Author: PHS

Speculative Fiction Author

Announcement: The Bow of Destiny Price Reduction & Other News

Just a few short announcements today:

TBOD SF ContestI’m putting The Bow of Destiny on reduced price for $2.99 for the rest of this month. If you haven’t had a chance take a look at this well-received fantasy book today using one of the links at the end of this post.
Also, I’ve been working on several writing projects and considering my approach to blogging this year. Since I need to spend more time on book content, I’m going to keep my general posts to about one a week covering most anything related to writing.
However, I do intend to post some fiction on this site for ongoing projects. Readers will be welcome to offer feedback on these posts since they will represent work in progress.
I’ll also occasionally host some other authors on blog tours but overall, the number of posts will be far less than last year as I work on novel-length content more this year.
Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of An Arrow Against the Wind, the second novel of The Bow of Hart Saga due out later this year.

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny can be found at these online retailers: Barnes & Noble, KoboiBooksAmazon – Kindle & Smashwords. See the book trailer.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading KnivesKobo, iBooks & Barnes & NobleSmashwords & Amazon

What Is Needed Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon

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The Bow of Destiny Book Trailer on RRBC’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party

Holiday Banner 3(1)Today, I’m happy to participate in Rave Reviews Book Club’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party. As part of the party, I’m giving away two $10 Amazon Gift cards today – winners to be chosen by the book club. Also, to celebrate the day, I’m putting The Bow of Destiny on sale for $0.99 for the weekend – that’s $4 off the regular price.

Book Links

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords

BOD FinalThe Bow of Destiny is my first novel and it has a trailer viewable on YouTube. I made the trailer as a DIY project with as low a budget as possible. Here’s some background on how I did it:

1. First, I had some pictures I already used regarding my site so those made a good start. However, I did purchase some others from iStockPhoto to fill out what I needed.

2. Next I needed some background music. After doing some research I found out about the Creative Commons website. There I found some music that I liked entitled “Dark Fog” by Kevin MacLeod. Creative Commons allows you to use what’s posted for free as long as you clearly post the credits for the creator.

3. After downloading the music, I started using Microsoft Live Movie Maker and worked for several hours on the project. I added the pictures and the music and set the timing for the former based on the music. I also added the text and the various affects using Movie Maker.

It’s my first effort at a trailer and it seems to strike a cord with people. Take a look at the end result on my YouTube link. Also, you can check out the great lineup of trailers from the block party today and for previous days by clicking here!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available on Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, I have FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon. 

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Upcoming: 2nd Draft Posts from An Arrow Against the Wind

Last Friday I appeared on Speculative Cantina and enjoyed the privilege of being interviewed by S. Evan Townsend. Just click the Speculative Cantina link to listen to the show. I think it was my best interview yet and it includes a reading from The Bow of Destiny which was a lot of fun to do.

archery at sunset

archery at sunset

The second book of The Bow of Hart Saga, An Arrow Against the Wind, is due out 4/18/2016. It’s currently undergoing a structural edit after which I’ll begin making necessary changes to get it knocked into shape for the second round of editing in February.

The book should be ready for some alpha reading sometime in January when I’ll begin posting scenes to be read for feedback. I’ll entertain suggestions as I work to complete the book and should post for beta reading in March.

Additionally, I’ll commission the cover artwork over the next month and post the cover-reveal as soon as I have it. Anyone interested in epic fantasy is welcome to read along with these stages of development and invite others to join in as well.

In the meantime, I’ve reduced the number of posts for the blog in order to focus more on producing books. I’ve really enjoyed all the blogging I’ve done over the last year but I have more urgency for my fiction at the moment. I’ll continue to post some thoughts and news as I go and announce when I expect to start posting work from An Arrow Against the Wind.

BOD FinalPlease share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available on Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, I have FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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