“Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels” Release News

256x256-Wolf-MoonThere are some very exciting things coming up between now and the end of 2018. I’m in the process of planning three releases.

Upcoming Release Schedule

  • 26th June 2018 – Re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”, and coincidentally my birthday.
    • This 2nd Edition release will include a new cover, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
    • I’ve made some minor edits to fix a couple of spelling and punctuation errors, as well as updated the author bio, acknowledgements and copyright information.
  • August 2018 – Release of “The Lupine’s Call (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #2)”
    • I’ll provide news on the release schedule nearer the time.
    • In the meantime, anyone picking up a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” will get a free preview of the first chapter.
  • October 2018 – Release of “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #3)”
    • I’m currently seeking the advice of beta readers on this story.
    • There are some aspects of this story that I want to be sure are handled correctly, and that might mean re-writes of certain portions of the story.
    • Depending on the feedback I get, I might choose to delay the release.

Extended Release Plans

Ever since I started releasing my own stories in eBook form I’ve had them exclusively available on the Amazon Kindle Direct program. That has allowed for them to be listed as available for free to Kindle Unlimited members.

However, even though I have seen sales of the stories, I’ve never seen any page reads from Kindle Unlimited (KU).

So, I’m taking a big step. In mid-June “Under A Hunter’s Moon” would be up for renewal on the KU program, and I’ve decided to not let it roll over for yet another three months.

Instead I’m going to work with a distribution service to make it available on a wider selection of eBook stores, including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Scribd to name a few. I’m currently in the process of deciding which service to use, and making the appropriate changes to my formatting for “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, so expect news on this soon.

Here’s Where You Come In

Ahead of each story’s release, I’m going to be posting more information about what I plan to do as part of the build-up. I’ll also be putting together graphics and a full press-kit for each story.

If you have a blog, or newsletter and would like to volunteer to help with passing along the release news or doing a review, I’m very interested in hearing from you.

I’m open to doing author/character interviews, posts about the stories themselves, backgrounds on the characters, or pretty much anything that you think your readers would love to see.

How To Reach Me

Drop me a line at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I meet any reasonable deadlines.

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Stephen Hawking – Remembered

As you’ve no doubt heard, physicist, writer, and role-modelStephen Hawking Remembered Stephen Hawking died peacefully in his sleep on March 13th.

I first heard the news from my mother-in-law within minutes of the announcement on her local news. My first reaction was disbelief, and then a quiet acceptance of something that my wife and I had known was inevitable.

I first came across Professor Hawking’s work, not long after I started working at my local library. It was around the time that “A Brief History of Time” came out, and the book was constantly on the reserve list, because people wanted to find out exactly why it was such a big seller.

I was 14 at the time, and interested in science and computers. But it took only a quick look through the start of the book to realize that I wasn’t going to understand a lot of what it talked about. However, it did inspire me to go on and study physics and when I picked up the book again it was about 10 years later, and I understood a lot of what I was reading, even though I’d almost flunked physics.

Regardless of being able to understand everything, or not, I made a point of learning about Hawking, and his work, and found myself inspired on many levels.

Diagnosed with motor neurone disease (also known as ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of 22, Hawking was told he probably had no more than 2 years to live. That was back in 1963, and he was already making great strides in the realms of theoretical physics, where he would continue to make his mark for another 55 years.

To say that Hawking surpassed the expectations of medical is an understatement, and his work has revolutionized many fields of science. But there was more to Hawking than just his capacity for living with a condition that has an exceptionally high mortality rate, and still managing to produce groundbreaking work.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen Hawking present his work to audiences, explaining his theories through the use of a specialized computer and speech synthesizer. Or his guest appearances on TV shows, where he played himself or took part in interviews with a sharp wit and cheeky grin.

That wit and humor couldn’t have been displayed better than by his most famous party, which no-one attended except Hawking himself. Not surprising when you consider he was inviting only time travelers from the future. Although I have to admit, I was disappointed to see that attendance was so low. Just the possibility of time travel has been an inspiration for so many science fiction writers.

There are many other reasons to be inspire by Hawking, but we all have the things we’ll remember him for. I think that, for me, this quote sums up why I found Hawking such an inspiration.

Stephen Hawking - Success

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