Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - The Action Plot #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #writing #plots #action

 Most genre fiction books belong to the large category here called the Action plot. You have your idea but you want to decide on the action or the plot of the mind. Finding the right path depends on if this is an adventure or a inner working of character.

In the Action plot, the pace is fast. The characters are involved in doing. Perhaps they're out to solve a murder, or find the right person, or seek to find some goal. These are elements of the Action plot. The writer of these plotted stories needs to stir the reader into thinking what comes next. The characters advance the plot. The action plot raises in the reader suspense surprise and expectation. So when you're working on an action plot, remember these three things.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander i - Reading - Have been reading a bunch of this and that. Did read The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley - a collection of short stories and novellas and also a bit about her life. Some of the stories are amazing and very enjoyable.  Read a suspense Yesterday's Over that was well written and intriguing. Also read Desert God - an old book and about Egypt. Was interesting and sometimes heavy reading.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Gun Violence. The number of serial murders in this country in the past year 608 bothers me. Is there any reason for them other than hate and just hate. Why are there so many guns sold and to people who shouldn't have guns. Better ID checks and longer wait periods would be good but there is no reason for people to have high powered guns. Guns for hunting are all right I suppose but I'm not a hunter. The gun chulture in this country is ridiculous. We are not living in the wild west any longer.

Meander 3 - Writing - Moving ahead with Seppal and once all the little things I need to do are done will move faster.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Sunday's Book The Amber Chronicles #BWLAuthro #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #novellas

The Amber Chronicles




Amber Chronicles Collection: Emme, a witch and the heir to the throne of the world called Amber is banished from her home to find love. She believes she can command a man to love her but this does not work. Angry at being told no by the crown prince of Rivand she casts a spell on the Riva family. Every hundred years when the moon is full at the summer solstice she will call the crown prince. If he refuses to cede his love to her he will enter the amber orb and vanish. Four times she fails and the princes find adventure on other worlds. One turns an enchanted amber dragon into a princess. The second is imprisoned in an amber tower and must select a bride. The third must free the heroine from an amber cage. Emme slowly learns her lesson and returns to spend her childhood with the fourth prince. Hoping knowing each other will help. She has fallen in love with the crown prince and enters the amber orb in his place. Can Emme who is Cast in Amber be freed and gain the love she has sought for all those years?

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FOUR STARS! The witch's curse of zapping princes into an amber orb is one of my favorites. This story is the fate of the very first prince. It reads much like a fairy tale, where at least one moral is to be learned. An enchanting fantasy. **** Detra Fitch





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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Janet Lane Walters BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #medical suspense #YA fantasy

 

 In Seppal, the prophecy has been heard and the Three and Three are awaited.

Ranal’s dead mam once told him one day he would learn why he had been born. He has found two companions, boys like himself who have no home and become seaweed gatherers like he has been. His two friends are developing strange skills. He can see no change in himself but he desires a sword. Then they will be three, Seer, Healer and Warrior

 

Amera returns to the clan after spending the summer with the king windsteed stallion and six yearlings. What she finds is the slaughtered herd and also the clan. Only one person remains barely alive and tells her Bethera, her cousin and almost sister has been taken by the priestesses and their guards. Not knowing what to do, Amera follows the king stallion to a sheltered glen and a huge cave complex. When the stallion calls her, she follows him to the priestesses’ keep and manages to rescue her cousin and another young girl. During the next few years, her friends develop talents and are becoming the Seer and the Healer. Amera wants to become the warrior but she can’t imagine how she can gain a sword.

 

Now the Three and Three must join to bring justice, healing, order and change to Seppal.

Committee of Angels

The article passed around the table on a hot August night. “Five to ten percent of the nation’s doctors are so impaired or incompetent they cannot or should not practice medicine.” The nurses at Bradley Memorial thought they had them all. That night they formed a group they called The Committee of Angels.

Nearly a year has passed and Laura Bancroft wonders why little has been done to change things. She also wonders about some of the nurses fitting the pattern. Laura has three doctors on her list of incompetents. She seldom meets with the other members and several of the others are upset with her. When her ex-husband joins the medical staff, she realizes she still has feelings for him. One of her list of doctors dies after emergency surgery and Laura finds her suspected since she was assigned to the doctor. She must deal with suspicions, her feelings for her ex. Then a second on her list commits suicide and speaks of blackmail.

Can Laura learn the truth of who is responsible before she faces arrest?

Escape

Two sets of halfling twins, Ashlea, Brandien, Jaydren and Kylandra sent away from their home by their parents to protect them from trouble, search for mentors to teach them how to use their affinities.

During the escape, they face many problems forcing them to use their affinities by trial and error. They also meet Alizand, the son of the ruling prince of Wesren. Zand has an affinity for Fire and this will keep him from gaining the rule.

Dom Senet, an advisor to his father, and once a friend of the quartet’s parents suspects Zand’s affinity. He wishes to corrupt the teen and use him to gain control of the four princedoms of the land and of the highlands. The evil dom has all four affinities. The four must reach a secret place and find teachers before the evil man discovers them

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Janet Lane Walters is talking about Who She Was Before #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Writing #nurse

Day 1

1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer? Since I haven't done whis for ages, I decided to do this again. Before I became a writer, I was a nurse. Though a bit of writing was used, this for case studies. I was chastened by my instructors about putting too much in. This isn't a story. This is a case study. I really began writing when living in Texax and taking a writer's course through the mail. I had some success with short stories and sent a short story to a mystery magazine. This was rejected byt the ediror said "Thi sounds like the synopsis of  a novel." Then I was off and running to learn how to craft a novel. A lot of writing and rejections with bits of advice from editors and I finally sold my first novel, a nurse romance. This was in 1980 and a few years after my first short story was published. After selling four novels, I became the mother  of two boys born almost two years apart. Motherhood and all that took me away from writing. Then I went to college, first for a BA in English and a BS in Nursing. Finally after retiring from working as a nurse, I began writing again and had much to learn about the field again. In 1992, I finally had a book published. Then in 1997 I discovered electronic publishing and I was off and running.

 

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal. I call myself the eclectic writer since I write romances, both sweet and spicy, paranormals, mystery, suspense, fantasy non-fiction. I don't write science fiction though I love reading those books or horror books I do now read of like.

 

3. What is your latest release? Coming in December is Seppal book five of a fantasy series. The book published before that was Committee of Angels a medical romantic suspense.

 

4. What are you working on now? I have begun plotting Seppal, thelast book in the Moon Rising Series.

 

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career? I've been readins isnce I was three eyars ole. My grandfather taught me from the day I was born by reading to me and running a finger beneath the words. I read almost everything and enjoy most books i read.

 

6. Where can we find you?

 

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thursday - Writing A Marriage Takes Two #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #eomance #medical #Marriage #convenience

 I remember when I began writing A Marriage Takes Two, some of my critique group raised their eyebrows. "How can you make a marriage of convenience work in the present." That was the challenge. The idea came after reading a Regency romance with a marriage of convenience. How to do this. Why do people marry - Love, money or power are the things I considered. Then I chanced upon a nurse who worked two jobs to support her ailing mother and herself. This was a true colleague so... Money was the problem. I also needed a hero who had a connection to the heroine. Some thoughts and I decided on a doctor who had been her childhood friend and the object of her interest during her teen years. He married someone else, had a child and was divorced by his wife. He's not looking forlove but when the heroine comes to him and tells him what she needs, he decides to help her. This will be a marriage in name only. Of course the story shouldn't end that way but how to bring the two together. That comprised the rest of the book. Was fun and a challenge to make this story make sense.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Meet a Healer and Seer To Be #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #fantasy #Seppal #magic #swords

 

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Blurb:

 In Seppal, the prophecy has been heard and the Three and Three are awaited.

Ranal’s dead mam once told him one day he would learn why he had been born. He has found two companions, boys like himself who have no home and become seaweed gatherers like he has been. His two friends are developing strange skill. He can see no change in himself but he desires a sword. Then they will be three, Seer, Healer and Warrior

 

Amera returns to the clan after spending the summer with the king windsteed stallion and six yearlings. What she finds is the slaughtered herd and also the clan. Only one person remains barely alive and tells her Bethera, her cousin and almost sister has been taken by the priestesses and their guards. Not knowing what to do, Amera follows the king stallion to a sheltered glen and a huge cave complex. When the stallion calls her, she follows him to the priestesses’ keep and manages to rescue her cousin and another young girl. During the next few years, her friends develop talents and are becoming the Seer and the Healer. Amera wants to become the warrior but she can’t imagine how she can gain a sword.

 

Now the Three and Three must join to bring justice, healing, order and change to Seppal.



Excerpt:

Ranal watched them ride away. The boy didn’t move. Was he dead?

After a time, Ranal found an opening in the dense hedge. He scurried down the road to the boy. He knelt and touched the bony shoulder. As though he expected another blow, the boy flinched.

“I won’t hurt you,” Ranal said. “Let me help you stand. I’ll help you to your home.”

“Got no home. Live in the hedge row. I raised the melon from seed. Things grow for me.”

Ranal sucked in a breath. Remarkable. Those words triggered his imagination. What if? He thought of his lonely home and made a decision. “Come with me to my house. I am Ranal. Who are you.”

“Tegal. Why would you want me?”

“I hate those priestesses. A long time ago, my mam was one. They wanted to kill me because they are forbidden to have children of their bodies. I have a safe place and a way to earn money to buy food.”

Tegal’s green eyes filled with tears. “I’m not sure I can walk.”

“With my help you can.”


Tegal and the new boy sat at the fire. The boy wore one of the robes from the storeroom. Ranal handed him the clothes. “For you. After the storm ends if you decide to stay with us we will buy more.”

“I am Seval. Tegal said this is a sanctuary.”

“It is.”

“I am in need of one so I’ll stay.”

Ranal removed the cheese and sweet bread from the sack. “How did you end in the Great Sea?”

Seval studied his hands. “I lived in a fishing village. I had no desire to be a fisherman,. A traveling man taught me to read and write. The villagers resented my skills. They beat and thrust me into the sea.”

“They were cruel,” Ranal said. “We are also outcasts.”

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - 2 looks at Plot #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #writing #tips #plot #tragedy #comedy

 We've all seen the masks signifying tragedy and comedy. These are two types of plots. They're not as we always see the, Tragedy plots are more physical and comedy are those of the mind. These are two basic plots and to look at them gives one an idea of what kind of plot they're setting into words.

Tragedy of physical plots are those that pit might and power against each other. Comedy plots often show two or more people  matching with and coming up with a story. But these two forms of plot have many variations. So when you're writing your story, you need to isolate just what form your story will take.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #reading #writing #thoughts

Meander 1 Reading  = In the past week, I've been reading a number of  books. The Shattered Cage by Jessie Payne - the third in a  series and a fantasy. Kayla's Cowboy by Nancy M Bell - a romance where I learned about dressage and bull riding, A Bright Darkness by J C Kavanagh - The third book in a trilogy about the dream world. Looking for Snowflakes by Eden Monroe a romance and a cute white miniature poodle. All the books were great in a different way. Though two are fantasies, they are totally different. The other two are romances and also with different stories.

Meander 2 - Election is over and things weren't as bad as they could have been. They're also not as good as hoped for. We will live with this and see what will come next. Hopefully some of the crazies will get their acts together and look at the people of the country and not themselves and their nasty ideas.

Meander 3 - Writing - moving ahead slowly with Keltoi but I like the way the writing is going. Hopefully the rough draft will be finished by the end of December and the revisions will be easy. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sunday's Book features A Marriage Takes Two #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #romance #medical


 
” This is medieval.” That’s Carrie’s response to the reading of her grandfather’s will. The money will allow her to provide for her ill mother and give her the chance to give up one of her full time jobs as a nurse. The money won’t be hers until she marries. This creates a dilemma. She has no time for dating and doesn’t know who would marry her until she thinks of her former best friend, Tony. But can she ask him? Two months later time is running out and she decides to take the plunge.

Three years ago, Tony and his wife divorced. Last year he obtained custody or their child. When Carrie asks him to marry her he decides since this won’t be a real marriage, he can accept. Years ago, he loved Carrie but never said anything to her. Now burned, he doesn’t believe in love. To help her uncomplicate her life he agrees.

Can Tony and Carrie get past the reason for the marriage and find love and make a home for his son?

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 16, 2016
Fun, easy to read with just enough conflict to keep it interesting. Will read more of Ms. Walters books.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 28, 2018
What does the future hold for Carrie? She is not sure whether Tony, her ‘childhood protector’, ‘teenage ego booster’, the one person who always listened to her, will help her.
Years ago, Tony’s wife, Marilyn spread false accusations about Carrie, a nurse, in the hospital cafeteria. Embarrassed and angry Carrie walked away from Tony, her best friend. Since then, Marilyn has left Tony and their son Chad, who reacted by behaving badly.
Tony has never forgotten, Carrie, his first love. When she asks him to marry her to fulfil the terms of her grandfather’s will, although he has reservations he agrees to help her. However, with a rebellious child to deal with and an uncertain relationship they have much to resolve.
Ms Lane-Walters has written a romantic novel about a marriage of convenience with many twists and turns that held my interest from beginning to end.
A Marriage Takes Two contains explicit sex.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Books by Mikki Sadil are featured at eclecticwriter.blogspot.com on Saturday's Blurbs #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Murder #Macchiatos #Civil War




I think my most favorite of my own books are "The Freedom Thief" , "The Return of the Freedom Thief', and my newest book, "Murder and Macchiatos."  I have been enthralled by the Civil War since I was a kid and first learned about it in school. I had a brother who was 12 years older than I, but however unlikely, we were very close. He was killed in WWII. He taught me a lot about family closeness, and when I began to learn about the Civil War and how it destroyed families who had different philosophies, it just seemed unreal. So when I started to write, I wanted to write about that War but I wanted to do it right. So, in doing research to know exactly what I was talking about, my husband and I took a two week barge trip down the Ohio and up the Mississippi Rivers, visiting small towns on those rivers which were active in the War but never talked about in history books.


 The Freedom Thief is about a 13, almost 14 year old boy living on a slavery plantation in Kentucky. His best friend is a young slave boy who is crippled. When Ben McKenna learns that his father plans to sell Josiah, even though Josiah's mother Bess and father Jesse will still be on the plantation, Ben decides to arrange an escape for all three. The time for the escape came before Ben could make any real plans, as the slave buyer was coming the very next day. That night, Ben took his friend Josiah, and his parents Bess and Jesse, and they embarked on an escape journey filled with danger, fear, and not really knowing what was coming next. The only thing Ben really knew was that he and his friends had to find the Ohio River, and he had to, somehow, get them across that river into the safety that lay beyond. Every step of the way they were met with hostility, deception and dangerous situations.  They are plagued with fear, hunger, and exhaustion, often on the run from slave hunters and their dogs...dogs that seem to be able to follow their scent no matter what they do to disguise it. Hidden barns, tiny attic rooms, cellars full of rotting fruit and vegetables were often their only means of safety. Sometimes they were given the luxury of a ride in the bottom of a wagon or in a casket on a glass-enclosed horse-drawn hearse, but treachery seemed to all around them all the time, and neither Ben nor the slaves were sure that someday, they might find the safety and freedom of the Ohio River. 

The Return of the Freedom Thief:  When Ben McKenna finally returns home after getting his friends to safety, he is met with anger and hostility from his parents and two older brothers. Only his grandmother, a not-so-secret Abolitionist, is happy to see him. Shortly after his return in 1861, the Civil War begins and his two brothers go off to join the Confederate Army. Soon after, Ben realizes he can no longer stay at home with parents who are still hostile to him, so he decides to become a spy for the Union Army. His grandmother helps him by sending him to a friend of hers in Lexington who has secretly organized an espionage ring, which Ben joins. His first mission is hampered by a young girl who suddenly appears and refuses to leave his side. When he realizes he really can't get rid of her, he is afraid his spy future will be compromised, but Puck becomes a staunch ally and help by pretending to be his sister, and helping him in his activities. Finally, however, his missions become so dangerous that he must leave Puck behind, as he embarks upon a journey already deeply mired in danger, deceit, and deception. Every move he makes, every decision, is a constant threat to his well=being, and he often wonders if he will ever return home, as he begins to realize, perhaps too late, that his own survival is not guaranteed.

Murder and Macchiatos: Law professor Peyton Ashford has just inherited an ancient barn that has been in her family for over a hundred years. She and her District Attorney husband, Cooper, remodel it into a Books and Brews Bistro...a place to enjoy speciality coffee drinks and check out the books in the library part...and also into beautiful living quarters upstairs. During the last part of the construction a body is found buried in the back part of the barn. When Peyton finds out that it is a great-uncle that she has not seen since childhood, and who has been murdered in the exact same way that her great-great grandfather was killed 100 years ago, she is determined to find the murderer and the reason behind the murder. The local sheriff has a history with Peyton, not a pleasant one, and has refused to investigate the murder, so Peyton and her two best friends, Willow and Kylie, decided to investigate themselves. Before they can really get started, three mysterious men, a missing teen girl, an angry and very competitive fellow law professor, and a strange, vengeful woman all combine to make what might have been "just" a simple murder the most baffling crime the small, historical whaling town of Dauphin's Cove has ever seen.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday Mikki Sadil is talking about being a Panster or a Plotter #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Panster #Plotter #Plot

 1) I am basically a pantster. For my most recent book, a cozy mystery titled Murder and Macchiatos, I was a little bit of both. For the first time in my writing career, I actually laid out a very basic outline...which I changed at least a dozen times during writing. Can't say I like outlining! I hated it in school, which is probably why I don't like it now.


2. Usually, the plot. I will get a vague idea of a story line, then over time I develop it in my head. Sometimes it turns out to be a feasible story to begin plotting, and occasionally, it doesn't. If it does, then I start thinking about the kind of characters that would go with this particular idea, and begin developing them...at least, the basics...in my head. When I finally start writing, they just seem to develop fully by themselves as I go along. I once woke my husband up talking aloud. When he asked me what was wrong, I told him, nothing, it's just one of my characters talking to me. He grinned, said "you writers are all crazy," and went back to sleep. But that's the way my characters seem to develop themselves...with a little help from me.

3) I am working on the second book of the cozy mystery series, "starring" Peyton Ashford, professor of law. The working title is "Murder, Morning Glories, and Mochas", but that will probably change by publishing time...or...maybe not! 

4) No, I don't have anything or place that I use constantly in my books. That is probably because I write in several different genres. My first book was a contemporary novel about friends and enemies among 13-14 year old girls; the second and third books were historical, about a teen ager who lived on a plantation in Kentucky with slaves, how he did not believe in slavery as his parents and brothers did but not his grandmother, and how he arranged the escape of a young slave boy and his parents. The second book dealt with this same young man, a little older now, becoming a spy for the Union Army after the Civil War began. The next book was about an eleven year old girl with a 160 IQ, in high school, who was always getting into trouble, and especially when she finds an ancient book of Indian magic. The fifth book was a paranormal, about a sixteen year old girl just discovering her psychic and magical abilities. And now my current book is my first mystery and my first adult book.

5). Until my illness hit, I wrote everyday. Sometimes for several hours, sometimes just for a short while, but every day without fail. Hoping to get back to that routine soon!

6) You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AuthorMikki Sadil/
And, if you put "author mikki sadil" into Google, all of my books, short stories and articles will come up

7) My most favorite author is James Patterson, who is the number one author in the world. He is a mystery writer, and is fabulous! I have over 40 of his books, and still have not begun to make a dent into the number of his books I would still like to own and read. It would be very difficult to talk about a specific book, since all of his...believe it or not...are so different and yet so compelling. But one of the best is "The President is Missing", which he co-wrote with President Bill Clinton. Another which will keep you guessing to the very end is "The Murder House."

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Thursday at eclecticwriter.blogspot,com Janet Laen Walters is talking about writing Gemstones #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Regency #romance #Jewels #India

 O really enjoy reading Regency romances so I decided to write one. Actually, I had four friends I considered turning into lives. I began Gemstones with tons of research,  and an idea. I wanted to bring the heroine from India where she lived with her father and sisters. Her mother had died ane as the oldest of three girls, Nicola became their guardian. The sisters were interesting to develop but where to find a hero and a reason for them to travel to England. Then the idea of a greedy uncle who was partner to Noclla's father occurred. Also there was the grandmother whose daughter had run away and married a man heading to India. The hero was a relative of the grandmother. Thus the story began.

Writing this book allowed me to explore India in books and also gems. Connecting a gem to a statue from India was good. Also allowing the heroine to have explored Indian mythology was another plus in developing the story. The conflict with the hero is partially based onher knowledge which is only book learning, not the experience the hero believes. The book was a fun one to write but the three other books in what was to be a series all encountered glitches in developing the story lines.

 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Meet one of the Three and Three - Warrior #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Coming release #fantasy

 


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Blurb:

In Seppal, the prophecy has been heard and the Three and Three are awaited.

Ranal’s dead mam once told him one day he would learn why he had been born. He has found two companions, boys like himself who have no home and become seaweed gatherers like he has been. His two friends are developing strange skill. He can see no change in himself but he desires a sword. Then they will be three, Seer, Healer and Warrior

 

Amera returns to the clan after spending the summer with the king windsteed stallion and six yearlings. What she finds is the slaughtered herd and also the clan. Only one person remains barely alive and tells her Bethera, her cousin and almost sister has been taken by the priestesses and their guards. Not knowing what to do, Amera follows the king stallion to a sheltered glen and a huge cave complex. When the stallion calls her, she follows him to the priestesses’ keep and manages to rescue her cousin and another young girl. During the next few years, her friends develop talents and are becoming the Seer and the Healer. Amera wants to become the warrior but she can’t imagine how she can gain a sword.



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The land suddenly grew familiar. That gnarled okala tree marked the start of the clan’s windsteed pasture. An eagerness for home burst free. Months had passed since she’d last been with people. Strangely, she hadn’t missed the noise and chatter of the clan but memories flashed in her thoughts. She had been the chosen one this year to ride with the king stallion. Pride filled her thoughts.

       The emptiness of the huge grassy expanse troubled her. Where was the rest of the herd? There had been twenty-four mares, nearly a dozen foals, ten older colts and fillies. She had expected to be surrounded and greeted by the herd.

Moments later. She stumbled over the reason for her uneasy feelings. She nearly fell atop a mare sprawled on the ground. The animal’s throat had been slashed and the body bore dozens of whip marks. The king stallion bugled a mournful cry.

“No.” Amara’s shouted denial rose to blend with the windsteed’s cry. Tears gushed from her eyes.

The six yearlings clustered around her. She stroked each one in an attempt to offer comfort she didn’t feel. “Why?” Her voice rose in denial.

With slow steps, keeping on hand on the king stallion’s side, they walked toward the home camp. The evidence of the slaughter became total. Once or twice she saw bodies of men who had been stomped until they were unrecognizable. Who had done this?

Tears streamed from her eyes making the world seem misty. She feared what she would find when she reached the camp. Suddenly she didn’t want to see. She halted. The king stallion strode at her side and urged her forward. She leaned against his firm body until the spate of tears ceased.

She drew a deep breath and kept her eyes half-closed. She prayed to find someone who still lived. The yurts had been overturned and smashed. The burden beasts had been slaughtered. Several had been butchered. Clouds of flies rose in clouds as she named the dead.

She bent and touched the hand of one of the fallen. No more than two days had passed since the slaughter. There was no way she could bury the bodies. The needed grave would be larger than a thirteen-year-old girl could dig.

Among the dead she discovered strangers. Their black uniforms told her who had sent them. The priestesses of the Mistress of the Dark Moon  

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip Do As I Do or Not #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Writing #Plot

 Do as I do or not, is the question. What's really important is to find your own way of plotting and writing your book. Before I began this long and rocky career as a writer, I read every book I could find on writing. At least, I had a bit of sense about this. I didn't try every writer's advice about how to do this. What I did was take a bit of this and a bit of that from other people's books on writing. Then I began to write and as the rejections came in, I found another book of writing advice to read but I also continued to write my stories. The very first book I finished had seventeen revisions as I learned from books and editors about how to write a story. 

So as I give writing advice, do what I did and take a bit of this and a bit of that method and find your own way. I truly believe as many writers as there are yesterday, today and in the future, each writer has to find the way that works for them. If you find a little grain in these bolgs, I'm happy for you. That's the way I devised my way and how you will find yours.

 

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Today at eclecticwriter.blogspot.com Meanderine on Monday is featured #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander 1 - Reading - Have finished re-reading Cherruh's Foreigner series and really wish there were more than 21. I really enjoy these stories.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Election is over but not all the results are in as yet. The deluge wasn't as drastic as some predicted and for that I am glad. Do feel there are some dumb older people in this country, especially those in my age group. Thank heavens I have my husband's pension to live on and not just Social Security which will be gone if a certain party has their way. There are also some other things that will be gone if those people have their way. All I can do is hope for better things to come.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am moving forward with the rough draft of  Keltoi. This draft always takes the longest to complete. Have reached Chapter 4 out of 15,

 

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday's Book Gemstones #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Regency #romance #India #England

 

 

When Nicola Gordon and her younger sisters travel from India to England, she goes to a marriage she doesn’t want.

Drew Barlow has no desire for marriage, but his distant cousin and Nicola’s grandfather, ran the estates into debt. Drew agrees to the marriage for the money and to please the Dowager, Nicola’s grandmother, but he has no trust for women or for love.

When the two meet they clash and come together, igniting a blazing attraction they cannot resist.

Janet Lane Walter's latest book Gemstones is a stunning tale of the differences between two cultures, English and Indian, and what occurs when two different cultures clash. After the death of her father, eldest daughter Nicola Gordon must take charge of her family, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth, a budding flirt, and ten year old Margaret, a hoyden of the worst degree.

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 1, 2016
Gemstones by Janet Lane Water

In July 1810, Nicola Gordon’s father has been fatally wounded. Before he dies, he gives her a pouch of gemstones, one of which is the third eye of Siva (whose name is usually spelt Shiva) a sapphire. An expert on gemstones, Nicola is forced by circumstances beyond her control to flee to England with her sisters, where a warm welcome from their grandmother awaits them, and agree to a marriage of convenience to impoverished Drew Barlow, Earl of Denmere.

The earl, who has no reason to trust women – including his mother, an adulteress - marries Nicola for her fortune and to have an heir. Appointed her two sisters’ guardian in their father’s will, he is determined to be in complete control of his wife, his wards and his estates.

As time goes by Drew lusts over Nicola and she compares him to Siva.

Unfortunately, Nicola compares Drew to Siva when she sees Drew’s muscular body and brown skin.

Nicola grew up in India. She would have known that Siva’s skin tone is very pale blue. Apart from this moksha – liberation - is referred to as muksha. Also, I suspended belief when a reference is made to Nicola’s Indian teacher introducing her to a study of the kama sutra an ancient Sanskrit guide to sex. I could not imagine a young memsahib – no matter how indulgent her father was – being permitted to study it.

However, I think readers who enjoy unusual, sensual novels, with engaging characters will enjoy Gemstones, an amusing romp.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 15, 2013
This was a good read! It kept your attention. You loved the heroine and appreciated all she went through. I love the happy endings :)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 20, 2011
Wonderful quick read. Characters are realistic and personable. Easily understood introduction to Indian culture and gods. Quick moving storyline. Not too wordy. Perfect length. Descriptions of time period, costumes, life, and cultures were great. I really liked this author's work. Will definitely look for her other books.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 8, 2014
Gemstones
by Janet Lane Walters

Nicola has been raised in India but when her father passes, she must seek out marriage to protect her sisters and herself. Drew has his own demons. His childhood shaped the man he’s become. Forced to marry for money, he is pleased with a match with Nicola. Unfortunately, their pasts get in the way of their happiness and future.

The dramatic storytelling of British society against the backdrop of a young lady who is experiencing it new, draws the reader deeply into the tale. Nicola is intelligent, witty, and a take charge person. Yet, she’s insecure, unsure of her decisions and impulsive. All things that make her “real”. Readers will want to shake the characters at times for not finding time to talk or share their feelings but when they’ve had such upbringing, it’s understandable and lends more passion to the story.

Ms. Walters shows a deep knowledge for the culture of India and gemstones in this story as she weaves a masterful tale of two people who need to be loved. I wasn’t able to put the story down.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 26, 2012
i enjoyed this book. it was fast paced and fun. characters were believeable. i would enjoy reading books about the sisters also.

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 21, 2013
Well written novel at an excellent price point. Not trashy and has an excellent storyline that keeps you interested until the last possible second.

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