Tale of a Story: Voices

My good writer friend and fellow Scribe, Kathy Palm, sold a new story and it’s available on Kindle for $2.99. I’ll let her tell you about it.

Finding Faeries

Back in 2006 or 2007, or somewhere in there, I had an idea for a girl who could hear the thoughts of others. Her name was Lucinda…Cinda for short. So i wrote it. And it received an honorable mention from the Writer’s Digest short story competition. I was very excited.

I was so excited, I decided to submit it. Remember Leading Edge magazine from my last post? They published my story “Marked” (the story that didn’t place in the same competition), so I sent “Cinda” to them. It was rejected. Now, the wonderful thing about Leading Edge is that they send feedback from readers. I had comments on why the story didn’t work, which helped me rethink the idea, and I rewrote it.

And submitted it again.

It was rejected again with more comments. Though none of what anyone said clicked in my brain, so I set the story aside.

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In Summary… The Synopsis

For any of you struggling with a synopsis, Staci Troilo gives you a solid list of the basics. And she makes it sound easy:)

Story Empire

Ciao! Staci here again. I’m wrapping up my WIP and about to start another. That — plus the fact that more than one person has asked me about this lately — made me think it might be the perfect time to discuss the synopsis.

How to Build Your Synopsis

Why is this the perfect time? (I mean, other than people asking.) Well, a synopsis is a useful tool in planning a new story, so I could write one for book two. And, now that book one is done, I might want to revise an existing synopsis to give to the publisher (for accurate blurb writing and marketing materials).

What is a Synopsis?

A synopsis is a brief retelling of the narrative arc of your novel, including the ending.

Note: I said including the ending. That’s not a mistake. This document should not be confused with the book blurb on your back cover or with any…

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My fellow writer and friend, Karen Lenfestey, just put up her latest book, BITTERSWEET HOPE.  It’s the final book in her Bittersweet trilogy, and for this week, she’s offering the first book, 5 O’CLOCK SHADOW for free on Amazon, and BITTERSWEET HOPE is only 99 cents.  So, if you’re so inclined, you could buy the entire trilogy for only $3.98.

I have to say that BITTERSWEET HOPE is my favorite book she’s written so far.  I got to beta read it.  I’ve read all of her books, but I flew through this one.  The two sisters, Claire and Hope, finally find the happy-ever-afters they SO deserve.  Of course, being women’s fiction and a Karen Lenfestey novel, they have to jump through more than their fair share of hoops to get there.  And this time, one of those hurdles is a disturbed young stalker.  The scenes inside this girl’s mind paint a fascinating journey that spirals out of control.  The rationalization for her acts builds more and more tension until the final scene.  And the ending was perfect (in my opinion).

Anyway, if you like women’s fiction, you might want to check out her book or the entire series.


Here’s the link for her webpage if you want to check out the entire trilogy or more of her books:


Pre-release Fun Begins Tomorrow

Kyra Jacobs’ new book comes out March 11th. Kyra’s a local author and I consider her a great friend. If you like sweet romances, she delivers.


Happy Sunday, everyone! Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted, having spent the majority of my non-writing author time over on social media. It’s hard, in this day and age, to know where exactly I’ll have my greatest “reach”.

Blogging? Twitter? Facebook? Sandwich board on a street corner?…

Since the forecast is calling for cold, cold, and more cold this week, I’m scrapping the street corner idea before it gets one iota of traction. LOL However, I thought in the week before release of my ninth novel (9!? Can you believe it?!) that we’d have a bit of fun on the old bloggy-blog.

What fun, you ask?

*rubs hands together*

We’re going to have a daily feature here called “Meet the Characters”. For one full week before the release of my next sweet, small town romance THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM(former working title: ON…

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Christmas–a little late

My daughter,  grandson, and his fiancee drove up from Indy this weekend for our Christmas celebration.  We’re getting together with my two sisters and cousin to do our big meal and gift exchange.  Holly–my daughter–is a nurse and had to work on the real holiday and New Year’s Eve, so we postponed it until everyone could get together.  At first, we planned it for Jan. 12, but Holly had to work that weekend, too, to make up for losing two days to strep throat.  A friend covered for her when she was sick, so Holly had to return the favor.  That means, everyone came this weekend–when Mother Nature decided to dump snow and high winds on us.  They came anyway.  And Ty and Emily brought their new puppy–who’s adorable.  Our poor chihuahua wasn’t sure what to make of her, but he’s decided she’s okay.  Our cat ignores her.  We’re having a great time–lots of food, lots of catching up, and lots of fun.

Hopefully, highway 69 will be plowed tomorrow when Ty and Emily need to drive home.  Holly can stay a day longer.  My brain has shut down from writer’s mode to family mode, and it will have to reboot on Tuesday.  So this blog is extra short.

But I hope words are flowing for all of you.  Happy Writing!



New Release and Book Review of Mae Clair’s END OF DAY

I’ve waited and WAITED for this book to come out. Can’t wait to read it! Staci’s review is awesome.

Staci Troilo

Ciao,amici! I’m super-excited today. I’ve been waiting for this book to release since the last one, and now it’s finally here!


Mae Clair’s END OF DAY, book two in her Hode’s Hill series.

This book, like CUSP OF NIGHT, the first book in the series, is also a dual timeline novel. And each period has a mystery to solve, each of which she resolves beautifully. But moreover, the way the two eras are linked together? It’s masterful.

You don’t want to miss this one.



The past is never truly buried…

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something…

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