Book Release

The Bow of Destiny Release Re-Cap

Featured Image -- 62228The release of The Bow of Destiny went well and the release week sale has ended. However, there is a special coupon offer for $0.99 on the book for those who sign-up on my mailing list: Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list.

Also, I’ll leave the links up for the release events for a while so feel free to review those if you wish. There are free sample postings of The Bow of Destiny on Wattpad, Goodreads, Kindle, etc.

Last Friday, I appeared on Tell Me a Story on Blog Talk Radio with host Annette Rochelle Aben where she interviewed me about The Bow of Destiny. The interview is archived and still available.

Past interviews include:

Beyond the Cover with Beem Weeks.

Downhome Thoughts with Shawn Griffith.

Here’s the book trailer on YouTube:

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.

RRBC B2S Book & Blog Block Party Featuring the Release of The Bow of Destiny!

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Introduction, Rules and Prizes

Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY on P. H. Solomon’s Archer’s Aim. Location: Birmingham, AL, USA. The club has been making blog tour stops all month and today is my day which is also RELEASE DAY for The Bow of Destiny!

NOTICE! ALL PRIZES HAVE BEEN AWARDED BUT THE BOOK IS DISCOUNTED FOR ALL NEW MAILING LIST SUBSCRIBERS – LINK BELOW. READ ON FOR THE RELEASE POST AND TRY THE SCAVENGER HUNT!

Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list

Since it’s release day, I’m hosting a giveaway where there will be 4 winners. Here’s a list of prizes for 4 lucky winners today:

1 Kindle Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

3 additional winners will each receive one $25 Amazon Gift Card (either physical or e-card – your choice)

How do you enter to receive prizes? Easy! Just leave a comment ON THIS PAGE and you’re in! It’s that easy so relax and read on about the book join in some fun I’ve included for the day. Rave Reviews Book Club will gather all the commenter’s names and choose the winners from that pool (only shipping to the US).

Want to have more fun with your comment? Read on to join my scavenger hunt about The Bow of Destiny. Click through each page to gather answers to the questions and add them to your comment when returning to this page. Also, I’m answering tweets at #BowofDestiny and hosting a party my Facebook page. Additionally, I have the whole week scheduled with a variety of online appearances – see the schedule on my News page. Ready to begin? Let’s go!

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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.

Book Trailer

Scavenger Hunt

Since this book is about a quest, I’d like to take readers along for a little one as well. Ready to find out more about the book? If you’re ready, here’s the first question: based on the blurb, who is the main character in The Bow of Destiny? Click the link to proceed to the next question and the last link will bring you back here where you can post your answers as part of your comment.to enter the giveaway. Remember, you don’t have to participate in the hunt to be eligible for a prize, just making a comment on THIS PAGE does that. However, if you are going on the scavenger hunt PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE COMMENTS ON THOSE PAGES – leave comments on this ONLY ON THIS PAGE WHEN FINISHED to be entered into the prize giveaway. First scavenger hunt stop.

Writing Background & Book Development

If you’re just back from the scavenger hunt, I hope you didn’t get winded. I’ll slow down a moment and let you catch your breath. The Bow of Destiny started some three decades ago with the title of the upcoming second book, An Arrow Against the Wind. I had completed the manuscript in the mid-90’s and shopped it around until a small press accepted it. But the contract was dubious so I backed away and from there life intervened for several years.

Along the way, I became dissatisfied with the style of the book and attempted several re-boots but these never went far. Finally, I recommitted to writing about five years ago, held my nose, split the original manuscript and re-wrote it. After a great many lessons in writing with multiple rounds of editing, I finally finished the book this past June.

As to editing, I don’t know that I would have gotten this far without the talented editor I found, Jessica Barnes. She formerly worked with Random House and I found her insights spot-on. She’s been an incredible resource for bringing this book to publication. I’ll share about how I worked with Jessica and learned from her in a later blog post.

Regarding the cover, I went searching for artists I could commission and found a good many talented people available. However, I came across a piece of artwork entitled, Robin of Loxley, which closely fit The Bow of Destiny in theme. I looked up the artist, Christopher Rawlins, and inquired about developing similar artwork for the book. Chris indicated he could do the work and off we went. I sent him some ideas and descriptions and from those he forged the basic image found on the cover in a single try. I was stunned with how brilliantly he captured the essence of what I needed. I’ll go into further details about the cover development in another blog appearance but hat’s off to Christopher on a superb job.

About the Author

IMG_4163-EditP. 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.

Contact

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Published & Upcoming Books

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny is available at the following and other online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords.

Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga: An Arrow against the Wind due out 4/18/2016. It can currently be found for reservation at these select online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks. Amazon pre-orders are still pending.

Book 3 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The White Arrow is due out Fall of 2016 (links pending).

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading Knives – Kobo, iBooks & Barnes & Noble, Smashwords & Amazon

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

Other Titles

The Black Bag found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords & iBooks.

Works Planned

A parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga is also in process as three novellas.

There will likely be a sequel trilogy for The Bow of Hart Saga and possibly at least a prequel book.

Guardians of the Gate epic fantasy is also a book/series in development.

The Black Glove adventure-fantasy series is also in development.

P. H. Solomon is also working on numerous other short fiction projects to be submitted to fantasy magazine markets in the future.

See www.phsolomon.com for announcements or follow on him Twitter, Facebook or other social media listed.

Thanks for stopping by an participating in the book release events today. If you have time, stop my Facebook page or leave a twitter comment with #BowofDestiny. I have more blog appearances all week and a Blog Talk Radio appearance on Friday so check out the schedule on my News page for more details. Don’t forget to leave your comments to be entered into the prize giveaway.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring P. H. Solomon’s The Bow of Destiny

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule.

BOD FinalThe Long Writing Journey:

It goes without saying that the writing process takes a mixture of skill, creativity and serendipity. For me, writing The Bow of Destiny has been a long journey full of distractions of all kinds but I’ve experienced all three of the aforementioned mixture during that time.

When I first started writing, I had no idea what I was really doing. Developing a book is a skill in and of itself. I had some vague notion about what I want to do and how a story should flow – but not the specifics. Back when I started this out of high school many years ago, there wasn’t a lot of material at the tip of the fingers from which to learn. Sure I had basic skill to write a pretty good term paper or essay but that’s very different from writing a work of fiction let alone one that is a fantasy.

Over time, I had to learn what good fiction writing meant. Also over that time, the style and reading sensibilities changed. Once I really committed to writing 4-5 years ago I had to face the fact that what worked for a fantasy book in the ’80’s did not in this new millennium. At that time, I had a finished the manuscript back in the 90’s and had received acceptance from a small press at the time (I turned it down due to the vague contract). I knew I had a pretty good story but many of the fantasy element were dated – even despised in some circles – due to the passage of time.

It meant in many ways that I had to start over with a drastic re-write. Tropes became a major concern. Style became even more important. I needed to balance good vs evil, black and white morals and gray morals (which are more popular in the genre now). The re-write became cumbersome.

But along the way there have been rays of sunshine. I’ve learned many things about editing and producing a book including how to make covers, format a manuscript and what deep POV is. There were interesting changes suggested from alpha/beta readers and my editor, Jessica Barnes. It’s been difficult with all the growing pains but it has been noted by my wife, who’s read many of the changing version, that my writing has improved from many years ago so the work has paid off. I still have a long way to go as a writer but I’ve come a long way too. The Bow of Destiny can’t wait any longer so I set it out for public consumption in less than two weeks. In some ways it’s appropriate that the writing journey has been long and arduous in years just since the book covers a long quest for The Bow of Destiny.

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.

Book Trailer:

Excerpt:

When his dead father touched his hand, Athson almost dropped the arrow. He squeezed his eyes shut. Ignore him. Focus. He took a slow, deep breath. Not this, not now.

“That’s it, slow breaths, steady your hands.” His father helped him nock the arrow.

“You’re not here. You’re dead.” Athson whispered lest he startle his prey. He didn’t need help with the arrow.

“And Athson, make sure you keep that secret I trusted with you.” Ath’s hand dropped away.

“I’ve held my tongue.” Athson’s lip quivered and he forced his hands steady. A memory and nothing more. That’s what he got for forgetting his medicine. But he had kept the secret over the years since his father taught him the bow that day.

Athson knelt on one knee with an arrow nocked and gauged each target. Wind gusted and flattened grass in its weaving dance. Waves boomed against the Sea of Mist’s rocky shore beneath the cliff’s edge two hundred strides distant. The pheasant was trickier, he decided. The rabbit would do. His gaze shifted between the two animals. No shakes, no more old memories while cleaning the kill. He brushed the vane feather with his thumb. But the memory didn’t bode well.

Athson eased into his stance at the shaded edge of forest, waiting unseen by his prey. The wind fell still. He drew the arrow to his cheek, aimed, and exhaled. A litter of kits hopped near his intended meal. He blinked. No killing a mother. He shifted targets and released.

The arrow sprang away in silence and pierced the green-feathered head.

Athson strode from hiding, high grass tangling at his shins. The rabbit and her litter scrambled into their hole. “You’re safe this time.”

He squatted by the pheasant and plucked out chestnut tail feathers. When he cut the striped neck, Athson shut his eyes. The less blood seen, the better, to avoid the memories. Athson yanked his arrow loose with a grunt. “Sarneth sends me to the middle of nowhere so I waste time hunting.” Father plucked the arrows with more care. Maybe his father should have used other things with the same care.

He thrust with his belt-knife and gutted the bird. Torn innards stank. Images flashed behind his eyes of bodies writhing as weapons were yanked free. He swallowed. Why this, why now? He sat on his heels and counted the months since his last fit. Over a year, and his elvish tincture of Soul-ease lay forgotten at the ranger station. Not good. He needed that medicine. He rubbed his temples. Fits were hard, but seeing things later confused him. Days of parsing reality flooded him with dread. Gweld, his elven friend and fellow ranger, would be disappointed at his laxness with the medicine.

He buried the bird’s offal well away from his camp. Athson brushed a hand over his eyes with a sigh. No shakes, no memories. He took a deep breath and marched away, teeth grinding. He needed to seek peace and not anger. The wind picked at foliage and birds called in the forest. But tension clung to his shoulders.

At his campsite Athson hung his kill over his fire from a makeshift spit. Early chill sent him gathering more firewood, a worthless duty at an empty border. He eyed the stand of fir trees, doing anything but thinking. They were a good windbreak but wouldn’t guard against that night’s nip. Building a canopy of fir limbs near the fire at the opening would warm his cold feet.

The breeze rose stiff with the promise of a frigid bite later as Athson gathered armloads of deadwood. “I’ll need that canopy.” The gust blew stiffer.

Athson frowned at the smoke marking his position for miles when he approached his camp and muttered in dissatisfaction. Rocky ground and no smokeless pit-fire. He shrugged off the irritation. “There’re no trolls this far west in the Auguron Forest.”

Racing the dusk while gathering firewood was all the excitement Athson encountered. He snagged another fallen limb, hurrying more now to check his roasting pheasant than to beat nightfall.

The wind shifted and carried the hint of smoke from his campfire. Sudden nausea left him unsteady. Memory of other fire on a different night quickened his heart. Athson snagged the last of the wood for his final armload.

“You take this bag and hide.”

“Leave me alone mother, you’re long gone.” Athson coughed and stumbled over roots.

Smoke curls through the thatch over the rafters. His mother shoves food and a coat into the bag.

That wasn’t now, that was ten years past. He groaned and blinked a tear away.

Athson sank to his knees and coughed against choking smoke. His mother acts calm but he sees fear in her wide, hazel eyes and her rigid movements. Smoke thickens and flames roar beyond the door. The warning horn blows. Screams erupt outside and mingle with joyous snarls of attacking trolls.

Athson’s mother heaves him out the window. “Hide as best you can.”

They both cough. Athson nods and opens his mouth.

The door slams open. His mother snatches an iron skillet and cracks a hobgoblin in the face. The attacker collapses but others leap through the door. His mother yells and flails with the skillet.

Athson ducks away and runs into the night amid the dancing light of burning Depenburgh.

A longer sample is available on the Goodreads page for The Bow of Destiny and at the end of What Is Needed

What Is Needed 4If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

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 FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks & Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, September’s FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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