Month: July 2018

On This Day

Dates to keep in mind from Harmony Kent on Story Empire. I do agree that tax day seems to have an effect on sales both before and after. Summer is hit or miss due to vacation season.

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Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂 I hope this finds you well. Earlier this month, I was going along, business as usual, when a few American friends started talking about July 4th and the big American holiday. It struck me that right up until the 3rd, when all the noise started, I had remained fairly oblivious. Of course, I knew of the date and the importance of American Independence, but this year, it hadn’t registered. This served as a reminder that as a writer and author with published books out there, such dates can be important, and then there’s blogging as well.

So, I thought I’d gather some of the most significant dates and events here for you. I’ve put them into a jpeg to make it easy to download and save, should you so wish. Along with the lists of dates and events, below the picture, I include links to…

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Friday Book Share: The Bone Curse

The Friday Book Share on Story Empire fell to Staci Troilo this week who chose The Bone Curse.

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Ciao, SEers. Staci here with the Friday Book Share post.

The Bone Curse by Carrie RubinI’ve recently read Carrie Rubin’s The Bone Curse. I saw a promo for it on another site and it sounded like something I’d really enjoy, so I snatched it up.

First, I’d like to talk about the cover. I love the muted color palate. The bones at the bottom really pop, and the skull in the smoke is, to me, even creepier than the remains at the bottom. I’m especially drawn to the expanded spaces between the letters in the title and the author’s name.

The book comes with a lot of endorsements (Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Foreward Reviews, and some bestselling authors). If you value and/or rely on such recommendations, this book has many of them.

The description on the back promises a medical mystery, an ancient curse, and Vodou rituals. I was interested at the words…

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Problems naming things

I roll off names all the time. I don’t know why, but I do. See what Craig Boyack has to say about character names on today’s Story Empire post.

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Hi Gang, Craig here today with a little confession to make. I hate naming things. This can be almost any form, I’m just not comfortable with names. This can be countries, planets, characters, ships, whatever.

Sometimes I feel like I did okay. I think the name, Lisa Burton, suits my robotic personal assistant and spokesmodel.

I’m pretty content with the name of the pirate ship in my current project. Lanternfish has a fair ring to it, and it’s kind of a vicious creature too.

Others, I hide in the corner and hope the names are acceptable to my reading audience. In fact, the main character in The Yak Guy Project has no name at all. Hey, it worked for Clint Eastwood movies.

My character, Clovis, from The Playground, never got a last name. It didn’t stop him from being a pretty popular character with my readers.

I’ve picked up a…

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