Fun Friday

Fun Friday – The Broken Shield Chronicles & Covers

Welcome to Friday on Archer’s Aim! I’ve been taking a look at possible covers for a fantasy series I’m developing named The Broken Shield Chronicles (tentatively). I’m also considering whether I should writing as a LitRPG but it’s now become a strong lean in that direction for me. Here’s more information about my ideas:

The idea is to write the books in this series in more of a pulp style meaning that they are shorter at between 50-70k words. Additionally, they are intended to be more straight forward in plotting with a goal/problem and an assumed solution with a number of twists. Since these are shorter pulp fiction novels, they will be heavier on the action.

I haven’t settled on a title for the first book but that will come as I plan it – hopefully next month. However, I think the series will be titled something like: The Hopeless Knight Chronicles or The Broken Shield Chronicles. See the poll below and vote on the series title or suggest your own based on the premise. I suppose this will be more of a semi-gritty sword and sorcery series that I think may be rather fun and entertaining.

The main character will be a knight living off his wits and skill as a former member of an elite company. He formerly served a kingdom which fell in a sudden coup. He survived but presumes no one else of his cohorts still lives. In surviving that attack he used a broken shield – meaning that it’s cracked and floppy – but it somehow never fails him. He’s kept the shield and uses it as he earns a living fighting in tournaments. Because of his unique training, he’s very successful. However, because of the danger of being discovered as a survivor of the coup, he stays on the move and doesn’t reveal his true name or background.

As such, the main character stays to himself while traveling and makes few connections among other knights he meets. Additionally, he has essentially lost hope in any grand causes or service to anything because his idealism as a member of his former unit has been destroyed in the overthrow. As you can see he’s got some problems that can present some interesting challenges, mainly whether to get involved in some worthy cause or just mind his own business.

I’ve been looking at pre-made covers here on the blog for several weeks and I have another possible choice that could make the cut:

From thebookcoverdesigner.com – Sold By: matyan90

This one has a realistic look too it but I feel it’s too close and depicts nothing other than a knight. Sure, there’s danger since the knight is poised to strike or defend but it lacks that additional flare to my mind. It’s basic and functional for my needs so I’m not likely to choose it. Share your opinion in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for visiting today!

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Fun Friday: Broken Shield Covers Pt. 2

Going back to last week when I shared one pre-made cover I might use for The Broken Shield Chronicles, here’s another that caught my eye as a possibility:

Sold By: Addendum @ TheBookCoverDesigner.com

My only drawback on this image is that the shield is displayed so well. Based on the title, the shield would need to be shown as broken with a different design. To have it appear as I wanted I would likely have to spend more money on the cover. Still it’s an interesting cover design with a bit of a gritty quality, implying there’s about to be action.

Leave your thoughts about this cover in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I might share a poll for this cover series just to get a better understanding of which cover image people like the most.

To Sequel or Not to Sequel – It’s a Good Question

Hello to all the Archer’s Aim readers. Life has been a whirlwind lately but I’ve been making some progress on several writing projects. However, I wanted to pause and answer a question that seems to get bigger and bigger with each month:

Will there be another book to The Bow of Hart Saga?

Based on the number of these questions I’m getting, there likely will be another book but not as part of the core trilogy that is currently out. I know that I left the door open for another book or two and that was somewhat by design. I understand that, while I’ve wrapped up the series nicely, there are fans who want more. Honestly, the request for a sequel cropped up from my daughter who also asked for a prequel series. So, I left the saga with a bit of an opening to move toward a sequel as opportunity allowed.

 

Why not just write another book or two for the saga? There are several reasons not to write anything new immediately. One will become clear very soon. However, another reason is that I have several other projects in the works that are under proposal to publishers at the moment. I need to complete these as soon as I can. I’m also working on development of another series named The Broken Shield Chronicles

Yet, I have been getting the requests for more about Athson and Limbreth and I’m pleased so many people like these characters and want more from them. Since I’m getting these sequel requests, I’m happy to give readers more as soon as I can. I have begun consideration for at least a sequel and maybe another trilogy along with a prequel.

However, to provide a further taste of the world of Denaria, I’m also going to write a short series named the Goddess Veil. Each book should be short but will include some possible cameos from a few minor characters in The Bow of Hart Saga as well as a villain (readers can guess who it is). I just need some time to get this series and the sequel underway as fast as I can.

I suppose I never expected this debut series to do as well as it has so I never planned anything else except to finish what I started long ago (meaning several decades). Let me start the process now and ask readers a few questions:

Who are your favorite characters?

What do you see happening to some of these characters?

What questions do you still have about Denaria that you think would interest you in a sequel?

A few ideas have presented themselves to me so far, but I’d love to hear readers thoughts about what intrigues them so I can address them. Are you interested in learning more about Withlings? Do dwarves interest you? Are there other places you see on the big map that draw your attention? Do you want to know what happens in Hart? What will happen in Grendon?

There are any number of ways another book can go and I’m happy to consider suggestions. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below this post or contact me using my email address or other social media. If you would like to read some alpha or beta material, please let me know and we can set up a discussion group somewhere or you can join me in my Facebook or Goodreads private groups. In the meantime, look for a big announcement about The Bow of Hart Saga next week that should clarify why I’m waiting just a little while with the next editions and why I’m leaving the series in its current form as a trilogy.