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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Wings of The Fallen Blurb

Just a quick post today. I am in the middle of formatting Wings of The Fallen and I thought I would share with you the blurb!

Official 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.

 

I can’t wait for you to read it!

Release date is May 1, 2018!

 

~Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update & Random Musings

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I thought I would take a moment to update everyone on what was happening here at Shannon Barczak Books.

Wings of The Fallen is currently getting ready for the final edit before formatting. It’s an exhausting, yet daunting undertaking, but I am ready for this new book to be released on May 1, 2018.

I also can announce the formal title of the series…

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Wings of The Fallen

The Huntress Chronicles Part I

Yes, The Huntress Chronicles will have three parts, but I have another announcement…

This is the start of a nine book arc.

Yup, NINE books.

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I know. Nine books and I am just hoping that you enjoy this journey I am going to take you on.

Book Two of the series, Wings of The Brave is finished and I am just adding the last touches to my first edits before sending it off into the red pen realm of my editor.

Wings of The Brave has a tentative release date of July 1, 2018.

The third book in the series… Wings of The Warrior has already been written and planned out in my head. I just need to do a quick outline and get started on the small task of transferring the story from brain to computer.

The book cover will be revealed shortly and I will release the blurb for book one next week.

What else….?

I am also editing and adding my own touches to the first ensemble comic book novel by SeppinRek.  As some of you are aware, my sons own a fledgling comic book novel company and I contributed to their first phase of their new series.

We have been working on and discussing this next book for quite some time. It has been a labor of love for us all and I am beyond proud, and excited, to even witness this amazing collaboration, much less be a part of it.

It’s a ridiculously busy time. The boys are about to enter their final weeks of their first year at college and the stress level over exams are at their peak.

(EEK)

And my daughter is also entering a new phase as she graduates elementary school and goes on to middle school in a little over a month.

(Double EEK)

I think the reason I decided to take on the humongous task of a nine book series is because I have a burning desire to keep myself busy within the world of fantasy,

The real world is too much to contemplate and move about in at the moment.

So…anyway…LOL.

Next week, book cover reveals and the blurb for the first novel. I cannot wait for you all to read this book. I am obsessed with the characters and this series as a whole.

I just hope you will be as well!

 

~Shannon

 

 

Wings of The Fallen Release Date

I am excited to announce that the Wings of The Fallen will be released on May 1, 2018!

I chose that particular date because it is one of my favorite days of the year. It was the day my twin boys were born and so it seems only fitting for the first book of my new series to be released into this world.

Everyone keeps asking me what the book is about and I’ve been a bit secretive, probably more so than any other book I’ve written. I think it’s because this story went through several different changes before I got it just right.

I will say right now that it is set in my adopted home town of Charleston, SC.

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Charleston is a beautiful city. It is a thriving town filled with stunning architecture, rich history, and interesting people. The narrow streets and alleyways are filled with the secrets. The indigenous palmetto trees line the sidewalks and the eerily stunning oaks are still scattered throughout the city’s landscape.

But in my story, it’s what lies beneath that is more fascinating and dangerous.

It is also a story which (once again) features heavily on Greek Mythology.

Okay…maybe just one more hint.

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I can’t wait for you to meet the new characters and I hope you come to love them as much as I have over these last few months. I am already knee-deep into the second book in the series and I do have a sneak peek at the cover.

Wings of The Brave!

Before you ask, yes there is a name for the series and no, I am not announcing it just yet because it might reveal too much of the story.

Be sure to check back soon for the Wings of The Fallen book blurb!

 

~Shannon

 

Introducing Wings of The Fallen Book Cover

I am so excited to announce that the rough draft for my new book, Wings of The Fallen, is done!

Yes, it took me a bit to finish the book and I recently wrote about my struggles with writer’s block, but I persevered and won.

I recently described my journey to a friend and the only analogy I could think of using was in terms of a relationship.

You see, it started off great. We had a few dates, got to know each other a bit, and then for some inexplicable reason, things cooled off. A few months went by, we reconnected, and fell madly, deeply in love.

Over a two-week time period, I became completely obsessed with my story.  I could barely carry on a conversation with anyone and every song I heard pertained to my book in one way or another. I ate, slept, and breathed this book.

It was like heaven to feel that way again.

I am now starting the dreaded edit and revision nightmare that all of us authors have to go through, but as always, I am happy to start.

By the end, I will be frustrated, tired, and most likely crying.

But that’s the life we chose, right?!

I am beyond proud and thrilled to share my new book cover with you. My son, Ethan, of SeppinRek Entertainment, hated my original cover, so he made a new one, and absolutely nailed it!

It fits perfectly with my story.

And before you ask…yes, it will be the first book in my new series.

I haven’t decided on what to name it as of yet, but I have narrowed it down to a few choices. I will be revealing the book blurb and possibly, maybe, the first chapter very soon!

 

~Shannon

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