Hello to everyone and thanks to Sue for hosting me today. It’s a pleasure to be here. As an author, I’m also a reader and I’ve enjoyed many books over the years. I have some fond memories of reading at various points in my life, most likely because I needed an escape or distraction at the time.
One such time, for whatever reason was a Christmas holiday when I sat down to read Patricia McKillip’s Heir of Sea and Fire which is the second book of her Riddle-master of Hed trilogy. The book was new and I had enjoyed the first book of the series immensely so I was ready to read this new one.
It was a cold time of year even for Alabama where I grew up and so we had a fire crackling in the fireplace most every night. The fire made for a nice setting by which to read, especially late at night. I could turn out most of the lights in the room and read mostly by the glow of the warm fire.
The characters traveled and the fire added to the effect of reading about them at their own campfires. For several nights, I just soaked in both the glow of the fire and wonderful tale between the covers.
For whatever reason, that time of reading has stuck in my mind over the years. It was a time of transition for me as a young man and just being able to sit quietly and read for several nights had a positive impact on me. I suppose this is the case for us all as we need time to process life and an engrossing story allows us to do just that all too often. Likewise, there’s something about being by a fire and reading – or hearing – an entertaining story told.
I still read a lot today and I’ve found that fiction helps take me away from all the stresses and challenges of the day and I’m sure it does for everyone who takes time to read. I know many people enjoy swapping stories and such around a campfire and that’s been the case for thousands of years. I think a good fire sets a mood in us all to settle down and read or listen to a story. I still like to read at the fireplace today.
What are your favorite places to read? What books have you read when you needed to escape life for a while? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks again to Sue for having me on her blog today.
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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.
Books by P.H. Solomon
The Bow of Destiny
Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga
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.
Read an excerpt from The Bow of Destiny HERE
An Arrow Against the Wind
Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.
The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu’s reach stretches among Athson’s companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?
Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga: