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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

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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 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

 

 

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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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.

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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