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Out and About at Romance University

Once again I'm a visiting professor (love that title) at RomanceUniversity. Hope you'll stop by and read the post on comment netiquette. Find out if you are a comment spammer or an etiquette queen.


~till next time, Helen


Narration or Imagination #MFRWauthor

This blog focuses on books, writers, and the writing life. The only recipe you will find apart from one made by one of my characters or one uncovered in historical research is the one from the challenge later this year. So when the topic of inspirations appeared on the challenge, that presented a challenge. Do I narrate the world around me, take the easy way out, or chose the option behind door number 3. I'll let you decide for yourselves as here are some inspirations for posts, either from the past or yet to come.

  • legends from the world of the dragshi
  • rides with the magical equines of Imprisoned in Stone and the world of Windmaster


  • legends from the world we inhabit
  • research sources and information that intriques for possible storylines
  • pictures that inspired a storyline

  • other blogs on writing, writing life/li>
  • how-to articles on writing, writing life, marketing
  • snippits from books, both mine and others
  • share news. Releases of my books and those of friends, colleagues, and even some strangers. The best kind of news -- when books get stars or win a contest.
That's just a few of the inspirations for a blog whose tagline is "Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination. Here's your itinerary for your trip into fantasy or the future." Be sure to click on the links below to see what inspires the blogs of the other authors in the challenge.

The gremlins ate a link. Try these. Valerie Ullmer / Mary J. Dressel / Kathy Brockman


Hooked on First Change, An Undefended Wall #MFRWAuthor #MFRWHooks

Book Hooks - First Change
(Book 5 of the Dragshi Chronicles)

The dragshi are more than just a man or woman. Each are two beings–one a dragon, the other a human–sharing one body in space in time and able to change forms with the other at will. Their world and the adventures of the dragon shifters are recorded in the Dragshi Chronicles

Within each of the chronicles, the ceoltiers, the keepers of the past and teachers of the present, recount some legend. As with all such tales, some contain larger than life deeds. Others are the simple story of a man or woman doing what must be done, regardless of the cost. Sometimes embellished, the ceoltiers use the stories of times and actions past to educate and inspire.

Unlike the previous works in the series which related to the trader girl Anastasia and Lord Branin Llewlyn, First Change features the real story behind the legends told in the previous volumes. First Change contains five stories of duty and honor, love and loss, happiness and despair from the chronicles. As with all such tales, some contain larger than life deeds. Others are the simple story of a man or woman doing what must be done, regardless of the cost.

Excerpt from Between Swords and Sickness:

Geelneach balanced his last arrow in his hand, ready to be strung. Exhaustion made the bow useless and he tossed the worthless bolt to the ground. Voices from the other side of the wall told of the enemy’s approach. He pulled his sword and stepped into the open.

“Time for us to tangle, Drust.”

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Buy Links: Available October 15th.
Links to popular ebook stores. https://www.books2read.com/u/49PMZp

And if you missed Hatchling's Vengeance, an excerpt from the fourth book in the series can be found by clicking on the cover at the top of the page or this link.

It's a hop, so be sure to visit the other authors. Here's their digits.