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Weekend Writing Warriors, Pirates Sighted, Windmaster #SnippetSunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Visit the other participants on the list and read, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Today's excerpt is from Windmaster, the first book of the fantasy, romance series, the Windmaster Novels. To set, the scene, Sea Falcon is becalmed and surrounding by a dense fog.  And now the SundaySnippet.

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   “Masts ho, on the starboard bow.” Before she could act, another yell reached the already edgy crew. “Pirates! She flies a black banner crossed by white lightning.”

“Pirates! All hands to arms!” Ellspeth’s voice, pitched for battle, carried from one end of the ship to the other. “Prepare to repel boarders. No quarter!”

The Sea Falcon’s first officer spun the ship’s wheel in an attempt to avoid the unseen object. The screech of hull on hull pierced the air.

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I hope you like the snippet I shared for Ellspeth this week. Be sure to read the other Weekend Writing Warriors blogs and the #SnippetSunday authors for more great reads. ~till next time, Helen


Words, the best personal gift #mfrwauthor

It's Friday and time for another topic in the #mfrwauthor challenge. We're supposed to write about gift giving and how to make it personal. A post from an earlier challenge recounted three cases of personal gifts. Then last year several of the characters from my books took over the post and answered the question, "What Gift I Wanted, But Not Very Much."

So, I decided to take a different approach. As a writer, the best personal gift I can receive is a review. Whether the sentiment is about our first book or our last, a line or a short paragraph, they are the reader words. They are personal. And the best gift ever.

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~till next time, Helen


Thank You For Your Service

As I have in other years, a post to honor of those who wore the uniform as well as those who held the homefront together.

As a special acknowledgement to one who served on the homefront and the battlefront, proceeds from Hearth and Sand until the end of the year will be donated to a veteran and her family.

Hearth and Sand is twelve tales of duty and honor, love and romance. Set universes apart and separated by decades in time, the stories in Hearth and Sand reflect a continuity of service from the past to the present and into the world of tomorrow. Although the events are fictional, the voices captured within these pages came from historical notes, veterans’ own words, letters left by their ancestors, or contemporary events. Pen was put to paper while watching fighter planes land in the Philippine Islands and in the shaded woods of a stateside farm.

The tales cross genre from contemporary to historical, and science fiction to poetry. More on the tales can be found here.

And on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, thank you for your service and prayers that peace will someday render war unknown. 

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