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Even when you’ve escaped the darkness, a piece of it follows you. To face up to that darkness and defy it, or to fall under its power, that’s the real battle. Terri Dawn didn’t know if she could defeat the darkness that had been planted within her, or if she even wanted to, but she’d have an eternity to find out.

Welcome to the second character introduction of 2020. Meet Terri. She could be any one of us, just an average girl who made a bad decision. Could happen to any of us.

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Everybody wants a fresh start at one time or another, but not like this.
Terri Dawn Comarda had fled her abusive husband, stolen his precious sports car, and run. The sudden bright light appearing from nowhere, combined with her tears, blinded her and the car left the lonely mountain road at speed. She was barely aware of the impact that destroyed her already battered body.
Terri slowly returned to consciousness, or as near as the world of pain would allow. Worse, she couldn’t move her arms or legs. She called out to the approaching shadow, begging for help, but the thing that ripped away the buckled car door couldn’t have been human, and she fainted from pain and fear.
She became aware again, as she was being carried away from the burning car, but she couldn’t speak, nor move any part of her body. She passed out again as they neared the glowing sphere in the road.
The next time awareness reached her she was inside a metal tube with something attached to her head. A soft voice sounded in her mind. “You are finally awake. It grieves me to inform you that your body is badly damaged. It can be repaired, but life demands much of the living, and death often offers gentle comfort. Which do you prefer?”
Terri didn’t respond at first. The voice was right, death did have a certain appeal; Robert would never be able to hurt her again. No, damn him, it shouldn’t be that easy for him, he shouldn’t be allowed to win after all he’d done. Besides, in spite of everything Terri had endured, she really wanted to live, to enjoy life as she once did before she met him. “I want to live, please help me.”
“You choose life?”
“Yes. Please, you said my body could be repaired. Please help me, I don’t want to die. I want to live.”
“And so you shall, for as long as you desire to do so, and longer. Rest now, I will repair your body for you.” Terri wondered what that meant as her consciousness fled once again. The next time she awakened there was no pain. In fact, she felt better than she had in years.
The bed she was lying on slid out of the long tube. She sat up and easily rose to her feet. A tall gangly creature stood facing her. It was roughly humanoid but had no visible mouth. Instead a voice sounded from the small box in its hand. “Ah, you have awakened at last, Immortal.”
“Immortal? Why did you call me that?” asked Terri, edging away from him.
“Because that’s what you now are. You chose life and now you have it, life unending. This ship is now yours, Immortal, it will respond to you and you alone.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Long ago, many millions of years ago as you understand the passage of time, my predecessor became weary of life and passed the ship to me, as I now pass it to you. She coded the ship to me, then died for the final time and left this mortal existence.
“I have now coded the ship to you, as I also have tired of this unending life. The ship is yours now. No matter which planet you’re on, whatever galaxy, or parallel universe you explore, should you become injured, captured, or killed, the ship will retrieve and revive you as you are now. Should you grow old and perish of natural causes the ship will return you to this current state of being.
“This ship has access to all the knowledge and abilities gathered by myself and my seven predecessors. You have only to ask and the ship will provide whatever you need. I now leave you to enjoy the journey.” With that the creature began to dissolve into nothingness, and then Terri was alone.
It took a while, but she finally found her voice. “Wow, that was weird. Okay, he said the ship would respond to me. Let’s see about that. Ship?”
A gentle feminine voice responded, the voice she’d heard while in the tube. “Yes, Terri? How may I serve?”
“Where did my rescuer go?”
“He has returned to the ether. His consciousness, and all that he was in life, is now in me. You are hungry, Terri.”
“What? Oh yes, I am hungry at that. Is there food?” A bowl of something green appeared on the table beside her. She gave it a strange look. “What is that?”
“Nutrients, Terri, as Egon enjoyed them. A moment only.” The bowl of green stuff shimmered and was replaced with a hamburger and fries. “Better?”
“Much,” grinned Terri, as she dug in with a will.
“Yes, the revival always made Egon hungry too.”
“So tell me, Ship, what’s your name?”
“Ship is ship. Ship has no name.”
“Seriously? Your voice reminds me of my Aunt Belle. She was dear to me and always the voice of wisdom. I think I’ll call you Belle. From now on, your name is Belle.”
The voice of the ship almost sounded excited. “In all the long ages, ship has not had a name other than ship. Ship is pleased and will answer to the name Belle.”
“Good. Now, Belle, tell me what I’m supposed to do next.”
“Whatever you wish to do.”

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Whatever you wish to do. Who knows what they would choose, what would you choose to do given those circumstances?

Okay, so that’s it for today. It’s back to work for me as I listen to Terri tell me more of her journey. Happy reading.

Bless

Pru

Hi folks,

I just came across this new review.


Matthew J. Artibee
 reviewed Shadow Ascending (Children of the Goddess Book 7)  Great series to read!  November 11, 2019 I confess, I powered through all the books in this series and am looking forward to more from this author. What a wonderful mix of stories and characters. Read them, you won’t be disappointed.
Lady Blue is book #1 of this series
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0101HSG7U

If there is ever any doubt if it’s worth it to review, let this dispel it. I’ve been fighting writer’s block for months, but this shattered it. I’ve actually got three new stories started, two are only a few paragraphs, but one, a new SUVI story, is already about 11K words and growing.

If you’ve enjoyed an author’s work, review it. That means as much to them as a great story does to you. 🙂

Okay, no more time to talk, I’ve got work to do.

Bless

Pru

Hi folks,

The will to survive is in us all, and no matter how bad it gets, deep down, there’s a spark inside us all that wants to fight back, to survive at any cost. And so it was for Terri Dawn.

However, even when you’ve escaped the darkness, a piece of it goes with you. To face that darkness and defy it, or fall under its spell, that’s the real battle. Terri Dawn didn’t know if she could defeat the darkness within her, or if she even wanted to. She’d have an eternity to find out.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XTR8XVJ

Here’s what one reader had to say about Pushback.

“This was a great story that grabbed my attention from the first chapter. Great characters and touching on a subject that there really isn’t any middle ground on. It was good to see how the story changed as it progressed, getting deeper in the emotional and psychological sides. It was fast moving, keeping the story moving and the characters progressing, growing. I wasn’t ready for it to end and I’m looking forward to the next one. Sooo many options and twists it can take.
Excellent reading. “

Now for more good stuff. The next installment of the Forgotten Worlds series (SUVI series) is now in the hands of the editors. Look for it to appear later this fall.

And now back to work.

Bless

Pru

Hi folks,

Okay, I did promise to explain the thinking behind the cover of Pushback. The story of Pushback is an exploration of a survivor’s life experience. Even if you survive the abuse, the violence, the trauma, it never really goes away. Depression, insomnia, and so many more ghosts of the past will rise up without warning, and the survivor as well as those around them, have to deal with that.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XTR8XVJ

This cover tries to reflect that feeling of being and not being, of being lost between your own past experience and the life you’re trying to create. So here she is, Terri Dawn, so dramatically portrayed by the ultra talented Perin Squires. Terri Dawn will fight many battles, but her toughest battle will always be with her past.

Yes, the title and author name are hard to read, that too is deliberate, a reflection of the subject matter within. The book may trigger some people, it did me many times as I wrote it, but I promise you, as always with my stories as with life itself, there is hope, there is always hope.

Okay, there it is, the reason the cover is the way it is, the way I wanted it for this one. Please don’t shoot the cover artist, she was just following orders. tee hee

So, back to work for me. What’s that? Yes, I’ve started work on the sequel. Stay tuned for it to appear later this year or early next.

Bless

Pru

Hi folks,

Well, Pushback has been out for a few days now and I’m thrilled with the reception. Here are a couple of the early reviews. I promise you, these people are not my family or neighbors, and I’ve never met any of them in person. These reviews are real.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XTR8XVJ

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat StorySeptember 17, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis was a great story that grabbed my attention from the first chapter. Great characters and touching on a subject that there really isn’t any middle ground on. It was good to see how the story changed as it progressed, getting deeper in the emotional and psychological sides. It was fast moving, keeping the story moving and the characters progressing, growing. I wasn’t ready for it to end and I’m looking forward to the next one. Sooo many options and twists it can take.
Excellent reading.

5.0 out of 5 starsread it in a single sitting.(about 5 hours)September 16, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseOk. I loved this book. loved the premise (renewed life/chance to rescue battered women), loved the world building, the romance, the angst. the action (I love to see bullies get beat, not sorry) I really liked the ending that, while wrapping up the plot well, still leaves room for another story along the line. Yes it is a lesbian romance/adventure; but its not explicit, there is some kissing and it explores polyamory, but the sex is all in the reader’s imagination. This book would be suitable for older teen readers. Overall it was a delightful read.

All right, that will give you an idea of what to expect. Also, a heartfelt thank you to those who took the time to review the book. Bless you one and all.

So, now I have to get back to work. Go ahead, give Pushback a try and let me know what you think.

Until next time

bless

Pru

Hi folks,

I’ve been promising you something new for months now, and here it is at long last. This one took a long time to write as it touched a few soft spots. Check it out here and see what you think.

Yes, there’s a lot of my life experience in this one, but what parts? I’ll never tell. tee hee hee

Okay, as I’ve said before as I was getting this one ready, this was a tough one and I truly hope you like it.

So, until next time,

Bless,

Pru

New Book Review and So Much More

Hi folks,

Wow, I just got a new review for Lady Blue.  Check out what Sapphic Reviews has to say about this book.

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Sapphic review: The first book in a series that you will get addicted to!

How does a long-forgotten Goddess and an abused/bullied teenager join forces to right the wrongdoings of the world? Well, you’ll need to read the book and I promise you that you will be hooked.

The journey that Penny takes from ‘Pee-Pee’ to ‘Lady Blue’ is quite a trip. There are terrible things humans will do to each other but together Lady Blue and Goddess Moragah set out to bring some justice back into the world in the way of the Warriors of old.

Prudence Macleod has a great way of writing, she draws you in. Her characters are well developed and the storyline leaves you wanting more, which in this case I’m happy to say Prudences satisfies with a series of books.

Follow the storyline by reading the full ‘Children of the Goddess‘ series :

See the full review and more here:  Sapphic Reviews

Also, check out SHIP, Amazon ,  the latest addition to the Forgotten Worlds Series (The Suvi series)

Okay, so, back to work for me:

Until next time

Pru

More on Cliffhangers

Hi folks,

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

Happy Reading

Pru

Cliffhangers

Hi folks,

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:

Amazon

Personally, if a book I’m reading ends in a cliffhanger I’ll toss it and not read the rest of the series.

So, what are your thoughts on this?  Don’t be shy, tell me what you think, as a writer I kinda need to know this stuff, right?

Until next time

Pru

The Writer’s Block

Hi folks and family,

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.

See you there! 🙂

Bless

Pru