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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrivener?

Hi folks,

First let me tell you where I've been lately. As you know, I live on a small island and if I want to do anything (like take a cat to the vet) I need to catch a boat.
This is the boat on a calmer day.

Last week I had to make three trips to town, unfortunately, the big boat was broken down and the smaller boat wasn't really up to the task. Result? Plenty of time spent in the line-ups waiting for a ride.Over twelve hours in all. 

So, what did I do? I know several pairs of slippers and socks to give for gifts next Christmas. Oh yeah, I'm well ahead of the game now. (cue evil laugh)

Now, on to a ROW80 report and the bit about Scrivener.

I've spent far too much time lately reading tutorials and trying to make myself learn to use this program. I can see the value, but, to paraphrase Gandalf, Change comes slowly, if it comes at all.

However, in the spirit of Seven-of-Nine, I will adapt. Somehow.

So, as you have guessed, not much written over the past two weeks. However, by next week I will be back in the saddle.

Oh, and the big news, my first offering from Shadoe Publishing will be arriving soon. It will be a revision and new cover for Frankie. The one to follow will be a completely new story.

Okay, that's it for me today. Drop me a line and let me know how you're doing. I do love to hear from you.

Bless
Pru

Friday, January 16, 2015

Why a Publishing House.

Hi folks,

Well, as I posted earlier this week, I have signed a contract with Shadoe Publishing. ( http://shadoepublishing.com/ ) 

Well you may ask why, as I have been preaching the gospel of self publishing for years. Here's the story.

Self publishing is a lot of work, albeit incredibly rewarding. Life, however, sometimes demands your attention be elsewhere. Thus it has been for me this past year. It reached the point where I was faced with perhaps having to give it up altogether.

Enter Shadoe Publishing. I've spoken with publishers before and remained unimpressed. Not so much this time. This lady spent more time telling me what she was willing to do for me  as well as making it clear what was expected of me.

It seemed like the right fit at the right time, soooo, now I am officially with a publisher. You can expect a few changes in how and when books come out, but the great news is, everything will soon be available in paperback too.

Okay, that's it for now. I'll keep you posted on all new developments as they arise.

Bless
Pru

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Starting Over Yet Again

Hi Folks,

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I've been out of touch for a while. 2014 was a challenge for me both physically and emotionally. However, it is gone, 2015 is here and I get a chance to start over. So, that said, on with the resolutions.
1. Considering all the angry and upset people I saw, doing and saying mean things, leading up to the holiday, I vow to be different. I will judge my worth by how many people I can lift up as opposed to put down.
2. Spend more time enjoying the people closest to me, those who lift me up when I fall.
3. Clean up the mess I've made career wise and get things back on track.

So, about #3. Last month I offered up the first chapter of my next book. Sadly, all you got was the last few pages of the chapter. That has been rectified and now the whole chapter is here: http: www.prudencemacleod.com/p/devil-comes-home.html

Also the name of the book has been changed (again) to Hell Comes Home.

Also, you were promised Blue Rider, the sequel to Old Family Mansion, last year, but that didn't happen. Look for it this spring.

The plan is for an additional three or more novels before the end of the year. Wish me luck.

Speaking of luck, my wish for you all is that 2015 becomes your personal lucky year. May a rain of blessings fall upon you.

Bright Blessings
Pru

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy
Holidays


May these days of Yule bring you peace and joy, no matter what name you give them.
Bright Blessings, one and all.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Peek Between the Covers

Hi folks,

Yeah, I know, this post is a few days late. It's that time of year, after all.  You know, the time of year when the best of intentions often go astray. Yes, I will write three hours every morning. (Good luck with that.)

However, I did promise you another peek into the next upcoming book. We have decided on a title. Devil Comes Home. Now all we need is the cover. Okay, okay, here's another peek between the covers.


The road rose up a long hill and into the forest. Melanie pulled over to let the traffic pass, then set out slowly for the town a short distance away. An abandoned building caught her eye and she stopped for a moment. Brighton Hotel. It had been a thriving B&B when she was a girl, but it stood empty now, probably had for years, by the look of it. The place had a haunted look to it now and she shivered. She sighed and rode on. Melanie wasn't looking forward to this homecoming.

So that's it, another peek into Devil Comes Home. I'll give you a bit more next week.
Aw, to heck with it. I'll set up a page on this blog and give you the first chapter. Look for the link to appear at the top of the page soon.

ROW80

Sadly, I've been a bad writer, or at least a slack one. Barely two thousand words since my last check-in. Sigh. I truly doubt this week will be any better. Hang on to your hat for the New Year's Resolutions. hee hee hee

Happy Holidays to one and all.
Bless
Pru

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Season of Stress

Hi folks,

     Yup, the season of madness is upon us once again. Traffic is backed up everywhere, lights being strung, trees put up and decorated, lists and letter being written, etc. The stress piles up because the regular stuff has to keep happening too, work, grocery shopping, etc.

     Yes, we're caught up in the seasonal whirlwind too, but you have not been forgotten, dear readers. A new romance is on the horizon. We're going back to our old favorite genre, lesbian romance, for another adventure. Here's the opening salvo.

*Melanie Rivers sat on her motorcycle, staring at the passing waves as the ferry boat carried her across the short stretch of water to the island where she had grown up. It had been so long ago, it seemed like a lifetime. At length she took out her notebook and pen.
The endless sea
Washes away the past
Forgiving all sins”
Melanie re-read what she'd written then closed the book and returned it to the pocket of her leather jacket. “Let's hope so.” The boat was approaching the dock, it was time to go. Time to face the music. She pulled on her helmet and started the engine as the ramp touched the dock.*

Okay, I hope that intrigues you. The book is written; now we're we're working on a title and cover. Look for it to appear soon after Christmas.

ROW80 check-in.

This past week was a busy one, but I did manage to get some writing done. I got 2500 words written and hope to equal that this coming week. I also want to read more of your blogs this week. So, until then, may the muse sit on your lap and whisper naughty stories in your ear.

Bless
Pru

Sunday, November 30, 2014

In a Fog

Hi folks,

Please understand, this is not a ploy for sympathy, nor is it me making excuses. I'm just trying to express where I've been the past couple of weeks. One of our beloved dogs died in our arms of a heart attack, and I've been lost in a fog ever since.

Yes, a fog, a fog of grief. A big piece of my daily life is missing. I often find myself just gazing mindlessly into space, unable to focus, to hold a single thought before it evaporates into oblivion. I see him from the corner of my eye, or will suddenly realize that sound isn't him breathing beside my chair.

We had a snowfall and yesterday was the first time in twelve years we've gone for a walk in the snow without him. It was different. The others dogs snuffled about, enjoying the day, and I confess I did too, but as I called them in, I almost called his name and yes, I did look for one more.

I have three more dogs, all old, and I am well aware that this will happen again all too soon. However, this is a pack of rescues, I knew this day would come, and will come again all too soon. I knew this when we rescued them, and I know we will do it again.

I also know I have to pull myself out of this and get back to work. I am trying.

Bless
Pru


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