Sometimes life brings you unexpected surprises. Recently my better half had two heart attacks and two open heart surgeries, in two days. Two weeks later she developed a blood clot in her lung. She is on the mend now, making slow but steady progress back to the force of nature she truly is.
However, as you might guess, her care plus the added chores she always did for the family have fallen to me, cutting deeply into my writing time. Now, imagine my surprise and delight to find one of my books, and the rest of the series, enjoying a renewed level of success. Here’s the latest review for Lady Blue.
“This is such a great action/love story book. I can’t wait to read the next one. I wasn’t really sure about this but there is nothing but action action action.”
And just for luck, here’s another of the reviews for Lady Blue.
“Absolutely loved this book, literally did not put it down till I had finished it…..really spiked my interest as I am a spiritual person and believe in the goddesses. Will definitely be looking out for any more books by Prudence MacLeod.”
So, here’s me saying thank you to everybody who bought and enjoyed Lady Blue, because of you I’ve been able to keep the family afloat during this difficult time. I love each and every one of you.
If you’re like me you like to binge read a series. I think my first real binge read was Lord of the Rings, way back in the late 60’s. I know I’ve done it many times since. Lately I’ve noticed a few folks must be binging on my Children of the Goddess series. Yes, every heroine in that series was used, abused, and bullied, and more in the beginning. Most of us were, so I guess I put a bit more of myself into those books than I thought.
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.
Today I want to say thank you for helping to make SUVI my most successful book to date. Thank you for the support, thank you for the help, and to those of you who took the time to read and review the book, a double thanks. Yes, even to the guy who gave it a two star rating.
SUVI was one of those books that demanded to be written. I sat up late to write, got up early to continue, and couldn’t truly rest until I’d told the story. Well, the beginning of the story, there’s lots more to come. (Book two is well under way.)
Now, for the rest of you beautiful people out there, if you haven’t already read and reviewed SUVI, here’s where to find her:
So, once again a huge thank you to you all, and keep your eyes open cause I’ll soon be telling you about some other great authors, plus there’s a new Lady Hawk adventure on the horizon. (yes, and a new SUVI story too.)
I believe that ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats. I’ve always believed that given the right circumstances people can tap into the well of limitless possibilities. I saw this more than once as an athlete and coach many years ago. I’ve seen it more recently through the anecdotes people post on social media.
Despite this, we are all inundated with negativity and bad news stories every day. And this has seeped into entertainment as television series have become darker, filled with tragedy and angst-ridden plots that drag on season after season.
This is not my idea of entertainment and I’m betting it isn’t yours either. I want to offer you something different and invite you to find out more about me and the stories I tell….
Now, here’s what a couple of folks think of my storytelling.:
Great addition to the Children of the wild series. I was hoping you would add an herbivore (that’s not an insane elk) to your were family. What a fun story. Please keep them coming.
Keep putting out the children of the wild series love them. Ronnie and Igor are great along with Derek and Jillian. It’s nice to see the other characters as well. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the wild series and I have no problem recommending this book to my friends.
So, my point is, there’s a few folks out there who like a story with a more upbeat ending. How about you, do you prefer happy endings, or do you prefer dark and foreboding cliffhangers? Drop a comment, let me know what you really like.
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.
Just thought I’d show you a review of Rise of the Queen. Check this out.
For thousands of years the High Born Elves have languished in the chains of slavery, their great strength gone, their extra keen senses dulled, and their immortality broken. Somehow, in spite of their harsh master’s efforts, the royal line managed to survive. Now, with the aid of a deadly assassin, the heir is about to shake off the chains of slavery, expose the lies, and bring her people to freedom. And she has no idea the magnitude of the task she has undertaken.
Rise of the Queen is quite simply an astonishing novel that is wildly entertaining. As I read Rise of the Queen I could not resist reading it at all times; it was like this book was calling my name constantly because when I had to put it down I longed for it… yes, I am that addicted to this novel. Rise of the Queen encompasses everything great about literature, it has action and adventure, high fantasy and a steady, streamlined plot with brilliant prose… what is there not to love?!
Rise of the Queen follows Ariel, a slave, however, Ariel was not destined to be a slave, but instead destined for greatness and when she escapes with an assassin, her path in life will soon become clear and unravel bit by bit for the reader to enjoy and sink their teeth into. The land in which Ariel lives is full of Elves but sadly this beautiful and magical species has been kept in chains for thousands of years as slaves but hope is on the horizon thanks to Ariel and the assassin and soon they will go on an epic adventure to free the land and restore peace and harmony and let me tell you now book lovers, it makes for excellent reading!
The story of the wonderful Rise of the Queen is one that I adore; I love the fact that we get to witness Ariel go on a magical and sometimes dangerous journey. Ariel is born a slave so to observe her as a character change and develop is fantastic and made for truly engrossing reading. The fantasy within this book too is out of this world and kept me turning the pages because unlike a lot of fantasy novels, this one was entirely unique and original! It is sad that so many fantasy novels seem to blend with each other so to read a book such as this one that is unique as well as brilliant is truly brilliant!
The author of Rise of the Queen is Prudence MacLeod and I have to confess now that I am obsessed with her literature! The beautiful descriptions courtesy of MacLeod is breath-taking and bedazzled me on more than one occasion. As I read this book, I truly felt a sense of urgency to reach the end and I believe this was because of the author’s exceptional talent to place me right in the novel and describe her scenes (particularly the action scenes), in perfect and mesmerizing descriptive detail.
As I am madly in love with Rise of the Queen and think it is a unique and incredible story I have no choice but to award this dazzling book Five Stars! What is so great about this book too is that it is the first in a three-part series so when you get addicted to this book, you will have two more to enjoy!
Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Rise of the Queen; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!
Now we’re about to bring you the second of the two novels. This one stirred up some controversy and ruffled a few feathers the first time I published it. Yes we updated it, but I didn’t change the story. Why not? Here’s why.
I first wrote this story in the early years of this century to honor two couple of my acquaintance who have deliberately flown in the face of conventional thinking. Couple number one is a man and woman who have been married many years, have children, several grandchildren, and perhaps even great grandchildren by now. He is admittedly homosexual. But to avoid public censure, he married the girl from next door. They dote on each other, love each other deeply, and he swears he has no regrets.
The second couple is two divorcees who were friends, one lesbian, and the other not. They moved in together, became lovers, and are still together many years later. Again, they love each other deeply.
Both couples asked for anonymity and I have respected that, opting instead to weave what they taught me into the story. Please enjoy and know my only agenda in writing this was to honor these brave and heroic people.
Well, that’s it for this time. Keep an eye out for Deliberate Love to appear for sale sometime next week. (if the gods are willing)