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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!

 

 

SeppinRek Titles in order:

 

Extra! Extra!

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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.

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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!

 

~Shannon

 

 

Browse and Buy Books!

Isle of Skye, Book one of the Skye Trilogy

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H1C3D9K

 

Isle of Night, Book two of the Skye Trilogy

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J9KERJC

 

Isle of Dawn, Book three of the Skye Trilogy

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LXIY9XM

 

Skye Trilogy Box Set

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LXIYA7C

 

Scrumptious Skye Confections Cookbook

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LX7OLR2

 

The Cursed Charm, Book one of The Fae Witch Series

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OY5NMCA

 

The Cursed Wand, Book two of The Fae Witch Series

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RW1NMBY

 

The Cursed Dagger, Book three of The Fae Witch Series

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UI23PTS

 

The Cursed Scepter, Book four of The Fae Witch Series

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XK41BL0

 

The Fae Witch Series Box Set

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XK6SE4K

 

The Fairy Door, Book one of The Hidden Realm Series

http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Door-Hidden-Realm-Book-ebook/dp/B0114Y9YTI/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447046977&sr=1-3&keywords=shannon+barczak

 

The Fairyland Queen, Book two of The Hidden Realm Series

http://www.amazon.com/Fairyland-Queen-Hidden-Realm-Book-ebook/dp/B015K5XUB0/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447046977&sr=1-7&keywords=shannon+barczak

 

Enchanting Wick, Book three of The Hidden Realm Series

http://www.amazon.com/Enchanting-Wick-Hidden-Realm-Three-ebook/dp/B01722CYUM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447046977&sr=1-1&keywords=shannon+barczak

 

Captivating Wick, Book four of The Hidden Realm Series

http://www.amazon.com/Captivating-Wick-Hidden-Realm-Book-ebook/dp/B017V4XI4W/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447417882&sr=1-14&keywords=shannon+barczak

Isle of Dawn Early Release!

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Twenty years ago I sat down to write a book and I failed miserably. Over the years I secretly thought about several different stories and how I would go about writing them but I never had the courage. Almost a year ago I sat down to create the story that I knew I had to get out of my head and on to the computer screen.

Today my dreams have become a reality.

I decided to release Isle of Dawn, The Skye Trilogy, and Scrumptious Skye Confections a few weeks early. To be honest, it’s been done for over a week now but I was still hesitant. I wanted to hold on to them a little bit longer. In a way, I guess, I wanted to keep this book to myself as long as possible.

Isle of Dawn is so much more to me than book three of my trilogy. It’s a culmination of  my dreams, my goals, long nights and a sense of accomplishment that I have never felt before in any thing I have ever done besides becoming a mother. This is the end of my characters journey but in reality is just the beginning for me. I don’t want to say goodbye and I have finally come to the realization that I don’t have to bid farewell to the characters I have come to know and love.

To be able to publish my books is not only a way for me to reach other readers that hopefully are like me but it is also a way for me to preserve my thoughts and my writing for me to enjoy. I can’t tell you the thrill I get seeing my name on a book cover and I hope I never become jaded enough to dismiss those butterflies that are floating in my stomach.

This project was a long time in the making and today I realized that it wasn’t so much my writing that was the project but myself as an individual.

I am a published author of a trilogy and a cookbook.

Yeah, this past year really just happened… Holy Moley!

I hope my readers enjoy the conclusion with Isle of Dawn and I really hope they love the cookbook because that was a lot of fun to write!

 

Isle of Dawn:

http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Dawn-Book-three-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LXIY9XM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405728251&sr=1-1&keywords=isle+of+dawn

 

Skye Trilogy Box Set:

http://www.amazon.com/Skye-Trilogy-Scrumptious-Confections-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00LXIYA7C/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405728068&sr=1-2&keywords=isle+of+dawn

 

Scrumptious Skye Confections Cookbook:

http://www.amazon.com/Scrumptious-Skye-Confections-Trilogy-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00LX7OLR2/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1405728314&sr=1-6&keywords=skye+trilogy

 

Isle of Night Free 7/17-7/21/2014

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I just wanted to write a quick update. I decided to take advantage of Kindle Publishing’s Free promo days for Isle of Night. The book will be available to download from 7/17-7/21/2014. I thought it would be a great chance for everyone to read book two before Isle of Dawn, book three of the Skye Trilogy, is released which is only two short weeks away!!!

I submitted a few notifications on websites that specialize in advertising Free Kindle Books and I was so excited to receive an email a few hours later from FreeBooksy saying that they were going to feature my book on the front page of their website!

They even gave me this cute little badge.

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I hope everyone enjoys the book and I am also extremely anxious to finish formatting Isle of Dawn because I am so proud of this book. I cannot wait for everyone to read it and I hope you love the story as much as I do!

You can pick up your free copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Night-Book-Skye-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J9KERJC

or here:

http://freebooksy.com/freebooks/2014/7/17/marvelous-free-kindle-books

 

Need to catch up on the Skye Trilogy? Download book one, Isle of Skye now!

http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Skye-Book-One-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00H1C3D9K/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0ME1WH0AEWE26M6DY90K

 

Book three, Isle of Dawn, will be released on July 31, 2014!

 

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June SXSW Collaboration: The End of the Beginning

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It’s over. It’s done. It’s finished. Those three phrases are almost heart wrenching when it comes to writing a trilogy. On one hand, you feel like you have accomplished something truly extraordinary while on the other you feel an immense sense of sadness. It’s hard to put into words the emotions that are running through your entire being when you finish writing a book, when you write a trilogy those feelings are magnified even more so.

Valerie and I have both finished writing our third books to our respective trilogies, and I am again amazed at how our lives are almost running in sync with one another. She was the first person I sent an email to when I finished. I knew if anyone could relate to what I was going through; it was her. A few weeks later I received an email from her telling me she had just completed her third book crying, and I understood exactly what she was feeling.

The characters in my book have been my constant companions for some time now. I not only connected with them on paper but in my heart as well. To write the words; ‘The End,’ was one of the most emotional things I have ever done. I think I was halfway into the third book when I had a sudden realization that this journey was coming to a close and for a moment I contemplated scrapping that plan and continuing the series.

I became aware though that I wasn’t doing this for the story’s sake but my own, and that’s when I knew I had to find the courage to finish writing Isle of Dawn. I owed it not only to myself, but to my readers and my characters.

I’m now into my final edits, and I still have this sense of amazement that 1) I actually wrote this book and 2) I actually finished writing a trilogy!

I suppose in a way I am feeding a monster because my next series is going to be a continuation of The Skye Trilogy. My old characters will be making sporadic appearances, but it will never be the same. I have made peace with that though, and I am finally getting excited to begin writing a fresh story with new, exciting, people and creatures that I get to dream up in my mind.

There is a part of me that’s worried. What if I don’t connect to my new characters? Do I have it in me to write four books next time instead of three? What if it sucks? What if I come down with a dreaded case of writers block?

Then there’s the other part of me that takes over and laughs at my newfound insecurities. That part is also the one that cocks her eyebrow and swears like a sailor. You can’t go through your existence with the words what if as the first words in your sentence. You have to go balls to the wall and say, “Hell ya, I can do it,” because at the end of the day being able to move forward is the only way to truly live life.

 

Valerie:

For this month’s collaboration Shannon and I decided to write about saying goodbye, to our characters. Although each of us just recently released the second book in our Paranormal trilogies, we both also just completed writing the third and final chapters of our trilogies. Each of us cried and binged on ice cream and no one really understood except other writers.  So we needed an emotional release and decided to blog it out this month. 


We’ve moved three times since my oldest son was born which wasn’t too big of deal for me because I moved quite often when I was a kid.  I learned long ago not to be attached to things like houses or schools because change was all around us.  But when I became pregnant with my second son something inside me changed and I felt this constant tug, this ever-present nag that I needed to buy a house. I needed to plant some roots, because leaving the houses where I had watched my son crawl for the first time, or where he projectile vomited on me for the first time (yes projectile, it is real) it became harder and harder.  It was like those memories were no longer as close and after my second son was born I felt those first memories of motherhood begin to fade away and I needed a physical structure that could house those memories.  

I needed to be able to walk past a room and remember what had happened there, who got their first bloody nose there because my mind wasn’t large enough.  So we bought our house and that is exactly what happens but guess what else I realized?  So much of those memories are in my books.  


When I re-read something I’ve written, I see more than just the characters and the setting in my mind, I see exactly where I was when I was writing it.  Just like I picture my one year old running through the kitchen pushing a dump truck even when he’s not home, I see him playing in his kiddy pool in our backyard when I read the second book in my trilogy. Because I wrote that book in the summer, while my boys played in the backyard, I’d sit with my laptop on the back patio.    


My characters in the Harlow Whittaker Trilogy have been fighting to tell their story for the past four years. They have been a part of my life for four years.   This is why when I typed the final sentence in my trilogy I cried.  It’s more than saying goodbye to a story that has been playing in your mind for years, but also saying goodbye to everything that happened in those four years.  Writing is my escape so during times of stress, or even bliss I would write, because I would need to capture those emotions.  I would remind myself of certain things to add depth to my characters, to make sure that their feelings were genuine.  You honestly do give a piece of yourself in everything you create and when that’s over, when the project is complete, you mourn for that piece.


Shannon and I each dove into new projects after the completion of our trilogies and I hope it’s not just a rebound from my last relationship (HW Trilogy).  But I’m sure when this new book is finished I will feel the same sadness that often accompanies goodbyes.  It will be just as bittersweet. The contrast between the pride of completing something that has been unfinished for so long mixed with the emptiness that comes from having to never see the people that you’ve had thousands of conversations with.  I think this hit me so hard because I have never finished a work of fiction.  Even though I have been writing since I was nine years old, I never finished anything until my Master’s Thesis.  That was the first time I wrote something massive (220 pages) that had a beginning, middle, and end.  So all the charterers I’d created in my past still lived on until I just forgot about them.  With Harlow, having to dream up the final moments for these characters that I loved, that I had created worlds for, making sure that I gave them what they truly deserved weighed heavily on me as well.  So Cheers, I think the conclusion here is, art is difficult in more ways than one, and if you just completed a book, my heart goes out to you 🙂  

 

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The Joys & Heartache of Writing a Trilogy

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I’ve tried to formulate in my head the words I want to use to describe what I’m feeling right now but I found myself overwhelmed. There are so many emotions swirling through me. When I set out to write a trilogy I never really thought about the end. I knew that this story deserved to be put into three books. I understood the commitment that I would need to perform this task but what I didn’t take into account was the ending.

I was nervous and crazed when I was writing the first book, Isle of Skye.  I had finally put my thoughts and words onto paper. There is nothing that quite compares to finishing your first book. It’s your baby in every way, shape, and form. You created it from nothing and gave it love and nourishment. There were many sleepless nights but there were also days that took you from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. In the end  it was worth every minute.

My second book, Isle of Night, was an absolute joy for me from start to finish. I loved every second of writing that book. I was more confident and excited. I felt like I had jumped the biggest hurdle of the race so the rest was going to be easy. I had a few ups and downs but honestly I had never felt as creative and relaxed than when I wrote my second book. I felt like I poured every ounce of my soul into writing this part of the story and when I was done, I was euphoric.

I dived right back in to book three, Isle of Dawn, with enthusiasm. I was still on my high from book two so I was pumped at the beginning but then something happened along the way. I realized that everything had been leading up to this book and I had to make it epic. I always knew what was going to happen in book three but I did not take into account the darkness that I had swim into while writing certain chapters.

I’m not going to lie, it was rough emotionally on me. I didn’t just cut a vein and bleed, I sliced open parts of myself that I never wanted to admit was there inside of me. I also had a stunning realization. The story was coming to an end and I had to say goodbye. I don’t think that anyone but another writer can truly appreciate the anguish and sadness you go through as you when you come to the end of your book.

It’s odd really, on one hand your happy and feeling like you survived the climb to the top of Mt. Everest, but on the other hand you’re saying goodbye to people that you have this profound connection with. It’s a connection that’s difficult to explain. The characters that you created are like your children and there comes a moment in every parents’ life when you have to let your child spread his wings and leave the nest.

I’m now at the cusp of writing the last few chapters of my trilogy and sometimes I wished I dragged it out longer but I know it’s time to say goodbye. I already have my next series outlined and I’m just starting to create the cover for book one. I’m trying to drum up excitement for the start of a new series and exploring new characters but I know I have to finish this last book first.

I’m sure writing out the words ‘The End’ will be difficult but I suppose in a way cathartic. This may be the end of the Isle of Skye but truly it is just the beginning for me.

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Skye-Trilogy-Shannon-Barczak-ebook/dp/B00H1C3D9K

 

http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Night-Book-Skye-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J9KERJC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1CBTRQYNTDDS461KXAKV