Saturday, November 27, 2021

I Give Up

I give up.

It seems that no matter what I do or say, my ads don't work.

People don't click or buy my book/s, even when the deals are sweet.

So I give up.

No more ads.

No more social media.

No more schmoozing.

No more wondering why.

My books are well-written, well-researched, well-edited.

They get good reviews.

People tell me they love them.

And I do get a few sales here and there.

But not enough to warrant the massive amount of time (and money) I spend on marketing.

So I give up.

For the foreseeable future I shall focus on writing the next book/s.

Then revisit this marketing issue after the trilogy is complete.

After the prequel is complete.

Until then, you'll hear crickets instead of my voice.

If you want to hear me, please subscribe to my blog or my newsletter or both. I'm not abandoning those. I promise.

via GIPHY

Sayonara, Olivia/O. J.

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, is on preorder and will be released in 2022. All are (or will be) available in both paperback and ebook.

O. J.'s Awen Prequel novelette, The Druids of Marduk, Part I, is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon (or free by signing up for her newsletter). The second installment, The Druids of Marduk, Part II: UnderEarth, is an ebook novella also available on Amazon. Part III: AboveEarth, is scheduled for a 2022 release.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Signed Paperbacks - 40% Off Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale



There is a first time for everything. And this is the first time my paperbacks have been "on sale".

For a substantial savings, too!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are upon us and everyone is scrambling for a deal. For those who celebrate, many will be starting our Christmas shopping, while others are likely finishing up.

For the readers on your list, my signed paperbacks are on sale in the U.S. for up to 40% off. It starts on Black Friday, the 26th, and continues through the following Saturday, December 4th.

BUT...

MY NEWSLETTER AND BLOG SUBSCRIBERS GET FIRST DIBS! That means YOU can take advantage of the sale starting today.

But don't wait. Current inventory is limited.

Here are the details:

Awen Rising, Book One in the Awen Trilogy (336 pgs):

SALE PRICE: $11 (Regular $16)

Awen Rising - On Sale for $11.00 (Reg $16)

Awen Storm, Book Two in the Awen Trilogy (399 pgs):

SALE PRICE: $12 (Regular $17)

Awen Storm - On Sale for $12 (Reg $17)

Both Books Together:  (739 pgs)

SALE PRICE: $20 (Regular $33)

Both Paperbacks for $20 (Reg $33)

To take advantage of the sale, please email me at: olivia@ojbarre.com to request your signed paperbacks. 

Please include the following info:

1) Title/s you are ordering;

2) Number copies of each;

3) Email address for PayPal invoice;

4) U.S. postal address where signed books will be sent.


  1. Once you have emailed olivia@ojbarre.com including the order info as outlined above;
  2. You will receive a PayPal invoice for the total of your order plus shipping;
  3. Then, pay the invoice;
  4. Your signed paperbacks will be sent to your U.S. street address beginning Monday, November 30th (or sooner).

And remember - as this holiday season approaches, please take time to relax and breathe. It's getting crazy out there - and has been for the last couple of weeks. After the recent debacle at my local Target, I have decided to avoid the madness and do the rest of my shopping online. Or at 6 a.m. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Y'all keep reading and I'll keep writing!

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, is on preorder and will be released in 2022. All are (or will be) available in both paperback and ebook.

O. J.'s Awen Prequel novelette, The Druids of Marduk, Part I, is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon (or free by signing up for her newsletter). The second installment, The Druids of Marduk, Part II: UnderEarth, is an ebook novella also available on Amazon. Part III: AboveEarth, is scheduled for a 2022 release.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Bloody Head? Open a Window.

How many times do you beat your head against a door before you give up and open a window?

If you're like me, the answer is MANY.

For the last two weeks, or however long it's been since I wrote that last scene for Khenko Blitherstone, I have been fiddling with the Awen Tide manuscript to no avail.

It all started when I went back to the beginning and read Chapter One and spit-shined it. That experience was so awesome, I just knew I had devised a new plan. Remember?

So, I kept going in that direction. But as I approached the end of Chapter Two, the shiny wore off. Since then, I keep showing up at the page, according to plan, but I'm getting exactly NOWHERE.

The new plan is not working. And I'm frustrated.

Once again, I find myself crying out in astonished aggravation, "Uncle, dammit, UNCLE!" (Oooo look, a squirrel! Where did that saying come from anyway? I'll find out in a bit and report back to you.*)

Today, in the hopes of salvaging my entry into NaNoWriMo, I am changing gears. Because this writer is stuck. And I've shared with you in the past that stuck - for me, anyway - always means my Muse has applied the brakes and is reeling me in.

So, why (OH WHY!), did it take me two weeks to GET THAT? I know this is my process. Sheesh.

But now, instead of dangling and dancing at the tip of the rod, I shall relax and let go. Like Hermione, Harry, and Ron, I shall slide through the devil's snare, pick myself up off the dusty floor, and proceed through the door I'm being pointed towards—MY NOTES.

Let's just hope I've picked the right door.

So for the rest of today, I will gather my copious notes together, read through them to see where I am (and where I am not), then decide what needs to be written between here and The End.

Then tomorrow, my Muse and I will brainstorm, sketching out the titles for the remaining chapters and scenes.

This will be my NaNo outline. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, starts in two days - on Monday, November 1st - and runs through the 30th. 

SOOOO, in a little over a month, my first draft (and the trilogy) will be complete.

Ahhh. I like the sound of that!

Y'all keep reading and I'll keep writing!

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

*P. SEven Wikidpedia doesn't know where the Uncle saying originated. Do you?

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, is on preorder and will be released in 2022. All are (or will be) available in both paperback and ebook.

O. J.'s Awen Prequel novelette, The Druids of Marduk, Part I, is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon (or free by signing up for her newsletter). The second installment, The Druids of Marduk, Part II: UnderEarth, is an ebook novella also available on Amazon. Part III: AboveEarth, is scheduled for a 2022 release.

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