Unicorn Productions was born in the late 1990s to publish the graphic novels and one-shot comics by Barbara G.Tarn.
Those photocopied zines with the unicorn logo are now out of print, so the dozen lucky readers who have them might one day get rich.
Now the imprint is alive again thanks to new technology. It's slowly expanding to other genres...
Barbara G.Tarn writes fantasy and some sci-fi, contemporary fiction including M/M romance and historical fantasy.
Barbara Sangiorgio is for the stories set in Italy that would get lost in translation and were written in the past century.
Why do I get a unicorn instead of an author picture on this page?
Because that's the logo I used on my photocopied zines back in the 1990s - and still is on the POD version of my books. E-books don't have rooms for logos, so there you have it! :) It's now also on the publisher's page at http://www.unicornproductionsbooks.com/
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I hate legalese and contracts. And I'm a control freak. And I'm too prolific for traditional publishing. And I write unconventional stuff with unconventional voice, so... indie a go go! :)
I'm very happy to be able to go out there and find my readers. I have a niche that traditional publishers won't cover. So, if you're an adult who still loves fantasy and sci-fi and other wondrous stories, check me out! :) Someone once told me I reminded her of George R.R. Martin, but since I haven't started on Game of Thrones yet, I have no idea. I haven't read Tolkien, so you won't find any of that for sure! :) No quests and no coming of age, but the rest... anything goes! Character-oriented and probably shorter than what traditional publishers want, but I believe the story has the length it has and I'm sick of pumping up wordcount to meed "industry standards"!
Two novellas set in the galactic music world: the (auto)biography of Zaphadin, the King of Music, and Stardust Kay-low's rise to fame when the King gave up his crown. Bonus story: Astrid chasing stardom in the movie business.
The next generation of Star Minds is still out in the galaxy.
I've long forgotten my 20s and I'm Italian (therefore with a different educational background, even from England), but I really enjoyed this story.
It's witty, funny and dramatic at the same time. The characters are very real to me, even if I'm a foreigner and could be their mum.
I look forward to read more about Sophie, Claudia and MJ!
Very funny and highly entertaining, with some real travel tips thrown in - will have to keep this until the day I meet Louis de Pointe du Lac (Hollywood version, please)!
Great job - must check the novels and will ASAP!
OK, first of all, I'm not a fan of vampires and I'm stuck to Ann Rice's first 3 books (and I prefer the movie of Interview anyway, but I read also the Vampire Lestat and Queen of Darkness, then I had enough of the gore and quit). BUT Katelina's "voice" is so strong and funny (and in third person, yay!) that I really rushed through this. The right amount of gore, sex and humor, so to speak. And I look forward to start the second book of the series and all the short stories I skipped so far.
This is epic fantasy fantasy at its best, with visitors from Earth thrown to an alien world and viceversa. Action and humor are intertwined in a style I found very original and sort of old fashioned (reminding me of 19th century British novels) but good. It's the first of a series but has a kind of close in spite of the open ending. I might enjoy exploring this world again in the future, especially for the British flavor.
5 star story with 3 star execution. Lots of head hopping and omniscient narrator (which isn't necessarily bad, but needs some getting used to), and lots of indirect speech. The story is told more than shown and sometimes the repetitions slow down the action. I have very mixed feelings about this, I admit it! I liked the story, but those huge blocks of text made it for a slow read... do I want more? Maybe. Yeah, I guess I want to know what's next. But I'm not in a rush.
I'm not a fan of talking animals (and even less insects), but this satire was wonderful. I read it in two sitting and recommend it to both adults and children - the latter will enjoy the story, but their parents will be able to read the subtext. Must check more about this author!
It's good to be back in this world. It's bad it's not the last book and the happily ever after seems so far away. I KNOW the next thing on Jorick and Katelina's schedule won't go as smoothly as they plan! And I'll have to wait until next year? Yikes! That's torturing your readers!
Anyway, another dose of fun AND gore with the right amount of sex and action was very welcome... Did I mention that Jorick has become my favorite vampire? And I have mixed feelings about the newcomer, red-headed Verchiel... much like Katelina!
A very funny and inspirational story. I usually don't like first person narration, but this was another exception - the witty (male) protagonist captured me from the very beginning and I couldn't let the book down.
Having Jewish friends and in spite of being very bad at maths, I figured out it's set in the 23rd century - but it's a very different century from Star Trek! ;-) A post-apocalyptic Earth and those Black Coats that reminded me of A stranger among us - underground.
I recommend it to anyone who wants an uplifting love-story, regardless of his/her religion. Oh, but it's a sci-fi romance, so no hardcore sci-fi fans! ;-)
this fast and funny satire reminded me of the Little Prince (although I read it many many years ago, but the traveling through planets or asteroids is similar) AND the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. A very enjoyable read.
I'm not really in the target audience for this book, but it is well written and fast paced and with some underlying humor (unless it's the cynical adult me who saw it).
Recommended for all YA readers, but mostly girls. Ever wanted to be a witch? This is the book for ya!
A Cinderella spinoff or at least another take on the glass slippers story. A funny and entertaining mission where not everything is as expected - quite the opposite!
For fairy tales and fantasy lovers of all ages.
I won this book in a giveaway, which means I might have not put it on my TBR list, but I enjoyed it nevertheless - in spite of not being the target audience. It's a fun read, the only critique I have is the use of first person but from two characters point of view, which sometimes makes it hard to understand who's talking until a few paragraphs in the chapter as both characters sound the same. It's a great body swap story, though, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it!
A must for all indie authors - even those who are already aware of those "secrets". There's no one way for everyone, but it all starts with one Great Book. And another. And another.
Fair companion to the Marketing Guide by the same author.
probably because I'm not American, I couldn't relate to the main story, but I loved the Victorian London parts. I wish Sebastian and Ambrose's story was the main and only story... but now I'm going to check other books by this author!
The first "gifted" book of my Smashwords library, and I have some mixed feelings about it.
On one hand it was too slow-paced for my tastes, too much "boring" description (but then, I'm someone who hates descriptions, so I found myself skipping paragraphs of foods, clothes or even - I don't know - glass-making or how to ride a bike) and felt as if the author has done a lot of research on various things and had to put them all in the novel.
The extended families with many names - often quite similar - were also sort of confusing (and I often wondered "Who's this again?") and sometimes it was a bit repetitive - OK, much like real life, I guess.
On the other hand it was funny and poignant and the interactions between the characters was endearing. I chuckled during most dialogs and it's a sweet romance.
Another instalment in my favorite vampire series - and I'm not a vampire fan, in case you're wondering. My first and last vampires books were the first 3 Ann Rice's books in the late 1990s and I was so NOT impressed that I quit after Queen of the Damned and thought I'd never read another vampire book after those 3. Then comes the new millennium, blogging and Joleene Naylor. Now I'll have to wait for book 5, gah!
Anyway, I still love her humor, her perfect balance of adult themes and gore, and her crazy characters who often take over her blog, so you better follow that as well. Sometimes I feel sorry for Katelina and Jorick - will they ever be free? ;) And what is really going on in Verchiel's head? Only the author will tell...
Okay, can't give the half-star here, but it's 3 and a half if I do the maths. This anthology was a great read. Glad Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch went back to editing and publishing!
5 stars to: "The grasshopper and my Aunts", "Here, Kitty Kitty", Shadow side.
4 stars to: "Life between dreams", "That lost riddle", "Barbarians".
3 stars to: "Finally family", "Sisters", "Dog Boy Remembers".
2 stars to: "True Calling", "A taste of joie de vivre", "The witch's house"
If you like short stories, don't miss it! :)
I'm in the anthology, so I didn't count my own story. I divided the star rating by 13 stories.
My favorites are (in no particular order - or better in the order I read them in the anthology)
The blue fial
Explain that to a martian
The Imaginary Invasion
old or young, if you believe in faeries, check this out. Faeries are cute, but faery dragons are even cuter! And the story was the right length for my tastes (I don't like short short stories).
Here's to more on faeries and faery dragons!
Since I'm one of the participating authors, I rated the single stories, summed the stars I gave and divided them by 18 (didn't count my own story, of course) to have an overall rating.
My five stars stories are:
Humanity was delicious
My last day
Rock of Ages
Quest for the purple pumkin
At the bottom of the lake
All very different ranging from humor to drama, children to adult. Well done, fellow Wyrd Worlders!
I have two stories in this anthology, so I didn't count them. I rated the single stories and half of them are five stars! :) The other half takes down the count, and that's why the whole anthology has only 4...
Great job, fellow inkslingers!
I gave star ratings to each story, then divided the total by 24 (excluding my story, of course).
The favorite stories are: Midnight Summons, Loving Reflections, The Blue Die, Behind the Door, Legends and Lies, Reapers, Beldren and Through the Willow Tree!
Way to go, fellow authors!