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Upcoming Books & Update

Where have you been?”

“What have you been doing?

Well, let me tell you…

Oh…and one more thing I have to share…

 

Yes, two new books are coming!

I suppose I should explain a bit of the backstory on these two stories. Last year, my sons, who own SeppinRek, asked me to write a book for one of their characters. Not only did I come up with a story for the Silver Shadow, but I also created an entirely new character and amazing new world for their comic book novel series.

And so The Lost Elf was born.

They are not full length novels. They are both short stories (about 150 pages). They are connected and I have to say, I had so much fun writing them.

I fully believe, with all my heart, that my readers will enjoy them. Are there some connections to previous novels? Yup, but I still don’t think you have to read all of the SeppinRek titles to enjoy these two books, especially The Lost Elf.

I will let you all know when they are both released and I sincerely hope you will give them a shot!

They are a bit cleaner than what I normally write. A few curse words, some violence (okay, a lot with Silver Shadow-what he does to a would be rapist will make any woman cheer and every man cringe), and sadly, I was given the rule of no sex-insert sad emoji- but I think the stories are rich enough in detail to make up for that.

What else is going on?

I am currently in the tedious process of reformatting most of my older books and I am also in the process of redesigning my website, and older book covers.

I know what some of you are thinking. I have received a few emails asking me when Rafe’s story is going to be available. I realize the charming alcohol swilling vampire is everyone’s favorite and yes, I agree his story needs to be told.

It will and soon, I promise. I have already begun writing Hattie’s backstory in my head and I also have my chapter outlines mostly done.

Stay Tuned!

 

~Shannon

 

 

 

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January Blog Post

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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

 

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 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

 

 

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