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#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

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

Klamath Falls, Oregon

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Reminder – The Book Nymph (2261 South 6th St #4,Klamath Falls, Oregon) has autographed paperback copies of “Within These Stone Walls” by my very talented wife Desirée Lee, and my award-winning bestseller “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” by me in stock. If you’re in the area, please drop by, and check out the store. It’s a great place, owned and run by a really cool woman.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan” – Review Snippets

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“This book was my first introduction to the action/adventure genre, but if all of them are like this it won’t be my last.”

“The author does such an amazing job of telling about the trip through the jungle, that at times you feel you are there.”

“This is a novel of pure action and adventure. There was never a dull moment, even for a minute.”

“There was no stop in the action, and if you are into good action this is the book for you.”

“I really loved this book. It was a page turner I couldn’t put down.”

“Once you start you won’t be able to stop reading.”

“I would recommend it to adult readers though as it gets cruel and bloody at times.”

“A classic adventure story.”

Pick up your own copy of my bestselling, award winning book “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” here, now, to enjoy as much as others have!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Unverified

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Desirée Lee ran across an interesting tidbit yesterday that sort of ties into my award-winning, bestselling action/adventure novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“. Here’s what she found. This is unverified, but interesting – especially if it’s true:

Yucatan, Mexico, was named after a misunderstanding. Spaniards asked the locals what was the place called. They replied “Yucatan,” which in their language means “I don’t understand you.”

As she said, that might explain some things in “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan” Amazon Sales Ranking

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Yesterday I mentioned some great news that arrived in my e-mail recently. The above is a screenshot of part of that message. As you can see, my award-winning, bestselling novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” has seen a major surge, and a major leap up in the sales rankings on Amazon. My thanks to all of you for your continued support of this book. You’re all fantastic! No author can do what we do without fans and readers, and I still maintain that I have the very best of you along with me on this journey.

Thank you all again!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Book Nymph

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The Book Nymph (2261 South 6th St #4,Klamath Falls, Oregon) now has autograph paperback copies of “Within These Stone Walls” by my very talented wife Desirée Lee, and “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” by me in stock. If you’re in the area, please drop by, and check out the store. It’s a great place, owned and run by a really cool woman.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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