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Happy New Year!

I just realized that we are already halfway through the first month of the year. I vowed that I would post more on my blog this year and I am going to keep that promise!

So, what’s been going on at Shannon Barczak Books?

Well, quite a bit actually.

I am so excited to share with you that I am writing my second short novel for my sons’ comic book company, SeppinRek, and boy, have they entrusted me to not only introduce a new character, but an awesome story. I really think that readers of my work will enjoy the book because it focuses on magic.

Yes, I get to introduce magic into their comic universe and I am running with it. The character itself is definitely a bit dark (Wait until you read what I did to be a would-be rapist…my boys cringed) and I have embraced this vigilante with open arms. I love writing him, but what I am really enjoying is twisting the tale towards magic…and of course, a great love…who just happens to be a powerful, beautiful Elf.

Yup, right in my wheelhouse.

I am going to dive into her story right after and I am thrilled to be doing a project that is a bit different. It’s also been fun which I desperately needed after writing Wings of The Warrior. That book put me through the emotional wringer and I needed a break.

The next series I am going to be writing, featuring everyone’s favorite alcohol swilling vampire Rafe, will be Seeds of the Damned. The book is in development and I have chapter outlines started for the story. I have decided to make Hattie’s quest for her freedom quite a trial, but it should be fun and I can’t wait to share more details with you in the future.

I also have new book covers I want to help design for my earlier books and I also want to reformat them, so…yeah, it’s going to be a busy year. I want to thank those that have reached out to me on Facebook, Twitter and email. You’re kind support means the world to me.

A quote from one of the most influential authors of my childhood to help us all this new year…

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~Shannon

 

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Wings of The Warrior is Released!

I am beyond thrilled and excited to announce the release of Wings of The Warrior, book three in The Huntress Chronicles.

You can download or purchase the print version below.

Blurb:

The epic and stunning conclusion to The Huntress Chronicles!

Sloane Bowman came to Charleston, SC to start a new life, but what she found was so much more than she could ever imagine. Her entrance into this exciting world has already been quite eventful. She has trained to embrace her natural huntress Greek roots, slayed various monsters, gone into the boughs of hell to save her fierce vampire lover, and now she has been captured by the vicious demon of chaos.

Cristiano will stop at nothing to bring her home, but time is running out and the hope that Sloane will come through this ordeal unscathed is lost in one brief, horrific moment.

Cristiano and Sloane will both have to walk down a path of unspeakable violence and insanity as they fight not only Mania, but a battle within themselves. Their love is tested at every turn. Can they ever be who they once were, or will all be lost as the deeds from their past darken their lives forever?

 

 

 

 

Free Book Weekend! Wings of The Fallen & Wings of The Brave

Because it’s almost Christmas and because Wings of The Warrior, the third book in The Huntress Chronicles is being released, I have decided to offer, for the first time, Wings of The Fallen and Wings of The Brave for free!

You can click on the links below!

 

 

Wings of The Warrior Release Date

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It feels like forever but I am happy to announce that the third book in The Huntress Chronicles, Wings of The Warrior, will be released on December 20, 2018!

I am polishing up the final edits right now and I must admit this book was extremely emotional for me to write. I don’t want to delve into the story too much right now but it definitely pushed me to the limits. I think as a writer, we inevitably, get wrapped up in our character’s story. Their thoughts and feelings are intertwined with our own and when you are writing violence and insanity, it can get quite overwhelming.

I cannot wait for you to read the conclusion of Sloane’s and Cristiano’s story. I can tell you though they will be back in the next series.

That’s all the hints I’m giving to you right now!

 

~Shannon

Wings of The Warrior Update: Dreams vs. Reality

I had a dream…well, more like  a daydream filled with hope. I had a goal to publish the third book of this series, Wings of The Warrior: The Huntress Chronicles III  on October 31, 2018.

You know…twenty-two days from now?!

Unfortunately, what I did not plan on was the effect this book was going to have on me. It’s hard to explain without giving away the plot of the third book, but the emotional toll that writing this story has taken me by surprise.

I didn’t realize when I wrote out the chapter outlines just how much more darker this book was than perhaps I had originally planned. I’ve been following my outline, but like most stories, I am a slave to the organic nature of storytelling which occurs when you start the writing process. No matter how many hours that you have spent planning your book, sometimes it can take on a life of its own.

The story has evolved into something so much more than I had originally thought. When you have to visualize and then write violence and insanity, it wears on your soul. I am physically exhausted after writing almost every chapter. It has been cathartic though in a strange, twisted way.

But it has been a slow process. I wish I could churn this book out in a few weeks, but that is not going to happen. Not only is it a strain on me, but I am not rushing to finish a book just to meet a deadline. My readers deserve more than that and as a writer, I want this story to be the best that I can produce.

There’s also a set-up factor involved as well. I have stated previously that this is just the start of a nine book series and I have to sprinkle in those little seeds (That’s a huge hint by the way for the next series title!) for my readers and get them excited for what is to come.

I suppose I am writing this blog post more for myself than anyone else. I don’t know why this book is pulling me apart at the emotional seams.  Maybe because it’s not really from my main character’s point of view (another hint) and I have to describe what is happening from entirely different prospective, but it also has to make the reader aware of what is going on with the heroine.

Does that make sense?

As I sit here now, almost three-fourths of the way through Wings of The Warrior, I have realized that this series has put me through the wringer. I have experienced every type of emotion writing these three books and I don’t regret that one bit.

I hope that my readers enjoy this story because I am putting my heart and soul into this one. It’s all laid out there for the world to read. I’ve always said that I write for myself. I am amazed and grateful when people write and compliment me. Your kind words mean the world to me and I assure you, I am writing this book as quickly as possible.

I am now shooting for a Thanksgiving weekend release and I promise, pinky swear, that I will try and update the blog more!

~Shannon

 

 

Wings of The Brave is Released!

 

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I am pleased to announce that the second book in The Huntress Chronicles, Wings of The Brave has been released!

You can click on the link below to download or purchase a print copy of this new release!

 

Book Description:

Enter a world of Greek Myth and Legend…

Sloane Bowman has only been doing this huntress gig for a few months, but already she has lost a dear friend and the man she loves in the boughs of hell and now she is determined to find them, so she can safely bring them back home to Charleston.

The only problem is that she has no idea where the entrance to the three hells beneath the United States is located and to top it off, she now has a new, dangerous enemy.

Her two grandfathers, Hercules and Apollo, can’t help her and her Aunt Artemis is busy on a hunt. Her team consists of her newfound family, an angst ridden teenage ghost, a know-it-all vegetarian ogre and an annoying, albeit handsome, alcohol swilling vampire who are helping her search for clues. Will she be able to navigate the treacherous tunnels of hell or will a threat from long ago threaten to tear her entire world apart?

 

Behind The Scenes:

Writing this book was a complete joy. I couldn’t wait to get started and I finished the rough draft in less than a month. When the idea to separate Sloane and Cristiano came to mind, I kind of ran with it, and came up with the idea to do an adventure story in a sense.

I loved introducing and teasing an extremely dangerous and unhinged villain who is going to be quite a foe in the next story. I am also presenting to my readers a few very key characters that will play important roles in the next series, which will be connected to The Huntress Chronicles.

While this book was fun to write, I have to admit after doing the chapter outlines for the third and final novel, I am fully aware of the dreaded emotional roller coaster that I am going to put myself and my readers through. I can only ask that you have faith in the story and the characters!

Wings of The Warrior, book three in The Huntress Chronicles, will be released in October and I am excited to unveil the book cover!

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Thanks to all my readers for their continued support. I read each and every comment and email. I love to hear from you and I hope you enjoy this new book and series!

 

~Shannon

 

 

Wings of The Fallen is Released!

I am excited to announce that Wings of The Fallen, the Huntress Chronicles Part I, has been officially released!

I’m also happy that I finally feel comfortable enough to discuss this book. I think every author can become protective over their work and since I went through a bit during the writing process with this one, it’s been almost cathartic to see it finished.

This particular story popped into my head after I moved back to Charleston, SC. I wanted to set a series in my adopted hometown and the minute I started to brainstorm, the story slowly came to fruition.

That was over three years ago.

Unfortunately, I kept pushing this project to the side. The Hidden Realm Series became more of a pressing priority and I can honestly say that I wasn’t quite ready to write Wings of The Fallen just yet.

When I did start writing, I am ashamed to admit that I lost the story after a few chapters. I had to step away and I realize now it was because I needed some time off from writing altogether.

After a few months though, the words flowed and the entire book came together exactly how I wanted it to emerge. Not only did the first trilogy wove itself perfectly in my brain, but the idea for two more trilogies also sprung from my mind.

For a writer to lose their way and have doubts they will ever write again, make no mistake, it is traumatic, but also humbling. I think this is why I have felt so protective of this story and why I haven’t wanted to talk about too much.

The first book is simply about a woman finding herself. She was lost in grief and then she is overwhelmed with startling truths. If you take away the magic and mythology, this is what the story boils down to in a nutshell.

Through trial and error, Sloane finds herself and also discovers just how strong she really is as she journeys on this remarkable path.

I am beyond happy and excited to share with you the start of her story. I have become slightly obsessed with these characters and I hope you will as well!

Blurb:

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates

Sloane Bowman has left everything she has ever known behind. After her mother and father were both killed in a mysterious accident, she flees her home, searching for peace in her grief-stricken state of mind and shattered soul. Almost immediately, she encounters two strangers who point her in the direction of Charleston, SC.

The historic city intrigues her, but before she can catch her breath, a long-forgotten person from the past reveals himself to her and her life is turned even more upside down. Sloane finds herself plunged into a world of incredible myths and ancient legends. A world she had only ever read about in books was now her reality.

The truth about who her parents were in a former life and what this means for herself, overwhelms and distresses her at first, but she conquers those fears and she must not only accept her lineage, but also her fate.

Her newfound family provides her with the help and support she desperately needs, but a devastatingly handsome and dangerous vampire challenges her at every turn. Sloane discovers not only who she is meant to be, but also the true meaning of trust and faith as she navigates down this treacherous new path.

 

You can purchase the e-book or the paperback version (or both!) below!

Welcome to Charleston and I hope you enjoy the Holy City and all that lies beneath it as much as I do!

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980915008/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524570132&sr=1-2&keywords=wings+of+the+fallen

 

~Shannon

 

 

 

 

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