Author Wayne Grant is back with “Warbow” (CreateSpace), the second in his Saga of Roland Inness historical fiction series.
“I began the Saga of Roland Inness all the way back in 2000 as a serial bedtime story for my two sons, who were 9 and 7 at the time,” he says. “Those stories, of a boy with his longbow, became the first novel in the series.”
Sales of “Longbow” (CreateSpace), have been steadily climbing, Grant says. “To my own surprise, the book took off in December and combined sales of ‘Longbow’ and ‘Warbow’ are now over 26,000 and growing.”
He says he will publish the third title in the four-book series later this year. “I have been pretty overwhelmed by the response, particularly in the UK. … In April, I traveled to England and Wales for a small book tour that took me to many of the locations featured in ‘Longbow’ and ‘Warbow.’”
“Warbow” continues the coming-of-age story as Roland Inness follows his knight to the Third Crusade. There, Roland sees the ugly face of war and tests his mettle.
“All in all, it has been a head-spinning nine months,” Grant says.
A West Point graduate, Grant is a long-time resident of Raleigh. After a career in government and consulting, he is now a full-time writer.
“Nail It: Breaking into the Black Elite” (Seamare Press), by Shonette Charles, examines the progress African-Americans have made in the New South and the racial struggles and class issues that still exist. Set in the fictional town of Fairchester, N.C., “Nail It” follows Sahara and Noah Kyle, exposing the world of exclusive social clubs and black fraternities and sororities. The novel is the first for Raleigh resident Charles, a graduate of Harvard University.
“Leap in the Dark” (Koehler Books) by Emmanuel Ngwainmbi is the story of an African student who struggles to find a balance between liberation from his culture and the true beauty of his heritage. Tito leaves his poor, polygamous family in Africa to chase his dreams in America, where he struggles to fit into Nixon’s America, redefining his identity while battling discrimination and seeking validation from his own people.
Ngwainmbi, who has taught at universities in Africa, Asia and the United States, often writes about romance and cross-cultural issues. He lives in Charlotte.
Author Sheila Kay Adams will talk about “My Old True Love” (Ballantine Books) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Adams is a seventh-generation mountain balladeer whose novel marries her love of music with her story-telling gifts.
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