Born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Andrew Marc Rowe grew up with a kind introspective lawyer for a father and a warm outgoing sports enthusiast for a mother. He has three siblings, all born within eight years of each other, and the quartet remains close to this day. Despite his mother's best efforts to get him out of the house, he spent most of his free childhood time locked in a basement dungeon with fantasy books, video games and a small tight-knit circle of friends.
When adulthood struck, Andrew gradually began coming out of his shell, traveling to locales as far flung as France, Germany, and South Korea before finally returning home to buckle down and pursue a law degree. All was not well in the realm, however, for upon completion of law school, Andrew found himself in a downward spiral of anxiety and depression.
Andrew's trail upwards began in earnest after a pair of life-changing trips to Peru sent him on a return mission to repair the parts of his life that were broken. His journey culminated in marriage to his soulmate, Ashley, and the birth of his daughter, Iris.
His first three books, The Yoga Trilogy, are Andrew's attempt to marry the thematic threads of the fantasy and mythology he so loved in his youth with the spiritual fiction and yogic philosophy that provided the respite he so sorely needed in his adult years. When he was a child, the former, like the works of Homer and J.R.R. Tolkien, allowed magic and adventure to flow into his world, giving life colour by dint of the strength of his imagination. The latter, like the works of Paulo Coelho, Hermann Hesse, and, well, Patanjali, were balm for his soul during those darker days. His humble intention with his work is to create a colourful chimera of adventure, magic, and spirituality.
$13 The Bardic Transmission
A digital copy of the book and my eternal gratitude for helping to make this dream a reality!
YOU DO NOT GET A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK WITH THIS TIER
$20 The Scroll
A physical copy of The Yoga of Strength when it is published! You will also receive a digital copy of the book.
1 copy + ebook included
$25 The Tome
A signed copy of the book! Who knows, it might be worth something someday. ;-) You will also get a sticker of the cover and a digital copy of the book.
1 copy + ebook included
$60 The Trinity
Three signed copies of the book! You will also get a 10x13 art print of the cover signed by me with a personal message!
3 copies + ebook included
$100 The Loremaster
5 signed copies of the book! I will also write a short fairy tale or myth about a popular figure of your choosing! The figure must be in the public domain (think Hercules, Robin Hood, Loki) and we will collaborate on certain aspects of the story, at my discretion. We will make sure the process is fun! I will retain all rights to the story. You will also receive all of the lower level tier rewards (digital copy, signed print, sticker, and acknowledgement)!
5 copies + ebook included
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$200 The Librarian
10 signed copies of the book! You will get a t-shirt! You will also receive all of the lower level tier rewards (digital copy, signed print, sticker, acknowledgement, and short story collaboration)!
10 copies + ebook included
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$400 The Honour and Wisdom
20 signed copies of the book! You will also receive all of the lower level tier rewards (t-shirt, short story collaboration, sticker, signed print, digital copy of the book, mention in acknowledgements section) plus a 10 x 13 plaque mounted print of the cover!
20 copies + ebook included
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$500 The Faithful
25 signed copies of the book! You will get all of the previous items (t-shirt, short story collaboration, sticker, plaque-mounted print, signed print, digital copy of the book mention in the acknowledgements section) plus the author will cook you a curry dinner to eat with him at his house! He has been told that his curry rivals the professional stuff (or the people he cooks for blow smoke - you decide!)
25 copies + ebook included
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“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius
One of the central themes of The Yoga of Strength is honour. The colour yellow, the shade of the cloak that the Yellow Knights wear on their backs – that is the hue of honour.
What is honour? Why does it matter? What does it mean to be a good person? These are questions that have been answered countless times over in a countless number of ways. This is because all of the answers to these questions come from within. Only you can define honour. And it is recognized by all. Honour speaks to our soul. When we see someone act honourably, we are happy, we encourage it, we get goosebumps.
It takes courage to live an honourable life. This courage resides deep in your soul. Courage itself is love in action – it is the decision to throw fear to the wayside and follow your heart, no matter the consequences. When you pierce the veil of reality, you see fear for what it is: a shadowy signpost that lights the way.
As part of proposal process for The Yoga of Strength, I entered a contest called Mind Body Science. This is a competition to get the most preorders and run the best campaign. There are two cash prizes of $500.00 US and they both can be won by the same campaign. The link can be found here:
There is no question that I would love to win both the prizes.
Currently, I am competing with two other book proposals for top three in the competition. They are for Love You Vibe by Matt Omo and Effortless by Bas Snippert. You can find Matt’s proposal here:
You can find Bas’ proposal here:
I would ask that you go and have a look at their book proposals. If they speak to you, please preorder a copy and support them. I just preordered a copy of each of their books and wished them the best of luck.
We are early days in the month. The end of August might roll around and one of Matt or Bas beats me by a single preorder.
I have a fixed budget for advertising. The money I used could have been applied to Facebook ads or to flyers or to improving on my campaign in some way. It is well within the realm of possibility that those dollar mean that I hit the 750 preorder threshold and having done this may have hamstrung me to some extent.
You might be saying, “Andrew, that is completely counter-productive! Why would you support the ‘enemy’ at your own expense?”
This notion of separation, that there is any difference between me, you, Matt, or Bas – these are all illusions that rule the world. In yogic philosophy, the term for these illusions is ‘maya.’ All of the illusions of separateness: race, creed, nationality, sexuality, age, species, even – these are all tests that have been placed before us. We pass the tests by not giving in, by standing up and saying: “I don’t believe in you” – and acting accordingly.
They are in fact illusions. All maya. It takes great courage to dive off the cliff, to say to yourself: “This person is my sister or brother or sibling. They are me in another body. I see no separation, so I will give in to no illusion of separation.”
We should all love, respect, and support each other, no matter who we are. Live our truths and stand tall. Give when the giving “hurts.”
That, to me, is true honour.