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 […]

Fellowship, a short novel

Fellowship, a short novel written in the same world as My Soul to Keep is finished. Beta readers will be receiving the ARCs this week. The cover art reveal…just weeks away. Beta Readers Beta readers volunteer to read and give feedback on a a work before it’s published. They spot the plot holes, the character inconsistencies, and just plain mistakes so the author and the book will look as good as possible on publication. ARCs The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) is the unpublished book before the final proofreading is done. This is what Beta readers receive, warts and all. *smile* With a little help from my artist hubby, I created the ARC cover for Fellowship. This is not the final cover. Book Description The book description that will be on Amazon and all ebook retailers is: The Angel of Death is real. Eighteen-year-old, Ian Hobart couldn’t believe it. Didn’t want to believe it. But his parents and older brother were Taken. And the Cleaners want him and his three younger siblings. They escape and hide in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now his siblings depend on him for their survival. But resources are scarce. The mountains unforgiving. And […]