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RRBC Back to School Book & Blog Block Party!

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Hello, and welcome to P. H. Solomon’s Archer’s Aim! Thanks for stopping by and joining the fun today. RRBC is having a fun all month with its Back to School Book & Blog Block Party! That’s right, we’re partying for a whole month. Links for the other party places are on the RRBC website

Today you’re visiting sweltering Birmingham, Al. But don’t worry your AC should work fine.

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Prizes I’m giving away today!

$5 Amazon Gift Cards to 3 winners

Number of winners this stop: 3

Winners: ANITA DAWES, LINCOLN COLE, NEIL O’DONNELL

To be in it to win it, be sure to leave a comment!


Now that we have all the preliminaries out of the way I’ve got a nice surprise for you today. Do you like amusement park rides? I mean, who doesn’t? Well, tomorrow I head out on a week-long blog tour. Specifically, The Lost Bow Tour and it’s going to be fun because you get to take some fund rides through the fantasy world of Denaria that parallel some of the adventures from The Bow of Destiny. Along the way, we’ll take a few breaks by a campfire and talk about how the book was written and more!

Day 1: A Windy Ride

Day 2: A Fireside Chat

Day 3: The Well of the Trolls

Day 4: A Bit More about Denaria

Day 5: The Raging River

Day 6: Reviews and Interviews

Now you should know this will not be like parks you might go to. First of all there’s not a bit of safety features and no warnings that you normally get. So just be aware, you are along for the ride – really along for the ride. Speaking of being along for the ride, check out this interview of Limbreth from The Bow of Destiny on Lisa Burton Radio which is actually pretend radio. But you can check out my internet radio interview on Speculative Cantina.

So, here’s what I -. What’s that? What about the book? Ok,let me tell you a bit about the book just for some context:

bow of destinyHaunted 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.

 

To find out more about The Bow of Destiny, click over to one of these online retailers:

Amazon

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ibooksdownload      Kobo

 

 



Book Cover II 300dpiNow that we’ve gotten that over with, let me-. What about the second book? Well, no, we can’t forget about that one. Here’s the latest on An Arrow Against the Wind. I’d like to get it released this Fall in time for the holidays so I’m making a push to finish. I’ve spent a good part of the year bogged down in a number of extraneous, persona issues but I’ve been able to proverbially “buckle-down” lately so I hope to get the book back to my editor ASAP so I can get all the necessary corrections and feedback. Then I’ll hand it over to some early readers for more feedback (if you want to be one just contact me via email and I’ll put you on a list of people). About this time, I should nail up a sign with hard release date and hope to get all the feedback in before that point. I’ll also schedule several blog tours and, hopefully, several internet radio show appearances as well and all just in time for the holidays. Look for news on how to reserve your pre-release copy at a discount price. It’ll be on sale for the tours but not as cheap as pre-release!

Now that we’ve gotten all those details out of the way, here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s start to The Lost Bow Tour. The first stop will be xxxxxx where you’ll go on a little adventure and learn where the next stop on the tour will be.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope to hear from you all during the upcoming tour this week!


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 Week in Review – 8/21/15

BTR-BTC BadgeHere’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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New From Archer’s Aim This Past Week:

Blog Tour Featuring Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

On Your Mark! Get Set! Start Using Scrivener!

To the Bleeding Edge and Beyond!

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Meeting Authors from Brain to Books Blog Tour Pt. 4

Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

Goodreads: Books I’ve Reviewed Recently

5 Ways by Rachel WatsonReblogs From The Past Week:

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Creativity by Rachel E. Watson

Write Anything Wednesday – August 19, 2015

#RRBC’S BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Mistral Dawn

7 things you can do with Evernote and feedly [Pro]

Brain to Books Blog Tour Echo Fox

 

What I’ve Been Reading:

I’ve been reading two posts from Michael Hyatt this week: How to Create the Ultimate Online Media Kit & What Every Author Should Know About Radio and Television Interviews.

For my fellow Scrivener fans: 6 Reasons Scrivener is Better than Word.

Here’s some good information about fighting scenes from Fantasy Faction.

Need to create a fantasy language? Here’s some tips from a Daniel Adorno’s guest post on Mythic Scribes. If you are a fantasy writer take some time on this site where there are a number of very thoughtful and helpful posts.

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The Week Ahead:

Scrivener will be featured twice this coming week as I shift from a Monday to a Friday schedule to accommodate all the book release events during the month of September. There will be an RRBC Spotlight Blog Tour on Wednesday as well as more authors featured in Fantasy Authors Unplugged.

The Bow of DestinyWriting News:

I’ve uploaded a preliminary manuscript version of The Bow of Destiny to Smashwords already. This weekend I expect to upload to Amazon and put that into pre-sale status so those who have been waiting to reserve a copy there should see it soon. Follow my Amazon page to receive updates on the book and shelve it on Goodreads to be reminded when it’s available. For those who missed it, here’s the link for the interview on Beyond the Cover. Also, the Brain to Books Blog Tour appearance is coming up on 8/31. I have another interview coming up in December so check the News page for more event announcements. See below for all the links to Trading Knives. The biggest news of all on the week is that the last beta-reader was extremely positive about The Bow of Destiny. There are a few tweaks to work on but I’m really enthused about the release and the events next month.

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 (this months volume has already gone out). You’ll 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. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

You’ve agreed to do it. But now you’ve got the shakes. Maybe you feel like your going to faint. You’re going to do a LIVE interview. What were you thinking? What are you going to say?

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BTR-BTC BadgeIf you’re like most of us, you’ve never been asked for an interview – certainly not one live. But if you are going to publish books then you should get used to being interviewed on the web, internet radio and regular radio.

Don’t let that initial flash of panic scare you. There are ways to prepare for an interview. It’s good for you to start thinking about what you will say. Michael Hyatt has shared some great tips on making just such preparation and it’s not so difficult.

I was recently asked to do my first interview on Rave Waves and found it quite a lot of fun to do. In fact, I wanted to share what my thoughts are on preparation and how I think I can do better in the future.

First, I listened to several of the Beyond the Cover archives and got a sense of what to expect from the host, Beem Weeks. While listening to these, try to imagine how you would answer the questions and why.

Usually hosts like to contact you ahead of time to give you more information. You also are expected to call in early so they can make sure everything is well with you. That’s the time to have some pre-interview discussion and get a feel of who your interviewer is. This is also a time to find common ground and get cozy. I would also advise that you find a comfortable, quiet location where you’re fairly sure you won’t be interrupted.

Now for what I did wrong and how it can be fixed. I thought that I did a mediocre job of introducing myself and the book. Likewise, I didn’t tell as much as I could about what I like to do.

How will I fix these? Simple, next live interview that I do I’m going to go over my author information and my book blurb and even keep some note cards handy for reference. It’s important not to ramble on but it’s equally important to take your time and say enough. Practice the details that you feel are important.

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RaveWavesSo why is it that I didn’t do as well on these questions but did on others? After all, I know myself and my book, right? Simple, most of us aren’t used to talking about our lives and our books in this kind of format so we don’t say enough. So being thoughtful about the basics as well as other types of questions you are likely to get are equally important in preparation.

But there’s one more important thing to remember when doing an interview: be yourself. Seriously, your author-ness and your book will shine through just by giving yourself permission to be who you are. I found my time on Beyond the Cover incredibly helpful toward developing my public side as a writer. Being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club has been extremely helpful and being privileged to be a guest on one of the Rave Waves shows was important to me for honing a new skill as an author.

Have you done an interview as an author? How will you prepare for you first (or next) interview? 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 (this months volume has already gone out). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll 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. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

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