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New Release: The Fairyland Queen!

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It’s finally here! I know it may not seem like a long time for my readers since I just published The Fairy Door in July, but it has been an exhausting journey for me.

I started this book the second, The Fairy Door, was in my editor’s hands. After about eight chapters though, I ran out of gas. I’m not sure if it was because I have been writing nonstop for the last few years, or if it was because I was suffering from a slight depression that my children were getting older.

I don’t know what it was exactly, but within minutes of my twin boys passing their driver’s license test, I shut down and draped a protective shroud around our home for the summer.

I didn’t want to write for the first time in ages. I just wanted to enjoy my children and I also needed a creative break.

It wasn’t easy firing up the laptop, but I had a deadline to meet and I was given two weeks by my editor.

It was the best thing she could have said to me because I was starting to doubt myself as a writer. I wasn’t sure if I could pick up the proverbial pen again.

If you look at the absence of blog posts over the last few months then you will see that it was in all areas I was suffering from a brain and body collapse.

Once I started typing though, all the insecurities went out of my head and I found myself loving this story once again.

I’m not going to lie, but it was really writing the epilogue which turned into chapter one for Enchanting Wick that propelled me into an excitement that I haven’t felt before.

I love these characters. Liliana is interesting to write because she is such a good person and Killian is her male counterpart in every way. I hope you enjoy continuing on their journey with them and I also hope you are ready for what lies ahead because the next few books are explosive!

 

Check out the book trailer:

 

Book Blurb:

The Fairyland Queen
The Hidden Realm Series
Book Two

Liliana never imagined that she would accidentally stumble through a magical fairy door and she certainty never dreamed that one day she would be a queen.

After the wedding of her dreams, Liliana finds herself at the mercy of the mad vampire king, but she realizes soon enough that he is the least of her problems. As she and Killian embark on their honeymoon, ghosts of her parent’s past threaten her very existence and she must now accept her heritage as a Selkie.

A soul shattering discovery leads her to accept the help of someone who she never knew existed and she must find her courage as she navigates into uncharted waters. Will Liliana have what it takes to be the queen or will she perish under her vengeful grandfather’s hand?

Join Liliana and Killian for the journey of a lifetime as they once again take you behind the fairy door!

*This book contains mild profanity and sexual scenes that are intended for readers ages +18 and up*

 

Download Now!

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The Fairy Door is Released!

 

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I can’t believe it is finally here! I am thrilled to be able to talk about my newest book. I never intended to write this story. I had another series in mind, but then something magical happened. I stumbled across an article about Fairy Doors and all of a sudden the beginnings of a story began swirling inside my brain.

I originally thought of doing a quick two book series, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that there were a few characters whose lives were even more entwined in The Fairy Door and that’s how The Hidden Realm Series was born.

I’m a bit nervous to write a six book series. I know that the format is a slightly unusual, but I’m confident that they will all tie together in the end.

I revealed the covers a week ago and now I will tell you a little more information.

Book 1 & 2 of The Hidden Realm Series:

The Fairy Door

&

The Fairyland Queen

*Liliana and Killian’s story.

 

Book 3 & 4 of The Hidden Realm Series:

Enchanting Wick

&

Captivating Wick

*Gracie and Warwick’s story.

 

Book 5 & 6 of The Hidden Realm Series:

Awakened Moon

              &

Surrendered Moon

*Marianna and Maximus’ story.  

 

I am so pumped for this series. Like I said, it was not the direction I thought I was going in, but I couldn’t ignore this story or these characters. I hope that you love them as much as I do and I wish you all happy reading!

 

The Fairy Door Book Blurb:

 

A mysterious door and an enchanting hidden world!

The Fairy Door.

Liliana Brennan is a smart librarian who is set to get married and settle into a stable, normal life. Her entire existence is turned upside down when she is left at the altar and her best friend Gracie goes missing on a business trip.

A desperate search for Gracie unearths a doorway into another world and stunning revelations shock Liliana as she tries to acclimate herself to a new life.

Can she accept her fate and embrace love behind the fairy door?

The Fairy Door is book one in The Hidden Realm Series by bestselling author Shannon Barczak.

*This book contains mild profanity and light sexual content.*
*Intended for readers 17+up*

So grab your copy of The Fairy Door and join me on this incredible trip into a magical new realm!

Download:

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Upcoming Books

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I wanted to take a moment and tell everybody about my upcoming project. I am so excited about this new series. I had originally thought I was going to start on a completely different story, but this one snowballed from a fleeting thought into a complex and interesting concept.

I started reading about Fairy Door’s and I found them delightful. Out of nowhere a story hit me like a ton of bricks and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was going to write a quick two book series, but that has now evolved into six books.

I am doing two books for each of my main characters and it will be about their journey of discovering not only love, but magic as well and the danger that surrounds them.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I have decided to call it The Hidden Realm Series.  I am ecstatic to share with you the newly revised covers and I cannot wait for you to start this journey with me.

The first book, The Fairy Door, will be released on July 14, 2015!

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I love you, but I’m writing…

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Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who wanna tell you a story, but don’t wanna make eye contact while telling it.”

-John Green

I have started writing my new book, The Fairy Door. I am completely immersed in creating new characters, new realms, new story lines, and crazy plots that will be woven throughout this six, yes I said six, book series.

Of course I’m not ready to discuss all of it right now because I’m writing.

To those of you who may not know this, when an author is writing, we are not here on this earth with all of you. Our bodies may be present, but our minds are spinning in a million different directions.

To even carry on a conversation for more than five minutes is difficult. If we’re at the start of a chapter, we’re trying to figure out how to begin in a clever manner that will entice our readers. If we are at the end of a chapter, we are trying to weave our story so that it flows continuously to the start of the next chapter.

If we are in the middle of a chapter…well, forget about it, walk away until we emerge or initiate contact.

I’m a week and 40,000 words into my new book. That means I’m in the nitty-gritty. I’m waist deep in the creative mud and I’m not wading out any time soon.

What started in my head as a quick, fun two book series has turned into a major project that I will be engaged in for quite some time. The first book is the most important. I have to get into the background for my main characters and then I have to set up, and throw in hints about the next several books.

No big deal, right? Just another day in the life of an author.

I have used the phrase of my blog post, I love you, but I’m writing, all week. It’s so difficult to explain to people about how I feel when I’m writing. Let me be clear, I love my husband, I love my children, I love my family, and I love my small group of friends.

I want to be involved in their life and show interest, but honestly unless there is a death, bloody horrific injury, or an extreme sadness that has befallen on them, I just find it difficult to muster up any interest or appropriate response. There may be people that are hurt by that statement, but it’s honest and real.

I know how awful that sounds and I wish I didn’t even write that, but it’s true. I am a selfish, self-involved, slightly narcissistic artist. I wish I could be a better person when I write, but I haven’t found that balance yet and I’m not sure if I ever will or if I want too.

I like crawling so far into myself that its hard to get out. I enjoy the creative madness. When I slump on my bed and finally go to sleep, the exhaustion makes me feel alive because I know that the harder I push myself, the better the result will be.

To even take time to write this blog is tough, but I suppose my sense of guilt was weighing heavily on my mind.

I do believe living in your head all the time and making up stories can be dangerous to ones mental health. I am a big proponent of taking breaks in between writing and polishing up drafts, but your first draft is so important.

You want to capture the magic of your thoughts as they whirl around seductively in your mind. The tortuous groan of your keyboard only heightens your ambition and it tickles your senses.

I’m in my happy place right now. I’m writing my stories, not only for me, but for other people out there to hopefully enjoy. I wish I could sit down and have an in-depth conversation about what I am trying to achieve and what these books will be about, but I can’t right now and I hope you understand.

So in conclusion, I love you, I really do, but I’m writing. I promise to come back to the land of the living and when I do I will be better than ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Starting Point

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” I didn’t set out to write this book. It crept up on me when I wasn’t looking, when I didn’t know I was writing it.”

– Mark David Gerson

 

There is one question that absolutely terrifies a writer. It’s the inquiry that makes you shrug nonchalantly on the outside and squirm on the inside.

How do you start to write a book?

I know when I hear this question my first reaction is to roll my eyes and let out a silent groan.

The answer is quite simple, yet oh so complicated.

Writing a book is not an exact science. I think we’re all different in our approach. I love the quote from Mark David Gerson because for me, that is exactly how I feel right now.

I had a plan a few months ago as I was finishing up The Fae Witch Series, but now that’s pretty much shot to Hell. I was hit with this sudden inspiration for a story and now it’s all I can think about. I can only answer the question on how do I start writing a book from my perspective and try to give you insight into my thought process as I navigate this wild journey.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I think outlines are imperative when you are writing a book. To sit down and try to wing it without any preparation is very difficult and I also think you will end up with a mess of a rough draft, if you even finish at all.

I always start with a fresh notebook and from there I jot down ideas. I begin with the major characters and their back story, as well as, a fairly long synopsis before diving into a rough draft of chapter outlines.

The best part for me is the daydreaming.

I love to let my mind wander and imagine my book from start to finish. I create and rewrite my book so many times in my head. I then go back and scratch out some of my outlines before furiously writing my new ideas down so I don’t forget them.

And then the real work begins.

I don’t think I can explain or teach the crafting of writing your first chapter. It is, to me, the most difficult part of being an author. You have to grab the readers attention and make them thirsty for more. You are also tasked with introducing your characters and providing a set up for the entire novel in just a few short pages.

So, how do you start writing a book?

I guess the only answer I have is that when you truly want anything in this life then you just do it. No matter how many blog posts you read or classes that you take, none of that will ever prepare you for the moment when you sit down to write your story.

You will have feelings of panic, doubt, and fear. You will be filled with anxiety and a slew of excuses of why you can’t start today may overwhelm you.

But then there’s those first few words that come pouring out of you and onto your screen. Suddenly the gates open and shaft of creative light streams from your fingertips as you hesitantly type out a sentence which turns into a paragraph.

When you’re done, the smile that breaks across your face is one of relief and then you’re entrenched into a world that only you can enter.

It’s that hard and that simple.

I guess I better get started…

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