Significant Others just went LIVE on Amazon!

I’m so excited for everyone to read this new addition to the River of Light series! (It is the long-anticipated sequel to Lesser Beings and Rituals of Sacrifice.)

The NEW book is available in paperback and eBook format for Kindle (and FREE on Kindle Unlimited)! Here’s a link to its way cool Amazon page: 

The paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086PRKHKQ

The eBook: https://www.amazon.com/Significant-Others-River-Light-Novel-ebook/dp/B086RT7H53

Janek Larrivay is a disgraced empath from one of Earth’s distant colonies. Although executed by a hostile warlord, a higher dimension appears to sustain a willful fraction of his true self. Should he have let someone butcher him like that, back on Raisha? Was there a choice? And what the hell has he become?

Adrenaline surges. His flailing heart races. He discerns a jolting vibration that comes first as a buzz and then as a strange, lifting nothingness. His awareness shifts, and time stretches until he becomes aware that he is outside his body. Sights, smells, sounds all render as accurate but are more intense, vivid, and luminous than they have any right to be. A sense of freedom lures him aloft.

But, after death, is he a monster? Or merely superhuman? Is consciousness more than mere brain activity? Are our intrinsic personalities and sense of free will more than mere expressions of electrochemical fireworks?

A feathered seam of layered galaxies lights the heavens. Rose-tinted patches glow. New stars dazzle white-hot. Consuming the full breadth of the sky, stars stream and loop each galaxy’s spiral disk and halo. Welcome to the River of Light. On the planets below, the Ancients guard a gateway where good and evil strive to lend meaning to all existence.

Unfortunately, few such places survive contact with true evil. Not even those entirely in touch with the source code of reality. So, when an alien race’s penchant for killing stars threatens something as wondrous as the River of Light, what’s a guy to do?

A dead man? An unbeatable foe’s plot to kill stars? Despite the risks, why not join Janek’s adventure? After all, we rarely know how strong we are until being strong is our only choice. With the fate of eternity hanging in the balance, so what if all our answers lie at the end of a jaunt more wondrous and terrifying than anything we could ever imagine?

From the author of Cross the Sky, Lesser Beings, and Rituals of Sacrifice.

Anyway, if you would share the launch and contest news with your mailing lists … that would be AMAZING! Thank you for spending time with me, for reading my books, and for your continued support!

Yours! ~ Scott

Janek Larrivay will Return in Inherit the Night!

AND COMING SOON!: A New Time Wing Six adventure: Holding On For Life

Rituals of Sacrifice just went LIVE!

Tired of Reality? Woohoo! I’m pleased to announce that Rituals of Sacrifice just went LIVE on Amazon! The eBook looks great and the paperback edition should be coming out sometime tomorrow! And the eBook is FREE with Kindle Unlimited on Amazon’s free Kindle App!

Here’s a link to the eBook on Amazon: Rituals of Sacrifice

Here’s the book’s description, fresh from Hawk’s Grove Press:

Are you ready for a science-fiction epic of shocking, personal transformation? Excellent! Of course you are! (Really, I knew you would be…)

Okay, so how far would you go to rescue a dear friend from danger? To the ends of the galaxy? Beyond even that? But what if your life hung in the balance? What if your quest could cost ALL you are and all you could EVER hope to be?

Now imagine how difficult your struggle might become if a bevy of conflicting, alien personality fragments incessantly plagued your innermost thoughts!

Still on the run after the jaw-dropping events in Lesser Beings, Janek Larrivay learns that Sarika Pennier’s diplomatic team is missing behind enemy lines. Teetering on the verge of defeat, Janek must now pinpoint enemy weaknesses while coming to terms with the strange, emerging potentials taking shape within the evolving, quantum architecture of his mind.

Making things more dire, if Janek fails a new race of aliens has promised to blast humanity back to the stone age!

Thrust to the utmost limit of what it means to be human, will Janek become a monster? Or merely superhuman?

From the award-winning author of Lesser Beings, Many Moons, and Cross the Sky.

—“An imaginative compilation of alien life forms brought together in a visually descriptive, action-packed storyline that sucked this reader in for the long haul!”

—“Azmus weaves a fascinating tale through and around the lives of several memorable characters, I still want to learn more about.”

—“A very talented, intelligent, and inventive writer. You will love this!”

—“Twists and turns galore make this a page-turning space adventure. The different species are unique and interesting. I wanted to meet all of them.”

While Rituals of Sacrifice’s nonstop pace may be too intense for some, it will surely satisfy those who enjoyed Firefly and Serenity, Aliens, Interstellar, or The Matrix.PLEASE follow Janek’s continuing exploits as he approaches the River of Light!

AND COMING SOON!: Fire and Forget

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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