Tag Archives: action

Loving the Previews

Hi folks,

Last time I told you about this awesome promotion by several authors who you might not know.  Believe me, read these previews and you’ll know who these authors are.  Yeah, I downloaded all the previews and am working my way through them now.  Get your own here:

Take me there now!

So, what do I think so far?  Okay,  I’m reading Reality Dawn and loving it, plus, I can’t wait to get my hands on Survival Instincts.  Oh lord, can this gal write.  I hope to be this good when I grow up.

I’m not kidding, folks, there’s some awesome work here for the asking.  Go check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

An End and a Beginning

Hi folks,

I’m talking about my writing process again today.  This time I’ll explore a bit about the beginnings and the ending of a series, how I get them going, and how I bring them to a close.

Actually, I don’t have all that much to do with it.  The characters come to me, tell me the stories, and I write them down.  I’ve written a number of series, a couple of trilogies, and a few stand alones that eventually morphed into something more.  Case in point, the Children of the Goddess Series began with the stand alone, Lady Blue, written to draw attention to the horror of enforced child prostitution.  This eventually grew into a series of six books, and #7, the final chapter in the series in now a finished first draft.

The Children of the Wild began as my take on the popular vampire theme.  I gave them a different beginning, and a different way of life.  People asked for more, the characters asked for more, and so it began.  Race the Wind is the latest book in that series.  Find it here:

Amazon   Apple   Google Play

This series is showing no signs of wanting to be finished, so you can look for many more stories from the Children of the Wild.

So, now with the tales from the Children of the Goddess coming to a close, I’m waiting to see who shows up next to tell me of their experiences, I mean, besides Lady Hawk.  That girl has dozens more stories to tell.

While I’m waiting for the next long story arc to show up and demand to be told,  perhaps I’ll work on a few stand alone tales.  What do you suggest?

 

About Me, A Few of My Thoughts

 

Hi folks,

I believe that ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats.  I’ve always believed that given the right circumstances people can tap into the well of limitless possibilities. I saw this more than once as an athlete and coach many years ago.  I’ve seen it more recently through the anecdotes people post on social media.

Despite this, we are all inundated with negativity and bad news stories every day. And this has seeped into entertainment as television series have become darker, filled with tragedy and angst-ridden plots that drag on season after season.

This is not my idea of entertainment and I’m betting it isn’t yours either.  I want to offer you something different and invite you to find out more about me and the stories I tell….

For example, this, my latest book:

Amazon

Now, here’s what a couple of folks think of my storytelling.:

Great addition to the Children of the wild series. I was hoping you would add an herbivore (that’s not an insane elk) to your were family. What a fun story. Please keep them coming.

Keep putting out the children of the wild series love them. Ronnie and Igor are great along with Derek and Jillian. It’s nice to see the other characters as well. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the wild series and I have no problem recommending this book to my friends.

 

So, my point is, there’s a few folks out there who like a story with a more upbeat ending.  How about you, do you prefer happy endings, or do you prefer dark and foreboding cliffhangers?  Drop a comment, let me know what you really like.

 

Price Drop!

Hey Folks,

Just wanted to let you know we’ve dropped a couple of bucks off the price of a Prudence MacLeod novel.  The idea here is to make the back list more accessible for those of you wanting to collect full a series.   Here’s a good place to start:

e-book

This book sets the stage for and is the beginning of the Children of the Wild series.  So, if you like vampires, werewolves and more, get started now.  There are five books in the series with book six on the way.  Race the Wind (book 6) should be out early next week, so you avid readers like me have a chance to catch up.

Once again, my entire back list has been dramatically reduced in price.  Okay, now here’s the peek into Race the Wind.

The sun was just setting as the hawk spiraled down and morphed into the woman right beside Merle as he walked from the barn to the house.  “Jesus woman,” he exclaimed.

“Hey, Merle.”

“Girl, you look like hell.”

“Really?  I’m standing here, buck naked, and you say I look like shit?  I’m hurt, Merle.”

“What?  No, tired, I mean tired.  You look exhausted.”

“Nice recovery, Slick.”

She was grinning, and he blushed to his roots.  “You’re as bad as the rest of them.  Git in that house and get some clothes on.  Git.”

 

Okay, that it for now.  Go shopping, read a book, and I’ll see you next time.

Bless

Pru

 

Sneak Peek at a New Book

Hi there,

Rhonda Stockman here, known as the Lady Hawk.  Prudence is a busy girl these days, so I’ve commandeered her blog to give you a sneak peek into the next adventure in the Children of the Wild series, starring yours truly.  The entire book should become available in the next few days.  The book will be called Race the Wind, the cover will look something like this:

Now. here’s a peek inside:

The queen of the vampires awakened with a start, breathing deeply as she tried to shake off the spell of the vision.  “Sally, my beloved, what is it?”  Concerned, the king took her gently into his arms.  “Hush now, I’ve got you, you’re safe.  Tell me what you saw.”

She snuggled against him, retreating into the protection of his arms.  “I saw a time of danger, Harald, danger of discovery.  Somehow, a horse is at the center of it, but it is Igor and Rhonda who are the key.”

“Igor and Rhonda?”

“Yes, if they can’t hold true to each other, all will be lost.  If they can, we have a solid chance, but it’s the horse that will make or break it.”

“So what do we do?”

“Nothing, Harald, my love.  There’s nothing we can do.  It’s going to be up to the Hawk and the Wolf; our future lies in their hands, their ability to function, the strength of their love for each other.  This will be their greatest test, and all our fates hang in the balance.

 

Okay, so there you go, got your curiosity up yet?  Cool.  Keep watching this blog for further updates.  As soon as the book goes live I’ll post the links where you can find it.  If you like this series you’ll love this latest installment.

Bye for now

Ronni (aka Lady Hawk)

Who is Lady Blue?

Hi folks,

Last time I introduced you to some of Lady Hawk’s history.  People have been asking for some background on Lady Blue, so, here’s what Penny will let me tell.

She was born to a poor family, named Penny, as her father said the birth cost him his last cent.  That attitude continued until her fifth birthday when he didn’t come home from work.  Penny Preston never saw or heard from her father again.

After her father abandoned them, Penny’s mother began drinking heavily.  All her bitterness and resentment were delivered to Penny in the form of unrelenting emotional abuse.  School was no better, for she was bullied and mocked for her obvious poverty.  By the time Penny was fifteen she had contemplated suicide several times, came close twice.

When Penny was sixteen she fell down a steep embankment in the highlands of Scotland and there she inadvertently awaken something that had slept for long ages, and she was changed forever.  She became Lady Blue, an elusive vigilante who fights the bullies, defends the weak, and isn’t gentle about it.  You  can find the rest of her story here:

e-book

I didn’t go into a lot of this history when I wrote Lady Blue’s story, after all, it’s her story of life after the change came upon her.  Any and all of us who survived child abuse can tell you, every damn one of us dreamed of, and prayed for, that elusive supreme being to come and grant us the power, the power to make the pain stop, the bullying, and the emotional abuse, to give us the power to make ourselves safe.  Lady Blue’s story is one way that might look if it happened.

Okay folks, that’s a look at Lady Blue.  Go ahead, check out the rest of her story.

Now, on to other business.  I’m really hoping to get Race the Wind out this month.  Race the Wind will be the sixth book in the Children of the Wild series, more adventures of the Lady Hawk.

So, back to work for me.

Bright Blessings

Pru

Sweet Review

Hi folks,

Just thought I’d show you a review of Rise of the Queen.  Check this out.

For thousands of years the High Born Elves have languished in the chains of slavery, their great strength gone, their extra keen senses dulled, and their immortality broken. Somehow, in spite of their harsh master’s efforts, the royal line managed to survive. Now, with the aid of a deadly assassin, the heir is about to shake off the chains of slavery, expose the lies, and bring her people to freedom. And she has no idea the magnitude of the task she has undertaken.

e-book

Rise of the Queen is quite simply an astonishing novel that is wildly entertaining. As I read Rise of the Queen I could not resist reading it at all times; it was like this book was calling my name constantly because when I had to put it down I longed for it… yes, I am that addicted to this novel. Rise of the Queen encompasses everything great about literature, it has action and adventure, high fantasy and a steady, streamlined plot with brilliant prose… what is there not to love?!

Rise of the Queen follows Ariel, a  slave, however, Ariel was not destined to be a slave, but instead destined for greatness and when she escapes with an assassin, her path in life will soon become clear and unravel bit by bit for the reader to enjoy and sink their teeth into. The land in which Ariel lives is full of Elves but sadly this beautiful and magical species has been kept in chains for thousands of years as slaves but hope is on the horizon thanks to Ariel and the assassin and soon they will go on an epic adventure to free the land and restore peace and harmony and let me tell you now book lovers, it makes for excellent reading!

The story of the wonderful Rise of the Queen is one that I adore; I love the fact that we get to witness Ariel go on a magical and sometimes dangerous journey. Ariel is born a slave so to observe her as a character change and develop is fantastic and made for truly engrossing reading. The fantasy within this book too is out of this world and kept me turning the pages because unlike a lot of fantasy novels, this one was entirely unique and original! It is sad that so many fantasy novels seem to blend with each other so to read a book such as this one that is unique as well as brilliant is truly brilliant!

The author of Rise of the Queen is Prudence MacLeod and I have to confess now that I am obsessed with her literature! The beautiful descriptions courtesy of MacLeod is breath-taking and bedazzled me on more than one occasion. As I read this book, I truly felt a sense of urgency to reach the end and I believe this was because of the author’s exceptional talent to place me right in the novel and describe her scenes (particularly the action scenes), in perfect and mesmerizing descriptive detail.

As I am madly in love with Rise of the Queen and think it is a unique and incredible story I have no choice but to award this dazzling book Five Stars! What is so great about this book too is that it is the first in a three-part series so when you get addicted to this book, you will have two more to enjoy!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Rise of the Queen; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

So, who wrote this glowing review?  Well, she’s an amazing lady, and a great book reviewer.  Go ahead, check out her website here:  http://redheadedbookloverblog.com

Okay, next time I’ll give you a glimpse into the Lady Hawk’s next adventure.

Bless

Pru

I Messed Up

Hi folks,

Well, it appears that I’ve messed up.  Trust me, it’s not the first time.  What now?  Well, I’ve been informed by those who are supposed to know this stuff, that I’ve mislabeled the Children of the Goddess Series.  I’ve listed the series as fantasy/adventure, but I’m told that, in reality, the proper genre is Urban Fantasy.

Yeah, it really is a big deal.  I’ve got work to do.  So, if you’re wondering, here’s where this exciting urban fantasy begins.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod

e-book

 

Yes, I know, there are several other books of mine that should be listed as Urban Fantasy.  Like I said, I’ve got work to do.  sigh!

 

On another note, it’s the new year, so keep an eye out for new stuff plus new stories from romance to high urban adventure. 🙂

 

Bless

Pru

Christmas Specials

Hi folks,

In keeping with the season of gift giving and sales, I now offer the following three books on greatly reduced prices.  The sale will last until the New Year.  These are three of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Each book is available at your favorite outlet. I list one for each book.

e-book

e-book

e-book

 

So, on that note, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Bright Blessings

Pru

Birth of a story.

 

Hi folks,

I’ve been asked many times, “Where do you get your stories?”  The short answer is, I make them up.  That’s called writing fiction.  How do I make them up?  Okay, here’s an example, start with a character, then let them tell you their story.  This is how I came to write Hell Comes Home.

I’ll start with how I found the main character. Characters can come at you from anywhere, and they will if you let them. As a confirmed people watcher I often find in the people that pass me by. Here’s an example from one of my books.

A friend and I were on our way to the city. Once aboard the ferry boat she took off with her camera and I settled behind the wheel with a Stone Age laptop. (paper and pen) Once the boat was loaded I noticed a very attractive young woman beside our car. She was dressed in purple leathers and sitting astride a purple motorcycle. She looked rather pensive as she gazed out over the waters. For just a moment she looked like a super hero from the movies. I turned to a fresh page and began writing.

e-book

No, I didn’t start writing a story, no chapter one. I started with a quick physical description and a few notes on her mood, her attire, her motorcycle, etc. I then moved on to some possible reasons for her mood. Could have been anything, but the story sprang from those few things. No, I didn’t talk to her, didn’t want to know her name or anything about her. I write fiction. I can’t bring too much of a person into the character. That’s not fair to the real person nor is it fair to the reader. No, I have to let my imagination supply the rest. So, I went on with the day.

Later on that trip I saw a girl in Starbucks writing. She was writing poetry. Hmm, okay, I can use that. In the bookstore a graphic novel about a demon hunter caught my eye. The word demons went in my notes.

So now I need to know a bit about this girl. Who is she? What’s her life been like? There’s a news story about a teenage runaway. Okay, that will work. What else? Okay, from my head, she joined the military, special forces, black ops, becomes disillusioned, gets out to go home.

 

Now she’s real. She’s the heroine of my book Hell Comes Home, a story about a kick ass woman trying to make a place for herself in a world gone mad.

 

So, that’s it, folks and fans, that’s how a main character, and her story, is born in my world. This process may work for you, maybe not. Everybody works differently. The thing is, take a hard look at what works for you then find the strengths in that.

 

Best of luck in your reading / writing. Oh, and if there’s a topic you would like me to discuss, mention it in the comments. Feel free to ask questions too.

 

Bless

Pru