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New for 2020 from P. H. Solomon

2020 has rolled in and I’m ready for the upcoming year with a few developments of my own. 2019 went fast and I’m glad because it was a tough year in many respects though I have much for which to be thankful.

There are a few things I’m changing up for the coming year just for readers. The first one is for all the readers of the series no matter where they are in it. I will be posting new reader guide questions in my private groups on Facebook and Goodreads each week. These are meant to generate discussion and interaction. If you are one one of these, especially Goodreads, please join me in these groups. I will also add pols on Goodreads for readers to express there opinions and add their own thoughts about the series and other ideas.

Beginning this week, reader guide questions have been posted on Goodreads and Facebook private groups and I’ll send out notices through the blog that these are available each week. Reader guides for current books and new ones will also be published with different information on the blog at various times throughout the year so look for those as well.

 

Print for An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow will be completed over the next six months or so, meaning The Bow of Hart Saga will be available in its entirety in this format for the first time. It’s a nice addition to the current e-book and audio formats which readers can further enjoy.

Also expect more posts by fictional characters over the course of the year where you can gain insights into what the characters think. It will be interesting to gain further perspective for reading. More extensive information from the characters will be published in the private groups on Facebook and Goodreads along with my newsletter so it’s a good time to join me on those channels – links are at the bottom of the post.

Speaking of new books, I’ve already written about the new ones in the works, Reformed Mage and Black Glove. These books are still progressing but I hope to nail down release dates for upcoming books over the next few months, including covers. I’m very excited about these books and hope to begin publishing them later this year. But there is plenty to share about them in the meantime which will begin this month as I’m doing more work on them. More to come soon…

2020 Plans & Book Sales Announcements

Happy New Year to all the Archer’s Aim readers. It’s been a long hiatus from posting here on the blog. 2019 was not a great year for keeping up with things due to health problems and other issues. I’m trying to start off the year with some semi-regular posts about my writing in general and fantasy otherwise. The plan this year is to also get a feed from my Paper.li web newspaper into the blog if possible – it may take some doing to get there on my free WordPress plan so an upgrade may be in order to get there with content.

So much for the blogging plans for the year and onto other news. The Bow of Hart Saga bundle went to bestseller in late November on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks. That was good news so I’m following up with a few promotions for individual books and working on releasing print for An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow.

An Arrow Against the Wind goes on extended sale today at 99 cents on Amazon only with The White Arrow following at a later date to be announced. If you have read The Bow of Destiny but not the rest of the series, now is a good time to jump back into it with the next book on sale to begin January. For all my followers on Goodreads, take a look at this book if you haven’t gotten a chance and give it a read. Just a hint, the series ratings get better with each book so you want to keep reading.

I’ll work on the details for print and announce those releases as soon as I have more information. Thanks for reading today and please share this post with a reblog or on your social media. Thanks for you help and I hope everyone has a wonderful year. Look for more news about The Bow of Hart Saga and new books that I have in the works in the near future.

Characters from The Bow of Saga: Spark

This is the second of several posts revealing more about characters from The Bow of Destiny. You can read about Athson here. If you like dogs, you’ll love today’s post!

SparkSpark was a rather interesting and late addition to The Bow of Destiny. You see, Spark is a dog but not just any dog. He’s a dog that only Athson sees while he’s not taking doses of his elven medicine, Soul-ease. You might wonder if Spark is real and so does Athson. However, Athson considers Spark an old friend who watches out for him.
The idea for this invisible dog came from my daughter who did some alpha reading on the book last year. She suggested adding a dog so Spark is what I came up with. In the book, Athson identifies this dog as a Mountain Hound but to you and me he’s a German Shepherd – or very much like one.
If you’ve read my bio you know we own two German Shepherds so you can guess the origin of this character. But there’s more to the characterization than just being like a common breed. Spark is actually based on both of my dogs, appearing more like our female, Chloe, while sometimes acting rather like our male, Sam.

GSDsChloe & Sam
While Chloe is all guard-dog and ready for action all the time, Sam is more of a friendly bloke with a nasty side when necessary. But the unique quality of Sam is his way of communicating with us – he wags his tail for “yes” and doesn’t for “no”. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample of Sam (Spark)-talk which is through a series of yes and no questions (and of course you have to catch Sam at a good time since he’s usually easily distracted like most dogs by things like food):
Me: “Sam, is it cold outside?”
Sam wags his tail – and it is (or was when this happened).
Me: “Sam, do you like the cold?”
Sam wags his tail because he really doesn’t like the hot Alabama summer but thrives in what cold weather we have.
Me: “Sam, do you want to sleep outside?”
Sam doesn’t wag his tail because, while he likes cold weather, he prefers to stay near his people like most GSDs do. This question is one that’s meant to ensure he’s really answering rather than just wagging his tail in distraction.
Me: “Sam, do you like Chloe?”
No wag because Chloe can really pesters him and bites him often since she’s rather feisty.
Me: “Sam, did Chloe bite you today?”
Sam wags his tail. Funny thing about dogs is that, being like wolf puppies, the males often let females win. Sam is much larger but always lets Chloe win.
Me: “Sam, do you want Chloe to sleep outside in the cold?”
Sam wags his tail. Yep that’s right, Sam wants Chloe to sleep outside while he gets to sleep inside.
We often can ascertain if Sam feels sick (he gets colitis) or achy (he’s getting a little older now and is starting to get stiff joints). We even found out that Sam wants a pet cat though this is likely the fact that he actually misses the old cat, Becky, who was still alive when Sam came to live with us. The cat hated Sam but he loved her. But you get the idea – Sam talks in his own way. He’s rather intelligent that way and even plays tricks on Chloe to get her to do what he wants. Now don’t think that Chloe is dumb by any means. She recognizes aggression easily and can solve some puzzles that Sam just won’t bother with.
So guess who speaks Sam-talk? Spark! I have a number of instances where Spark reveals something to Athson about his surroundings that Athson just doesn’t get. But you, the reader, get to understand that Spark may just know more about what’s going on at times than Athson.

Spark appears throughout The Bow of Hart Saga. To find out more about the character, click the links for The Bow of Destiny, An Arrow Against the Wind or The White Arrow. The entire series is not available on Audible from Podium Publishing:

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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. His first novel, The Bow of Destiny was named 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews and is the first book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The sequel novel, An Arrow Against the Wind, was released in April of 2017. The third book of the series, The White Arrow, is due to be released during the Fall of 2017. P. H. Solomon also authored the award winning short story, The Black Bag, which won best published short story at SCWC 2012. P. H. is also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading Knives Amazon

What Is Needed Amazon

Download and listen to the prequels for free at AudFans

   Trading Knives 1   What Is Needed 4