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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Big update today. I recorded another podcast yesterday evening. It was with my friend John Vallis. It will be posted to YouTube. I will post the link when it is available. We have a long chat - lots in there. I hope you enjoy.
I am lucky enough to have a friend deeply entrenched in the local media scene (thanks, Katie!) I will be interviewed on On The Go with Francesca Swann this coming Wednesday on CBC, so keep your ears peeled for that. There are a few more media spots in the cooker and I will be sure to keep you up to date on that.
Finally, I've released a new short story! It is set within the world of The Yoga Trilogy and it explores a few of the characters (some who you won't see again until Book Two - The Yoga of Pain!) It is very light on the "meaning" type stuff - this is a gritty story with a bit of magic and a lot of underbelly. If you couldn't be bothered with yoga or mythology, this is the one for you. Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, is one of my favourites and a huge influence on my writing. You will definitely notice it in this one.
Parental advisory here, folks. This is raw.
We are getting there, but we have a long way to go to 750 preorders! It is still doable! Please ask your friends to have a look! Here is the way I am selling it to people:
If you're into yoga, check out my essay, Courage. If you're into mythology, read Athena. If you're into fantasy, check out The Ballad of Rolf. If you're not into any of it, stay tuned for another essay dropping soon, Majesty. I will update you when that arrives.
Many thanks and much love,