Reviews

How a Recent Read Affects My Writing Plans

Hi everybody,

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #2) by Brian McClellanWith a bit of time on leave, I’ve been catching up on my reading at night. One of the books I finished was by Brian McClellan, entitled Wrath of Empire which rounded out his second powder mage series. Over the last several years, I’ve enjoyed reading a number of different fantasy books. One of those authors is Brian McClellan’s books about powder mages, including this one:

All of his books are well-constructed with characters struggling with their present and past. It has several sub-plots, two involving more military fantasy and one an espionage fantasy. The shifts between characters and the type of fantasy is seamless and offers variations of character perspective. Shifting circumstances and actions often lead the characters to change their own plans as would anyone in real life.

I’m interested in writing more sub-plots into my books as the stories allow so this series offered some instruction for me about how to approach them. Likewise, it offered an excellent example of shifting between sub-genre effectively. It leads to some complex plotting between the POV characters, something which was required with the end of my own book, The White Arrow which wrapped up The Bow of Hart Saga. However, I was still writing within epic fantasy. Now, I’m inspired to create a story which shifts between such differing sub-genres as military and espionage while using POV characters as the distinction.

Additionally, McClellan’s series leads me to consider doing a more military fantasy someday. My newest series, The Cursed Mage Case Files is something of a gaslamp fantasy but also uses elements of such sub-fantasy genres as mystery, detective and espionage in varying degrees so I’ve already begun to dabble in other fantasy forms. I will continue to write in more variation of fantasy with each new series. As an example, the upcoming opening novel of the loosely titled Black Glove Chronicles is a western fantasy (maybe sagebrush fantasy?). However, I do intend to return to the more traditional epic fantasy again with the sequel series to The Bow of Hart Saga and the planned bridge series, Empire’s Deception. All three are referenced in last weeks post about upcoming titles.

By the way, I rated Wrath of Empire a 5-star read so give McClellan’s books a look if you’re interested. Thanks for stopping by today and pleased feel free to share or re-blog this post.

A New Print Arrival! An Arrow Against the Wind

Hey gang! I hope everyone had a better time last week as conditions improve. It’s a fun day here as I turn the page on a new week and a new milestone for another book. An Arrow Against the Wind is officially in print. It’s wonderful to add the format to ebook and audio. This is long overdue since the print edition for The Bow of Destiny has been out for a while, so this one is a timely addition.

An Arrow Against the Wind has been out since 2017, but it has a much long history since a good portion of it was in the original manuscript for the series entitled, An Arrow Into the Wind. That manuscript garnered a contract offer from a small publisher which didn’t work out at the time. After a hiatus from writing for some years, I came back to writing and soon determined I’d cut my teeth on the content I had in hand, ready to go. After all, a publisher once offered a contract on it, right?

Wrong. Revisiting the manuscript revealed the holes and poor writing. However, I decided to revise the original manuscript which included splitting it in two parts and that first one became The Bow of Destiny. Returning to the content that became An Arrow Against the Wind proved somewhat daunting. I had some additional content for the original second book as well but it all needed heavy revision mixed with new writing. It also needed plot updates consistent with The Bow of Destiny.

I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. Being out of a job at the time, I could dedicate the entirety of my efforts to the work and quickly completed it. This was a challenge, but having another book finished with an ongoing plot provided a lot of structure to help the work along. The hope was releasing the book and moving directly into The White Arrow that year of living without of a job.

I never felt comfortable marketing the book at the time since I was out of work and felt time was of the essence to complete the series. I don’t feel like I ever gave An Arrow Against the Wind the same effort with marketing as The Bow of Destiny, but this is a good time to highlight the book.

Surprisingly, An Arrow Against the Wind went on to win book of the year for 2017 from Fantasia Reviews, following in the footsteps of The Bow of Destiny. The first time was a huge surprise but the second time was even bigger in that regard. It was also satisfying to see the book gain some recognition since my ability to market it was stunted. So here it is stepping back to the plate with a print release!

 

Here’s more about the book:

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Tossed like an arrow in the wind.

Athson discovered the unexpected during the search for The Bow of Hart. Yet the prophesied weapon remains hidden. Mysteries discovered during the quest draw him deeper into the peril. The flames of vengeance surge in his thoughts with new revelations.

Can he escape the traps of his enemies?

The dragon’s reach endangers even Athson’s companions in unexpected ways. His enemy wants the bow but his mentor claims it must be used according to prophesy. With each turn of the search for the bow, long-hidden secrets surface and Athson must find the bow or risk losing those dear to him. When the dragon gains an upper hand with the abduction of Limbreth, Athson is torn between destiny and desire.

But Athson seeks his own path.

Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?

Here’s some reviews of the book:

An Arrow Against the Wind stands out in the crowd. It is imaginative, yet familiar…. There is a care and quality to his work, a subtlety, in which he takes the things that we know and love and gives them back to us through his own imaginative lens. If the Bow of Destiny was a fresh take on a classic tale, An Arrow Against the Wind seeks to refine it all further still. Here, Mister Solomon has grown bolder, but wiser. Fantasia Reviews Announcement post

We have read more than a couple great books this year, and An Arrow Against the Wind is surely among them. – ★★★★★ Fantasia Reviews

You will not be disappointed reading this series. – ★★★★★

Here’s the direct print link for An Arrow Against the Wind on Amazon.

For those readers who prefer print, the last book of the series will arrive in print in July if all goes well. I hope you’ve enjoyed a bit of the history of this second book in The Bow of Hart Saga. Getting it to print has been a much longer path than I ever expected, much the same as The Bow of Destiny, but I’m pleased it’s here at long last.

Interested in The Bow of Destiny, feel free to view it at this link where all the formats are available.

 

Fantasy Friday! The Bow of Destiny’s Main Character

Note: Fantasy Friday is a new feature for Archer’s Aim. This is a re-post, but for those interested, it’s useful. I’ll work on some new, fantasy-related posts to mix in with some of my older ones like this as well as some posts about new books in the coming months. Please feel free to share on social media or re-blog these posts. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Today is a continuation last week’s series about The Bow of Destiny. Today, it’s all about the main character and what makes the book go. But first, here’s the book trailer:

Athson is the main character of The Bow of Hart and a rather complex one at that. He suffers from fits over the violent memories surrounding the sack of his home Depenburgh that left him an orphan. These events were precipitated by an attack of trolls who are commanded by Corgren, a wizard in service to Magdronu, a dragon seeking for prime control of the world of Denaria.

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AthsonAfter elves discovered Athson wandering in the Auguron Forest they took him in only to realize later that he suffered the aforementioned fits as well as hallucinations about a Mountain Hound he called Spark. But over the years, these affects have been muted with the help of an elven medicine named Soul-ease.

But Athson also holds a few other secrets that he won’t reveal so easily and this leads him into trouble. As a grown man, he’s become a ranger among the elves and is sent with his mentor, Gweld, into the largely unpopulated western Auguron region. It’s here that events conspire to drag Athson unwillingly into a quest.

Along the way, Athson gains several new friends and companions – some he likes and some he doesn’t. Often, Athson also struggles with what’s real and not since he losses – or forgets – his medicine several times. Other events leave Athson confused and grieving while he struggles to find the Bow of Hart. But along the way, Athson finds his secrets are hard to keep hidden. Additionally, he’ll find himself facing hidden information and danger from Corgren, Magdronu and trolls all of which will test his resolve and grasp on reality.

Book blurb:

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.

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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!

Reviews

Read samples from Amazon or Goodreads and find out why other people are saying things like this about the book:

“Overall, this has become one of my favorite fantasy books and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

– C. P. Bialois

“an excellent read…wittingly told…I love the style”

– E. J. Nate via email response

“I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to step into the magical and special world that you have created. It is a solid and well-crafted work that you should be so thrilled with.”

  • Katie King via email response

To find out more about The Bow of Destiny, click over to one of these online retailers:

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IMG_4154-EditAbout 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. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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