Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Author: Ron Hartman Guest Post and Giveaway!

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Prophecy Foretold (The Prophecy Chronicles #1) by Ron Hartman

Available now from Rogue Phoenix Press:
An accident made him a savior. Now Daniel Marten struggles to find himself and a way home while the armies of Naphthali battle to control him.

These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of Enialé at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free... Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance...

The Inspiration Behind the Book

When writing a trilogy like The Prophecy Chronicles, it can be hard to pin down exactly what the inspiration for the series was. It took several years for me to write all three books, and I suppose my inspiration changed over those years, just as my personal experiences affected Daniel Marten’s adventures in the same time frame.

I’ll give one example: while I was working on the rough draft of Prophecy Chronicles 2, a friend mentioned that she loved reading vampire books: “Everybody loves vampires!” She inspired me to add a chapter about magical creatures that were something like vampires. Not only did her off-hand comment help me move along the story, it added an excellent aspect of the world Daniel finds himself in, one I probably never would have considered without her help! But that is a tale for another day... you’ll have to wait for the next installment to learn more about my take on vampires.

Overall the greatest inspiration for The Prophecy Chronicles was my family. At the time that the story really started to coalesce in my mind I had a job that required a lot of travel. While I drove from town to town I let my mind wander, always missing my family, and I started to think about this question: What wouldn’t a man do to get back to his family? What if you were pulled away from your family? What if you had to choose between saving an entire people…or your family? What would you choose?

Tough questions... but they became the center of The Prophecy Chronicles. How far would Daniel go to find a way home? Would he abandon Naphthali if it meant getting home? I can’t tell you the answer to those questions, but I can tell you that how Daniel answers them sculpts the character. My inspiration for the series brought a greater depth to my main character than I ever could have guessed. I can honestly say that some of Daniel’s struggles brought tears to my eyes while writing them, and they still do to this day. Hopefully in the end Daniel will make the right decisions, but only time will tell while Naphthali and the Empire battle over him, everyone ensnared in the prophecy that drives them all...

Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the written word and is an avid reader. The Prophecy Chronicles are his first written works. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with his wife and three children.

Thanks to the author and Goddess Fish Publicity, there is one autographed coverflat up for grabs! To enter, all you have to do leave a meaningful comment on this post :) In addition, a $25 gift card to Amazon will be awarded as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this entire tour, which you can find the full schedule for here. Be sure to leave your email address in all your comments!

Both giveaways run through December 7th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (EST).
The signed cover flat is limited to US residents only, but the tour-wide gift card giveaway is open to anyone in the world! I am not responsible for the gift card winner, nor for the prizes for either giveaway.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their prizes will be forfeited and new winners chosen.
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