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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

How the Nova Series Began

Hi folks,

As promised, I will be posting about each book I’ve written, how, when, what inspired it, etc. Since we just launched Red Nova, I thought it would be fun to begin with the Novan Witch, first book in the series and the one that spawned the series.

The Nova witch began in two ways. First, I was in mourning at the loss of Firefly. How I do love those characters. With Star Trek gone and now Firefly I was at a loss for a good space opera. About the same time I became aware of NANOWRIMO. You know, the national write a 60,000 word novel in a month. Heck, I thought, I should be able to manage that. I had a week to get my head into it.

Okay, what did I need? Mankind had spread through the galaxy, so, that far in the future there would be no races of men, all would be blended long since so everybody has brown skin, brown eyes, and dark hair.

Now, at least two unique characters to start it off. How about a couple of throwbacks, a blonde and a full black girl. What else? Make one a powerful witch and the other way stronger than she thinks she is. Now for a bad guy. Okay, the black girl’s daddy is rich and a complete bastard.

For me, that was enough to start. I spent a few days daydreaming about the story until it was time to begin. I hit the 60K in three weeks. I won a free copy from Createspace and had it printed. I left it on the shelf for a couple of years, but it was always nagging at me. It was only a first draft, but it wanted more. Eventually I pulled it down, added some material, and finally published it in it’s current form. There are five books in the series now, but something tells me it’s not over yet. 🙂

As I said, I do love a good space opera, and eventually had to write my own. So, here she is.

Novan Witch by Prudence MacLeod

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Also, my books are now available from Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple Itunes, Scribd, 24Systems, Inktera, Createspace, as well as Amazon. Go ahead, check it out!

 

Okay, that’s all for today. Next time I’ll tell you about the evolution of Assassin of Nova.

Bless

Pru

Quality Time

Hi folks, I promised another excerpt from Shelly’s Turn and here it is along with my Wednesday check-in for ROW80

“So do we get to spend some quality time together tomorrow?”
“Sure thing, Dad, I’ll be cleaning out the garage, cutting the grass, tidying up the flower beds, and stuff like that. This place has been neglected since Charlene died. I could sure use the help if you don’t mind.”
“Terry, I thought we might take in a ball game or something like that.”
“Sure, Dad,” snarled Terry as he leaped to his feet and glared at his father, “let’s you and me bugger off to a ball game and leave Mom with all the work here. Let’s go play father and son while she tries to do the stuff I should be doing, the stuff you should be doing.  Is that your idea of quality time?  Well it sure isn’t mine.”
“Now listen, Terry…”
“No, you listen. First you ran out on me and Mom, then you sold our house from under us, then you get your girlfriend knocked up and have to marry her. Now you’re here to play father and son while you work up your courage to tell Mom you’re going to jam out on the alimony payments.”
“Now look, boy,”
“Go ahead, Dad; look me in the eye and tell me I’m wrong.” Jillian said nothing as Terry let his father see his anger for the first time. Albert needed to know his son was angry and Terry had a right to express that anger. Albert dropped his gaze and could not meet his son’s eyes.
“I thought so,” snorted Terry as his father looked away.
“It’s not that easy, son,” sighed Albert, sinking back into his seat.
“It was easy enough when you left,” replied Terry.
“Terry.”
“No Dad, I don’t want to hear it because it will just make me madder. You know where to find me tomorrow if you really do want to spend time with me. If not, I suggest you go back to your new wife.”
“Terry, I will still pay support.”
“And alimony or go to jail,” replied Terry as he stalked away.
Albert sighed as he watched his son walk away. “Jill, it’s not like you think.”
“No?  Are you so sure?”
“Gail’s got cancer,” sighed Albert. “She’s refused to have any treatments because she would have to have an abortion. The doctor believes she might live long enough to have the baby, and she intends to do just that. I need to …..”
“The support payments for Terry will be fine, Albert.  Go now; I’ll talk to Terry in the morning.”
“No, let it go, Jill. He’s still young enough for life to be black and white yet. Let him enjoy it while he can. I’ll head back in the morning. Just tell him I love him.”
“I think you should have told him that yourself, Al.”
“Perhaps I should have, but I doubt he would believe it at this point in time. I’ll send the support and as much as I can, Jill, I promise.”


Now on to the goals.
1.      Blog twice each week.
This one is #2 so I’m good here.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I love this one, it is never a problem to accomplish.
3.      Write at least 4K words per week.
I’m at 3K for the week so far. Shouldn’t be a problem.
4.      Read at least one book every two weeks.
Just finished “The River Knows” by Amanda Quick
Well, that’s it for me today. I hope to get Shelly’s Turn up  by the end of the week.
So how are you doing? Meeting your goals? Are you having any fun at all? Both? Talk to me folks.

ROW80 Sign-up

Hi folks, it’s time to declare for the next ROW80 round. I had planned a lot for this, but Life seems to be slowing my down a bit. Ah well, it’s a sure sign of Spring. Over all I was pretty successful with the goals I set for myself last time. Perhaps now is the time to pull back, just a teensy bit.
Ok, here are the goals for ROW80, Round 2.
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
6.      Publish two or more short works (between five and twenty five thousand words)
Well, there they are, another six goals for this round. Should be easy, right?
Ah, we writers have such a hard life.
Drop by and say Hi, I’d love to hear from you all. 🙂

Hitting Targets

Well, it looks like I’m back on track once again. It’s been a strange couple of weeks, but things are smoothing out a bit. Taking a short time out to refocus helped me get things going again. I’ve got some great stuff on the go and it looks like this month will see me publish two new books. One will be another of the romances that I wrote years ago, but couldn’t sell. I know why.
In the fading years of the 20th century, a friend of mine (a transsexual woman) grew tired of the abuses heaped on her head by the system that was supposed to be helping her. (Aversion therapy, shock treatments, humiliation therapy, this is helping?) She also grew tired of the constant mental abuse from her family. She took her own like in the most violent way she could find.
In the years that followed her suicide I wrote four novels with transsexuals as main characters. Not surprising, I was unable to sell them. However, these folks are people, just like everybody else, so I was determined to tell some stories for them. The first I self-published was “A Simple Twist of Fate.” Some of you may have read it. Later this month or early next, I hope to publish another of the four.
I have also finished the revisions to “Novan Witch” the book I wrote for MaMoWriMo last year. I wrote and published in in 19 days. (A friend did the cover for me. Bless him.) I left it up for free for months so folks could get a sense of my writing style. This month I took it down and let the editor have a go at it. The first revision is done and back to the editor it goes. With luck I will soon get it back up as well.
Ok, on with the progress report.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.

Yep, right on track.

Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
1200+ so far. I’m smiling.
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
See above.
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 just finished one book that shall remain nameless. It was bad, hopeless, and painful to read and I honestly couldn’t give a shit about any of the characters. I blew it off my Kobo and started another. Wow, rags to riches.
 So, I’m currently reading Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. So far I’m loving it. This author has mastered the art of teenage angst, but I love the characters and will not abandon them. This one I will happily review.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m on track 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.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.

ROW80 Check-in #11

Ever heard that old saw, “Life is what happens while you make other plans.” That pretty much says it all for me over the past number of days. Not a lot has gone according to plan. Anyway, whining won’t help, work will, so here the report for the past few days.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Ok, I did do that, but not where I wanted to.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Realizing where things were going for me, I kissed my lovely WIP on the cheek and put her to bed for a few days. I had a lot of other things that needed attention. Girl’s gotta focus, right? I’ve added several pages to my blog, including an about me page. Check them out, say hello!
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
Ok, we have some action here. Book #4 of the St. John’s series went up on Smashwords Sunday morning.
I really need to thank the very talented Justin for another great cover. Even with all he has had to deal with over the past few weeks, he still managed to get my cover done. J, I’d be lost without you.
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 finally got the review done for Stone Relics by Katy Walters. Check it out. 
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’m trying to find two Y/A Supernatural writers to team up with for a promotional site. I’m looking for folks with two or three novels published. Self pub is fine. Interested? E-mail me.
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.
Working. Working. Working. Pant. Pant. Pant.
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.
My book about Vampires will soon be ready for publication. The first draft of the first chapter is here. https://www.prudencemacleod.com/p/immortal-tigress.html  Check it out.