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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.

 

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 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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Book Marketing and Promotion Plan

You are hard at work marketing and promoting your book.  It really is exhausting and tiPlanme consuming and you are frustrated that sales aren’t coming in.

Every author feels that at one time or another.  It is hard work marketing and promoting your own work.  That is the reason you need a plan.  With a plan you can free yourself to work on your next book.

I know that is easy for me to say.  I too, work a 40 hour week job, have a husband I want to spend time with, have a home to care for, plus we live on a farm.  So, I do not have a lot of free times to spend on marketing and promoting my own work let alone have time to work on my next book.  Yet, a plan helps keep me on track.
Here is a sample plan to help you stay on track, yet not using a lot of time.

Monday – Look up your favorite books on Amazon and read a few reviews and if you like the review click “Yes” where it asks if this review was helpful to you.  Do this even if you have already reviewed the book or purchased it.  You can do this on other books that you have not read and do not intend to purchase.  By clicking “Yes” this helps the ranking of the book.  Spend no more than 15 minutes on this task.  If you know the author, let them know that you did this and ask them to do the same for you.

Tuesday – Write a Press Release and send to at least three newspapers, magazines, etc.

Wednesday – Work on your website.  Update the events, change photos, add content, etc.

Thursday – Post a blog on your blog site.  If you can write more than one blog post in 15 to 30 minutes, schedule one to post on another day.

Friday – If you go out to lunch with spouse or friends, leave your business card on the table.  Your business card should have your web site listed.  If you don’t go out to lunch, visit your social  media sites and respond to your followers or start a discussion.

Saturday – If you find you have free time, write blog posts and schedule them to post on future dates.

Sunday – Create a video and post it on YouTube and other video channels.

Schedule something to do each day of the week to get your book marketing and promoting plan to start rolling.

For more Marketing and Promoting Tips check out these books:

The Book Marketing Bible by Norm Schriever *

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide by Mark Coker *

 

*These are books that I like.  I do not get paid by these author and/or publishers to list these books in my blog post.

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Online Book Fair with some great deals for Christmas

merry-christmas-cardA few authors have come together to offer you some great deals during this holiday season.

Visit – Black Lilac Kitty Book Promotion (http://www.blacklilackitty.com)

To see which authors are participating in this Book Fair.  Visit their web sites to sign up for free drawings, download free books, to connect with the authors and to get those great Christmas deals.

Need something for Grandma or Grandpa?  Robert Thornhill’s Lady Justice series would be something they would probably enjoy.  If they can’t see too well to read, then check out Libby Fischer Hellman’s audiobooks, which would make an excellent gift for that truck driver in your family.

Needing some Christmas inspiration?  Check out Bruce Spohn’s Christmas Treasures.

Does someone in your family or a friend, perhaps, suffer from allergies?  Check out Kathryn Treat’s Allergic to Life.

Other Genres include Young Adult, thriller, action and suspense, Christian Romance, and fantasy.

Hop on over and download the pdf of participating authors and visit their web site to see what deal you can snare.

 

 

 

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Ann L. Carter’s journey into middle-aged motherhood

 

Spiders From Heaven by Ann L. Carter

“Here I am starting this journal about possibly adopting and I can’t even put ‘Adoption’ as the file name. What am I afraid of? That someone might look in my computer and think I want a child to love?”

 

So begins the author’s personal story of adoption and motherhood. A forty-three year old woman living in a small university town in the Midwest, she had more than enough to do with a teaching career, travel, art, house and garden, and a somewhat demanding cat. When a close friend sends her an article about a couple bringing home a little girl from China, she realizes she must rethink the possibility of having children, a dream she thought she’d left behind.

 

Through journal entries, letters, emails, and poems spanning 15 years, she recounts the ups and downs of her decision making, the adoption process, and single parenting. Told with wit, sensitivity, and compelling honesty, Spiders from Heaven immediately brings the reader into her journey, a journey full of doubts and setbacks, but always with the underlying belief that, in the end, one must follow one’s heart.

 

About the Author:

Ann Carter is a working artist and writer living with her two daughters and a variety of animals on a small acreage located in the Flint Hills of central Kansas. For more information on her art and writing, visit annlcarter.com. Watch a short documentary about her current life, “Building a Nest.”

Book is available from Rowe Publishing  and Amazon.

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Elvis Attends 50th Class Reunion

Lady Justice and the Class Reunion by Robert Thornhill

Robert Thornhill has been dubbed “The Master of Hysterical Fiction.”

In Lady Justice And The Class Reunion, main character Walt Williams, one of Kansas City’s finest, goes undercover as an Elvis impersonator at his class reunion to smoke out one of his classmates that might have been involved in a shooting.

Elvis_1_cropCkick on the link below to see the author’s performance at his wife’s 50th class reunion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ludb2sTutSA#t=210s

Excerpt from Chapter 2

“Okay, Paddy,” Frank said as the three friends huddled in Ernie’s apartment at Whispering Hills, “now that we’re away from prying ears, what’s the scoop on this drug thing?”
Patrick O’Brian looked sternly at his two companions. “I’ll tell you what I can without breaking the confessional seal, but you must promise two things.”
“Sure! Sure!” Frank replied impatiently. “Anything. Just get on with it.”
“First, what I tell you today must remain absolutely confidential. You can’t breathe a word to anyone. If someone discovered that I was sharing confessional information — well— it could stir up all kinds of problems.”
“That’s not a problem,” Ernie replied. “What else?”
“Don’t press me for more than I can give.” He looked directly at Frank. “You can be a bit pushy at times, my friend. If I tell you something is off limits, back off!”
Frank raised his hands in a mock defensive posture. “I read you loud and clear, Padre. You’re the boss.”

 

Lady Justice and the Class Reunion is # 12 in the Lady Justice series.  Visit (http://booksbybob.com) for more information about Robert Thornhill and his books.

Hint! Hint!  If you visit his web site you can download some FREE books.

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Don’t Assume, Let Book Readers and Movie Watchers in on the Historical Facts

HOBBIT-dvdI have not seen the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Some of my family and friends have seen it.  So imagine my surprise when they turn to me and say, “You are a historian, so answer my question.”

Uh, Oh.  Here it comes.  I know what they are going to ask because while I have not seen the movie I do read magazines and newspapers and The Wall Street Journal even showed it online.

“What question is that?” I asked.

One family members starts.  “Okay.  Bilbo Baggins’ Uncle left him the ring and the home.  Is that the Uncle’s bathrobe that Bilbo wears in the movie?  And where would the Middle-Earth have gotten china as in a china teapot and china plates?”

Now, how would I know that?  I have never seen the movie nor read the Hobbit books.  I did see Lord of the Rings, but do not recall that movie explaining anything more than the ring and the home.

My silence brought forth more comments.  “Come on historian, you should know these answers.”

Just because I am a historian does not mean that my field is historic textiles.

Recalling The Wall Street Journal article I read, I said, “Did Bilbo’s mother leave him the China?”

Shoulders around me shrugged.

I continued, “I think that is what an article I read stated.  Anyway, let’s say that his mother left him the China.  As a historian, I would take it that his mother came from a middle upper class or  upper class family or worked at one time for a wealthy family.”

“How did you come to that conclusion?” someone asked.

“Well, Bilbo was left a precious gold ring and a home.  A gold ring indicates wealth or trust of wealth.  Owning a home, such as the one left to Bilbo, that had more finer things than most is a representation of being wealthy.  And if the Uncle who left the ring and home was a brother to Bilbo’s mother, then surely she was just as well off as he had been or at least had some finer things.”

“What about the quilted bathrobe?” another person asked.  “Where would they have gotten velvet and the other material to make such a nice bathrobe?”

“Where would they have gotten the china?” someone asked.

“History has shown that people and places got finer things through trade,” I explained.  “Since I do not know the location of Middle Earth, I do not know who the Hobbits would have traded with.”

“Why don’t they explain these things in the story?” a family member asked.

“Ah, ahhhhhhh,” someone said.

“What does that mean?” I asked.

The person replied.  “In his books Tolkien did say where the shire was located.  I think he wrote it was located at a crossroads of a couple of major trade routes.”

“That would explain it,” I replied.

Again, “Why don’t they explain these things in the story?”

“Apparently, Tolkien did in the books,” I said.  “And perhaps Peter Jackson just assumed that those who watch the movies also read the books.”

“That’s wrong!” someone shouted.

Now, that is the point of this blog.  The person who did the writing, of the script in this case, probably assumed most people had read Tolkien’s work.

While it seems that Tolkien explained things in his work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that when it was interpreted that the clarity stayed with the story.

I would argue that it is the job of the person doing the writing to make it clear for the reader and in this case movie watcher, to understand the history and facts of the story.

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The Grateful Games leads to memories of Bogie and Bacall

My husband and I were playing the “Grateful Game.”

Never played it?

The game goes like this:  one starts with “I am grateful for (fill in the blank)” and then the other goes.  Do this until you cannot think of anything more to be grateful for.  We usually play this on our way to our 40 hour week job as we have a 30-35 minute commute.

At the end of our game on Thursday (March 28, 2013) morning, we simultaneously said “We have it all” and I continued with “Like Bogie and Bacall.”  My husband smiled because he knew what I meant.

Do you know what I mean when I say “Like Bogie and Bacall”?

If not, you are probably younger than 40 years old.

bogie weddingBogie and Bacall refers to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

When the name Humphrey Bogart comes up, I automatically think of the movie “The African Queen.”  And Lauren Bacall is the legendary actress who was married to Bogie.

Bogart died in 1957 from cancer.  Bacall is still alive.  They had it all – a real love of life and each other.  That is what my husband and I have – a love for each other that at times seems bigger than life itself.  We are the best of friends and greatly enjoy each others company.

So, what does Bogie and Bacall have to do with writing?

For me it brings to light love and life and it brings back old memories and this song –  Key Largo.

For you who are reading this blog, perhaps learning about Bogie and Bacall will help charge the grey cells and inspire you to write something about them.  Or perhaps one of their movies will inspire the writer inside to come out and play with words that will create a masterpiece, just like Bogie and Bacall.

These photos of Bogie and Bacall were taken from Google Images.

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Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan: a Promotion Tour

“Fractured Soul is a brilliant sequel, exceeding even the remarkable first book in the series. It will haunt your every waking moment between the times you’re reading it, and it will stay with you long after you’ve finished. It’s an amazingly well-written and engrossing story that I highly recommend—after you’ve read the first one, of course.”
—Cindy Bennett, bestselling author of Geek Girl and Rapunzel Untangled

Book Description:

Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her newfound friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

 

Meet the Author:

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four small children. Her love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…Currently she lives in Rhode Island where the graveyards are as enchanting as the forests. To find out more on Fractured Soul and author Rachel McClellan, visit: www.rachelmcclellan.com.

Book Trailer    |  Available at Amazon

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Multi-Award Winning Artist, Rich Arons and Turbie the Turtle-Duck

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Rich-AronsTurbie the Turtle-Duck by Rich Arons.

Young Richie Evans receives a unique pet that has the head and feet of a duck with the shell of a turtle Richie cares for his Turbie responsibly.  The cupcake eating turtle-duck grows up rather quickly, and reveals his amazing gift of flight by spinning his four duck feet like propellers!  The boy rides his pet on a trip to the creature’s home, the lost isle of Anomoxie, where they meet never before seen creatures like flying Rocket-idles, a Pea-cocker-spaniels and the mysterious creature that lives in Lake Deep.  After an exciting day of exploration and near extinction, they fly home for a well-deserved rest and some more cupcakes!

About the Author:

Rich Arons is a distinguished and accomplished artist, working in the Animation industry since 1978. Trained in classical drawing, he studied animation and earned his degree at the Disney school at the California Institute of the Arts, under several great Disney artists of animation’s golden era.

As a founding member of Gang of Seven Animation, Rich has directed dozens of TV shows, commercials and has co-directed the CGI feature film, “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.” Rich developed, directed and produced hundreds of television cartoons for Steven Spielberg including such hits as “Tiny Toon Adventures”, “Animaniacs”, “Freakazoid!” and “Toonsylvania”, winning 2 Emmy awards, a George Foster Peabody award and a Cartoons on the Bay award.

He’s also written songs for several memorable musical cartoons he directed such as “Plucky’s Video Blues,” “Toon Out Toon In” (aka the Tiny Toons Rap) and “The Albert Einstein Song.”Rich has also worked on story for several major feature films, in both traditional and CG animation styles. He has co-directed the CG feature film “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.”

Arons story directed on Warner Brothers’ Space Jam starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny and has helped story develop Twentieth Century Fox’s Ice Age as well as computer animated for Steven Spielberg’s production of Casper The Motion Picture.

He has written and illustrated his first in a series of children’s books named Turbie the Turtle-Duck. His YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/richarons has original cartoons such as his “Binky and Little Treezer Series” as well as his “Birthday Happy to You” Cartoon greeting cards. His musical cartoon, “Do the Buck” pokes fun at dollar deflation and our economic issues.

 

The book is available on Amazon for $7.99.

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Bluewater Productions (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988247739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988247734
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1 inches

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