Hello everyone! It gives me great pleasure to host author PH Solomon on his Lost Bow blog tour today!
Take it away PH! 🙂
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.
The Bow of Destiny is, at its heart, an adventure quest to find a special bow. Where is it? Who has it? Why is truly special? Is the main character meant to possess it and, if so, to what end?
Few people know anything certain about the bow. The Lost Bow Tour leads you on the path to begin finding out all the secrets that lie in The Bow of Destiny. The world of Denaria is open to everyone to begin discovering answers to the questions and enjoy the adventure of this fantasy quest.
I took my daughter to Harry Potter World earlier this summer for her senior trip. I had a great time watching her have a great time since she’s such a huge fan of the books and movies. With the idea of amusement rides in mind, I thought I’d take readers along for some of the adventures in The Bow of Destiny. And much like the 3D animations on the amusement rides, you can experience how some of these events feel as a participant rather than a reader (though with less visual).
One such event occurs early in the book where a character (no spoilers for those who haven’t read The Bow of Destiny yet) ends up on an unexpected ride. Let’s read how it really feels as you take a similar ride!
A Windy Ride
You stand on a precipice at night where a fire defies wind-gusts that stagger you. Waves break with distant booms far below where you stand.
An old woman rises from fireside, her hair waves a wild dance and she tosses you a package wrapped in burlap. She cackles and leaps about exclaiming, “Done it! Zelma’s done it!”
You are confused and try to hand it back since you don’t know what the package is. It could be anything and you don’t really want to find out. This woman could be crazy!
This Zelma points to you. “This one needs to see!”
Thunder snaps around you and you take step back, suddenly mindful of a sheer drop of hundreds of feet into the night.
You turn to see a vast woodland stretching away from the sea, dappled with the silver light of a full moon and night shadows. With the wind pushing at your body, you take a step back from the breath-stealing edge. After all, this ride has no safety features!
Merciless talons snag you and snatch you into the air. Zelma’s wild laughter fades into the roar of wind that scours any of your exposed skin. You realize you are screaming and clutch the legs of the massive eagle carrying you.
What is it you see as your legs flail in the empty air? I can’t say what you might see as your life flashes before your eyes but in this tale several images race past you.
A knife-blade flashes in dim light. Once! Twice! And you see it hover, dripping blood before it fades.
You see another old woman peering at you from her fire in the night. Next, there’s a young woman riding into the night and you’re not quite sure but she seems sad.
Then shadow sweeps over the land like storm-clouds. Yet within the approaching shadow’s edge a prick of fire gouges the night and shadow, larger with each burst.
Tattered wings snap beneath you. In that passage of a moment, with the writhing tail disappearing you realize that was a dragon! Really a dragon! With fire!
Eyes shut, you scream into the heedless wind. Enough of this! This ride has nothing to keep you from falling let alone being scorched at best or eaten alive at worst!
Then the eagle releases you!
You hardly drop any distance but do take a hard fall. Should have kept your eyes open. You stand and brush yourself off only to find there are no eagle and no dragon. There’s just the wind, surrounding trees and the pinnacle of rock soaring into the moonlit sky.
I hope you enjoyed the ride. I mean REALLY enjoyed the ride because when it happens to a character it’s wild and dangerous. But when it really happens to you, well, as they say, it’s all fun and games…
Where You Can Get It
- 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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This tour hosted on behalf of 4Wills Publishing