Monday, November 9, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Raven's Apprentice by D. Robert Hardy

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Raven's Apprentice by D. Robert Hardy. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Raven's Apprentice
Author: D. Robert Hardy
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: July 9th 2020
Print Lenth: 274 pages
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir
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Raven's Apprentice is a compelling true story from the west coast of B.C. that launches you into the world of Raven and our interconnectedness with all living things.

"Suddenly, without warning, they spun on a fin and started charging the boat. My thrill turned to real panic. Killer whales attacking a boat. Had there ever been such a thing? A paralysis gripped me. Now, within striking distance, they slipped into an arrowhead formation just below the surface. If the leader of the pack didn't bring the boat down, his flanks would."

"At about 20 feet off the bow, the frontrunner broke the surface, peeling waves off his rostrum as he continued his commitment to engage. Bracing for impact, my hands squeezed into the railing..."

Travel with me aboard MV Lady Guinevere. Witness being charged by transient killer whales, stalked by wolves and walking creeks so pristine you feel as if you were the first human to experience the wonder of nature.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
I looked up and almost fell off the boat. The evening sky was so … powerful, elegant and alive. It was like observing the jewelled heavens from the backside of the moon without the glare from the sun or city lights. We sometimes lose touch with the beauty that is overhead, always focused on our little patch of concrete somewhere in the city. 

The stars occupied the full arc of the horizon with only the ruptured edge of the mountains to remind me I was still on the planet and not a particle in space. The density of the Milky Way poured from the sunless black as if from an unseen container. Einstein once referred to the elegance of the stars as “The mystical and finest of all human experiences.” Something we all can enjoy. A feeling so human and so universal it transcends all religion and philosophical thought. 

I stepped along the dewy wet. It chilled my feet and pulled my thinking back into my body. I went below, grabbed my sleeping bag and made my way back on deck. It is times like this that can inspire us to think of other forms of life and … will they ever make contact? Or perhaps they have. And when did primitive man look up and realize beauty for the first time? Was that the moment when creation became part of his thinking? The day the first artist realized life had more to offer. It must have been a huge paradigm shift for mankind. No longer looking at mammoths, deer, wolves, and other four-legged creatures as food or a new winter coat.
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PRAISE FOR RAVEN'S APPRENTICE:
"You have succeeded in bringing the reader on the voyage with you and into the deeper experience of transcendence and heightened awareness. Some of your experiences are literally skin tingling, many will leave your reader thinking and remembering for a long time to come." - Sid Tafler – Writer, Editorbr.

"Don Hardy’s RAVEN’S APPRENTICE is a great and compelling story, both nuanced and vivid, that will leave readers wanting to head off on adventures of their own." - Heather Stockard - IndieReader
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Halifax Nova Scotia. Grew up in small-town Cumberland, BC. but could not wait to get out and make his mark. Toured throughout Canada and the US as a professional musician until he realized he hated touring. Settled in Victoria, BC. Wrote six unpublished screenplays until he had real success with a stageplay called "A Garland for Judy." It toured down the west coast from Bellingham to Los Angles but topped the bill in San Francisco for six months to sold-out shows. Eventually settling into technical writing and developing online courses for most of his working life. Raven's Apprentice is a memoir that captured the imagination of a retired CBC executive who said, "You must bottle up all of this adventure into a book! ...being rescued by transient killer whales encounters with wolves, spirits in the kelp ... it's all too exciting!" And so it is done.

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GIVEAWAY:
D. Robert Hardy will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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37 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book to read.  Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  2. That cover is really cool looking!

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  3. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing!

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  4. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  5. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  6. This sounds like a very good book.

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  7. Beautiful artwork on the cover.

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  8. I enjoy reading true stores.
    & the cover is great!
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  9. I think that the cover of your book is unique and interesting in design.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) cm

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  10. Happy to learn about your book, cheers on the tour!

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  11. Great excerpt, Raven's Apprentice sounds like an excellent read, thanks for sharing with me!

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. sounds like a good read
    DolphinBaby1369@aol.com

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  14. Thank you "All the ups and downs" for hosting. And thank you all who have left such kind comments. Check out Good Reads.com for reviews.

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  15. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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  16. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Thank you for sharing it.

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  17. What authors do you enjoy reading?

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  18. sounds like a fun one

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  19. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. David HollingsworthNovember 12, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    This looks like a really intriguing book!

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Thank you for sharing it.

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  23. I love the book cover. Looks awesome!

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  24. The cover is very foreboding and mysterious.

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