Forty-two

“Tell us!”
“All right,” said Deep Thought. “The Answer to the Great Question…”
“Yes..!”
“Of Life, the Universe and Everything…” said Deep Thought.
“Yes…!”
“Is…” said Deep Thought, and paused.
“Yes…!”
“Is…”
“Yes…!!!…?”
“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.
      From The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Not coincidentally, this is my forty-second post. So far, I’ve blogged about physics, women in science, self-publishing, and books I’ve enjoyed. For the forty-second post, I would have loved to come with an answer to one of the mysteries of the Universe, or at least to shed some light on how to succeed as an author. Right now I’m still looking for answers. If I ever crack either of the mysteries, I promise to share the answer right here on this blog!
Meanwhile, to celebrate the 42nd post and the commencing summer vacation,
I have a GIVEAWAY of my book, Initial Conditions.

Never heard about it. What is it about? Initial Conditions is a contemporary story about love, career, ambition, and science. It is set in a physics department of a fictitious elite university. The protagonist, Danielle Meller, is an aspiring physicist, with a pretty good opinion about her abilities. When she realizes that determination and hard work are not all what it takes to succeed, she embarks on a quest to understand the enigmatic dark energy. On her path, there are conflicts within and outside academia, clashing and changing goals, a battle of wills, and… love.

Hmm. Can you be more specific about the genre?
Is it science-fiction? Romance? Both?

The story involves realistic physics. It’s not science-fiction.
Love and relationship play a big part in the novel, but it’s not a romance.
Initial Conditions is a ‘mainstream fiction’.

So, it’s not in a genre I’m familiar with. Who might like it?
I want the answer to be “Everyone,” but that may belong to the department of “wishful thinking”. Here are a few points to consider:
It is neither fast-paced nor action-oriented. There is no explicit sex or violence.
Some readers felt that there is “a bit too much physics” and “it covers a whole lot of theoretical physics making it sometimes more of a tutorial than a story”. Others readers responded differently:

“In all, this is not a book for everyone but still a very worthwhile read for anyone who, like me, identifies with the subject matter and academic life in general.”

“I’m a lawyer and therefore physics is as far from my field of interests as it possibly could be, yet somehow, this book made me want to understand it more. I found the segments with physics-related talk everything but boring (even if I didn’t understand most of it, naturally)…
I recommend this to anyone, really; especially those who are knowledge hungry :)”

(The quotes are excerpts from reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads)

Unsure whether the story might appeal to you? Try the first four chapters.

Ready to give the entire book a try? Enter the GIVEAWAY.
You’ll find my email address in “Contact.” Email me and note which ebook format you prefer (mobi / epub / pdf) and I’ll send it using “reply”. I intend to send the ebooks as requests come, but it may take a few days.

When can one enter? Anytime until the 4th of July, 2015.

Catch? No catch. I’m not going to reuse your email address to spam you with requests to leave a review. On the other hand, after reading the book, you may want to leave a review (see a review as a thank you). This would be appreciated.

Anything else? Fiction with realistic physics is quite rare, and a female physicist is even less likely to be a protagonist. I ask you guys to help spread the word. If you know someone who might enjoy Initial Conditions, please tell him/her about the giveaway.







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