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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:

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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.

 

Which One is Real

Hi folks,

Well, last time I asked you about how you deal with an excess of alone time.  We all know sometimes it’s a blessing, and other times a curse.  This time, however, I have another confession for you.

I talk to the characters in my head, it’s part of my writing process.  Some days it’s hard to tell who is real and who is the character.

Yeah, sure, laugh if you must, but I’ll bet some of you do it too.  Heck, sometimes they’re better company anyway, besides, they tell great stories.

Yep, that pic is me getting caught talking to one of my characters.  Busted.

Lately I’ve been sharing some of that silliness on Facebook in the posts I call the Writer and her Characters.  I post three or four times a week, check it out.

All right now, fess up, you talk to your characters too, admit it.

 

Bless

Pru

The Hawk Speaks

Hey y’all,

I’m Dr. Rhonda Stockman, or Ronni as most folks call me. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a were-hawk.  That means I can change into a hawk any time I want to.  Whoa, before you go thinking this is all super cool, let me tell you, it’s not all sugar and sweet tea.  For those of you who want to know how this happened to me, that story is told in The Vampire’s Lair.  This one:

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So, if you haven’t read that one yet, grab a copy and find out how I became… well … me.  Okay, the real reason I’m here today is to tell you the rest of the story, what happened to me after I became the were-hawk, is about to be published.  Very soon now you will be able to get my story and the story of Igor, the young Russian were-wolf.   Oohhh I’m getting so excited… Here’s a little peek at what’s coming in the new story.

Clara sighed again and looked at her hands. “I’ve been studying your DNA,” she admitted.

“And?”

“I’ve found something strange quite active in it.  I’ve only ever seen it before in Torvil and the vampires.  The werewolves don’t have that marker.”

“Clara, what are you trying to tell me here?”

“I believe you’re immortal, like the vampires, Ronni.  You’ll never grow old, you’ll revive if killed, and all injuries will heal at super speed.  I believe you’re immortal and indestructible.”

Rocked back by that announcement, Rhonda swallowed hard and looked at her friend with wide eyes.  “Are you certain of this? Of course you are, or you wouldn’t have said anything.  Wow.  Holy shit.  Wow.  So, now what am I supposed to do?  Clara, why did you even tell me this?”

Okay, it’s Ronni again.  I can’t tell you more right now or I’ll get in trouble.

Bye y’all

Ronni

Revise and Revive

Hi folks,

Today I’ve got my mind on the revise and revive process of my earlier works. We’ve been updating a number of the romances and just recently re-released Book #5 in the St. John’s Series. It was originally titled Gudrun, but we changed that to Nordic Desire. It seemed like the right idea, seemed to fit. We have one more title to go to complete the series, but since the book Wildflower also features the city of St. John’s, I’m considering pulling it into the series as book #7.

I’d also like to wax poetic about the new covers for the series. These covers rock. Check out the latest, Nordic Desire.

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All right, just so you don’t think I’m slacking here, the third story in the Children of the Wild is nearing completion. just the final chapter or two to go. I’ve also got a start on the second in the Elvish Chronicles. Seriously thinking of devoting a lot of time to the Chronicles this years. Having said that, Kait Nolan put an idea in my head and I can’t seem to shake it. I just might write something completely different for the heck of it. Anyway, that’s a big maybe at this point.

So, would anybody be interested in a story where the everyday world has a fair sprinkling of magic mixed in? Let me know what you think.

Bless

Pru

Moira

Hi folks,

Well it seems like the busy time of year and it sure is for us. Today I want to show you the re-release of Moira, Book #4 in the St. John’s Series. I think this is my favorite in the whole series. So, here’s Moira!

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Get your copy today!

So, on to other stuff. I’m currently working on the third book in the Children of the Wild series. hoping to have it ready for you in January, and also working on the second book of the Elvish Chronicles which I hope to have read by Late February or early March.

In the meantime we will be continuing to upgrade and re-release some of my earlier works, beginning with the last two of the St. John’s Series.

See, lots of interesting things coming your way from the Castle MacLeod workshop.

Blessed be

Pru

Missing in Action

Hi folks,

Perhaps I should have said I’m missing all the action. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been caught up in home renovations, car trouble, and trying to mourn the loss of a dear friend. Yes, he was just a dog, shot and left for dead on the barrens, but he was found and turned in to the town shelter where he was due to be put down. That’s when we heard about him. Now, in the old days, if they hanged you and the rope broke, you were free to go. Feeling this guy deserved the same deal, we took him in, had him patched up, and for nearly fourteen years he was my constant companion. Always happy to see me, never complaining, and I’m not ashamed to say I miss him. Rest in peace, my darling boy.

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Now, on the writing front, I haven’t been a total slug. I have two completed manuscripts on my computer, one a romance in a series I started a few years ago then dropped for some reason, the sixth book in the Children of the Goddess Series is complete and should be out before Christmas, the second in the Elvish Chronicles is in the works, plus I’ve signed on for NaNoWriMo. I’ll be working on another of the Children of the Wild series during November.

So, having said all that, now I have to get back to sanding the plaster on the new wall. sigh

Hope you’re all having a great October

Bless

Pru

New Growth

Hi folks,

I know it’s been a while since I posted, so I’ll try to bring you up to speed a bit. First, let’s take a look at the shed I started to build so I could reclaim some personal space. (My office has become a catch all for the family overflow.) I started out fast, but it’s been a busy, no crazy, summer. Lots of obstacles to contend with. With the rest of the family working six days a week in the city and always late getting home due to boat issues, I’ve ended doing the homestead maintenance plus. It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m way behind on most projects.

Anyway, back to the shed. I’ve got ‘er done to lock up.

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On another bright note, Watcher and the Warrior seems about to be our best seller to date and that does please me immensely. Especially since I just started writing the next book in that series.

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Get your copy today!

So that’s it for today, folks. I’ll report in again soon with further updates.

Bless

Pru

Writing Process, Lady Blue

Hey folks,

Well, I told you about the Nova Series books and now it’s time to move on to another. As per request, I will now tell you about the books in the Children of the Goddess series. First up is my best selling book so far. Lady Blue.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod

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Lady Blue was written and self published a few years ago under the title of Gifted.  It was inspired by not one, but two news stories that outraged me. The first was the story of a teenage girl who committed suicide because she saw it as the only way to escape the bullying. The second was a story about young girls being kidnapped and forced into the sex trade. Unable to do much else about these things, I created a goddess and gave her a young woman to help. The goddess blessed the girl with exceptional gifts then sent her against the bullies and terrorists.

I was quite proud of Gifted and content to leave it as a stand alone book. However, I eventually gave in and agreed to update the book a bit, give her a new cover, edit, and publisher. The result was a strong demand for a sequel, but, that’s a story for next time. Until then, enjoy the series, especially the latest addition, Lady Seeker.

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Pick up a copy of Lady Seeker today because the Watcher and the Warrior isn’t far away. I’m just about to send the manuscript off to the editor in another day or two.

So, next time I’ll tell you about how I came to write Lady Justice. Now that’s a story.

Bless

Pru

Beyond Nova

Hi folks,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but I’ve been busy. See?

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So, back the point. I was telling you what inspired the books of the Nova Series. Today we reach Beyond Nova. The inspiration for this book came from an unexpected source. I am fascinated with ancient peoples, especially the several branches of humans who came before us. Of these, the Neanderthals are my favorites. I am quite taken with these people. One day I was poking around the net and found a picture, a reconstruction of a Neanderthal woman.

It was clear the artist had a love of these folk as well, for the woman looked alive and I was drawn to her. I began to imagine what her life might have been like, how she might have coped with the world around her, and in those wild imaginings the world of Exile was born. I named her Miriam and gave her a chance to prove to one and all that she and her people were equals and worthy of a place in existence.

It was easy from there. The story fairly flowed and Miriam found her place on Nova Crew as they faced even greater challenges than before. Go ahead, check it out.

Beyond Nova by Prudence MacLeod

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Nova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B00UM9IJZM

While you’re at it, pick up your copy of Red Nova as well. 🙂

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https://www.amazon.com/Red-Nova-Book-5-ebook/dp/B01EQOZ8N4

So, that’s the story of the story for today. Next time I’ll tell you about Claimstake. In the mean time, enjoy the stories, enjoy your spring, and be good to each other.

Bless

Pru

More on Nova Series

Hi folks,

Well, here I am again with more on the Nova Series. Last time I told you about how it all began. Today I’ll tell you about the Assassin of Nova.

The Novan Witch had sat on the shelf for a few years and I finally decided to write the sequel. As usual when I decide to write a sequel, it all went sideways in a hurry. I began writing a story I called Brenna. I wanted to feature Brenna in the second book. I thought that by throwing her into a situation without Arlessa to protect her, and pitting her against a mad assassin I should get a great story. And so I set to work.

I had half a chapter written when the assassin took over. “Hey, I’m not the bad guy here, I just want a bit of justice before I die.” Once again I handed the story over to the characters and let them tell it. “Okay, big guy, what’s your story and why are you trying to kill Brenna?”

“I’m not, just listen.” Okay, delete everything and start over letting Rathbone tell the story. Part way through Keira shows up and says, “I like this big lug. I think I’ll keep him.” Shocked the heck out of me, but I just write the story, the characters dictate it. Anyway, once I let them take over it rolled along easily and Assassin of Nova is the result. Personally, I really like the story. So, here he is:

Assassin of Nova by Prudence MacLeod

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Remember to pick up your copy of Red Nova, the latest in the series.

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Okay, next time I’ll tell you about Beyond Nova. That one was a cool story.

I know I’ve been somewhat missing from social media lately. Been having some computer problem that are driving me crazy. I should have that all under control in a week or so. Meanwhile, I’m working on another story in the Children of the Goddess Series. Keep an eye out for that one.

Oh, more big super delightful news. Many of my books, especially the newer works, are now available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Itunes, 24Symbols, Inktera, and Scribd as well as Amazon and Create Space. If anybody wanted to drop a review on any of these sites for me I would truly appreciate it. Check the books on this site for the links.

Remember, if you have questions feel free to ask.

Bless

Pru