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The Bow of Destiny News: Events Calendar Posted

The Bow of DestinyHello everyone, just sharing more news regarding The Bow of Destiny this week. As mentioned three weeks ago, the book is now available for pre-release reservations via Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app). This week I’ve got additional news about upcoming events.

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I’ve created an ongoing list of events and appearances on schedule for The Bow of Destiny that now appears on my News page. Check there for my calendar as well as links about interviews, blog tours and other events as well as ways to help spread the word about them.

The first major event is my upcoming interview with Beem Weeks on Beyond the Cover via Rave Waves on Blog Talk Radio. But soon after that, I hope to release Trading Knives on retail sites for free which will include a sample chapter from The Bow of Destiny. I’m working on additional Thunderclaps and Rafflecopter giveaways so check back often.

Black Bag Cover 7Meanwhile, I’ve gotten rather good feedback for The Bow of Destiny from my beta readers. I continue to make a few tweaks as the beta readers respond and hope to have a final draft ready within a the month so it will be formatted and ready for release. Additionally, I’m working another development that I can’t reveal at the moment but if everything works out well, I’ll announce it within a few weeks at best – and I think it will be very interesting for fantasy genre fans.

Have you reserved your pre-release copy of The Bow of Destiny yet? Anyone who emails me a screenshot of their receipt will receive a coupon for the free download of The Black Bag containing a free sample chapter – offer ends 8/7/15. While you’re at it take a look at Trading Knives and What Is Needed on Wattpad to become familiar with a few characters appearing in The Bow of Destiny – c’mon, you know you want a copy of the book!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, 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. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time

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I noticed a bad habit the other day and realized it is rather costly to my productivity. No, it’s not just wasting time on the internet or any other act of procrastination. Rather, it is a bad habit involving poor perspective. But I think breaking this one bad habit could mean much to productivity as a writing in a serious way.

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Want to guess what this bad habit is? It’s the simple comment to myself, “I don’t have enough time.” I noticed that between five and seven times a day I may have upwards of fifteen minutes when something else is pending that I literally give up the time to write, believing there’s no actual time to accomplish something productive. You want to know what I did when I realized this? I ignored myself and wrote just over 100 measly new words of fiction. That’s not much since I know I can sit down and write several thousand words in a day.

But then the math hit me square in the head. Let’s say you actually write six months out of a year – the other half dedicated to editing and/or the business of writing. Those one hundred measly words five times a day add up quickly. If I need 40,000 words over thirty days of writing that adds up to 15,000 words out of those forty, or 37.5% of the total. String that out over six months and it’s 90,000 words.

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Featured Image -- 9623Let’s put that in perspective. It’s a whole book. It’s 18 short stories at an average of 5,000 words. If you average 1,000 words per blog post it’s 90 of them. Since most of my posts average around 500 words that’s actually about 180 posts or almost 70% of what I would post on my blog in a year (and I have a lot of back-logged ideas). That’s a lot of productivity over time.

Now, I’m not advocating that you or I frantically squeeze writing into every available second. I’m just observing how often I think I don’t have time when I actually do. I mean what am I doing with those spare fifteen minutes several times a day? Surfing the internet aimlessly?

Instead of fumbling useful time away I think I’d like to use it to be more productive – even if I don’t approach that full total part of it means I’m much further along with a number of projects. And what about actual spare time? I think I may find that I have more time for walks, reading, conversations, etc by being productive when it’s time to be productive.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyI’m chipping away at this bad habit starting today (and it started by writing this post). How about you?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, 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. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Daniel Adorno & Thy Kingdom Come

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today, I welcome back Daniel Adorno who’s sharing his newest title due out on 8/5. Take it away, Daniel!

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TKC-283x400Q. Your latest book is a departure from your previous work with fantasy. How did you come to write a post-apocalyptic science fiction?

A. Originally, I planned to write a scifi novella in three months, but then it snowballed into something greater. I wanted to tackle three personal writing challenges: a new genre, a shorter work of fiction, and the first person perspective. Two out of the three worked out in my favor (the book became longer than a novella!) So in a sense the departure from fantasy was a creative experiment, but I’ve also been intrigued by the post-apocalyptic genre and thought it would be a good setting for a story.

Q. What are your thoughts as to the current popularity of this genre?

A. I think the genre is largely popular right now because of The Walking Dead TV show. I’ve never watched that show, but the themes of survival and humanity joining together for a common cause are compelling. Post-apocalyptic fiction is also popular because of the uncertainty of our own times. Widespread violence on a global scale, political corruption, economic fears, religious persecutions, cyber threats, and a whole host of other issues are reported on the news daily which feeds into the fear that our world is getting worse and the end times are just around the corner.

Q. What’s the plot of Thy Kingdom Come?

A. Many years into the future, a nanovirus outbreak occurs that affects the majority of the world’s population. The virus called Navitas alters human DNA and essentially turns them into machines with an insatiable hunger for electricity. Since the Mindless congregate where electricity is present, the surviving population has entered a new dark age to avoid infection. One of the survivors of the outbreak is Dex, a teenager who lost his family to the epidemic and now finds refuge in the basement of his neighbor’s house. In his spare time, Dex talks over the radio secretly with his best friend, Cassidy, who lives miles away. When the infected Mindless invade his new home, Dex realizes he doesn’t merely want to survive. He wants to uncover the cause of Navitas and how to stop it. A surviving member of his family, Uncle Richard, has the answers. But Richard lives in Minneapolis, which is ground zero for Navitas and the Mindless. Despite the dangers posed by infection and looting gangs squabbling for resources, Dex embarks on his quest not only to find Richard, but also save his best friend Cassidy.

Q. Have you changed your writing process since your first book? If so, how?

A. I have altered my process dramatically for this book since my last one. I used to just write with no plan or outline in place then go about editing multiple drafts. With this book, I made a concise outline of the major plot points I wanted to cover. After the writing was finished, I did a major content edit of all the beats of the story to make sure I hit all the high notes and kept the story fast-paced and engaging.

Q. What’s been the response for this latest book?

A. So far, the handful of advance reviews I’ve received have been overwhelmingly positive. People enjoy the action-packed storyline and the plot. It’s very encouraging and I can’t wait for the release!

Q. Is there anything that helped you write this book – a trip, music, etc?

A. There’s a song by one of my favorite bands, for King and Country, that constantly helped me focus as I wrote the book—it’s called Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. If this book had a soundtrack, that song would be on it!

Q. Are you thinking about writing a sequel or other science fiction? Anything dystopian in your plans?

A. There will be a sequel to Thy Kingdom Come, but it may be a while since I’ll be transitioning back to fantasy so I can finish my initial trilogy in that genre. No plans for anything dystopian, but never say never!

Q. What have you done differently in releasing this book versus your first one?

A. For this release, I’ve really reached out to subscribers of my email list to help me promote the book and I’ve contacted several authors to review and cover the book on their blogs. I’ve listened to multiple influencers like Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt, and Chandler Bolt talk on their experiences in releasing best-selling books. In my first year of self-publishing, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about book launches and I’m trying to implement several key strategies to get this book in front as many readers as possible. We’ll see if it works!

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Daniel AdornoBio:

Hi, my name is Daniel and I’m a fantasy/scifi author. Thanks for visiting my website and blog. Here’s a little background on me: I began writing back in 4th grade when my teacher assigned everyone to write a short book with construction paper and crayons. Little did I know then that my award-worthy book on race cars would be the start of my writing career. This year, I accomplished what I thought would be an impossible feat: publishing my first novel. You can learn more about it here.

I’m a Christian and a history buff, so my stories weave themes of faith and historical elements with fantastical plots and characters. My blog runs the gamut on topics, but typically you’ll find me covering these subjects:

  • Self-publishing advice and resources
  • Methods for being an effective writer/blogger
  • Updates on my current projects.

My primary goal is to write stories that enlighten, inspire, and entertain readers who love the imaginative settings of fantasy and science fiction. However, I also feel a responsibility to help aspiring authors and writers, so I do my best to share what’s worked in my writing career through the blog. Some methods I’ve adopted may work for you as a writer, but some might not. The cool thing is we’re in it together as writers. So please, read the blog, sample one of my stories, or contact me for anything you might need. If you like what you read, then subscribe to my newsletter to receive blog posts and first access to new stories straight to your inbox. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to knowing more about you.

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You can find Thy Kingdom Come on pre-order at Amazon.

His first novel, The Blade Heir is available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Createspace & Googleplay.

Thanks to Daniel for the interview today and kudos for taking on a few new challenges with your latest title, Thy Kingdom Come. As always I encourage everyone to check out this indie author’s work and support his efforts. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers will receive my free new guide, Recommended Reading for Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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