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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.

~Shannon

 

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

Books by my boys!

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The Wicked Thorn is FREE!

 

I have been extremely busy writing my first comic book novel, Wave, helping my sons’ with their comic book novels and finally starting on the next book in this series, The Wicked Shadow!

I am happy to offer The Wicked Thorn for FREE over the next five days and I hope those who haven’t read it yet, enjoy this new story I have written. It’s a completely different genre from my usual paranormal romance, but I loved writing every minute of it.

Enjoy! Like! Share!

 

~Shannon

 

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!

 

 

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Monthly Writing Update

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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~

Shannon

 

The Wicked Thorn is Released!

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Well, it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but The Wicked Thorn has been released!

This book has put me through the wringer. I had so much fun writing it, but I was also plagued with anxiety and insecurity.

I have no idea if anyone is going to like it, but I am finally getting past that worry because I actually love it and I can’t wait to write more in this genre.

Although, honestly, I’ve kind of made this genre up.

Is it first and foremost a love story? Yes!

Is it a crime romance? Sort of.

Is it a contemporary romance with crime and vigilante justice? Yes.

Do I hope that you love it as much as I do? Yes!

 

Official Blurb:

*The Wicked Thorn Strikes Again*

*A Thorn in the Mayor’s Side?*

*The Wicked Thorn Saves Family from Burning Building*

*New Task Force Assembled to Catch Boston’s Wicked Vigilante*

The headlines were screaming and the city was reeling from the appearance of a new vigilante in town!

Boston was ripe with corruption and criminal activity after the economic downturn. The police, though, had a new threat as the rise of a vigilante, nicknamed The Wicked Thorn, threatened to undermine their entire department. The masked hero was quickly gaining admirers, but could he truly save his beloved city from crime?

Bry McKenna is a best-selling young adult author that seemingly has is all going for her at such a young age. Her fans see her as a fresh voice in this genre, but in private, she is struggling to break free from her family’s overprotective, watchful eye and become more independent. As she spreads her wings, she not only finds her voice, but she also meets an intriguing, charming new man.

As her life crosses paths with The Wicked Thorn, and she becomes more entangled with vigilante justice than she ever dreamed of, will she be able to accept him and his life, or will she walk away before she in too deep?

Join Bry as she enters this foreign and violent reality. A world where vigilantes are real and the need to protect those they love are even more passionate than she could have ever imagined.

*The Wicked Thorn is intended for mature readers.*

*This book contains violence and sexual scenes not intended for a young audience.*

 

~Shannon

 

The Wicked Thorn Part One

 

It’s almost here.

I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

The Wicked Thorn started taking shape in my mind almost a year ago and to see it finally be ready to publish is insane to me. I never imagined that I would write such a novel. I was perfectly happy to continue writing in the paranormal romance genre for a long time.

I enjoy it and I think I’m pretty darn good at it, but sometimes ideas grab a hold of you, and they refuse to leave. I have talked about how and why this book came to fruition. You all know my twin boys are in the comic book business.

Did I ever really think I would create my own vigilante universe? Absolutely not.

 

Have I been worried since I started writing this book that people may think it’s too far from the norm for me and hate it?

One hundred percent.

In the end though, if I am going to be the writer I want to be and practice what I preach, I must abide by  my own mantra, and that is, write for yourself.

In a way though, I didn’t just write it for myself. I wrote this book for my boys and for my daughter, who loves superheroes as much as her brothers. I wrote it because I’m the mom who takes my kids to the first night showings of every comic book movie and I also went along with my sons to see Batman: The Killing Joke in the theater. Netflix premieres of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage? Yup, you’re staying home so we can binge watch.

This is my life and I am immersed in it every single day. Discussions on what is happening in the comic book, gaming, and movie world are a daily staple in this household. I help write and edit content on my boys website and I also have been guiding them as they start the process of publishing their first novels.

I suppose it’s really not that surprising that I would want to add my own twist on this genre. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much out there to compare it to and I find myself stressing out over how to classify and tag this novel on Amazon.

Contemporary romance/ crime romance/action romance?

But enough about that. Let’s get into the good stuff.

So, who is The Wicked Thorn?

I suppose he’s a cross between Batman and Nightwing. He’s not as dark as Bruce Wayne, but he does love his gadgets and is unmatched in hand to hand combat. He also loves his city and he is determined to stop it from rotting from the inside out as it is plagued in crime and corruption from the recent economic downturn.

This book is set in Boston and I had fun using it as a background for my story. I adore the historic city and growing up only a few hours away, I have walked those streets many of times. I checked the map as I was writing and memories of my numerous visits would always make me smile.

I also loved writing the female heroine. Bry McKenna is unlike any character I have ever created and it was a joy to write her point of view. I also had the best time getting to know her family, the more I wrote her story.

It wasn’t all hearts and roses. I second guessed myself all the time. I sent out an emergency email to my friend Cathy, who reads my books, and I knew I could count on her to be blunt with her honesty.

Her thoughts were that she never had read anything like this, and while she has seen movies similar, she had never actually read it in a book form.

She also told me she loved it and not to stop writing it.

This was the first book that I have ever been insecure about and I think it was because I didn’t have the paranormal aspects to fall back on. I also spent almost an equal amount of time between the male and female protagonists.

Plus, there is a lot of action, which as you know, is my Achilles heel.

I pray that my readers give this book a shot and I also hope that they love it as much as I do. I have no intentions of leaving this world I just started to create and really just want everyone to come along for the ride with me.

But, it’s back to formatting and next time I will talk more about where I want this series to go and the challenges I will have to overcome the further I get into this exciting new project!

 

~Shannon

 

Q & A

Every now and then, I get emails asking me questions, and I try to answer each one in a timely manner, but I’m not always the best at replying, especially if I’m writing, or editing.

Recently, one of my favorite fans, that has been with me from the start (You know who you are!) sent me a fun question and answer image and asked me if I would fill it out.

I thought since it was Friday , and I desperately needed to take a break from editing, I said, sure, why not?!

 

  1. Celebrity Crush? Does Mr. Darcy count? Everyone knows that Christian Bale is my boyfriend in another universe.
  2. Something you can’t live without? Oxygen. Oh, okay, I’ll be serious…my children.
  3. Someone that saved your life? (if any) My husband. I’m sure he’s been tempted to strangle me plenty of times, but he hasn’t and therefor has spared my life. Thanks, Baby!
  4. Someone you look up to? Margaret Thatcher & J.K. Rowling…I have a thing for strong, British women.
  5. Favorite song? This is a tough one. I love music. I can do a top five. Fly me to the moon, Can’t help falling in love, Bittersweet Symphony, I alone, Dixie Chicken, I Walk the Line, Renegades, Can’t buy me love, Only if for the night, Lightning Crashes, Awake my soul, Heathens…See? I can’t even narrow it down to five!
  6. Last movie you say in the theaters? Assassin’s Creed or Rogue One? Can’t remember.
  7. Next movie you hope to see? Logan.
  8. Career goal? Keep writing!
  9. Favorite color? Black.
  10. Someone that annoys you? The list is long, my friends…
  11. Favorite Disney character? Goofy.
  12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I never look that far ahead.
  13. Favorite food? Lobster, fried clams, and pasta.
  14. If you could fly anywhere right now…? A private island in the middle of the Caribbean.
  15. Last person you texted? My brother, Kerry.

 

Someone also recently asked me if they can be a character in my book…um, no. If you have the tackiness to ask, you will never be featured. Sorry, just a little rule I have.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

~Shannon