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Monday, November 2, 2020

Tour: Raven's Apprentice


   
Welcome to the blog tour for Raven's Apprentice!
Get the scoop on the book, read an excerpt, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or B/N GC from author D Robert Hardy


Raven's Apprentice by D. Robert Hardy 
Autobiography/Memoir

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.


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT
 
As I sat deep in meditation, I heard someone coming down the wharf. You could always tell which way they were coming or going by the sound of the old wooden planks. Each plank had its own note like the wooden keys on a marimba. Some were loose, some firm, some split, and some rattled, but all were distinct. If they were coming towards you, they would sound like this – plink, plank, plink, plink, plunk, planka, plank. But if they were headed away, it would sound like this – plank, plunka, plunk, plink, plink, plank, plink. Whoever it was, he was coming up the wharf towards us. I glanced at my watch: 8:23 AM. It wasn’t a wharf rat, they would be heading the other way to work, and the wharfinger didn’t do his rounds until nine-ish or so ... 

I closed my eyes and the footsteps stopped. Were they lost, confused or looking at one of the boats? Then, they were on the move – then they stopped again. Now they were alongside my Lady Guinevere. I said to myself, “Now what’s he doing?” I wished he would move or something. I couldn’t tell if he was scratching his head or winding his watch, but he was restless. Then, like wax turning hard, he was silent. Even the boat stopped moving as if anticipating his next move. 

KNOCK, knock, knock.



PRAISE FOR THE 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, Editor

"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



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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23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on this book tour for your memoir, it sounds as if you've led an adventurous and exciting life. I am looking forward to reading your story.

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    1. Thank you Bea for your kind words. You can also check out comments left on Good Reads - Raven's Apprentice. Be well and Shine on!

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    2. Thank you and same to you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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    1. Thanks again James, also check out Good Reads for other comments about Raven's Apprentice. If you have any question please drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  3. Great post - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey Victoria, thanks! Also check out Good Reads for comments about the book. If you have any questions or want to hear any background on the story please drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  4. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. Hey Rita, thank you for your kind words. You can also check out comments on Good Reads.com I think in these times the book transports people to an experience they may never know or a place they may never see. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the story not on the pages please feel free to drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a very compelling read, thanks for sharing it with and good luck with the tour!

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    1. Stormy Vixen, with that name you will definitely find a kinship to the story. It is a "seat of your pants" adventure both interior and exterior. By the way, our daughters middle name is "Thunderbolt"...ha, ha. Enjoy the book. You can also check out comments let on Good Reads.com Also, if you have any more questions or would like to know more about the story please drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  6. This sounds like a great read.

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    1. Hey Debbie, thank you. You can also check out comments left by readers on Good Reads.com If you have any questions or would like to know more about the story drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  7. What was your favorite part about writing this story?

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    1. Good question Kim. My favorite part was to relive it. This all happened to me when I was a young man (28). So to review my log book from the journey was to relive it and go back to that place. At the beginning of the story there is a quote from a book called Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. "We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there." It is such a true statement. I hope you enjoy the book. There are also some kind comments left about the book on Good Reads.com - Be well and Shine on!

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  8. This sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Hey Sherry, you thank you for your kind words. I have had some comments about the book that I did not expect.One person said they felt at peace when they read the book because it took them away from the unrest in the world right now. You can also check out some comments lift on Good Reads.com - So, enjoy the book. If you have any questions about the book please drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  9. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

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    1. Thank Cali! If you have any questions about the book or would like to read some great reviews about the book please go to Good Reads.com - also if you have any questions about the story please drop me a line. Be well and Shine on!

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  10. Sounds like a compelling read! The cover is awesome!

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  11. Wow!! My husband & I would love to read this one!!

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