#BadMoonRising If Darkness Takes Us by Brenda Marie Smith #postapocalyptic #thriller

Author Brenda Marie Smith is being featured today on Teri Polen’s Bad Moon Rising post. Very clever and entertaining interview and a couple of super scary sounding books, too. You’ll definitely enjoy checking this one out, and I hope you’ll also remember to pass it along so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, and thanks again, Teri. I’m SO loving this great October series! 🙂

Books and Such

You may remember this author from last year’s Bad Moon when she introduced this book. It’s being featured again this year – but she has a blurb for part two, If the Light Should Come, which will be released June 29, 2021! Find out what she listens to while writing to set the tone for her apocalyptic novel – perfectly understandable. Welcome Brenda Marie Smith!

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

It depends on where the coffin is and whether or not it can be left open. No way I’m sleeping in a closed coffin until I’m dead, at which point I won’t actually be sleeping. But I could do an open coffin as long as it’s in a relatively safe place. If both these conditions can’t be met, then I’ll grab some ghost-busting weapons and take…

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The Nutshell Climactic Choice and Final Step

Today, Staci Troilo is posting her last entry in her excellent series analyzing the Nutshell Technique as created by Jill Chamberlain. This has been quite an eye opener for me, and I plan to study it in more detail, thanks to Staci’s careful explanations. You can even download a PDF template to help you implement the techniques in your next book. I highly recommend you stop by to check out the conclusion to the series, and would ask that you share the post far and wide so others can learn more about the technique as well. Thanks, and thanks to Staci for a very interesting and informative series. 🙂

Story Empire

Comedy Tragedy

Ciao, SEers. If you’ve been following along when it’s my turn to chat with you, you’ll remember we’re discussing Jill Chamberlain’s Nutshell method. If you’ve missed one or more of the installments or need a refresher on any of them, you can find the other posts here:

Today, we’ve reached the last of her concepts—the climactic choice and the final step.

Climactic Choice

The climactic choice is the crux of the climax itself.

In an Aristotelean comedy, this occurs when the protagonist is at his or her lowest (in crisis) and is faced with that between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place decision. Here, he or she chooses to move away from his or her flaw and toward the opposite strength.

In an Aristotelean tragedy, this occurs when the protagonist believes he or she is at the pinnacle…

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#BadMoonRising Never Change (Demon’s Blood) by Shari Sakurai #horror #LGBT #shortstory

Hi, Folks! Here’s today’s Bad Moon Rising featured guest, Shari Sakurai, who has accomplished something I’ve never even worked up the nerve to try! Check out her fun interview and her intriguing books, and then pass the post along if you would, so others can take a look, too. Thanks, and thanks again to Teri for this terrific series! 🙂

Books and Such

What’s Halloween without a few vampires? I’ve been a vampire fan since I watched the original Fright Night – how bad could they be if they looked like Chris Sarandon? Today’s author is no stranger to Bad Moon Rising, and she’s featuring a vampire short story set in her Demon’s Blood series universe. I’ve also seen the movie that freaked her out – and her freakout is justified. Welcome Shari Sakurai!

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

Yes! Me and my sister went to see The Babadook at the cinema a few years ago. It is one of the creepiest films I have ever seen but the bit that really gets me is when she is at the police station and when she looks up the Babadook is hanging up with all the coats. I don’t know why but that bit really…

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Welcome Marcia Meara with The Emissary #Series

Hi, Folks! This morning, I’m happy to say I’m a guest over on Craig Boyack’s Entertaining Stories blog. I’ve shared an excerpt from The Emissary 3: Love Hurts with Craig and his friends, and hope you’ll take a moment to stop by to check it out and say hello. And of course, should you have a minute to share this post far and wide, I’d be eternally grateful! ❤ Thanks, and a huge thank-you to Craig as well for having me over today. 🙂

Entertaining Stories

Welcome Marcia Meara to Entertaining Stories. Marcia is one of my partners over at Story Empire. She’s hosted my book tours, and it’s time to repay the favor. She’s here to tell us about her Emissary Series, specifically book three of the series. Make her feel welcome, and please use those sharing buttons on your way out today.


Thanks so much for having me here today, Craig. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be visiting you and sharing a bit about my newest release, The Emissary 3: Love Hurts. This is the final novella in the trilogy, and I hope your friends and followers will enjoy the excerpt I’m going to share. I know this one will make the post a wee bit longer than I’ve kept them on this tour, but as the final stop, I wanted to introduce folks to Azrael in a…

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The Secret of my Success – Maybe

It’s Craig’s turn on Story Empire today, and his post is fantastic. Trust me, you don’t want to miss his discussion on how he approaches producing multiple books and series. It’s fascinating stuff, too good not to take note of and then, to pass along to the Immediate World. Thanks, and thanks to Craig for sharing your methods and ideas! Great stuff! 🙂

Story Empire

Hi, Gang. Craig with you again today. Honestly, there is a fudge in that title, because it depends upon what you call success. If you’re all about sales, volume, and bestseller lists I don’t have success.

I’m more motivated by delivering a good story that readers will enjoy. In that regard, I’ve been quite successful this year. As a small recap, I have a science fiction novel, a longer fantasy novel, and a noveloid length publication that is more designed for the short-read market. Oh, there is also one short story that was included in an anthology. This post isn’t about tooting my own horn, it’s to give you some leads on how I accomplished all that.

In the interest of full disclosure, most of the science fiction story was written in 2019, but I also published three books that year. I do all this and hold down a full-time…

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#BadMoonRising The Sea Was Angry by Armand Rosamilia #horror #seastories

Today’s Bad Moon Rising post over on Teri Polen’s blog features Armand Rosamilia and his book, The Sea Was Angry. Do yourself a big favor and check it out. The interview is hilarious, and the book sounds wonderfully scary. Plus, the cover is fantastic. Great post all the way around. And please remember to pass it along so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, and once again, thanks to Teri for hosting such a fun October event! 🙂

Books and Such

If you’ve followed Bad Moon Rising from the beginning, you’ll probably recognize today’s author – he’s participated every year. Today he brings his newest release, a tale of horror on the sea (love the cover!) With his list of things he’d take to a haunted house, I’d probably tag along – the man has excellent taste in bourbon. Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

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

Neither, but if I had to choose it would be the haunted house. I’m too fat (too many peanut M&M’s and bourbon in my diet) so I’d have to be stuffed into a coffin. That would be quite uncomfortable. Bring on the ghosts!

Name three items you’d take to spend the night in a haunted house.

A five lb. bag of peanut M&M’s. A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. A…

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#BadMoonRising Aceldama by John Hazen #horror #historicalthriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Another one that’s a day late, but I’ll be all caught up by the end of today, I promise. In the meantime, do stop by to check out Teri Polen’s “Bad Moon Rising” guest from yesterday, John Hazen. A fun interview, and his book, Aceldama, sounds like it would be great! And if you would, please remember to pass the post along so others can enjoy it, as well. Thanks, and thanks once again to Teri for hosting this fun October event! 🙂

Books and Such

Today I’d like to introduce you to another author making his debut with Bad Moon Rising! His featured book is a fascinating blend of historical fiction with a two millenia old curse tossed into the mix. As an adult, he attempted a rewatch of the movie that kept him up at night as a child – read on to find out what happened. Welcome John Hazen!

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

If it’s an open coffin, I’d take that. They look rather comfy. But if it’s a closed one, I couldn’t take the claustrophobia and I’d opt for the haunted house. The house I grew up in wasn’t haunted (as far as I know anyway) but it was built in the 1850s so there was a fair amount of creaking and drafts. I wouldn’t imagine a haunted…

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#BadMoonRising Hullaba Lulu: A Dieselpunk Adventure by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #steampunk #historicalfantasy

Running a day late with things I want to share, folks, but bear with me. I hope to be all caught up by tomorrow. Right now, I’m eager to share Teagan Geneviene’s fun post over on Teri Polen’s Bad Moon Rising series. Do yourself a favor and check this one out. I love how Teagan’s mind works! 😀 Don’t forget to share, if you would, so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks! And thanks again, Teri, for such a terrific October series! 🙂

Books and Such

Happy Monday!  Today’s guest is sure to pull you out of your Monday morning slump.  Her creativity knows no limits, and she’s brought along Lulu, her main character, to join in for the interview.  I’m willing to bet a lifetime supply of chocolate you’d never guess which movie scared her so much she couldn’t sleep.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, Teri. Thanks so much for letting Lulu and me be part of Bad Moon Rising 2020! (Lulu, there’s a bit of horseradish on your mouth. Ugh, did you just burp?)

As I was about to say, I don’t write real horror, but Hullaba Lulu — a Dieselpunk Adventure has some pos-i-lutely creepy moments. In honor of Bad Moon Rising, my new novella is priced at 99¢ (Kindle version only), throughout October. (What Lulu? Yes, I know that cold hand on your shoulder in the abandoned train station really scared you…

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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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