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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.

 

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:

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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

The Ghost Piper, A Review of a paranormal romance.

Hi folks,

Here’s a great review for the Ghost Piper. It can be found on Goodreads or the reviewer’s website here: http://www.kylieabecca.com

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The Review:

This book was entrancing. I was captivated from the very first page. This is not generally the type of book I would read and have therefore never read a book like it before. I love how the relationship between the two main characters has been described, it wasn’t over glorified, nor made into a sexual extravaganza, merely a beautiful relationship between two people who genuinely care about, love and adore one another.

The way the author raises societal issues, such as the negativity toward them displayed by the towns local priest, along with the whispered disapproval of locals and the ways in which the two women confronted, dealt with and moved past such attitudes was nothing short of inspirational.

I am not generally a fan of the style of writing of this author, however, the storyline reeled me in and in no time I became quite comfortable with it, which has been a learning experience for me in so many ways and has opened my mind to trying a much more varied collection of written works in the future. For that I owe Prudence thanks.

So that’s it folks. Stay tuned, I should have a new book out any day now.  Also, for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, there’ll be one along very soon, explaining what’s going on with this scribe and her adventures.

Bye for now

Pru

Angel’s Review

Hi folks,

Well, Fallen Angel: the Dark Priestess has been available for a few days now and people seem to be enjoying it. I’ll confess I did take a look at the dark side when I  wrote this. Much that I learned was disturbing to me and left me quite shaken at times.  Anyway, here’s one review:

Gripping December 3, 2016
This was a very gripping story. I’m sure there have been times in most of our lives where we’ve wanted to get back at some one who hurt us in one way or another. Imagine suddenly having the power to do just that. No one can stop you and you can exact any punishment you want. It can be scary just how seductive that power would be. How far to the dark side would you go to get that revenge and what cost would you be willing to pay? Could you come back after? Would you want to? I loved this book!

So, if you haven’t yet read it, here’s where to find her.

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Okay, back to work for me. May you all manage to make a bit of time to read today. 🙂

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. 🙂

Red Nova Front

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

Blue Review Down on the Farm

Hi Folks,

It’s been a cold rainy few days, but the garden is loving it. I’ve been able to spend a bit more time at the computer writing. Life is good and I have to take advantage. Soon I will be harvesting and preserving. That will leave little time for the writing.

So, what’s new? We re-released Lady Blue with a new cover, edit, etc. The response has been great . Here’s the cover plus a review.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely loved it and I have always been a Super Hero fan. Especially the female ones. I hope we will see these characters again.
Just looked out the window. Yep, it’s still raining and the green kids are all happy.

ROW80 check-in

It’s the last check-in for this round and I am pleased that I managed this week’s target. With trying to establish a small urban farm I set no hard targets for this round. However, I am about halfway through the first draft of this novel, so for the next round I will aim to finish it and get it off to the editor. 

That’s all for me today, folks. May this day be filled with joy for you and may a rain of blessings fall upon you with no warning at all.

Bless
Pru


Worth Doing

Hi folks,

A few days ago I did something unusual, I checked the reviews on some of my older works. Back in the latter years of the twentieth century, I lost a friend to suicide; she was transgendered. a few years later I wrote a book to honor her struggle and to show how it really should have worked out for her. When I checked the reviews, this is what I found.


This review is from: Shelly’s Turn (Kindle Edition)
I held off on buying this book for a long time. I know nothing about transgender people so I thought the book would be of no interest to me. I was wrong I really enjoyed it and learnt a couple of things about transgender people along the way. The story has several love stories in it and the one involving the two moms was the most surprising by far. The way Shelly’s dad went from narrow minded to grudgingly accepting in the space of a day seemed a little too fast. The boys in this book were far too nice I have yet to meet a guy who is half as nice as those guys. I liked Shelly she was an interesting person and she had to suffer for years as her father beat the crap out of her every time she insisted she was a girl. I learned a lot about the mindset of transgender people from this book as I have never met a transgender person i never really thought about it before. I loved the fact the book had a happy ending and was money well spent in the end.

Whoever the reviewer is, she made my day. The best part? Her world is a little bigger now, her eyes a bit more open. This is one of the main reasons I write, to reach people, show them something they hadn’t seen before, or to shed a different light on something familiar. And I know Felicia would be pleased with that review. It makes it all worth doing.


ROW80 Check-in

Last week I had a rather animated meeting with my editor and business adviser. We took a hard look at how the writing schedule and targets had gone to hell in a hand basket when I got sick last spring, where we are now, and beat out some ideas how we can get ourselves back on track. It was a lively discussion, but a tough one too.
The results? Big changes in the schedule, changes in marketing strategy, and a few minor changes in my writing style. Nobody promised it would be easy, but as I always say, “Change is life and life is change. Embrace it.” I’ll do show and tell when we do the next goal setting session on ROW80.

So, my efforts last week: six thousand words on WIP, many hours of fussing and grumping with re-writes. (another 3K there)

Targets for this week? More of the same. 6K on the WIP and get as close to done on the rewrites as I can. (Did I hear the sound of a whip cracking?)

Well that’s it for me today, folks. Drop me a line and let me know how you’re making out. I’d love to hear from you.

Bless
Pru

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ROW80 Check in and Book Review

Hi folks, it’s time for the old Wednesday check-in. This has been a good week so far and I’m expecting even better things as the week wears on.  So, on with the show.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I’m right on track here. If any of you are wondering how to cope with turning forty, I’ll tell you how I did it in my next post.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
This is an easy one as I have so many great blogs to choose from. I read and comment on a minimum of five per day.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
I’m right on track here with over a thousand words on my WIP so far this week. With luck I’ll cross the 2K tonight.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
As I said last time, I now have two novels waiting on the editor. Life is good.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round.
I recently picked up a copy of A Patchwork of Perspectives Vol. 1 by Alberta Ross. This book is a collection of short stories, vignettes of life’s moments told from different perspectives. The best word I can use here is, delightful. I loved them all and I quite love Alberta’s voice, her style. 
I truly enjoyed the book, but the highlight for me was her description of a dog pack in action. I live with a pack of dogs, and know exactly what she described looks like. Wonderful.
The best part here is, you can read a story in a quick break.  Got a few moments to kill, read a story. You can find A Patchwork of Perspectives here:
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
The first has already been published, The First Key. Here’s a coupon for a free copy. UZ27H
I also have two other possibilities for the next one. The first is a fantasy tale and the other is that small collection of Erotica I’ve been threatening to publish.
So, my fellow ROWers, how are you all making out?  Please don’t forget to “like” my FB page here: http://www.facebook.com/Prudence.MacLeod.author
Thank you so much for dropping by. 

Check-in and Book Review

All right, here we are, getting down with round two.  This is going to be fun, as I believe I have set the goals within reach and still allowed myself a bit of breathing room. So, how am I doing so far? Let’s find out.
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
So far, so good. I posted yesterday and here I am checking in. Life is good.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I have read and commented on 16 blogs in the past three days.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
So far I’m just over 900 words and I have all week to get the rest. Looks good from here.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
I’ve got one first draft almost ready for the editor.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
Last weekend I read Time’s Enemy by Jennette Marie Powell. I really recommend you read this book. It is a great tale of time travel and the consequences of messing with the past. Jennette is a fine writer with a master’s touch at keeping up the tension. (You have to remember to breathe)
Time’s Enemy is Jennette’s first novel, or so I believe. This bodes well for the future for she will surely get better and, I for one, can’t wait for more adventures of Charlotte and Tony. You can get Time’s Enemy here:
6.      Publish two or more short works (between five and twenty five thousand words)
I have one story at the edit stage now and will soon need a cover for it.
All in all I am well pleased with my progress. How did you do? Any suggestions for future projects?
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Book Review and ROW80 Check-in.

Hi folks, it’s ROW80 check in once again and this has been a successful week for me. I’ve met my goals, plus I have a short book review for you on Phoenix Child. So, on with the show.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Success.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Exceeded the 25K mark
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve got two coming up soon. Watch this space for more details.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
It’s book review time again; this time I will tell you about Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. This is your classic going through the changes teenage story with a couple of delightful twists. The book carries us along with the heroine as she works her way through the usual teenage changes plus a whole lot more.
On a more serious note, Alica gives us a peek into the world faced by far too many children, the world of the “System”. This peek might make a few folks slightly uncomfortable, and if it does, that’s a good thing.
Don’t run away now, because this book is filled with magic, adventure, and mythical creatures. Alica’s style is relaxed and easy to read, almost like she’s sitting right beside you, telling you the story. I read half in one sitting and wanted to finish it, but time did not allow. I did finish it the next day. I am truly hoping there will be a second book because I love these characters.
Well done Alica, five stars.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above, also commented on over 13 blogs.
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m still on track here.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
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