NaNoWriMo is Here!

Have you started your novel yet? You know, that one you’ve always wanted to write. That idea for a story that’s rattling around in the back of your head? Well today’s the day! Join a ton of crazy, fun people from around the world in this challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can learn more about it, and/or sign up HERE to keep track of your progress and be part of the nanowrimo.org community. And here’s a handy chart to keep track of the daily word count goal. Print one to fill in your word progress the old school way. Happy Writing!

Dr Who nano 2018 word count chart

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Just Two More Days…Until Donuts!

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It’s our pleasure to host a blog spotlight on Author, Rachel Barnard to celebrate her new release Donuts in an Empty Field on June 3rd.

This is Rachel’s third novel. You can find her others HERE. FreeValley Publishing is proud to have Rachel as one of our Featured Authors. She’s an avid reader, book reviewer and great supporter of other authors and her community. You can learn more on HER BLOG. And SPOILER ALERT there are giveaways, fulfillment of Rachel’s special request, and other great links at the very end of this post. If you skip stuff, don’t miss out on those! And don’t miss your chance to meet Rachel this weekend at the FreeValley booth at OddMall in Everett, WA.

Without further ado, let’s find out more about the book:

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DONUTS IN AN EMPTY FIELD  Available June 3rd, 2016 (aka National Donut Day).

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

And let’s also find out more about Rachel. First, the basic stuff – her bio. Then I’m going to ask her several categories of questions. We’ll do three of each category.

Biography:

Rachel Barnard

“Author, Reviewer, and Donut Enthusiast”

My greatest accomplishments have been eating an entire half gallon of ice cream in one sitting, winning a boot toss, and writing a fictional novel based on my high school years. The first book in my For the Love of Donuts Books, Donuts in an Empty Field, is available June of 2016. My other YA novels include Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams and At One’s Beast. For more information and to see what I’m up to, visit my website: rachelauthorbarnard.com

Find the author: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

Simple Questions for Rachel:

  • Go to Starbucks order: Tall child-temperature latte
  • Favorite movie line: “INCONCEIVABLE” – Princess Bride
  • As a child, what pet did you want to own: A pig

3 random Facts about Rachel:

  1. Her resume is in book form.
  2. She’s donated at least her height in hair.
  3. She has a geocache in Sarasota, Florida that has more finds than she’s personally found as a geocacher.

Harder questions for Rachel:

  • If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?  My sweetheart would have to do something uniquely tailored to me to sweep me off my feet. I love good surprises and I love well-thought out presents. My ideal sweep me off my feet date would include a surprise itinerary, multiple stops, dessert of some sort, and something gushy romantic.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? Fall? Winter? Spring?   In the summer I love to play outdoor volleyball, go out on my boyfriend’s boat, and just be outdoors in the sunshine. In the fall I like to go geocaching and do the same things as in the summer when the days are nice. In the winter I like to take dance classes and work on my writing and participate in NaNoWriMo. In Spring I like to edit what I’ve written and continue taking dance classes.
  • What would you do if you were the last person on this earth?  How would I know I was the last person on earth? I would probably cry and then go searching for chocolate.

Simple Questions for Rachel about books and writing:

  • Favorite book quote: One of my favorite quotes is from Closed Hearts (Mindjack Saga Book 2) by  Susan Kaye Quinn, “Different isn’t a crime, you know.” (Kindle locations 7202-7203).
  • Name a literary invention you wish was real: The Time Turner from Harry Potter
  • Favorite hero: Zorro

Harder Questions for Rachel about books and writing:

  • How do you come up with your characters or story ideas?   I come up with new story ideas or character ticks every week. My ‘story ideas’ tab in OneNote on my computer keeps growing and growing. I surround myself with interesting people and do new and interesting things (like juicing or random meetups or going to Norwescon) that tempt my imagination at times and prompt me to add a new note in my ‘story ideas’ tab. My characters are amalgamations of people I’ve known, people I’ve read about, and the person I want to be.
  • What kind of stories do you write?   Currently I’ve delved into young adult, middle grade and recently, a romance, but I plan on branching out into the thriller/romance/fantasy genres more. I like to write stories with strong relationships between characters.
  • How long have you been writing?My Linkedin account states that I’ve been writing over 26 years (since birth), but I’ve truly been writing since the fourth grade when I learned how to write creatively. I started writing long form (novels) after I graduated from college.

Simple Questions about Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1):

  • Favorite quote: “Everyone is always so concerned for their own selves. Not my Dad.”
  • Song that fits the book for theme song: Raspberry Beret by Prince. (Editor’s note: I love it already! FVP-SJK)
  • If this book became a movie, who do you imagine playing Vanessa: Either Sarah Gilman or Jennifer Stone

And here are the links to contests and other cool stuff related to Rachel Barnard, the For the Love of Donuts series and the upcoming release:

Big Donuts Giveaway (you could win this prize too!)

June 3rd Online Release Party: 

Donuts Goodreads link

Donuts Amazon Order link

Thunderclap signup link

Rachel Barnard Newsletter Signup

 

 Important upcoming Dates/Events:

Odd Mall June 2016Event: Oddmall Emporium of the Weird

Location: Holiday Inn Everett, WA (Booth 8 with FreeValley Publishing)

Date/Time: 06/04/16 – 06/05/16

 

 

 

 

CaptureEvent: Maple Valley Days

Location: Lake Wilderness Park, Maple Valley, WA (near the Info booth with FreeValley Publishing)

Date/Time: 06/10/16 – 06/12/16

 

Event: Neverending Bookshop Reading with Donuts and Books

Location: Bothell, WA (10123 Main Place St. 2)

Date/Time: 06/25/16, 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Local author Rachel Barnard will read from her most recent publication, Donuts in an Empty Field. Bring your used books for store credit and to get more entries into the free raffle. This event features a blind donut tasting of several local donut shops. Come try some local donuts and vote on your favorites. Got something cool to say about donuts? Don’t forget to add it to the “All about the Donuts” comment/quote box. First five purchases after 3:00 P.M. will receive a FREE mini donuts swag pack.

Event: Third Place Books Dual Author ReadingLocation:

Third Place Books in Bothell, WA (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park)

Date/Time: 06/25/16, 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Come listen to Ksenia Anske and Rachel Barnard as they read from their new books The Badlings and Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) respectively. There will be challenges, a raffle, and other fun stuff.

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Last but not least, the fulfillment of Rachel’s special request. I (Sheri J. Kennedy) was asked to blog about my favorite donut:

I’m a fan of cinnamon-sugar cake donuts. I like to take a satisfying bite of the firm but moist deliciousness and then let the gritty cinnamon-sugar melt away before chewing up the yellowy cake. Yum! …Best with an excellent Americano or double-shot of espresso of course. -SJK

Rachel Barnard Hosting Contest – Buy, Read, Review, and Win!

Hello Blog Readers!

This is Rachel Barnard. You may recognize me as one of FreeValley Publishing’s featured authors here.

I really appreciate being a part of FreeValley Publishing and the Indie Author community. I wanted to give back to both fellow Indie authors and fellow Indie readers. I’ve come up with contests I’m running on my blog here

My first type of contest runs new monthly; with one in June, July, August, September, October, and November. All you have to do is purchase a book! Not just any book, though, one from my reviews list that I’ve rated 4.5 stars or higher. There are even a few from FVP authors, such as:

Anthology 2014 final cover front Mina_Cortez conspiracy mind space book 2 BookCover-Conspiracy-TheMartyrs dear20miklos20cover  roots entwine kansas connection

 

I have books in multiple genres to choose from and I’ll be adding new books to choose from every week. You have until the end of the month to provide proof of purchase and you’ll be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card. Sweet, yeah?

I’m also hosting a $50 Amazon gift card contest! All you have to do is write a review of three stars or higher for one of the books you purchased from my list.


Here’s the $50 contest entry link:

 $50 Amazon Gift Card Drawing: Entries Open June Now Until December 31, 2015

Leave a review of 3 stars or higher of any of those 4.5 rated or higher books now until the end of the year to get entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Help support Indie authors!


If you don’t know what book to choose, I’ll even match you! Just fill in the following form:

email address provided will only be used to send possible book matches and I will not use it for any other purpose.


Be sure to check out my Contest Page on my blog for more details and throughout the year to enter the new contest every month!

Great Contest Opportunity for Self-Published Authors

A Fellow-writer shared this newsletter with us:

Half Price Books Is New Sponsor for Shelf Unbound Writing CompetitionI’m pleased to announce that Half Price Books has come on as the sponsor of the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. As such, Half Price Books has generously offered to stock and promote this year’s winning entry in their 115 retail stores in 16 states.

Half Price Books started as an indie bookstore in 1972 and is now the nation’s largest new and used family owned bookstore chain; their commitment to literacy, readers and writers makes them the perfect partner for our competition.

“Half Price Books is proud to be a part of this competition and to help support and bring recognition to the independent and self-published writer community,” said Sharon Anderson Wright, president and CEO of Half Price Books (www.hpb.com).

We invite all independent and self-published authors to enter the competition, and we’ve extended the deadline to October 1. Details are below and on our website,www.shelfmediagroup.com. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Margaret Brown
Publisher
Shelf Unbound
www.shelfmediagroup.com
214.704.4182
Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com

Participating in the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition was one of the best decisions of my writing career. Not only did I receive valuable, personalized coaching from Publisher Margaret Brown, winning the contest led to a popular feature article by Amazon and CreateSpace, interest from one of New York’s top literary agents, and a wide audience of indie book lovers. The entry fee to last year’s contest was the best money I’ve ever spent!

— Jennifer Bresnick, author of The Last Death of Tev Chrisini

CALL FOR ENTRIES

SHELF UNBOUND WRITING COMPETITION
FOR BEST INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $30 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

“Independently Published” books include self-published books (such as those published through CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry.

The official rules for the competition can be found at here.

To submit an entry, email a PDF or Word Doc of your entire book, including the cover, toMargaret@shelfmediagroup.com, subject line Contest Entry (or mail a physical copy of your book to: Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321), and send a check for $30 made out to Shelf Media Group to Margaret Brown, Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321, or pay via PayPal (click on this link and select “Competition Entry Fee”:http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/contact-us.html). All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered.

The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2014 issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound (rate card value $6,000). The book will also be stocked and promoted in all 115 Half Price Books retail stores in 16 states.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2013. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2013. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at www.shelfmediagroup.com.

For further information, please feel free to contact Margaret Brown, Publisher, via email:Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com.

Shelf Unbound book review magazine, a 2013 Maggie Award finalist for Best Digital-Only Publication, reaches more than 125,000 avid readers in the U.S. and in 59 other countries around the globe. Subscriptions to Shelf Unbound are free atwww.shelfmediagroup.com.

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