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Hooked on First Change, The Fever, #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. It 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 sank back onto the bench. More than exhaustion kept him rooted in place. Before he retired for the night, he needed to see Maliyah, but feared what he would find. He pushed himself to his feet. Slow steps took him around the barricade built in front of the doors as a last line of defense. Silently, he shambled through the great hall and down the long hallway.

The sight of his wife's pale face above the covers and her sweat-dampened curls halted him at the entrance to a small room in what normally would be a private office. She tossed in the throes of a hallucination he prayed she would not remember upon awakening. As he had in the woods, he searched for Maliyah’s heartbeat beneath his. Reassured, he crossed the room and sank to his knees at the bedside.

“Easy, my love,” Geelneach whispered and took her hand in his. Her questing fingers tightened around his. “I’m here,” he murmured. “Sleep... rest.”

At his low words, the fevered movements quieted.

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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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