The Fourteenth Key – The Chronicles of Terah Book 3

Last night I finally finished the first draft of the third book in the Chronicles of Terah. I have to admit that it’s taken me quite a bit longer than I thought it would. When I updated the status on my website in July, I almost promised that it would be out before the end of the year. I’m so glad I didn’t. There’s just no way that can happen. There’s still a lot of work to be done, rewriting, editing, rewriting again, editing some more, etc.

I wish I could give you a target publishing date, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that at this point. There are just too many variables involved right now. For one thing, I’ve got a stack of forms I have to fill out for the court regarding my mother’s estate, and the deadline for submitting those is quickly approaching. I’m going to have to deal with those before I can do anything more on the book.

So, for those of you who are still interested, the third book  hasn’t been forgotten, it hasn’t been put on a shelf somewhere. It’s coming, hopefully fairly soon.

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Read an Ebook Week – March 2 – 8

March. For some it means basketball. For me it means Smashword’s Read an Ebook Week . Granted it only lasts one week, but there are enough bargains there to keep you reading well into the summer. Hundreds of authors will offer their books for free or at a discounted price this week.. Check  out the sale catalog to see how many bargains you can find.

For those of you interested in my books, The Master’s Chair will be free for the week. The Dragon’s Flame, and  A Shot in the Dark will be 50% off. Although the regular price is listed on the individual book page, there’s a coupon for the sale price. Just type in the coupon when you order the book to get the discount.

Happy bargain hunting!

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Update on the Update

July 28, 2014

I’ve posted an update on my website, Welcome to Mackenzie’s World, under the Chronicles of Terah. Please check there for further news about The Fourteenth Key, the third book in the Chronicles of Terah Series. Thank you.

January 13, 2014

Several people have asked me to post an update on the third book in The Chronicles of Terah series. I really hate to do this. It seems that every time I do, something happens that pushes it even farther away. But I’m going to risk it anyway.

As many of you know, I’ve had to take a long break from writing to take on the role as caregiver, and if you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know that’s a major undertaking. And it’s taken a lot out of me. I like to pretend it hasn’t, but it has.

For one thing, I’m a night owl. When I retired from teaching several years ago, I was able to live on my schedule for the first time in my life. I went to bed when I wanted to, which was usually around 3 or 4 in the morning, and I slept until I woke up naturally, usually around 11. It worked for me. People who know me well enough to have my phone number knew not to call in the mornings. If I had any appointments that I needed to schedule, I made sure they were in the afternoon.  I took the dogs out for walks in the woods. I ran errands. I cleaned the house. I did laundry. I did what needed to be done. But after dinner, it was my time. And that’s when I wrote.

The phone was quiet; most of the people I knew were shutting down for the day and preparing for bed. My dogs and cats joined me in the office, settling around the room on chairs, pillows, or the rug. I would put on some instrumental music and sit down at the keyboard. And, for the next few hours, I had fun.

Then, a little more than two years ago, things changed and I had to plan my schedule around the needs of others, so I was  back to alarm clocks and getting up before daybreak. By the time my day was over and I had time to sit down at the keyboard, I was too tired to think. All my brain wanted to do was shut down and sleep. I did try writing several times, but I ended up deleting everything I wrote. It just didn’t work for me.

On November 25, my mother went through a nine-hour surgery on her hip and femur. The doctors think there’s a very real possibility that after spending over two years in a wheelchair, she’s going to be able to walk again. It’s going to take time, and a lot of work on her part, but there’s hope at the end of what’s been a long, dark tunnel.

She’s been in a Rehab Center for the past month, having physical therapy six days a week, and she’s made tremendous progress. And while she’s been there, I’ve been able to get some much needed rest, and I’ve been able to get back to work.

Right now I’m about a third of the way through the rough draft on the third book. If, and that’s a big IF, I can continue writing on a relatively regular basis after she comes home, it should be ready for editing and rewriting sometime this spring, probably late spring, with publication 3 or 4 months after that. But that’s only my best guess, and it’s an optimistic one at that. I wish I could be more definite, but I can’t. There are just too many variables and too many things that are out of my control.

If, as time goes by, I can say something more definite, I’ll post a new update. Meanwhile, thanks for your interest in the series and your patience.

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New Bundles at DriveThru Fiction – Perfect Reading for Long Winter Evenings

If you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or horror, you really should take a look at four new bundles that are being offered at DriveThru Fiction. Two of the bundles are nothing but fantasy and the other two are a mix of science fiction and horror.

The first fantasy bundle is Holiday Frosty Fantasy Pack. It’s a collection of five novels by five different authors. Sold separately, they would cost $18.95, but the bundle’s selling for $5.95, a $13 savings. Nice bargain. The other fantasy bundle is Winter Break Fantasy Pack. There are six novels in this one, all by different authors, and this one’s free. Individually, the books would cost you $9.95.  Not quite as much savings as the Holiday Frosty Fantasy Pack, but who can argue with free?

The science fiction packs are Snowbound Reading Science Fiction and Horror Collection and Winter Break Sci-Fi and Horror Pack. The first bundle, the Snowbound Reading Collection, is a collection of nine books by five authors. The regular price for these 9 books is $15,95, but the pack is being sold for $6.48, a savings of $9.47. The last pack, the Winter Break Pack, is free. There are five books in this one, all by different authors.  The savings on this one is $4.98, again not quite as much savings as the other one, but that’s only because a couple of the books were free to start with.

These bundles are December specials, and won’t be available after the year ends, so if you’re interested in them, you should check them out soon. If you were to pick up all four bundles, you’d get 25 books for a total of $12.43, right at fifty cents a book. And that’s a really good deal.

Happy shopping!

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Read and Feed America 2013

Feeding America 2013 Fiction [BUNDLE]

If you like fantasy, science fiction, or horror, have I got a deal for you! In an effort to raise money for Feeding America, DriveThruFiction partnered with over 30 publishers to offer a bundle of 40 ebooks for only $20. And since the books were donated by the publishers, the only group profiting from the sales of these bundles is the Feeding America charity. But don’t put off checking it out. This bundle will only be offered through Sunday, October 20.

If you think you might be interested, check out a list of the books included in the bundle on the product page. Scroll down to see each book’s cover along with a short or partial blurb. I’m sure you’ll find quite a few that appeal to you.

Help out a worthy cause and have a good time reading in the process. You can’t lose with this one.

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Crash Wagon by Jason Eric Pryor – Quite a Treat

I picked up Crash Wagon: Book One – Family Ties Saturday after I read a post that intrigued me enough that I checked out the blurb. That was all it took. I bought the book.

I was too busy Saturday to read anything, but I started it while I was eating breakfast Sunday morning. Sunday was another busy day, so I didn’t get back to it until evening. I picked it up while I was eating dinner, with the intention of reading for a bit and then retiring to the den to watch some TV. Well, the TV never did get turned on, and by the time I went to bed, I’d finished the book. It was quite a treat.

I like Sci-Fi, provided it’s heavy on the story and light on the science. And Crash Wagon fits that bill. I don’t want to give the story away, but the basic idea is that the Crash Wagon is a search and rescue vessel working between Earth and Mars.

The first book was like the pilot episode of a TV series where you meet the crew and watch how they interact with each other as they face an attack on one of their own. There’s a captain, a pilot, a first mate, a security officer, an engineer, and a doctor. And that’s it. Small enough that you can quickly get to know them and care about them.

Crash Wagon brought back memories of one of my favorite TV series, Firefly. It wasn’t close enough that I felt like it was a copy, but it definitely had the flavor. If you’re a Firefly fan too, I’m confident that you’ll enjoy this series. 

(The links in the body of the post are for Crash Wagon is also available at, de, fr, es, it, jp, in, ca, and br, If you’d like to know a little more about the series, visit Jason’s Facebook Page.)

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It’s the Little Ones! (And an Update)

I was reading a post on The Bloggess yesterday about wishes. By the way, if you’ve never been to Jenny Lawson’s blog, you really should check it out. It’s not for the easily offended but it’s worth your time if you’d like a laugh. A friend recommended it to me not long ago when I’d had a particularly rough day. The first post I read was “I screamed “ME TOO” at more than half of these.” And then I read a few more of her posts, and I was hooked. But I digress.

Anyway, yesterday, before heading out to do a lot of yard work, which I really detest, I clicked on her blog. After reading about her recent surgery, I found “If wishes were horses…” and spent the next half hour reading some of the comments. Some made me laugh, some brought tears to my eyes, and some struck really close to home.

That post stayed with me while I was trimming bushes, pulling weeds, and weed eating. And as I worked, I started thinking about what I would wish for – not the big wishes like an end to war, an end to cancer, etc, but little wishes, personal wishes.  And I realized that what I really wish is that people would keep their promises, the little ones, not the big ones like “I promise to love you forever,” or “Just invest your money with me and I’ll see to it that you’re secure for the rest of your life.” I’m talking about the little promises, like “I’ll get to it next week,” when you call a gardener to make arrangements to have your bushes trimmed, flower beds cared for, and weed eating done. Yes, that was what the person I called a week and a half ago told me. And he was a no-show. So I was outside doing it myself instead of doing the other things that I had planned to do yesterday.

Like I said, the little promises. Things like “your dry cleaning will be ready Friday,” and it isn’t. “The repairman will be there within the hour,” and you’re still waiting five hours later. “I’ll get that light bulb changed before it gets dark.” “I’ll pick it up on the way home.” “I’ll do it in a minute.” I’m sure each one of you could add a dozen more to the list. These are the broken promises that raise your blood pressure, make you want to hit something, and destroy your faith in people.

Unfortunately, I’ve made one of those promises myself. And it’s one that’s probably going to be broken. I said I’d try to have the third book of The Chronicles of Terah out by late fall or early next winter. Things haven’t gone as I’d hoped, and I’m beginning to think I was too optimistic in my estimate of when I could have it ready for publishing.

My mother has to have one more surgery before she can become even semi-independent. It was originally scheduled for early January, and that’s what I was counting on when I made that promise. That surgery hasn’t happened yet. My mother is in her late 80’s, and although she doesn’t have a whole lot of health issues, she does have a few, and the doctors have to wait until everything is in the best possible shape so she’ll have optimal chances for a full recovery. So now we’re hoping for a September surgery date, followed by probably 2 months of recuperation, if not more. And my time is going to be tied up until she’s fully recovered.

So, I’m really sorry that the book is going to be delayed even more, but some things are really beyond our control. I’m not going to speculate on a publishing date any more.  All I can say at this point is that I do intend to publish a third book, and I’ll get to it as soon as I can. And, once again, I do apologize for the delay.

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