Black Friday Adventures, or Abandoned City

Hi folks,

Yep, went to the city on Friday instead of hiding out.  My lady had a medical appointment, so off we went. It was spooky as hell.  I drove along normally busy streets, but there was no traffic.  Bemused, I remarked upon it.

“Look at the parking lots.”  That observation from Lady K showed me where everyone was.  I swear, there wasn’t an empty parking spot in the entire city.  However, that didn’t last.  By two o’clock there was utter gridlock everywhere.  I swear, if I was a student again I’d be working up a thesis on this phenomenon.

So, for the next week we’ll be hiding out and recouping from that exhausting trip.  I’ll be working on the next book in the Forgotten Worlds Series.  I’m really enjoying these stories, and actually wondering who or what these characters will bump into next.  If you haven’t yet read ECHO, here’s where to find her:

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What?  You want a peek into the current WIP?  Read ECHO, the first chapter of JAKE is included. hehehe  I know, I know.  As soon as I get the first draft done I’ll start posting teasers, I promise.

So, until next time,

Bless

Pru

Hard Travels and Great Reviews

Hi folks,

It was a strange day yesterday.  I went grocery shopping in the city.  I left the house at 8:00 a.m., the boats were running late so it was close to 11:00 by the time I reached the city.  By 1:00 p.m. I’d finished and headed home.  4:00 p.m. I arrived.  Dang boats.

Now, on the upside, when I got home I checked for reviews on Goodreads.  Here are two:

For ECHO:

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Sapphic reviews rated it, really liked it

If you enjoyed SUVI then you will love this second instalment of the series. Following the lives of the crew onboard the spaceship ‘Reacher’ as they explore the universe for a suitable planet for the colonists to settle on. As with all explorations, there are setbacks, unforeseen situations that arise along with unexpected gains and alliances. This book has it all, not only that but we get a deeper understanding of the characters we were introduced to in SUVI. If you enjoy SciFi, mystery and intrigue then this is definitely the series for you. Very well written and kept me reading continuously until I had the book finished and was left wanting the 3rd book to delve straight into, unfortunately, I have to wait for the 3rd book.

You won’t regret purchasing this book!

And this review for SUVI

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I’ve enjoyed reading books with strong female main characters since I was a teenager reading about Ayla in Earth’s Children series.
SUVI held my attention and I was up all night reading, something I haven’t done in a few years. This was well written and I didn’t find any mixed up sentences or misspelled words.
I really hope this is the first of a long series. I’m actually excited to find out what happens next.

Vulnerable

Hi folks,

Well, I’ve had a hard lesson over the past couple of days.  If you’ve been following this blog you already know My Lady K had a series of heart attacks and surgeries back in August.  The road to recovery is a slow process.   She’s not able to do much and the lion’s share of daily chores falls to me.

The big problem, and our vulnerability hit me this week when an injury to my foot made walking difficult and painful.  Fortunately, I’m on the mend, but it showed me just how fragile our situation here is.  It’s a bit scary to say the least.

Now to a brighter note.  The long awaited sequel to SUVI has arrived.  In this story we encounter not just the SUVI, but a host of new characters and unseen dangers.  For a quick peek inside, check here:

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Also, if you prefer a different bookseller, or want a quick preview of the book, or any of my books, check them out on this website.  All books have a preview for you. (The preview button is at the bottom of the page)

Now, I have to limp out to the kitchen and get busy.  With luck I’ll be able to steal some writing time later today.

Until next time

Pru

She’s Here

Hi folks,

At long last!  The sequel to SUVI is finally here and ready to go.  I know a number of you have been waiting for this one, and I do apologize for it taking so long to get here.  Enough of this, here it is:

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Apple

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Scribd

Playster

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So don’t delay, get your copy right now.  I’m already working on book #3 and I hope to get it ready for you by Christmas.  Wish me luck, and let me know what you think of the story.

Until next time

Bless

Pru

Progress

Hi folks,

Well, we’re making progress here on the recovery front.  It’s slow, but it is progress.  My Lady K is now having more good days than bad, and that is a welcome change.  Now, if I could only beat this damn insomnia crap.  I manage about four hours then I’m wide awake.  I had a few weeks of this last year and it’s still no fun.  I know, I know, welcome to the over sixty crowd.  I hear ya, fellow baby boomers.  I hear ya.

On the bright side, With K doing more for herself and by me not sleeping much, I am managing to get a bit more writing done.  Always a silver lining, right?  tee hee

Now, about ECHO, the sequel to SUVI.  The first round of cover consultations and the rough layout are done.  The completed cover should be ready any day now.  I know, I know, I promised you another peek at the story of ECHO.  First, here’s SUVI and where to find her. 🙂

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Right, excerpt from ECHO.

The small ship, Explorer, settled to the frozen ground and spilled out her crew.  They began to search through the ruins, eventually arriving at the resting place of Morthel and Antha.

“Carefully now, Mr. Sacumbtu, carefully.  We want to keep anything we find fully intact.”

“Understood, Commander Drake.  I’ve about got the doorway cleared now.  I’ll use a vac blower to suck out the dust and blow it away, so we can see what’s inside.”

Great clouds of dust rose into the cold, thin air and drifted away as he worked.  The same for three others who worked at different shelter domes nearby.  Eventually he turned off the machine and called out to his leader.  “Commander Drake, I think we’re ready here.  Do you want to go in first?”

“You know I do,” she replied, excitement clear in her voice.

Light penetrated the small habitat for the first time in eons, casting eerie shadows as the tall explorer entered and cast the beam around the first room.  As she entered a smaller room, she found Morthel with Antha held in her arms, still embracing, frozen in that pose of eternal love and death.

“Holy smokes!  People, I’ve got mummies here.  Do we have any way to protect and transport them back to the Reacher?”

“Lilly here, Commander.  We can use one of my sample crates.  There’s nothing alive here for me to take home.”

“Thanks, Lilly.  Bring a crate and a couple of guys to carry it.  We’ll have to be ultra-careful, I have no idea how brittle these guys might be.  We’ll have to keep them cold, too.”

Another woman soon arrived with two men carrying a large crate.  The two mummified bodies were gently loaded inside, she set the environmental controls, and then the men took the crate and stored it aboard Explorer One.  While this was being done, the commander checked in with the rest of the crew.

Okay, folks, that’s it for now.  With any luck at all the next post will have a cover for you and maybe even a link to a sales outlet.  Let’s hope.

Until next time

Pru

Caregiver Fatigue

Hey folks,

Yes, caregiver fatigue is a thing.  I was warned to watch for it, but that wasn’t necessary, it walked up and smacked me between the eyes.  The deal is simple, there’s the extra effort required to assist someone in recovery, plus double the chores at home, and the thing is, there’s no way you can keep up.

That’s the hard part, admitting to yourself you can’t do it all, you just can’t.  So, having accepted that I can’t get it all done, I’ve chosen to ignore a few things.  (Excessively large dust bunnies, towering weeds in the garden, etc.)  Instead I have squeezed out a few minutes to write each day.

On that note, rejoice, for the Sequel to SUVI will soon be here.  All edits and rewrites are finished and we’re working on a cover.  So, here’s SUVI and where to find her, as well as a peek into the opening pages of ECHO.

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Excerpt from ECHO:

Chapter #1

Final Entry

Struggling to draw breath, Morthel forced down the well of sorrow and fear.  Gently patting the cold dead form of her lover, she fought to draw breath and continue her diary entry.  “Antha has gone now, she has not drawn a breath for some time, and she grows cold.  I’m the last survivor.

“It’s only been a day since the asteroid hit the planet, stripping away much of the atmosphere and pushing us out in the system to a deeper orbit.  The power has failed, and the cold of space is creeping in.

“The collision destroyed two-thirds of the fleet, so only a chosen few could leave the planet.  Even though thousands were killed by the quakes, some people still had to remain behind. I lost the draw of lots, and sweet Antha wouldn’t go without me.  She stayed with me and so we will lie here, side by side for all eternity.

“I hope someone will find this diary one day and know by it all the joys of the colony, and of its sudden and unexpected demise.”  She pulled her dead lover closer as the racking cough from breathing the frozen atmosphere took her life, the diary still gripped tightly in a hand that no longer trembled from the cold.

Time passed, and the broken colony lay quiet on the surface of a planet that could no longer sustain life.  Ages rolled by while the small shelters gazed toward the sparkling stars, the feeble light of the now distant sun no longer able to warm the planet.  Eventually, even the beacons failed and stopped sending out their pleas for help, dust settled, and bodies disappeared beneath it.

Eons passed before the silent shelters felt another footstep, but these were larger feet of a different species, and even if the machines had power, the strange new voices would not have been able to activate them.

 

So there you go, good readers.  We’re hoping for a release in early November, but nothing has been nailed down there as yet.  Anyway, I hope this has whetted your appetite for more SUVI stories.   If you have already read and enjoyed SUVI, could you help me out by dropping a review on Amazon?  And if you haven’t read it yet, well, get cracking before the sequel comes out.

Until next time

Pru

Lady Blue

Hi folks,

Sometimes life brings you unexpected surprises.  Recently my better half had two heart attacks and two open heart surgeries, in two days.  Two weeks later she developed a blood clot in her lung.  She is on the mend now, making slow but steady progress back to the force of nature she truly is.

However, as you might guess, her care plus the added chores she always did for the family have fallen to me, cutting deeply into my writing time.  Now, imagine my surprise and delight to find one of my books, and the rest of the series, enjoying a renewed level of success.  Here’s the latest review for Lady Blue.

“This is such a great action/love story book. I can’t wait to read the next one. I wasn’t really sure about this but there is nothing but action action action.”

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And just for luck, here’s another of the reviews for Lady Blue.

“Absolutely loved this book, literally did not put it down till I had finished it…..really spiked my interest as I am a spiritual person and believe in the goddesses. Will definitely be looking out for any more books by Prudence MacLeod.”

So, here’s me saying thank you to everybody who bought and enjoyed Lady Blue, because of you I’ve been able to keep the family afloat during this difficult time.  I love each and every one of you.

Bless

Pru

It’s the End of the World

Hi folks,

Okay, we’ve gotten through the third round of edits for the SUVI sequel, and are now moving on.  In the meantime, let me tell you about a couple of stand alone book to help  pass the time while we wait.

First, how about an end of the world, alien invasion, apocalyptic, battle for possession of planet Earth.   If you like them action packed, you’ll love Incoming.   Find it here:

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Now, if a post-apocalyptic story is more to your liking, The Second is just the thing for you.  This one takes place long after the fall of mankind.  Find it here:

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And if you want ghosts and demons to put you in the mood for Halloween, check out Dark Star.  She’s  right here.                                       Amazon

Dark Star by Prudence MacLeod

Okay, there’s a few stand alone stories for your reading pleasure.  Now I’ll get back to work and see if I can speed up the time frame for the next SUVI story.

Until next time

Pru

Eons and Ages plus a Teaser

Hi folks,

Lately I’ve been telling you about the Children of the Goddess series.  I do hope you enjoyed it.  Now let’s go back to my new series, Forgotten Worlds.  The first book, SUVI, swiftly became a best seller, and for that, I thank you.  Today I’ll give you a peek at the  second book.  We’re in final edits and hope to have it out to you later this fall.

But first, if you haven’t yet read it, here where to find SUVI.

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Now here’s the promised teaser:

Final Entry

Struggling to draw breath, Morthel forced down the well of sorrow and fear.  Gently patting the cold dead form of her lover, she fought to draw breath and continue her diary entry.  “Antha has gone now, she has not drawn a breath for some time, and she grows cold.  I’m the last survivor.

“It’s only been a day since the asteroid hit the planet, stripping away much of the atmosphere and pushing us out in the system to a deeper orbit.  The power has failed, and the cold of space is creeping in.

“The collision destroyed two thirds of the fleet, so only a chosen few could leave the planet.  Even though thousands were killed by the quakes some people still had to remain behind. I lost the draw of lots, and sweet Antha wouldn’t go without me.  She stayed with me and so we will lie here, side by side for all eternity.

“I hope someone will find this diary one day and know by it all the joys of the colony, and of its sudden and unexpected demise.”  She pulled her dead lover closer as the racking cough from breathing the frozen atmosphere took her life, the diary still gripped tightly in a hand that no longer trembled from the cold.

Time passed, and the broken colony lay quiet on the surface of a planet that could no longer sustain life.  Ages rolled by while the small shelters gazed toward the sparkling stars, the feeble light of the now distant sun no longer able to warm the planet.  Eventually, even the beacons failed and stopped sending out their pleas for help, dust settled, and bodies disappeared beneath it.

Eons passed before the silent shelters felt another footstep, but these were larger feet of a different species, and even if the machines had power, the strange new voices would not have been able to activate them.

Well, there you go, folks, that’s how book two of Forgotten Worlds begins.  In the coming weeks leading up to publication I’ll give you a few more peeks between the covers.

Binge!

Hi folks,

If you’re like me you like to binge read a series.   I think my first real binge read was Lord of the Rings, way back in the late 60’s.  I know I’ve done it many times since.  Lately I’ve noticed a few folks must be binging on my Children of the Goddess series.  Yes, every heroine in that series was used, abused, and bullied, and more in the beginning.  Most of us were, so I guess I put a bit more of myself into those books than I thought.

Curious?  Find them here starting with Lady Blue.

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Okay, I’ll confess, there’s a story arc that plays out over all seven books, but each book has a satisfactory  conclusion, no cliffhangers.  So, happy binging.

Until next time

Pru