Thursday, April 8, 2021

Paperbacks and Blurbs

While I write Part II of The Druids of Marduk - which by the way is nearly done - I'm also updating the blurb/book description of Awen Rising. Why?

I am preparing to add the paperback, along with Awen Storm, to Ingram Spark. Why?

Because Ingram Spark is the recommended book aggregator. Meaning: they will distribute my paperbacks to bookstores and libraries all over the world - for a fee.

Ask Your Librarian to Order a Copy

I originally opted for Expanded Distribution with Amazon. But I ended up making something like ten cents per book. Bookstores are not likely to use Amazon, and libraries won't touch them. So getting my paperback books into Ingram Spark, however late to the party I am, will make them available in LOTS more places. 

Now to the good part. My new description. Or rather, the version I'm currently working with. I will tighten it up, change a few words here and there, etc. But this is basically it. For now.

*******AWEN RISING********

Her fiancé and career were ripped from her…

…now Emily needs a safe place to hide. 

When a long-lost Druid family offers to take her in, Emily balks at the “Must Save Earth” clause. But crappy luck reveals her to her witchy stalker, and Emily is forced to jump on the proposition despite its blatantly outrageous terms.

At their headquarters in Atlanta, Emily discovers shocking secrets: she was kidnapped by the mother who raised her on the run. Her real father and his Druid followers believe she is Earth’s only hope. And a dark, forgotten foe lurks beneath Humanity’s feet.

As the Reptilians engineer a brilliant plan to breach Earth’s unsuspecting borders, Emily desperately seeks to unleash the innate powers the Druids swear she possesses. Can the sexy druid priest, his teenage nephew, and their animal Elders tilt the odds in Emily and Earth’s favor?

If you crave compelling stories with a strong female lead, quirky sidekicks, and worthy adversaries, you will love Barré’s imaginative urban fantasy. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, Awen Rising is the first book in the Awen Trilogy. Get yours today. Or better yet, grab the whole series!

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Thanks for reading my work-in-progress description for Awen Rising. I used Bryan Cohen's formula, though the first two lines are formatted in Brian Meeks' style.  I'm quite in love with it at the moment. We shall see how I feel about it in a day of two. Now I'm off to update the front and back matter in both books in preparation for "launch" day.

Rambo - Bath Time!

See you later!

That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O. J. Barré

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic urban fantasy set in 2042 Atlanta. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising debuted July 2019. Book Two, Awen Storm, released May 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives in Fall 2021. And the Awen prequel, The Druids of Marduk, Part I, is also available on Amazon.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Inspiration - Van Gogh and Clapton

I'm sitting in my writing chair, tears streaming down my face. It's Vincent Van Gogh's birthday and in reading through the many well-wishes on Twitter, I ran across this clip from a Dr. Who episode. Give it a watch:


By the way, I looked it up and the clip is from Doctor Who, Series 5, Episode 10. This comment on YouTube by an art historian perfectly sums up my reaction:

I've never seen an episode of Doctor Who, but as an art historian, the thought of this man who was mentally ill, tormented, depressed seeing how revered and loved he is by the entire world will never not make me weep.

It also happens to be Eric Clapton's 76th birthday. Thank you, Mr. Clapton, for making such sweet music. Here he is performing Running on Faith, one of my all-time favorites from his Unplugged MTV sessions:
 

That's all. Just wanted to share. Hope y'all have an inspired day and week. April is around the corner.

Happy Spring!

That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O. J. Barré

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic urban fantasy set in 2042 Atlanta. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising debuted July 2019. Book Two, Awen Storm, released May 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives in Fall 2021. The Awen prequel, The Druids of Marduk, is also available on Amazon.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

MOM: Life, Laughter, and Recovery

Hello. My name is Olivia, and I am an alcoholic.

Now, why, you might wonder, would I tell you that?

Two reasons. 

1) I got sober in 1991, and passed the 30-year mark of sobriety a couple of days ago and am still celebrating; and

2) My new favorite sitcom is MOM, starring Allison Janney and Anna Faris.

Seriously, you say? That show's been out for-EV-ER!

Yeah, well, I ended my relationship with network and cable TV ten years ago, and never looked back. I fell in love with Netflix, bingeing hour after hour on shows I'd never seen. Shows like West Wing, Eureka, Bones, The Finder, Ally McBeal, and many more. And I ended each evening with Friends.

Unfortunately, most of these shows are no longer on Netflix. Enter Hulu.

Back then, I had a Hulu Plus account. It was great for watching current season episodes, but UGHHHHHHHH—the commercials. I canceled. Instead, I waited until they hit Netflix where I could watch them without those dastardly interruptions.

Last year, Hulu ran a deal. They had scrubbed the commercials, so we decided to check it out and ended up renewing. Recently, they added Mom to their lineup.

If you have seen Mom, which is ending this year after its eighth season, you know the storyline. Anna Faris is a single mom barely getting by. She plays Christy, a newly-recovering alcoholic and addict with two children by two different dads. Enter Bonnie, Christy's mother played by Allison Janney, who is also a recovering alky-addict and the bane of Christy's existence.

Watching these two characters maneuver life, relationships, and recovery, along with the other ladies from AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), is like returning to the beginning days of my own sobriety. The show is laugh-out-loud funny but also hits the sore spots.

If you enjoyed watching the shenanigans of Charlie, Alan, and Jake on Two and a Half Men, you'll love Mom. And even if you hated Two and a Half Men, you'll likely still love Mom. 

Here's an excerpt from a review on GritDaily:

"Bonnie (Allison Janney) and Christy Plunkett (Anna Faris) are both recovering alcoholics who also happen to be mother and daughter. In the hit CBS show, Momthe unorthodox duo navigate relationships, finances, and friendships all while attending Alcoholics Anonymous. What could’ve easily turned into a show that was too heavy or dark is actually a hilarious comedy that at its core, celebrates relatable relationships between complex and wonderfully flawed women. What’s even better is that the show is available to stream all the way through season six on Hulu... The show balances humor with realism, but never gets too heavy or preachy."

If you're looking for a show to binge, check out Mom on Hulu. You just might love it.

Happy 30th Anniversary to me!

That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O. J. Barré

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic urban fantasy set in 2042 Atlanta. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising debuted July 2019. Book Two, Awen Storm, released May 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives in Fall 2021. The Awen prequel, The Druids of Marduk, is also available on Amazon.

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