It’s Not Writer’s Block…I Swear

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It’s not Writer’s Block.

It’s not.

I swear it isn’t.

I was doing so good writing The Wings of The Fallen. I was in a groove and then the holidays came.

I thought to myself that after the holiday season was over then maybe I would get back on my writing horse, but nope. That did not happen.

It’s a curious thing really. I’ve never had any problems writing. The only time I had to stop was when I injured my neck and shoulder from writing too much.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Well, I started yoga and I have to say, I really enjoy it. Then, I decided to start meditating before yoga, just for a few minutes to loosen myself up before the strenuous stretching.

I know what people who know me well are thinking, but today I had a breakthrough.

I realized the story didn’t lose me. I lost the story. I plunged into writing without doing any outlines or any direction because I thought I had a good idea on where and how the story would go, but what I didn’t take into account was that, the story was there, but I just couldn’t see it yet.

I preach all the time about being prepared before writing, but this time for some reason I didn’t do that and now I am in a whirlpool of confusion. Where do I go? How do I begin again?

That’s when it hit me. Hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t exactly like my story or where it was going. I was having a hard time connecting to my main character and I wasn’t sure if I even cared enough to write about her.

Yes, I said it. I admit it.

But, and there’s always a but, something else came creeping into my twisted, sick writer’s mind and now I know why. I don’t want her to be the hero who slays the bad guy and rides off into the sunset with the so-called good guy. I want her to have conflict and I want her to be fierce, but insecure. I want her to make mistakes and I want her to be real.

I also have this driving force in me to do Charleston proud. I love my adopted city. It’s beautiful. Yes, it has issues like any city, but it’s my home.

So, is there such thing as a writer’s block? Yes, there is. I never gave into that myth before, but now I am a believer. What writer’s don’t tell you or admit though is that it’s not so much as a block but a lack of focus and love for their story.

We start on the path and sometimes we lose our way. We might go down some pretty shady areas. We will face what seems like insurmountable obstacles, but when we realize that our story needs to be told, we punch through those walls and get back to work. It’s a need inside of us that cannot be explained. It’s a voice or several voices that need to be heard.

Let the tiredness begin. Bring on the shoulder and neck strain because I have a story to write. It may not be the one I started, but by the time it is finished, it will be one that I love.

 

~Shannon

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Huge Book Promotion! Free Books!

Because it’s Halloween and because I am furiously writing my first book for my new series, Wings of the Fallen, I’ve decided to do a huge book promotion this weekend!

All of the first books in my series are currently free, while the other novels are also offered at a discounted rate.

What are you waiting for???

Go HERE right now!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

~Shannon

 

 

 

The Struggle has been real…

This is me. Standing on a dock, staring out at fog, and begging for it to make sense.

At least that was me…now, the fog has been lifted.

I’ve been feeling conflicted for several months now. I’ve been trying to help my boys get their company started and I also found a newfound passion for writing, and creating with them, comic book characters.

I enjoy it. It’s been a great experience. I also wrote and published The Wicked Thorn. It was a book that I felt very strongly about writing and I am so glad that I did. I also wrote my first comic book novel which just came out titled Wave.

But something has been missing. I’ve tried to get started on the second book, The Wicked Shadow, but it hit me like a ton of bricks the other night why I’ve been dragging my feet.

It’s not my book to write.

So, in a SeppinRek staff meeting consisting of me and my sons, I gave them Thorn and Jasper and to use these characters as they see fit. I also told my son Wyatt, who is a very talented writer, that he needs to write Jasper’s story since he was the one who has been excited for him since day one.

I love writing and being involved in this comic book world, but I also love writing my paranormal romance. I miss it and I have decided to keep them both separate. I’ve had a story outlined for quite some time now and I have to write it.

I’m going back to my roots in a way and the setting is in my adopted hometown of Charleston, SC. There is so much rich history here and the hauntingly beautiful area is going to be a perfect backdrop for a tale that is going to be quite epic.

Wings of The Fallen is going to combine myth and legend, good vs. evil. Mythology and ghost stories are going to intertwine to make (I hope) an unforgettable tale of discovery, adventure, and most importantly, love.

I know that I have been M.I. A. and I apologize to my fans, but I needed this time to explore other creative avenues. I’m glad I did because now I have a clearer vision of who I am and what I want to do.

I’m excited to introduce you to my new heroine and I cannot wait until you meet another character. I’m not sure if there has ever been one like him before, certainly not what being he is (sorry, not going to spoil it yet), but that’s all I can say right now.

It’s nice to be back and I look forward to keeping you updated on a more regular basis.

~Shannon

 

*If you do want to check out my comic book novel, Wave, you can click on the link below*

Books by my boys!

The Wicked Thorn is FREE!

 

I have been extremely busy writing my first comic book novel, Wave, helping my sons’ with their comic book novels and finally starting on the next book in this series, The Wicked Shadow!

I am happy to offer The Wicked Thorn for FREE over the next five days and I hope those who haven’t read it yet, enjoy this new story I have written. It’s a completely different genre from my usual paranormal romance, but I loved writing every minute of it.

Enjoy! Like! Share!

 

~Shannon

 

Free Book Weekend!

 

I am very excited to offer The Skye Trilogy FREE for the next five days! You can download with the links below. I am also beyond proud and happy that my boys are offering their first three books in their comic book series for free as well this weekend.

SeppinRek’s next two books, Brawler and Wave will be available next month. Wave was written by yours truly and I can’t wait to share the story with all of you.

Happy reading!

 

 

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Monthly Writing Update

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Yes, it’s been forever since I have written. I have no excuses except that I have been flat out busy with life. I have so much coming up in the coming months, both personal and professional, that to sit down and compose a blog post has been difficult.

So, what’s been going on…

I have been taking a break from my own writing to help my sons get their comic book novel career off the ground. The three of us have been collaborating on everything from content to book cover design. Their first book, Darq was released a month ago and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

Their next book, Rexwind, is coming out soon and they already have three, yes three books, in the fryer so to speak.

I can also announce that they have asked me to write one of their characters and I am excited, nervous, and slightly anxious. I have never written a character before that wasn’t my own creation, nor have I ever had to follow a certain storyline or writing style.

Apparently I need to keep it at around 100 pages, so this is going to be interesting.

Once I get that written, I am going to start on my next book, and I am literally bouncing up and down in my chair to write Jasper. You got to meet him in The Wicked Thorn and I can tell you that his story is extremely different from anything I have ever done.

I have another announcement to make and that is, I will be working on a second cookbook! This past winter was my first foray into the football pool world and every Sunday, Red Zone was on the t.v. and I was in the kitchen making football snacks. When Superbowl came around, my family voted on their top ten and I now have an abundance of appetizer recipes floating around that I want to share with everyone.

Oh and my boys are going to be starting college this fall…needless to say, it is going to be busy around the Barczak household.

I am also going to to be doing a huge book promotion for all of my books, so keep an eye out for that!

 

Much love~

Shannon

 

The Wicked Thorn is Released!

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Well, it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but The Wicked Thorn has been released!

This book has put me through the wringer. I had so much fun writing it, but I was also plagued with anxiety and insecurity.

I have no idea if anyone is going to like it, but I am finally getting past that worry because I actually love it and I can’t wait to write more in this genre.

Although, honestly, I’ve kind of made this genre up.

Is it first and foremost a love story? Yes!

Is it a crime romance? Sort of.

Is it a contemporary romance with crime and vigilante justice? Yes.

Do I hope that you love it as much as I do? Yes!

 

Official Blurb:

*The Wicked Thorn Strikes Again*

*A Thorn in the Mayor’s Side?*

*The Wicked Thorn Saves Family from Burning Building*

*New Task Force Assembled to Catch Boston’s Wicked Vigilante*

The headlines were screaming and the city was reeling from the appearance of a new vigilante in town!

Boston was ripe with corruption and criminal activity after the economic downturn. The police, though, had a new threat as the rise of a vigilante, nicknamed The Wicked Thorn, threatened to undermine their entire department. The masked hero was quickly gaining admirers, but could he truly save his beloved city from crime?

Bry McKenna is a best-selling young adult author that seemingly has is all going for her at such a young age. Her fans see her as a fresh voice in this genre, but in private, she is struggling to break free from her family’s overprotective, watchful eye and become more independent. As she spreads her wings, she not only finds her voice, but she also meets an intriguing, charming new man.

As her life crosses paths with The Wicked Thorn, and she becomes more entangled with vigilante justice than she ever dreamed of, will she be able to accept him and his life, or will she walk away before she in too deep?

Join Bry as she enters this foreign and violent reality. A world where vigilantes are real and the need to protect those they love are even more passionate than she could have ever imagined.

*The Wicked Thorn is intended for mature readers.*

*This book contains violence and sexual scenes not intended for a young audience.*

 

~Shannon

 

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