Prudence MacLeod's Writings

I write romance, sci-fi, and action/adventure. Sometimes I even blend the three just for fun.

The romance novels are listed on the left of the page. The other books are listed on the right of the page. Please enjoy. You can also check the other pages of this blog for more.

I also play a lot of World of Warcraft; if you're a player you may spot where that hobby creeps into my writing. :)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The End

Hi folks,

    Just a quick one today as I have to get my butt out of the chair and walk the dogs. I have been pounding away at the keyboard all morning, but I did it, I finished the rough draft of my next book.  Yay me! There is nothing quite as exciting for me as a writer than to finish that first draft.
   This one is especially sweet considering all the difficulties the past few months have thrown in the path. Now to tidy it up then hand it off to the editor then to a few beta readers and then hit the shelves. The target for release will be late September or early October. Will have a firm date soon.
   So, here's a peek at the beginning. Be gentle folks, it's unedited.

* * * * *
The sign said, Have a Seat, so she did, taking the only empty table in the room. The buzz of conversation stopped as she walked in, but now it picked up again. She sighed inwardly as she heard the strident voice of the woman at the next table. “It is her, I tell you. That woman is Melanie Rivers. What the hell is she doing back here in Brighton?”
That's not our business,” replied her male companion softly. “Keep your damn voice down.”
The hell I will. I'm not going to stand for this.” She turned her full attention to Melanie as she rose from her chair. “What are you doing back here, Melanie Rivers? Hasn't your family done enough damage to the good people of this town?”
Melanie didn't even look at the woman. Sadly, she couldn't even remember the woman's name. She sighed and let her shoulders sag,but her silence gave the woman courage. “Well, answer me, Miss Murderer Rivers.”
Melanie's voice was soft as she finally spoke without making eye contact. “Please don't do this. I just want a meal. I'm not here to cause trouble.”
You are trouble, Missy; trouble we don't need. We don't want the likes of you in our town.”
That snapped it. There was going to be no way to reason with the woman. Her husband's feeble attempts to shut her up only added fuel to the fire. Melanie shook her head. “It's hard, isn't it?”
What??? What the hell are you talking about?”
Not getting what you want. It's hard to want something and not get it. That's how it felt years ago when my family wanted the support of this town, but we didn't get it. Now, according to you, the town doesn't want me here.” Melanie rose and faced her attacker. The woman took a step back from the fire in those eyes. “Well this time you won't get what you want either. I've come home to stay. Suck it up and learn to deal. Now, get out of my face.”
The woman shrank back into her seat and swallowed hard. “What are you going to do, Melanie? Murder me in my sleep too?”
Don't tempt me.” Melanie sat back down as the young server appeared.
Please, we don't want any trouble in here.”
Me neither, girl. I just want a burger and a coffee, that all.”
The girl searched Melanie's eyes for a moment then nodded her head. “Will that be the deluxe?”
Sure. Coffee black.”
Coming right up.”
Well, we're not staying here; come along, Marvin.” Melanie's assailant stormed out, dragging her husband behind her. No one else had said a word either way.
The server soon returned with the burger and coffee. Seeing the empty table next to Melanie she stomped her foot in frustration. “Dammit, they skipped out without paying.”
It's okay. I'll cover it.”
The hell you will.” The deep male voice caused them both to turn to the older man at another table. “I”ll cover it and Melanie's too.” He was grinning. “I've waited years to see someone stand up to Janet Carter. It was worth the wait. How you been, Mel?”
Some good, some bad, Sheriff. Thanks.”
I retired five years ago, Mel. I'm just Hank now.”
Oh yeah? How's that working out for you?”
Boring as hell, Melanie. I owe you at least a burger for livening the place up a bit.”

* * * * *
So there you go, folks. I do hope you're intrigued. Now on to ROW80.

ROW80 check in.  

For my ROW80 check in, see above. Tee Hee  Okay, okay. Last week I wrote over ten thousand words and finished the first draft of my WIP. Life is good and I'm doing the happy dance.

Target for this coming week. Clean up that first draft plus get 4K started on a new story. The third in the Corelian Guard Series. Yep, I've got stuff in my head, have to get it written down.

I sincerely hope all you folks are having a world of success too.

Bright Blessings

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

It Ain't Funny

Hi Folks,

I woke up to the voice of Willie Nelson running through my head. "Ain't it funny how time slips away." Right. As I stood up and gravity seized my body, stuffing it back into it's usual form from the sweet comfortable form it achieves in sleep I grumbled, "Ain't nothing funny about it, Willie. Gravity sucks."

You see, at this age, it takes a few minutes to get the old bones back in motion. That once graceful leap from the bed and gazelle like dancing strides to the bathroom have somehow morphed into the lumbering struggle of a hibernating bear to force itself from the cave in the spring. The swift strides have changed from the hustle to the shuffle.

However, like a beloved old car, once you give the engine a few minutes to warm up, there's a sweet satisfaction to just being awake on the right side of the soil. The four dogs doing the pee pee dance by the door brings the first of many smiles for the day and reminds me that my my favorite saying is so very true. "Life is good."

So, on with the day and on with the ROW80 writer's report. Here's what's going on at the desk of Prudence MacLeod.

After a long and somewhat intense meeting with my editor and marketing adviser, (Which I believe I mentioned before) my past health issues have forced changes upon us this year. It has been a long empty summer for the people who have become accustomed to a new book or two from me. However, the drought will soon be over. My current WIP now stands at 62K words and the editor has two in hand for the fall already.

So, weekly progress, 8K words. The target for the coming week is only 4K as I have a busy week ahead of me.

Well, that's it for me this week. I hope you folks are having a great and productive summer. Drop me a line and let me know how you're getting on. I do love to hear from you.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Worth Doing

Hi folks,

A few days ago I did something unusual, I checked the reviews on some of my older works. Back in the latter years of the twentieth century, I lost a friend to suicide; she was transgendered. a few years later I wrote a book to honor her struggle and to show how it really should have worked out for her. When I checked the reviews, this is what I found.

This review is from: Shelly's Turn (Kindle Edition)
I held off on buying this book for a long time. I know nothing about transgender people so I thought the book would be of no interest to me. I was wrong I really enjoyed it and learnt a couple of things about transgender people along the way. The story has several love stories in it and the one involving the two moms was the most surprising by far. The way Shelly's dad went from narrow minded to grudgingly accepting in the space of a day seemed a little too fast. The boys in this book were far too nice I have yet to meet a guy who is half as nice as those guys. I liked Shelly she was an interesting person and she had to suffer for years as her father beat the crap out of her every time she insisted she was a girl. I learned a lot about the mindset of transgender people from this book as I have never met a transgender person i never really thought about it before. I loved the fact the book had a happy ending and was money well spent in the end.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sleepless in the Heat

It's six a.m. Her eyes are open, wild, excited. Hunched over the keyboard, her fingers fly as her hands try and fail to keep pace with her racing thoughts. Spelling errors abound, language suffers, and worse, but that can all be corrected later. What is vital at the moment is to get the thoughts down before they vanish into space, leaving her empty and lost.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cold Weather Woman

Hi folks,

There's not a lot going on to tell you about this time. It's been so damned hot and muggy I actually celebrated when it rained for an hour or two yesterday. Sigh. The truth is, I'm a cold weather woman. My favorite time of year is autumn. I love the colors, warm sweaters and a chill in the air. Sweltering heat with 90% humidity...not so much.

So, with little else but to sit and sweat, I've been reading a lot as well as puttering away at a new story. What's that? You want a peek? Okay, here's a peek into the story.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week Off and Stuff

Hey folks,

Until I looked back, I wasn't sure what to tell you about last week. The truth is, I did a lot of goofing off. I spent a bunch of time here hanging out with the happy gardener.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Hi Folks,

Today I get to keep two promises. First I get to tell you about how I became a writer, and second I can finally show you the cover for Blue Rider. On to my story.

I have always loved stories, writing them, reading them, writing songs, etc. All that got put on the back burner when I reached adulthood. I married young, had a young family, and ... well, you know how that all goes. When you have children it is hard to hold on to the little things.

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