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Hope is Alive

Hi Folks,

Finally, Hope is live and ready to carry you away from your stressful day. This is the second edition of this novel. The first was self published as A Time for Hope. The updated version is published by Shadoe Publishing. You can find them here: http://shadoepublishing.com/


Now for the lady herself. Here’s Hope!




For some reason, of all the romances I’ve written, Hope has always been one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy her too.



New Hope

Hey folks,

Some of you may have noticed lately how we’re upgrading some of my older works. The plan is to take all the early romances and give them an update, a new edit, and a new cover. With any luck at all there will be another one appear this week. The former A Time for Hope will be re-issued simply as Hope. This is the cover to look for.


I’ll let you know as soon as she goes live so you can get a closer look.

Once again I say, this will hearken back to the early romances.

Later this month keep an eye out for the third book in the Children of the Goddess Series. The manuscript is in the hands of the editor now, so we’re hopeful it will be ready to publish before the end of the month.


Row80 check-in.

I’ve been working on revisions all week, so, as for new material, I haven’t written a single word. sigh. This week I will start again. 🙂

Here’s hoping you all smoke me this time.



There’s a Reason for Hope

Hi folks,

Well, it happened again. I was, once again, accused of being too stiff or formal in the way I use language in my writing. Allow me to explain, when I was in school, (mid last century), we learned to write so everybody could understand the message. That meant that, no matter the dialect a person spoke, the written English was a common core easily understood by all. You spoke to your friends one way, to your parents a different way, but you wrote in clearly understood English for everybody.

Okay, the book in question is Hope, second edition soon to be released. The problem lies in how she writes and speaks to her mother, as well as her self talk. Hope is the child of an aristocratic father, an academic, and a social climbing mother. As a child she learned to speak from her parents. It was naturally a bit formal. That first learning will always stay with you, so her self talk will be in that same pattern.

So, when she talks to her neighbor, she talks like him so he understands, when she speaks with a sales girl, she speaks like the locals do, so they understand, but when she talks to herself or to her mother, she reverts to a more familiar way.

Now, re-read the first paragraph. Yes, it is a bit formal. The second paragraph is a bit more relaxed to read. Yup, I did this on purpose to demonstrate my point. The differences are subtle, but they are there.

And yes, before I start writing a book, I spend some time talking to the main character, get their backstory, and find out what makes them tick. Doesn’t everybody?

Now, if you enjoy the possibilities of a vast vocabulary beautifully crafted into sentences and paragraphs, go to this location and read the introduction by Rex Murphy. Rex is a god of language.



ROW80 check-in

The target for this round was to exceed 60,000 words and finish the rough first draft of the WIP. Mission accomplished. That draft closed off at just over 63,000 words on Monday. Settling back into revisions of other work now so, puttin’ ‘er on cruise for a while.

Here’s hoping you all reach your goals this round. Cheering you all on!

Bless, Pru

ROW80 Check-in #15

It’s check-in time again and I’m feeling a lot better about my progress.  This is turning out to be a productive week. What did I do? Let’s see:
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
So far so good since Sunday.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Rolling here. I have over 3000 words on my new WIP, another 1000+ on a book I’m revising, and now I can do some catch up for what I missed last week. Awesome!
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I did not publish a single book this week. I did, however, put the Immortal Tigress up FREE for three days on Amazon. Today is day two of that promo. Check it out here:
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
I still owe Robert Taylor a review of A Breath of Hope. I will get on that this afternoon and, with luck, get it published on my blog tomorrow. Check out the book here:
Cover for 'A Breath of Hope'
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’m trying to help an aspiring author find sources of information he is unfamiliar with. It counts.
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.
This has gotten pushed aside recently, but I hope to get back to it soon.
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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