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Pre-Order Announcement: The White Arrow!

Today, I’m celebrating a little. Well, maybe a lot. It’s not release day yet for The White Arrow but it’s getting very close and there are a lot of details rounding into shape around the book.

As I mentioned a few days back, The White Arrow is now making its editing rounds. However, I’ve chosen to make good use of the time while it’s away and put it into pre-order everywhere. Since I had the cover and I have 90 days to finish up, I wanted to go ahead and begin pre-release activities.

For anyone who missed it, here’s a look at the cover as well as all the shiny new retail links along with the blurb (still working on that so there will be several changes). Also, I post a short excerpt from the rough draft that I’ve also shared at the end of the other book including the novellas. I almost forgot, I also got a short trailer for The White Arrow that’s posted on my main page, the book page and, of course, debuts below in this post. Have a look at everything and reserve your copy for release day in September because the price won’t stay where it is for long after that.

 

Blurb:

Haunted by his failure. Hunted for his inheritance. Seeking the fulfillment of prophecy.

Athson has found the Bow of Hart and is pursued by his enemies as well as haunted by both his past and his failures. But according to Hastra the Withling, the prophecy of the bow indicates Eloch will send an arrow for its use. Magdronu watches for the appearance of the arrow and plots to regain control of his magic and set his plans in motion. With his sights set on Auguron, the dragon sends his forces on the attack while waiting for his chance to steal both prophesied elements that stand in the way of his ultimate goal. But when the arrow arrives it is from a most unexpected source and lands in unforeseen hands so that events twist like an arrow in flight. Can Athson overcome his past and his failures to use the Bow of Hart as intended against Magdronu? The archer and the bow await the coming arrow…

Excerpt:

Apeth pushed himself to his feet, stepped around the fire and knelt before Athson. He touched Athson’s head and whispered a word Athson never heard clearly though it echoed across his mind in a moment that passed like hours.

Wellness covered Athson in an instant like a raincoat donned in a sudden downpour of rain. The cascade of sickness rolled from him and the fever fell away. His dizziness ceased and his vision snapped into clarity along with his thoughts. Weariness clattered from his limbs like loosened manacles from a prisoner. He gasped in delayed reaction to the Withling’s healing.

Apeth Stellin withdrew across the fire and rolled his bedding. “I was wondering why I was withheld from healing you immediately. And now it’s clear.”

Athson stood and inhaled deeply. “Thanks for that but I don’t follow your meaning.”

“We need to move.” Apeth pointed toward the cave entrance past the mule. “That wandering star is a sign. We aren’t the only ones to have seen it. You can bet Magdronu is seeking the arrow because of the sign. North is our way but choices lie ahead for you.”

Athson shoved the last of his venison in his mouth and chewed. In his mind, there was but one choice. “I see one way ahead.”

Apeth tugged at the brim of his hat and his blue-eyed gaze twinkled at Athson. “Oh, you have choices. What to do with the bow. Whether to finish this quest and find the arrow.”

With his arms spread wide, Athson lifted his gaze to the darkened cave roof rising above them. “Don’t you see? There’s no need for choices. Everyone’s dead that matters to me. My father. Limbreth. My companions. I can only see my way to one thing now and that’s bartering for my mother’s freedom.”

“That’s a choice to let the curse on you continue to grasp your life, Athson, continue to let Magdronu’s evil control you. You have a choice to stop it.” Apeth stepped close again, his gaze intense but not threatening. “As for Limbreth, by your dream, I wouldn’t assume anything about her fate. But there are choices ahead. Will you go as far as Marston’s Station with me before you make your final choice about the bow?”

Athson nodded. “I’ll go that far. I need supplies. But there’s no other choice for me.”

“Oh, but there is. Your dreams indicate something you must face.” Apeth gathered his things and paused in front of Athson.

Athson crossed his arms. “What must I face?”

“That you are gifted to be a Withling, asked to serve Eloch with everything you’ve been given.” The Withling strode toward the mule.

Athson’s head spun anew but not from fever. Light from the wandering star glimmered in the entrance of the cave and lit the Bow of Hart where he’d left it near the mule. His anger burst in a sudden bellow, “No!”

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Catching Up From Last Week

The weekend passed quickly and so did the week of the 4th of July. Last week, we enjoyed a local fireworks display for the holiday. Pre-4th of July we also played cards with friends and had a good time laughing and catching up on life.  We also found time to mix-in a little pool time at a small pool-party with other friends. Last week was rather busy but relaxing.

However, I found the time to more than double the number of words in The White Arrow and hope to push to the end of that this week. The official cover for the book was revealed last Friday and I’m pleased that the book is progressing nicely. I’ve also started on a blurb and shared that last week as well. I’ll be working with my editor very soon over the next month or so to iron out all the manuscript issues and heading toward publication. However, I do hope to put The White Arrow into pre-orders very soon. I did acquire a trailer for An Arrow Against the Wind which is posted below for those who haven’t seen it yet.

A few other projects will be in the works while The White Arrow is away with the editor. There may also be some further developments with The Bow of Hart Saga soon but no details to share just yet. I’m also waiting on word back on a couple of anthology submissions. I’m also working on a few more anthology submissions in the coming months. Overall, I’m staying busy.

Otherwise, the dogs are happy to stay out of the heat but our male came up a little lame. He’s got some arthritis and in his excitement to get in the car for a ride for a walk the other day, he tweaked something and ran around whimpering. He recovered and happily went for the walk. The cat is growing fast and now plays with the dogs, expecting to eat when they do. He’ll soon be making trips outside with the dogs, I’m sure.

The rest of the family is gearing up school starts. My wife has several more weeks before she reports back to teach. Meanwhile, my daughter is taking one summer class but will head back to full-time college classes during August. The summer break has gone by fast.

Thanks for reading today,

PHS

Sneak-Peek: The White Arrow Blurb

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Today, I’m giving a sneak-peek of tomorrow’s start to my Open-House event featuring digital autographs and lots of fun interaction here on Archer’s Aim. While you’re here, please take a few moments to share my Headtalker which will announce the event tomorrow morning across social media. It’s free and takes just a few clicks!

The White Arrow is progressing nicely at this point and it’s still my hope to release the book in late September (maybe the 20th).

There are always a number of details for book to be self-published and two of them are the cover and the book blurb. The cover is underway and about ready to be revealed. Check back tomorrow and you may get to see it during my weekend long digital autograph session.

However, the blurb is another matter and requires some thought. It’s always a trick with a book series to reveal what’s coming in the next book without ruining the books before it. Likewise, you have to be careful not to reveal too much about the upcoming book. I think it’s doubly true of the last book of a series – don’t reveal too much of the ending and risk ruining it for the readers. With that trepidation, here’s my rough draft of blurb for The White Arrow.

Haunted by his failure. Hunted for his inheritance. Seeking the fulfillment of prophecy.

Athson’s failures haunt him but he now has the object of his inheritance: the Bow of Hart. Though Magdronu and his servants are weakened, they still seek to thwart the Withling prophecy by taking the bow if they can find him. But they are aware of a powerful, unknown Withling who’s been assisting Athson and hunt him as well. Now Athson is missing in the wilds of the Troll Heaths after trying to save his father and Limbreth and his companions are looking for him. Though Corgren’s whereabouts are unknown, everyone is on edge. But there’s another facet to the prophecy: the promised arrow to be sent by Eloch. A sign has risen in the night sky foretelling the arrival of the arrow which is the doom of Magdronu. All involved are looking for the promised relic and what’s worse is the troll army standing in the way of Athson’s escape. Even if he wins free, Athson’s destiny awaits him with the coming of the white arrow and confrontation with Magdronu.

I’m still uncertain I’ve captured the essence of the book with this blurb. I offer it now for a bit of review and opinion but I’ll also rely on my editor for some solid input. This will likely change over the next few months but I’ve got something down and that helps to get the final version completed.

Thanks for reading today. Please leave your thoughts below in the comments and I’ll answer as soon as I can. Join me tomorrow for the beginning of my open-house event where I’ll offer digital autographs of my books among other activities. It runs all weekend!

PHS