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The Bow of Destiny: Official Cover Reveal

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Today is a wonderful milestone day for The Bow of Destiny. This epic fantasy series was in my creative thoughts as long ago as my early college days in the mid-80’s. I wrote the original manuscript in the ‘90’s and was offered a contract by a small press at the time. The contract was not right for me so I passed and, since it was a time of change and grief for my wife when her mother died, I laid the manuscript aside for several years.

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I kept coming back to the work intending to re-write it and get it published but the project never bore much fruit. About four years ago, I began to take writing seriously again when I found that I had a number of ideas for books and stories lurking in my mind. Since I had so much written for this manuscript I began re-writing it around a busy schedule and a death in my own family. Even though there were a number of distractions – as all of us have – I knew the time was right to publish this series with the recent explosion of self-publishing.

Earlier in the year, I came across a piece of artwork by Chris Rawlins entitled “Robin of Loxley” that caught my attention in his gallery. It fit the motif of my book so strikingly I knew I needed to work with Chris. The result is this cover. Here’s Chris’s bio:

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“I have lent my brush to a huge diversity of subject matter and styles. Portrayal of humans, horses, animals, and landscapes, using contemporary and modern techniques have earned admiration, acclaim and a large following. I am passionate about strong compositions, realism, detail, accuracy, dramatic lighting and strong compositions. 

My artworks have been used for numerous book covers, albums and magazines, as well as entire books growing a wide audience of authoritative scholars who respect integrity, as well as faithful patrons and enthusiasts who love the action-packed and emotional style. 

I have a passion for history and art so to bring history to life through my artworks is a dream come true. My approach is to try and put yourself / the viewer there to bring a true-to-life realism that the books of my childhood lacked. Detail of research for any painting is key if you are attempting a realistic representation. I research many of my artworks in detail and travel abroad to battlefield locations, museums and military archives.”

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Last week, I provided a sneak peek over my email list and received a very positive reaction to the cover which was more than encouraging. Currently, I am completing a revision of the book while I wait on my editor to begin looking at it first structurally and then in more detail. After these upcoming rounds of editing I anticipate the book being ready for publication at which point I should be able to set a target release date.

While the book is away with the editor I plan to finish the rough draft of the second book entitled, An Arrow Against the Wind, and develop the prequel series, “What is Needed”, into a novella to offer for free as a run-up promotion to the release of The Bow of Destiny. Since I know more about what I’m doing developing book for self-publication I hope to have An Arrow Against the Wind ready early in 2016.

Without further delay, here’s the cover for The Bow of Destiny. Look for changes to my social media accounts that incorporate this as a banner. I will also pin it on my Pinterest account so you can check it out in detail there.

The Bow of Destiny

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

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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Cover art for The Bow of Destiny licensed from Chris Rawlins on commission

Additionally these prequel titles to The Bow of Destiny are currently available on Wattpad: Trading Knives and What Is Needed:

Trading Knives 1    What Is Needed 4

 

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Wattpad: How You Can Begin Reaching Your Audience

I've been enjoying Wattpad recently. If you haven't, maybe you should give it a try.

I’ve been enjoying Wattpad recently. If you haven’t, maybe you should give it a try.

Last week, I wrote about what Wattpad can do for you now and I’m following up today with more information. As mentioned last week, I uploaded a prequel short story to The Bow of Destiny entitled, What Is Needed to my Wattpad. Today, I’ll share some a bit of what I’m doing with it and other content as well as some pointers and ideas from other blog sites and news articles.

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Trading Knives 1What Is Needed has done well in the last week with a number of reads, several votes and some nice comments. One thing I did during the past week is add it to a fantasy genre club that allows weekly posts of content. When using one of these clubs, keep in mind that there may be rules on posting (how much) as well as how to do so. My experience was very good.

This week I’ve added another story to my Wattpad, Trading Knives. This is another short story prequel to my upcoming book that I’m giving some play on Wattpad before it goes to online retailers for free in a few weeks. Give it a look but remember it’s still being edited so there will be changes, however, comments are helpful. As just a hint, this story is about one of the main antagonists in The Bow of Destiny so enjoy a little darker story.

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What Is Needed 4As promised, here are some links that may help you figure out how you may want to use Wattpad for your writing:

1. Joanna Penn hosted a guest post by Ashleigh Gardner, head of content with Wattpad. The post details aspects of marketing with Wattpad.

2. Indies Unlimited has also posted a blog entitled, Wattpad for Writers, which is very helpful as well.

3. Suw Charman-Anderson wrote an article for Forbes that discusses serializing your writing on Wattpad to attract an audience.

4. Molly Greene shared on her blog about how to get started on Wattpad – it’s a nice guide to make a quick, effective start.

5. Publisher’s Weekly also weighed-in on how Indie authors can build an audience using Wattpad.

These are all wonderful pieces that can help you puzzle out what you can do on Wattpad with your writing. Remember, Wattpad now has over 40 million readers – yes readers. It’s not just for writers and it’s proving to be just as important a social media outlet as Goodreads, the former being for more direct interaction with your content in progress and the latter more for book reviews.

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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!

The Bow of Destiny   Black Bag Cover 7

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Jason Hein

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’m happy to welcome Jason Hein to Archer’s Aim – let’s see what he has for us!

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

A. Well, my name is Jason Hein, and I write medieval fantasy. When I was young I grew up in the country outside of a town that about 90 people in it. There was not much to do and I had very few friends. My imagination was always my retreat. There, I could do anything, be anything, go anywhere. Once I was about seven or so, I started writing a lot of my imaginations down on paper. I have written a lot of different genres. From fantasy or science fiction, to romance, thrillers, and modern day settings. I always drifted back to fantasy, however. It was there that I settled in for my first book series, The Varsian Kingdom Series. In the future I have plans to write a science fiction series but I have a long list of Medieval fantasy waiting to be written first.

HEIN---front-cover---low-rez-webQ. Is there any special inspiration you had for the plot?

A. Yes… but I cant tell what it was because it would give away the ending of the book! I actually did a good amount of historical research and several ideas for the book came from that research.

Q. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

A. Leila, the main character of the book, is a young women who starts out as nothing more than a slave to a cruel king and in the end wins wars, commands troops, and saves the kingdom! Leila has always been a strong young women but that strength lay inside a timid and unsure spirit. When she is called to her task by an angel sent from the Creator, that strength allows her to abandon all she knows for a seemingly foolhardy quest. Through her uncertainties and timidity Leila finds the courage to bring her true strength to the surface. The strength to give her all for what is right.

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Q. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

A. I have always dreamed of writing professionally. If I could do one thing for a living it would be, without a doubt, writing. I had always written as a hobby but once I grew up, got a full time job, and life took over… my writing stopped. One day I just settled in my mind I was going to give it one long hard try. If nothing else I would self publish and have my paperback books as keepsakes… but one way or another I was determined to get my work onto the public market.

Q. What’s your opinion about Amazon’s recent decision to pay authors in Kindle Prime by the words read?

A. Honestly, I don’t have much of an opinion on it. Kindle versions are not my focus. I know a lot of people like them but I still feel that nothing replaces the feel of a good book in the reader’s hands. Kindle, to me, is just an added convenience. There are other digital formats authors have access to release their books with so those who don’t like the policy can just go to the competition with their work. If enough authors do it, amazon will revise their policy. If not very many authors do… then I guess not very many have much of an issue with it.

Q. What’s your biggest challenge as an author?

A. My biggest challenge, for sure, is simply finding the time to write. I have a wife, two kids, a full time job, and anywhere from 2-3 hours of drive time to and from work each day. With all that and other responsibilities writing often times is hard to squeeze in. Thankfully I am the type of can sit down and write two thousand words in a rather short amount of time and make up for days missed.

Q. How has writing/publishing changed your perspectives about reading?

A. Not at all, to be honest. The truth of the mater is I have never been much of a reader, which is odd for a writer. It is hard for a book to keep my attention and I read slow. I would rather be creating my own story than reading one from someone else anyway! Having been writing as a hobby since before I hardly read any novels at all… I guess my perspective has always kind of been what it is.

Author Bio: 

IMG_7627 - CopyGrowing up on a secluded farm in the panhandle of Oklahoma, Jason P. Hein developed a unique point of view and literary sense as a young child. With few friends and little to entertain him, his imagination ran wild! With iconic names such as C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien as literary inspirations, epic tales began to unfold inside the confines of his mind. These stories soon became the backbone for a rich fantasy land, now known as “The Varsian Kingdom.” As years and education expanded his mind, so they expanded the Kingdom of Varsia. With the launch of “The Varsian Kingdom Series” Jason is now offering his world for the exploration of intrigued minds and fantasy readers alike!

Sales Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Arise-Fall-Varsian-Kingdom-1/dp/1505309948/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436997812&sr=8-1&keywords=arise+to+fall

Author Links:

Author Website: http://varsiankingdom.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Jason-P.-Hein/e/B0105GWAN8/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonPHein

Thanks to Jason for sharing Arise To Fall from his series, The Varsian Kingdom, with us today. Please take some time to support this fantasy author. 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. 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 free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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