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Details matter to characters

Details underline character’s personality

I find that details like clothing matter in any story, just like they matter in our own lives.

I always dress for the occasion, why shouldn’t the character do the same. Dressing also reflects on personality.

In one of the stories in my new book Shifting Sands Short Stories math professor Martin Duggan always wears pinstriped suits, preferably gray.

Why?

Because the pin stripes remind him of geometrical lines. After all, Martin is a math professor at the university in Rocky Rapids.

Here is an excerpt from “The Temptation of Martin Duggan.”

To match the white shirt that Rose bought him at JC Penney, Martin wore his favorite gray pants with pin stripes reserved for special occasions.

There was something about lines that had always comforted him. Lines commanded respect. They could be lines vertical, horizontal or curves. And then came symbols, and Martin’s love for them; like pi or the toppled 8 symbolizing infinity. He traced the origins of his love for numbers and symbols to his childhood and later growing up in the strict austere atmosphere of the seminary in Brest.

The details in Martin’s clothing bring out his character and his growing up in the austere atmosphere of the seminary.

The lines create the platform for his character and to move the story in and out of the classroom.

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A personalized book campaign

As I Launch the second phase of my Storyteller 2017 book marketing campaign, I am looking forward to more physical encounters with readers during book signings and other author’s events.

“You cannot bypass the excitement of meeting a live author,” advised my neighbor, who works with authors during the formatting of their books.

During my book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories at Fallasburg, Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, vice-president of the Fallasburg Historical Society agreed.

“We like having a local author here,” she said.

 

In an era of the Mighty Internet, it is too easy to hide behind its anonymous face without ever stepping out of the author’s shell.

And even though, there are millions of authors around the world, each author is unique with a unique voice and a unique set of experiences.

The same goes for the reader, who seeks to fulfill various desires by reading different books. Each reader is unique.

The task is to match up the book to the readers’ desires. It almost seems impossible. However, authors over the centuries, did connect with the readers before the era of the Internet.

This is my plan:

I want to be as personal as possible, and make my book available to anyone. That means reaching out to a broad audience.

Right now, my book is available throughout the Kent District Library (KDL) libraries in Kent County, in Hastings and in Big Rapids. I will continue to work on putting more books out into the libraries.

It is available at the local Schuler Books stores in Grand Rapids and Lansing. I will make sure that it will be available at other independent book stores in Michigan.

My book also made it back to the old country of former Czechoslovakia. It is up for translation now into Czech language.

My goal is to approach the University of Michigan, Department of Slavic languages, with a proposal for their students to translate the book into Czech as their thesis work.

I want to be present during the upcoming area events:

October 19, Girls Night Out..Lowell

October 28, Holiday Market, Bannister

Nov. 17, 18 & 19, Christmas through Lowell

Nov. 7- Dec. 23, Holiday Artists Market, Lowell Arts Gallery

So, pick up your copy of Shifting Sands Short Stories and bring it to any of my events for autograph.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/152130226X

Link to reviews on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/review/createreview/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_wr_but?

I appreciate all reviews. See you at my events.

More events to be announced.

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For reviews

Here is a direct link to write reviews of Shifting Sands Short Stories on Amazon.

Thank you for your reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_wr_but#

The featured photo is from my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories @Fallasburg on Sept.16 and Sept.17 during the 3rd annual Fallasburg village bazaar.

Thank you Fallasburg Historical Society for letting me use the one-room schoolhouse museum for my book signings.

In the big world of publishing & marketing, I need to stay Focused on writing in spite of the demanding pressures of author’s events.

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Exclusive excerpts “Orange Nights”

The Shifting Sands Short Stories book is a collection of 13 stories spanning more than two decades.

As part of the Storyteller 2017, Writer to author series, I’ve been publishing excerpts from the book now available on Amazon in both formats, kindle and paperback.

The story “Orange Nights” in a retail setting is a brand new story that I wrote in June 2017 to complete the book.

 

And fear had many faces. It was hiding under different coats of comfort and security, assurances or the lack of them.

Orange Nights

“Have you ever been afraid in the store?” asked Rachel. “You know really afraid, I know we have security department and all that, but afraid as in who is going to walk in and what is he going to do?”

People were already streaming along with normal day people who had nothing to do with the orange balloon clearance in the soft and hard lines, like the grocery people and the food court.

For the moment, Rachel envied them the regularity of a normal daily job. They came in and left on a regular basis without the madness of wanting to do something else.

“Why aren’t you in your own department?” a scowling voice breathed down Rachel’s neck.

Startled, she turned around. The tall orange blonde man with a mustache still dressed in civil clothes was right behind her back. He had his gray vest thrown over his shoulder.

“Oh, I just came to get the returns,” Rachel said blushing that she got caught in a different department.

“How did the night go?” he asked Big Irma. “Did you get a lot done? What’s all this crap?”

Wendell pulled out shorts tangled in with a bra and panties our of the cart with the never-ending returns. He smelled of cigarettes and coffee, after a night of drinking. Big Irma looked at Wendell and then down on the returned things and pulled out a hanger.

“You have to go over there and see,” she said. “There’s a lot of clearance this year. I guess people weren’t buying as much or we overbought, or both. You never know from year to year.”

“Ok, I’ll just get some coffee and see,” Wendell said. “You two are going home right? And coming back late afternoon.”

“Something like that,” said Big Irma, “that is after I have something to eat.”

 

Rachel started the car to head back home through the arid countryside. The corn was high, and she couldn’t see around the curves in the fields. The hot air swiveled in waves. The corn stalks were swaying in the light breeze in the blaze of the noon.

She had heard from a farmer that corn grows fastest at night, like up to five inches or more.

“You can hear it grow at night,” he said.

Once coming home from a second shift, Rachel pulled by a cornfield and stepped out of the car to listen to the corn grow. Yes, he was right. You can hear corn grow.

Rachel was all wrinkled from the night. She just washed her face in the bathrooms. The night was still sticking onto her. Being the only driver on the road, the drive home was relaxing and soothing on the nerves ruffled by a sleepless night.

All Rachel could think of was going back into the store again. She couldn’t shake the night. 

The house in the country was calm and quiet, located far from the busy suburbia with rows and rows of fast food neon signs. Rachel quickly glanced over the land. The row of oak trees framed the land on the east side, while the pine trees bordered the west side.

The sun was right above the head blasting the golden rays.

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Exclusive by Storyteller2017 Emma

Watch for today’s Storyteller2017 posts including exclusive excerpts from the book Shifting Sands Short Stories coming out on Amazon on June 30.

The Storyteller2017 series from writer journalist to author of Shifting Sands Short Stories with excerpts started on June 20 with Emma Palova intro, followed by “The Beginnings ” on June 21 and “The Impermanence of Characters ” on June 22, the passion on June 23 posted on EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com and on Edition Emma Publishing.

This week, the posts included:

June 26  excerpt from “Therese’s Mind”

June 27 The third circle of stories with excerpts from the “Iron Horse”

June 28 In between circles, hit hard with excerpts from

” In the Shadows ”

Upcoming posts

In between story circles, transforming the crisis.

All about the cover

 

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Storyteller 2017, the third circle with book excerpts — emmapalova

Storyteller 2017 -part VI I have named my book campaign Storyteller2017 because I am so excited about this epic year full of big changes. Follow me on my journey from writer journalist to author of Shifting Sands Short Stories to be released on June 30 on Amazon. This is the sixth part of the Storyteller […]

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