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 www.rachelauthorbarnard.com

Miscellaneous Mondays: SoCNoC wrapup

Southern Cross Novel Challenge
Invariably life intercedes and I chose to de-hectify my life and not worry about meeting the challenge. I resolved, about one week in, to write as much as possible, whenever possible and to make opportunities for myself to write. Those opportunities banked off sharply when I added on a 40-hour work week to my usual schedule. Overall I think I accomplished quite a bit with my novel and it stands at almost 50k words total, a complete first draft. Now on to edits. I also have yet to finish sending out my children’s picture book to all possible publishers from the list I have been working on.
Week one tally?
    3 queries sent
    10,998  words written
Week two tally?
    5 queries sent
    6, 889 words written
Week three tally?
    1 query sent
    4,628  words written
Week four tally?
    2 queries sent
    5,300 words written

Final tally:
   11 Queries sent
   27,815 words written
Till NaNoWriMo!

Miscellaneous Mondays: Southern Cross Novel Challenge Update

5/31: 22540
6/1: goal:24,207 (24,390)
Sent query to Arthur A. Levine Books
6/2: goal: 25,874 (25,748)
6/3: goal: 27,541 (26,658)
Sent query to Kane Miller EDC Publishing
6/4: goal: 29,208 (27,000)
Sent query letter to Diversion Press
6/5: goal: 30,0875 (27,00)
6/6: goal: 32,542 (29,800)
6/7: goal: 34,209 (30,683)
6/8: goal: 35,876 (33,538)
6/9: goal: 37,543 (34,846)
6/10: goal: 39,210 (….)

I may have to change my challenge to half SoCNoc but I will continue to try to catch up. Today is a new day!

Author Thursdays: SoCNoc

The Challenge:

SoCNoC – or Southern Cross Novel Competition is the writing challenge for the Southern Hemisphere, and anyone else who wants to join in.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.


The Rules

The Goal:

Though traditionally one would start a new novel and finish it* in the month, I have chosen to finish a novel I have already started. I hope that combining my already 23k words with the 50k I will write in June, I will have a complete novel! As my writing habit is to edit as I go, the novel will be already partially edited!

It takes a village to create a monster. Can one young girl’s sacrifice break the spell or will the whole town be consumed by his voracious anger?


Every girl and boy in the village of Frey has been afraid of the beast of the forest for as long as they can remember. It was only ten years ago that he fell into the well of loathing and was consumed by the town’s rage. He made his home in the forest and every year the townspeople sacrificed one of their own to appease his anger. The girl who helped pull him out of the well ten years ago has been chosen as the next sacrifice. Will she be the one to break the spell or will the whole town be consumed by his voracious anger.

The progress:

3/20/13: 720 words!
3/24/13: 2150 words!
4/26/13: 12.4k words!
4/29/13: 16k words!
5/03/13: 18k words!
5/08/13: 20k words!
5/12/13: 23k words!

The Outcome: