Thursday, April 2, 2020

New Look, New Outlook

Did ya notice we got a new look? With Awen Rising's updated cover design, the colors were starting to clash. We'll be sporting purples and blues for a while. What do you think?

I kinda like it.


How are you doing with the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic? I can tell you it has scared the living daylights out of me. I'm finding it difficult to concentrate, except on the one day when I remembered NOT to watch, listen, or see the news - and to not talk to others about "it".

Tomorrow I'm determined to do that again. I won't look at my email or Facebook or Twitter until the end of the day when I'm happily patting myself on the back for all the work I've gotten done.

One can hope.

By the way, I am still working. As I told you before, I've cut back to 2 to 3 half days a week. Now the patient visits are slowing down, but we'll stay open for chiropractic "emergencies".

Today is Day 8 for Idaho's Stay-Home Order. I've left the house four times. Twice to work. Once to buy groceries. And, yes, I admit it - once for a Freddy's burger. I've made some progress on Awen Storm. But not as much as I would like - or had time for.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll do it tomorrow...

The new cover for Awen Rising's paperback is almost complete. We should nail it down in the next couple of days, then I'll upload it to Amazon and call 'er good. THEN we'll tackle the cover for Awen Storm.

OH, I almost forgot. In light of the current world situation, I've marked the price of Awen Rising's ebook to $2.99 (regular $4.99). I plan to keep it there for the entire month of April and possibly longer.

Hey! At that price, Awen Rising would make a great inexpensive gift for friends and family members stuck at home. And all for the price of a coffee. I believe the UK price is 1.99EU.

Stay home, stay healthy, and be safe.

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

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a druid sci-fi fantasy set in 2042. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising (set in Atlanta, Georgia) debuted July 27, 2019, in both ebook and paperback. Book Two, Awen Storm, is slated for release May 1, 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives May 1, 2021.

O. J. Barré has also penned numerous articles over the last ten years that can be accessed through the blog on this site.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Awen Rising - New Cover Art

It's a rainy day in Idaho. We're stocked up on toilet paper, food, meds, cat food, dog food, and everything else we think we might need. No COVID-19 (Coronavirus) quarantines in Idaho yet, but the first case was confirmed yesterday.
Monday, I will go back to work seeing chiropractic patients. I am torn because of the constant close contact and having an immune-compromised senior at home. But at this point, I plan to keep working until it becomes too dangerous, or I am otherwise notified.
Meanwhile, I am hunkering down for the weekend putting finishing touches to Awen Storm before beginning the final proofread.
The new cover art for Awen Rising is almost complete. Here's the latest (and possibly the one I will use) version.

Barring any unforeseen snags, we are on target to release Awen Storm by May 1st. The main things pending are the cover design (both front and back) and the final edits/proofread.
If you are stuck at home under quarantine, whether voluntarily or by law, and haven't yet read the first installment in the trilogy, here's a link for both the ebook and paperback.

Stay home, stay safe, wash your hands often, keep abreast of the latest news, read the many accounts on Facebook and other social media from victims in China and Italy, and seek immediate medical attention should you exhibit respiratory symptoms.

Have a wonder-filled weekend!

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

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a druid urban fantasy set in 2042. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising (set in Atlanta, Georgia) debuted July 27, 2019, in both ebook and paperback. Book Two, Awen Storm, is slated for release May 1, 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives May 1, 2021.

O. J. Barré has also penned numerous articles over the last ten years that can be accessed through the blog on this site.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Awen Rising - New Cover Concepts & New Description

To remedy sagging sales of Awen Rising, I've decided to update both the cover artwork AND the Amazon description.

While working with the artist for Awen Storm's cover, I learned that rather than Adult Urban Fantasy, my current cover is more indicative of Young Adult or even Middle Grade Fantasy. I have contracted with 100Covers to create a whole new look for the trilogy.

We have a way to go to finalize, but I wanted to share their first two concepts for Awen Rising so you can see where we're headed. Here they are:



The designer is currently creating another using the woman from the first cover and the background from the second. Only Atlanta's landscape will be darker and more ominous. And he will remove the animals to see how that looks.

What do you think about the new cover direction? I would love to read minds (I think). But since I don't yet have that talent, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

I have also reworked the Amazon description. It is not quite finalized, but here it is:

Going home is never easy.
For Emily Hester, it could be deadly.

In 2042, tsunamis and rising oceans have gobbled the world’s coastlines. Earthquakes and volcanoes are reshaping the interior. Disaster Specialist Emily has witnessed the devastation. But when a cyclone rips her fiancé from her arms, she loses her nerve and her job. Homeless and penniless, she has nowhere to turn.

Shalane Carpenter, world famous witch-turned-evangelist, is on the prowl and stalking Emily. If Shalane can’t have her, nobody will.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia, the Awen Order of Druids is missing an heiress. Their leader is in a coma. Their priest is untested. And their attorney plots to seize control. Worse, a new evil brews beneath the earth—a warring race of reptilian aliens. The ancient Dragon Keepers are sworn to contain them. Only their search for the Awen isn’t going well. And two of them have been grounded.

Could the Awen be the answer to Emily and Earth’s plight?
Or will Awen’s destiny spell Emily's demise?
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NETGALLEY & OTHER PRAISE

“Intriguing and delightful urban fantasy. What a wonderful example of urban fantasy!” M. Forrest, Atlanta International School

“Original.” C. Bigelow, Barnes & Noble Bookstore

“A well written and engaging near-future urban fantasy written in parallel timelines and third person pov.” AnnieB, Reviewer

“Game of Thrones taught us the pleasure of immersing ourselves in a complex, magical world of conflict, ambition, and dueling strong-willed characters. Want dragons? Awen Rising has them…and reptilian adversaries on par with the danger of the White Walkers. a world bruised by natural disasters and supernatural attacks." Roland Y., Author/Reviewer

“Fans of Keri Arthur, author of erotic paranormal adventure, will feel right at home with Barre's work.” C. Ryan, Citadel Magazine

 “A fun little romp with favorite tropes. Fantasy with earth elements and romance. I highly recommend this quick break from the day to day.” Fantasy Reviewer

“Urban Fantasy, near future SciFi, and an Alien Invasion…imaginative mythos…great plot, explosive action, and moments of tenderness. Cinematic in scope…a fully realized, dynamic world just begging for spin-off stories .” William Willey, Ingram Library, University of West Georgia

“Fun and fantastical.” Valarie Z.C., Reviewer

“Beautifully written.” Kerry Z., Reviewer

“Great mindset by a new author.” Steve K., Reviewer

“Makes the unbelievable, very believable.” Judy B., Reviewer
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See it live on Amazon here. What do you think about the new description? Please leave a comment below with any observations or suggestions you might have.

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

O. J. Barré is the author of the Awen trilogy, a druid urban fantasy set in 2042. Steeped in current, ancient, and future history twists, Book One, Awen Rising (set in Atlanta, Georgia) debuted July 27, 2019, in both ebook and paperback. Book Two, Awen Storm, is slated for release May 1, 2020. Book Three, Awen Tide, arrives May 1, 2021.


O. J. Barré has also penned numerous articles over the last ten years that can be accessed through the blog on this site.
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