Introduction, Rules and Prizes
Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY on P. H. Solomon’s Archer’s Aim. Location: Birmingham, AL, USA. The club has been making blog tour stops all month and today is my day which is also RELEASE DAY for The Bow of Destiny!
NOTICE! ALL PRIZES HAVE BEEN AWARDED BUT THE BOOK IS ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, 10/4. READ ON FOR THE RELEASE POST AND TRY THE SCAVENGER HUNT!
Since it’s release day, I’m hosting a giveaway where there will be
4 winners. Here’s a list of prizes for 4 lucky winners today:
1 Kindle Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB
3 additional winners will each receive one $25 Amazon Gift Card (either physical or e-card – your choice)
How do you enter to receive prizes? Easy! Just leave a comment ON THIS PAGE and you’re in! It’s that easy so relax and read on about the book join in some fun I’ve included for the day. Rave Reviews Book Club will gather all the commenter’s names and choose the winners from that pool (only shipping to the US).
Want to have more fun with your comment? Read on to join my scavenger hunt about The Bow of Destiny. Click through each page to gather answers to the questions and add them to your comment when returning to this page. Also, I’m answering tweets at #BowofDestiny and hosting a party my Facebook page. Additionally, I have the whole week scheduled with a variety of online appearances – see the schedule on my News page. Ready to begin? Let’s go!
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
Since this book is about a quest, I’d like to take readers along for a little one as well. Ready to find out more about the book? If you’re ready, here’s the first question: based on the blurb, who is the main character in The Bow of Destiny? Click the link to proceed to the next question and the last link will bring you back here where you can post your answers as part of your comment.to enter the giveaway. Remember, you don’t have to participate in the hunt to be eligible for a prize, just making a comment on THIS PAGE does that. However, if you are going on the scavenger hunt PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE COMMENTS ON THOSE PAGES – leave comments on this ONLY ON THIS PAGE WHEN FINISHED to be entered into the prize giveaway. First scavenger hunt stop.
Writing Background & Book Development
If you’re just back from the scavenger hunt, I hope you didn’t get winded. I’ll slow down a moment and let you catch your breath. The Bow of Destiny started some three decades ago with the title of the upcoming second book, An Arrow Against the Wind. I had completed the manuscript in the mid-90’s and shopped it around until a small press accepted it. But the contract was dubious so I backed away and from there life intervened for several years.
Along the way, I became dissatisfied with the style of the book and attempted several re-boots but these never went far. Finally, I recommitted to writing about five years ago, held my nose, split the original manuscript and re-wrote it. After a great many lessons in writing with multiple rounds of editing, I finally finished the book this past June.
As to editing, I don’t know that I would have gotten this far without the talented editor I found, Jessica Barnes. She formerly worked with Random House and I found her insights spot-on. She’s been an incredible resource for bringing this book to publication. I’ll share about how I worked with Jessica and learned from her in a later blog post.
Regarding the cover, I went searching for artists I could commission and found a good many talented people available. However, I came across a piece of artwork entitled, Robin of Loxley, which closely fit The Bow of Destiny in theme. I looked up the artist, Christopher Rawlins, and inquired about developing similar artwork for the book. Chris indicated he could do the work and off we went. I sent him some ideas and descriptions and from those he forged the basic image found on the cover in a single try. I was stunned with how brilliantly he captured the essence of what I needed. I’ll go into further details about the cover development in another blog appearance but hat’s off to Christopher on a superb job.
About the Author
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing.
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Published & Upcoming Books
Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny is available at the following and other online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords.
Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga: An Arrow against the Wind due out 4/18/2016. It can currently be found for reservation at these select online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks. Amazon pre-orders are still pending.
Book 3 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The White Arrow is due out Fall of 2016 (links pending).
Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:
Trading Knives – Kobo, iBooks & Barnes & Noble, Smashwords & Amazon
What Is Needed – Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon
The Black Bag found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords & iBooks.
A parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga is also in process as three novellas.
There will likely be a sequel trilogy for The Bow of Hart Saga and possibly at least a prequel book.
Guardians of the Gate epic fantasy is also a book/series in development.
The Black Glove adventure-fantasy series is also in development.
P. H. Solomon is also working on numerous other short fiction projects to be submitted to fantasy magazine markets in the future.
See www.phsolomon.com for announcements or follow on him Twitter, Facebook or other social media listed.
Thanks for stopping by an participating in the book release events today. If you have time, stop my Facebook page or leave a twitter comment with #BowofDestiny. I have more blog appearances all week and a Blog Talk Radio appearance on Friday so check out the schedule on my News page for more details. Don’t forget to leave your comments to be entered into the prize giveaway.