Eventide by Mae Claire releases soon and I’m looking forward to it. Here’s an early review.

Author & Songwriter Kevin Cooper

The darkness is coming . . .

The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening?

Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted…

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Expansion Pack: Stock Characters

Another excellent expansion pack from C. S. Boyack on Story Empire with all you need to know about stock characters.

Story Empire

Hi gang. Craig with you again. Earlier this year, I wrote a series here about The Hero’s Journey. This is a link to PART ONE.

Then I went on to write several Expansion Packs. Those are easy enough to find by using the search function at the very bottom of our page. I’m not giving you a link, because they cover a broad spectrum of topics related to story structure.

Today, I want to talk about stock characters. Call them tropes, call them central casting, whatever you like.

Order the grab bag

Look at those envelopes. There are a million of them, like Nutty Professor, Bully, Alpha Jock, you get the idea. One of my points is the envelopes are kind of flat, and so are these characters.

This is because we’ve seen them a million times. Stock characters are like tropes because they got there on a path…

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Huh! Never saw that coming.

Excellent observations about guest posts from C. S. Boyack on his site today.

Entertaining Stories

I’ve spent a month beating myself up about all this promotion. It’s felt like lather, rinse, repeat for weeks – at least to me. However, there is an upside I never saw coming.

This time out, I’m asking my hosts what they want for their sites. Some of them are throwing me a curve or two, and the posts are coming out differently than previous outings. I’ve always pre-written a bunch of posts that I could send out when I was ready, but having both books so close together, that didn’t happen this time.

I’ve been a whiny baby about it, (and could be again), but I think the posts are better this time.

Writing has always been a journey for me, and this feels like a baby step along that path. It’s not as easy, or convenient, but that small bit of challenge is working for me. I’m not…

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