Book Trailer

The Bow of Destiny’s Main Character

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:

Amazon

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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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The Bow of Destiny Book Trailer on RRBC’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party

Holiday Banner 3(1)Today, I’m happy to participate in Rave Reviews Book Club’s Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party. As part of the party, I’m giving away two $10 Amazon Gift cards today – winners to be chosen by the book club. Also, to celebrate the day, I’m putting The Bow of Destiny on sale for $0.99 for the weekend – that’s $4 off the regular price.

Book Links

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords

BOD FinalThe Bow of Destiny is my first novel and it has a trailer viewable on YouTube. I made the trailer as a DIY project with as low a budget as possible. Here’s some background on how I did it:

1. First, I had some pictures I already used regarding my site so those made a good start. However, I did purchase some others from iStockPhoto to fill out what I needed.

2. Next I needed some background music. After doing some research I found out about the Creative Commons website. There I found some music that I liked entitled “Dark Fog” by Kevin MacLeod. Creative Commons allows you to use what’s posted for free as long as you clearly post the credits for the creator.

3. After downloading the music, I started using Microsoft Live Movie Maker and worked for several hours on the project. I added the pictures and the music and set the timing for the former based on the music. I also added the text and the various affects using Movie Maker.

It’s my first effort at a trailer and it seems to strike a cord with people. Take a look at the end result on my YouTube link. Also, you can check out the great lineup of trailers from the block party today and for previous days by clicking here!

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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!

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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

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Pinterest | Google + | Wattpad | Amazon Author

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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