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: 🙂
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?”
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?”
“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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
Just wanted to let you know we’ve dropped a couple of bucks off the price of a Prudence MacLeod novel. The idea here is to make the back list more accessible for those of you wanting to collect full a series. Here’s a good place to start:
This book sets the stage for and is the beginning of the Children of the Wild series. So, if you like vampires, werewolves and more, get started now. There are five books in the series with book six on the way. Race the Wind (book 6) should be out early next week, so you avid readers like me have a chance to catch up.
Once again, my entire back list has been dramatically reduced in price. Okay, now here’s the peek into Race the Wind.
The sun was just setting as the hawk spiraled down and morphed into the woman right beside Merle as he walked from the barn to the house. “Jesus woman,” he exclaimed.
“Girl, you look like hell.”
“Really? I’m standing here, buck naked, and you say I look like shit? I’m hurt, Merle.”
“What? No, tired, I mean tired. You look exhausted.”
“Nice recovery, Slick.”
She was grinning, and he blushed to his roots. “You’re as bad as the rest of them. Git in that house and get some clothes on. Git.”
Okay, that it for now. Go shopping, read a book, and I’ll see you next time.
Last time I introduced you to some of Lady Hawk’s history. People have been asking for some background on Lady Blue, so, here’s what Penny will let me tell.
She was born to a poor family, named Penny, as her father said the birth cost him his last cent. That attitude continued until her fifth birthday when he didn’t come home from work. Penny Preston never saw or heard from her father again.
After her father abandoned them, Penny’s mother began drinking heavily. All her bitterness and resentment were delivered to Penny in the form of unrelenting emotional abuse. School was no better, for she was bullied and mocked for her obvious poverty. By the time Penny was fifteen she had contemplated suicide several times, came close twice.
When Penny was sixteen she fell down a steep embankment in the highlands of Scotland and there she inadvertently awaken something that had slept for long ages, and she was changed forever. She became Lady Blue, an elusive vigilante who fights the bullies, defends the weak, and isn’t gentle about it. You can find the rest of her story here:
I didn’t go into a lot of this history when I wrote Lady Blue’s story, after all, it’s her story of life after the change came upon her. Any and all of us who survived child abuse can tell you, every damn one of us dreamed of, and prayed for, that elusive supreme being to come and grant us the power, the power to make the pain stop, the bullying, and the emotional abuse, to give us the power to make ourselves safe. Lady Blue’s story is one way that might look if it happened.
Okay folks, that’s a look at Lady Blue. Go ahead, check out the rest of her story.
Now, on to other business. I’m really hoping to get Race the Wind out this month. Race the Wind will be the sixth book in the Children of the Wild series, more adventures of the Lady Hawk.
I’ve been bantering with one of my characters on Facebook, and have been asked who she really is. Okay, here’s the Lady Hawk.
She is Dr. Rhonda Stockman, veterinarian. Rhonda was an emotionally abused woman who went into Veterinary Medicine so she could spend more time with animals than people. As she neared thirty years of age she was still single, and there was little trace of the happy mischievous child she had been.
One fateful day she stopped to try to release a young hawk that was caught in some wires. The hawk sank it’s beak into her arm just as there was an explosion. She awakened high above the land, but not falling.
After days of terror, denial, and dozens of other emotions, she came to terms with the fact she was a bird. At this point she noticed a woman and a bear on the ground. The bear changed into a man, and then back again. Rhonda followed them for weeks, hoping to learn the secret of controlling the change. In time, she did.
When Rhonda was blended with the hawk she took on it’s fierce and independent nature. Her mischievous side reappeared as well. This is how we find her in The Hawk and the Wolf, but she first appeared in The Vampire’s Lair.
Well, my last post gave you an idea of what was coming. Now you can see for yourself. Deliberate Love is here, and here’s how to find it. Give it a read and let me know what you think of the whole concept.
Look, here’s the cover for the book I’ve been giving you peeks at. As soon as it goes live I’ll post the links so you can read the whole story. What’s that? You want another peek? Well, okay, but first we all must admire the new cover, right? There it is, that misty coastal mountain range.
Okay, here’s another peek:
Kylie had awakened as Ella rose from the bed. Her head out the door, she saw as Ella entered Larise’s room. She followed in time to see the tigress vanish through the window. She hurried back and knocked on Igor’s door.
“What is it, Kylie?” asked Rhonda as she opened the door.
“Something’s happened. Larise and Bran are gone, there’s blood in their room, and Ella’s on the trail.”
“Shit,” exclaimed Rhonda then she leaped skyward through the window with a piercing cry.
“Shit,” muttered Igor as he ran to Bran’s room. A quick look around and he morphed into the wolf then leaped through the window.
“Sure,” muttered Kylie, “leave the human to pick up after you, bunch of shapeshifters.” She began gathering up the discarded night clothes.
Okay, that’s the last peek. The book should be available any day now and I promise to publish the links where you can find it.
All right, now for something different. If any of you would like to be a character in the next book of this series, drop a comment on this blog and sign up for the newsletter. One name will be chosen and the winner gets a cameo appearance, just Like Stan Lee in the Marvel Movies.