Goodreads Giveaway Ending: Last Chance to Win a Review Copy of Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams by Rachel Barnard

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Click to enter to win a signed review copy of Rachel Barnard’s debut novel Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams. 

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. 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.

Miscellaneous Mondays: FreeValley Publishing Block Party


Had a blast this Saturday at the Snoqualmie Block Party with FreeValley Publishing:20140920_09400720140920_093957


The following photos from Sheri J. Kennedy (second from right), for more see here.


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This cute little boy came right up to Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams.


Seattle Specific Saturdays: Snoqualmie Block Party and Kindle Free Promotions

At One’s Beast and Wandering Imagination, both by Rachel Barnard are free for Kindle this weekend! If you want to come meet the author and get a signed copy, come down to the Snoqualmie Block Party, where FreeValley Publishing is hosting a booth. Rachel Barnard will be at the booth from 10AM – 12PM. Click on the images to for more information or to download the books for kindle. atonesbeastWanderingImagination20140920_093957The Block Party - FPC

Author Thursdays: At One’s Beast Book Giveaway* Ending and Character Names’ Meanings

Enter to win a copy of At One’s Beast, through September 14th


“You are not required to review the book if you win a copy. However, we encourage you do to so, as it’s the reason the publishers are giving us free books in the first place. People who review the books are also more likely to win more advance copies in the future.”



Alcina –  Derived from the Latinized Greek mythological name Alcinous meaning, “Strong-willed.”

Zosimos – Latinized form of a Greek name derived from  Ζωσιμος meaning “viable” or “likely to survive.”

Aethon – Ancient Greek word means “burning” or “blazing” or “shining.”

Chalysta – Variant and Female version of the Greek Kallistos, meaning “most beautiful.”

Eudocia – Latinized form of the Greek name  Ευδοκια (Eudokia) meaning “good thought.”

Mara – Means “bitter” in Hebrew.

Yuridia – Greek for “noblewoman.”

Marina – Feminine form of Marinus meaning “of the sea.”

Spyros – Greek short form of spyridon meaning “basket” or “spirit.”



If you miss out on the Goodreads Giveaway you can find the kindle/ebook version of At One’s Beast free during the September 19th – 21st weekend or purchase a signed copy at the Snoqualmie Block Party booth. 

FreeValley Publishing Authors: Upcoming Live Event at Snoqualmie Days

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Remember that countdown timer on my blog? it’s for this event! Come see FreeValley Publishing’s booth and snag all those books you haven’t read yet. Check out new books by Rachel Barnard (At One’s Beast), Victoria Bastedo (Roots Entwine) and Jeffrey Cook (Dawn of Steam Gods of the Sun). For more information on FreeValley Publishing, check out their website here!

Authors will be available to meet you and to sign books. The event is at Center Blvd SE, Snoqualmie, WA from 10-5. Hope to see you there!


Book Giveaways! Goodreads Giveaways!

Enter to win a copy of At One’s Beast, through September 14th



Enter to win a copy of Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams, through October 31st

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“You are not required to review the book if you win a copy. However, we encourage you do to so, as it’s the reason the publishers are giving us free books in the first place. People who review the books are also more likely to win more advance copies in the future.”


Rachel Barnard Publishes New Novel: At One’s Beast

Local Author Does it Again!


Seattle, Washington, July 14th – Rachel Barnard, a driven young author in the Seattle area released her newest young adult novel, At One’s Beast this month. 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).

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. She began editing the novel the following winter, handed it to beta readers in the spring, re-edited in the summer and hit the publish button in July.

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?

What did the beta readers have to say about the book? “Your action scenes are quite good!” and “I’m starting to get into the book and not wanting to put it down!” and “I loved the once upon a time opening – evokes storytelling, tells reader the type of story they are about to read.” (Bill Barnard)

Want to read more? Createspace Preview of Chapter one is available for your reading pleasure Here 

For more information on Rachel Barnard and her novels, you can visit her website at

North Bend Block Party Author Appearances!

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The FreeValley Publishing authors will host a booth at North Bend Days. Come down, show your support, listen to some music, and play games! For more information on FreeValley Publishing, the authors involved, and the books available for purchase, click here.

Maple Valley Days and FreeValley Publishing

It quite difficult to publish a novel but that’s not where the self-published author can throw in the towel and head to the beach on vacation. Not at all, my word-inspired friends. A self-published author is not just the writer of the novel, but also the producer and manager. The author markets and researches. The author creates websites and promotional materials and goes to events to promote their book. And that takes hard work and quite a bit of determination.

Not all authors walk down the same path when they send a book out to be published, many more authors today are self-publishing and acting as their own agent. Some call them author-publishers. Some call them crazy. Come see for yourself what it is like to self-publish and promote your own book at Maple Valley Days. Two of your very own Maple Valley writers, as well as authors from North Bend and Snoqualmie will be at the FreeValley Publishing booth. Many of these writers are experts at self-publishing and are highly aware of the book-publishing industry. Everyone has a book inside, come read ours and see if you are ready to write yours.


Maple Valley Days 2014, June 13-15. FreeValley Publishing booth located near the Info booth.


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Norwescon Wrap Up Thoughts

I was at Norwescon last week(end) and it was quite the experience. I have never been to a con like that before. In fact the only convention I’ve really ever gone to was the recent AWP convention (more here) and that was nothing at all like Norwescon. I enjoyed myself but didn’t feel like I truly got to experience the con because I was not there at night and I didn’t know anyone but my lobby booth buddy Jeffrey Cook.

Here’s a list of the pros and cons to Norwescon for me



– Getting to see all the wonderful costumes

– Meeting people who came to our lobby booth

– Being able to talk about FVP and MVW books

– The cool vendors

– the free munchies in the Hospitality room

– People were nice and friendly

– the con environment seemed relaxed and not policing

– Valet took care of parking my car when I couldn’t find a spot

– Our booth had a lot of traffic

– I had a place to be (our booth) that I could feel safe and like I belonged to a particular spot for comfort’s sake

– I got to dress up! (and no matter what I dressed in it would not be the oddest costume out there)



– Saturday admission was $45 (I even had to pay to just man the booth)

– parking was a nightmare as by 9:00 in the morning there were no spots left

– It was raining so going outside was not happening

– Our lobby booth was hemmed in by the superfluous amount of Larpers in the neighboring booth

– The two panels I tried to go to stunk, as the presenters were not very prepared, treated the audience like morons, and cursed in front of children

– The wrap-around enclosed nature of the hotel with spread out places to go was a little unnerving for first time con-goer such as myself