Comes This Time To Float Blog Tour! Stephen Geez

17 Mar

Hi, everyone! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m happy to introduce Stephen Geez, a talented and prolific author. He has a new book out so I’ve invited him to share an excerpt and some information about it on my blog today. So please give a warm welcome to my fabulous guest author, Stephen Geez!


I am elated to find you here at Vashti’s blog on my extended blog tour. I am humbled by the kindness of my wondrous host for sharing some blog space today. I hope to interest you bookish types in trying my first book in way too many years, this my only collection of short fiction: Comes this Time to Float: 19 Short Stories by Stephen Geez.You could add another “by Stephen Geez” to that, as I put the moniker in the subtitle, too. I’d be forcing it to find a theme, except maybe that all my stories try to look at something I think is important, but told in a decorative sort of way. Written here and there among novels over two decades, they show a variety of genres and styles, as I get restless. Now they’re tucked between jacketed hard covers and softs, or in e-however-you-likes.

The Enticement

Each tour stop will offer the opening paragraphs of a story from the book, then link to the full story online.  A few will also link to audio-shorts narrated by me. An RRBC-specific promo video will be foisted on you every day. Using a narrator didn’t seem right for my own trailer, so yeah, it’s me. Be sure to post reviews in your favorite places, most helpfully if Amazon. RRBC members, be sure to report the Amazon link to your Reviews Coordinator for quarterly credit.

And you, I thank, too.

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A Geez Author Blurb

Stephen Geez grew up in the Detroit suburbs during the American-auto domination. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. He retired from scripting/producing television and composing/producing television music, then expanded his small literary management firm into indie-publisher and multi-media company Fresh Ink Group. Now he works from a deck overlooking the lake in north Alabama, helping other writers share their compelling narratives with the world.

The Book Blurb

Prepare to think as you explore these wildly disparate literary short stories by author, composer, and producer Stephen Geez. Avoiding any single genre, this collection showcases Geez’s storytelling from southern gothic to contemporary drama to coming-of-age, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy—all finessed to say something about who we are and what we seek. Some of these have been passed around enough to need a shot of penicillin, others so virgin they have never known the seductive gaze of a reader’s eyes. So when life’s currents get to pulling too hard, don’t fight it, just open the book and discover nineteen new ways of going with the flow, because NOW more than ever Comes this Time to Float.

The Promo Video

Today’s Sample: “Holler Song”

Retta danced the willy-nilly, grabbed at slick branches, then lost both feet and whomped back-end down on the ice. Hit ’em mean like that and 70-year-old bones act scared, then angry, then out for revenge—and they’ll complain bitterly for weeks. It’s not how hard the ground is, makes ’em mad; it’s how brittle the bones has got.

Now a sheet of frozen slick, this low patch in the double-rut drive-back had been needing some ’dozer work a long time running, one of many get-to’s set for when next year’s lump-sum money could hire some younger help. Hardly anyone drove it but Randall, easing the pickup ’tween overgrown mirror-snaggers when he brung groceries and what-not to Lurlene and her girl. Deputy Wallace used to ramble back here regular-like to pretend friendly and keep an eye for signs local cookers mighta set up, but when he found Hollis’s makeshift lab a ways down Cutter Road, his brother Cletus shot him dead. State Police come in and tore ’ern up from there to right up Middleton Holler just beyond. Now a new deputy’s done took over, but ain’t yet been out here lying about smells to claim “probable cause” when he trespasses on Lurlene and Retta’s private property. This very minute would be a good time, him to show for a howdy-ma’am, seein’ as how there’s an old lady needs picking up off her arse.

Retta rolled over on her side and wound up mashing the holdin’ end of that pocketed fish-knife into her thigh, then managed despite bad arthritis to pull herself up and set about shuffling forward, keeping to the treeline for more grab-branching. She came to sight of cousin Lurlene’s place, built by their granddaddy when he carried his unimpressed young bride here for a lifetime of second thoughts in the hills of East Tennessee. Lately the place looked embarrassed at being let to run down, but now the dim gray fog and last night’s snow gave it a fairy-tale gingerbread-house look, all sugar-frosted and gleaming with drips of icing drooping its eaves. Wisps of smoke fed by a stingy stack of splits curled from the chimney and bent north to tickle more sleet from dark clouds of a mind to paint these hollers another coat of quick-freeze.

Lurlene stepped out and stood on the wide, covered porch. Ten years younger than cousin Retta, she looked real old of a sudden. Bundled in wool coat, crochet hat and scarf, jeans and hide boots, she’d already got a mind to head out. “Found her, didn’t they?” she asked as Retta stopped at the slicked-over bottom step. Eyes red and swole, Lurlene had been crying, imagining the worst and expecting nothing better.

The Whole Story

I’ve posted the whole story on my blog today. Be sure to come back here!

Find the Book Now

Should be just about everywhere, but here are the biggies:

Other Places I Lurk

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36 Responses to “Comes This Time To Float Blog Tour! Stephen Geez”

  1. John W. Howell March 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm #

    Congratulations, Stephen. Thanks, Vashti for hosting.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Stephen Geez March 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks, John! As you can see, I picked only the coolest people with the coolest blogs to nudge nudge until they invited me to stop by for a day. Vashti Q-V is all A-list-plus!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

      It’s a pleasure hosting, Stephen. Thanks for stopping by to support him, John❣️

      Liked by 2 people

  2. robbiesinspiration March 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

    Lovely to see Stephen here, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Robbie!💗 I’m enjoying having him here.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Jacquie Biggar March 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm #

    This sounds interesting!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Stephen Geez March 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

      Glad to hear that. Let me know when, and I’ll stop by to read a few stories to you. Wait, you can just go to YouTube Stephen Geez channel (or Fresh Ink Group channel) and listen to me narrating a few on your own. I’ll keep adding to those as I have the time to produce the segments. As they say, please leave a review! Thanks for bringing Jacquie by for a visit, Vashti! It’s been a while since I’ve seen her. Cool!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

        I appreciate her visit, too, Stephen. Lots of people are intrigued by your book. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacquie Biggar March 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

        I’ll do that, Stephen, thanks!

        Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:33 pm #

      Hi, Jacquie! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. It does read fascinating. 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

  4. coldhandboyack March 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

    That is a fun excerpt. Might take a while to get into the lingo, but it seems worth the effort.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi, Craig! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I appreciate the visit and comment. 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

  5. beemweeks March 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    Congratulations on the tour, Stephen. May this bring you many new readers!

    Thanks for hosting, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2020 at 6:38 pm #

      It’s been a pleasure, Beem. Thanks for stopping by to support Stephen! 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  6. drhelenborel March 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

    Thank you, Vashti, for hostess-ing Stephen. And this delicious snippet from your story “Holler Song” is scrumptious to the eye, and especially to the ear. The narrator’s descriptions set me right down at the spots the events are happening, emerging visualizations of events and personal feelings of the colorful characters. Some shocking moments told with a sly touch of humor. Good work, Stephen. Great writing. Loses the reader in another place, another time.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi, Helen! It’s been a pleasure to host, Stephen. Thank you for your visit and wonderful comment. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Mae Clair March 17, 2020 at 8:28 pm #

    It’s great to see Stephen touring his latest book around. Wishing him all the best and many new readers!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 18, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

      Thank you for the visit and that fabulous comment, Mae! 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

  8. markbierman March 18, 2020 at 5:25 am #

    I have my copy. Thanks for hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. specialk718 March 18, 2020 at 7:13 am #

    The cover is 😎

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

      It is a great cover. Thanks for stopping by! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Stephen Geez March 18, 2020 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks! I had a lot of fun with the cover.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. yvettemcalleiro March 18, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

    This story was fantastic! I am happy that you are getting great promo opportunities for your book, Stephen. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 18, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! I’m very intrigued by Stephen’s book. Thanks for the visit and comment! ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Jan Sikes March 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm #

    A huge congratulations to Stephen on his new release! Thank you for hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by to support Stephen, Jan! It’s my pleasure. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Karen Ingalls March 19, 2020 at 6:28 am #

    The cover is fantastic, which drew me in so I now have my copy waiting to be read. Good to see you here, Stephen.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 19, 2020 at 4:33 pm #

      That’s terrific, Karen! I love the cover, too. Thanks for the visit and comment. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  13. D.L. Finn, Author March 19, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    Fun excerpt! I will make sure your book is downloaded this time on my Kindle in case we lose power again and I want to read it then. But I will be soon.

    Thanks for hosting, Vashti 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 19, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Denise. I enjoyed having Stephen here. 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

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