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Whoa...Too Fast. A childhood memory. #MFRWauthor

I've already shared a few reflections from my misspent youth. Chasing an errant steer, swinging on a tire hung from the ancient willow tree, or hanging out on the porch at the grandparents are nothing to hide. Then there is the wilder side, learning to drive amongst the strip mines and herding sheep while posing as a hood ornament. But the memory I'll share in this post relates to a time when a large Shetland pony graced our farm.

If not ridden every day, you could swear the pony had mustang blood in his veins. He could buck and spin with the best of the mounts in a rodeo. Well, this one time he'd had a longer than usual hiatus from the saddle. My father had already done the re-break to the saddle and the pony was acting as docile and well-behaved as one could want so I decided to try something new, Indian-style riding, no saddle, just a blanket.

Things started well. At a walk no problem. Then kicked up him to a slightly faster pace, still no problem. Then by mistake, I signaled a gallop. I've been told all that anyone heard was the sound of hooves on the clay dirt, then whoa, whooa....whoooa. Let's just say I found the one piece of shale rock in the entire plowed field and decided to land on it. A visit to the local country doctor resulted in no horseback riding until the arm healed and the cast came off.

That's the tale of my one attempt to ride Indian-style and I'm sticking to it.

Be sure to see what fond--or not so fond--childhood memories are shared by the other authors in the challenge.


~till next time, Helen 


Page to the Lens #MFRWauthor

This post is short, barely more than a list. At first I thought I'd discuss what I liked about one version or the other. For example, Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck in The Sacketts and Shadow Riders version the imagined characters in the books. Or a discourse on why one form of the tale is better than the other. Sometimes the movies don't do justice to the original story, and other times the special effects and characters bring the tale to life. But no, I decided to just go with a list.

The main criteria was that the book came first, then the movie. And both the movie and book had to be recent enough in my memory. Cases where the books were derived from the screenplay or where I hadn't both read the book and seen the movie did not rate consideration in the list. Books on the shelves in my office, either in paper or video form, got preferential consideration.

You might notice a tendency on the list towards one author. Many of my other favorite authors and books were never made into a movie or failed the other selection criteria.

The Sacketts (Louis L'Amour)
Shadow Riders (Louis L'Amour)

The Quick and the Dead (Louis L'Amour) 
High Noon (The Tin Star, John W. Cunningham)
The Virginian (Owen Wister)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (Colossus, Dennis Feltham Jones)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (R. A. Dick)
Logan's Run (Logan's Run William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson)

An interesting tidbit I did find when verifying which came first, book or movie, related to Louis L'Amour. According to one filmography, some of his books or short stories were used as the basis for two of my favorite television programs when I was growing up: Sugarfoot and Maverick.

You've seen my list. What's your favorite movie made from a book you enjoyed equally well? Leave a comment below. And be sure to visit the other authors. Just because the link says it's closed, doesn't mean "no visitors are welcome." Only that new stops can't be added, so go on and visit. The other authors would love to see you.

~till next time, Helen




On the Couch

I had an interesting session on the couch. Stop by and see what secrets were revealed and a snippit from the upcoming release, First Change.

The interview is at:  abbieroads.com/2017/05/author-couch-helen-henderson/ #amreadingfantasy #romance #giveaway

Hope you'll stop by. Leave a comment and be entered into giveaway of Windmaster Legacy.

~till next time, Helen


Hooked on Windmaster Legacy, The Meeting #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor

Book 2 of the Windmaster Novels -
Chose between magic, revenge... or the life of a loved one.



Newly handfasted to the dark-haired archmage Lord Dal, Ellspeth and her husband escort his mother to her ancestral lands. The journey is interrupted when mercenaries under the control of Bashim, a rogue mage, attack. Dal's mother is severely wounded and Ellspeth is captured. Her sole hope for escape is Nobyn, an untrained wizard going through the throes of awakening magic. However, Nobyn is Bashim's apprentice and under the mage's total control.

Dal must make an impossible decision whether to rescue his wife, save his mother, or thwart Bashim's plans. More than who lives or dies is at stake. He might survive killing the future of magic, but would he be able to live with his guilt over the death of a loved one.


The sight of armed guards blocking her path did little to settle Ellspeth’s rising agitation. She edged Zethar forward. “We request an audience with Lady Karora.”

A guard with corporal’s chevrons on his sleeve stepped from behind the gate. “State your purpose,” he challenged. His thumbs hooked behind the buckle of his wide belt put the man’s hands too close to his sword for Ellspeth’s peace of mind. Out of consideration for diplomacy, she wore only a short sword. Neither the new throwing knife she’d purchased in Letralia hidden in one boot nor Gabrielle’s dagger stuffed into the other gave Ellspeth comfort.


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I Need a Hero #MFRWauthor

Welcome to week 19 of the challenge. The first thought that came to mind for the topic, the ideal romance hero, was the chorus from "Holding Out For A Hero" by the welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler. I first heard the song when it was used as the theme for the television program, Cover Up, and have found myself humming it as I created a character. Even though my two series, the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels, are fantasy, they also cross the fence into romance.

So what marks an ideal romantic hero? If you're holding out for a hero, what do you want?

I write fantasies filled with strong women. Ellspeth was a ship captain, respected by her men. The women of the Dragshi Chronicles were of equal strength. Anastasia held her own in a marksmanship competition against three men. Glyn was a strong enough fighter to protect her mate's back in battle. So a man worth walking alongside my heroine. He has to balance his urge to protect her with the understanding that sometimes she has to fight alone. In Windmaster, Lord Dal proved that when he allowed the woman he cared for to exact her own revenge for the murder of her cabin boy. So the first attribute of the heroes I create are that they have to be worthy of the women they love--or to paraphrase Lois L'Amour, "a man to walk beside a woman, not in front of her."

Often a hero is described as tall, dark, and handsome. I'm short, so tall isn't a requirement, as long as he can tuck my head beneath his chin when he holds me. Dark? Well, I've known some hero blonds. Which leaves handsome. My heroes don't need to be drop dead gorgeous. But easy on the eyes doesn't hurt.

An accent can melt a hardened heart, especially the deep, melodic burr of a Scottish highlander. Or a tanned hunk from Australia. Especially if he's in jeans, a bush hat, and slicker. Oh, did I forget to say "shirt?"

Not all heros are alpha males bearing the scars of battle. Some are just ordinary men with a sense of duty and honor doing what needs to be done to survive day-to-day. I will also confess that I've always had a thing for men who can fix things. Back in the day, the original MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) would have been on my short list. Of course since I always wanted to fly amongst the stars, so Anderson gets an additional point for the Star Gate SG-1 series.

Whether proud or fearless, rugged or sophisticated, there is a special something that makes a man. And our task as a writer is to create such a character for our readers--and ourselves. And my apologies, I took the prompt literally, "romantic hero." Heroines are a topic for another day, and an attitude shift.

~till next time, meet the men of the Dragshi Chronicles. And be sure to visit the other authors in the challenge. Helen