What’s In a Name? And How Do You Choose One?

Good Morning, Folks! Today, I’m over at Story Empire with a post about choosing character names. Hope you’ll stop by to check out the post, and will enjoy it enough to pass it along far and wide. Thanks so much! 🙂 ❤

Story Empire

Happy Moon’s Day, Everybody! Marcia here, with some thoughts about names. Shakespeare’s words above might be true for roses, but are they always true for the characters in our books? I’m not so sure. Certain names can trigger specific memories and images for each of us, for sure, but not always in ways that are what we want readers to picture when we tell our stories.

For instance, what would you choose to name a gorgeous, well-built Adonis of a hero like this one? Gomer? Probably not, unless you were deliberately being humorous or ironic.

And what about your nerdy little computer geek who saves the world? He might turn out to be a hero, but I’m guessing a name like Goliath would be a poor choice, for the same reason.

It’s not that names always have to point to what your hero/heroine looks like, or even what he or…

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#BadMoonRising The Emissary #3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara #paranormal #angels

I’ve been sharing Teri Polen’s fun October guest series, Bad Moon Rising, all month, and now, I’m excited to announce her guest today is … ME! 😀 I do hope you’ll stop by to check out my post, and as always, will then pass it along for others to see, as well. Thanks so much, and my heartfelt thanks to Teri for inviting me to participate this year! 🙂 ❤

Books and Such

This is my first time welcoming today’s author to Bad Moon Rising, but I’m betting most of you know her. If you don’t, this is a perfect opportunity to meet her and become acquainted with her wonderful novels. She has a distinct talent for creating characters that stick with you long after finishing the book (Rabbit stole my heart!). She also has the best answer I’ve seen regarding having a loaded gun versus a car that wouldn’t break down in a horror movie. Welcome Marcia Meara!

Thanks so much for having me here, Teri. This is my first time participating in Bad Moon Rising, but I hope it won’t be my last. Today, I’ll be sharing The Emissary 3: Love Hurts, my recently released wrap up of an angelic trilogy. While decidedly paranormal, it’s not quite so scary as many others have shared, but that’s okay. It’s still full…

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#BadMoonRising Johnny Lycan and the Anubis Disk by Wayne Turmel #paranormal #urbanfantasy

And finally, my last reblog of a busy day. Today’s Bad Moon Rising guest is Wayne Turmel, author of an upcoming book that sounds absolutely perfect for Halloween. A fun interview, too. Be sure to stop by and check it out, and then pass it along to the Immediate World, so they can shiver, too. 🙂 As always, thanks to Teri Polen for such a fun series! 🙂

Books and Such

Today’s author is making his debut with Bad Moon Rising. His werewolf detective thriller is scheduled for release next month, but you can take advantage of the preorder links below. On his list of things to take to a haunted house? Top shelf tequila. Welcome Wayne Turmel!

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep? Which one?

Hell yes. I read the Damnation Game by Clive Barker and there’s a section where the bad guy gets his… or so you think…. There’s an image of maggots that… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little just thinking about it. As far as movies, the one that stuck with me the longest—and gave birth to Johnny Lycan, was the old Hammer film, “The Curse of the Werewolf” with Oliver Reed. I saw it when I was a teenager and it freaked me out. Mainly…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 11th -17th October 2020 -Jazz, Elephant’s Ears, Pumpkin Flower Fritters and Rennaisance Festival

My 3rd reblog today is of Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up. As always, there are a ton of goodies within, so no matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find something appealing. (Heck, I’m even “on the menu” this week! 😀 ) Be sure to check it out and then share with all your friends. Thanks, and thanks to Sally for keepin’ on ROCKIN’!! 🙂 <3.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up with posts that you might have missed during the week on Smorgasbord.

I hope that despite the increase in cases in most of our countries, you are staying safe. With politics and Covid-19 it is hard to find some good news headlines but tucked away you can find a gem or two.

Canadian Researchers Gave Homeless People $7500 Each And The Results Are So Uplifting

Challenging the stereotypes of homeless people in Canada, a research project from a Vancouver-based charitable organization found that simply giving money to homeless people isn’t as bad an idea as some people might think. Read more:Good News Network

New Fix-It Clinic is Using Zoom and Global Community to Help You Repair Items For Free

How many YouTube tutorials does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One—if that many.

Fixit Clinic

But when you need to fix something that’s…

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#BadMoonRising Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #YA #horror #paranormal

I apologize for being late with this one, but yesterday was kind of a lost cause in many ways. However, I’m here now and I heartily suggest you check out Robbie Cheadle’s Bad Moon Rising post on Teri Polen’s blog. It’s excellent, so I know you’ll enjoy it, if you haven’t already been there. And I hope you’ll share this one far and wide, unless again, you’ve already done so! 😀 Thanks to Robbie and to Teri for such a super post! 🙂

Books and Such

Happy Friday! Today’s author has written, read, and reviewed so many books I honestly believe she’s triplets – or maybe she just never sleeps. And she works another job. And also whips up stunning baking creations. Almost forgot – and because of the pandemic, she’s overseeing her sons’ virtual schooling. And now you’re thinking my theories aren’t so far-fetched, right? See which Stephen King books kept her up at night. Welcome Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie)!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

I could not bear to be closed up inside a coffin even for one minute, so I’ll have to risk the haunted house. Ghosts and spirits seem to avoid me as I’ve never seen or heard one, even though I have visited many castles and mansions which are reputed to be haunted. I live in a house…

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How to Publish with KDP: Part Seventeen

Several good posts to share with you folks today, and Harmony Kent’s latest in her “How to Publish With KDP” series is Number 1 on the list. This series has been jam-packed with helpful information, and Part 17 is no exception. You’ll want to take a look at her tips on setting your KDP prices, royalties, etc, for sure! (Sort of important stuff, huh?) Please consider passing this along, as well, so others can learn more about the process, too. Thanks, and thanks to Harmony for her work on this great series. 🙂

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part seventeen in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Seventeen: How to set your prices, royalty options, and distribution range.

Today’s post focusses on the third and final page of your KDP book-publishing dashboard–The Kindle eBook (or Paperback) Pricing area. Below is a screenshot of the eBook page.

And now I show you the paperback page:

Now for a little competition time: Can you spot the differences?

On the paperback page, you will find an extra little section between the ‘worldwide territories’ and the ‘pricing’ sections.

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And The Winner IS ……

Good Morning Everybody! Yesterday, our Special Guest was Sue Coletta, with a wonderfully creepy excerpt from her newest book, Pretty Evil New England.

(If you missed that great post, you can check it out here.)

Sue offered a free copy of her new paperback to anyone I chose from the folks who stopped by to comment, and this morning, I drew a name from a hat to see who that would be. (Well, actually I drew it from a plastic storage container, but don’t tell Craig Boyack that. He’s very partial to hats! Especially magic ones. 😀 ) So now we have our winner.  

CONGRATULATIONS, JAN SIKES!

Jan, if you will email me with your mailing information, I will make all the necessary arrangements to have your copy of Pretty Evil New England winging its way to you as soon as possible.

HAPPY READING!


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#SpecialGuest – Sue Coletta – #PrettyEvilNewEngland

Hi, Everybody! Today, I am very pleased to welcome special guest Sue Coletta, sharing her latest book, a non-fiction work entitled Pretty Evil New England. 

Many of you are familiar with Sue’s fictional thriller/murder/crime novels, but I think you’ll enjoy finding out more about how
her new, non-fiction book came to be.

NOTE: To win a free paperback copy of Pretty Evil New England, all you have to do is leave a comment below. I will be drawing names from a hat at the end of the day, and the winner will be posted tomorrow. Good luck!

Now, without further ado, here’s, Sue!

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Thanks, Marcia. Nice to be visiting you today.

Writing true crime has many moving parts. My background as a thriller writer helped, but I also needed to maintain a factual narrative. Thankfully, I’ve always been a research junkie, so that wasn’t a problem. Combining the two was a little trickier. I can’t tell you how many times I feared blowing the opportunity. For those who don’t know me, in May 2019 a large publishing house reached out to me to write true crime. Not just any true crime book. They asked for historical true crime about female serial killers of New England prior to 1950.

Sounds like a dream opportunity, right? I mean, c’mon, it’s not every day a publisher seeks out a writer. It’s usually the other way around.

ONE PROBLEM

I wrote fiction. Not historical fiction, either. Contemporary psychological thrillers/serial killer thrillers. See why I panicked?

To my credit I’d written true crime stories on my blog — still do — but never an entire book. What that means is, I didn’t have a signature style for true crime. I’m not the type to travel Easy Street, so while writing I also had to develop a unique style to attract readers within my core audience and beyond.

During those early weeks of my deadline, I’d rip my hair out, totally convinced that I could never pull this off, that I “fake it till you make it” my way right down an endless pit. Every time I panicked my husband reminded me that I do the same thing with every book. Why should Pretty Evil New England be any different? He’s right, of course. Part of my process is to convince myself that I’ll never be able to outdo my previous book. Why do writers do that? We’re our own worst critics.

POST-PANIC

Once I’d moved past the self-doubt stage, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed writing in this genre. And now, I’m hooked! The same day I submitted the full manuscript of Pretty Evil New England to my publisher, I searched for an exciting new female serial killer to feature in my next true crime book. I even created a tagline for my true crime persona: Breathing new life into dead serial killers. 😊

EXHILARATION

Did all my worry and frustration work out in the end? Well, I made my deadline, and the publisher couldn’t be more thrilled. Early reader reactions are also encouraging, but only you can judge whether Pretty Evil New England is right for you. I will say, some readers might find the book frightening, creepy, or both — cough, Marcia — because whenever possible I wrote from the killer’s perspective.

Living inside the mind of female serial killer isn’t for everyone. Try living inside five at once. David Attenborough became my savior. Whenever I felt overwhelmed by murderous thoughts and actions I flipped on Netflix and sank into one of his amazing nature documentaries. Still do.

EXCERPT

Before boarding with Mr. and Mrs. Beedle, Jane Toppan lived down the road at 19 Wendell Street, the home of Israel and Lovey Dunham. “Mr. Dunham was getting pretty old—about seventy-seven—and was feeble and fussy,” she would later confess. “I thought a little morphia would do him good, but I gave him too much and he never woke up. It was just as well for him.”

Israel Dunham died on May 26, 1895. The doctors misdiagnosed the cause of death as heart failure.

I continued to live in the same place, and two years later I found Mrs. Dunham rather troublesome. She was old and cranky, so I gave her the same dose as her husband, and she passed away [on] September 19, 1897.

After murdering the Dunhams, Jane moved in with Mr. and Mrs. Beedle. They, however, employed a live-in housekeeper named Mary Sullivan. As far as Jane was concerned, Mary’s services were no longer required. So, she drugged the young woman into a stupor with morphia. When Jane beckoned Mrs. Beedle up to Mary’s room on the second floor, the housekeeper lay spread-eagle on the bed. Jane insisted Mary had a drinking problem, probably sneaking alcohol during work hours, too. Mrs. Beedle fired her housekeeper on the spot.

Jane sniggered. The plan had worked better than expected.

Now with full control of the household, Jane poisoned the Beedles on a whim. She only gave enough of her deadly cocktail to cause gastrointestinal upset. Perhaps this was her way of reminding Mr. and Mrs. Beedle just how helpful and convenient a live-in nurse could be, thereby securing a warm place to sleep without the threat of eviction hanging over her head.

As Mattie Davis knocked at the Beedles’ front door that June evening, the family was just sitting down to dinner. Eliza Beedle insisted that Mattie join them. Jane hustled into the kitchen and returned to the dining room with a glass of Hunyadi (a medicinal mineral water) for her friend.

“You must be very thirsty after your trip,” she said as she passed Mattie the glass.

During dinner, Mattie told the embarrassing story of falling in full view of everyone on the train. By the end of the meal she’d drained the last drop of mineral water. Jane suggested they walk to the bank so she could withdraw the funds to pay her overdue balance. Since Mattie needed to deposit cash anyway, she agreed. But when she rose from the table, the room spun off its axis. Woozy, Mattie slapped a hand on the back of her chair.

“Perhaps it was that fall,” suggested Jane. “Should we wait for a while?”

“No, no, I’m fine.” Mattie couldn’t let her condition stand in her way, not with being so close to achieving her goal. After all, collecting the money from Jane was the main reason she’d traveled to Cambridge in the first place. Her family had waited long enough for payment.

Once Mattie stepped outside into the sultry night air, she let out a groan and crumbled to the street.

With no one else around, Jane bent down to wrangle Mattie to her feet. Perhaps she added too much morphia to the Hunyadi water. Now she had to practically carry Mattie into the house. Thank goodness she hadn’t gotten far before she collapsed.

Grunting, Jane heaved the lethargic woman back inside. Melvin Beedle jogged over to assist in carrying a limp Mattie Davis up the stairs to the guest bedroom. When Melvin dashed back down the stairs to fetch a cold glass of water for Mattie, who looked like she’d fainted from the heat, Jane darted into her own bedroom and swiped a hypodermic needle from her bag. Back in the guest room, low whimpers escaped Mattie’s lips.

So I gave her another small dose of morphia. And that quieted her.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

For four centuries, New England has been a cradle of crime and murder—from the Salem witch trials to the modern-day mafia. Nineteenth century New England was the hunting ground of five female serial killers: Jane Toppan, Lydia Sherman, Nellie Webb, Harriet E. Nason, and Sarah Jane Robinson.

Female killers are often portrayed as caricatures: Black Widows, Angels of Death, or Femme Fatales. But the real stories of these women are much more complex. In Pretty Evil New England, true crime author Sue Coletta tells the story of these five women, from broken childhoods, to first brushes with death, and she examines the overwhelming urges that propelled these women to take the lives of a combined total of more than one-hundred innocent victims.

The murders, investigations, trials, and ultimate verdicts will stun and surprise readers as they live vicariously through the killers and the would-be victims that lived to tell their stories.

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Rowman & Littlefield

Author Sue Coletta

Sue Coletta is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and Expertido.org named her Murder Blog as one of the “Top 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (Murder Blog sits at #5) for four years in a row. She also blogs at the Kill Zone, a multi-award-winning writing blog, and writes two serial killer thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and narrative nonfiction/true crime for Globe Pequot, trade division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

You can reach Sue on Social Media here:

Website / FacebookTwitter / Amazon  / Goodreads /

TigearrPublishing / Globe Pequot (Rowman & Littlefield/ 

#BadMoonRising Tales From the Annexe – 7 Stories From the Herbert West Series by Audrey Driscoll #horror #occult #shortstories

Finally able to stop by Teri Polen’s blog to take a look at today’s Bad Moon Rising guest post, and wow! Audrey Driscoll’s featured book sounds fantastic, especially for a Halloween read. Great interview, too. Do head on over to check it out, and then pass it along so others can do so, as well. Thanks! And thanks to Teri for yet another splendid post! 🙂

Books and Such

Some readers aren’t quite prepared to jump into novel-length horror, but they can handle the torture scares in shorter spurts. Today’s featured book of short stories checks off that box. Read on to find out which chilling book has stuck with this author since the age of twelve. Welcome Audrey Driscoll!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

A nice new, padded coffin in a coffin showroom would be okay, as long as the lid was left open. If it had to be closed, or if the coffin had been previously occupied, I might just go for the haunted house. On the other hand, spending time in a closed coffin might be a useful experience for writing a horror story.

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep? Which one?

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Introducing C.S. Boyack’s #NewRelease: The Ballad of Mrs. Molony

Another treat for this busy day: Craig Boyack is a guest over on Stacio Troilo’s blog, with a wonderful post focused on his thoughts on writing a series. He’s also, of course, featuring his latest, Mrs. Molony. I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello, and then pass this one along far and wide. Thanks, and thanks to Staci for helping Craig get the word out! It’s a great post! 🙂

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! October is the month of all things weird and wonderful, and today I’ve got something that totally fits the bill. I’ve got a vampire with mangled teeth and a speech impediment who doesn’t want to kill people. A talking hat with supernatural powers that loves to surf the web. And the fabulous mind that comes up with all this stuff!

That’s right. my friend, fellow author, and long-time visitor to the blog, C.S. Boyack, is back to talk about his latest release—The Ballad of Mrs. Molony—the newest installment in his wildly inventive and always entertaining Hat series of stories. I know you’ll give him a warm welcome. No point in me teasing you with more when I can let the expert give you the good stuff. Take it away, Craig!


Thanks for inviting me back, Staci. I hope your fans are ready for some Halloween reading…

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