What is Needed

When Did It Happen – Questions from The Bow of Hart Saga

I often get questions or see comments about aspects of the series. One of them involves Gweld. When did it happen? For those who have read the book, they know what the reference is. For those who haven’t, well, why not read the series and find out what that questions is about? You can click the series graphic below to check it out on Amazon where it’s available in ebook and audio.

But the question is only part of the purpose of this post. Want to discuss this question and many others, maybe what’s new with my writing, give an opinion about the sequel or new pieces of books? Well, I have just the place – Marston’s Station on Goodreads. This is a private group just for interested fans who want to know more, converse with me and other readers and learn about new writing on which I’m working. Want to join? Just click the link and expect a question from one of the books to gain entrance to the group. This is a new group so you can be one of the first to join!

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The Bow of Hart Sequel in Play

The Bow of Hart Saga

It’s been over a year since the last book of The Bow of Hart Saga was released and the last audiobook version launch just last week. I’m working on print editions to arrive soon too.

Over the last year, I’ve dictated drafts of the beginning books of four entirely new fantasy series and I’m currently working on some edits for those. I’m a bit up in the air about how those will be published, especially two of them that could go traditional, hybrid or self-published routes. I’m enjoying developing those new books very much though the progress has been much slower than I want. Those books should make an appearance this year depending on what happens and I’m looking forward to completing them as soon as I can. It’s nice to have a back-log of writing which I plan to start releasing as soon as I can so look for that publishing schedule over the next several months.

Lately, I’ve been toying with the ideas of a sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga. It’s all in the very raw, beginning stages and I don’t even know how many books it will involve – but it will be either a stand-alone book or a series of three books. It will be developed around Athson and Limbreth as readers can imagine. What exactly will happen? Well, I’m not saying just now but it will get interesting throughout the book(s).

One detail I know for sure, I will be developing a parallel novella series that I’ve already considered for over a year. Part of it is written and would entail some background to what’s to come based on a new character from another part of Denaria, far in the west, beyond the lands inhabited by the giants. I do know this little series will have plenty of adventure and a heavier role for giant characters. In the end, it will point toward the new series to wrap-up everything around Athson and Limbreth. My hope is to develop the entire series and release the editions close together as well as the one I’m considering about our star-crossed lovers.

That’s all I have for today. I’ll share more about all my writing developments as they progress. In the meantime, please follow me on Amazon, BookBub, Facebook and Goodreads. I’ve been working on private groups for fans on the latter two so contact me if you are interested. I plan to share more of what’s happening with new books in these locations. Contact me directly if you are interested in being a member where I’ll share some special information as books move toward publication.

Thanks for reading today and your interest in The Bow of Hart Saga. Just a reminder if you haven’t had time to read all of the series yet, An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow, while all three are now available on Audible and Kindle Unlimited.

Audio Release: An Arrow Against the Wind

It’s audio release day for An Arrow Against the Wind and I thought I would re-live the beginnings of the book with some development history involving the series. The Bow of Hart Saga began decades ago as an effort entitled, An Arrow Into the Wind, which was completed back in the early 1990’s – yes a long time ago. That original effort contained elements of mostly what would become The Bow of Destiny as well as part of An Arrow Against the Wind.

After I completed that initial project, I did what all would-be authors do and submitted it to many publishers. I scoured available resources at the time and made lists, then sent the paper manuscript out for what seemed like countless times. Eventually, the trail of rejections ended with a contract offer from a small press. A lawyer in the family went over that contract and left a lot of red marks throughout that non-negotiable document. I eventually backed away, feeling that the contract was not for me.

Over the next decade plus, I made attempts to re-boot the series, always with the feeling I had made a bad decision about the small press contract. I guilt-tripped myself into feeling that publication somewhere was better than nowhere. The series languished in storage and the back of my mind until I felt a strong urge to go back to writing once again, just after all the online self-publishing boom began. I started several new projects but decided that my former book needed to be addressed, my reasoning being that it had garnered a contract offer and it needed a shot. Cutting my teeth on the book/series seemed like the best option.

I immediately realized that the entire book needed re-writing and my first painful decision was to split it into two books which led to the first title being The Bow of Destiny. Re-writing meant updating the entire style, plot, characters, voice and, eventually, technique. The writing was too distant so it needed an injection of deep point-of-view. Re-writing The Bow of Destiny took years of work and learning more than I ever knew previously but I finally published it in late 2015.

The Bow of Hart Prequel Pack released as a free audiobook in September 2018 and contains both free series prequels, Trading Knives and What Is Needed.

The Bow of Destiny languished in the self-published ghetto of forgotten books for months to my discouragement but not to my surprise. During that time, instead of working on the next book, I worked on several projects with my employer and helping my daughter get into college. Once those projects ended in the spring of 2016, I drifted back to writing, this time determined to market The Bow of Destiny. By the Christmas season of 2016, the book was selling extremely well, eventually landing in the top 20 of all of epic fantasy on Amazon – right up there with the big-name authors. That was both exciting and unnerving. I couldn’t believe what happened.

That sales burst led to several contract offers, one of which was for audio. Life and the holidays were so busy, I ignored the message in my inbox with the thought it was from some vanity publisher which I’d have to pay tons of money for audio publication. I planned to get to it later but never did for months.

In early 2017, I started working more on An Arrow Against the Wind while I talked with an agent about contract offers. Then a layoff hit where I worked and sent me into unemployment for the next eleven months. While I looked for a new job, I worked on writing. An Arrow Against the Wind proved difficult since it required me to stitch together old content (it had been split from the original work) with new content. The process was nerve-wracking since I was out of work and felt pressured to get something new published. I rushed and, with the help of my editor, got the book released at the tail-end of April. The book sold very well and got even higher ratings than the first book.

The Bow of Destiny released in September 2018 on Audible with the incredible voice-acting of Tim Bruce.

Several months later, a conversation led me back to that email swimming around in my inbox. It turned out I had the audio contract offer for about nine months! I contacted Podium and we started a dialogue about publication and I was surprised to learn the company basically discovered The Martian. After months of discussion, I was pleased to sign with Podium Publishing back in March of this year after which production efforts started. The first results were The Bow of Hart Prequel Pack on AudFans, then The Bow of Hart on Audible last month. Today, that process continues with the release of An Arrow Against the Wind on Audible.

The narration is fantastic as is the cover. This is an exciting season for me with the audio releases and will continue into next month with the release of The White Arrow on 11/27/18. But today is all about the second book, the one with the title so similar to the original title. An Arrow Against the Wind bridges the initial work of the series with the newest content but it’s far from a patch-job, having been named as the 2017 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews (following in the footsteps of The Bow of Destiny in 2016 by the same review site).

Without further delay, here’s the blurb for those who have not seen it:

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

This unique epic fantasy will keep you turning pages as Athson and company are drawn deeper into the intrigues surrounding the Bow of Hart.

The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, the mage, but they are still pursued.

In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu’s reach stretches among Athson’s companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all.

With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?

Pick up the second book of The Bow of Hart Saga because the adventure spins like an arrow in flight.

Find it on Audible!