Announcement

New Releases Arriving This Week!

Hey everyone, just a few announcements about things coming soon so this will be very quick as a heads-up.

The site will be busy the next couple of weeks with print releases. These releases aren’t big at this point, but they are not business as usual either.

First, will be the delayed paperback release of The Order of the Dark Rose. The release will be for KDP only (though there is extended distribution enabled). I’m pushing to have this series and other books in print much sooner than I did with The Bow of Hart Saga because I’m now more familiar with the formats and what my goals are for them. I’ve also seen more demand for them than expected so I’m happy to accommodate reading preferences.

Next comes the hardcover release of The Bow of Destiny. It’s a bit of a surprise to me that I’m even going to this print format. It may not create much in the way of sales immediately but I think it will be useful in the long term. As I’ve mentioned previously, I do have the goal of pushing these into bookstores, the details of which I’ll explain in a future post.

After that, early and mid-April will welcome both An Arrow Against the Wind and The Order of the Dark Rose into hardcover while The White Arrow will arrive in hardcover in early May. I’ll share more about each as the time comes, but you can find out more about my very fluid publishing schedule on my News page which has been cleaned up. If you would like to host a blog stop please let me know and we can work out dates for them (I’m very flexible). I’ll try to work on some events to cover all the new print releases to publicize them further but I’m not in a hurry since I view these as a long-term release.

Thanks for stopping today and please share this post as you like.

If you are interested in more about my books, here’s a bit about my most recent title, The Order of the Dark Rose: Volume 1 of The Cursed Mage Case Files…

Blurb:

An arch-mage can handle almost anything. Unless he’s cursed, lost his job and facing an unknown enemy.

The Gallantean Empire relies increasingly upon magical technology which cleans sewers, runs trams and much more. Within the capital city of Cal Rindon, magic is pervasive, but not necessarily used without criminal activity. The bustling metropolis boasts constant innovations mixed with growing pains. Amid the good lurks the bad with unrest and growing crime.

Arch-mage Manny Mandeheim fell under a curse, watched his fiancé die, and then lost his job as a spy. So what’s an arch-mage to do? Start his own magical investigation service while he works to clear his good name and maybe avenge his lost love. With his very un-magical partner, Wish Ackford, Manny discovers the menace of a much larger conspiracy than he expected looming behind his curse. The limitations from the hex leave him at a distinct disadvantage as he and Wish investigate.

Assassins lurk at every corner or in every tram car. The threat of an unknown mastermind with murky intentions lingers just out of sight. A questionable source offers the hint of a secret order hounding Manny’s footsteps. A murder leads to wrenching discoveries.

Nothing an arch-mage can’t handle…

Unless the curse limits how much magic he can use or kills him outright.

A mixture of gaslamp fantasy and Sherlock Holmes-like cases, The Order of the Dark Rose is a sleuth private detective mystery set in an alternate fantasy world where magic is both commonplace and dangerous. Mysteries abound in this original, new fantasy from P. H. Solomon, author of the award-winning, best-selling epic fantasy series, The Bow of Hart Saga.

Can Manny survive long enough to break his curse? Or will the arch-mage’s hidden foe escape him?

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About the Author:

Multi retailer Bestselling Author, Fantasia Reviews Book of the Year Author 2017 & 2018

U. S. author, P. H. Solomon grew up with a love of books including fantasy. Always interested in odd details, history and the world around him, P. H. has found an outlet in writing where he mixes a wide range of interests from the regular world, history and anthropology into his fantasy books.

His epic fantasy series, The Bow of Hart Saga, brought a fresh viewpoint to the genre where magic, myth and mysticism mingle. Described by readers as a “mixture of the classic fantasy past with new ideas.”

Trading Knives (0.1)
What is Needed (0.2)
The Bow of Destiny #1
An Arrow Against the Wind #2
The White Arrow #3

The latest series, The Cursed Mage Case Files is a mash-up of classic Sherlock Holmes, The Dresden Files and Harry Potter into a unique fantasy world where magic is both an arcane practice and a technological power to be harnessed. Join Mandlefred Mandeheim and Wishton Ackford as they team up to investigate magical mysteries.

The Order of the Dark Rose #1
The Unseen Hand #2 (upcoming)
The Nine Jewel Heist #3 (upcoming)

More books:

Curses Dark and Foul
The Black Bag

See the entire book catalog at P. H. Solomon’s Amazon Author Page.

Find more about P. H. Solomon as well as articles and research notes, plus a free stories, at https://www.PHSolomon.com

The Premise of The Cursed Mage Case Files

Hey everyone!

Well, I’m trying to get back into a groove with my blogging so here goes my first one post-release of The Order of the Dark Rose.

As mentioned last week in the release post, the series began with a premise in 2016 during a writer’s conference. It was literally during a seminar session about something unrelated when the notion hit me. Since I use my computer even at conferences, I immediately typed in the kernel idea and some additional thoughts about it.

The premise? What if Sherlock Holmes was in a fantasy world where magic is very common. Hmm….

That was interesting.

At the time, I was in the middle of some other writing projects and only gave this a bit of time, created a developmental project in Scrivener and moved back to the tasks at hand. But it was there, waiting to be written.

During early 2017, I found myself out of work and turned to frantically completing both An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow in the same year. Around all that, an agent seemed interested in the premise of what would become The Order of the Dark Rose. Another idea was included from my pending Black Glove project and I was asked to write some initial pages for each. I let the agent know that these were in their infancy and lacked world-building and much more. However, I wrote both opening concept pieces around completing An Arrow Against the Wind. Nothing ever came of the representation, but both of those projects were completed in following couple of years.

At the time of that initial writing, my daughter read the opening pages of the manuscript, then promptly found me in the house and announced, “I love Manny!” That stoked the fire to work on this project and, as soon as I finished work on The White Arrow and published it, I dove into work on what was then termed “Reformed Mage.”

Over 200k words later, I finished the draft with some trepidation at the length, but keen to do something with it. My editor took a look and encouraged me to split the manuscript into three books. Easy enough to do in Scrivener, yet there were creative constraints as well. I dutifully set about to split the manuscript, then needed to add more to it but the editor liked it.

The kernel, that premise, is still central to the entire series. It takes Sherlock Holmes and expands that venerated character in a different direction. He’s got a curse. He’s magical (Sherlock Holmes didn’t like mediums, so this is a departure). His name is Mandlefred Mandeheim. The world in which the story is set is driven by new magical innovations that harness this force of nature into technology. And yet, there’s opportunity for a villain.

That original idea went in many directions in the creation of technology, magic, culture, politics and much more in an alternate fantasy world where almost anything can happen – within bounds. But more on that another time from Manny’s brother who is a spell-checker (meaning he checks spell – you get the picture).

What would it be like to have a character like Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy world? Here’s my take on the idea presented in The Order of the Dark Rose, Volume 1 of The Cursed Mage Case Files. I hope many people will pick it up and enjoy this fun, different story of an all too familiar character and setting mashed up into a different genre. It’s been a lot of fun getting this series launched and I’m soon beginning serious revision of the next book to release as soon as possible. Have a look and share it with friends – the more the merrier!

Here are the links where you can find The Order of the Dark Rose:

   

Sales & Blog Announcement

Hey everyone,

Just a few quick announcements today:

  • My latest book, The Order of the Dark Rose has been out for several months and on sale at $0.99 most of the time on Amazon. This sale will continue until the end of this month at which time the price will increase to $1.99 thru 3/15/21. After that date, the price will go to it’s regular price of $3.99. it’s a good time to get a highly rated book at a nice price.
  • For those who have  read The Order of the Dark Rose, please take a few moments to rate it or write a review.
  • In other news, The Order of the Dark Rose print edition should arrive during April.

  • Also, The Bow of Destiny remains on sale at $0.99. It’s still a good time to begin a highly rated epic fantasy series at a low price.

  • Regarding the blog schedule, I’ve settled posting on Mondays with semi-regular posts on Thursdays. Otherwise, special announcements will appear as needed and reblogs will be shared regularly based on my interest.

That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with a regular post. Thanks for your time and you are welcome to share this post as you like.