Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ I, Angus by Mike Hartner

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The Inspiration Behind I, Angus

Those of you who’ve read The Eternity Series will recognize that the person reading the eulogy in Book One becomes the subject of Book Two and so on.

So, it should be no surprise that this book is the story of Angus… the Scottish minister.

And I, Angus is definitely a departure from the first three books in The Eternity Series.  The Seafaring Crofters were united by their adventure on the sea, if nothing else.  And yes, they were united by the fact that all of them were related.

Angus is a departure because there is no familial connection.  He’s just the minister that was friend to Mary and Andrew.  And we know a ittle about his work from I, Mary.   But, outside of that, his life is one that we know very little about.

Now, I have a flaw.  I love romances, and love to bring romances into my stories.  I find that a romantic storyline helps to stabilize the characters, both male and female.  But, no matter how much I kept wanting to place a permanent romance into  I, Angus it just didn’t work that way.  And so, I listened to Angus as he told me of his growing years.   And made a startling revelation.

And he told me about his first adventures in Scotland.  And then how he ran away from his problems, and kept running until he was in France.  HE told me about how he kept running, even in France, until he noticed two riders being overtaken by thugs.  And then he decided to help.  And by helping them, he joined the lifelong battle.  And sighed.  And then he trained.

And looking at his travels, and his battles, and his efforts, it makes it clear that joining this battle forced him to grow up, to be the best he could, to do the best he could.

His efforts return him to Northern Scotland, and prepare him to fight.  Not fighting against man, per se, but fighting the injustices of the widows and orphans, and also fighting against the attitudes of others, and finally, fighting against the most worthy foe of all in the North, Mother Nature.

 

Come join me then in the journey of the life of Angus.

post-divider rightangusSeries: The Eternity Series, Volume 4
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing (May 17, 2016)
Genre: Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0973356189
ISBN-13: 978-0973356182
ASIN: B01EQNRNHO
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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During a time of civil strife and purging the North has lost more men to Wars then it ever did to Nature.

Angus has grown up learning that his life is better off with only him and a family. But is that really in the Grand Plan.

The North needs someone to build community.

But first, Angus needs to be forged… beaten, shaped, bolded and trained.

Watch as Angus hits both lows and highs across the lands of England, Scotland and France, before meeting a challenge of new land.

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mikeMike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

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post-divider rightExcerpt ~

Using my hunting knife, I clean the fur away from the meat. Then I cut the rabbit meat into strips and put it into the smaller pot of water. I add some carrots Alice had stashed away, and a few turnips that I have found on my own, and an onion. While everything is cooking, I take a large pail of hot water to where Angela is sitting on a bench in the kitchen and help her clean her legs and knees. Yes, I’m more than a little curious.

She startles me when she asks, “Why are you doing this?” I say nothing and she asks again, “Why are you doing this?”

All I can say is, “What do you mean?”

“What I mean is, why are you helping me? Why are you tending to my scrapes and my hurt ankle? Why are you cooking food for me? Why are you the first man who hasn’t tried to beat me? Or worse?”

“Is there a problem with my taking care of you, lass?”

She hesitates. “I don’t know. Nobody has ever taken any notice of me like this. Not even Da’. He’s been too busy grieving Mother to pay attention to me except to take out his anger. If my own da’ won’t pay attention to me, then why should you?”

This strikes me to my core, and I stand up in shock. The blow of those words is akin to being kicked in the gut by a horse. How can anyone so young be so wrong about life? The look of discomfort and disbelief on her face is just as hard to understand. I search for the necessary words but they escape me.

post-divider leftTour Schedule

Tuesday, November 1 – First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Wednesday, November 2 – Book Featured at I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, November 3 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

Friday, November 4 – Book Featured at As the Page Turns

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Monday, November 7 – Book Feature at Literarily Speaking

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Monday, November 14 – First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom

Tuesday, November 15 – Book Featured at The Literary Nook

Wednesday, November 16 – Book Featured at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Thursday, November 17 – Book Featured at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!

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Monday, November 21 – First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter

Wednesday, November 23 – Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge

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Monday, November 28 – Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Wednesday, November 30 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

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Monday, December 5 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, December 6 – Book Featured at A Title Wave

Thursday, December 8 – Book Featured at E-Romance News

Friday, December 9 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

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Monday, December 12 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Wednesday, December 14 – Interview at The Literary Nook

Friday, December 16 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

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Tuesday, January 3 – First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, January 4 – Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Thursday, January 5 – Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Friday, January 6 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

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Monday, January 9 – Guest Blogging at Book Cover Junkie

Tuesday, January 10 – First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, January 11 – Book Featured at Hooked From Page One

Thursday, January 12 – Guest Blogging at Dear Reader, Love Author

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Monday, January 16 – First Chapter Reveal at The Review From Here

Tuesday, January 17 – Interview at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, January 18 – Book Featured at SheWrites

Thursday, January 19 – Guest Blogging at Write and Take Flight

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Monday, January 23 – Book Featured at BlogHer

Tuesday, January 24 – First Chapter Reveal at The Book Rack

Friday, January 27 – Book Featured at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit

 

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  1. looks to be a good read! I love the name Angus!

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