I Try With A Little Help From My Friends

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This week brought another “first”. My series of five books was combined into one e-unit… a boxed set. It’s a neat idea. As one book is finished you turn the digital page and start the next part of the story. How cool is that?! A further surprise was the boxed set actually hit the top 100 list in one of the sci-fi /fantasy categories. That was completely unexpected as the boxed set is a bit more than a single ebook even though it’s priced so a buyer saves 30% by purchasing all 5 books together vs. individually. *smiles in delight*

So here is a big THANK YOU to every reader who has ever picked up my books, read them, reviewed and told others. YOU ROCK!! Whether I know you or not we are now connected through the stories and are reading FRIENDS.

So I want to share with you the lovely blurb that my friend and publisher wrote about the series which you can read while you hear in your head Joe Cocker sing “With a little help from my friends.”

Please note the final paragraph. My gift to you!

*hugs*

Follow the stories of 3 strong young women who are sages of the planet Ose. As sages, they help keep the planet stabilized and live for centuries.

Marisily’s sage abilities awaken when she flees for her life after watching her mother die. With more citizens becoming victims of the bands of outlaws, Marisily struggles to stay safe when she is targeted for slavery. She becomes key in the clandestine plan among the government to take back the society and reestablish the founding culture. But can they do it in time?

Centuries later, Ree’s abilities awaken during the time of a plague. With her unique sage abilities, she becomes vital to finding the cure to the virulent disease that has taken hundreds. In the middle of the crisis, a counterfeiter takes advantage of the events, putting several other lives in peril. The sages must right the multiple crises before anyone else falls prey to the events. Rare natives of the planet have important information to impart if the sages can decipher their cryptic message.

As the years pass, Erin is born. She is the child of two established sages. But when they are murdered, Erin manages to escape and must disguise herself as a boy to avoid being taken by the men who are after her. She later discovers that they’re not only after her, but all of the sages as they deem them “witches” of the planet. But these murders only upset the planet’s delicate balance and the loss of so many sages causes the planet to become unstable. Earthquakes and storms plague the denizens of Ose. Can the sages manage to fix the problem and restore balance and order to their planet?

Bonus short story included at the end of the collection: The Tin of Honey is a dystopian short story set in the near future. It will be included in Holly’s upcoming short story collection which will be released toward the end of 2014.

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The Lost & More About Obsidian Island

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Over the course of the series many readers have asked about Obsidian Island, the penal colony on Ose. In the final book I expand on what it looks like and what it would be like to be banished there. Obsidian plays a slightly more important role in this book. Here is an excerpt from The Lost (now in print and available on Amazon and other book retailers). Obsidian
~ PROLOGUE: The Penal Colony on Obsidian Island ~

Bure glared at the old man, his whole body vibrating with his effort to suppress his frustration and be civil. He wanted answers and would prefer not to beat them out of the coot. The guy was older than him but looked tough. “How do you get out of this place? I’ve been all over this valley and I’ve not found even a crevice of a cave or a finger hold to scale the walls. You’ve been here awhile. Tell me!”
The grey-haired fellow met Bure’s eyes with a calm confidence. “I’ve watched you. I know. We all search this valley when we first arrive until we come to the same conclusion. So son, tell me, what part of ‘Once you’re in Obsidian Island there is no getting out’ don’t you understand?”
He chuckled when he saw the flair of rage in Bure’s eyes. “It’s true. There’s no exit. Look all you want. Let me tell you what you found: The walls of this crater are glass smooth and very hard so you can’t chip any climbing grips. The trees aren’t tall enough to reach the top if you climbed them. The stream that feeds this valley starts as an artesian spring in the small lake over there and exits in a seep at the west end of the basin. If it didn’t, this whole crater would be a lake with an island in the middle.”
Bure’s growl interrupted the recitation. “Yeah, well what about that stone uplift?” He gestured to the huge column of stone rising from the floor of the basin.
The veteran mused, “It’s interesting isn’t it? A former resident of this place had been a geologist. He said that before Obsidian became extinct it was trying to rebuild itself. That huge stone column is just as smooth and unscalable as all the other walls. It’s high enough that birds perched on the edge are beyond bow range and even if you could get up there, you still would be out of reach of the outer walls.”
Bure snarled.
The older man shook his head. “It isn’t so bad a place when you accept the inevitable. You’ll see, there are resources to build a life here. We’ve all tried to escape and take revenge against those that sent us here but there’s no way out.” He studied the fuming young man. “So what did you do? What laws did you break? My guess would be murder.” He watched as the new man clenched his fists.
Now the seasoned inhabitant threw back his head and laughed deeply. “Thought as much, I know the signs. I’ve been in this extinct volcano for nearly thirty years; killed a witch, I did. Murder is against the law on this world and one of the sure ways to end up here.” The old man’s gravelly voice took on a harder edge, “This crater is the exception, so don’t get ideas, son. I may be older than you but I’m fit and can defend myself. I can still kill you if you push me to it.”
Bure’s scoff of disdain was cut short by an unnervingly strong hand around his throat. The older man laughed with a mad glee, “You’ve heard the phrase, ‘I brought you into this world and I can take you out’? It’s very true, son. I’m Kald…your daddy. So nice of you to provide this little family reunion. Welcome to Obsidian Island.”

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Soooo Much Happening!!

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I have been A.W.O.L. from my blog for a while. Though I haven’t shared with you..(and I’m sorry) it just means my creative energies have been maxed elsewhere. But I’M BACK! :D

In my writing life I have completed and now have published the fifth and final book to the Sage Seed Chronicles (The Lost). I’ve enjoyed the series and thought I should push on to a sixth book but reconsidered. The characters are, for the most part, a part of me. My beloved Grandmother is Ree and the only pet I’ve ever had (very adored but had too briefly) is Tempo. By writing them into the books I was able to be with them again. As I worked on The Lost I realized that I had given those two and many other characters a new life. They live for countless other readers and I can see them continuing on this world that I have made. So it was with a happy feeling of satisfaction that I have finished the series sufficiently that they can carry on without me. LOL Who knows? It may be more peaceful!
Here is my Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0082ZGU7M

I’ve been writing and hope to have the manuscript of Sunstone completed in the next couple of months. It can also be classified as sci-fi …but completely different. At the same time I’ve been spreading my “genre” wings in a short story collection I’ve been working on.

In my personal life I have designed three new accent tables. One has been custom built and the other two are under construction.

All creativity and curiosity is being turned into something interesting. I will strive to keep in touch.

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Sharing Some Contentment

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Here is an excerpt from the Unraveling:

There was a breeze in the moonlit forest; the shadows shifted and blended as the branches moved. A young woman raced between the trees, oblivious to the branches that tore at her hair and clothing. In her haste, her feet slipped on the leaves and decaying foliage, adding to her terrified flight. The slender girl whirled behind a tree and crouched low. Her large, blue eyes darted back over her trail, searching the flickering shadows for her pursuer. Her breathing was ragged. Where was he?
She tried to catch her breath so she could listen, but her heart was racing like a stampeding elk; her breathing was so choppy that her whimpers escaped her throat in short, ragged bursts. She looked around the tree at the terrain she had just covered. Was that a movement back there? With a gasp, she darted back behind the tree and staggered into motion. She knew he was following. Goose bumps raced up her arms as she tore over the small rise, her heart pumping like a smithy’s bellows.
Something brushed her cheek. At first the soft touch didn’t register through the overwhelming terror of her flight but it came again, this time with a voice. ‘Erin. It’s all right. You’re safe for now. Erin, hear me.’
The light contact came again and abruptly broke through her mind. Startled out of the nightmare that had gripped her, she opened her eyes and with a shuddering breath, looked up into the gentle eyes of the merlin falcon that was standing beside her head. “Thank you, Keir.” Her breath hitched as she spoke. She rose up on one elbow and reached up to touch the bird, but her hand quivered with the remaining adrenaline that still coursed through her blood. “That was . . . terrifying.”
The bird bobbed his head. ‘The nightmare is understandable. The murder of your parents is bad enough, but there’s also the fact that you have new abilities. Erin, you’re sensing the dangerous person who is seeking you. I am sure of it, and that had to play into your dream. But that person isn’t near. My kind have been watching. Rest. Dawn will arrive soon. There are some miles to go yet to get to Ree. She will have some answers for you. Rest. You are safe for now.’
Erin’s nod was a little shaky. She could feel the sweat from the nightmare drying on her skin. “You’re right. It was so real, it’ll take me a few minutes to be clear of it so I can sleep. I’m sorry I woke you, Keir.” She shook her head and her long hair slipped behind her shoulders. A few strands still clung to the sticky sweat on her face. Erin raised a hand that was steadier than it had been moments before and brushed the hair away from her forehead. “I know Ree will at least be able to advise me, because she’s a wise woman, and right now I need all of the advice I can get.”

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Jingle Bells, Mistletoe & Magic Holiday Booklover’s Bash /Virtual Ebook Fair

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This is my first year in the Jingle Bells, Mistletoe & Magic Virtual EBook Fair. It is indeed a book lovers bash! A place to browse and meet the authors, fill your kindle and virtual stockings! Wow!
Anyway…I want to tell you about what I am offering. I’ll be doing a random drawing from everyone who comments and chats with me during this event. There are: ~ four note cards with my wildlife art~ ~three gifts of exotic wood pendants I made during my day job~ ~two gifts of one ebook anthology…These anthologies are short stories written by several authors in a writer group I belong to. They are multi genre with an fascinating range that is sure to delight everyone. I have a short story in each one.
Please comment on the Jingle Bell’s site so I don’t lose your comment. I’d love to hear from you and will be available to chat Friday 6pm PST, Saturday 10:30am PST and Sunday 11:30am PST, for an hour each time. If these time don’t work just leave your comment
(https://www.facebook.com/events/555513161201471/)and I will get back to you when I’m online.
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Here is an excerpt from the Unraveling:

There was a breeze in the moonlit forest; the shadows shifted and blended as the branches moved. A young woman raced between the trees, oblivious to the branches that tore at her hair and clothing. In her haste, her feet slipped on the leaves and decaying foliage, adding to her terrified flight. The slender girl whirled behind a tree and crouched low. Her large, blue eyes darted back over her trail, searching the flickering shadows for her pursuer. Her breathing was ragged. Where was he?
She tried to catch her breath so she could listen, but her heart was racing like a stampeding elk; her breathing was so choppy that her whimpers escaped her throat in short, ragged bursts. She looked around the tree at the terrain she had just covered. Was that a movement back there? With a gasp, she darted back behind the tree and staggered into motion. She knew he was following. Goose bumps raced up her arms as she tore over the small rise, her heart pumping like a smithy’s bellows.
Something brushed her cheek. At first the soft touch didn’t register through the overwhelming terror of her flight but it came again, this time with a voice. ‘Erin. It’s all right. You’re safe for now. Erin, hear me.’
The light contact came again and abruptly broke through her mind. Startled out of the nightmare that had gripped her, she opened her eyes and with a shuddering breath, looked up into the gentle eyes of the merlin falcon that was standing beside her head. “Thank you, Keir.” Her breath hitched as she spoke. She rose up on one elbow and reached up to touch the bird, but her hand quivered with the remaining adrenaline that still coursed through her blood. “That was . . . terrifying.”
The bird bobbed his head. ‘The nightmare is understandable. The murder of your parents is bad enough, but there’s also the fact that you have new abilities. Erin, you’re sensing the dangerous person who is seeking you. I am sure of it, and that had to play into your dream. But that person isn’t near. My kind have been watching. Rest. Dawn will arrive soon. There are some miles to go yet to get to Ree. She will have some answers for you. Rest. You are safe for now.’
Erin’s nod was a little shaky. She could feel the sweat from the nightmare drying on her skin. “You’re right. It was so real, it’ll take me a few minutes to be clear of it so I can sleep. I’m sorry I woke you, Keir.” She shook her head and her long hair slipped behind her shoulders. A few strands still clung to the sticky sweat on her face. Erin raised a hand that was steadier than it had been moments before and brushed the hair away from her forehead. “I know Ree will at least be able to advise me, because she’s a wise woman, and right now I need all of the advice I can get.”

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The Reweaving joins the series!

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Reweaving is out, joining The Founders, Divergent Paths and The Unraveling in the series! This is a big step and I think you as a reader will appreciate it the work that went into it.

When I was first picked up by a boutique press the publisher decided to start with book three:The Unraveling. There was a logic to the decision as Unraveling and Reweaving formed a sequel unit..a series within the series. His editing style was to clean up the punctuation and let the rest of it be “the author’s voice”. The drawback of those two decisions was the story wasn’t sequential and the writing wasn’t polished.

My sincere apologies to any who read the e-book version with the birds on the cover.

Fast-forward to present day. I now have a publisher/editor who really works with me to get the most polished story out there for you the reader. We have put out the first four books in their chronological order and they have been worked over to make the story clean and enjoyable. We put The Reweaving through an extra edit step to add some rewrites. *Smiling in delight* It is a much better read now.

As of this writing The Reweaving is on the “Hot New Releases” and top 100 list on Amazon in three categories! WOOT! How cool is that!

If you haven’t read the others it’s okay. The books can stand on their own but the story is richer when read in sequence. Though there are these four available a fifth is written and will be out late in the year or early 2014. I am currently plotting the sixth.

I hope you find the sage adventures enjoyable. Feel free to contact me here with your comments and questions.

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News Flash:July Events

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NEWS FLASH!

There are many new developments that are happening this month.

First this must be acted on right away! There are only a few days left to take advantage of the free giveaway we have going to celebrate the launch of The Reweaving! http://bit.ly/17aaVcN: An audio book of The Founders and an autographed paperback copy of The Reweaving!
To earn points for the giveaway: Join me on Facebook, Tweet, List the book on Goodreads or send a Picture of one of the Sage Seed Chronicles book or e-book covers. I have the instructions on how to earn the five points for the picture on my author page on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/MPAByW)

The Reweaving will launch on July 16! YIPPEE!

There is an Anthology coming out at the end of the month. It is called The Writer’s Stuff: A Multi-Genre Anthology #1. It is a compilation of short stories, excerpts and drabbles (100 word mini stories inspired by a given picture) from several writer friends of mine. In the Anthology I have something in each category. One of my short stories is related to my first book:The Founders and will be added to the end of that book in August.

We are awaiting the second audio book to be released for sale. Divergent Paths has been recorded and will join The Founders in our audio-book series. The third book The Unraveling will go into recording production soon.

Earlier this month the first three books in the series hit the top 100 in their category on Amazon! WOOT! This is shaping up to be a really interesting month! *Big Grin*

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It’s Almost Here!

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It’s almost time! Drumroll please.(parrr-um..parrr-ummm..pa..pa..parrrr-ummmm)

I’m delighted to announce that book four in the Sage Seed Chronicles series is nearing release. Sequel to Unraveling, The Reweaving is due out July 16, 2013. In celebration we have a fun little giveaway planned. Come one. Come all. Join in the fun for a chance to win some free goodies: An audiobook of The Founders (book 1) and an autographed copy of The Reweaving paperback.

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It’s Not The Victim’s Fault

Holly human brain, Innocent Victims, inspiration, Patrick Stewart, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Senseless act, society & culture 2 Comments

imagesI recently heard of this and I want to share it with you. It is an incredible story on so many levels and I urge you to go to this blog and read then watch the clip. Farther down the page is another link to the original blog and clip. Separately they are powerful beyond expectation. Together they are so phenomenally incredible. They don’t take to long. I urge you to go there and experience this: http://rhondahopkins.com/2013/05/30/patrick-stewart-speaks-out-about-domestic-violence/

I could stop right there and be so satisfied that I had passed this on to you but there is one more thing and it is related… There is a charity that my press is trying to earn money for: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. They are working hard to increase the diagnosis and treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you are interested in our drive which has one week to go please scroll down a few blog posts on this page. There are two that relate to the charity (http://hollybarbo-books.com/2013/05/two-week-memorial-charity-give-away-promo/). PTSD is what Patrick Stewart’s father had. Because it was untreated it is what caused the abuse that reigned in his home. It’s a terrible condition that tears up lives. No I am not saying that all violence against women is caused by PTSD nor am I saying that all PTSD sufferers are violent against women but it does contribute. If you are so moved please help us on our drive. Thank you.

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A Loving Retrospect -or- My How Time Flies!

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Today I celebrate thirty-eight years of marriage with my hubby. It is a wonder to me to do the math and see that number. It’s not like I knew the magic formula. Quite to the contrary. My own parents divorced when I was a teen and it left some scars. Yet here I am looking at a relationship that has almost doubled their years together.

The vows said: “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…” And there has been that. Life throws curve balls at any relationship. The trick is to hold each other closer and lean on each other in support. You can get through the strongest storm that way. Humor, appreciation of each other’s strengths..and quirks, kindness, honesty, walking in the other’s shoes (don’t raise your eyebrows..you know I meant figuratively) and more laughter has got us through so much. We’re a team. We’ve always communicated (sometimes loudly) and pulled together.

I think I got the better bargain. He looks at me with a baffled expression then laughs when I bring up that point but I see my flaws in complete clarity. He apparently doesn’t view things in the same light but that just confirms to me what a great deal I have. He is my support, my mood leveler, companion in work and play and my best friend. How lucky can I get? Warm to the bottom of my heart-lucky..and that equals years of being blessed. Now..onto the next thirty or so.

Oh and I would like to amend the vows j-u-s-t a bit.

…to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, I promise to bring you good topsoil for the flower-beds .. and hold you in my heart forever.

:D

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