What is Needed

When Did It Happen – Questions from The Bow of Hart Saga

I often get questions or see comments about aspects of the series. One of them involves Gweld. When did it happen? For those who have read the book, they know what the reference is. For those who haven’t, well, why not read the series and find out what that questions is about? You can click the series graphic below to check it out on Amazon where it’s available in ebook and audio.

But the question is only part of the purpose of this post. Want to discuss this question and many others, maybe what’s new with my writing, give an opinion about the sequel or new pieces of books? Well, I have just the place – Marston’s Station on Goodreads. This is a private group just for interested fans who want to know more, converse with me and other readers and learn about new writing on which I’m working. Want to join? Just click the link and expect a question from one of the books to gain entrance to the group. This is a new group so you can be one of the first to join!

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The Bow of Destiny Audio Release & A Free Gift!

Hi, P. H. Solomon here today with BIG NEWS!

The Bow of Destiny has been released on Audible – just click the link or the artwork to go there.

Here’s more background about the audio release as well as how to claim a really nice gift from Podium Publishing and I if you haven’t already.

Podium’s Background & the Project

I’ve mentioned Podium Publishing previously, but I thought I would give a bit more background about this audio-book company. Podium is a traditional audio-book publishing company, meaning that I am under contract with them rather than paying for self-publishing services. The company specifically publishes science fiction and fantasy books in audio-book format and started around 2013.

Their first book was actually The Martian which was still being sold for $.99 on Amazon and given away on Andy Weir’s website. Because of the success of The Martian in audio-book, Podium was instrumental in assisting with the book going into print, and thereafter, the book was made into the movie of the same name. The Martian won several awards in the audio-book industry and put Podium Publishing on the map.

Originally Podium wanted to publish all of The Bow of Hart Saga in one big edition. However they have opted to publish each book as individual additions, which means the company strongly believes in the content and their production of it with narrator Tim Bruce. Because of this I am very thankful to Podium and their commitment to me and my books as well as extremely excited about the audio-book publication of each book beginning today. I’ve already listened to some of the book and it’s fantastic.

Without Podium’s support and belief in this project, it would never have gone into the audio format and I am pleased to share the release with you. To read more about Podium’s involvement with the Martian click on the link.

Free Gift Bonus!

As a bonus I’m including the prequel pack audio-book available on AudFans in case you missed it a few days ago. This audio-book features both prequel books, Trading Knives and What Is Needed which Podium has also produced, featuring Tim Bruce as the narrator. These books are free (valued at $29.99) and can be found at the following link:

Find The Bow of Hart Saga: Prequel Pack on AudFans

Thanks to all the supportive readers of the series. Without you all The Bow of Hart Saga would never have gotten this far! I hope everyone will find the audio-book editions as entertaining as I have after listening to it.

Characters from The Bow of Destiny: Spark

This is the second of several posts revealing more about characters from The Bow of Destiny. You can read about Athson here. If you like dogs, you’ll love today’s post!

SparkSpark was a rather interesting and late addition to The Bow of Destiny. You see, Spark is a dog but not just any dog. He’s a dog that only Athson sees while he’s not taking doses of his elven medicine, Soul-ease. You might wonder if Spark is real and so does Athson. However, Athson considers Spark an old friend who watches out for him.
The idea for this invisible dog came from my daughter who did some alpha reading on the book last year. She suggested adding a dog so Spark is what I came up with. In the book, Athson identifies this dog as a Mountain Hound but to you and me he’s a German Shepherd – or very much like one.
If you’ve read my bio you know we own two German Shepherds so you can guess the origin of this character. But there’s more to the characterization than just being like a common breed. Spark is actually based on both of my dogs, appearing more like our female, Chloe, while sometimes acting rather like our male, Sam.

GSDsChloe & Sam
While Chloe is all guard-dog and ready for action all the time, Sam is more of a friendly bloke with a nasty side when necessary. But the unique quality of Sam is his way of communicating with us – he wags his tail for “yes” and doesn’t for “no”. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample of Sam (Spark)-talk which is through a series of yes and no questions (and of course you have to catch Sam at a good time since he’s usually easily distracted like most dogs by things like food):
Me: “Sam, is it cold outside?”
Sam wags his tail – and it is (or was when this happened).
Me: “Sam, do you like the cold?”
Sam wags his tail because he really doesn’t like the hot Alabama summer but thrives in what cold weather we have.
Me: “Sam, do you want to sleep outside?”
Sam doesn’t wag his tail because, while he likes cold weather, he prefers to stay near his people like most GSDs do. This question is one that’s meant to ensure he’s really answering rather than just wagging his tail in distraction.
Me: “Sam, do you like Chloe?”
No wag because Chloe can really pesters him and bites him often since she’s rather feisty.
Me: “Sam, did Chloe bite you today?”
Sam wags his tail. Funny thing about dogs is that, being like wolf puppies, the males often let females win. Sam is much larger but always lets Chloe win.
Me: “Sam, do you want Chloe to sleep outside in the cold?”
Sam wags his tail. Yep that’s right, Sam wants Chloe to sleep outside while he gets to sleep inside.
We often can ascertain if Sam feels sick (he gets colitis) or achy (he’s getting a little older now and is starting to get stiff joints). We even found out that Sam wants a pet cat though this is likely the fact that he actually misses the old cat, Becky, who was still alive when Sam came to live with us. The cat hated Sam but he loved her. But you get the idea – Sam talks in his own way. He’s rather intelligent that way and even plays tricks on Chloe to get her to do what he wants. Now don’t think that Chloe is dumb by any means. She recognizes aggression easily and can solve some puzzles that Sam just won’t bother with.
So guess who speaks Sam-talk? Spark! I have a number of instances where Spark reveals something to Athson about his surroundings that Athson just doesn’t get. But you, the reader, get to understand that Spark may just know more about what’s going on at times than Athson.

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

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About 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.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading KnivesKobo, iBooks & Barnes & NobleSmashwords & Amazon

What Is Needed Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon

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