Hammersmith: Private Enterprise (chapter twenty-seven)

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Seven Private Enterprise               “Cranston,” Zetland said, “believes that when he undertakes a thing, he will improve it over all undertakings of the past.” A general nod passed over his audience. “He has made himself, Mrs. Bard, commander-in-chief of a small army of mercenaries, has he not?” […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 21 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-seven)                         Chapter XI A Death     An old woman dismounted a donkey. Her proportions were such the animal suited her riding astride, which she did. She wore two skirts, a long one that depended from a […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-six)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Sep 2021 in Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-six)                   He might have dozed, though the lapse of time was slight. A gasp, Sancia’s, woke Andreas, and he found the bedcurtains drawn in the waiting-woman’s grip. “Him!” she said, to another. “Oh! Rise! Rise! Begone!” Giovanna cried this. Andreas, […]

My Foray into Kirkus Reviews

Posted by ractrose on 12 Sep 2021 in Novels

        I was planning to purchase a Kirkus review, for my latest, Sequence of Events…   And to report to you along the way, since I know struggling independent writers are curious…is this expense worthwhile? The cost of the basic review is $425, daunting. But one way to look at it, is […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-five)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Sep 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-five)                   A lift of his other knee, an anchor to launch from, and Andreas wrenched free both from Terlizzi’s grip, and the chance of its being renewed. His stockinged toes found tiny ledges of stone, his fingers slight prominences. In […]

The Totem-Maker: The Citadel (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Ten The Citadel (part seven)           My quarters were unremarkable. After my stay at the fortress of Lord Ei, I was versed in these eastern styles, where screens served for moveable walls, and woven pictorials were more often the shelter from drafts, than the skins we used at […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part fifty-two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part fifty-two)                                   iv.     A fine rain, that lasted through the morning, dampened the woods next day. Patrice had not left the house. Ushered by Marie-Jeanne, Annie found him in the library, stretched in […]

Hammersmith: Chickens in a Mood to Roost (chapter twenty-six)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Hammersmith Chapter Twenty-Six Chickens in a Mood to Roost               An unusual sight greeted Minnie and Shaw, as they strolled onto Hammersmith’s Main Street. Not that either newcomer could know it. A family-sized carriage, one confiding wealth, stood before the Main Street Hotel, its brass lamps gleaming, their glass […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Aug 2021 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part thirty-four)                     A light bobbed through the window. Andreas turned onto his stomach, and slipped to the floor. But outdoors he saw only a dark shape, glimpses of earth and a robed man’s midsection, as the lantern was raised and […]

Looking Good

      Readers, the above is the cover of my new book, which you can buy from Amazon! You may, if you’re a longer-term subscriber to Torsade, have seen Sequence of Events in draft. Well, I’ve edited it up to readiness, and it has been retired from the blog to live in the world […]