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. :)

You can contact me here: prudymac@gmail.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Inspiration



Hi Folks,

It’s April and after five months of snow storms, it’s been nice to see the sun and feel a warm rain again. The snows are nearly gone and I can’t say I’m sorry to see them go. I actually got to wear my new spring jacket to town Thursday. Yep, cheap thrills. Tee hee

Speaking of thrills, check out Old Family Mansion. (shameless self promotion time)

 


As most writers know, inspiration can come from anywhere. Here’s an example. While accompanying Charis through a camera shop a young man commented on the necklace I was wearing. (A Viking knit from The Purple Raven) as we talked about jewelry he told me of how he cannot wear most metals, they tarnish and pit within hours.  

Apparently, he has a rare body chemistry that causes the effect. He said they call him a ruster. I warned him he would end up in a book in the near future. Keep an eye out for Rusty when I switch back from romance to sci-fi. There have been stories running through my head ever since that conversation.


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Okay, now for the check-in. In spite of enjoying the milder weather and still fighting that damned cough, I did manage the ten thousand word count I set as my weekly target. Go me. J I am past the midway point on the second book of the new series. Old Family Mansion will be followed by The Blue Rider sometime in the next few months. Keep an eye out.

On another note, we recently re-released Phoenix with a new cover and it is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. Life is good.


So, for this coming week…yep another ten thousand words or bust. That’s the target. So, until next week, drop by and say hello; I’d love to hear from you.

Bright Blessings
Pru


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Revitalized


Hi Folks,

Another week has passed and I am feeling like I might survive. This damned chest cold is still lingering at the edges of my existence and being somewhat annoying. However, this is not a snivel session; it is a good news session.

A late winter storm battered our poor island for a few days, but we had already stocked up the larder and laid in plenty of firewood. We were warm and well fed in our snug little cottage. Now the weather is starting to show signs of Spring at last, warm sunny days, melting snows, mud for dogs to run through; all that Springlike stuff.
Now, check this out.



On the writing front, we re-released Phoenix as Phoenix Augmented. The original was in need of a good edit and a better cover, so we gave it one. Here’s the new look and location. Be aware, it is the same story, just prettier and better written. Phoenix has long been one of my favorite war of the worlds stories. It was fun to revisit such an old friend.
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It’s said that the best laid plans f mice and men often go astray, and so it was. This old paper warrior allowed herself to get sucked into World of Warcraft and the results are in. Target not reached. I set a target of ten thousand words, but only managed five. Sigh.  Snow shoveling is not an acceptable excuse. Two minutes in the penalty box and a self-inflicted tongue lashing should restore discipline. Excuse me for a moment……(clock slowly ticks off two minutes)

Okay, I’m back and ready to roll. Target output for this week is ten thousand words on the WIP.

On a bright note, we did finish the revisions of Phoenix and get it re-released. So, now, please tell me you got closer to your targets than I did.

Well, that’s it for me for this week.
Bright Blessings

Pru

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Feeling Mortal

Hi Folks,
Here I am again. We took advantage of a lull in the winter weather to make a grocery run to the city. It was a real treat because it wasn’t snowing, the boats were on schedule and we didn’t have to wait more than ten minutes to get loaded. The waters were calm and I had time to relax back and reflect.

It seems I have been doing a lot of reflecting since I got so sick a few weeks ago. I really hate feeling mortal, but that has been brought home to me lately. It’s made me wonder why I push myself so hard to meet self-imposed deadlines. Like all writers, I sometimes wonder if anyone else really cares if I finish the next book or not.

After I reflect on that for a while, I realize that I am the one who actually cares and that’s why I really do it. So I am determined to keep doing it as long as I can. Hopefully something I have written will bring some joy to someone somewhere and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

So, that’s what feeling mortal is to me; a questioning of my very reason for being, questioning the validity of the things I do and of the things that bring joy to my life. Give me a couple more weeks of recovery time and I’ll be ready to go forth and build worlds of wonder again.

Sorry for all the whining.

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I said last Sunday I wouldn't get a lot done this week, but I did manage six thousand words. That surprised me when I actually looked at the numbers. How about that?

So, this week’s target is the old favorite of ten thousand words. Wish me luck.

Bless

Pru

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Back at the Board


Hi Folks,

Yep, it’s me again, back at the board, keyboard, that is. For the past ten days I have fought the demon from an unknown hell call the common cold. There was nothing common about this. Commonly, I never get sick. The last time this happened was eighteen years ago. I won’t bore you by whining about it, I’m sure most of you have been there at one time or another. Instead, I want to talk about something else.



Recently I started writing a new series. This time I ventured into more standard heterosexual relationships. It is a bit like starting over in that I seem to be searching for a new audience. So to all those who are disappointed that I didn’t stick to lesbian romance, or my lesbian based sci-fi, my apologies. I will return, I promise.

However, having said that, this new series is still about loving relationships, how to create them, and how to maintain them. It doesn’t really matter who your partner is, what does matter is how you behave towards them. This message is pretty much central to all my books and that will never change. I believe that love is a choice, a choice that can be made consciously and I try to show how that can be done.

Okay, end of rant. See? I’m back! J

Now for the ROW80 check-in.


I confess I didn’t write a damn thing last week. I didn’t read much either. Couldn’t, too busy coughing, hacking, wheezing, sneezing… you get the idea.

So, here we go, starting over. My goal for this week is to re-read Old Family Mansion, plus what I have written on the next in the series. Yep, trying to get my now clear head back into the game; if I write anything it won’t be much. With any luck, next week will see me back up to speed.

Until then you folks stay healthy and happy.
Bless

Pru

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Roller Coaster Week


Hi Folks,
This March reminds me of March in the Arctic; bitter cold and yet sunny days. It always looks so inviting outside until you step through the door. March is also the time when you’re getting sick of winter and every little thing drives you crazy.

I have to tell you, it was an up and down kind of week, so very typical of March. We had power interruptions, frozen pipes, ice in the harbour, bad news, and unexpected delays on many things as well as small computer issues.

On the bright side, we also had a new book successfully launched with an awesome cover, Kathy’s birthday to celebrate and a fun trip to the city. To top it off, I still came close to my writing targets and we found time to play.


Photos by Charis Maloy. Look her up on Facebook for more great pics from this gifted young photographer.


On to the ROW80 check in.

This past week we launched the first in a new series of romance novels. I am thrilled to say Old Family Mansion is doing well and life is good. Thank you one and all who shared my post about the launch and help spread the word. You folks rock!



On to my writing goal of 10,000 words. With all that happened, I came up short with just over 9,000, but I’m more than happy with that. With a bit of work I can easily catch that up this coming week.
This week’s target is another 10,000 words on the second book of the Haunted Quest Series. Wish me luck.

Now it’s your turn, drop me a line and let me know how you’re getting on. I do love to hear from all of you.

Until next week,
Bright Blessings

Pru

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Old Family Mansion

Hi folks,

Just a quick one today to let you know that Old Family Mansion is now live and available on Amazon. I have to admit I'm a bit excited about this one. here's the link:


Special thanks to Emily Stovall of Coverfish for the awesome cover, Myndi Schafer for being our cover model, and Charis Maloy for her diligence as both editor and supporter.

I'll be back with more on Sunday.

Bright Blessings
Pru

Sunday, March 2, 2014

On the March

Hi folks,

Another week has passed and dragged February with it. I was just starting to think February was gaining some traction when it disappeared.  I guess I should look on the bright side; Spring can’t be far away now. After all, all the summer catalogues have been here for weeks.

Here’s a bit of madness to ponder. I’ve often wondered why they call this month March when it is February when the snow storms march across this land in a never ending daily pattern. Personally, I think the two should be reversed. Yes, I have cabin fever. Tee hee I’m ready for some sunshine and warm days.

On another note, Frankie continues to march along. You can find her here.

Special note to Gordon: I did write the first three chapters as Frankie and Joanie, but thought better of it and changed it. J

Keep an eye out this week folks, with any luck we should have the first book in the Haunted Quest series out in a few days. All we have to do is get the cover ready. Here’s the old house I hope we can build the cover on. 

The book will be called Old Family Mansion. This will be my first main thrust (sorry for the pun) into heterosexual romance. It will be a series of five books and I’ve already started on the second story. My past two posts have given you a peek inside, so don’t miss it.

Now for ROW80


Here’s my check in for this week.

I did finish the first book in the new Haunted Quest Series. Even better, while it was being edited I got a start on the second story. We hope to get it up on Kindle this week.

As usual, my target for this coming week is 10,000 words or more.

Okay, your turn. Drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing. I just know that many of you are accomplishing great things.

That’s it for me this week, folks. Be good to ourselves and enjoy every moment of every day.

Bright Blessings

Pru

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