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What is Maddy Up To These Days?

Hello, long time no write. The summer is about over and I don’t even know how that happened. I mean, isn’t it August next month? No? Ack!!!!

I have started this blog post three different times, but I can’t seem to get the words I want out in the order I want. I give up. This is a somewhat rambling update on what I’ve been doing for the past few months.

STRONG HEARTS

About two years ago (maybe a little less?) Paige Tyler invited me to be a part of her Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World. I’ve never written a contemporary romance. I like fantasy and paranormal romance. But Paige is such a nice person, and I thought it would be fun to try something different. I wrote Brave Hearts, a story of Dusty Wolfe (an great uncle of Shadow and Taye) and Isabel Ybarra. The was a character in that story who was supposed to be hardly more than a name. But Brutus Gunnison ended up being so fun to write that I asked Paige if I could write his story too. She said sure.  Strong Hearts  was due to the editor on September 15. However, that is NOT happening. I have written most days this summer, but not enough words in a day to finish Brutus and Denise’s story on time. Paige has graciously agreed to allow me to be switched from October release to the January 2018 release.

DAUGHTERS OF THE WOLF CLAN:

I finished Victoria’s Cat and it was published in July. The next story in the series was supposed to be Patia and Ray. But the story I want to tell more is Colby and Gina’s story. I’m calling in Gina’s Wolf. But the series title is Daughters of the Wolf Clan.  So I spent time trying to decide if I should change the series title to Children of the Wolf Clan. But two books are already published with Daughters in the description and on the covers, so that could be messy. I could have a 1 book series call the Son of the Wolf Clan…  You see the conundrum. At the moment, when I try to think of a story for Ray and Patia I have a big blank. But I have a general outline for Colby and Gina. So I should write their story next. Right?

Well… a few weeks ago I was forcibly stuck by a brilliant idea for a new series.

THE GRYPHON LORDS

Over a thousand years ago, there was an ancient race of shapeshifters who wielded magic and controlled weather. The primitive humans called them a variety of names like Dragon, Gryphon, etc, and sometimes worshipped them as gods. Because there were far more males and females, the males were fighting to claim a mate. So many of them died in these battles that the elders commanded some of the young males to be sent to sleep in out of the way places on the Earth. When these males wake in a post-apocalyptic world, they find so sign of their people. The humans can’t hurt them, but they fear the gryphons. On four days a year the humans leave offerings for them on a hilltop. Sometimes it is a cow or some other valuable food. Sometimes it is a man who has been convicted of a crime. In the first book, The Storm King, it is a young woman. Naturally, since this is a romance, the gryphon lord doesn’t eat her. He shifts to a human shape to court her.

I am having a hard time trying to decide what to write after I finish Strong Hearts. Gina’s Wolf? Poor Colby. He’s currently wandering around Nebraska and Iowa in a daze of lost memory while his mate is in desperate need of rescue. Or The Storm King? The woman, a young american named Ashley Quinn, is fascinated, but she wishes he wouldn’t make it rain and thunder every time he’s pissed off.

That is what I’ve been doing this summer. Writing, day dreaming, knitting, and hoping for fall. Not winter, although that will come soon enough. I hope to begin the Tuesday Teasers (or either Gina’s Wolf or The Storm King!) by October 10.

 

See you then!

 

 

10 Responses to What is Maddy Up To These Days?

  • I think you could still call Gina’s story a “Daughter of the Wolf Clan”

    Perhaps have a moment where she is inducted into the clan? through ceremony or deed.
    When Aboriginal children have been away too long from the ancestral lands Elders perform a eucalyptus smoke smudging to cleanse the spirit and reintroduce it to the earth.

    My favorite scene in your last book was when the Shadow calls the Cat his son because he is worthy of her through the great deed of getting help while filled with bullets.

    • I think you might be right. And I don;’t really want a whole series about the Sons of the ?Wolf /Clan. AT least not right now.

  • Write what your heart is telling you to write. It will flow much smoother if you don’t try to force the book. You know what I’m talking about!

    I love Sophia’s idea about having the new brides become ‘daughters of the wolf clan’. I think Shadow and the other alpha’s would get behind it. They love adding new women to their families and it would really play into the previous titles.

    • In a world of so few women gaining a daughter would be a great feather in your cap!

      Look at us! We are strong enough to protect them, wealthy enough to keep them comfortable and virile enough to be chosen!

    • I think you are right. Gina gladly accepts being rescued by the Wolf Clan, but doesn’t immediately accept Colby as her mate. But Taye and the wolves can adopt her as a daughter while she lives at the den.

      • Oh Maddy! That sounds kind of like kinship ties!

        In the Kinship relationship, the basic premise is: you are what you are to one another not because of the blood in your veins but because of the role you actively took.

        Example: Snake is Tami’s little brother because of the role he took in her book and she acknowledges him as that role.

        So if Gina gives to the Clan, she can earn her own worth before accepting the title of another’s mate.

  • Wow! Maddy you have a lot on your mind.. I hope you can manage all your project without not having to drop any of them .. Even if you have to push some out further Were not going anywhere.. Take Care of what you want to do First.

    • Thank you, Denise! I have a lot of writer friends who can work on more than one book at a time. When I try that all my characters end up sounding the same. So one at a time is my way.

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