Author Archives: Beem Weeks

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The Vanishing Review!

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Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I’m discussing vanishing reviews on Amazon.

Last year, I wrote a post on the necessity of being honest in our reviews of books we’ve read. If we enjoy the story, we explain why. If there were issues, we report those issues without being hurtful or harmful. A review helps the writer, sure, but it also assists readers searching for their next book.

So, if you enjoyed a particular novel, and you wrote a glowing review, why would Amazon yank your review after a day or a month or even longer? That’s a question many of us have had to contemplate at least a time or two.


I’ve written hundreds of reviews on the mighty Amazon over the past decade or so. My reviews cover almost everything I’ve ever purchased from the site. Books, music, electronics, replacement refrigerator handle—if I bought it…

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George Dismukes Goes Vella with New Novel!

Author George Dismukes has a new novel on the horizon. George has chosen Vella to release this Paradise My Prison.

Book Blurb:

Charley Flynt awakens from a deep sleep and finds himself alone on a tropical beach surrounded by a palm-tree jungle and exotic animals. He cannot even remember who he is or anything about his life. First, he must figure out how to survive, to find food and build shelter and protect himself from hidden dangers. As his memory gradually returns, it reveals what a very flawed person he is, a man who made too many mistakes, made too many enemies. Will he save himself?

You can find the book on Vella and read the first three chapters for FREE!  Just click the Amazon icon and take a journey!

Elements of a Dual Timeline Novel: Timeframes and Settings

A fantastic series!

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Hi, SEers! You’re with Mae today. Thank you for joining me for part three of my series on dual timeline novels. Part One provided an introduction, while Part Two offered a look at character development. Today, we’re going to explore timeframes.

Signpost showing Past, Present, and Future directional arrows
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When developing your characters, you probably started thinking about timeframes. Usually, when people think of dual timeline novels, they often envision a large gap between eras. One timeframe in present day with the other set somewhere in the past. Often this involves another century, but there’s no rule that says you have to go back x-number of decades or centuries.

I’ve written novels with my “past” timeframe set in the late 1700s, 1840s, and 1880s. I’m also sitting on a completed manuscript wherein the earlier action takes place in the 1970s. Once you’ve chosen your era, it’s time to do a research dive. Even the…

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Great tips for marketing by D. L. Finn!

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Hi SEers! D. L. Finn here to talk about what I learned after writing the book.

Over twenty years ago, I tried to find my children’s book a publisher. After a couple of years of nice handwritten or standard form rejections, life got busy, and I put this on the back burner.

Then eight years ago, after I was laid up with a broken foot, I decided to try self-publishing. After some research, I hired an editor and someone to create a book cover. I was ready.

Being new to self-publishing, I used a company that formatted and uploaded my book to various websites. It was a steep price with little in return, but it was done.

Then I imagined myself creating my next book while waiting for readers and reviews to find me. None came.

I realized the only people who might read my book was family and a…

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Interview Beem Weeks, Author of The Thing About Kevin!

Hey, everybody! Kim Cox interviewed me on her Kim’s Musings blog. Check it out!

Kim's Musings


Beem Weeks is an author, editor, blogger, podcast host, and audio/video producer. He has written many short stories, essays, poems, and the historical fiction/coming of age novel entitled Jazz Baby. Beem has also released Slivers of Life: A Collection of Short Stories and Strange Hwy: Short Stories, and the novella The Thing About Kevin. He is a lifelong native of Michigan, USA.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am a lifelong Michigander, born and raised. I spent two years living in Ft. Myers, Florida, in the 1980s.

How did you get started as an author?

I’ve been writing since I was eight years old. I co-wrote a play that was performed for the entire school in fifth grade. Once in high school, I wrote a music column for the school newspaper. From the first time I learned to…

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Author D. L. Finn Delivers “In the Tree’s Shadow: A Collection of Stories” #NewRelease

Greetings to one and all. Today, author D. L. Finn stops by The Indie Spot to share her latest creation. Take it away, Denise . . .

Thank you, Beem, for having me here today to share my latest release, In the Tree’s Shadow.

In “A Day at the Lake,” Cathy sits on the lake’s edge, enjoying her peaceful moment of having it all to herself. She’s there to release her mother’s ashes and start a new chapter in her life or retirement.

I spent much of my youth with my great-grandparents in Clear Lake, CA. I loved sitting on the lake’s dock at night, fishing with the adults, and taking in the peace and beauty of a star-covered night. My imagination wandered even with all that peace, and the occasional catfish caught. What if a creature existed under those murky lake waters?

Cathy discovers that everything has its season and that what lives in the lake has theirs. In this story, I give both perspectives on the event.

This is also my first short story challenge on Vocal. It was a Horror Fiction Challenge set by a body of water. Couldn’t pass that up, could I?


A collection of short stories where dreams and nightmares coexist.

Nestled inside these pages, you’ll meet a couple in their golden years who take a trip with an unexpected detour, a boy desperate to give his brother the Christmas gift he asked for, a girl with a small glass dragon who is at the mercy of her cruel uncles, and a young mother who has a recurring dream about murder. You’ll be introduced to worlds where people get second chances and monsters might be allowed their desires, while angels and dragons try to help. Happy endings occur, but perspective can blur the line between good and evil in these twenty-seven tales. Since the stories vary between 99 and 12,000 words, whether you have only five minutes or an entire evening to settle into reading, there is something that will suit your time and taste.


The hazy sunbeams vanished under Lake Vera’s icy surface as a bald eagle dove and captured a rainbow trout. The bird and its victim soared to a padded nest on top of the cedar. Cathy snapped shot after shot on the camera she’d saved all year to buy. The heavy new lens gave her a close-up of the steely determination in the eagle’s eye and the blood seeping from the squirming fish. The eaglets would eat well tonight.

On a red plaid blanket, Cathy sat as still as the alert deer with her fawn drinking from the water’s edge. She slowly turned the camera on the gentle creatures, adding to her growing collection of nature shots. When the deer finally got their fill of the algae-ridden water, they disappeared into the tree’s shadows. She took a break from photography and pulled out the carefully packed roast beef sandwich with mayo, mustard, pickles, and lettuce on a sourdough roll—all the fixings, as her mom used to say before she faded away into dementia.

After finishing her meal, she wiped her mouth with a soft red cloth napkin that smelled of spring. She cleaned up her area to reflect her love of nature. As the sign said, Pack it in, pack it out. It had been the perfect day to go to the lake and have it all to herself. Today was how Cathy had pictured retirement, but until now, she’d spent it as her mother’s sole caretaker, which was the real reason she was here.

“Goodbye, Mom. I hope you find some peace now.”

She bent down at the lake’s edge and released the ashes. This was the place her family had come for summer picnics. Now Cathy was the only one left. She snapped pictures of what remained of her childhood, slowly floating away on the mirror-still lake toward the bald eagle’s nest and the creepy old oak tree.



  1. My best birthday decoration was on a family camping trip. It was a banner made from paper towels wishing me a happy birthday.
  2. I used to ride horses often as a child. I was offered one, but it would have been too far away to walk there daily to care for it.


  1. D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

D.L. Finn Links:






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Amazon Page



Oops, I did it again #NewBook

C. S. Boyack surprises readers with a new release!

Entertaining Stories

Well, I’ve gone and done it again. This has been a weird year for me. We had a small family emergency, and my workplace kind of went crazy, along with the need to dedicate some time to my daughter. There hasn’t been much time for writing in the mix. Fortunately, for me, I had three finished manuscripts to deal with.

One of these is book-one of an intended trilogy, so I’m holding it back for now. One is a new story about Lizzie and the hat, that might come out near Halloween. This brings me to one of my solo titles. This book is called “Once Upon a Time in the Swamp.”

It’s about a farm wife trying to live her best life. Mari is performing one of her regular chores when the book opens, and I tried to allow her to find some joy in it. Great place to…

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Interview with Verwayne Greenhoe, Author of Finding Myself Again!

Kim Cox has a fine chat with author Verwayne Greenhoe!

Kim's Musings


Born and raised in West Michigan, author Verwayne Greenhoe spent the last seven years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After freezing his keister off, he and his wife moved to Florida in late 2021 to spend more time writing and less time shivering. Author of multiple stories, genres, & formats including 28 Audible books & counting, Greenhoe spends his free time working in his backyard, plotting on where his next story will go.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

Raised on a small dairy farm in west central Michigan, the oldest of six kids, I enjoyed working with the cattle and other animals. I learned to drive a tractor at eight, and was hauling hay and straw in from the fields.

I graduated from high school and went to a small local community college before going to the University of Michigan…

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Elements of a Dual Timeline Novel: Character Development

More on the art of dual timelines by Mae Clair!

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Hi, SEers! Welcome to the another Mae Day on Story Empire! In my last post, I gave a brief introduction to dual timeline novels. Now I’d like to tackle the elements involved in each.

Today is all about characters.

I’ll start this post by saying I’m a plantser. That’s part plotter with a lot of pantsing tossed in. When I started writing dual timelines, I learned it’s near impossible to pants a novel one hundred percent. There are simply too many connections to work out between characters.

Remember­—when writing a dual timeline, you’re working withtwosets of characters andtwostories. Yes, you can use the same characters in an earlier time frame and a later time frame, but for this post, I’m going to focus on generations apart. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to end up with a tangled web, a path that leads nowhere, or a…

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Story Verbing Part 2

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Greetings, Story Empire mavens! Today’s post is the second half of Story Verbing. If you missed Part 1, find it here: We’ll build on some of the examples in the first part. Sure, choosing the best verbs sounds simple, but you might be impressed with the possibilities. Smash that comment button and let me know what’s working or not with my posts. Remember to share and spread the word about Story Empire and this fine group of authors working to help you put out your best possible stories!

Now that we are avoiding UPOVRs (Unnecessary Point-of-View Reminders), using the active voice, avoiding BE verbs, and choosing action verbs, it’s time to:

Add Personality

Obvious when describing a sentient being, the art of adding personality proves more challenging with objects and concepts. However, carefully chosen personality-suggesting verbs substantially enhance the vividness of objects and their relationship to the setting…

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