Shameless Self-Promotion: #Romance for #ValentinesDay

Ciao, friends. In honor of Valentine's Day, I want to throw my hat in the proverbial romance ring (I've heard somewhere that love is a battlefield) and remind everyone about my selection of titles fit for this time of year. Here are brief descriptions of my work: Like alchemy, prophecy, and deep family roots? Try … Continue reading Shameless Self-Promotion: #Romance for #ValentinesDay

Sometimes you feel like a nut…

Admit it. You're singing the song from the commercial. I am. (Probably will be all day, too.) I chose this because, today, I feel like a nut. Several of my friends released books around the same time I did. We've been scheduling visits at each other's sites to help promote. Sometimes the details became confusing. … Continue reading Sometimes you feel like a nut…

Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

I can't tell you all how happy I am to be hosting today's guest. We've been friends for years and have had stories published in the same anthologies, but I don't think we've ever released novels so close to each other before. Today, let's celebrate Joan Hall's latest release, Unknown Reasons, and welcome her back … Continue reading Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

Judging a book by… well, you know.

When I was a young girl, I remember looking at food I didn't want to try (like pickled pigs feet or souse, for example) and my grandparents telling me not to judge a book by its cover. I'll admit, even book covers designed by amateurs don't look as bad as souse.  If they do, well, then … Continue reading Judging a book by… well, you know.

Words ~ Old and New

Consider yourself a wordsmith? Check out this post on Story Empire by Joan Hall, who discusses words—old and new.

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Hi, SE readers. Joan here. I thought we’d do something fun today and talk about words.

Over the years, our use of language has evolved. Thank goodness we no longer use seventeenth century English with words like thee, thou,  or shouldst. These days we’re much more casual in our conversations. For instance, how often do you order a vegetable burger? You order a veggie burger.

The last few years these words have sprung up: SCOTUS, POTUS, and FLOTUS. These are actually acronyms for Supreme Court of the United States, President of the United States, and First Lady of the United States.

I never used the entire term, but I still stay Supreme Court, President, and First Lady. Evidently, some people are too casual (or perhaps too lazy) to use these terms. It takes just as much effort to use the acronyms as it does to say the word.

Merriam-Webster recently…

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Joan Hall Interviews Driscoll Lake’s Matt Bradford

Well, the tour continues today. I will be at Romance University talking about deep point of view, and I'll also be visiting Story Empire author Joan Hall and taking a bookmobile tour of Pittsburgh. As our Story Empire Roadshow rolls forward, I'm happy to welcome a repeat visitor to my site---Joan Hall. Joan released her … Continue reading Joan Hall Interviews Driscoll Lake’s Matt Bradford

Let’s take this show on the road!

Enjoy winning prizes while learning about other authors and their work? Then Story Empire has a treat for you this week.

Six authors making their rounds all week long, offering prizes and introducing their work to the world. Won’t you join us?

We’re using the bookmobile theme, but somehow I’m picturing a road trip on the Partridge Family’s bus. No matter the image in your mind, I hope we see you this week!

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Hey gang, Craig here. As you know, Story Empire is a cooperative effort of six talented authors. We try to bring you some wonderful content on this blog, but we’re all authors, too. Doing a bit of collaborative promotion is part of the deal.

This week we’re going on the Story Empire Roadshow. All six of us are doing a blog tour, there will be some deep discounts on our books, and maybe a few freebies along the way. Watch for the Story Empire Bookmobile out in blogland, and tell your friends about it. You might find some wonderful new blogs to follow, too.

For myself, I’m doing some discounts on my books, and giving a couple away, but you’ll have to follow the tour to get the exact dates. At the end, the two most prolific commenters will win some awesome coffee mugs I had made with a graphic…

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What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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