Pre-order Options

crow research investor
  • Price: $10.00
  • Includes:
    • An ebook
    • access to drafts and updates from the author
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crow research employee
  • Price: $20.00
  • Includes:
    • A paperback copy of the book
    • an ebook
    • access to drafts and updates from the author
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crow works access
  • Price: $60.00
  • Includes:
    • Your name in the back of the book
    • multiple paperback copies
    • an ebook
    • access to drafts and updates from the author
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RAFFLE DRAWING FOR MANKATO CRAFT BEER EXPO TICKETS!

Neil Larson is a former designer of space probes and now Peter Darrow’s right hand man at the Crow Works. He is often seen with a beer in his hand but the story never specifies what KIND of beer. One lucky reader will get to decide what Neil’s favorite is. But wait! That’s a tough decision and you may want to do some research. That’s why we will be raffling off two tickets to the Mankato Craft Beer Expo on Jan. 13th. Tickets to this event usually sell out. These are the Early Admission tickets with a combined value of $100.

Every e-book or print Pre-Order gets you one entry. When we hit 225 Pre-Orders we will hold the drawing. That means your odds are roughly the same (or better) than winning $100 on a $10 scratch off lottery ticket…and you get a book! Of course the more copies you and your friends order the better your chances.

DONATIONS TO THE LE SUEUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

We’re now partnering with the Le Sueur Public Library! $1 of every copy sold will be donated to support programs at the library.

BOOK SYNOPSIS

On Net-Day the alien Sylph shut down all aeronautics on Earth. No more planes, or rockets, or satellites. Society had to adapt and reinvent itself in a new reality that didn’t allow for many of the things people had come to take for granted. In this world Cassie is one of a new breed of barnstormers. Drone pilots that fly low and fast in violation of human law and alien weapons.

When an eccentric billionaire approaches Cassie to help him reclaim mankind’s place in the heavens she is pulled into a world of political intrigue and cutting edge technology. All of it constrained by an indifferent alien species. Using her engineering skills and innate piloting ability they are on the verge of breaking free.

However, powerful forces on Earth don’t want a change in the new status quo. And then there’s the Sylph. If humans return to not only the skies but space…how will they react?

WATCH THE QUESTION AND ANSWER VIDEO (click here)

ABOUT THE STORY

Crow’s Gambit came from many hours thinking about the impact of aviation and space flight on society. How would society adapt if all of that was taken away? The story came together as a project for NanoWriMo in 2015. Last summer it was originally presented to the Inkshares community during the Draftshares.

Currently it is in a completed “skeleton” draft form waiting to have a little more information added. The story just scratches the surface of this world, its political intrigues, and the secrets behind the alien Sylph. There is plenty of room for more storytelling down the line.

SUPPORTING THE STORY

I would be very grateful to get your support for the story. There are several ways you can help.

  • Tell your friends about it.
  • Offer some feedback on the story.
  • Recommend it on Inkshares.
  • And best of all, Pre-Order it!

INCENTIVES

  • Crow Research Investor ($10) – Supporter will receive a copy of the Crow Research company Prospectus.
  • Crow Research Employee ($20) – Supporter will receive a copy of the Crow Research Employee Manual and the Prospectus.
  • Crow Works Access ($60) – Supporter will receive the Employee Manual, Prospectus, and an identification badge allowing access to the top secret Crow Works.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Like my profile says in my full time job I’m a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and in my free time I train and run ultra-marathons (that means they are longer than 26.2 miles and usually on trails). Always an avid reader I’ve been exploring my talents as a writer for a few years through things like NanoWriMo, Camp NanoWriMo, and Inkshares.

Crow’s Gambit has many connections to the space industry. I was exposed to some aspects of this during my graduate studies working on Space Grant Consortium and NASA funded projects. My PhD dissertation was titled “Numerical Investigation of Physical Vapor and Particulate Transport Under Microgravity Conditions”…aka, crystal growth in space. One of the high points of this work was getting to see people constructing actual experiments to fly in space at the NASA Lewis Research Center (which has since been renamed the Glenn Research Center).

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