C. S. Boyack

Cover Reveal & Weekend Convention Schedule

This is a weekend that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. The Brain to Books Cyber Convention 2016 started today. There are too many activities to share here but stop by on Goodreads and take a look around my cyber booth.
Here’s my schedule for the weekend:
1. First, I had an interview earlier this week on A. F. Stewart’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?
2. Tomorrow at 1PM, I’m appearing on the Readers’ Fantasyland Takeover. Feel free to drop by and leave comments.
2. I’ll be giving away copies of books via Amazon all three days of the convention. The first one has just started so click over and enter for a chance to win one of three free copies of The Bow of Destiny today. Check in at my booth for announced winners each day and see what the daily giveaway is.
3. Today I’m revealing the cover of An Arrow Against the Wind – see below for the cover and details.
4. Tomorrow, I’ll reveal the cover of my upcoming fantasy anthology, Doors at my cyber booth so be sure to visit there again tomorrow.
5. Sunday, I’ll be spotlighted on Timothy Bateson’s Book Spotlight.
6. And as a follow-up there’ll be a special character interview on C. S. Boyack’s . This will be a lot of fun so plan to see that interview on 4/14.
Now onto the cover reveal. An Arrow Against the Wind is the second book of The Bow of Hart Saga. It’s the continuing struggle of Athson and his companions against Magdronu the dragon, Corgren the wizard and their servants.
As some of you may remember, I commissioned the cover of The Bow of Destiny from Christopher Rawlins based on his artwork entitled, Robin of Loxley. As you can tell, the cover has similar scenery to the original picture and Christopher did a wonderful job.
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Recently, I contacted Christopher again with ideas about the cover for An Arrow Against the Wind. Since this cover would be different in setting to the first one there would be more work. I had to provide details for a few more characters as well as the setting. Since the latter was in mountains and included traveling on dwarven roads, I needed some examples. I turned to photos of Incan roads that still exist today to give Christopher some perspective. From there he did the rest. These amazing photos reveal who Incans used a very long systems of roads for travel and transmitting information via runners (kind of like the Pony Express but no horses). It was said that the Incan emperor could receive message from long distance along the Andes in a matter of days! These roads were so well constructed that they still exist today.
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The first version captured the setting well but there were a few changes necessary to the characters. But, as you can see in the versions below, the cover progressed to the finished product.
Book Cover Arrow Against The Wind

An Arrow Against the Wind Cover Version 1

Book Cover Arrow Against The Wind Revised

An Arrow Against the Wind Cover Version 2

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An Arrow Against the Wind Cover Version 3

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An Arrow Against the Wind Final Version

I’m excited to share the cover today. The book will release later this year – likely around September – so if you haven’t read The Bow of Destiny yet, you have time to grab a copy and be ready for the next edition in the series.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive notification of these posts and those for other upcoming fiction projects to appear on Archer’s Aim as well as news about the upcoming release of An Arrow Against the Wind, the second novel of The Bow of Hart Saga due out later this year.

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny can be found at these online retailers: Barnes & Noble, KoboiBooksAmazon – Kindle & Smashwords. See the book trailer.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading KnivesKobo, iBooks & Barnes & NobleSmashwords & Amazon

What Is Needed Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon

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The Latest News from Archer’s Aim

Here’s the latest news on writing that I have.

First, I’ve just gotten the first look at the cover for An Arrow Against the Wind which means there will be a cover reveal soon but I’ll share more about that next week. I’m really excited to see something more visual for the book. Since I’ve been so delayed with editing the book I hope to release it later this summer but more on that in the coming weeks. If you are interested in upcoming news about my forthcoming releases try signing up for my newsletter – I’m also sharing some specials from a few other authors that may interest fantasy readers.

Next, one of the characters from The Bow of Destiny will be interviewed on C. S. Boyack’s interview feature, Lisa Burton Radio, several weeks from now (date still pending). This will be an interesting interview format since the questions are quite interesting and the point of view for both the interviewer and interviewee are both fictional. As soon as I have a date I’ll post here on the site.

I’ll have another blog interview appearance on A. F. Stewart’s site, Are You Afraid of the Dark? on 4/4 discussing The Bow of Destiny as well as my other forthcoming projects.

While I’m on The Bow of Destiny, the book has been at the reduced price of $2.99 for a while now and will be through the end of April. If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, why not grab one now before the price goes back up to $4.99?

Goodreads-Profile-Picture[1]The weekend of 4/8-10 will be a big one as I’ll be appear at two conventions at once. Well, not really. I’m taking part in the 2nd annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention held on Goodreads. I’ll be giving away a few books and such via Amazon. I’ll share my cyber-booth link closer to the date but there will be lots of activities – including some live events – at the convention that weekend so be sure to check back with more news about this event next week.

But wait, what about the other convention? Well, I’ve gotten an opportunity through some authors attending the L. A. Book Convention to have some of my promotional material at their real booth at the same time at the Cyber Convention. I have bookmarks being shipped now so if you are in the LA area try to attend. I’ll share more details on both the location of the booth and the author names within the week.

Wow, that’s a lot of events going on close together. I also hope to release my short story anthology during April or May (most likely the latter just to give myself time to get it ready) so I’ll start sharing news about during the convention.

I’m posting visual content on Pinterest often so if you are on that social media channel, please click through some of my boards there and feel free to share. If you’ve read The Bow of Destiny, let me know if you have some fan-art and I’ll create a public board for you to post what you have.

I’ve got a few book beginnings that I’m writing that I plan to share as fiction posts in the coming weeks also – all feedback is welcome. These will likely be rather rough and they are not my main projects at this time – in fact, they aren’t even on my WIP page yet. But I want to share some of what I’m planning down the road after I’ve released An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow.

TBOD SF ContestPlease share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive notification of these posts and those for other upcoming fiction projects to appear on Archer’s Aim as well as news about the upcoming release of An Arrow Against the Wind, the second novel of The Bow of Hart Saga due out later this year.

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny can be found at these online retailers: Barnes & Noble, KoboiBooksAmazon – Kindle & Smashwords. See the book trailer.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading KnivesKobo, iBooks & Barnes & NobleSmashwords & Amazon

What Is Needed Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon

 

On Tour with C. S. Boyack & Will O’ the Wisp

I’m happy to step aside today and host C. S. Boyack on blog tour with his new book, Will O’ the Wisp. I’ve been fortunate to host C. S. On tour previously as well as interview him for Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I’m sure he’s got some interesting tidbits to share about Will O’ the Wisp. Take it away, Craig!


 

The Frighteningly Fun Halloween Tour

Book CoverWill O’ the Wisp Research

Will O’ the Wisp is a paranormal tale from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers. It’s a perfect Halloween read.

All stories involve some kind of research. I set this story in 1974, because I wanted Patty to use her wits, and display a bit of patience in revealing this story. Suspense is a great story technique, and having high speed internet would have spoiled some of the fun.

1974 threw down the first research challenge. I was around in ’74, but memories fade over time, and I had to verify my details. Patty’s home town has an International Harvester dealership, there’s a Montgomery Wards catalog store too. Greyhound Busses make an appearance in the story, along with the early microwave ovens.

Some of these things are still with us, but they had a different nuance back then. A microwave oven was looked at as a modern miracle. Pay telephones were the order of the day in an era before cellular. I even researched the baseball playoffs and incorporated them into the story. Who can forget Catfish Hunter?

This is a paranormal story. I had to research the American colonies, and discovered an old system of land grants called hundreds. These were basically 100 acre grants for forming new colonies.

The Will O’ the Wisp is a very rare natural phenomenon. Modern science still doesn’t know exactly what they are, but they’ve been reported all over the world and in almost every culture. They are associated with swamps, old cemeteries, and earthquakes. I even found one, and only one, video of them appearing right before a Canadian earthquake.

It’s hard to research something so rare. Theories abound as to swamp gasses that ignite, to a plasma phase of some rare element, to tectonic plate friction. As humans drain swamps, and fill in marsh lands they are becoming even more rare worldwide.

Legends from all over the world involve ignis fatuus, Jack o’ lantern, fairy lights, and more. The legend usually involves some evil spirit leading a traveller to his or her doom.

In my mind, it was witchcraft. It ties in with colonial America, makes a great curse, and sets the stage for Patty’s adventure. Salem, Massachusetts seems like the logical place to set this tale, but that’s been done before. I learned that most of the colonies have records of witchcraft in one form or another. I set my story in Virginia.

Patty goes on quite the adventure, and I’m very happy with this book. I hope you’ll give it a chance.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon using your Kindle or a free reading app. Download it here:

North American version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

International version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

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Author PhotoAuthor Bio I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction. I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet. I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Follow Craig at the following locations:

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On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack


Best wishes to C. S. Boyack with Will O’ the Wisp. Please take a few moments to look at his work and maybe shelve it on Goodreads. Thanks to 4WillsPublishing for arranging a wonderful tour as well.

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 receive my a SPECIAL coupon for The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords. Additionally, September’s FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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