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Overdue But Not Forgotten

Hey, everyone! I’ve been out of the loop on the blog for well over a month. June went by so fast that I didn’t even realize I skipped so many weeks. Work was so busy with emergency projects that I was exhausted and never even thought much about the blog. I’m long overdue on updates and developments as well as projects.

First, Curses Dark and Foul slid onto hold. There’s nothing wrong with anthology, I’ve just been behind and laser-focused on completing my revision of my new series as you’ll read below here. I still need to compile the anthology manuscript and complete formatting for an eBook which take some time. It’s next on my list of projects as soon as I complete my revision. Maybe I’ll have the release link for Curses Dark and Foul available next week if all goes well.

The print edition of The White Arrow has also been on hold while I’m revising my next novel. The print edition requires time to complete some changes because the front and back content for print will contain some differences to the eBook version. It won’t take terribly long but I prefer to complete the novel under construction first.

(Sigh), I’ve been running late on my revision of the Cursed Mage book which includes the Changeling Incident. Life has been busy and exhausting but I keep trudging along with the work. I’m nearing the end of the revision and hope (fingers crossed) I’ll send it over to my editor in the next week. The big deal is that I need to get this to my editor ASAP so she will have time to work on it before she goes on vacation in a few months. If it’s too late then the book won’t be completed in time to publish this year which is a primary goal of mine.

There have been quite a few changes and additions for this revision which are time consuming to complete with my current schedule. This leads me to something I’ve been promising for a while but is finally ready for readers to see: an excerpt. I’m not ready to show this to the public yet, so I’ve chosen to put it into my private groups. If you want to read what I have so far, join my Goodreads private group, Marston’s Station and click on New Releases, then Cursed Mage, or try my Facebook private group, The Broken Bow Inn, and read the new excerpt.

That should be enough to catch everyone up on my current status. I’ll be back next week (I promise) with more updates and news about my progress. Hold my feet to the fire and ask me if I’ve been getting my revision completed. Thanks for stopping by today and feel free to leave your comments in the section below. Please keep the comments for the excerpt in the private groups.

A New Print Arrival! An Arrow Against the Wind

Hey gang! I hope everyone had a better time last week as conditions improve. It’s a fun day here as I turn the page on a new week and a new milestone for another book. An Arrow Against the Wind is officially in print. It’s wonderful to add the format to ebook and audio. This is long overdue since the print edition for The Bow of Destiny has been out for a while, so this one is a timely addition.

An Arrow Against the Wind has been out since 2017, but it has a much long history since a good portion of it was in the original manuscript for the series entitled, An Arrow Into the Wind. That manuscript garnered a contract offer from a small publisher which didn’t work out at the time. After a hiatus from writing for some years, I came back to writing and soon determined I’d cut my teeth on the content I had in hand, ready to go. After all, a publisher once offered a contract on it, right?

Wrong. Revisiting the manuscript revealed the holes and poor writing. However, I decided to revise the original manuscript which included splitting it in two parts and that first one became The Bow of Destiny. Returning to the content that became An Arrow Against the Wind proved somewhat daunting. I had some additional content for the original second book as well but it all needed heavy revision mixed with new writing. It also needed plot updates consistent with The Bow of Destiny.

I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. Being out of a job at the time, I could dedicate the entirety of my efforts to the work and quickly completed it. This was a challenge, but having another book finished with an ongoing plot provided a lot of structure to help the work along. The hope was releasing the book and moving directly into The White Arrow that year of living without of a job.

I never felt comfortable marketing the book at the time since I was out of work and felt time was of the essence to complete the series. I don’t feel like I ever gave An Arrow Against the Wind the same effort with marketing as The Bow of Destiny, but this is a good time to highlight the book.

Surprisingly, An Arrow Against the Wind went on to win book of the year for 2017 from Fantasia Reviews, following in the footsteps of The Bow of Destiny. The first time was a huge surprise but the second time was even bigger in that regard. It was also satisfying to see the book gain some recognition since my ability to market it was stunted. So here it is stepping back to the plate with a print release!

 

Here’s more about the book:

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Tossed like an arrow in the wind.

Athson discovered the unexpected during the search for The Bow of Hart. Yet the prophesied weapon remains hidden. Mysteries discovered during the quest draw him deeper into the peril. The flames of vengeance surge in his thoughts with new revelations.

Can he escape the traps of his enemies?

The dragon’s reach endangers even Athson’s companions in unexpected ways. His enemy wants the bow but his mentor claims it must be used according to prophesy. With each turn of the search for the bow, long-hidden secrets surface and Athson must find the bow or risk losing those dear to him. When the dragon gains an upper hand with the abduction of Limbreth, Athson is torn between destiny and desire.

But Athson seeks his own path.

Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?

Here’s some reviews of the book:

An Arrow Against the Wind stands out in the crowd. It is imaginative, yet familiar…. There is a care and quality to his work, a subtlety, in which he takes the things that we know and love and gives them back to us through his own imaginative lens. If the Bow of Destiny was a fresh take on a classic tale, An Arrow Against the Wind seeks to refine it all further still. Here, Mister Solomon has grown bolder, but wiser. Fantasia Reviews Announcement post

We have read more than a couple great books this year, and An Arrow Against the Wind is surely among them. – ★★★★★ Fantasia Reviews

You will not be disappointed reading this series. – ★★★★★

Here’s the direct print link for An Arrow Against the Wind on Amazon.

For those readers who prefer print, the last book of the series will arrive in print in July if all goes well. I hope you’ve enjoyed a bit of the history of this second book in The Bow of Hart Saga. Getting it to print has been a much longer path than I ever expected, much the same as The Bow of Destiny, but I’m pleased it’s here at long last.

Interested in The Bow of Destiny, feel free to view it at this link where all the formats are available.

 

Surprise! Print for The Bow of Destiny

I’ve been hinting about it for a long time but I finally got serious and put together a print edition of The Bow of Destiny. It’s another big change for the series and I’m excited to make print available. I just had too many people telling me that they preferred print. That feedback had me interested in the format so I started the work a while back and had the print cover created.

The last year was a challenge with some ailments so I’ve been slow to get it completed along with a lot of other writing projects. My energy has gotten back to a good level so I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the print edition and now it’s available on Amazon with the other two formats ebook and audio. It’s even available in print on Barnes and Noble.

I didn’t think I’d be so thrilled but there truly is something about having your book in your hands and seeing the words in print. It was a similar feeling hearing the book read by a narrator when the audio version arrived.

So what’s next? Well, for starters, please share this book as much as possible – it’s really appreciated when someone does that. Next, a print cover will be ordered for An Arrow Against the Wind and that book will be formatted for print. I’ll try to do that as soon as possible, followed closely by The White Arrow.

While all that is moving along, I’ve got other a few other fantasy series in the works that I’ll share about another time. Both of the first books in those are being edited so I hope at least one makes it into release by the end of the year.

For now, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy my first book’s arrival in print! Here are the details if you are interested in the print version:

Click over to the Amazon page and then click Paperback

It’s also available on Barnes & Noble in print only