What I Write


Changing Seasons #MFRWauthor

What is the best part of each season? Now there are different aspects to the seasons depending on where you are from. In the northeast, there are distinct seasonal changes. Of course, some of them might feel only a few weeks long, but temperatures, storms, and different crops in the fields tell the story.

Winter - the calm serenity of falling snow

Autumn - cool, crisp nights contrast with warm days as the hills are painted in a multi-colored blanket.

Summer - Setting on the lakeside dock watching the sun set over the mountains and telling time by the afternoon rain

Spring -  rebirth of the land as the birds return from the southern climes, the flowers poke their heads through the ground to brighten the stark landscape

Don't forget to visit the rest of this week's post in the challenge and be sure to come back each week for new insights into authors & their writinglife. Helen


Hooked on Windmaster Legacy, Losing Her Ship #MFRWHooks #MFRWAuthor

Windmaster Legacy
(Book 2 of the Windmaster Novels


Newly handfasted to the dark-haired archmage Lord Dal, Ellspeth and her husband escort his mother on a final journey to her ancestral lands. Their plans change 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, cure his mother, or thwart Bashim's plans. More than who lives or dies is at stake. He might be able to live with his guilt over the death of a loved one, but could he survive killing the future of magic.


The man’s raspy voice barely carried past the table. Ellspeth strained to hear him. “Captain Ellspeth, do you acknowledge you relinquished command of Sea Falcon to your first officer? That you abandoned your ship and crew in the Northern Sea?”

All the anger she had at her mother because there had been no warning the summons was anything other than routine fled in an instant. With every bit of strength, Ellspeth fought to keep the waiver from her voice. After a gulp of air, she was able to answer with a simple, “Yes.”

“Then by the ruling of the council of the House of Cszabo, you are hereby stripped of your rank and command. I order you to surrender your captain’s bracelets.”

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Want to win my heart? Chocolate #mfrwauthor

This is going to be the shortest post yet. Most of the items don't require explanation or more information than I care to give.

5 -- Ordering takeout when I'm exhausted

4 -- Boston Cream Pie

3--A steak dinner with a glass of wine or frozen schnapps drink

2--Putting the dishes away without being asked

1--A back rub before bed.

So obvious it doesn't have to be on the list: kindness and dark chocolate

~till next time. Visit the other posts in the challenge to see what it takes to win other's hearts. Then come back each week for new insights into authors and their #writinglife.

For those who the gremlins visited with dots to break the link.

Cathy Brockman

Sherry Lewis


Manage Time? Not Happening. #mfrwauthor

If you've been following the challenge, you'll have learned there's a lot of aspects to my life. In addition, I've reached a stage in life where multi-tasking slows down getting something finished, rather than enabling more tasks to be done.

Managing is often synonymous with scheduling. My to do list is at the whim fate and the control of others. My idea of "me time" is a quick shower or a few hours of sleep. When I do schedule specific time, the Peter Principle will come into play and a emergency will take precedence.

While my fiction writing time isn't managed as such, I do know how. When I covered events as a correspondent, I'd drive there (it helped keep me calm for all the interviews), then my husband would drive home. I would use the return time to write the articles while the memories-- and shorthand-- were fresh in my mind. Before that, when I worked in New York City in the World Trade Center, the hour-long train ride each way (more in bad weather) was dedicated to writing.

Stop by the rest of the posts in the hop to see how the other authors manage their writing time.

~till next time, Helen

to fix the gremlins who put in dots where characters should be.

Valerie Ulmer


Cover Reveal - First Change: Legends From the Eyrie

Designing a cover. Do you want a tantalizing scene of the fantasy word? Your name is larger print that the title? Or a half-naked hunk?

These are a few thoughts that went into the design of the cover for First Change: Legends From The Eyrie. 

What made things more challenging was that this was the fifth volume set in the world of the dragshi. For those who haven't followed them, the dragshi are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a  dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.

Unlike the four full-length novels which recounted the tales of the trader girl Anastasia and the Dragshi Lord Branin Llewlyn, First Change is a collection of several novellas and short stories. None of the tales are related other than they all take place in the world of the dragon shifters. The events take place in a different era, with different characters. 

A cover design could use elements from all the stories or from just one. In the end, Fire and Ice was used as the basis for the cover design. The setting of the Nerelan equivalent of the Far East, a beautiful empress, and the green token that determined her fate were the elements selected. And so without more ado, here is the cover for First Change: Legends From the Eyrie. And thanks to Fantasia Frog Designs fro creating it.


For more information on the legends of the dragshi told within First Change, click on the cover.  

And here's a list of sites where First Change is available for pre-order.