With a Little Help from My Friends

If I Should Die is the working title for book two in the My Soul to Keep series. I’m having fun writing the first draft which is approximately 30,000 words long and growing. And I hope you will enjoy this short, sneak peek. Keep reading after the excerpt. That’s where, with a little help from my friends, the story will get more interesting. The Story Sentence A peace-loving woman caught in a civil war, comes face-to-face with an evil she’d thought dead and must resort to violence to save lives or stick to her principles and sacrifice many. The Set-Up Like the first book, My Soul to Keep, this story has more than one viewpoint character. It takes place about two years after the first book. The excerpt you’re about to read comes in the first quarter of the story. Miranda’s sister, Irene, has returned to the United States. The Setting If you follow my Facebook page, you know I’ve been researching caves. The Kansas City area has many former limestone mines that have been developed into underground businesses, warehouses, and storage. Parts of this story take place underground. Recently I had the opportunity to visit one of the local […]

Take Another Peek at Paladina

It’s Friday and time for a Sneak Peek at Paladina, a work-in-progress. This story has been sitting on the shelf for a while. Inspired by UFOs and Greek mythology, I hope you enjoy this bit. The Story Sentence Paladina is a working title and probably won’t stick to this project. Its story sentence gives me direction and you a hint at what’s going on. (I discuss what a story sentence is in this article. A protection specialist, sworn to defend a tiny Greek village, discovers they are pawns of treasure-hunting alien knights whose game pits her against her long-lost brother to save all of humanity.  Location The story takes place in Greece. The time period is current–or fairly current. This portion of the story takes place in a fictional mountain town in the Taygetos mountains. This mountain range contains the highest mountains in the Peloponnese peninsula. Peak at Paladina Rena took the blindfold off, as instructed. She had to squint against the light of the battery-operated lantern the boy carried and shone in her face. She shielded her eyes with a hand and the boy pointed the light into the black depths. They stood inside a large silent cavern. The cone of […]

Images from the My Soul to Keep Series

Images from My Soul to Keep, my alternate history dystopian novel, represent various bits of research. Enjoy the images or follow the links to learn more. Concept Art For your viewing pleasure these are concept art pieces my husband, Robert W. Burrows, created to inspire me as I wrote My Soul to Keep. (Yes, he’s a keeper!) In an early draft, I described the Fellowship symbol. He used that description to create the image below. The Azrael wear body armor, communications gear, and an assortment of weapons. The Clothes Images of clothing that appears in the novel. Transportation Images from My Soul to Keep include vehicles used in the story. The Doll Finding this doll on the web inspired me to include it in the story. Read more about that here. Developing the Cover Searching for a cover designer was scary and fun at the same time. Here’s an article about how I chose my cover artist. Book In Hand There is nothing so thrilling as holding your book in your hands. Except selling your book…and getting great reviews…and writing the next one…and…having great readers. Want to see more? Take a look at my Pinterest Inspiration board. I hope you’ve […]