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Favorite Books From Childhood

When I was growing up, my most favorite place in the world was to go to the library. It was the best day of the week for me. I think at some point, I had read every book in the children’s section of our small-town library.

There was just something so magical about going there to me. Looking back now, I guess that’s where I started dreaming of becoming a writer. To have a book on the shelves with my name on the cover was just too fantastical to even imagine when I was young.

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This is a picture of my library in the very small and quaint Maine town that I grew up in. It doesn’t look like much on the outside and you can’t see the extension in the back. I still can recall the squeaky wooden floor and the front door that always stuck when you entered the building. There was another room that served as the archives and a smaller room for the more current and modern books.

But at the rear, there was one long part which was the children’s section. I can still smell the old parchment and somewhat musty fragrance that was always in the air.

I read recently that the town was getting a new building and my heart sunk a little. This place shaped me in so many ways and I do not think I will ever forget it.

I suppose that’s what prompted me to write this blog post. I started thinking about growing up and what I liked to read. I had such a great time trying to remember all the books I loved. I felt like I was discovering them all over again.

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I still can picture myself reading this book and feeling the wonder of Shel Silverstein.


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Forget Cinderella.  Snow-White and Red-Rose was my absolute favorite fairy tale book.

Goodness, does anyone still read this story?


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Elves and Fairies. A collection of poems and an introduction to all sorts of magical creatures. Brownies, Pixies. I adored it.


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I loved Raggedy Ann. I still have my doll from when I was little. My daughter was somewhat freaked out by it, but I have kept my raggedy doll for purely sentimental reasons. I suppose nowadays, dolls are far more prettier and more elaborate.

I also think my mother dressed me up as Raggedy Ann for Halloween…

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I adored Holly Hobbie and I also think for a short time, my room when I was little might have been fashioned after this character.

Shabby chic. My mother was ahead of the curve.


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Three Little Kittens have lost their mittens…

I’m allergic to cats and honestly, I’m just more of a dog person, but for some strange reason, I remember reading this book all the time.

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I read this books dozens of times. A young witch going to a school for witches… Anna Elizabeth Bennett was truly a visionary in my humble opinion.

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Tiny people living in a house and borrowing from the big people. Once again, another highly imaginative and amazing story for young minds.

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I admit, I saw the movie (the real movie-you know with Gene Wilder who was so awesome and somewhat creepy) first. I made a special trip just to check out the book.


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Oh, Narnia…how you shaped so much of my young mind and also captured my imagination. I began a lifetime habit of always checking closets and wardrobes for a path to an enchanted forest.

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I have a memory of reading this book. It was in the summertime, and I was out in my tree house, basking in the shade on a rather hot day. There was not even a hint of a breeze in the air and my mother was yelling at my older brother Mike to mow the lawn.

I have no idea where that memory came from. I also can recall watching the PBS miniseries when I was thirteen or so. I absolutely loved it and I dreamed of visiting Prince Edward Island and frolicking on the red sand.

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Full disclosure: My brother Kerry made me read this.

I didn’t want to. I did not think it was my kind of book, but oh, how the shire came to life for me and the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and of course, the wizard, Gandalf, made me hungry for more.

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Okay. Let’s get this out of the way. In middle school, I was obsessed with Sweet Valley High. I read every book numerous times and I was the girl, not in the library, but at the book store begging my mom for more, especially when a new one was released.

I outgrew them in high school, but I still remember my obsessiveness over this rather impressive collection of stories.

What were some of your favorites?



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.



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

Books by my boys!

Monthly Writing Update


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~



Extra! Extra!



Yes, it has been forever since I have posted anything. I can tell you though, that I have been working like a mad woman over the past several weeks, and I can finally share some exciting news.

My entire body of work will be available in print!

Amazon is now printing my books for me and I have spent many days (and nights) editing and formatting my first trilogy. I just received the paperbacks and I am beyond happy to see them in print.

I also worked on new book covers with Seppin over at SeppinRek and I am in love with how they look.




You can go here to purchase the print versions!



I am also thrilled to announce that my new book The Wicked Thorn is almost done!!!

This book has been a huge departure for me and I have loved every minute of writing, and editing. I cannot wait to share with you my new series on vigilantes and I hope…like really, really, hope, that you will be just as consumed by them as I am at the moment.

I will let you know more as the release date (2/14/2017) draws near about the story and I am also happy to say that I will be doing an interview about The Wicked Thorn on SeppinRek.

I think I even scammed a podcast interview so that is sure to be amusing.

Happy reading!





Making the Superhero Leap



“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates


“Where have you been?

“What have you been up to?”

“Are you writing?”

When is your next book coming out?”


Jeez, you take a few months off…

I’m joking. It actually warms my heart to receive emails or Facebook messages asking me if I’m okay and what’s been going on with me. To put it simply, I have 17 year old twin boys who are graduating next May and those that have been through the dreaded senior year of high school with your child, know exactly what I’m talking about.

Senior pictures, college campus tours, pouring over course catalogs, starting the application process, and of course the fantastic forms known as FAFSA…times 2 for me, which is just awesome.

I told my husband that I was going to focus on them and that’s what I have been doing up until last week or so.

I couldn’t help it. The laptop was calling and I started on my next novel The Wicked Thorn. It took me a few days to write the first chapter, which is unusual for me, but I powered through and got it done.

Now I can’t stop and to be honest, I don’t want to stop. I’m scared and excited to write this book because it is unlike anything I have ever written and it’s also unlike anything out there on the market.

Why are you switching genres and writing about superheroes some may ask? I am finally here to tell you why.

Get comfy.

My boys have been obsessed with superheroes since they were four. I always thought it was a stage they would grow out of like most kids, but I was very wrong. In the sixth grade my son Ethan told me he wanted to be a writer and forgive me, but I kind of blew him off. I just didn’t think he knew what he really wanted to be and I pushed him to explore another avenue of interest…he ignored this advice of course, and I am grateful he did.

A few years later, his freshmen year in high school to be exact, we had a life changing moment. It was an ordinary day. He and I were alone in the car going shopping and out of nowhere he started to talk to me about his passion for writing, most importantly, writing about superheroes.

I had no clue as he rambled on for 45 minutes just how much thought he had put into his plans and I was taken aback by the fact he had not only created comic book characters that were pretty cool, but he had dreamed up a whole comic universe with different phases.

One year later, his twin brother Wyatt expressed an interest in joining his brother on his path to world comic book domination, complete with games and hopefully in the distant future, movies.

And so SeppinRek Entertainment was born.

Not many people know, but I am the world’s most underpaid secretary. I help write and edit all of their articles, answer emails, e.t.c, but what I also do is participate in daily conversations about comic books, movies, games and so much more.

What started out as a passing interest to maintain a relationship with my growing young men turned into a major focus of my life. I can’t escape it because I am immersed in it on a daily basis.

Every single person marvels at my relationship with my boys. Yes, we are ridiculously close and we spend a lot of time together. My daughter is also now fully interested and she plans on working for her brothers one day with her own line of superhero girls.

My husband thinks we’re all geeks, but he’s trying to get into it as much as he can.

Switching genres from paranormal romance to I-Have-No-Idea-What-To-Even-Call-It, contemporary romance/superhero novel(?) is a big leap for me and yes, I am scared to death it is going to crash and burn.

But I am also extremely excited and the best part is, I have two experts living under my roof who have actually encouraged me and been my greatest inspirations. We have sat together and thrown ideas around for months.

Not only has my new journey down this path been incredible, but my sons have also started their writing adventure. Ethan is only a few chapters away from being finished with his first graphic novel, but Wyatt finished his last week.

He wouldn’t let me read it when he was writing and the other night he FINALLY let me read 2 whole pages.

I burst into tears when I was finished. His writing blew me away, but it was the fact that my son, my little superhero (as we used to call Wyatt since he was always the first to do everything) wrote a book.

I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it.

The Wicked Thorn is not just my next book. It’s my new lease on life and I owe it all to my boys. I had planned to do a trilogy, but now I am not going to limit myself to just 3 books. I may conjure up a few more superheroes, who knows?






Summer 2015



I had many plans for this summer in regards to writing. I was going to finish book two of my new series and get started on the third  book. I was also exploring with the idea of a newsletter and I was truly going to focus on marketing.

All those plans went out the window when my twin boys passed their drivers license test. I’m not sure how to put it into words, but this time honored act of impending teenage freedom put me into a funk.

I don’t want to say that I’ve had writer’s block because I have my outlines all done. The story synopsis for all six books have been floating in my head for awhile, but something held me back and that something was an all knowing sense that this was the last summer my boys would be home for any length of time.

They’re sixteen. A minute ago they were six, I swear. I think the driven writer in me shut down and the protective mama kicked into overdrive. We binged on Netflix and went to the movies. I dragged one of them food shopping with me every week. We stalked Comic Con online for all the big announcements and trailers. I wanted to spend every last precious minute with them and I do not regret it one bit.

I am also beyond excited to announce another project and this one involves my sons.

About five years ago, my son Ethan, announced he wanted to make video games. Like any mother, I rolled my eyes and muttered “You and every other young boy.” I tried to be patient for this stage to pass, but to my horror it did not.

When my other son Wyatt announced last year that he and Ethan were going into business together, I was shocked. Wyatt had always been Ivy league bound and he was going to explore the world of Archaeology.

Then something magical happened. The two of them stood in their Guidance Counselor’s office and started bouncing ideas of each other in quick succession. That’s when I realized, not only was this real, but they had put a lot of thought into this project.

They had a business plan and when Ethan started telling me about all the characters he had been dreaming up for years, I listened with awe.

This kid knows what he’s talking about. He has each different phase planned out and he has background stories that put mine to shame. They both agreed to start off with writing a comic book first and they started a storyboard this summer. Wyatt is looking into graphics, while Ethan focuses on story development.

They even started their own website and it will feature their journey, as well as game reviews, movie trailers, movies, and comic analysis. Ethan even designed the logo for their company:




I am so proud that I can barely contain myself. I know that they are shooting high and it is going to require a ton of work, but I believe in them.

Summer vacation is almost over. The kids start school next week and the craziness of life will begin. I know that I didn’t get any of my writing goals done, but what I did accomplish was a deeper relationship with all three of my children and for that I am thankful.

The Fairyland Queen is almost halfway done and I now have a hankering to finish the first draft. The series as a whole is starting to excite me again and I look forward to being back in the land of writing.

Check out my boys website. They’re just getting started, but I guarantee it will be a hit and who knows, maybe someday SeppinRek will be as big as DC or Marvel.

To be honest, I think it will be bigger…but I’m their mom so I have to say that!


Twenty Questions


I just received an email from a loyal reader who wanted to know if I would answer twenty questions for her. I was more than happy to respond and I had a lot of fun answering them so I thought I would share it on my blog for all my readers to see!

1) Hair up or down?

Down, except when it is ridiculously hot.

2) Jeans or Yoga’s?


3) Painted or unpainted nails?

Painted toe nails, unpainted nails.

4) Favorite color?

Black and red.

5) T-shirt or Dress shirt?

Dressy t-shirt.

6) Flip Flops or Sneakers?

Flip flops. I hate sneakers.

7) Big purse or small?

Big or small, as long as it’s Coach.

8) Tattoos?

Not a one.

9) Piercings?

One in my left ear and one in my right.

10) Diamonds or pearls?

Diamonds, darling.

* It’s also my birthstone*

11) Favorite animal?

My dog Ruby and a Moose… I’m from Maine.

12) Favorite food?

Um…Food. I’m not picky.

13) Rap or Country?

Country, although I do enjoy old school rap from time to time.

14) Height?

Short… 5’3 and 1/2. That half is very important to me.

15) Watch Sports or none at all?

Love to watch sports, especially any New England team, but I do not participate due to excessive clumsiness.

16) Favorite book?

Pride & Prejudice.

17) Ocean or Lake?

I love to stare at the ocean, but I’m a lake girl all the way.

18) Google or Bing?


19) Favorite Flower?

Red roses and daisy’s.

20) Dress or Skirt?

I wear tennis skirts everyday when the temperature is over 70 degrees and since I live in South Carolina that means I’m in a skirt for about 9 months out of the year.


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