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Editing, Formatting, and Random Thoughts.

 

I made a vow to update my blog more regularly and I am determined to do so!

I have been editing and reformatting Isle of Sky, book one, all week. It still, even after being professionally edited (HA! That’s a story for another day) needs tweaking.  I am finally on the process of reformatting, which I actually do enjoy, and I hope to have an updated version out soon.

I have to be honest, I am having fun rereading the story. It’s been quite some time and even though, this process is tedious, it’s also been a bit more of a motivator for me.

I think, as authors, we are always so immersed in our current projects, that we almost forget our other, older stories. I find myself remembering writing my first book and being overwhelmed with joy and terror.

So much has happened since I first wrote Isle of Skye. Not only personally, but also professionally. I am a lot more confident in my writing and also more comfortable in my own skin, if that makes sense.

I encourage all other authors who follow me, to sit down, and reread your work. It is truly an amazing experience. Not only can you make some tweaks, but you can also just take a moment to relive that joy.

And laugh about how insecure and terrified you might have felt when you finally finished.

I will admit though, I still do have doubts and insecurities about my writing. When I publish a book now there is a moment when I am almost paralyzed with fear. It’s not something that we authors talk about much. We try to convey this confidence that our book is the best ever as we try to sell it to not only our faithful readers, but new buyers as well.

I think you have to be always questioning your work and also, you have to be hungry in a sense. If you lose that edge, what is the point? Where does the satisfaction come from? Writing a book is a feeling like no other. There’s always that one review that makes your toes curl and your heart skip a beat. You can have dozens of bad reviews, but all it takes is for one to have you skipping through the rest of your day.

So, that’s it. That’s what’s going on in my world. Rediscovering, re-imagining, and refocusing.

Now, it’s time to finish book one and go on to book two. Isle of Night.

I will only ever admit this once.

But it’s one of my favorite books I have ever written.

Shhh…don’t tell anyone.

 

~Shannon

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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

 

 

 

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 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