What I Write


Choosing Just One #MFRWauthor

Welcome to week 29 of the MFRWauthor challenge. This week's challenge was to pick a favorite holiday. Decisions...decisions. Should I pick it for the food (which I don't need), the social gathering (moved so those don't happen any more) or the presents. I decided to go with Memorial Day. For most of my married life I lived in a small town and Memorial Day was not just another 3-day weekend for shopping.

Veterans and scouts place flags on the graves of veterans. The entire town gathers along the main street to watch the parade (unless they are one of the marchers.)
Fond memories of the parade include the year two young sisters led the first contingent. Many of the participants remarked about the comfortable pace, that for the first time they didn't feel like they had to run to keep up. Of course, there ended up being a large gap between the honor guard and grand marshal and the rest of the parade.

http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2017/05/memorial-day-tribute.htmlThe parade culminates with the laying of a wreath at the foot of the doughboy statue in the local park.

Enjoy the poem the statue inspired by visiting the tribute post or clicking on the picture. And be sure to visit the other posts in the challenge.

~till next time, Helen


Out and About - At the Museum

Sometimes we authors escape from behind our desks.  I escaped to the Tipton County Museum.  And while there had a rare  photograph taken. (I'm the one on the right.) Stop by http://ow.ly/AL9R30dEWac to see it.
I'll be back on September 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the Gift Shop Gala at the Tipton County Museum. Wishing the other authors who'll be there lots of sales and happy readers.

~till next time, Helen 


Love, life, and vengeance #MFRWauthor

Every once in a while, a topic comes up that knocks you back on your heels. This week's is one. Life Lessons in your books. Do I want to use the tag lines, look up life lessons online, or just re-read the books and come up with lines of my own. Time available for writing is short so I chose all three, and decided to do a little of each.

Blood may be thicker than water, but in the end, we have to decide whether it is worth our honor. Imprisoned in Stone

This quote from Chico Xavier is perfect for Hatchling's Vengeance.

"Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... Anyone can start over and make a new ending."

Live the life of your dreams and maybe they'll come true. Dragon Destiny

Be careful of what you wish for.  Windmaster

Click on the covers in the banners for blurbs and excerpts from these books and the rest of my works. And be sure to visit the other authors in the challenge to see what life lessons their books imparted.

Sometimes the links get corrupted or don't come through correctly. Apologies for whatever Internet gremlin is having fun. Other times the link is just too long for the list software. Corrected links follow:

Cathy Brockman - http://cathybrockman.com/2017/07/14/life-lessons-in-my-books-mfrwauthor-lifelessons-blogchallenge/

Mary Dressel - https://maryjdresselbooks.com/2017/07/14/amwriting-life-lessons-in-books-mfrwauthor-blog-hop/

Sherry Lewis - https://coaldancer.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/ask-a-question-but-never-answer-it-mfrwauthor/


Beauty in the beholder's eye #MFRWauthor

First off, I'm not a world traveler. Vacations were camping in the woods alongside scenic rivers or with views of beautiful mountains. I've driven the northern route from California to New Jersey and up Mount Washington. Overseas excursions were a few day trips while living on the island of Luzon in the Philippines and a harrowing taxi ride in Tachikawa Japan.

So what wins the accolade as the most beautiful? Mountains, lakes, historical buildings or monuments? Maybe beaches or waterfalls? 

Waterfall, Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
A hard disk crash put those photos temporarily out of reach. Before I announce the decision, let me say I've always had a touch of the romantic in me. So the most beautiful place I've been to is home.

It's not the building you live in 24-7, it is the home you return to after time away. I'm not talking about a physical beauty (as our old tin-roofed barn proves) but one the heart recognizes. And here's a selection of images of mine.

The old tin roof of the family homestead might be rusted and steel cables stop the wall's leaning, but the memories of dancing with cousins in the hayloft are priceless.

After 30 plus years of in-town living, a shaded yard (landscaping to follow) showcases natures beauty in a rare snowfall.

It's corny and cliche, but home is where the heart is.

~till next time be sure to visit the other posts in the challenge for other takes on places of beauty. ~till next time, Helen 

Corrected links

Cathy Brockman(http://cathybrockman.com/2017/07/07/come-walk-with-me-mfrwauthor-beautifulplaces-garden-blog/)

Shari Elder http://sharielder.com/shari-elder/take-breath-away-mfrwauthor-amwriting/


Book Hooks, Lost in the Thrall

Hatchling's Vengeance
(Book 4 of the Dragshi Chronicles)



Glyn, former bodyguard and companion to a dragon lord, is now Lady Glynnes Janaleigh, a dragon lord in her own right. And she has found her intended mate. But, her new-found happiness is fleeting. Finding your mate is only half the battle. Keeping them alive is the other. For the last two unattached dragon shifters, survival depends on their swords—and love.

Sometimes not even dragon fire and talons are enough to overcome the journey controlled by fate and the mind control wielded by the leader called—the Parant.


Fear for his friend chilled Talann. Kynan’s lost in the mating thrall. The other dragshi’s hide glowed a brilliant orange from his exertions. His entire being broadcast a single determination—he would wait no longer.

Kynan trumpeted his defiance.
<I fly Lexii. No one will stop me.>

As he swept past, he stretched out a claw. Sharp talons raked Talann from shoulder to wingtip, ripping through flesh and sinew. The pain of a thousand knife cuts tore through his body. 

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End of Excerpt

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