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"!
In this book you'll find a few side stories set before the Ghost Bus Riders trilogy, when the characters were younger and more naive. Seven stories of half-bloods fighting monsters on Earth or discovering Elsewhere. Seven interesting takes on ghost buses and legendary creatures from all over the world.
In this collection of original stories, you will witness the re-birth of a number of European vampires, either through the eyes of their maker, Bran the Raven, or their own, as well as an Indian vampire and an African vampire. All these stories belong to the series Vampires Through the Centuries, historical fantasy with fangs.
Meet Jayshree “Jay” Sood and Floriana “Flo” Fedele, two Millennials and ghost bus riders with slightly different powers but the same determination to put an end to the half-Shadows threat. Watch them learn from their elders and join forces in the struggle against the half-Shadows. The dramatic end of this intriguing trilogy, an urban fantasy novel set between Italy and India.
Meet Jennifer “Jen” Smith and Dalilah Habib-Gallo, two ghost bus riders from two sides of the world involved in the struggle against the half-Shadows. An American Generation X and an Italian-Egyptian Millennial dealing with evil and possibly finding love. A breathtaking ride through NYC and Rome, an urban fantasy novel.
Meet Elena Pace and Krishna Nayar, two Gen X ghost bus riders, with slightly different powers but the same determination in keeping the world free of dangerous magical beings. Watch them fight monsters and demons while trying to uncover the Shadow Elementals conspiracy to take over both worlds.
Whether you're sixteen or forty, starting a new relationship is always a challenge, but it's worth fighting for. Two portal fantasy tales and three contemporary stories of people starting a relationship, possibly for the first time.
There’s a witch on the loose and she can turn our lives upside down. Samantha enjoys toying with us and she switches bodies at will. That’s the challenge Johnny & Marian, Ciaran & Harith and Pat & Babs have to deal with.
Three novellas with a common denominator: Samantha the witch! Enjoy this humorous tales of body switches.
Pat is a career woman
Babs is a creative genius.
The last experiment by Samantha the Witch – shorter body switch but with unexpected consequences, especially for Babs and her housemates.
Bonus story: how Kyle and Rohit met in Rome.
Ciaran is a confused husband.
Harith has a very strong "vain self".
And Samantha the witch is back to teach a lesson to these two very different married men.
Will their spouses be able to handle the body switch? And what about Ciaran's children?
You know when you check your public transport app and it says the bus is coming but none appear? You just missed the ghost bus to Elsewhere, where creatures of myth and legend are real and the Elementals rule. Only half-bloods can see the ghost bus and use it to keep the world safe from dangerous creatures trying to trespass in our technological present.
Available also in paperback on Amazon and some other retailer.
on Dec. 12, 2010
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!
101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire
on Feb. 22, 2011
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!
The Bones of the Sea
on May 23, 2011
A very captivating sci-fi tale on how humans tend to destroy everything in their wake. If you had to face the protagonist's situation, what would YOU do?
Shades of Gray
on June 23, 2011
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.
Legacy of Ghosts
on July 21, 2011
it's good to be back in this world, even if Katelina is sometimes annoyingly stupid... but then, no conflict/wrong choices/stupid reactions, no story, right? Looking forward to the third book...
on Sep. 19, 2011
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.
Ties of Blood
on Sep. 25, 2011
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!
The 5 P's of Creativity
on Sep. 26, 2011
Can't stick to those even if I'm "part-time" artist, but it's lovely... Will be waiting for more Shafali fun!
Coming Home (Dicky's Story)
on Oct. 06, 2011
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! ;-)
The Glendale Witch
on Oct. 29, 2011
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!
The Other Slipper
on Feb. 20, 2012
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.
In My Shoes
on March 18, 2012
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!
The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
on May 05, 2012
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.
Wrath, Prequel to Tredan's Bane
on July 12, 2012
a good world building setting up for the novel. Interesting views of magic - should try the novel sometime in the future.
Short but good!
on Nov. 07, 2012
Quick and sweet reads for romantic moods...
Hoping to see longer works from this author soon!
Ashes of Deceit
on Jan. 24, 2013
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...
Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds
on May 01, 2013
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! :)
Oglers Inc. - 6 Stages of Ogling
on May 18, 2013
This is a verbal caricature as funny as the others. Especially for us women, used to those oglers throughout our lives. She nailed it again! Yay for the Caricaturist!
on Sep. 12, 2013
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
Jinx And The Faerie Dragons
on Aug. 23, 2014
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!
Bluebell The Fairy Guide
on Aug. 25, 2014
a short, lovely fairy tale with a blind girl... because faeries love children, and I do believe in them even if I'm a grownup!
Wyrd Worlds II
on Sep. 27, 2014
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!
Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology
on Dec. 15, 2014
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!
When the Lights Go Out - Ink Slingers' Halloween Anthology
on Oct. 08, 2015
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!
Fangs & Fun
on Sep. 22, 2016
quick, short and fun. I might not be familiar with Mr. Harvey's work, but I'm a fan of Miss Naylor and it was great seeing her vampires guest-star in this book!
Eadweard - A Story Of 1066
on Nov. 01, 2016
a good retelling of the battle from the point of view of a young, very young Saxon soldier at his first battle.
The Battles Of Hastings
on Nov. 02, 2016
a time travel and alternative version of the well-known battle - maybe with a twist?
An entertaining and funny adventure of Catastrophe Jane!