Hands full with aliens and art theft: Calling beta readers

Obviously, it’s been a long while since I posted anything. Summer has been busy, to put it mildly. At my library job our summer reading program turned the place into a zoo — though not literally, unlike last year when we had a live wombat and kangaroo as part of one program.

Then there’s been the writing: I finished a draft for a second Quantum Mortis novel and sent it off to my writing partner for that series, Vox Day. He’ll work his magic on it later this year. Then there’s a superhero story that I’ve been scribbling in my notebook for the past four months. I’ve finally started transcribing that over to the more high tech Microsoft Word.

But the big news is that I finished a novel that’s been in the works for two years. Tentatively titled For Us Humans, it’s a story centering around the recovery of a stolen piece of priceless art, set in an alternate version of the world we know today. And it… well, let me have the main character tell you about it:

“My name’s Caz Fortel. I’m thirty, good looking, and a great liar. In fact, that’s my job: to lie to people who steal works of art, and get them back.

Then one day I get the big call from the FBI: a million bucks, to recover a stolen statue with huge cultural value. Downside: my partner has an unhealthy interest in Jesus, an interest I’ve tried really hard to erase from my own life.

Also, he’s an alien with four arms and a tremendous sense of smell.

Welcome to 2011.

See, the Panstellar Consociation of Worlds is the boss now, of all the Earth and everything that goes on the solar system. Aliens showed up 10 years ago and made us a deal: join us as a protectorate and we’ll leak you tech secrets, pay you real well. All so they could set up a warp tunnel in orbit.

It’s their statue that’s stolen. They want the whole job kept quiet.

Or Earth could be in very, very big trouble.”

I’m looking for readers intrigued enough to read the rough draft. It’s 95,000 words — that’s about 350 pages. The book’s been spell-checked and had one copy editor do a quick pass, so it won’t be atrocious. I’ll be generous and give a deadline of Sept. 30. Sound good?

If you want to be one of my beta readers, email me: steverzasa@gmail.com. I’ll get you a PDF or another format if necessary.





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