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Notches on the Bucket #mfrwauthor

First of my apologies. Last week the browser was having some problems and in a fit of pique lost the change to reschedule the post to midnight. As a result it didn't publish on time. 

WEEK 7 OF THE CHALLENGE is officially Five Top Things On My Bucket List.  This post is going to be short. Despite my age, I try to tell myself I'm too young for a bucket list (just ignore the silver hair.) However, that topic was covered in the 2017 challenge. Rather than rehashing last year's post where I filled the bucket, I decided to take another tact and cover notches on the bucket.

As a result of my work as a correspondent and feature story writer, a few items have already been taken out of the bucket. I've had backroom tours of the collections of several major museums
and attended some of the top antique shows in the country. 

Another notch went on the bucket while I sat in the exclusive pilots area and vintage aircraft perform.

Although unplanned, perhaps the first notch went on the bucket when Around Matawan and Aberdeen, my first history was published.

The next notch went on when Windmaster was released to the world. 



Hooked on Windmaster Legacy, The Proposal #mfrwauthor #mfrwhooks

Chose between magic, revenge... or the life of a loved one.


In honor of Valentine's Day, a proposal from Windmaster Legacy, Book 2 of The Windmaster Novels.

To set the stage, Lady Ellspeth has been called before her trading guild's ruling council and has been stripped of her ship and crew. Her mother, the council leader asks the group to witness a private matter. The petition from Lady Eilidh, chieftain of three holds in the Mtwan Mountains for a handfasting between her son, Lord Dal, Archmage of the World and Ellspeth.

With a lithe movement gained from turns of mercenary training and on the backs of half-wild horses, Dal dropped to one knee before Mirrim. Lifting the lid, he revealed a string of South Sea pearls. “My bride gift,” he said holding the box up for Mirrim’s approval. The guild leader, a quirk at the edge of her lips, took out the necklace and held it up for all to see.

The events of the day began to take their toll, and Ellspeth’s knees started quaking. She inhaled several deep breaths to calm her nerves. Although she knew it was only a few moments, it seemed as if her mother examined the pearls for a life span.Still reeling from the multiple shocks, she held her breath again when Mirrim finished her circuit of the table and turned to Dal and his mother. “I find the match suitable. Ellspeth—do you wish this union?”

AUTHOR's NOTE: Now this is where I usually end the reading. However, since it's Valentine's Day, here's the rest of the scene.

Ellspeth resisted the urge to smack Dal, now at his mother’s side, when he winked. Instead, in a voice pitched loud enough to be heard by all, she answered, “Yes, I do.”


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Too Many Books... Too Many Authors #mfrwauthor

Welcome to week 6 of the 2018 challenge. I have enjoyed so many great books over the years that this topic basically came down to writing down my favorite authors on a wheel. Five spins, five selections.

Before I list the five authors to share a meal with, a caveat. The list is at this moment. It is a combination of my interest in books both as a reader and an author. And as we age our interests change so would the authors classified as our favorites.

Drumroll please...The five authors I'd like to meet are:

Anne McCaffrey, mistress of Dragonhold
Louis L'Amor, he walked the ground he wrote about
Barbara Hambly, magic, Star Wars, and Star Trek, three of my favorite things
Katherine Kurtz, of course I'd want to meet in the land of Scotland where the Adept series took place

And although it is officially a list of five, a pair of authors that have been a large part of writing life, but who I have never met in person, earned a special place in the list. First is the Nova Scotian pixie Carol McPhee. Her romantic suspenses taught action to share my works with romance. Then there is Judy Griffith Gill, who through sharing her editorial expertise (and me listening) improved my craft beyond measure.

~till next time. To see who the other authors in the hop would like to meet, visit their posts. The links follow.