Welcome to Story Empire, and our version of the Rave Reviews Book Club Book and Blog Block Party. According to the rules, we need to tell you where we are posting from. Well, that’s kind of hard to do, because there are six of us, and we’re scattered across the US plus one of us is in Europe. I guess we’ll say we’re coming to you from the northern hemisphere.
We also need to tell you about our prize right up front, so here you go—one lucky commenter will win a $30 Amazon gift card, so make sure you leave us a comment today, not tomorrow (although we’d love to hear from you anytime).
Craig here, and I’m going to tell you a little bit about how we came into existence. It all started with Mae Clair and me discussing a bit of mutual promotion with a Halloween theme in mind. This would have been around spring of 2016. We dabbled with the idea, but it languished through the summer. When we got serious, the idea came up that more would be merrier, and we both knew some authors who wrote paranormal tales.
We brought in a couple of friends, who both happened to be Rave Reviews Book Club members (because the club is a great way to meet people), and they had some awesome ideas, including this blog. It turns out most of us are multi-genre authors, and we don’t just have to focus on Paranormal and Halloween. So we kept the band together, so to speak. I’ll let the others weigh in here, but we’re excited to have you over and we hope you’ll stick around by following our cooperative blog.
Joan here. I’m one of the newest contributors to Story Empire. Staci Troilo and I “met” several years ago through an online writing course. When we both discovered our love of writing fiction, a friendship was formed.
Staci is also the person who recruited me to join RRBC. When she asked me to be a part of Story Empire, I felt both honored and excited. By this time I was also acquainted with Mae Clair, so I readily accepted the invitation.
As Craig said, we are multi-genre authors. My main focus is mystery and suspense, although I’m throwing in a touch (well maybe a bit more than a touch) of romance into my current WIP.
I’m excited to meet other RRBC authors and appreciate the support through the short time I’ve been a member. I look forward to continuing the close relationships found within the RRBC Community.
Mae here. As Craig stated, we started this idea last year as a Halloween promotion, and wow has it grown! I think we’ve got a great group, especially with all of us being members of RRBC. Staci Troilo came up with Story Empire name, and she is also our extremely talented webmaster. While you’re here, browse around the site and consider giving our blog a follow. We’ve also got a Story Empire Facebook page, Twitter account, and Google+ profile. We’d love to connect with you on all of those sites!
Story Empire began with one post a week, and a targeted (Halloween) promotion. We now offer posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with all of the SE author members taking turns, and we plan multiple promos throughout the year.
And speaking of promo, it would be remiss of me not to mention that my novel, A Cold Tomorrow is still on sale for the discounted price of .99c for a few more days. You can find the blurb and all buy links here. If you’re looking for a book that combines mystery, suspense, otherworldly speculation and a smidgen of romance, it offers a great escape.
Thanks for joining the SE gang today. We’re delighted you stopped by for our spot on the RRBC Springtime Book and Block Party!
Hey, everyone! P. H. Solomon here. I met all the other authors through RRBC. How
great is that! I’m one of the newest contributors on Story Empire and enjoying it immensely. However, RRBC has been an excellent resource for me or how else would I have met these other great authors and become a part of Story Empire?
Staci Troilo has been outstanding as the Story Empire webmaster. She’s created much of the artwork besides our covers and has been incredibly helpful all along. She deserves a big round of applause so let her know how great the site looks!
My latest release is An Arrow Against the Wind which is the second book of an epic fantasy trilogy. It’s off to a fantastic start this week at a discounted price of $2.99, just click here to find buy links and more about the book. I’ll share a specific post about it on the 30th to close out the RRBC block party.
Thanks for stopping by the Story Empire site today and enjoy the rest of the RRBC Springtime Book and Block Party!
Hey, folks! Harmony here 🙂 How are you all?
How great is it that we all met through RRBC and now we have this fantastic collaborative blog that has grown so much from its Halloween inception. Our latest Bookmobile tour was a blast. And we have Staci Troilo as our awesome webmaster, who does a fantabulous job! Have a browse around our site and take a look at all the various topics on offer; all our previous blog posts remain available, and you’ll find topics on writing and blogging, and lots of other great things.
While I’m here, I’d like to mention that my latest book came out on Good Friday, and it has already received one 5 Star Review! MOMENTS brings together all my stories that got scattered around and published in different Anthologies, as well as never-before-published shorts and poems. It’s on sale at only $2.99 (£2.99) right now, and gives a taste of my multi-genre writing. The purchase links are: AMAZON US and AMAZON UK.
Thanks for stopping by today. It’s great to see you all!
Ciao! Staci here. Wow. I’ve got lots to say after reading the comments from my talented peers, but I promise to keep it short (or do my best to).
I’m certain I’m blushing as I read this. “Webmaster” (to me) implies a high degree of computer talent. Trust me, I’m just muddling through like the rest of you. Word Press is temperamental at best on a good day, as I’m sure many of you know. (And isn’t it funny that the “webmaster” was the last one to even get around to adding her part to the post?)
I took on the website chore when Mae and Craig brought me on board because I wanted to do my fair share. Mae and Craig had (have) bigger audiences than I do and they had (have) big backlists. Harmony (the other original member) had a huge backlist of her own, and she taps into a European audience that I just don’t have access to. I figured to pull my weight, I’d take on the site. And believe me, they’ve all pitched in and helped. So have our newest members (Joan and P. H.), and I’m grateful to all five of them.
And that’s how I’m going to wrap this post up—talking about pooling our resources and gratitude. Which is what I think RRBC is about, anyway.
I just celebrated my one-year anniversary with RRBC. I’ve met many amazing people, entered into a fabulous venture with five of its members, discovered a lot of new authors and their wonderful works, and forged some lasting friendships. This organization has given me benefits that I can’t begin to quantify, but I am immeasurably grateful for all I’ve received.
If you’re a member of RRBC, then I’m not telling you anything new. If you aren’t a member, what are you waiting for? You can join by clicking here.
RRBC helps writers around the globe find new talent in the literary world. The members of Story Empire have a similar mantra—share. It all comes down to sharing, to paying things forward. RRBC shares authors and their works. Story Empire shares its collective knowledge of the writing industry. We’d love it if you’d follow our blog, because we’d love to talk to you about craft, grammar, editing, publishing, and promotion.
I know this ran longer than I said it would (shocking, right?), but I had a lot to cover. Sorry. Bear with me; I have one last thing to say. In the spirit of sharing, we’re giving away a $30 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. But you have to share in order to be eligible—share your opinion.
About what, you ask?
- Craig is about to finish his Yak Guy project. You could ask him about that or The Enchanted League, which he’s editing for publication.
- Joan is hard at work on the second book in her Driscoll Lake series, and I bet she’d like to talk about it.
- Mae has a great promo going on in anticipation of the third Point Pleasant novel coming out soon. I know she has tons of research she could share about that awesome series.
- P. H. is in the middle of an epic fantasy series you should really check out. I know he wouldn’t mind talking about it.
- Harmony just released a collection of shorts and poems that I can’t wait to read. I’m sure she’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
- My publisher just released Valuable Treasures, a short story prequel to the Medici Protectorate series (the third book of which will be coming out this summer). I’m always glad to talk about that series.
- Our blog history has a long and varied list of topics. Maybe you have a question about something you read there, or about something industry-related we’ve never addressed but you’d like to discuss.
In short, we’re open to talking about almost anything. So please, ask a question or drop a quick thought, and enter yourself in our prize raffle. And we’ll see you in the comments! (And now I’m really done. 😉 )