Welcome all you arrow slingers and adventurers, Withlings and casters of every stripe. You’ve landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. With me in the studio today is Tordug, and he’s a dwarven adventurer. “Welcome to the show, Tordug.”
“Wonderful to be here, Lisa. May I call you Lisa? Yes? Good! It’s always a pleasure to get off the back-lot of the fiction set and make some visits. You have no idea how boring it is these days. Oh, by the way, thanks for that little gift of, what do you call it? Whiskey? That guy you work with was generous to offer a sample from his supply. Warmed my toes!”
“You’ve brought along a friend today. You know I’m a sucker for a fluffy dog. Who’s this?”
“This old whelp? That’s none other than Spark, himself. He’s around in all of the books when I have to act like I don’t see him. Spark’s been great on the set. He glows some so he makes a great light on the walk home from the local pub. He talks with his tail – you know, wags for yes and everything else is no – so he’s a good listener while I’m having a pint or eight. Hee, hee. Spark hands out his advice with my help, if you know what I mean.”
“Well aren’t you a handsome doggie?”
“Judging by that big tail wag, you’ve won him over without even scratching behind his ears!”
“Let’s get down to business. My bio says you were a pretty respected fellow in Chokkran society, but then you wind up on the road running from trolls. What the heck happened?”
“Er, yes, I was pretty big back then. But that was a long time ago when some mistakes were made, uh, around some of my decisions. Those dirty Rokans tricked us! Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to knock that, uh microphone around. Is that what it’s called? Anyway, I’m helping find the Bow of Hart in the saga, me and Makwi, that is. You need good dwarves along to keep things lighthearted, focused and find your way in dark, underground places. Finding the bow will fix a lot of things, even for us Chokkran dwarves.”
“Seems like a desperate play, but I’ll bet it was interesting.”
” Well, Lisa, it got off to a right surprising start when we helped Hastra’s bunch on the road to Marston’s Station. That’s when we met Limbreth and found out she was an ax-maid of the death-grip, no less. Couldn’t get a sword out of her hands. High honor in our society, especially for those who are her companions if you know what I mean. Me and Makwi, well mostly me, started training Limbreth about her honors in dwarven society. I had high hopes for her, just knew she’d, uh, help when the time arrived.”
“Wait a minute here. Did you use Limbreth as a pawn to get back into the good graces of Chokkra society?”
“I wouldn’t say that! I mean it can be an advantage to regaining, no, no, that wasn’t the purpose though. She deserved that honor, and more than once for her courage, mind you. Opps, sorry I slapped that microphone around again. Let me get that. Anyway, that training was very useful. She teamed up with me to get us some much-needed assistance from dwarves when they would have denied me out of hand. But an ax-maid? With the death-grip? That’s something special, cause for celebration and all. I just needed her help is all. She’s like a daughter to me!”
“Okay, Spark seems to agree with that statement. Sounds like Limbreth is quite the lady.”
“Oh, Limbreth’s all that and much more, isn’t she, Spark? Ha ha, by that tail-wag Spark definitely agrees! Limbreth fights like a dwarf champion. Too bad she had that little disagreement with Athson and left Auguron. But there was still lots to do for me and Makwi with the trolls coming. Captain Sarneth, he’s the leader of the elven rangers of Auguron, asked my help when he realized who I was and how much experience I had fighting trolls and all. I jumped at that and hoped the scattered remnants of Chokkrans would flock to help. But they’d already left for less dangerous lands. Someone needed to rally them but they just mind their own business these days. I did hope my stand – and Makwi’s might – get some attention. I just didn’t know what was going to happen next but we’ll leave that to the readers to discover, eh?”
“That sounds like a slim chance to recover a bit of honor. I really hope that is the case.”
“It was, Lisa, and a dim set of days for me and Makwi. But we decided we’d fight for our people even if they had not fight left and left like refugees. Can’t blame them, all they’ve had for years is a wandering life. They just needed some inspiration and we hoped, Makwi and me, that they’d hear and honor our effort on behalf of Chokkra. Right, Spark? See! Even he agrees with me.”
“It sounds like you got an interesting call-back recently. What can you tell us about that?”
“Oh yes, we did, didn’t we, Spark? PH, that’s the author of the books, got a message from this Podium Publishing bunch and they wanted the saga for audiobooks. Once the agreement was signed there were all these questions about accents from the narrator, fella named Tim Bruce. We all got called in again and helped teach him, that voice actor, on all the correct pronunciations. He got it right with Spark to tell him when he was on the correct path. Right, Spark. Yes, you did all that so just keep wagging your tail!”
“Audiobooks are awesome. I know my author would love to release one someday. How did that all fall together?”
“Your author should if he gets that chance! You’d do well, yourself. I hear tell he’s got a book about dwarves too. I like your author, uh, uh, what’s his name? Boyack, right? Anyway, I heard about the talking hat and the talking yak, whatever that is. Sound like interesting stories for the campfire, so why not audio?
“Well, these Podium people came around, humans, you know? They were snooping around the back-lot when we were still working through An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow. I thought they were extras for the fights, dressed kinda funny, for business or something. Anyway, we were practicing our fight scenes with some trolls and I tossed one of them an ax and told him to get busy and he looked at me like I was the biggest, ugliest ogre, which I’m not. They started asking questions like some of those reporters I keep having to talk with. Turns out they wanted to do this audio thing once we finished with the series. Well, I was glad for the offer of more work, Lisa, and that’s a fact.”
“That had to do great things for the Bow of Hart series.”
“That it does. There’s this Audible where the audio is published and it links to the book somehow. People who buy the ebook can get the audio and use it with this Whispersync stuff. It picks up where someone’s reading and goes on telling the story, perfect for traveling.
“Anyway, it’s one more way for the books to be seen and working with Podium is a big deal. Their first audiobook was something called The Martian which made it pretty famous as I hear. So, it’s good to work with this bunch. This Tim Bruce fellow is busy and pretty well-known in his circles, won some awards for his work too. Ha, ha, having an award-winning book, like The Bow of Destiny with and award-winning narrator is kinda like having an ax-maid with the death-grip on your side, right? See? Spark agrees!”
“Tordug, we wish you all the best with that lost honor thing. Any closing remarks for our listeners, while I hug this big old doggie?”
“Thanks for having me and Spark on the set today, Lisa. The Bow of Destiny is already out in audio so anyone interested can listen to a sample. An Arrow Against the Wind arrives in audio on 10/23/18 and The White Arrow releases to audio on 11/27/18. I never thought this series would get this far but it’s been quite a ride for Spark, me and all these others. I have to thank the readers for all their support. We wouldn’t have made it to the awards for the series and audio without them. Oh, sorry I bumped the microphone again. I just can’t get used to the thing and I talk with my hands.”
“I’ll post all the details on the website after we log off today. For Lisa Burton Radio, I’m Lisa Burton.
The Bow of Destiny Blurb
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.
An Arrow Against the Wind Blurb
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?
Book 3 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The White Arrow: Amazon
The White Arrow Blurb
Bound to prophecy, his destiny balanced on an arrow’s tip.
Athson has found the Bow of Hart and is being pursued by his enemies as well as haunted by both his past and his failures. But according to Hastra the Withling, the prophecy of the bow indicates Eloch will send an arrow for its use. Magdronu watches for the appearance of the arrow and sets his plans in motion to regain control of his magic. With his sights set on Auguron, the dragon sends his forces on the attack while waiting for his chance to steal both prophesied elements that stand in the way of his ultimate goal. But when the arrow arrives, it is from a most unexpected source and lands in unforeseen hands, so that events twist like an arrow in flight. Can Athson overcome his past and his failures to use the Bow of Hart as intended against Magdronu? The archer and the bow await the coming arrow…
Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:
The Black Bag – Amazon |