Wine & Words, Tea & Dirigibles

Join us for another Wine & Words night of Live Author Readings and Spoken Word Open Mic, combined with a Steampunk Special Event! Launch Party for Kennedy J. Quinn’s New Release, The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone – Book II: Memory Key! Black Dog Art’s Cafe’, June 28th 6 to 9pm.

Meet Kennedy J. Quinn and delight in delectable Fine Tea & Handmade Shortbread (while supplies last). Don’t miss this evening of fun and fabulous literature. Free Admission. Costumes encouraged but not required. Everyone Welcome!

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Launch Party – Casondra Brewster’s Wilderness Rim

Under the light of a full moon, FVP Featured Author, Casondra Brewster‘s new YA novel, Wilderness Rim – Book 1 of the Echo Falls series was celebrated in true NW style. Cheers!

T.A. Henry SCRIPTING THE TRUTH – Blog Tour

Scripting the Truth Front cover finalFreeValley is happy to host the final stop of T.A. Henry’s blog tour for her new release novel, SCRIPTING THE TRUTH. She shares an excerpt and then lets us into the life of a writer by answering  a quick interview. Check it out, and take a look at this entertaining read that’s carefully nestled in post WWII history. And if you are intrigued, you can find Scripting the Truth in Kindle and Paperback on Amazon.

First, the blurb: At loose end in post World War II London, Lady Margaret Leighton chances upon a movie poster showcasing the young soldier she gave her heart to while serving as a military nurse. Desperate to reconnect with him, she uses her wits and newly discovered writing muse to scheme her way into the movie studio where he is an actor. Molly is certain they will live happily ever after. And they just might… But first Molly has to figure out who she is and what she wants. Can she make this unexpected career work with the expectations of her elite family? She’ll try to do it all while trying to keep the seams on her stockings straight.

Excerpt:
Halfway through that torturous process the phone rang. I could have left it for the one of the staff to answer but I was desperate to hear back from Lila.
“Darling?”
“Lila. Thank god. This is turning out to be much harder than I thought. Please tell me you have secured me some help.”
With rancorous laughter she told me to be at her club for tea at five thirty that afternoon “and do not be late. Marlene is very aware of her own importance, in her mind, anyway. You should be as well.”
With a laugh and then an exclamation as to the time, I rang off. I dashed upstairs to my room to change into an appropriate outfit. I was halted by the sight of myself in the mirror over the wash stand. It appeared I had gotten carbon all over the side of my face while speaking with Lila. I sighed and rang for warm water. When it came I asked the house maid to order me a taxi.
I scrubbed myself vigorously and then applied extra powder to cover the blackish grey stain I could not quite get off the side of my face. Rummaging through my hats I looked for something I could wear to shield that side. In the back of my wardrobe, I found a cloche from the early thirties; I must have worn it to a costume party at some point with a flapper ensemble. It would do today since it pushed my hair forward covering the smudges. I grabbed a silky shirt dress and tried to straighten my stockings. How I longed for my trousers. Low heel lace up shoes and a swing coat completed the vaguely old fashioned look. Just enough that it nodded to a more playful time. Not as though I was a provincial miss.
My taxi was waiting as I rushed down the stairs. “The Savage Club, 1 Carlton House Terrace please.”
T.A. Henry is a Pacific Northwest transplant who loves it here. I am a stay at home mom who home schools her only kiddo. I hike, crochet, and yoga with all my spare time. LOL. I like to think I am funny. I hear I am a good friend. I think the secret to that is I have very little judgement.
by T.A. Henry, All Rights Reserved.
Why did you decide to self-publish?
It was easier than trying to run the gauntlet with a traditional house. Seems to be an increasingly popular choice.
How did you decide what site to self-publish through?
I followed the advice of those who had gone before me. I strongly suggest you find a writer’s group. All the help I got from mine is the only reason this book-baby is seeing the light of day. I agree it’s all about support. It’s the number one thing that can put you on the fast track.
Did you do anything unique to promote your book? What basic things did you do?
I blogged all about it. I talked many fellow bloggers into hosting a blog stop on their page for my virtual book tour. I made marketing post cards for dropping off everywhere. I got some friends to throw my book into their book clubs with the agreement I would do an author Q&A at the discussion. I plan to run some advertisements on Facebook closer to Christmas. Open to suggestions. LOL So suggestions FVP followers? We’d love to hear about your ideas and experience in comments. What works for you?…
Do you think self-publishing is giving up on being published by a someone else?
Not at all. I heard a webinar with the editor who published Roald Dahl and JK Rowling. He said essentially unless an agent or editor is going to add something substantial to the process don’t give away your money for the life the book to one. If I write something I think could gain by having an agent and editor, and I think you basically need an agent to get an editor, I’ll go out and find the one that wants my book. Until then I’ll move forward on my own. I would agree. Also, there’s an increasing trend of agents watching the self-publishing market to see what’s hot and approaching successful indie authors with offers. I hope this happens to you!
Do you have an author website or Facebook page? Can I follow you on Twitter? Where do I find your book?
I have a blog on wordpress. tahenryauthoress.wordpress.com
My book is available on Amazon in print on demand and kindle versions.
What one piece of advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?…To one who has a finished manuscript and is thinking of self-publishing?…To one who has self-published and is not sure how to market their new book?
Don’t tell anyone who isn’t supportive about your endeavors.
Go for it. All the responsibility means all the control. Total ownership.
Research your market. Look at other books similar to yours. See what those authors did. Tell everyone about your book now that it’s done. Wow. Thanks for the great advice and for being with us, T.A. All the best with your new book!

2X Release Day, 2X the Fun! – Author Jeffrey Cook’s New Works

Two great new titles recently released! FVP Featured Author, Jeffrey Cook‘s new work and a punk-licious Anthology for charity… Now Available on Amazon.com. Also, meet Jeffrey and several of our other FVP Featured Authors at Norwescon in April! Stay tuned for more details…

Dawn of Steam: Rising suns (Volume 3 of the Dawn of Steam series)

Dawn of Steam Gods of the Sun cover1817 sees the first signs of recovery from the Year Without a Summer – and the beginning of the end of the journey of the airship Dame Fortuna. The crew first accept a unique offer from the Shogun of Japan, traveling with the Dutch contingent from the island of Dejima into the isolationist nation. From there, their travels will take them through the English colonies in Australia and India, into darkest Africa, and eventually home to England. Along the way, confrontations loom, and both personal secrets and national conspiracies are uncovered. By the time a future queen is born, nothing less than the fate of England and the direction of world events are at stake. Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns is an alternate-history, emergent Steampunk epistolary novel, following after Dawn of Steam: First Light and Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun.

Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk

Shakespeare Goes Punk coverAirships and sky pirates! Brain Modification chips! Technologically enhanced nymphs! Shakespeare goes punk in this first volume of stories from Writerpunk Press (www.punkwriters.com). Profits to go to PAWS Lynnwood (www.paws.org), an animal shelter and wildlife rescue. Ask a bunch of eclectic writers to write stories inspired by one of the greatest dramatists of all time. Cast the stories in various punk genres: Cyber, Tesla, Diesel, Steam, Clock. Result: an innovative collection of stories inspired by the Bard, with a twist! Punk stories show the path not taken or the path that shouldn’t be taken. Let us reshape your world.

Free Valley author Jeffrey Cook contributed (and helped spearhead) this charity anthology, writing a steampunk version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’, with airship pirates, magical clockworks, swashbuckling musketeers and 5000% more bear than the original.

Rachel Barnard – Ataxia and the Girl of Lost Dreams – Anthology Sneak Peek VI

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the sixth story:

rachel's anthology author photoATAXIA AND THE GIRL OF LOST DREAMS  by Rachel Barnard

MC’s grandfather might wander off without pants, but he does know a thing or two about how the world used to be before WWIII. In this prequel to ATAXIA AND THE RAVINE OF LOST DREAMS, he fills MC’s head with all sorts of nonsense about the good days and how Ataxia is going to bring back equality and democracy. MC’s curiosity and sense of rightness spurs her to investigate. She gets caught up in New Ataxia and is willing to lay down her identity for the cause.

I recognize his spindly legs, but mostly I am struck with the familiarity of the man, nude from the waist down, staggering around the market square. “Grandfather!” I yell, averting my eyes.

He ignores my cries, hands in the pockets of his oversized coat, as he continues to talk to one of the shop-keepers who is trying to back away. “There’s nothing to eat in this godforsaken town; they leave us to starve!”

I march over and grab his arm. This is the second time he has wandered alone into a public area inappropriately clothed and babbling pseudo-political nonsense.

“You know they tortured me for the whereabouts, but I didn’t budge. Mostly because I couldn’t remember.” Grandfather laughs a dry crackle before turning to me. “MC, you shouldn’t be here.” The soberness in his voice surprises me. His eyes whip back and forth. It isn’t lucidity but paranoia, another symptom of the accident.

“Come on Grandfather, we need to get you home.” I pull him away from the shopkeeper. The vendor gives me a look of gratitude.

“But Ataxia headquarters, MC, I need to get there. I need to remember the way.”

“Of course. I’ll help you remember just as soon as we get home. Ma is worried about you wandering around like this.”

Grandfather shakes his head, “You don’t understand, MC. This is bigger than all of us. Ataxia is flourishing once more, and we have to help it grow. We have to take down-”

I pinch his arm tight to hush him, my eyes darting up and down the alley we are walking through. Grandfather’s voice is loud and abrasive, but there are only a few people walking nearby, and no one is taking notice of the treasonous talk spewing without filter. Our shoes kick up dust from the dirt paths, and there is a distinct smell of rotten eggs emanating from the nearby cardboard shanties.

The poor don’t care about those who have nothing to offer. There is no reason for a spy to be in our midst, but still, we have to be circumspect with what we say and do in public.

When we arrive home mother is hysterical, panting and pacing back and forth. My younger sister sits quietly in the corner, unmoving.

“Father, you know how precarious our position is with you here. You can’t put your family in danger,” Mother fumes at Grandfather. “They won’t stop at arresting you. They will come after us as well.”

No one mentions his lack of clothing.

“I must tell MC where it is, so she can continue the mission,” he insists.

“Then what were you doing in the market talking the ears off any one of them who could be a spy or informant? What were you thinking?” Mother says sharply.

“I was trying to remember.” Grandfather shuffles off to the back room and our single shared bed that sags in the middle as he lies down.

“Oh no you don’t! You can’t weasel your way out of this one. They may have let you go before, but they could come back for you anytime. You can’t give them any reason to doubt you now,” Mother says. She stalks over to the bed and pounds on the end of it, ruffling the sheets.

Grandfather snores loudly in mock disrespect. I can’t stifle a snort at his antics.

Mother turns to me. “This is not a laughing matter. You don’t know how serious this is, MC. When I was your age they took your grandfather the first time.”

“The New American Nations’ government?” I ask, all ears….

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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Victoria Bastedo – A Reason to Sing – Anthology Sneak Peek IV

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the fourth story:

Vicky's author photo anthology ps b and wA REASON TO SING  by Victoria Bastedo

In this companion story to ROOTS ENTWINE, the trees all around them in the forests begin to sing. Lewolenan’s dying father sends him on a mission to discover why. With his family life in splinters, Lewolenan travels and discovers danger on the road, as well as hope.. 

The mass of trees began to sing, suddenly and with voices that echoed with power and flowed in through the open windows. The choruses made people leap to their feet, fall out of their chairs and run outside. Everywhere in Lewolenan’s village human voices rang as well, exclaiming and even wailing until the unending note of the trees was almost drowned out. In Shenandya the trees were the world, and the Wildenbury tree was the height of mystic focus. And now the Wildenbury trees were singing, pouring out their non-human voices as if sound was a river draining from a spout. All over the village people were stunned with amazement.

But Lewolenan didn’t run outside with the rest. His breath caught upwards and tangled where he tried to suck it in. As miraculous as the sound outside was, there was nothing more involving to him at this moment than his dying father’s face.

At first when the singing began his father hadn’t moved. He hadn’t spoken in hours, no matter how Lewolenan had longed for him to say something. But when those trees began to sing the skin that was gray found a little color. The chest that was deflated peaked and filled with departing breath. And the eyes of his father opened wide and stared at the ceiling.

Outside people shouted, but in their house Lewolenan and his father were suspended in the moment. Time stood still and the ethereal beauty of the trees’ song began to weave around Lewolenan’s spine, holding him upright as he knelt by his father’s bed….

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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David S. Moore – Desiree’ – Anthology Sneak Peek III

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the third story:

DESIRÉE  by David S. Moore

Dr. Leonard Brown, PhD in proteomics, heads a team of biochemists who are responsible for perfecting the genetic gifts of young women who will one day become betrothed to the world’s most wealthy men.  But after many years of devoted work he’s beginning to have his doubts about the morality of his chosen occupation.

Velvety lips with a tinge of vaginal rose. Mysterious eyes—greenish, with hints of turquoise and haunting gold. Skin an indeterminate copper—a bit Somali, a bit Tahitian, but mostly unidentifiable. High cheekbones, a delicate nose, soft chin. A magnetic face, even without a bit of makeup; unforgettable.

I know every line and shade of that beautiful visage. My office is filled with dozens of photos of her- laughing, sleeping, eating, playing, bathing. Like the others, I have long since been captivated by the spell—a profound beauty, deeply disturbing and visceral. Part of the job, Avery says; part of the job. The only antidote is inundation. Immerse yourself in so many photos, so many images that you simply cannot think of her as anything other than a subject for study.

They bring us skin and blood samples every month. I and the others of my team test and retest. We look for any hint of genetic drift. Even the slightest deviation from the profile must be reported. And then? Avery won’t say. He just clenches his teeth and finds any excuse for an exit. It’s never happened in the fifteen year history of the company. Or so says Marketing. But we test anyway, to assure our customers of the very finest product.

Avery Stevens—brilliant, though a bit too arrogant. Harvard PhD in Bioengineering at 19; did his doctoral thesis on the genetics of obsession; created a genetically engineered retrovirus that confers supernormal intelligence at twenty-two; founded his own company at twenty-four; hundred-billionaire at twenty-nine. But RejuveMates, he has said in numerous press releases, is by far his finest work…..

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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FVP Book Sale – December 6th!

The publications of all or our FVP Featured Authors will be available at Si View Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 6th from 10-3.

This will also mark the first sale date for FreeValley Publishing’s new release short-story anthology, Free-flowing Stories! We hope to see you in North Bend on the 6th!

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Free Book Giveaway! – YA Fantasy AT ONE’S BEAST

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Free Book Giveaway through 9/14/14- Young Adult Fantasy by Rachel Barnard

Rachel Barnard, a young author in the Seattle area released her newest young adult novel, AT ONE’S BEAST. The novel comes on the heels of the re-release of her debut novel, ATAXIA AND THE RAVINE OF LOST DREAMS (published March 25th, 2014)  which is also eligible as a Goodreads Giveaway here Until October 31st.

You are not required to review the book if you win a copy. However, Goodreads encourages you to do so, as it’s the reason the publishers gave Goodreads the books in the first place. People who review the books are also more likely to win more advance copies in the future.

Barnard began writing AT ONE’S BEAST last year during the Southern Cross Novel Challenge (SoCNoC – the Southern Hemisphere writing challenge mimicking the NaNoWriMo Challenge to write a 50k word novel in 30 days) in June. The next NaNoWriMo will happen this November, check out their website nanowrimo.org for more information.

AT ONE’S BEAST is about a village that creates a monster… Every girl and boy in the village of Frey fears the beast who lives in the forest. Ten years ago, the beast was formed from the town’s rage — and the evil that lurks inside all people in moments of weakness. Every year since, the townspeople have sacrificed one of their own to appease his anger. This year the sacrifice does not go as planned. A young man saves the chosen girl from fate. She is torn between doing her duty and untangling the identity of her savior and captor. The young man grew up with thoughts of revenge on the town that turned their backs on him, but when he is close to the girl, he is reminded of who he used to be. From once upon a time to happily ever after, the people of Frey will have to rally together to rid the town of evil once and for all, but in the process will they destroy everything that is good in their world?

“… a modern type of fairy tale that is hard to not finish in one sitting.” – D.R. Howey

“At times the book was dark to read, and yet I expect young people will sympathize with the difficulties that are perpetrated upon our main characters. By the end I had a difficult time putting the book down!” – Victoria Bastedo

“Rachel Barnard’s At One’s Beast is a compelling take on the original tale. The beast begins an innocent boy, infected with the scouring of other people’s hate. It’s a book that asks, what makes a person good or bad?” – Winney

To purchase At One’s Beast in print copy or for e-reader CLICK HEREPublication1

For more information on FVP Featured Author Rachel Barnard and her novels, you can visit her website at www.rachelauthorbarnard.com