The Bow of Destiny by P. H. Solomon

SparkAs I mentioned on Monday, I added an animal character to The Bow of Destiny at the suggestion of a beta reader. What I settled on was a dog based on my German Shepherds and named him Spark. If you haven’t read the part of the scavenger hunt from Monday please take a look since it shares a funny way of communicating that my male dog has – his tail. That’s correct, when you ask him simple questions he wags his tail for yes and doesn’t for no. So Spark does the same thing. However, Athson is the only one who can see him besides, you, the reader. But, Athson doesn’t quite understand that Spark is communicating with him. Now that you know, you can read the book and understand something additional happening in the book.

With that in mind, I decided to interview Spark for a bit of unique fun:

Q:  How are you today, Spark? Er, I mean, are you well today Spark? (Gotta stick to the question rules!)

Spark: wag, wag, wag.

Q: So you’ve been with Athson since he was orphaned?

Spark: wag, wag, wag.

Q: Do other people see you?

Spark: no tail wag.

 Q: Are you real?

Spark: wag, wag, wag.

Q: Is there a reason you follow Athson?

Spark cocks his head and lets loose a low growl.

 Uh, right, we’re not getting int that now (and that question didn’t follow the rules).

Q: Let’s find out your favorite place. Do you like Auguron Forest?

Spark: wag, wag, wag.

Q: Do you like the Troll Heaths?

Spark: no tail wag

Q: Do you like Chokkra?

Spark: one, slight tail wag.

Hmm, guess he’s got an opinion that we can’t quite understand at the moment.

Q: Do you like Athson?

Spark: pants , wag, wag, wag.

Q: Do you have a deeper propose in the series?

Spark cocks his head and growls again.

 Uh, well I guess he doesn’t want to talk about that.

So that’s Spark and now you are in on the secret that not even Athson has figured out. I hope the interview was unique and fun and you’re a little intrigued with the book.


The Bow of Destiny BlurbBOD Final

 Haunted 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.

Book Trailer on YouTube

IMG_4163-Edit About the Author

  1. 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.


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Upcoming Events

10/2/15: Guest appearance on Brain to Books hosted by speculative fiction author, Angela Chrysler

10/2/15: LIVE interview 1:30-2 ET on “Tell Me a Story ” via Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Annette Rochelle Aben and The Bow of Destiny will appear the following month in the review section of the digital magazine, The Magic Happens.

Current & Upcoming Titles

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny can be found at these online retailers: Barnes & Noble, KoboiBooksAmazon – Kindle & Smashwords. See the book trailer.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

Trading KnivesKobo, iBooks & Barnes & NobleSmashwords and on Amazon

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

Additional Title:

The Black Bag Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords & iBooks

Upcoming Titles:

Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga: An Arrow against the Wind due out 4/18/2016. It can currently be found for pre-release orders at these select online retailers: Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks.

Book 3 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The White Arrow is due out Fall of 2016 (links pending).

Future Works in Planning:

A parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga is also in process as three novellas.

There will likely be a sequel trilogy for The Bow of Hart Saga and possibly at least a prequel book.

Guardians of the Gate epic fantasy is also a book/series in development.

The Black Glove adventure-fantasy series is also in development.




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A Year in the Life of Plum

9780553447941 Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?  Emma Chichester Clark must have because she started writing a blog in the voice of her dog, Plum.  This blog became the book, Plumdog.  It gives us a glimpse into a year of Plum’s life.

Plum lives in London with her human caretakers Emma and Rupert.  She is a mix of Poodle and Jack Russell.  Plum doesn’t have a pedigree and because of that some dogs in the park will not talk to her and that’s okay.  She goes for walks  and visits with friends.  Clark did an outstanding job in capturing the dog’s personality in scenes where Plum must have patience and in others she has none.  And like all dogs, Plum gets into some trouble.  Like the time a vicious dog bit her and she needed lots of comforting from Emma and a trip to the Vet.  Plum was brave about getting stitches.  Emma, however, shows a bit of her own personality when she had to lie on the floor to keep from fainting from the site of Plum’s wound.

There is one word in this book that some parents may not want their children to read: a four letter word/foul language.  I guess parents could scratch out the word and add something different.  Personally, I laughed the hardest when I read this entry because it really did show Plum’s true personality.

I give Plumdog, 5 Stars.

This is a good book for parents to read to children, for children to read and for adults also.

More about Plumdog

More about Emma Chichester Clark

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Marketing Schedule


PHOTOGRAPHYWhat should a Marketing Schedule look like?

8 months prior to publication date:

  • craft a marketing plan
  • create a web page and social media accounts if you don’t have any
  • if you have no mailing list start compiling a mailing list and asking folks to opt-in to a newsletter, be sure to engage with those who sign-up for newsletter even if only one person opts-in-you are starting to create buzz for your book

7 months prior:

  • interview and research marketing, publicity, or advertising firms if you plan to get professional help
  • if you are going to do publicity on your own you can start on the 6 months prior list
  • continue engagement on social media and via newsletter
  • attend free webinars on book marketing when possible
  • read about book marketing and promotion

6 months prior:

  • start researching and connecting with organizations to schedule speaking engagements
  • create your press kit materials and post to web site
  • decide if you want to have a virtual book tour and for how many days and if so research bloggers and work to line up bloggers for tour or hire a virtual book tour company
  • continue engagement on social media and via newsletter

4-5 months prior:

  • send advance review copies for testimonials and endorsements
  • research magazines and other publications to send out copies to reviewers
  • send copies to bloggers who agreed to review book on virtual book tour
  • continue engagement on social media and via newsletter

3 months prior:

  • host a book cover reveal party on social media
  • start creating more buzz for book on social media
  • confirm testimonials and endorsements for back of book cover
  • last galley proof, continue engagement on social media and via newsletter
  • start writing press releases to send out one month prior to book release date

2 months prior:

  •  create banner for virtual book tour
  • send information to bloggers offering a spotlight or author interview
  • send any photos bloggers request; follow-up with organizations for speaking engagements and confirm dates, etc.
  • continue engagement on social media and via newsletter
  • start writing press releases if not already done so

1 month prior:

  • follow up with everyone contacted above
  • start researching other publications for potential reviews
  • engage on social media and via newsletter
  • write press releases if not already done so and start sending them out

Day of book release – launch party, author to follow the virtual book tour of bloggers

From the day the book is released to 3 months afterwards work on the list above.

Usually after 3 months, a book is no longer considered new.

It has been said that marketing and promoting a book is 95% research and 5% implementation.

Hopefully this gives you a bit of insight to what a publicist does and the reason they charge so much…it is all the time spent on researching the right audience (media, book reviewers,bloggers, book stores, organizations, etc. to find the right contact person’s name, address, e-mail address, phone numbers, etc.) and making contact with them to pitch the book whether it be through e-mail or phone.


Go forth and market your book(s)!

Cindy Harris

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Gearing for the Holiday Giveaways

51brOoga5GL._AA160_Friday, September 18, 2015, will be the 7th anniversary of my book Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (Gotham).

Paddleford wrote a tribute to her mother, Jennie Paddleford, title A Flower For My Mother, in 1958.61DFQcw8dNL


To bring about awareness of Clementine Paddelford, and her work as a pioneer in food writing, I am hosting a holiday gift basket giveaway for USA newsletter subscribers only.  One international newsletter subscriber will win a gift card of my choice and a printed or e-book copy of Hometown Appetites and a printed copy of A Flower For My Mother.

If you are not a subscriber to my newsletter and want to be entered into the holiday gift basket giveaway (USA) and the gift card & books giveaway (International), visit my website and opt-in.

The holiday gift basket will include a few products that Paddleford wrote about in her articles in This Week Magazine and The New York Herald Tribune, both now defunct.

Some of the products Paddleford wrote about are:

Duncan Hines

Mondavi Wine





Some of the gift basket items will come from the above list.  Since Paddleford wrote about hundreds of products, there is no way to list them all on this blog post.

The gift basket value will be between $50 and $75 and will be sent to the winner to arrive in time for Christmas.

The international giveaway value will be between $50 and $75 and will be sent to the winner to arrive in early December.

The drawing will be held on December 1, 2015.


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Searching for a Cure

times alibi bannerTime’s Alibi

By Husky Harlequin

Genre: SciFi, political thriller, alternate history, mystery


T.A. ebook cover (final)Description

Cancer.  Undetected, it relentlessly devours its host until there is nothing left. Andrew Acheson’s grandfather has been searching for a cure since a rare blood born pathogen claimed the life of his beloved wife.

Family. If damaged, it can be the breeding ground for social disease. Greed infected the Acheson clan long ago.  David Acheson, the patriarch, has been missing for over a year and is presumed to be dead. Murdered? Kidnapped? The FBI has no leads. David’s heirs can’t wait to get their filthy fingers on his pharmaceutical empire.

Discovery.  If misunderstood, it has the power to destroy.  Andrew desires the success and love that have painfully eluded him.  Without his grandfather’s guidance, he may never find it.  Suddenly thrust into the center of a conflict with historic consequences, Andrew might be able to survive if he can overcome his flaws, both inherited and self-inflicted.  But first, he must find his grandfather and deal with David’s most dangerous invention yet:  time travel.


Author Bio

Husky is a lawyer, poet, musician, chemist, and writer from the Philadelphia area.  His high school literature class blew up his brain, exposing a love for story telling.  He’s circling back now.  He can’t argue in court like Mitch McDeer, drop rhymes like Mother Goose, rock like Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or leverage his skills in the lab like Walter White, but he can write better than Kilgore Trout.  Husky is a lover of ideas, progressive thoughts, and mankind.

Twitter:  @HuskyHarlequin







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Lady Justice and the Conspiracy

Conspiracy_smTitle: Lady Justice and the Conspiracy

By: Robert Thornhill

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

E-book: FREE September 13-17, 2015



Those fluffy white trails crisscrossing the sky–some say they are simply water vapor frozen into crystals.  Others say they are deadly chemicals, some of which are for military defense, and other’s to control the weather and the world’s food supply.

Are the chemtrails really part of a clandestine government conspiracy?  Four people believe so, and claim they have proof, but each of their lives come to a tragic and mysterious end before they can offer their proof to the world.

Join Private Investigator Walt Williams as he searches for the truth and looks for clues to explain the untimely deaths.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in six short years has penned twenty-one novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.

Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.




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Book Blitz: Girl in the River


Girl in the River

By Patricia Kullberg51-MaBYhn3L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_

Genre: Historical Fiction With Feminist Leanings

Release:, August 20, 2015

Publisher: Bygone Era Books, Ltd.


Her pimp wants her dead, a hooker wants her heart, and the DA just wants her …

On the eve of World War II, Portland, Oregon, battles corruption as the city falls into the hands of gangsters. Newly orphaned, Mae Rose wanders the rain-stained streets alone, on the lam from a knife-wielding pimp and mustering her own worst impulses to survive. As Mae rises to power in Portland’s gritty sex industry, she’s pursued by a district attorney who seeks to snare her for more personal reasons. In the city’s smoky nightspots, the glamorous Dr. Ruth Barnett turns heads, but by day she operates a wildly successful abortion service. At war’s end, both Mae and Ruth are caught in the crosshairs of Portland’s anti-vice crusade. The women’s survival, as well as any chance at lasting love, depends on their allegiance to each other and their abilities to outsmart the cops and politicians who no longer protect them. This novel, based in part on the true story of Dr. Ruth Barnett, takes an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex and post-war assaults on reproductive rights.


A book blitz by:

Sage’s Blog Tours

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