Roadshow

Story Empire Roadshow Featuring Staci Troilo

Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming Staci Troilo, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire. Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Staci’s followers. Take it away Staci!

Hi, Paul. I’d like to thank you for inviting me here today. And a big hello to your followers. It’s my first time visiting, and I appreciate you giving me a moment of your time.

The Story Empire Roadshow is sending us to different locations and letting us share different aspects of our work at each locale. I thought today I’d introduce you to a character who appears in every book of this contemporary series, as well as in a short story set in the 1800s. How can that be? Well, read on and you’ll find out.

I’ve arrived fifteen minutes early at the deserted Medici Protectorate compound in Western Pennsylvania.  The interview is to begin precisely at 2:00 a.m., and I didn’t want to be late.

The Brotherhood and the Notaro sisters evacuated when the location was compromised, and now the place stands silent, still. Eerie. I’m kind of uncomfortable, sitting in my car in the driveway. I feel completely exposed and on edge. What if their enemies are staking out the property? I could be in danger.

Light shines from a ground floor window. I’ve been here for twenty minutes, and there was no sign of life inside earlier, nor did anyone arrive via car. Icy fingers of fear skitter up my spine and tingle my scalp. I’m being watched.

I don’t need the interview this badly, so I reach for the key, still in the ignition. A tap on my window causes me to jump. Terror wants me to start the car and get the heck out of there, but curiosity forces me to look out the window.

Warm waves of relief flood through me. I don’t know how he approached my car without me seeing him, but he’s the reason I’m here. So I exit my vehicle and greet him, anxious to get the interview underway.

Staci: Hello, Michelangelo. Thank you for meeting with me.

Michelangelo: Come inside. I cannot guarantee your safety here.

Staci: (hurrying behind him) Is the compound being watched?

Michelangelo: (shuts and locks the door; leads the way to the sunroom) I do not know. I am not out there trampling through the forest scouting for interlopers. I am inside with you. Although I do not know why.

Staci: Why? Well, you’re a huge part of the Medici Protectorate series. If readers can better understand you, they’ll have a better grasp of the legend and the story world.

Michelangelo: Is it not your job as the scribe to make certain readers know what is necessary when it is necessary?

Staci: Well, yes. But you’re so fascinating. Even though you’re a secondary character, without you, there would be no series.

Michelangelo: Ah, I see. You wish to use me for your own purposes.

Staci: That’s not a very flattering perspective.

Michelangelo: When you have lived as long as I, you learn to evaluate intentions quickly and accurately.

Staci: Okay. We’ve started out on the wrong foot. I’m not thinking clearly because I’m on edge. It’s scary out here in the dark, especially when I know your enemies are looking for you.

Michelangelo: As long as you are with me inside this compound, you are safe. Please, ask your questions. I have other obligations I must attend.

Staci: It’s the middle of the night.

Michelangelo: What is the phrase you are all so fond of saying? It is five o’clock somewhere.

Staci: That’s really more for people going to Happy Hour than traveling the globe to thwart terrorists.

Michelangelo: And yet, it is apt.

Staci: Fine. Whatever. Why don’t you tell me what those other obligations are?

Michelangelo: I am afraid I cannot do that. I do not wish to reveal our battle strategy.

Staci: So there’s going to be a battle.

Michelangelo: It is inevitable.

Staci: I know you wrote the prophecy that foretold all of this. Is your conclusion about the battle more prophecy-based, or is it just your opinion?

Michelangelo: You have followed the situation since John Notaro’s death. You have researched the Notaro family history back through the 1500s. Knowing that history, knowing Italy’s present socio-political climate, knowing the danger the Brotherhood faces, can you see any outcome other than a final, epic battle?

Staci: Well, no. But I don’t want anyone to get hurt.

Michelangelo: Nor do I. Which is why I am so busy. I have security matters to attend to.

Staci: I thought Coz was in charge of security.

Michelangelo: Yes, that is one of Roberto’s responsibilities. As Dominico’s focus is technology, Vincenzo’s is the law, and Giovanni’s is mergers and acquisitions. Those are their corporate focuses, and at times they put that knowledge to use for the Protectorate. But they all report to me, and in that regard, I tend to security.

Staci: I thought they reported to Mike.

Michelangelo: (pauses for a moment and studies me) They do, yes. And he is the liason between the Brotherhood and me. I am in charge. That is why they call me Capo.

Staci: That’s a lot of responsibility. And over so many centuries, too.

Michelangelo: I made a vow. I will not break it.

Staci: And you used alchemy to make the vow?

Michelangelo: It is not a magical promise. I gave my word, and I will honor my pledge. Throughout the ages. Until Armageddon, if need be.

Staci: Do you really think you can live that long?

Michelangelo: My alchemical research has allowed me to live for centuries, with no ill effects. I can continue until my vow is fulfilled.

Staci: You’ve foreseen the future before. What about now? How long will you be at this?

Michelangelo: Provided all goes according to plan with the final battle, this will be my last stand. Then I can rest.

Staci: Are you planning on losing, then? Because your vow was to keep the Notaro family safe forever, until the line no longer existed. Did you foresee their demise? Do they lose this war?

Michelangelo: (looks at wristwatch) We are out of time. I will see you to your vehicle, then I must go.

Staci: (I scurry after him, out the front door, down the driveway, and to my car. Even with him next to me, it’s frightening there in the middle of the night. But before I get in my car, I need answers to the questions he left me with.) But the Notaro family? The Brotherhood? The final battle?

Michelangelo: Goodnight, Signora Troilo. Safe travels.

Michelangelo disappears. He literally vanishes right in front of my eyes. I’m now terrified for the Notaro family, and I stand there, blinking at the empty driveway where he stood just seconds before. Foliage rustles on the other side of my car. My fear for the Notaro family is replaced with fear for my own safety, and I jump in my car and hightail it out of there. I can worry about the sisters and the Protectorate later.

So, that’s a brief look at the man who started it all. I do hope you enjoyed hearing from Il Divino, or the divine one, as he was known by his contemporaries.

Thanks for letting me visit today! As my thanks to you for reading all the way through, I’m offering two prizes to commenters. One commenter will receive a free eBook of their choosing, not just from the Medici Protectorate series (although you can choose one of those), but from any of my works (the complete list can be found by clicking here). Another commenter (US only) will be sent a Medici Protectorate sticky note pad. Good luck!

Medici Protectorate Series Premise: The four Notaro sisters are the secret legacy of the Medici, famed rulers of Italy. Michelangelo promised his Medician benefactor that he’d always watch over the family, and as such, he formed the Medici Protectorate to guard them throughout the generations. Now, Italy is in political turmoil and revolution is imminent. The people are calling for new rulers, and the Notaros are poised to assume control. But a nefarious opposing faction wants the power for themselves. Never was the family in more jeopardy. The four sisters are protected by the Brotherhood—four elite warriors of the Medici Protectorate prophesied to keep the family safe until they fulfill their destinies. They journey around the world in an effort to keep the family safe and the future of Italy secure.

Book One, Bleeding Heart: Gianni, a warrior destined to defend the secret legacy of the Medici, protects his charge Francesca from a prophesied assassin. Their worlds collide in passion and violence, and he must conquer her fears and his demons in time to save them both.
Bleeding Heart is only $.99 throughout the duration of the tour. Click the universal link for purchase information.

Book Two, Mind Control: Vinnie copes with his own identity issues while he struggles to protect the one prophesized Medici descendant, Jo, who refuses to embrace her heritage. With lives in peril, can they find the strength to overcome their tragic pasts, or is it too late?
Mind Control is only $1.99 throughout the duration of the tour. Click the universal link for purchase information.

Book Three, Body Armor: Nico works to increase his powers and save the Notaro family matriarch, but his private agendas put his charge Donni’s life at risk. When secrets and lies result in three abductions, the group will need to place their trust him to save them all. 

 

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Be sure to check out Staci’s entire Medici Protectorate Series via her links! You can view the Story Empire Roadshow tour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Staci’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!

Story Empire Roadshow Featuring C. S. Boyack

Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming C. S. Boyack, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire. Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Craig’s followers. Take it away Craig!

I’m excited that my bookmobile is pulling into P. H. Solomon’s blog as part of the Story Empire Roadshow. It’s been a while since I appeared here, and in honor of this being a fantasy site, I’m putting my lone fantasy novel on sale today.

About The Book

The Cock of the South is a Greco-Roman fantasy with a mash up of traditional characters like Dwarves and Elves, alongside Centaurs and Amazons.

You’ll follow along with Cobby, one of the Southern Dwarves, as he discovers many downtrodden races. They’re all being persecuted by the empire of Remus, and he wants to unite them into one people for their own salvation.

The road is long, bloody, and filled with racial conflicts. I refer to it as part Exodus, part Spartacus, and pure fantasy.

Blurb

The Southern Dwarves are a conquered race. Scattered and hidden they must flee the legions of Remus before they all become slaves.

An unlikely dwarf, known as Cobby, leads them to a place where they can live in peace. He discovers other downtrodden races along the way and recruits them to his mission. These include centaurs, Amazons, satyrs, and more. There aren’t enough of anyone to make a difference, but together they might stand a chance.

There are quite a few dwarf stories around, and I wanted to do something different with them. The setting is Greco Roman, and the times are brutal. This book contains violence, you have been warned.

It was fun trying to keep what readers expect from dwarves, and still add something different. Part Spartacus, part Exodus, I hope you will give The Cock of the South a chance.

You can download The Cock of the South for the whopping big price of 99¢ today and tomorrow only. I hope you’ll take a chance on TCOS, and would appreciate any sharing PH’s readers could do today.

Story Empire is a cooperative effort of six outstanding authors, including today’s host. We’re all on tour this week, and PH is over at my blog, Entertaining Stories. Make sure to come over and see what great deals he’s offering along the tour.

To keep people following the tour, I’m giving away two huge coffee mugs featuring Lisa Burton, my personal assistant and spokesmodel. These go to the most prolific commenters during the week at my stops.

Connect with C. S. Boyack

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Conclusion

I’ve read The Cock of the South and Craig has done a wonderful job! Be sure to check out The Cock of the South and his other books via his links. You can view the Story Empire Roadshow tour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Harmony’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!

Story Empire Roadshow Featuring Harmony Kent

Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming Harmony Kent, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire. Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Harmony’s followers. Take it away Harmony!

Hello, everyone, Harmony Kent here. Welcome to my tour stop on the Story Empire Roadshow. First of all, I would like to give PH a huge thank you for hosting me today. Yesterday, I opened my part of the tour with why I write, and today, am talking about what I write. Because I have so many books published, I have broken this topic into two posts. So, come and find me on tour tomorrow for the next installment. And, remember, throughout this week, I shall be offering Kindle deals on some of my books, so keep checking in for details of which books and when the discounts are happening. The most prolific commenter at the end of the tour will get to choose ONE copy of any TWO of my ebooks!

What I write (part one)

A firmly established mulit-genre author, you’ll not pin me down to any one thing. I’ve written various fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Read on for more details on my books. My book trailer videos can all be found on my Amazon author page and my website.

My first book, The Battle for Brisingamen, is traditional fantasy fiction.

There is a World not too Far Away …

Beneath the north sea a land of magic lies undetected. The lives of many are drawn inexorably closer together in a race against time, as both energy companies and evil beings attempt to destroy the magic which is protecting not just this land but all worlds. The unwitting protagonists have no idea of how suddenly and irrevocably their lives are about to change.

It is a race against time to try and recover the lost necklace, Brisingamen, which holds the ancient power of the Goddess Freya, and to prevent the undersea drilling from taking place. Are Aart, Matthias, Gemma and Dirck up to the challenges they now must face?

Here there be Dragons, and all manner of Creatures …

My second book, The Glade, is somewhat scarier and falls with the Mystery/Thriller genre.

“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.

“The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’Hare

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems. 

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power. 

My third book, Elemental Earth, takes us back to Fantasy Fiction, but this time, for the Young Adult readers. Of course, it suits those ‘older’ readers who remain young at heart!

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?” 
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back. 

My fourth book, Polish Your Prose, leaves the world of make believe behind, and instead, takes a look at the mechanics of writing.

“This book is a mine of useful information. It’s concise and easy to understand. You don’t have to wade through pages upon pages of chatter; Harmony Kent gets straight to the point. ” — Michelle Abbott, Romance Author

“If the complexities of grammar and punctuation sometimes confound you – this gem of a book is for you. This is a guide I’ll be dipping into over and over.”–Wendy Scott, Fantasy Author

Polish Your Prose is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.
Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. 

Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

As promised, one of my books, Polish Your Prose, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for today only. Grab it for just 0.99! Amazon US and Amazon UK. Offer ends at 11:00 pm local time.

My latest book, Moments, is available on pre-order on Amazon. Pre-order HERE (US) and HERE (UK). This is a collection of short stories and poetry that touches upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement. Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

I’d love to hear what some of your favourite reads are. Thanks so much for stopping by!

My website/blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk

My twitter handle: @harmony_kent

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

My Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U and https://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U

Harmony sure makes the literary rounds! Be sure to check out Polish Your Prose and Moment as well as all of Harmony’s other books via her links. You can view the Story Empire Roadshow tour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Harmony’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!