Life has kept me away from the computer a lot lately, but what can you do? Okay, we were discussing chiffhangers last time. I’m still getting feedback on that one, and the overwhelming majority of readers agree they hate them.
I agree, for I believe that when I publish a book I enter into a contract with the reader. My part of the deal is to tell a full story. Yes, there can be a few hints of further adventures to come, but I will always finish the story I’m telling you, the book will bring every major issue to a satisfactory conclusion.
So, on that note, for those of you who have yet to read it, I offer up SUVI. Book one of three. (So far, book four is well under way.) Check out SUVI, I promise you a full and enjyable story. Here’s where to find it:
For the past few weeks I’ve been conducting a loose poll about how readers and writers feel about cliffhangers. I did it in a way that allowed folks to express an opinion, not just say yes or no. The results were interesting, to say the least.
The overwhelming majority of folks who checked in (over 76) aren’t impressed with cliffhangers at the end of a book, TV show, or Movie. Most say it’s a cheat, many refuse to follow along and abandon the series, or wait until it’s been completed then binge on it. They are okay with, and even enjoy, a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, but not at the end of a book. Many were quite passionate about how much they hate them.
Some people seemed to be okay with them, or at least don’t seem to mind them so much. There were even a few who were quite passionate about how much they love cliffhangers. Nine, actually. I checked, they’re all writers.
They say cliffhangers increase sales, the results here would seem to deny that statement.
As for me, I’ve never liked them, they irritate me. If you’re telling me a story, finish it, dang it. I’m okay, and so are a lot of readers, with leaving a few hints of things to come, but finish the main thread of the book.
So, there it is, the people have spoken. Cliffhangers won’t be appearing in any of my books. Yes, there may be more for the characters to do in future stories, but each book will come to a satisfactory conclusion…. and that concludes this post. tee hee
I’d seriously like your opinion on cliffhangers. Now, I have no problem with a long story arc that continues over several books, TV episodes, or movie series, but I have to say, this trend of ending every book , episode, or movie with a cliffhanger really rubs my fur the wrong way.
As you know, when I write a series there is a long story arc, but each book in the series ends with a resolution to the current problem for the main characters. Yes, they know there will be more to face, but for the moment all is well, the reader can catch a breather before heading into the next adventure.
The Children of the Goddess series is a prime example of what I’m saying. That one begins here:
Well, it finally happened, my publisher caught me at a weak moment and talked me into being interviewed on The Writer’s Block, a feature of the Lesfic Reading Group. Find it on Facebook here: Lesfic Reading Group
Yes, that’s the look on my face when I realized what I’d done. sigh (Tee hee) This will be a live interview from 11:00 to 1:00 Saturday February 2nd/2019. I believe that’s Central time. Anyway, follow that link to check out the time.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about the reclusive Prudence MacLeod, come join the fun, ask me anything, learn far more than you really wanted to, find out what I’m up to next, and more.
Humans have reached out to colonize distant planets, they had no real idea what could go wrong, but they soon learned. The colony was decimated by an indigenous species they knew nothing about, and by a virus that species carried. That virus tried to rewrite the human DNA, to make the host better able to survive, for the most part it failed. Of the thousands infected, nineteen managed to survive. They are the SUVI, survivor of unknown viral infection. Their story begins here:
These three books document the struggles and adventures as the SUVI and the last surviving humans escape the planet and set out to find another home. They will face many more adventures before they find that which they seek, if they ever do.
So, I’ll leave you with this and get back to work on the next SUVI story.
As you all know, I rarely ever discount a book, but this year has been tough on everybody. So, in keeping with the need for a few hours of escape from the madness, I’ve joined with a large group of talented writers, and we’ve all discounted a few of our books. Yep, now’s your chance to stock up. Just follow this link to the goodies.
Herein you will find a myriad of treasure from over thirty top writers. Check it out. Oh, and for you who are faint of heart, know this is all about lesfic. (FF) For my books you will find these super ladies:
So, merry Christmas and happy reading. I’ll see you all again in the new year with a new book in the Forgotten words series.
Well, the first big snowstorm of the year hit last night. I spent three hours digging out this morning, now that was a workout. The path to Kathy’s studio is cleared, the path to the basement is cleared, the dog yard is cleared, the deck is cleared, the path to the storage shed (firewood) is cleared, the driveway and the front step are cleared. It’s time for a big mug of tea and a good book.
Which book? Why, JAKE, of course, the sequel to ECHO. The first draft is nearly done and by this time next week, it will be in the hands of the editors. So, what’s it about? There’s a teaser chapter at the end of ECHO. Get your copy here.
“Once again Prudence has succeeded in creating a wonderfully complex and fascinating story. Well crafted characters that pull at your heart and bring laughter, tears and wonder. I am so looking forward to the next chapter in the SUVI universe. It’s a bit like watching the original Star Trek unfold on pages. New places, life forms, drama and romance. Wonderful!”
“Great sequel to Suvi. Enjoyed it. As the author states in her afterwords, her writing style is a bit different but boy can she spin a good yarn. You should read Suvi first to know what’s going on in Echo.”
It’s early morning and snowing out right now. The house is quiet, and I was looking for inspiration, so I checked the author review pages on Amazon. I often get some great ideas from the reviews. Here’s the first seven reviews I found, six five-star, and one four-star reviews.
Great sequel to Suvi. Enjoyed it. As the author states in her afterwords, her writing style is a bit different but boy can she spin a good yarn. You should read Suvi first to know what’s going on in Echo.
Once again Prudence has succeeded in creating a wonderfully complex and fascinating story. Well crafted characters that pull at your heart and bring laughter, tears and wonder. I am so looking forward to the next chapter in the SUVI universe. It’s a bit like watching the original Star Trek unfold on pages. New places, life forms, drama and romance. Wonderful!
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:
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.
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.