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Reminder

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This afternoon I’ll be a guest on the Blog Talk Radio show “READ MY LIPS” with host akaRadioRed! The show runs from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PST on Mondays. Again, I’ll be on today’s show. Tune in, please!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Blog Hops?

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Hello, all.

It’s been a while – years – since I partook in a blog hop. Is anyone putting one together for the near future? An author-oriented one? If so, I’d love to be a part of it. Shoot me a line from the “Contact” section of my website, and let me know, please. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Bookclicker

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Yesterday I found out about an author promo site called Bookclicker. Can anyone tell me how well it works? Or anything else about it?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Back To The Blog?

A while back I mostly stopped posting to this blog, in favor of using my Facebook fan page. Lately, I’ve been thinking about reversing that, and returning to this blog. What do you all think?

Even with my fibromyalgia, I’m still writing. Things just move MUCH more slowly now. But, there is still writing news, and other things, to report, and talk about.

So, what do you think? Should I start using this blog again?

Scott

www.scotthrper.net

#SmallBusinessSaturday 2016

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Normally, I don’t post to this blog on the weekends. But, seeing as how this is Small Business Saturday, I’ll make an exception. If you’re looking to buy books today, please consider supporting Umbral Press with the purchase of “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“, “Quagmire Fen“, and/or “Hidden Tribe“. My family, myself, and Umbral Press would greatly appreciate it!

Quintana Roo, Yucatan

Rikki Breitenberg is an archeologist in charge of the first team of American documenters allowed by the Mexican government to explore newly discovered Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. However, shortly after their arrival in Mexico, things go awry. Treacherous jungle, inclement weather and dangerous wildlife are only the beginning. When Rikki and her team run afoul of members of an ancient cult devoted to the worship of a bloodthirsty god, things take a terrifying turn for the worse. During their struggle for survival, the team makes a startling discovery that may rewrite the whole of human history. Will they survive to bring their amazing find back to civilization?

Quagmire Fen

Bog skulks are small, mysterious creatures with vicious teeth and claws. They turned up in Quagmire Fen some time ago. No one seems to know what they are or where they came from.

Spencer Foster is a young man who has lived his entire life in the poor backwater of Quagmire Fen. He despises the swamp, and wants only to leave and start a new life in the city with his girlfriend. But his callous drunkard of a father has other ideas.

Very soon, Spencer’s life is irrevocably changed. His destiny is now linked to the bog skulks and Quagmire Fen.

What are the bog skulks? Where did they come from? What is the connection between Spencer Foster and the odd beings he’s given so little thought to?

Hidden Tribe

Sasquatch—they live peacefully in the forests, and woodlands. They want little, or nothing, to do with humans, and our civilization. As a whole, sasquatch are tranquil, quiet beings who live harmoniously with nature, and avoid us.

But what happens when humans refuse to return the favor?

Researcher Alexia Hollander is about to find out. When she ventures into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, seeking evidence of the elusive species, things quickly get out of hand. Another researcher deliberately gets in Alexia’s way. Campers, and hunters bumble in, adding their own disruptive presence to the quiet work that Alexia wants to perform.

With their home territory invaded by humans, a mated pair of sasquatch keep the intruders under close surveillance. They aren’t happy about the presence of the trespassers, and want them gone. Just how far will these normally restrained beings go to protect their family, and themselves? Alexia, and her unwanted companions are about to find out!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

#ReadABookDay

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Hello, everyone!

I had meant to get back to a regular schedule for this blog. As you’ve noticed, I’m sure, that has yet to happen. Between health issues – mine, and those of immediate family – and our daughter’s school being closed this week due to the fair – so many local students are involved in the FFA, that schools in this area close down for the week of the fair – I’ve barely been on-line, or done much of anything. Hopefully this blog can get back on track at some point!

But, in happier news, today is a great holiday to celebrate. It’s Read A Book Day! Celebrate by grabbing you own copy of “Hidden Tribe“, the latest release book by myself, and my wife Desirée Lee.

Hidden Tribe

Sasquatch—they live peacefully in the forests, and woodlands. They want little, or nothing, to do with humans, and our civilization. As a whole, sasquatch are tranquil, quiet beings who live harmoniously with nature, and avoid us.

But what happens when humans refuse to return the favor?

Researcher Alexia Hollander is about to find out. When she ventures into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, seeking evidence of the elusive species, things quickly get out of hand. Another researcher deliberately gets in Alexia’s way. Campers, and hunters bumble in, adding their own disruptive presence to the quiet work that Alexia wants to perform.

With their home territory invaded by humans, a mated pair of sasquatch keep the intruders under close surveillance. They aren’t happy about the presence of the trespassers, and want them gone. Just how far will these normally restrained beings go to protect their family, and themselves? Alexia, and her unwanted companions are about to find out!

Review by fortean researcher Thomas Curtain Jr.

As a field researcher and investigator ofover 25 years in the fields of cryptozoology, ufology and parapsychology, I am affiliated with many groups out there and I have spent my fair share of time searching for the elusive creature that we most commonly know as Bigfoot. Since I was a child I read every book I could get my hands on pertaining to the subject. I read a lot of nonfiction books but every once and a while I will read a novel on the subject if it is well written and based on facts. Hidden Tribe is just that.

I recently read Hidden Tribe written by my gifted friend Scott Harper and his lovely, talented wife Desiree Lee. This booknot only held my interest but was written in a way that used documented factual information about the creatures to help tell the story and clearly shows tha tthe authors did their research and didn’t just follow the Hollywood cookiecutter image of a Bigfoot as a vicious monster loose in the countryside destroying everything and everyone in it’s path for no apparent reason.

The story was different as it showed the perspective of the creatures themselves and depicted the very real conflict of researchers and individuals in the field who hold different views and values on whether the creature should be killed or not.I appreciate a different kind of storyline and approach to the subject and feel that the writers of the story did a wonderful job making the reader enthralled better educated on the subject at hand and anticipating what is on the next page throughout the read.

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good tale and has an interest in the subject of Bigfoot. Keep up the great work Scott and Desiree and thank you both for depicting these mysterious creatures in a more serious and humanistic way. I can’t wait to see what you write next!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Reminder About This Afternoon

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Don’t forget the video podcast this afternoon! I hope you’ll join us at 4:00 PM PST right here! I’ll be speaking live with author/publisher/editor Marci Baun on her Publisher’s Lounge about writing, and whatever other topics come up.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Reading Aloud

A very common writing/editing tip I run across a lot is to simply read your work aloud. This helps you, as the author, to gauge the flow of your words. It also serves to help with sentence length – if it takes more than one breath to read one sentence, then the sentence is too long. It also helps to let the writer know if the dialogue sounds natural, or not.

Once in a while I do a bit of reading aloud of my work for these reasons. But I don’t do it as often as I probably should.

Is it really helpful to do this all the time while editing a manuscript? Is this something I ought to be doing all the time, rather than only here and there?

What do you other writers out there think of this practice?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Was

As you all know, I’m back to work on “Warder: Changing Guard”. I’m giving the manuscript one final going over before turning it over for edits.

Over the years that I’ve been writing professionally, I’ve learned a vast amount about editing. One thing that editors harp on a lot are crutch words – words that an author uses over and over and over and over and over and over again. As an author, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of using a crutch word without even realizing that you’re doing it. One major word that has been brought to my attention again and again is the word “was”. It’s use is grammatically correct. But, with a bit of reworking, just about any sentence that uses the word “was” can be rewritten to omit that word. and sound better. Some editors let “was” slide. Others don’t.

During the editing processes of my award winning, bestselling novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“, and my critically acclaimed novella “Quagmire Fen“, I had several discussions regarding “was”. Long story short, a lot of repetition of the word ended up being cut from both of those projects.

Now, working on “Warder: Changing Guard”, I’ve set myself a personal challenge. Thus far, I’ve held to it. The challenge? To write an entire book without relying on the word “was” even once. “Warder: Changing Guard” isn’t a long book. If it were to be published as-is, right now, it would be 100-pages-long in an over-sized 6×9 format. Still, 100 pages written without using “was” even once…

Doing this has really made me aware of how reliant I tend to be on the word. While reading the work of other authors, I find myself counting how many times they used “was” per page. Sometimes I see it multiple times in a single paragraph.

Eliminating “was” from an entire book has had an interesting effect on it. “Warder: Changing Guard” pulls the reader into things more. It’s far more active, far less passive. It’s amazing what refusing to use one single word, even one time, in a book can do for the story!

Here’s hoping that all of you like “Warder: Changing Guard” as much as I do right now!

Oh! About the length of “Warder: Changing Guard”… The plan, currently anyway, is to release each “Warder” book as an e-book only to start with. Then, when several are out, to publish several of them at a time, three or four, in paperback. An original story will likely accompany them in the paperback edition.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Lovecraft

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Some time ago, I picked up “The Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft”, and have been reading just a little here, and a little there. Before buying this book, I don’t recall ever reading any of Lovecraft’s work before. However, the more I read of it, the more a fan of his work that I’m becoming. Saturday afternoon I finished reading “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”. Next up is “The Colour Out of Space”.

Who is your favorite non-living writer?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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