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:
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.
In my last post I gave you a glimpse into 2018. A tough year, for a lot of people, me included, but not all bad. My new series, Forgotten Worlds, is doing well. Now, here’s the third book in the series, just out. Jake.
On a long abandoned world a man comes to terms with some hard realities of life, it isn’t fair. Here he must face his demons and try to live up to his own codes, his sense of himself. Shipwrecked on an abandoned planet, injured, and facing unknown dangers, Jake must find a way to survive. Worse yet, his only companion is a super-powered alien woman who cannot function without others of her kind nearby. This is no place for a man who has lived all his life on a spaceship. Wait, what was that in the shadows?
Jake is just out and already has picked up some great reviews. With no modesty at all I say, this is probably my best work ever. So, get your copy today and I’ll get back to trying to top it. Happy reading.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve told you of my beloved’s heart attack. In reality it was two heart attacks, two open heart surgeries, in two days, yet she beat it. Lady K is now at home and on the mend. For some reason today she decided to hijack my blog to tell you about the rise of a writer she knows well. Here’s Lady K:
“Over twenty years ago, I watched as Prudence MacLeod gingerly navigated the keyboard of her first desktop personal computer. She was anxious to embrace the new technology to help her bring her stories to life.
Each day when I came home from work, her smiling face would be a signal that there were freshly written pages for me to peruse. I fell in love with those first characters and was anxious to read their full story. When I reached the end of her day’s work, I often found myself trying to scroll further. She always got a kick out of that and of watching my face as I read.
Over the years Pru has honed her skills as a writer. What has remained constant is her desire to tell stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things. As a former powerlifting coach, Pru knows that most people underestimate what they are truly capable of and sometimes place barriers in their own way. She also knows that when you show people how to kick down those barriers, their world enlarges and how they see themselves is forever changed.
Pru also understands that when people can see themselves in a story, the experience of reading becomes empowering. This is why she chooses to write about characters who have been abused, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, are LGBTQ2, are a person of color, etc. When you can see at least bits of yourself in the story, reading isn’t just about entertainment, but becomes an exercise in having your own notions of limitations and barriers challenged as the everyday heroine finds ways to realize her own dreams and potential, often through the most unusual of circumstances.
The genres, settings and characters may change from book to book, but the key messages always remain: you are enough, you are capable and you are worthy. Her goal is to tell stories that entertain but also leave you with something to help you along your own path.
So, for action packed stories featuring everyday heroes, check out Prudence MacLeod’s stories. You won’t be disappointed! Here’s the link: Amazon
Thank you for that glowing description, my love, and thank you for staying on this plane with me so I can continue to tell you my stories.
So far it’s been a good summer, and I personally have managed to find some extra reading time. Sinfully delightful. Anyway, here’s the same old question, stand alone story, or binge read a series. Either way works for me, how about you.
Yes, I been working as well. I’m about 3/4 of the way through a first draft, it’s the sequel to SUVI. Now, if a stand alone story os for you, SUVI can fill that bill nicely.
Having said that, I’ll admit to loving to binge my way through a series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, the Children of the Goddess could be just what the doctor ordered. It’s a complete series of seven books in total. It begins with Lady Blue.
The vampire king must name an heir, but the choice isn’t an easy one. Of the people he could choose, the Lady Hawk is an unknown, even if she would accept. There are others better suited for the task, but fate is about to intervene.
A woman is taken, tortured, and suddenly Rhonda is thrust into a position of command that she doesn’t want. What if she screws it up? What if it all goes wrong and blows up in her face getting everyone killed? She’s utterly terrified, and the man she depends on most just sits there waiting for orders. Will she succeed on her own or fail and bring ruin to all?
Okay, I’ll confess it, the Lady Hawk is one of my favorite characters. I’ve actually missed hanging out with her. Don’t wait, get this latest episode in the Children of the Wild series today. See what the Lady Hawk is up to now. 🙂