Cedar Rapids, IA, November 10, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- The setting couldn’t have been more perfect when author Eyad Yehyawi learned his book had earned a Literary Award of Excellence from Dog Ear Publishing: He was at his farm bowhunting. “Crimson Arrows: A Bowhunting Odyssey” details Yehyawi’s journey as a bowhunter. Its 27 stories describe the emotions, heartbreaks and successes from his days as a boy in Iowa to challenging backcountry hunts in Alaska and Canada, an unforgettable African safari, and instilling his love of hunting and the outdoors into his own children.
“I remember being surprised and excited (about the award), but at the same time extremely proud as I had put so much time and emotions into the manuscript,” Yehyawi said. “My family has always been supportive and knew I had been working on this book for a number of years. I think they were more excited than I was, so it was nice to share the news with them and see this dream come to fruition.”
Dog Ear Publishing’s editorial team determines Award of Literary Excellence winners, with the managing editor, editorial services manager and the publisher reviewing its recommendations.
In writing the book, Yehyawi aimed to describe the true emotions bowhunters experience, “whether it be the mental and physical aspects, or the setbacks and successes,” he said. “I hope this manuscript will dispel many ‘myths’ about hunting and show how deeply we care about the outdoors and wildlife in general. For true outdoorsmen, hunting is a process. Preparation, long hours in the field, observing and respecting all forms of wildlife – and perhaps having only one opportunity a year – is what draws us back each season.”
Dog Ear editor Leslie Wilhelm Hatch had high praise for it. “‘Crimson Arrows’ is perhaps one of the most well-written and interesting books I have read for Dog Ear Publishing. The author has an incredible way of engaging the reader's senses such that you feel as if you are right there with him as he is bowhunting. I really felt both his emotions and the physical conditions based on his descriptive narrative. I really think this has potential for wide appeal as well – it's not just a story about bowhunting but about nature, animal behavior, and physical and psychological challenges.”
Bowhunter magazine editor Curt Wells writes that Yehyawi’s writing “serves as a clear window into the mindset of a bowhunter who treasures every exhilarating aspect of the pursuit of big game with a bow and arrow, right down to the smallest detail.”
Yehyawi said his two boys inspired the book. “I wanted them to one day understand my passions and what drove me into the fields and forests. There was so much I wanted to tell them, along with family and friends, regarding the emotions and challenges bowhunters experience. However, when I tried to share these thoughts – I could never convey my emotions or experiences in full.”
“I have always loved the written word, so I tried to express myself through these stories. I hope after reading this book, readers are inspired to chase their dreams and pursue adventures of their own – no matter the endeavor. ‘Crimson Arrows’ is as much about chasing dreams as it is bowhunting.”
The author knows something about dreams: He battled back from a stroke in 2005 and began writing his first book, “Transformation: Unlock Your True Potential.” “The stroke was from a congenital heart defect and really had me in a dark place after the incident,” he said. “I had a great deal I wanted to say, and writing the book became a form of therapy.”
From there, he began writing nutrition and weight-training articles for bodybuilding.com and articles about bowhunting, eventually writing nearly two dozen articles for Bowhunt America, Bowhunter and Bow & Arrow Hunting magazines.
Writing “Crimson Arrows” had its own challenges, such as putting his emotions into words while still capturing the reader’s attention. “I wanted to describe the emotions and experiences but, at the same time, I tried to keep the attention on the story – not ‘losing the forest for the trees,’ so to speak,” he said. “Another challenge was conveying how grateful I was to those who helped me along the way, along with the opportunities I've been blessed with. Hopefully the writing shows how much these individuals and the outdoors mean to me.”
Yehyawi also praised the artistic skills of Kathy Marlin for her work on the cover, and for all those who helped him through the years. He plans to work with Dog Ear Publishing on a promotional event near Christmas and is promoting the book on social media and via bowhunting forums. He said he had an “incredible experience” working with Dog Ear. “I had an idea and image of what I wanted this book to look like, and they never once told me it was unrealistic or that it wasn’t possible. They worked hard to help me realize this dream and for that I am truly grateful.”
“Crimson Arrows: A Bowhunting Odyssey” is available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
Crimson Arrows: A Bowhunting Odyssey
Eyad H. Yehyawi
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5599-2 262 pages $27.95 US