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My Guest Today: Author and Donut Enthusiast Rachel Barnard

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Today I have the honor and privilege of hosting my good author friend, Rachel Barnard, for a second time. She has asked me to post about her recently released YA novel, “Donuts in an Empty Field” as well as random tidbits about her.

Rachel also asked me to reveal my favorite donut, since she’s a donut aficionado.

My favorite donut: vanilla dip (a vanilla glazed donut coated with sprinkles)

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Pitch: A young adult novel about two best friends, the local food challenge, and a mysterious bucket list. The more main character Vanessa fails the food challenge, the more she takes it out on the boy she blames for her father’s death because letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge. 

Short summary: Available June 3rd, 2016 (aka National Donut Day).

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

Full summary:

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is.

Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to bust her out of her shell.

A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

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Simple Questions for Rachel:

 

  • Name of your car and what make, model it is: Kaito is a 1997 racing green colored Mazda Miata
  • When is your birthday: January 22nd
  • Nicknames: I don’t have a nickname, most people just call me Rachel
  • Favorite childhood toy: My stuffed teddy bear named Baba
  • Favorite pizza toppings: Sausage, Onion, and Pineapple
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite drink: Panda from St. James
  • Favorite dessert: Straw-Bella donuts from Daddy’s Donuts
  • Favorite city: Kirkland
  • Favorite vacation spot: I don’t have one (yet)
  • Favorite activity (other than writing): Dancing
  • Favorite sports team: Seahawks
  • Favorite modern movie: Wedding Singer & Princess Bride
  • Favorite season: Fall
  • Favorite TV show: Dollhouse
  • Favorite food: Donuts
  • Favorite song: Crystal Castles
  • Favorite actor: Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate and cheesecake mixed together
  • Favorite movie line: “INCONCEIVABLE” – Princess Bride
  • Favorite Halloween costume: Mugatu from Zoolander
  • Favorite Disney character: Dumbo
  • Morning or night person: Morning (but not too early)
  • Wine or beer: Wine
  • Tea or coffee: Tea
  • Go to Starbucks order: Tall child-temperature latte
  • Do you believe in love at first sight: No
  • What’s your hidden talent: I can spread my toes really wide and move my pinkie toe independently of the other toes
  • If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find: Nothing because I hardly ever use a purse
  • If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A dramedy
  • What’s the one thing, you can’t live without: Chapstick
  • As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up: A figure skater
  • As a child, what pet did you want to own: A pig
  • Most hated chore on the household chore list: Making the bed and folding the laundry
  • Can you fake any accents: Yes, to some degree a British, Indian, Southern, and New York accent
  • What would you do if you didn’t have to work: Read, write, dance, take classes to learn cool things (like cheese making), have coffee with friends, volunteer…
  • If you could have picked your own name, what would it be: Vanessa
  • You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the money: I would give the charity money to Puget Sound Goat Rescue. I would invest some of the other money and spend some of it on a house
  • What is something you have that is of sentimental value: My childhood teddy bear Baba
  • What was the first car you drove: A Silver Honda Civic Coupe
  • What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without: Electricity
  • Do you like your handwriting? No
  • What will you do to celebrate your next birthday? Have a party and invite all my friends!
  • Play in the sand, or play in the water? Both
  • Pet peeves: People who don’t use their turn signal when switching lanes, drying off in a humid bathroom, and not being able to reach the fan cord
  • Country I’m most likely to visit next: Spain
  • If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? Food, duh!

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My guest: Aspiring Author, Rachel Barnard

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It gives me great pleasure to have an aspiring author and friend as my guest on my blog today. She is Rachel Barnard, the author of the recently released, Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams. We met by chance a year ago at a writer’s group in Sarasota, Florida and our passion for writing instantly connected us. Though we lives thousands of miles apart, we stay in touch.

Recently, Ms. Barnard came to me asking for help in promoting her new book. She quickly accepted my offer to host her on my blog. I always love to help my fellow writing friends build a reading audience. As many writers know, building an audience of readers, not too mention potential buyers, is time-consuming even with social media at our fingertips. I remember when she showed me an old fashioned do-it-yourself print version of her book. I also remember reading a few pages of her novel and I immediately saw the hard work and intellect she put forth into it. I encouraged her to develop a platform and get her name out there so everyone would know who she was. Here is a little bit of information about the book and herself (These are her own words):

 

Tagline: She will do anything – forfeit her identity, friendships, even love – to be humanity’s champion.

 

Blurb: As the U.S. government prepares to take over the world, MC infiltrates one of their elite academies that trains future leaders. MC must rise to the top in the Cube training grounds in order to be placed high up within the government so she can stop them in their takeover. It is not until her fourth and final year at the academy that her top-student status is threatened by the sudden arrival of Li, the new transfer student. MC is completely focused on her self-created mission until she gets sidetracked by Li, who might be bad news in more ways than which she bargained.

A little about the author:

 

If I could be any fictitious character, I would choose Princess Cimorene from the “Enchanted Forest Chronicles” by Patricia Wrede. I always loved the tomboy-younger-sister-turned-heroine type character.

 

If there was an article about me on the front page of the newspaper the headline would read, “Local Author Finds Gold on a Geocaching Adventure”

 

To stay sane as a writer I make sure my notes are organized and in a safe and readily accessible location.

 

Interested? Here are all the links to her book. Spread the word and help this talented and hardworking girl get her name out in the reading/writing world! Thanks so much Rachel for letting me host you and good luck!

link to my website: http://rachelauthorbarnard.com/

link to my blog: http://rachelauthorbarnard.com/blog/

next appearance: Norwescon: http://rachelauthorbarnard.com/about/news-and-appearances/

createspace link: https://www.createspace.com/4506158

kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J93S5TM

amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Ataxia-Ravine-Dreams-Rachel-Barnard/dp/1493641182/ref=la_B00GGBQC9K_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395872463&sr=1-1

 

 

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