The Broken Shield Chronicles

And a Few Steps Forward

Good morning everyone! Last week had a few setbacks but this week saw a few steps forward. I finally purchased a new vehicle but I’m still going through all the changes of information with insurance and the registration. Nothing big, just a few details to cover. Aside from that, there were some other nice developments.

First, a new feature on this site was started named Fantasy Friday. For now, it’s nothing major while I develop where it will go so I’m starting with some re-posts about my published books. I have quite a lot of material by now so I can cover several weeks and those when I just don’t have time to write something new. But I hope to share new content soon enough.

Print for An Arrow Against the Wind is well underway. The print cover is complete – well, mostly. The final version will be adjusted for the number of pages in the print format. My formatting specialist has the manuscript now so it shouldn’t too long until the final versions are available. The print book will appear first on Amazon and then later on Barnes & Noble. Here’s the current cover version which was share last week if you missed it:

Maybe I’ll have a preliminary print cover for The White Arrow done in a week or so to share in an upcoming post.

I’m still up in the air about several events. There’s semi-interest on my part in attending the SFWA convention this summer. I’m still considering a local SF&F convention at a local library that draws well. With print coming along, I expect to be positioned well for an appearance there if I’m interested. I will attend a local writers conference and visit with a few people, maybe make a few pitches to an agent. All these are a goals this year in various degrees of importance. I’m also considering entering The Bow of Destiny in a print contest for Writer’s Digest. Who knows what could happen with that last one, but a friend suggested I give it a try.

Also in the past week, there were other developments. I made some steady revision and editing progress on Reformed Mage. It’s nice to move forward there even while the week was full of distractions from the new(er) car purchase. I’m hopeful that I can get something done to publish the book in June but that will be dependent on my editor’s schedule and cover art. Still, progress is progress. I really want to get some cover art so I can share that development too but I’m holding off a while until I can settle the concept more, then see what my artist thinks.

I’m mainly itching to release to the next books in the series as well as the first book of Black Glove. The latter has been in solid development stages for a while but it’s waiting for more series development. I don’t want to publish it too soon without more books planned and at least one in finished first draft status. Then there are some other books which have been pushed aside for a while that are clamoring for attention and publication. There’s quite a lot to do. Here’s something of my expectations based on the amount of material I have written:

  • Publication of Reformed Mage, Book 1
  • Publication of Reformed Mage, Book 2
  • Publication of either Black Glove, Book 1 or Reformed Mage, Book 3. Whichever comes first, the other one will be released afterward.
  • Publication of Broken Shield, Book 1.
  • Publication of All Things Forgotten, Book 1.

Along that publication schedule, I’d like to start dictating new books for Reformed Mage, Black Glove, The Bow of Hart Saga sequel, Broken Shield and All Things Forgotten. Just making progress is the overall interest, but my main goals are for Reformed Mage, Black Glove and The Bow of Hart Saga in that order. The others are much further back in development and publication so they will have a much lower priority. It’s a long list but I hope to make some serious progress over the course of the year, publication first and then new drafts. The publication calendar is at least a year and a half long, probably more. Some of the drafts that are completed during that time may will elbow their way into the schedule ahead of others based on reader demand. Nothing is set in stone at the moment and I don’t expect to release more than two books this year at the rate I’m going. I might even throw in an anthology of fantasy short stories I already have written, just for fun.

Regardless, I have to focus on the immediate and keep moving toward the goals. It’s demanding and fun. Thanks for reading today. Please share this post with others on social media or re-blog it as you see fit. Leave your thoughts in the comments and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.

 

Stirring from Hibernation

Greetings to Archer’s Aim readers! I haven’t been working on the blog for a while much to my own frustration. A combination of factors have kept me tied up so the blog has not been active too much in recent months. If you’ve noticed more activity recently it’s because I’m putting a little more time into the site. My focus slipped on a number of activities last year with a thyroid issue that has been addressed over the last few months.

I had hoped to have one or two books released long before now but the issues I had over last summer and fall really affected completing projects. When my doctor told me the problem, I reacted with, “That explains a lot.” I probably should have noticed from some symptoms that are familiar but they were not pronounced enough to make me think it was anything other than just being worn out from work, writing and other responsibilities. But it was enough to noticeably hold up my writing schedule. Lesson learned.

With the little health problem, I was often physically and mentally tired so the blog suffered as well as my writing productivity. I’m happy to say that it’s all taken care of and I’m back in the saddle of late and doing much better with my energy for life in general. It’s much like waking up from hibernation and I hope things stay a little more even for a while.

Of late, I’ve re-doubled my writing efforts and made a lot of progress with several projects. I have one book, All Things Forgotten, back from my editor and plan to begin a serious overhaul of the manuscript sometime next week if all goes well. After that, it will be more editing and some feedback from readers, working toward publication during the summer.

Otherwise, my longer novels code-named “Mage” and “Glove” were recently pitched to a few publishers while on a working vacation cruise/conference. Both of these manuscripts have been requested to be reviewed by publishers present at the conference and my agent is also submitting them elsewhere. I should know more about the fate of these WIPs in terms of how they will be published within a few months.

I‘m also hiking forward with another book starting the Broken Shield Chronicles. This manuscript is soon to be finished and will go to my editor. My hope is to publish this book later in the year.

Otherwise, I’m also beginning plans for some sequels to The Bow of Hart Saga. I’m not yet certain the extent of the work but I’ll share more as the planning moves along. The current plan is to publish a novella series that bridges the events of the first series with those of the second series. This shorter series will use new characters with a few existing ones in a parallel story-line into which the next events involving Athson, Limbreth and others will flow. Some of the work for the novella series was started a few years back and were scratched to keep The Bow of Hart Saga as a more concise plot. But with the sequel, there are details that need revealing through this short series to help create context for the main sequel.

I keep pushing onward because I simply love reading and writing books. It’s hard to explain how much better I feel but it is noticeable in how much I accomplish so things are moving along much faster than just a few months ago. There is also the intention on my part to update this site when I can afford it so look for news about that change along with others as the year progresses. Follow me here, my newsletter, my Amazon Author page, my BookBub page or request access to my private Goodreads group for more specific news and opportunities for pre-release copies of new books and some possible freebies. Following on BookBub and Amazon are great ways to receive notifications about my latest books. If you’ve already read The Bow of Hart Saga, please share the books on your social media accounts.

 

Announcing BIG Writing News & More!

Greetings to all the Archer’s Aim readers! There have been few posts during the last couple of months, mainly because I’ve been on a break while I’ve been hard at work on my newest books.

There are number of new developments since the last updates but I want to thank the thousands of readers of The Bow of Hart Saga for all the support. This has been an amazing journey and it’s wonderful to have so many people along for the fun. It’s hard to explain how unusual it is for a first book, or first series, to capture the attention of so many people but I am humbled by the number of readers who have taken a chance on a newer author such as me and found the writing enjoyable. My sincere hope is to provide even more entertaining fiction in the near future.

Speaking of the future, here are a few updates about current and future books:

The Bow of Hart Saga is coming to audiobook on Audible on 9/25 ( the free books, Trading Knives and What Is Needed will release to audio on 9/20). Podium Publishing has the series in post-production and will send me the pre-order links as soon as they are available. It’s exciting to expand the availability of the series to audio and I’m looking forward to hearing the production soon for myself. Additionally, there will be some new artwork associated with the audiobook so I look forward to sharing that within a matter of weeks.

Since the series will expand into audio, I’ve decided to also offer the books in print. The series is self-published so I have few choices and lack true distribution channels to bookstores. With that in mind, I’m currently at work to release The Bow of Destiny in print on demand starting in September. An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow will follow soon after during the fall. I’ve received quite a few requests for print so I’m happy to oblige!

Work on “Mage” (this is a codename) continues and I’m likely going to give Inkshares at try very soon. When the time comes, I’ll share more about the project and how it works on this hybrid publisher format. My decision is based on the need to publish in as many formats as possible upon release which is beyond my means to accomplish. Inkshares is a hybrid publisher which can release “Mage” in print, e-book and audio with full distribution to bookstores. A sample will be posted in the coming weeks with an opportunity for readers to support the project through pre-orders. Editing for “Mage” is progressing and, as things develop, I’ll share more about the book. Based on some early reactions, I think readers will really enjoy it. Take a moment and follow me on Inkshares where you can be sure to find out the latest about the book as it happens!

After some additional consideration, “Glove” (this is another codename) will likely also be given a chance on Inkshares. While this is a much shorter book than Mage, I believe it will be just as entertaining. However, since I have done so much dictation on my morning and evening commutes, I now have quite a backlog of editing. I’m working to get around to putting some time into this book, but it may be a couple of months before I actually get there.

Both “Mage” and “Glove” are exciting projects for me and I’m trying to take as much time as possible to properly develop them. Work on these books may be somewhat slow but I believe that they will turn out to be very rewarding novels for readers. I’m equally excited about sharing more regarding these books as time goes by and I can hardly contain myself. However, I do need to keep these books a bit under wraps until it’s much closer to releasing these two books.

I have two additional books that are starting two new series that I have also talked about. These will both likely to be LitRPG books. One of these is the first book of The Broken Shield Chronicles. I’m developing these two books in my spare time (like I have any) and I’m equally excited to be able to share more about them as soon as possible. Again, getting to these two books may take several months but I think they will also be very fun to read once they are ready.

There are so many new books in my writing pipeline and I look forward to releasing several beginning later this year or early next year. I don’t know my exact release schedule for the next sixteen months but I should be very busy constantly working to provide some fun, quality novels within a matter of months. I will have more information available over that time and hope to begin sharing about these novels as soon as I am able.

Look for more information about The Bow of Hart Saga audiobook and print release news within the next few weeks or so through the later part of September. Thanks again to all the readers and fans, I know that I would never have made it this far without you all. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll answer as soon as I can.