February Book Special! $5 Print Book Sale.

At cost book special for the rest of the month! At One’s Beast is only $5 – includes sales tax and shipping! Just send me a message (rachel.author.barnard@gmail.com) and I’ll send you an invoice via Paypal. This special runs until the end of the month or until I run out of copies.

Every month I’ve planned a print book surprise sale/giveaway. I’m planning to move at the end of the summer and want to finish off the rest of my physical inventory. I’m moving away from book writing/selling and more towards cat sitting and personal development.

January is my birthday month! Giveaway and Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday Month to me! It’s a milestone birthday. Can you guess how old I will be?

For my birthday this year I have two wishes:

  1. To sign my updated will
  2. To sell/give away books

I think I have the first wish figured out (it’s complicated getting a will signed apparently because you need two witnesses and a notary willing to sign wills).

The second wish is something I’m hoping you as my reader can help me with. You can enter my giveaway and tell all your friends below and you can also buy one of my books. While supplies last I will sell any of my four novels for just $10 (this includes sales tax and media mail shipping using re purposed mailers within the US not including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska). Every purchase will include something special in the mailer along with the book of your choice.

Just send $10 via Paypal with the book title of your choice and the address you want it mailed to paypal.me/rachelauthorbarnard

For the giveaway, you will get a copy of Donuts in an Empty Field by Rachel Barnard as well as Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things and Nichole’s Book of Practical Things via media mail in a re-purposed mailer. For every additional five books that I sell during the month of January, I will draw an additional winner of the giveaway.

Giveaway Enter Here

Indie Author Day After and Book Haul!!


Indie Author Day was such fun, though it was the first year that KCLS participated and we still need to spread the word! Myself and 24 other authors camped out in the KCLS service center building and promoted Indies!


Sunday I went out to Geek Girl Con in Seattle, debuting my new Olive costume (can you guess what it’s from?)

I met an author (Lish McBride) and got my hair done by Vain!


Here are the books I’ve added to my review queue…

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Everett Fall and Home Show After and Book Haul!!

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The Everett Fall and Home Show was huge! It took place at the Xfinity arena in Everett and there were quite a number of vendors, but only a few books and authors. I went with my new group – the Writer’s Coop of the Pacific Northwest. Shout out to the group and especially Matthew Buza (check out his book here) for putting together a fantastically well organized and beautifully professional event. Check out these awesome pictures!


Picture from Writer’s Coop member.

Here are the books I’ve added to my review queue…

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Gifts for Geeks – Saturday the 12th (Renton, WA at the AFK) – Books! Authors!

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I had such a fun time last year!

I’m doing it again this year, with 7 other local authors.


My books for sale:

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In Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams A young girl takes on the mighty powers of the government but is sidetracked by challenges of the academy she attends, the new boy, and keeping her secrets safe.

She will do anything – forfeit her identity, friendships, even love – to be humanity’s champion.

As the U.S. government prepares to take over the world, MC infiltrates one of their elite academies that trains future leaders.  MC must rise to the top in the Cube training grounds in order to be placed high up within the government so she can stop them in their takeover.

MC is a character who can easily see faults in everyone but herself.

It is not until her fourth and final year at the academy that her top-student status is threatened by the sudden arrival of Li, the new transfer student. MC is completely focused on her self-created mission until she gets sidetracked by Li, who might be bad news in more ways than which she bargained.

A Young Adult, Dystopian, Not-So-Distant-Future Adventure Novel with a hint of sci-fi and a bit of romance.

Only $0.99 ebook, purchase below


From once upon a time to happily ever after, At One’s Beast highlights the struggles of two young adolescents who have fallen prey to chance evil circumstances. When it took the entire village to create the monster, what will it take to break the spell?

Available in print, ebook, and as an audiobook, At One’s Beast is a new look at an old fairy tale.


December 12th-December 19th, At One’s Beast will be 67% off as an ebook.

Guest Review Post – At One’s Beast by Rachel Barnard reviewed by Sheri J. Kennedy

Sheri J. Kennedy is the author of Secret Order of the Overworld under pen name Kennedy J. Quinn.You may have seen some of her images or read some of her blog posts on her blog SheriJKennedyRiverside. She participates in both local events (such as the Bard & Starlet Radio Hour at Boxley’s in North Bend) and nationwide events (Such as with SnoBoot SkethhCats in the Sketchbook Project and the A to Z Challenge). For more about Sheri, visit her blog at sherijkennedyriverside.wordpress.com

The following is Sheri J. Kennedy’s review of At One’s Beast, available here from Amazon. Thanks Sheri for you thoughtful review of At One’s Beast. 

AT ONE’S BEAST is billed as a fairy tale twist and a low fantasy. I think it elevates both sub-genres by taking the basics of a moral tale and adding rich psychological complexity and atmosphere.

First, let me say, I was ‘in’ immediately and was driven to keep reading to the end – always key to a great read!
It starts with fairly traditional basics of Zos absorbing all the hate and evil of the town, and Alcina moving from fear and wanting to take him down, to seeing that he is something more. But the way the journey unfolds is uniquely modern from my perspective. For one, there’s a tricky twining of three characters that create a love triangle with Aethon. He is supposedly a friend, but has a fierce or even controlling streak that is a definite character flaw. Zos, while supposedly dangerous, shows gentleness and encourages Alcina’s strength. He is fearsome but magnetic in his caring and vulnerability.

Alcina, while having fears and showing her impetuous youthfulness, comes from a general stance of strength and independence that makes the reader believe she will conquer the beast. But as she spends time with Zos and on her own away from her family and community, she shows a vulnerability to love of nature, adventure, and love in general. Instead of making her seem weaker, her genuine emotion and new experiences develop her into her own woman – not Zos’. That’s not trite or typically fairy tale black and white. When she then comes to appreciate Zos, it makes her even stronger in my eyes and she lives and breathes instead of being a one dimensional fairy tale ‘princess-type’ heroine.

The only weakness to the tale I thought was the townsfolk, especially families, seem a little too hostile toward Alcina. This is chalked up to the evil influence, like a spell on them, so I can let it go. It’s just that all the other emotion in the story is so realistically supported that this actual fairy tale simplification of that point seems out of place in comparison. (Kind of a back-handed compliment!)

There is a lovely mix of grey tones throughout this story. There is a well-crafted atmospheric quality to the world – kind of an abstraction that allows complex contemplation while the clear action proceeds without dropping the reader for a single moment.

After reading Barnard’s debut novel, ATAXIA AND THE RAVINE OF LOST DREAMS, I was interested to see where this promising young author would go next. AT ONE’S BEAST exceeded my expectations and is very well developed. It’s a solid work that I would highly recommend.

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Rachel Barnard’s 25th Birthday Book Bash!

Stay tuned for the video of my stand up comedy!


Thanks for coming to my birthday book bash everyone! It was so cool to have 15 people come out to celebrate my 25th with me and to bring customers to a lovely local business (St. James Espresso). Thanks for my wonderful cards and gifts and I have some cool new books to read now! The following photos courtesy of  Rosemarie of the Eastside Social Meet up: 600_433617709 600_433617739 600_433617793 600_433617831

I had a really fun time raffling off those neat mugs and doing my short comedy routine (it was not that bad)!  The following photos courtesy of Paul (the one in the suit)