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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

Character Studies

He sits watching out the window while the buzz of conversation goes on around him. This man is neither young, nor is he old, at least not by my standards. He is tall and rail thin, yet I saw him walk in and he moves with the easy grace of a man who has spent a lot of his life on his feet. Squinting slightly against the sun’s attempts to get through the dirty window, he allows the creases around his eyes and mouth to show. That face has laughed a lot over the years, and many of those years have been spent in the sun.
For a moment he turned back to his companions’ conversation.  Smiling, he adds a comment in a smooth baritone voice that could easily hypnotize. They chuckle at his remark and he goes back to the view from the window. Who is this man?
She sits alone in a large room full of people. Her eyes are closed, yet her body is moving. This girl is young, late teens at the most, yet she has the ease and self-confidence of a much more experienced woman.  Her hair dances as he head moves, her face twisting into different expressions and contortions. Mouth moving, hands dancing in the air, she sings a silent song, no sound escaping her perfect lips. People watch her in fascination, yet she is unaware, her eyes closed to the immediate world.
Finally, as her hair swings aside like liquid silk, I see the ear buds and the cord leading to the device in her lap. Suddenly her eyes open and she makes eye contact. I smile and give her a thumbs up. She grins and waves, never pausing in her silent song, clearly devoted to the unseen audience who listen attentively on another plane that only she can see.  Who is this girl?
Who are these people? Characters in an upcoming novel perhaps? Well maybe, but in truth, they are just two of the people I saw on the boat the last time I went over to the city.
So, are you a people watcher like me?  Do you sing in the car? Careful, I might be watching. Tee hee  Yes indeed, this is how I often find characters for my stories. How about you folks? Have you seen any interesting characters lately?

People watching and a ROW80 Check-in

It was a hurried trip across to the city on Friday. I actually hadn’t planned to go but ended up on the boat anyway. K and I sat with a couple of fellas she knows from work. I was being quiet, just enjoying listening to the gentle banter, but K knew I was cooking a people watching post.
Now, these two fellas are nice guys, soft spoken and with nice manners. I liked them both. As I said, I was enjoying listening to the three of them. The best part came when one man confessed he had never bought clothes for himself. His mother had done it until he married then his wife took over. He claimed to have over forty shirts in the closet at home. Say what?
Not to be outdone, his buddy confessed to having twenty nine shirts which he irons himself. He wears a fresh shirt every day until all are gone then it is laundry and ironing day. K suggested he buy no-iron shirts, and he admitted he had tried them, but he likes his shirts crisp, so he prefers to iron his own. Come again?
What’s going on here? Are not men always complaining of the money women spend on clothes? Do they not complain of wives closets full to the brim while they have no room at all? Really guys? I think we have just busted another myth here, don’t you girls?
All right, with that note of victory, let have a look at the ROW80 goals.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Nailed it this time.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
I’ve nearly doubled that. Wheee!
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve only got a few more pages to finalize then the fifth book of the St. John’s Series will be ready to go.
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
Finally put up that review of A Breath of Hope by Robert Taylor. Find it here:

Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above!
Six: Publish a small collection of erotic short stories. Hey, I’ve been around for over sixty years, and this one is on my bucket list. I will make it happen in 2012.
I’ve got the stories in first draft now. Just need to tidy them up a bit. There has been a hitch here as PayPal is putting huge pressure on Smashwords to ban erotic fiction. To quote D.C.McMillen, Paypal has decided to abuse its considerable position by imposing their moral beliefs on the self-publishing industry, forcing Smashwords, Bookstrand and other sites to remove certain categories of erotica from their websites. No corporation should consider itself a moral authority in any way, shape or form. This is a slippery slope, and even if this does not directly affect us as writers or readers…yet, we must stop censorship and book banning.
See petition 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.

Beauty of a Woman

Hi folks, this is the day we celebrate the beauty of a woman. Cool! Be sure to check out August McLaughlin’s blog tomorrow for lots more stories about the beauty of a woman. This was her idea after all. You can find it here: http://augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com/ Check it out for a chance to win some awesome prizes.


 I thought long and hard about what to do here.

For today’s post I eventually decided I would rework an older post to demonstrate the true beauty of a woman. So here’s the story.
I love people watching. I love the sheer variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that we humans come in. I will now describe a few I saw from my car window that day so you can share the experience with me. Let’s get in my car and have a look.
There are several small groups of men standing around, smoking or with hands in pockets, shoulders slouched, drinking coffee from Styrofoam cups and complaining about life in general. Grey cloudy mornings can do that to you.
There stands an older man, quite bald, absentmindedly smoothing his comb-over down in the breeze. His younger companion has a small goatee and shaven head. Go figure. That has to be a generational thing.
Here comes an interesting fellow. He’s a big man, heavy, wearing loose clothing. His clothes are worn, but clean, his boots run down and old. He wears his graying hair cut short, mostly hidden beneath a cap with some sort of logo. His face has seen many years in the sun; deep lines surround his eyes and line his face.
It would be easy to dismiss this man as an old fat guy who was down on his luck. Let’s take a second look, for I have an idea his appearance is deceptive. Yes he has some fat on him, but that could just be a side effect of good living. His back is too straight, his shoulders too wide, his hands look like they could crush stone, and there is an easy grace to his stride.
I smile as he walks past the car. With a wink and a nod he returns the smile, and now I can see where all those lines in his face came from. That is a face that has smiled a lot over the years.
He’s gone past now, but there comes an old truck, a working man’s truck, but that’s not who is driving. The door opens and a young woman steps out. She is well dressed, in heels, tall, slim, blonde, and beautiful. All eyes are on her as she alights. She smiles and calls a greeting to one of the men, who waves and smiles back.
All the men are standing taller now, their backs straighter, tummies pulled in, cigarettes cast aside, and their scowls gone. She stops to chat with different groups as she makes her way to the coffee shop, and again on her way back. She has a smile and a good word for everybody she meets on her way back.
By the time she reaches the truck again everyone is smiling. Conversations have gone from complaints to idle chat about more pleasant subjects. I’m not sure if she is aware of the effect she had on everybody, but I do hope she is. I’d like to think this woman used her youth and beauty to brighten the day for everyone she encountered.
For that is exactly what she has done. Through her a goddess came and lifted the gloom from the hearts of all the people scattered about this parking lot. Because of her a number of people, men and women alike, are facing the day with a much brighter outlook. That ability to brighten other people’s lives with just a smile is true beauty.
Now, is it just the young and slim who can do this? Heck no. Yesterday I saw an older woman, stooped and walking with difficulty as she leaned on her cane. She smiled brightly at everyone she met and they smiled back. She is still beautiful and she still shares that beauty with those around her. Beauty truly does shine from within.

So, remember to check in at August McLaughlin’s blog today and tomorrow for lots more on the beauty of a woman. here’s that URL again.