Month: October 2019

“Something Wicked” Tuesday Featuring Viral Blues by C. S. Boyack

It’s the second day of the Something Wicked Tour with the Story Empire authors. Today I’m happy to host C. S. Boyack. Make sure to visit the Story Empire schedule for today so you can enjoy all the stops. Additionally, please re-blog these posts or share them on your social media accounts. Take it away, Craig!

I’m really enjoying the Something Wicked tour, and we’re all out at once right now. P.H is over at Harmony’s place today, so don’t miss that.

I’m promoting “Viral Blues” this week. This one is a paranormal story with dark humor. Seems like perfect Halloween reading to me.

It all started out as a sequel for “The Hat.” Then it dawned on me that many of my characters could occupy the same world. I’d been asked for subsequent tales for a lot of characters, so this percolated for a while, then I decided, why not?

The popular characters include:

  • Lizzie St. Laurent & The Hat
  • Clovis
  • Jason Fogg
  • Lisa Burton
  • Gina Greybill and her assistant, Gupta

There were some logistics to work out, and a younger self might have given up. I have a human thug with no special powers at all. There is a woman who is infected by a parasite that allows her to see across the veil. I have a man who had a science fiction accident that allows him to turn into fog. One of them is a robot girl. Then there are Lizzie & The Hat who have a symbiotic relationship that allows them to fight monsters.

There are science fiction characters, regular humans, and supernatural characters. How the heck is this going to happen?

The idea wouldn’t let go, and time provided some resolutions. I figured out (eventually) that Marvel did the same thing. The Avengers have a witch, a science fiction accident, and a few normal humans. It doesn’t seem like a failed experiment to me, and sold a lot of movie tickets. I know they got my money.

Rather than waste too much time working out semantics, I just started writing. These characters all had origin stories elsewhere, so I couldn’t do that. By just stepping back into these characters, the story flowed.

Editing revealed the need for a bit of backstory, but surprisingly little. Most authors don’t realize how little backstory you actually need. Even in prior stories, Lisa simply booted up and had no backstory. Jason Fogg lost all of his memories in the accident, including what his real name is.

The mix of personalities was a pleasure to play with. Combine a street smart thug with a naive robot girl and it’s magic. Take the snarkiness of Lizzie & The hat, let them point that at the others, and it became a lot of fun.

I want to point out that while this really is a sequel for Lizzie & The Hat, it also provides a curtain call for some other popular characters. Even then, I designed it so there is no prerequisite reading required. You can pick up Viral Blues, even if you’ve never read one of my books before, and enjoy it without missing a beat.

If you think you might enjoy a paranormal story with a bit of dark humor for your Halloween reading, I’d be honored for you to check it out.


Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

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Something Wicked Tour: Joan Hall Discusses the Root of All Evil

Nice excerpt, Joan. Great start to the week. Looking forward to more.

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! All this week, instead of my usual features, I’m happy to be hosting my fellow SE authors in a promotional event. Without further ado…

Welcome to the first day of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Tour. Today, I am delighted to welcome Joan Hall, who is going to talk about her novel, Unseen Motives, and the root of all evil. Take it away, Joan!

Hi, Staci. I’m super excited to be with you today for the kickoff of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Tour. I look forward to interacting with your readers.

It’s been said, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” This is probably one of the more misquoted Bible verses as many believe it to be “money is the root of all evil.” It’s not the money itself, but greed.

Throughout history, there have been many cases of crime committed in the name…

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“Something Wicked” Monday: Harmony Kent’s Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer

It’s finally here! The first day of the Something Wicked Tour from the authors at Story Empire. We are hosting each other each day this week so you can find the schedule on Story Empire for today. Make sure to visit all the blogs, leave comments and share the posts with a re-blog or on your social media! Thanks for stopping by today and here’s Harmony Kent! Hello everyone, Harmony here. Thanks for hosting me today, Paul! It’s great to visit with you and your readers to kick off my first stop on Story Empire’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. You might not think that my non-fiction book on writing inspiration fits in with our scary/spooky theme, but Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is full of unconventional and unexpected tools including the weird and wonderful worlds of Tarot and Horoscopes. Full of ‘strangeness tools’ to fire your imagination and set your muse free, this excellent companion text Polish Your Prose (Essential Self-editing tips for authors) takes a look at the creative side to writing rather than the technical. Using tools such as Tarot, Chess, Horoscopes, and much more, this handy little guide brings new ways for you to develop novel ideas and inspire your next best seller.

In some quarters, Tarot has a bad reputation. And some folks beleive that doing a reading can bring you bad luck.



I first came across the idea of using Tarot cards for storytelling after I wrote a post about Horoscopes and Writing for a blog I contribute to (, and a commenter mentioned that Tarot was also a good tool for writing. Intrigued, I got researching. My studies led me to buying a set of Rider-Waite Tarot cards and a how-to book (see resources at the end of this book). I so loved what I discovered in the process that I wanted to share it with you here.

Each Tarot card holds specific characteristics, and laying out a set number of cards in a set order can show us a way ahead. This is often referred to as ‘telling a story’. It is this aspect which intrigues me most and offers great material for creating characters and plots.

About the Book: Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Do you want to be an author? Are you struggling to find inspiration? Do you ever find it difficult to put words on the page? Or are you simply looking for novel ideas? If so, then this book is for you. This little guide will help you unlock your story ideas and fire your imagination. The text covers things such as writing from various prompts, to using Chess, Tarot, and even nursing Triage (and much more) for developing your characters, story, and plot. From the award-winning author of Polish Your Prose: Essential Self-Editing Tips for Authors—an excellent companion text—Creative Solutions focuses on the creative side of writing rather than the technical. This book gives you the tools you need to make writing fun, as well as tips and techniques on creating characters and stories that will stay with you and your readers forever. Crammed with easy-to understand examples, this guide is for writers of every genre—both fiction and non-fiction, literary, and commercial. But most of all, it’s about having fun and making friends with your muse.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Creative Solutions, please click HERE.


About Harmony: After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty. Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours. Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.


To Learn More About Harmony Check Out:

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