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Progress

Hi folks,

Well, we’re making progress here on the recovery front.  It’s slow, but it is progress.  My Lady K is now having more good days than bad, and that is a welcome change.  Now, if I could only beat this damn insomnia crap.  I manage about four hours then I’m wide awake.  I had a few weeks of this last year and it’s still no fun.  I know, I know, welcome to the over sixty crowd.  I hear ya, fellow baby boomers.  I hear ya.

On the bright side, With K doing more for herself and by me not sleeping much, I am managing to get a bit more writing done.  Always a silver lining, right?  tee hee

Now, about ECHO, the sequel to SUVI.  The first round of cover consultations and the rough layout are done.  The completed cover should be ready any day now.  I know, I know, I promised you another peek at the story of ECHO.  First, here’s SUVI and where to find her. 🙂

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Right, excerpt from ECHO.

The small ship, Explorer, settled to the frozen ground and spilled out her crew.  They began to search through the ruins, eventually arriving at the resting place of Morthel and Antha.

“Carefully now, Mr. Sacumbtu, carefully.  We want to keep anything we find fully intact.”

“Understood, Commander Drake.  I’ve about got the doorway cleared now.  I’ll use a vac blower to suck out the dust and blow it away, so we can see what’s inside.”

Great clouds of dust rose into the cold, thin air and drifted away as he worked.  The same for three others who worked at different shelter domes nearby.  Eventually he turned off the machine and called out to his leader.  “Commander Drake, I think we’re ready here.  Do you want to go in first?”

“You know I do,” she replied, excitement clear in her voice.

Light penetrated the small habitat for the first time in eons, casting eerie shadows as the tall explorer entered and cast the beam around the first room.  As she entered a smaller room, she found Morthel with Antha held in her arms, still embracing, frozen in that pose of eternal love and death.

“Holy smokes!  People, I’ve got mummies here.  Do we have any way to protect and transport them back to the Reacher?”

“Lilly here, Commander.  We can use one of my sample crates.  There’s nothing alive here for me to take home.”

“Thanks, Lilly.  Bring a crate and a couple of guys to carry it.  We’ll have to be ultra-careful, I have no idea how brittle these guys might be.  We’ll have to keep them cold, too.”

Another woman soon arrived with two men carrying a large crate.  The two mummified bodies were gently loaded inside, she set the environmental controls, and then the men took the crate and stored it aboard Explorer One.  While this was being done, the commander checked in with the rest of the crew.

Okay, folks, that’s it for now.  With any luck at all the next post will have a cover for you and maybe even a link to a sales outlet.  Let’s hope.

Until next time

Pru

Caregiver Fatigue

Hey folks,

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.

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Excerpt from ECHO:

Chapter #1

Final Entry

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.

Until next time

Pru

It’s the End of the World

Hi folks,

Okay, we’ve gotten through the third round of edits for the SUVI sequel, and are now moving on.  In the meantime, let me tell you about a couple of stand alone book to help  pass the time while we wait.

First, how about an end of the world, alien invasion, apocalyptic, battle for possession of planet Earth.   If you like them action packed, you’ll love Incoming.   Find it here:

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Now, if a post-apocalyptic story is more to your liking, The Second is just the thing for you.  This one takes place long after the fall of mankind.  Find it here:

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And if you want ghosts and demons to put you in the mood for Halloween, check out Dark Star.  She’s  right here.                                       Amazon

Dark Star by Prudence MacLeod

Okay, there’s a few stand alone stories for your reading pleasure.  Now I’ll get back to work and see if I can speed up the time frame for the next SUVI story.

Until next time

Pru

Eons and Ages plus a Teaser

Hi folks,

Lately I’ve been telling you about the Children of the Goddess series.  I do hope you enjoyed it.  Now let’s go back to my new series, Forgotten Worlds.  The first book, SUVI, swiftly became a best seller, and for that, I thank you.  Today I’ll give you a peek at the  second book.  We’re in final edits and hope to have it out to you later this fall.

But first, if you haven’t yet read it, here where to find SUVI.

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Now here’s the promised teaser:

Final Entry

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.

Well, there you go, folks, that’s how book two of Forgotten Worlds begins.  In the coming weeks leading up to publication I’ll give you a few more peeks between the covers.

Dynamic Duo

Hi folks,

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.

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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.

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Okay, I think I’ll sneak in a few chapters while I’m alone in the house.  Maybe I’ll re-read SUVI just to keep my head in the game.

Until next time

Pru

More SUVI

Hi folks,

I was asked the other day, “What’s SUVI all about?”  Well, this:

Enslaved as a child, her DNA altered until she was barely half human, Jeannie Sorenson still managed to engineer her escape back to the ship that brought her to that deadly planet. Could the humans accept her now that she was half alien? Could she learn to interact with them and still retain her freedom? And why the hell did they keep asking her for answers when they didn’t want to hear them?

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What’s that?  You want a peek between the covers?  Okay, here goes:

It took a few hours for them to explore what was left of the original colony.  SUVI 3 showed them where the colonists were buried in a mass grave.  They didn’t try to disturb that, but moved on.

The colony had been abandoned in a hurry and a surprising amount of equipment remained salvageable.  Six more workers were transported down to help with the demolition and salvage operation.  The day was well along when Suvi-jean’s head came up and she was sniffing the air.  “Thirteen?”

“I smell them.”

“Get our people inside the ship, quickly.”

Thirteen sped to the task and Suvi-jean ran off in the direction from which she sensed the danger.  Dammit, she’d been too distracted, they were close and moving fast.  She turned and ran.  Jake was waiting at the hatch when she arrived.

“Get in,” he shouted, “get in.”  His weapon barked three times and a creature toppled to its side, kicking as its companions sped past it.  Suvi-jean leaped through the hatch and Jake slammed it closed behind her.  “Take her up.”

So, intrigued yet?  Now, get your copy today, ’cause I’ve already started work on the next book in the series. 🙂

Bless

Pru

 

As Darkness Falls, A Shadow Rises

Hi folks,

Shadow Ascending has been out for a week now, and here’s what one reviewer had to say about it.

This is the best by far, I wasn’t expecting the series to end up here but by God it was so well done. Excellent characters great story. I have no problem recommending this series . Job well done and can’t wait to see what Prudence comes out with next. To be honest I couldn’t put it down.

– Amazon review
So, what are you waiting for, get your copy here: 🙂
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m really pleased with this one, and the way the ending surprised both me and the readers.
So, back to work on a new series.  I’ll tell you more about that later.  Oh, and there’s more news coming in the newsletter.  Sign up below to be first in the know. 🙂

A Gathering Darkness

Hi folks,

Well, last week I told you we were bringing the Children of the Goddess series to an end, even gave you a peek inside.  As promised, you get another peek inside, but also a glimpse at the outside.

As the darkness gathers, something moves within the shadows.  Shadow is rising, and powerful men begin to fear.  So, here’s a rough take on the cover for Shadow Ascending.

Now a peek inside:

Thunder was facing off against Dex.  “I don’t like it, not one damn bit.”

“What you or I like, or do not like, is irrelevant, large human.  The goddess gave me direction to billet the machine riders away from the others.”

“Not happening.  I …”

“What’s the problem here?”

“Who’re you?”

Faced with an angry biker twice her size, Ellen swallowed hard, but didn’t back down.  “I’m Ellen, Lady Shadow’s wife, companion, other half, whatever title will work for you.  Who’re you?”

“Name’s Thunder.”

“I’m not even going to ask.”

“Thanks for that.”

All right now, that’s all you get this time.  I’ll show you more later.  Now, for those of you who (like me) hate to see a good series come to an end, be at peace.  A brand new series will soon be here.  (We’re shooting for early summer.)

So pick up your copy of Lady Blue here and get started.  Catch up before Shadow Ascending gets here.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod

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Okay, that’s it for me today.  Happy reading.

Bless

Pru

The End Is Coming!

Hey folks,

Yes, the end is coming, but there’s no need to panic, just get ready for a rocking great story.  A few years ago I wrote what I thought would be a stand alone book, Lady Blue.  However, it grew into a full series of six books, and now number seven is in the hands of the publisher.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod

Lady Blue

Shadow Ascending will be the final book in this series as it completes the hidden story arc that began in the first chapter of Lady Blue.  I can’t wait for you to read it and get your feedback.  Here’s a peek inside the covers.

Too late the men aboard the chopper saw the gigantic form falling toward them.  The helicopter’s rotor blades shattered against the dragon’s claws and the machine plunged toward the ground.  The armored warrior fleeing from the soldiers glanced over her shoulder then raised her arm high.  As the dragon banked above her she leaped into the air.  Lacy, clinging to the dragon’s spinal ridge, leaned down and grasped Lenora’s hand, pulling her up onto the beast’s back.  “Hey there, pretty girl, did you miss me?”

So, there it is, the first hint. hehehe  If you don’t know who those characters, then get busy, I’ve included a link to Lady Blue above.  Now, we all know that when one door closes another opens, and it’s the same for stories.  There’s a new series on the horizon, should make its debut later this spring or early summer, so stay tuned to this blog for updates.

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Bless

Pru

An End and a Beginning

Hi folks,

I’m talking about my writing process again today.  This time I’ll explore a bit about the beginnings and the ending of a series, how I get them going, and how I bring them to a close.

Actually, I don’t have all that much to do with it.  The characters come to me, tell me the stories, and I write them down.  I’ve written a number of series, a couple of trilogies, and a few stand alones that eventually morphed into something more.  Case in point, the Children of the Goddess Series began with the stand alone, Lady Blue, written to draw attention to the horror of enforced child prostitution.  This eventually grew into a series of six books, and #7, the final chapter in the series in now a finished first draft.

The Children of the Wild began as my take on the popular vampire theme.  I gave them a different beginning, and a different way of life.  People asked for more, the characters asked for more, and so it began.  Race the Wind is the latest book in that series.  Find it here:

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This series is showing no signs of wanting to be finished, so you can look for many more stories from the Children of the Wild.

So, now with the tales from the Children of the Goddess coming to a close, I’m waiting to see who shows up next to tell me of their experiences, I mean, besides Lady Hawk.  That girl has dozens more stories to tell.

While I’m waiting for the next long story arc to show up and demand to be told,  perhaps I’ll work on a few stand alone tales.  What do you suggest?