Free Short Story

My short story Alliandre will be free on Amazon August 14th, & 15th [Tuesday, Wednesday]

Grab a copy and happy reading!

PS Reviews are always appreciated!

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“intrigue, magic, and friendship”

That is how one reader described Duty’s Call.  If you are looking for that in a fantasy story  check out Duty’s Call — the first story in the Duty Chronicles.Duty's Call- Bow_current

 

 At the risk of forfeiting his life-long dream, Stormhawk Ranger Jatham Draben embarks on a mission to save a king, a kingdom, and stop a war.

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Eye Opener

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About six-months to a year ago I read a blog post that indicated that 90% of female readers wouldn’t buy/read a book unless there was a female mc in the first chapter (preferably in the first pages).

I took that article with a grain of salt and didn’t really believe that females overall would be that willing to limit their reading by tossing out writing, plot, story etc, and make their choice totally dependent upon a female mc.

I never had insisted a specific sex when I chose a book to read; and neither my husband nor son insisted on male MCs in the books they read. So I disbelieved the blog post and went merrily on my way. 

Little did I know…

I belong to an on-line writer’s critique group. Last month, for the first time in ages, I posted a chapter of a WIP to the “main spotlight” which means anyone passing by who is interested can critique it. I was so surprised after the first three critiques, that I posted it in the “main spotlight” again.

I will admit that my jaw dropped at how differently six people interpreted the same scene.

A bit of background of one of the scenes in the chapter (there is a bit more to it but I’m trying to keep the explanation short). The scene involved 3 main players: two mages (A-female & B-male) and the Seneschal (male) of the Mage Eldersarium (which is where the mages lived.) A visitor was waiting for mage B in his quarters. Mage A (who serves as chief archivist and therefore had jurisdiction over the contents of the archives) somehow discovers said  visitor, enters mage B’s quarters,sisyphus and forcibly removes said visitor from the Eldersarium.

B discovers A’s actions and when the Seneschal arrives brings them to the attention of that person. And they do discuss disapproval and a bit of retaliation toward A [now other things happen but this is the bit that was involved in my “jaw dropping” moment.]

I deeply appreciate each and every critique I receive. All who critiqued made corrections to various things from commas to word choice, but the jaw dropping was caused by the reactions to this scene and the sex of the MC. Critique Person 1: No comment on the scene but overall thought the entire chapter needed more action; Critique Person 2: thought the chapter was a good read BUT disliked this scene because it was two guys picking on a female (i.e. being bullies); Critique Person 3: ditto #2’s sentiments; Critique Person 4: thought the scene worked, enjoyed the chapter and made suggestions of areas to clarify and perhaps up the tension; Critique Person 5: no comment about the scene particularly but said that although the chapter was interesting they wouldn’t keep reading because the female wasn’t the MC; Critique Person 6: no specific comment on the scene, thought that the chapter was well written and interesting, BUT provided links to websites to help me so I could change the MC and another character to be females instead of males– and that because the MC was male they wouldn’t continue reading.

There were 2 males and 4 females who critiqued.

I was amazed at the interpretations of the scene, and I stand corrected about my initial reaction to the blog post referenced in the opening paragraphs. [I still don’t want to accept that it is 90% of all females who do this, but after the above experience it might be close to the truth.]

What about you? When you read do you need the MC to be a certain sex or  not?

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Traitor’s Ring

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New release discounted to $0.99 for a few days… grab it while it’s on sale!

A war-torn kingdom.

A recent widow cast out by her step-children and left a pauper.

An offer too good to pass up.

Lady Kari Farley faces a bleak future, indeed, at least until a former lover offers her a future of riches and independence. The price is aiding the enemy invaders identify and capture a Guardian—someone who can wield the magic of the Twin Gods. Assured that the Guardian won’t be killed, and that if she succeeds, the lives of others will be saved, she accepts.

When her former lover’s deceptions are revealed, Kari will have to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life.

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Traitor’s Ring

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A war-torn kingdom.

A recent widow cast out by her step-children and left a pauper.

An offer too good to pass up.

Lady Kari Farley faces a bleak future, indeed, at least until a former lover offers her a future of riches and independence. The price is aiding the enemy invaders identify and capture a Guardian—someone who can wield the magic of the Twin Gods. Assured that the Guardian won’t be killed, and that if she succeeds, the lives of others will be saved, she accepts.Picture1-Kari

When her former lover’s deceptions are revealed, Kari will have to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life.

Will be released 07/20/2018. Order by clicking here.

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Tales of Aldura now available

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Only $0.99 from  today through July 6th — after that the price will increase. Grab your copy now!

Every world needs heroes…

Be they old or young, willing or reluctant, or merely following their destiny, heroes capture imaginations and provide an escape from everyday life.

In these stories set in the magical world of Aldura, the heroes stand as defenders of good, be they struggling against their own insecurities, fears, or the unbeatable forces of the enemy, each must find the will to persevere, and the courage and strength to triumph.

These tales transverse the gamut of emotions and reveal the quiet depth and resolution of those who are willing to sacrifice to help others.

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Twins!

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Story of the Quilt Bears

1950s: In the 1950s Mom & Dad built a new house. During the building process Mother’s aunt, who adopted her after her parents died, stayed in St. Louis with Mother’s brother and his wife.

When the new house was far enough along to live in, “Aunt Ollie”  came back to the farm. She brought with her two quilts for the children’s bedrooms. These quilts were made/quilted by the quilt circle/club of St. Martin of Tours Church. [This was the church in which my parents were married… and they were the first couple married in that parish.]

Aunt Ollie, being practical, had made the quilts pink on one side and blue on the other. That way they could be used in either a boy’s room or a girl’s.

Skip forward to the late 1970s/early 1980s: Whenever we would visit “Grandma & Grandpa”, Mother would always pull out one of those two quilts, fold it and put it on the floor for my infant son to play on.

Skip forward to 2015/2016: When my husband fractured his shoulder and had to sleep in a chair, one of those quilts is what he used for a cover.

And now one of those quilts (faded and looking almost white, used off and on for 66 years) was made into two bears. Which, it turns out, making two was a good idea.

Why all that blather? Well it was all to get to this: my first two grandchildren, twins, were born! And luckily they each have their own quilt bear.

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