Month: May 2019

Bonus Friday: Favorite Lines

Read some favorite lines from the authors at Story Empire.

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Hi SE Readers. It’s the last day of May and a fifth Friday. That means it’s time for a group post. Today, we decided to pick a favorite line (or lines) from one of our books.


Joan here.  I decided to go with an excerpt from Unclear Purposes, the third and final book of my Driscoll Lake Series. Which, incidentally released just this week!

You can read more about the book here or click this link to purchase.


book cover for End of Day by Mae Clair shows an abandoned, boarded up old church with gravestones in the background

Mae here, chiming in with my thoughts. When I’m working on book there are always a few lines that stand out in my head after I’ve finished the story.  My selection comes from  End of Day,  my current release and book 2 in my Hode’s Hill Series. Each of the three books in this series contain short flashback sequences written in present tense. Yeah—flashback/present—weird, right? But I loved employing this…

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Book Cover Friday: Music of The Deep

Story Empire’s Joan Hall shares her thoughts on a book cover. Audiobooks often have an enhanced cover quality and detail, the latter because they are bigger.

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Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today for this month’s Book Cover Friday. This time I The Music of the Deep by Elizabeth Hall (no relation). It was my first time to read this author, but the title and the cover drew me in.

However, when searching for a graphic to use for this post, the eBook version was small, so I looked for other editions. The paperback version gave me the size I wanted, but then I noticed differences. Let’s look.

First, is the eBook cover. Notice the clarity and brightness. The contrasting color used in the title makes text stands out.

To me the fog enhances the appeal of the cover, even though it causes part of the text to appear a bit blurry.  But that’s the effect the author was going for. Immediately, I think of something ghostly or sinister.

The author’s name is done in a different…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Claire Fullerton, C.S. Boyack and Balroop Singh

A review of Voyage of the Lanternfish in the post. I’ve read several of C. S. Boyack’s books and enjoyed them.

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Welcome to the second edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with recent reviews is Claire Fullertonfor the Southern family saga Mourning Dove.

About Mourning Dove

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a…

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