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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!

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring D. R. Rosensteel

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 D. R. Rosensteel who’s sharing his latest book – take it away, D. R!

What’s the plot of your latest book?

Psi Another DaySixteen-year-old Rinnie Noelle is called into action again as the crime rate suddenly accelerates in Greensburg. Rinnie’s friends and teachers disappear in a bizarre game of riddles where fresh cemetery plots and poetic clues point to the next victim. Between keeping the Dweeb League from getting themselves killed, dealing with a new Psi Fighter who gives her attitude, and trying to figure out who Nicolaitan’s next victim is before it’s too late, Rinnie is pulled into a wild ride that makes her question everything she believes about good and evil. In a climactic showdown, the Psi Fighters and Walpurgis Knights face off for the first time in a decade. The problem is, Rinnie has learned that a rogue Psi Fighter is in their midst, and is unsure who is on her side.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing and why?

Good vs. Evil, drugs, bullying, God, standing up for what’s right, protecting the innocent.

How would you describe your writing style?

Fun and witty. I like characters who see the humor in life, even in dark circumstances.

What drew you to write fantasy?

I’ve always been a Sword and Sorcery fan. I loved the Conan the Barbarian stories growing up. I read Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for the first time while I was in college, and I was hooked. Most of my stories are modern-day fantasy, although I am working on a manuscript set in medieval times.

What actors do you envision as playing some of your characters?

Rinnie would played by Saoirse Ronan because of her fighting skills. She played an assassin in Hannah and was awesome. Kathryn would be played by Jennette McCurdy, because Kathryn is like a non-nasty version of Sam from iCarly.

What keeps you creatively charged?

Life in general. People are just awesome and writing about them is a blast (even though I don’t write about real people.)

What book have you read that you wish you had written and why?

Harry Potter. It’s awesome, and I should have thought of it.

Where do you like to write?

I am supposed to write at my desk in my office, but somehow I always find myself at the kitchen table or the table outside on the deck. It just seems like the thing to do.

Please reply with answers, your bio, book blurb, author photo, cover art, your contact links and sales links.

My Bio

P17-46292D. R. Rosensteel is a research consultant who had no intention of writing anything but technical papers describing his theories of metaphysical psychometry. But when a hoodied teen showed him a device that turned her thoughts into weapons, and told him about a secret society of protectors who trained her in their underground Academy, he knew her story had to be written.

He has put his research on hold to document the adventures of a girl whose face he’s never seen and whose real name he’ll never know.

Book Blurbs:

PSI ANOTHER DAY (released May 6, 2014)

When Rinnie Noelle, Greensburg’s youngest masked crime-fighter, totally botches her first mission and lets a frightening stalker escape, she is reassigned to protect her high school from arch-nemesis Mason Draudimon, a bully who has picked on her since fifth grade. The thought bores her to death. She could easily dust the lockers with his face, and that would be fun, but it would also give away the secret of her true identity. But the assignment takes on a whole new meaning when Rinnie discovers that the school has become a hunting ground, and she is the prey. The Walpurgis Knights, a mysterious group of supervillains, have dispatched an apprentice to find her. The good news is, he doesn’t know her true identity. The bad news is, she doesn’t know his, either. But Mason is the link to finding him.

Aided by an oddly shaped, politically imperfect band of outcasts, Rinnie searches the high school for the elusive apprentice. When the stalker returns to take a little girl from the elementary school, Rinnie has to choose between rescuing the girl and uncovering the identity of the apprentice. In an unpredictable game of deception, she learns that the Walpurgis Knights, the kidnapper, and Mason are all tied irrevocably to the man who murdered her parents.

Rinnie takes her Mental Arts skills to their limits in her first battle against the evil Walpurgis Knights.

LIVE AND LET PSI (currently in edits, releasing May 2, 2016)

Sixteen-year-old Rinnie Noelle is called into action again as the crime rate suddenly accelerates in Greensburg. Rinnie’s friends and teachers disappear in a bizarre game of riddles where fresh cemetery plots and poetic clues point to the next victim. Between keeping the Dweeb League from getting themselves killed, dealing with a new Psi Fighter who gives her attitude, and trying to figure out who Nicolaitan’s next victim is before it’s too late, Rinnie is pulled into a wild ride that makes her question everything she believes about good and evil. In a climactic showdown, the Psi Fighters and Walpurgis Knights face off for the first time in a decade. The problem is, Rinnie has learned that a rogue Psi Fighter is in their midst, and is unsure who is on her side.

THE PSI WHO LOVED ME (To be released in 2016)

When the Kilodan suddenly vanishes, Rinnie vows to find the Psi Fighters’ beloved leader. Her search uncovers hidden tunnels connecting Old Torrence and the mysterious Livermore Burial Grounds, where a single grave holds the key to all the disappearances. With the help of Mason and the Dweeb League, Rinnie finds the Kilodan. The problem is, he’s imprisoned with her classmates, and next in line for an experimental procedure that will mutate his mind, transforming him into a Knight. In a desperate attempt to save the Kilodan and her friends, Rinnie challenges the Nicolaitan, powerful leader of the Knights, to single combat, winner take all. It is a move that she may not live to regret.

Contact Links:

www.DRRosensteel.com

www.PsiFighterAcademy.com

Twitter: @DRRosensteel

Facebook: D.R.Rosensteel

Instagram: D.r. Rosensteel

Buy Links:

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/psi-another-day-dr-rosensteel/1117390269?ean=9781622660421

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1622660420?keywords=d.r.rosensteel&qid=1445454564&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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. 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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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: The Latest Reviews for The Bow of Destiny

Here are two new 5-star reviews for The Bow of Destiny! Both can be found on the book’s Amazon page and here’s the trailer again today:

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BOD FinalIf you love Fantasy stories about Rangers, then this is the book for you! There’s plenty of camping, tracking, hiking, and evading pursuers in the woods. Throughout the first half of the book, you can practically smell the wood-smoke, feel the dew on your pillow, hear the footsteps on pine needles. It’s cool when the heroes’ traveling party uses scouts to stalk ahead, looking for trouble, or where hunting parties take hours or days to track each other down before a vicious fight.

And there’s plenty of troubles to be found here. Athson (the ‘Archer’ hero) and his band of supernatural allies (sorceress, dwarves, and other magical beings) face off against an assortment of strange creatures. Also a variety of challenging landscapes, some of which are cursed. There’s even some classic dungeon crawling in the ‘Troll-Neath,’ which is a phrase I love! I especially liked one action scene involving a bridge that reminded me of Indiana Jones, or the famous Balrog scene in LOTR. My only issue was trying to differentiate between the types of troll hordes that Athson fights. I have fond memories of the terms ‘Bugbear,’ ‘Kobold,’ ‘Goblin,’ and ‘Hobgoblin,’ but I have a hard time picturing what each one of these creatures would look like. On the other hand, some of the other fiends and spells that Athson faces are very chillingly described.

The author writes in a masterful, fluid style, and the pages just roll by. At the same time, I didn’t find myself annoyed or bored by any of the characters, which can be quite a feat (IMO) when it comes to Fantasy stories. A totally enjoyable experience! I look forward to seeing what happens next with these characters.

And the next one:

This is P. H. Solomon’s first book in the Bow of Hart Saga and in a word I found it incredible! The story is so rich with different elements that I found myself totally engrossed from the very beginning.
The opening perspective was very interesting and unexpected. I would say more, but I hate it when people give away too much of the plot in a review.
The action sequences were gripping and written in such a way as to make you feel like you are there with the main character at each twist and turn of the story.
I loved the maps of the lands , the different dialects and races in the story, the use of magic in that it wasn’t overused but rather a wonderful seasoning to the story.
It is easy to see the time and attention to detail the author has put into this book. Give this story a try, you will not be disappointed!

TBOD SF ContestCover

The Bow of Destiny has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Authorsdb 2015 Cover Contest (finalist selections are still pending). As such, I’ve left the book at it’s sales price of $2.99 to celebrate!

Samples & Links

Samples for the book can be found on Amazon, Wattpad or Goodreads

In case you buy your e-books elsewhere here are the links for the book at some of those major retailers:

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks & Smashwords

Do you get your books from the library? The Bow of Destiny can be found on Overdrive so you can request it from your local library so they can purchase it and make it available for check-out.

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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