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, 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.

More time lost watching this guy trim the willows.

I also spent a good deal of time reading. Now many people might call that being lazy or wasting time. I call it research and home schooling. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and learned a lot too. However, it wasn't all time lost. There was one meeting with fellow writer Pat O'Dea Rosen and my editor Charis Maloy. Here we are in a deep philosophic discussion about writing as serious business.

Yes, I enjoyed meeting Pat and family. Wonderful people. I could happily lose a day hanging out with them anytime.

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Time for deep confessions. Last week I barely managed to write two thousand words. Much of my time at the keyboard was spent polishing stuff already written so it doesn't count. Sigh.
So, the target for this week is to search my desk and find some of my lost discipline. Let's set a target of five thousand new words on a WIP. Wish me luck. :)

Bright Blessings
Pru

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Writer

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.

Life took it's usual twists and turns, the music slipped away, so did the writing, but I clung to the reading. As time passed I ended up in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and owning my own gym. Now, anyone who is self employed can tell you, getting a business going and running it is a hard grind.

In the mid nineties it all came apart. My marriage failed, my business went bankrupt, my children were grown, and I was suddenly alone, adrift. Fortunately I had a most remarkable woman as a best friend. I moved in with her, we became lovers, and are still together to this day. She's the one who made me a writer.

I was at loose ends, no work, no prospects, and just basically bat-shit crazy. “What do you want to do?” she asked.
I don't know, I don't even care. I just want to do something useful to somebody.”
So, be a writer. I love the stories you tell me. Write me a story.”

Intrigued, I did. I began with pen and paper. Each day she would return from work and I would have a new chapter waiting for her. I loved the process. I would sit on the edge of my chair as she dutifully tried to translate my poor handwriting. Each day I thrilled as she squealed with delight and disappointment that there was no more.

Eventually she broke down and bought me a used computer. I know it tested even her great patience as she taught me to use it. However, I loved the damn thing and each day I eagerly two fingered out another chapter of the story and each day she looked forward to more of the saga. 

And so it began. That first story grew into a three novel series. Eventually I published it as The Revival Series, it even got a good review. This is it. 


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Well, this past week I did manage to write a few thousand words. Six thousand, actually. The big news though is our magic cover artist is back in action and we finally got our cover for the second book in the Haunted Treasure Series. Here's a look at the face of Blue Rider. Look for the book to appear in mid September.



Well, that's it for me this time. Be well folks

Bless
Pru


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Goals for Round #3 of ROW 80

Hi folks,

Well, this isn't the story of my humble beginnings in writing as I threatened you with. That will surface on Sunday. This time it's all about Round #3 of ROW80. Goals.

As I stated in my last post, things well all to hell on me last round, so this round will be different. My writing goal for this round is to pick up the pieces, get my newest novel back on track, fix the broken parts, make it all pretty, and get it published.

I also want to dig up and revise an older one that has yet to be published, and get a start on several new ones. When I say start several I'm not talking about 40-50K words per, I'm talking about notes of about 3-4 hundred words. Just some random stuff to get my imagination working again. I will shoot for high productivity in round #4.


Above that I mean to be cheering you all on to greater things. You are all my brothers and sisters in arms. Let us go forth and conquer the world.

Bright Blessings

Pru

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hard Choices

Hi folks, 

I don't know if you remember, but back in January I set out a seriously tough writing and publishing schedule for this year. They say if you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans. (pounds head on desk in frustration) Yep, it has all gone to hell in a hand basket.

Things began to unravel when I got sick last spring. (I never get sick...well, almost never) I was making up for lost time after that when I had a computer meltdown. Argh! But that's not the worst of it. Nope, I have to own this one. I was in such a hurry to get back on track that I completely buggered up the timelines in Blue Rider. 

Yep, my bad. However, the editor caught it and we have been slogging away at the fixes. It has reached the point where I'm going to do a rewrite to make it sensible. 

Now, here's the kicker. Summer finally arrived and, after a hard look at all the work needed on the house and property, reality set in. I am just not going to have the time or energy to get this writing schedule back on track. I have learned the hard way that when you force it too hard, it shows in what has been written. Therefore, a hard decision has been made.

Over the summer I will write only as time permits. Publication of Blue Rider has been set back to September to allow time to make it right. In the meantime, just to get my head back into the fun of writing again, rainy days will see me spending time writing a new lesbian romance. (getting back to my roots) With luck it will see the publishing gods in the fall.

Sometimes the rocks in the road are so big you have to take time to find a path around them or to stop, get out your sledge hammer, and break them down to a manageable size. I don't like the word failure and I won't use it here, but I have to face reality and reset my goals. 

I'll keep you posted on whatever progress I make. Next week I'll tell you how I got into writing and publishing. Maybe in the coming weeks I'll give you a peek into the new lesbian romance just for fun.

Bright blessings
Pru

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quality Content

Hi folks,

here I am , head in hand, with no promise fulfilled for you. I have been promising a new book, a new cover, something, for weeks now and all I have for you today is a rant. Sigh, life is what happens when you make other plans.

Right, the rant. Well, it's this. All the experts tell you that you must blog several times a week and always have quality content. I've taken several courses and they all say that. The thing is, nobody will come right out and tell you what it is. 

Just what the hell is quality content? Says who? Who gets to be the judge of your content? Do you shoot for good quality content or is poor quality content sufficient?

Here's an example. I was encouraged to read one man blog. He's pretty famous and has millions of readers, so they say. Everybody loves him, so they say. There you go, he's got quality content. I read several of his posts and found only a sad and bitter man spouting negativity. 

In my opinion, that is poor quality content, but many people disagree with me. Therefore I conclude that quality content, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. (reader) This still leaves me wondering what the heck I can do differently (better) than I am currently doing.

End of rant. Opinions please, I seriously want some input here.

Okay, you made it this far so here's a short excerpt from the new book I keep promising.


Annie had met the man in blue a few days before, sort of. He was the talk of the town now, but very few people had yet seen his face. She had been walking her dog, Bitsy, when she heard the high-pitched whine of the motorcycle engine. The machine and rider came rocketing up the street just as Bitsy pulled her head from the collar and raced into the middle of the road, barking wildly.

Annie screamed in terror as the tiny dog attacked the racing machine. The rider slammed on the brakes; the machine stopped instantly, rising high up on its front wheel and turning a perfect circle before settling back to the ground. Bitsy leaped in and began to bite at the rider’s boot.

The bike was painted cobalt blue and the rider was dressed from head to toe in cobalt blue leathers with a matching helmet. As Annie ran to get Bitsy, the rider scooped up the dog in a gloved hand. His helmet was tinted so she couldn’t see his face as he handed back the squirming dog and spoke to her. “Did you drop this, Miss?”

“Yes, thank you,” she replied gathering the small ball of ferocity into her arms. “Thank you so much for not killing her. Are you all right?”

“My heart rate is a bit high right now,” he chuckled, “but I expect I’ll live. Can you direct me to the six hundred block of Maple Street?”

“Oh, of course. It’s down this street for two more blocks then turn left and head up into the hills. It’s up there in the fancy houses overlooking the town. Once you’ve made your left turn you’ll eventually encounter Maple Street.”


“My thanks, Miss. Have a great day and keep an eye on my friend there.” With that he gunned the engine; the motorcycle rose up onto its back wheel and raced down the street. Annie watched it go until it was out of sight.

Okay, that's it for me today folks.
Bright blessings
Pru

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Supervised Gardening

Hi folks,

Well, another week has gone by and I still don't have a cover for Blue Rider to show you. We're nearly a month behind on that now, sadly. However, here's a little story for you instead.

We here in the far north are now past the last frost date so it was time to plant our little garden. As you can see the supervisors were on the job early.

Uh-oh, the supervisors have spotted a problem. The wire is not quite long enough to reach the post.

Management confers and come up with a solution.

The family wire artist is called in to stretch the wire, and, using her magical powers of wire, is successful. Garden now safe from stray dogs and rabbits.

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Well, as I mentioned above, still no cover for Blue Rider. Also, I missed the mark on my word count. I managed only eight thousand words. I am more than happy with that and will shoot for another ten thousand this coming week.

I did get started on that new romance I talked about last week. Once again I forge ahead working on two WIPs at the same time. Is it wrong that I find this fun?

Well, that is it for me this week. Drop me a line and let me know how you're getting on. I do love to hear from you.

Bright Blessings
Pru

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Gibbs Slap From the Muse!

Hi folks,

This past week has been interesting to say the least. many unusual things have happened. What??? You say? Well, for example, I willingly mowed the lawn. Most of you know I hate lawns and think people should be growing food instead. Anyway I did that. 
(Me with the giant rhubarb plant and grass that needs mowing.)

Result? Next day I slept in until noon. It's been over forty years since I did that. Yikes.

What else happened? Well, I got a Gibbs slap upside the head from the writing muse. We were on the ferry heading across to the city. There was a young woman on a motorcycle parked beside us. She was watching the water glide by as I was when I heard the voice of the muse.

"You haven't written a lesbian romance in far too long. What's the matter with you?" (My muse is no wimp; she's tough.)

Me: I'm working on the Haunted Quest Series. I'll get back to it once I finish that. (I like to finish one project at a time usually.)

Muse: "No. I am presenting you with inspiration. Look at that woman. Here's the story. (flood of images in my mind until I'm dizzy.)

Me: But what about the ghost series?

Muse:"What's the matter, you can't do both at once? Getting too old for this?" (Ooooh, that rubbed my fur the wrong way.)

Me: Fine, Lady, but you'd better not desert me halfway through.

Muse: "Of course not, sweetie. I'll be right at your shoulder the whole time." (She's all sugar and honey once she gets her own way. See, Myndi Shafer, that's why I can't quit writing. She won't let me.)

Result? New Book started today, lesbian romance, ghost story. this is going to be fun.

Oh, don't forget, Old Family Mansion is still free with this coupon code. GZ33M


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It has been a seriously crazy week, but I did manage to get some writing done. I now have a solid start on the third book of the Haunted Quest Series. Still waiting for the cover for the second one though. sigh Hopefully this week will see it's arrival. I'll post it as soon as I get it.

Oh, the target of ten thousand words? Only eight this time; but I'm shooting for another ten thousand words this week. Wish me luck.

Bless
Pru


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