WAAAlk for Autism Last Saturday

Saturday was autism awareness day. I supported my family’s walk for autism to help collect funds for the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy in my donut costume.

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THE STORY:
Sensory Sensitive, Child & Teen Suitable Activities, Family Fun & Resource Fair – WAAAlk for Autism is a day for our community to come together to honor and recognize the 2,800 families and 12,000 individuals that WAAA has helped statewide. It is a day to celebrate the unique gifts that each individual and family touched with autism brings into our lives.

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You can still donate to the cause! Click this link HERE to donate

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Book Event at Third Place Books with Tiffany Belcher 03/12/16

What an exciting author event this past Saturday! I’ve read Tiffany Belcher’s first book, Sara Supernatural, and loved it and now the second in the series is available. I observed the event to get good ideas for my own Third Place Books event in June.

Here’s what I learned: The Den seats about 26. They have a projector and screen available. They have a nice podium and sound system. People can’t see this area from the door, so a big sign and arrow would be handy.

Here are some neat pics I took from the event. I loved seeing Tiffany Belcher again and she had quite the lovely, entertaining, and useful presentation.

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Throwback to when I first met Tiffany and bought her first book at St. James Espresso in Kirkland… 04/15/2015

20150415 author signing with Tiffany Blecher

 

Miscellaneous Mondays – Author Platform – Newsletter!

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  • Upcoming events
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  • Summary of the month’s book reviews
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Book Recommendations from the Writer’s in Paradise Workshop 01/2016

Books similar to my MG fantasy submission, Flora’s Last Chance for Magic:

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sure Signs of Crazy by  Karen Harrington

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Ship Breaker by  Paolo Bacigalupi

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Mistborn: The Final Empire by  Brandon Sanderson

Book recommendations from the YA workshop:

Challenger Deep by  Neal Shusterman

The She by  Carol Plum-Ucci

The Thing About Jellyfish by  Ali Benjamin

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Bud not Buddy by  Christopher Paul Curtis

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer Series Book 1) by Jenny Han 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

El Deafo by  Cece Bell

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1) by Laini Taylor

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 

Author recommendations from the YA workshop:

Sara Dessen

Jacqueline Woodson

Robin Mckinley

Book recommendations for craft:

On Becoming a Novelist by  John Gardner

Miscellaneous Book recommendations:

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James

Tinkers by  Paul Harding

Lord of Misrule (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jaimy Gordon 

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle) by  Ursula K. Le Guin

Author Goals and Accomplishments from 2015 and Future Goals for 2016

Remember this post back in 2014?

2015 Writing Goals:

  1. Create audiobook version of poetry book, Wandering Imagination
  2. Write manuscript for book 1 of Fantasy trilogy
  3. Send Children’s Book to Publishers
  4. Write manuscript of The Geocache Killer
  5. Get At One’s Beast 15 reviews (Currently have: Goodreads -13, Amazon -11)
  6. Get Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams 20 reviews (Currently have: Goodreads -9, Amazon -9)
  7. Finished and Published audiobook copy of At One’s Beast
  8. Submit some short stories to contests/publications
  9. Finish YA manuscript Donuts in an Empty Field

How did I do?

I didn’t create the audiobook for my poetry book yet but I futzed with Paul’s recording equipment and think I’m ready to get this one done next year in preparation for narrating my own audiobook for Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1).

I’ve decided not to write that fantasy trilogy I talked about, yet that is because I started a different sort of trilogy and it took off with my imagination. I’m set to publish Cafe Connections (Aster & Tilde Book 1) Halloween of 2016 unless it is picked up by a traditional publisher. Stay tuned for more information on that book.

I didn’t send any manuscripts to publishers or agents this year as I was busy writing more books! I have more plans to submit other books to publishers though 🙂

I decided I’m still not ready to write The Geocache Killer, but when I’ve got a handle on thriller/mystery as a genre, I will totally pick this one back up and write it.

At One’s Beast has 26 Goodreads reivews and 18 Amazon reviews, so I’m calling this one done.

Ataxia has 15 Goodreads reviews and 15 Amazon reviews which I think is good enough to check this one off the list

At One’s Beast is available as an audiobook, since early 2015 in fact!

I have been submitting to the Writer’s of the Future of this year and will be submitting to anthologies and other publication opportunities next year.

I haven’t finished Donuts in an Empty Field yet but I’m working on the third draft as we speak for publication June 3rd, 2016.


 

Goals for 2016

  1. At One’s Beast available in King County Libraries
  2. Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) published
  3. Start my retirement fund
  4. Create a food/board game
  5. Watch a roller derby
  6. Finish Flora’s Last Chance for Magic and submit to publishers
  7. Re-revise My Dad the Prepper and send it out to new publishers
  8. Make a box set case for upcoming series For the Love of Donuts using this website
  9. Publish the anthology “Stories from Seattle” with all proceeds to go to my favorite goat rescue PSGR
  10. Finish my brother’s recipe book so he can publish it
  11. Publish Cafe Connections (Aster & Tilde book 1) on 10/31/16
  12. Get professional author photos
  13. Learn a special dance or solo
  14. Bask in a sea of donuts

Call for submissions for a Seattle Anthology: Stories from Seattle (Deadline Extended)

Call for submissions for a Seattle Anthology: Stories from Seattle (working title)

This anthology will feature what Seattle is best known for, the places and the people and the feeling of being here. The purpose of this anthology is to showcase Seattle from an insider’s perspective. The stories should center around the ‘destination’ you choose such that the reader will gain a deep understanding of what it’s like to visit that place. Any person who has never been to Seattle should be able to imagine living here from the stories. The stories do not have to be true and they can be any genre.

Stories should be approximately 200 to 2000 words each. You may submit up to three stories.

Consideration will be given first to submissions received before December 31st, 2015.

You may choose from the below destinations or pick your own that is an iconic Seattle or Seattle area destination.

Please also answer the following questions to include with your submission. We will be using some or all of the answers in the backend matter of the anthology or/and within your ‘about the author’ section at the end of your submission(s). If you would like, you can provide a short (under 100 words) author biography and a black and white author photograph to be included in your ‘about the author’ section.

  1. What do you like most about Seattle?
  2. What do you like least about Seattle?
  3. What is your favorite restaurant/café?
  4. What is your favorite book or movie that features Seattle?
  5. What is your favorite local product?
  6. What makes you a Seattleite?

If you would like to help with copy editing or provide editorial help for this anthology, please let me know.

Send to rachel(dot)author(dot)barnard@gmail.com, the author name you wish to have credited for the story, the Seattle location you chose, answers to the ‘about the author’ questions and any additional about the author information you would like (up to 100 words) as well as your submission (up to three stories). Please also sign and return This anthology-Author Contract.

Possible destinations:

Alaska Way Viaduct Market Ghost Tour
Alki Point Microsoft Campus
Archie McPhee Molly Moon
Argosy Cruise Museum of Flight
Ballard Locks Northwest Trek
Bellevue Strawberry Festival Olympic Sculpture Park
Benaroya Hall Pacific Science Center
Beoing Factory Future of Flight Paramount Theatre
Bill Gates’ House Pike’s Place
CenturyLink Field Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Chihuly Garden and Glass Ride the Ducks
Costco Seattle Aquarium
Dick’s Drive-In Seattle Great Wheel
Discovery Park Seattle Pinball Museum
Elliot Bay Book Company Smith Tower Observation Deck
EMP Snoqualmie Casino
Fremont Troll Snoqualmie Falls
Frye Art Museum Space Needle
Gas Works Park Starbucks Original
Hat N’ Boots Teatro ZinZanni
Jimi Hendrix Grave Site Twin Peaks (North Bend)
Lake View Cemetery Underground Seattle
Lake Washington Unicorn
Lighthouse at the Lime Kiln State Park UW
Lunchbox Laboratory

 

WIP Call for Betas: Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1)

Beta readers wanted! Signup on my blog to be a beta reader for my WIP Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1). Donuts will be available for first round of beta reading next week. You can also sign up for round two of beta reading later this year.

Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) Description:

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is.

Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to 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.


 

To be a Beta:

Here’s what I’ll need from you:

  • You need to be honest and bold and willing to give any criticisms
  • Be familiar with fiction and YA
  • Be a reader and/or a writer
  • Be able to give real critique and forthright assessment of the manuscript
  • Be able to evaluate with depth and/or breadth
  • Be able to find weak spots
  • I’m not looking for line editing, but critique on plot, character development, storyline, etc.

**You won’t hurt my feelings. You can tell me anything and everything. Better now than after it’s published, right?**

Here’s what you’ll get from me:

  • A formatted version of the novel (pdf/doc/ePub)
  • I’m also a reader so if you have a book out I will see if it’s something I’d like and may put it in my review pile
  • I will give serious consideration to every comment, suggestion, and question you pose
  • I will thank you profusely!
  • I have 2 other novels I’d love to give you a copy of if you’d like

To signup: fill out the contact form below and I will add you as a beta reader and send you a copy in the format requested when it’s available, depending on the book(s) you chose.

My Favorite Indie Authors 9 – Lee French

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 I met Lee French at the AFK I Heart Books event at the beginning of the year. Read about all the books I discovered here. In a world where most print books are $15 – $30, the first book in her “The Greatest Sin” Series was only $8. My favorite color used to be purple and is now blue. Most of her books feature blue in their covers and her Greatest Sin Series features quite a bit of purple. I was intrigued by the colors and the price tag and bought the book. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book as it was a world-building type fantasy and I typically go for the low-fantasy could almost happen in our world type fantasy. But I fell in love with Chavali, the main character, and have since read every single book Lee French has currently published and am eagerly awaiting more books.

I like the way French weaves fantasy into her story and makes the reader wonder, what is the greatest sin? French has a way with words and phrases that is mesmerizing. Her writing style is elegant and captivating. You can tell she is a professional and knows what she’s doing. She gives Chavali a bite to her words. I love the quick wit Chavali exhibits and the way she talks back without trying to usurp anyone or prove she’s better.

Lee French continues to deliver good writing and great story with the second and third books in The Greatest Sin series. Just like The Fallen, Harbinger was full of great quotes, quippy dialogue, fun and larger than life characters, and a female kick-butt main character who took no nonsense from anyone.

Soon to be published by Lee French is “Al-Khabar”, of which I was honored to receive as a beta read book and will give it another read before posting a five-star review.

If you purchase any of Lee French’s books, be sure to enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card from my blog’s contest, see Contest page for more details. If you post your review of 3 stars or higher you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card from my blog’s contest, see Contest page for more details.

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Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) Call for Quotes

Would you like your words to be in my upcoming For the Love of Donuts Book? I’m looking for quotes about donuts to feature on the back of the first book in the series.

Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) Coming in 2016!

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is.

Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to 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.