Contracted Sequel

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I just contracted Soul of the Wolf, the sequel to Flight of the Raven.  It’s the second of The Novels of Ravenwood and takes place in Northumberland in the winter of 1101.  For those of you who read the first book, Soul of the Wolf is Wulfstan’s story.  He must solve an ancient riddle and bring light to a troubled land.  And of course, he’ll find love along the way.celtic-wolf-high-res-cropped

History: It’s Alive!

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With my second book of The Novels of Ravenwood series turned in to my editor, I’m moving on to the third one.  I’ve already created a rough outline, so this week is all about research.  My story is set in northern England in the spring of 1102.  Imagination is a powerful thing, so every detail is important when creating a world in which readers will not only step foot but live.  Maybe I’m influenced by my love of old movies or the fact that I live in Salem, Massachusetts, the Halloween capital of the world, but I can almost hear Dr. Frankenstein’s maniacal cry, “It’s alive!  It’s alive!”  It’s my job to breathe life, love, and a hint of magic into history.  With any luck, I’ll fashion a world that makes readers want to get cozy and stay for a while.

Worldwide Release of Flight of the Raven

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FlightoftheRaven_w10928_750Today is the official release of Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood series.  I’m excited to continue working on the series with the publisher, The Wild Rose Press, and should have news about the second book soon.  Until then, happy reading!  Click here for purchase options.

The Magic of Fiction

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This morning, I overheard my twelve-year-old twin sons concocting a story.  One took charge of the writing; the other, the illustrations.  The longer I listened, the younger I felt.  Memories from my own childhood came rushing back.  The hours I spent dreaming up stories.  The passion that flowed through me as I put pen to paper.  The joy of conjuring just the right words to paint a picture, a character, an entire world.  That passion and joy guided me toward my present life as an author.  They took center stage as I penned my historical romance, Flight of the Raven, the first of The Novels of Ravenwood.

Fiction is fun!  It’s magical and fills me with childlike wonder.  Inspiration strikes, and my mind comes alive with faces, names, settings, and scenarios.  Characters become as real as family and friends.  Dialogue flows, and suddenly, I’m taking dictation.  The story unfolds, and one page wends toward three hundred.

Before I know it, I’ve created a whole world.  Readers I’ve never met will enter and inhabit it.  Their imaginations will add to it, shaping my world into something unique to each reader.  That’s the miracle of fiction.  As writers and readers, we co-create experiences that not only enhance everyday life but lift us out of it into a realm where anything is possible.

The greatest gift for an author is knowing her work makes others happy.  Needless to say, I’m a fan of happily ever after.  And I’m a fan of anyone who embraces the magic of the written word.  A big thanks to my children for reminding me of it this morning.

I hope you enjoy Flight of the Raven.  Happy reading!

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More fiction news!

I just finished poring over the final galleys for my historical romance, Flight of the Raven. It’s the first book of five in the series, The Novels of Ravenwood. Now I’ll get back to work on the second novel in the series. My fiction will be published under the pseudonym Judith Sterling (my first and middle names). I’ll keep everyone posted on publication dates as I get more information. Until then, happy June!