J is for Join In! Feeling Human Launch

A New Release from FVP Featured Author, Sheri J Kennedy! FEELING HUMAN – Find it on Amazon today!

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First Paperback Sale of Feeling HumanYay! The big day is finally here and my new book Feeling Human is officially released on Amazon! In celebration I’m hosting a Virtual Launch on Facebook and will be hanging out at Writer’s Cafe’ with books available for signing all evening. You can find out more HERE! Join in!

Here’s what early readers are saying about Feeling Human:

“It was brilliant! Intriguing, unusual and yet so human and familiar.” 

“The storytelling in this book is amazing. Each scene is fascinating and well written and the writing style pulls me right in.”

“A unique look into the mindset and emotions of people with entirely different lives, desires, and struggles. This story ties together various tales in a seamless… telling of Jac’s story, of not just self-discovery, but of understanding the reasons behind the actions of others.”

“I really lost myself in it. I liked the variety of…

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Superior Donuts Valley Center Stage, North Bend

Do-nut miss this great local production of a funny and thought-provoking play. April 7-9 Last chance!

Rachel Author Barnard

After a visit to Georgia’s Bakery – where I snacked on the delicious cronut – I went upstairs to the Village Theatre to see the Superior Donuts production!

My last experience with community theater wasn’t that great, so I didn’t have high expectations going in, however, just seeing the set I could tell that this show was going to be good. Care and detail had been put into the set. The walls of the donut ‘shop’ were made to look old and outdated. They even had a fake view to the outside with an open sign and everything!

If you get a chance, I would highly recommend this play!

Full of laughs and catch you by surprise contemporary phrasing (aka adult language), Superior Donuts was highly entertaining. The play itself contained great dialogue and character interaction and while some scenes were a bit unusual, the play as a whole was…

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Self v. Traditional Publishing: It’s Not a Rivalry

This is a very thoughtful article regarding the Traditional vs. Indie route to success, and the importance of supporting each other on every path.

Aimee Davis

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I saw this ^^ meme making the rounds on Twitter recently. It was being shared mostly by writers who are querying for traditional publishing deals or are working toward one.

The comments that went along with it were worse. And in the interest of honesty, because that’s what I do here, I’ll go ahead and tell y’all I cried.

I’m not usually a crier. It’s fine if you are, but I’m not. I was a bit surprised at my reaction, but I was having a particularly difficult day. My sales have been almost zero (I’ll be posting them in early April for those who may have wondered), I’d just returned from a workshop no one showed up to after putting in my fifth day in a row of working 17+ hours, and I was emotionally exhausted. So I cried. Then I wrote a blog post on failure (well into hour…

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Book Review: Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

Here’s a review by Author Rachel Barnard of FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo’s latest book, Mini-Droids and Tea…

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Mini-Droids and Tea- Seattle by Victoria Bastedo

A Romance novel published by Amazon Digital Services (03/04/2017)

Summary:

Poppy is finally independent. She has her own tea shop – Teacozy – and has forgotten about her heart’s nemesis: Colepepper McSimmons. When Colepeppers start showing up in her shop, in the form of the Mini-Droids he invented and produced to look like himself along with a seven-inch tall version of herself, Poppy will be confronted by the past she never quite let go of.

Keywords:

Personal Phone Devices, Mini-Droid, Technology, Tea, Date, Romance, Friendship, Living your Dream, Small Business, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Lost Love

My Review:

This story goes beyond meet cute because the hero and heroine already know each other! They are each other’s heart nemesis and have to reconcile the past in order to make up, move on, and love each other as they should! I really enjoyed watching their romance take shape…

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Writing Chapter One – Tips

I’ve been following D. Wallace Peach for a while now, and she and her site are just amazing for story, tips, and all around writing inspiration. Today’s post was so helpful, I decided to share…And if you find it helpful too, I would recommend, while you are there, a Follow of your own. -Sheri J Kennedy, FVP editor

Myths of the Mirror

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I’ve wanted to write about first chapters for a while, primarily because they’re so important. After all, they’re the gateway to Chapter 2 and getting a reader to Chapter 2 is a fantastic idea.

I did some research and almost instantly the rule-resistant rebel in me kicked in. She’s the writer who scowls at formulas, who insists that form has to fit the story, not the other way around. She’s the reader who doesn’t want to read the same story over and over with different titles.

Well, I suppressed the first-born smarty-pants part of my personality and learned a few things.

First, I learned that there are actually a number of perfectly legitimate types of first chapters. Writer’s Digest has a great article by Jeff Gerke that describes 4 approaches with examples (summarized here):

  • The Prolog – A prolog is an episode that pertains to your story but does not…

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Book Review: Wilderness Rim (Echo Falls Book 1) by Casondra Brewster

Early Reviews on Amazon are looking very positive for this new YA Adventure, Wilderness Rim, by Casondra Brewster. Thought we’d share this Book Review by FVP Featured Author, Rachel Barnard…

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Wilderness Rim (Echo Falls Book 1) by Casondra Brewster

A YA Fiction Novel published by Creative Word Lab (02/06/17)

Summary:

“But you have to realize that you don’t live in a vacuum. Everything you do will affect someone, or sometimes some thing.” (Kindle Locations 2840-2841).
CJ’s mother has been spending so much time at her café, that CJ feels ignored. She can’t find the time for their annual camping trip, but she can always find something for him to do at the café. Underappreciated, CJ decides to go camping by himself. His mother has, after all, taught him how to be independent, like herself. The wilderness isn’t just a fun camping experience when CJ has to use some of his survival skills to get by and he isn’t the only one out there. After stumbling upon a real live Bigfoot and some sketchy looking out of towners. It’ll be up to…

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Si View Holiday Bazaar 2016

Selling books at a Holiday Bazaar may sound a bit bizarre, but for the past 4 years we’ve been very well received by our community. They are kind and enlightened enough to understand that writers of fiction are artists too. Here are a few photos from the event… Showing three of our authors and a patron with a very cool holiday shirt!

Upcoming Event Alert! WA – Everett – Oddmall Emporium of the Weird

Some of our FVP Featured Authors will have books available at this event. Look for us! We’ll be happy to sign copies at our booth!

Rachel Author Barnard

FreeValley Publishing and NIWA will host a booth at the 2016 Holiday Odmall show in Everett from November 19-20, 2016. Come visit the FVP/NIWA booth (#151) and check out other really neat and perhaps wacky offerings.

More info

NEW LOCATION

The Everett Community College
Walt Price Student Fitness Center
2206 Tower Street
Everett, WA

Show Hours

Saturday, November 19 – Doors open at 10am – Close at 6pm

Sunday, November 20 – Doors open at 11am – Close at 5pm

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Oddmall Extra Event and Bard & Starlet Aftermath!

Thanks for the photos of our show, Rachel! Enjoy everyone!

Rachel Author Barnard

I had a booth on election day last Tuesday as an additional Oddmall opportunity. Check out my lovely little booth of FVP/NIWA authors!

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And then Bard & Starlet with FVP at the Black Dog in Snoqualmie. I missed this event last year, but I thought it was such a wonderful event for all. It was highly entertaining and fun and involved the local authors for their screenplays and the local actors and the local community to come watch and the local cafe! You can check out my screenplay being performed on Youtube here!

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