Showing posts from April, 2021

Stories with Barbara: A Ball Gown Rebellion

 It's video storytime!  The last week of the month is supposed to mean a story on YouTube from yours truly. With three books launching in quick succession, I let that slip, but it's back today! Since it's prom season, how about a glimpse into Princess Adana of Moniah's approach to having to wear a ball gown in THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH? I hope you enjoy it! But before you click on that video, have you checked out this incredible book deal featuring THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH? Just 9.99 for 20 epic fantasy books. Don't get caught with your eyes closed! This deal won't last forever. After you watch the video, feel free to share your prom dress stories in the comments . I'll even share mine, so make sure you check it out.

In Search of Epic Fantasy Reads?

  I'm excited to share with you that THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH is part of... A bundle so packed full of fantasy, you’ll need a bag of holding. Over twenty authors have joined the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA)* in a massive book bundle to enchant readers everywhere. If you've been waiting to check out THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH, this is the perfect opportunity for you. It's included in this incredible deal  and a vailable for a short time, so don't get caught with your eyes closed. What Epic Fantasy Worlds Will You Find? I'm glad you asked.  Of course there are Watchers and telepathic giraffes, but there's also fantastic worlds where princesses are assassins, elves cavort with dragons, and orphans aren’t always what they seem. From enchanted forests to perilous seas, there’s an adventure for everyone in these stories. Over twenty exciting titles  in a bundle for much less than a dollar each. Begin your epic fantasy adventu

Do You Know Your Watchers?

 After talking about Watchers last week, I thought we might do something different this week. How about a crossword puzzle where the answers are Watcher-related? Sound like fun? I hope so! Here you go. Go here   to access the answer key and a downloadable version of the puzzle. ACROSS 2. Animal the royal family bonds with 5. Color worn by a Watcher to warn of danger 6. Heir to Elwar's throne 8. Weapon used by Watchers 9. Animal killed by Hunter in the forest 10. Kiffen and Serrin's mother 13. Adana's throne 14. Watcher who prophesied Queen Chiora's death 17. What Glume gave Adana to stop the pain 18. Giraffe Keeper 20. Rank Adana must have before leaving for Elwar 21. Where Micah and Donel first met Watchers 23. Adana's first betrothed DOWN 1. Beds in Moniah 3. Name of the Monian fortress after Chiora's death 4. Name of the celebration on Adana's 18th birthday 6. Chiora's First Vision 7. What's used to bond with giraffes 9. The k

You Might Be a Watcher If...

What is a Watcher? I first encountered this question during a creative writing class. Keep in mind, at that point, The Watchers of Moniah was not a completed novel, and the events that occur on or after page 233 were the story's beginning. Sight A Watcher possesses certain gifts from the Creator, all related to sight. In some cases, it's the literal meaning of sight...but more. Watchers notice details others miss—not necessarily from being detail-oriented, although the gift does push them that way—but from what their inborn and trained intuition tells them. Aim A Watcher exhibits impeccable aim. An arrow hits the bullseye almost every time, and at a distance beyond the most talented archer's abilities. The same goes for knives. Over time, they learn to control this aim even more. Consider the straight arrow test: Nine arrows in a straight line pierced the scarred target wall in the distance. A significant feat and cause for jubilation for most trainees, but she didn’t rejoi