social media, I’d also love to hear your thoughts about future characters, settings, and plot situations. Believe me, I am SURE your thoughts will be helpful and have positive effects on my writing career! Seriously, I really do value your readership and your input will make a huge difference in helping me reach new readers. And of course, if you change your mind about being involved, you can unsubscribe at any time!

Remember, joining is easy and you’ll also be first in line for:

…Prize raffles & giveaways. (I have a number of collectible and signed science-fiction books to give away!)

…Bookmarks, fliers, promo items, and other swag.

…A chance to name a character in my TIME TRAVEL books.

…Opportunities to influence the narrative process or discuss the details of the publishing journey.

…Suggestions & answers about cover art.

…Help with your own writing projects. (I can even help format your books for different platforms or for print.)

…Floating ideas about future blog posts and responses.

…Access to exclusive content such as character dossiers, character diaries, and more.

…The joy of shared enthusiasm!

Anyway, until I hear from you again, I just want to say thank you! You are ALL wonderful, and I feel totally honored and humbled that so many people have ALREADY sent timely notes of support. I sincerely appreciate your efforts in helping me get these next few books launched with serious momentum! 

Onward!

Scott

 

P.S.: By the way, here’s a sneak peek at the cover for Lesser Beings … which you can also download for FREE right now!

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