It’s been nearly 9 months since my last post. I’m still here. The bookstore Midnight Ledger is still here. I’m still writing, it’s just at a bit slower pace thanks to COVID. Some of you know that my day job is as an RN. The pandemic has really impacted my writing, reading, and life. I’m hoping to see better days coming. There’s projects in the works!
|I don’t think I sent out any newsletters in 2020 or posted many updates, so hopefully this will cover it all. It was an interesting year filled with panic, deep thought, and preparation for the future. I hope you all stayed healthy and are hanging in there. Writing was hard to do with the tension of the pandemic and political atmosphere. I can’t say it didn’t affect my writing. I watched a lot of TV and movies in 2020. My mom always said it would rot my brain but I think it just kept my brain from the fast toilet-flush swirling of everything going on around me. Any who, here we are. I am grateful if you are reading this amongst everything that’s going on.|
Two of my short-stories have finally published (see below). I’ve been hanging on to both for years. One was meant for a collaboration that never came together, the other was written from a writing challenge and then I was never able to find a home for it-although I did garner some nice reviews from horror journals. Yes, I said horror. Nightmare is definitely the darkest prose I’ve ever written. Just to warn you all.
In 2019 we opened a bookstore: Midnightledger.com. It’s only online for now, until we find a storefront and better faith in the economy. Check us out if you want a break from the Zon.
I’ve been reading but not nearly as much as I used to. In 2020 I reread The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall about 7 times. It is just an amazing fantasy and dark lore read. I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy. The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes was pretty good, it felt like home being back in Panem so many years after reading The Hunger Games Trilogy. Tor.com Short Fiction for each season was good in 2020. They’ve had stronger compilations but I always find 1-2 shorts in there that are just so creative. Right now I’m reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, I’m about halfway through and loving it. I hope to keep reading and limit my distractions, especially since my husband loaded me up with lots of books for Christmas, including The Witcher series (woot woot).
If you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be posting a lot of pictures of the stars. I’ll also be doing my best to finish the novel I’ve been working on for the past few years.
Stay healthy and happy. I am grateful for you all.
(M. R. Pritchard)
Hey all! I will be partaking in an author takeover event on the Bookies Facebook page!
Come hang out: https://www.facebook.com/Bookiesfan
Available for pre-order on Kindle 1.28.2020
The mountain has provided Jessie with everything a growing kid could ever need: safety, shelter, and an education. Then Ginger went dark. Now Jessie needs spare parts to fix the robot, but the world outside is nothing like what’s described in the books from the Oldworld. A mountain education didn’t prepare Jessie for this.
The Man Who Fell to Earth by M. R. Pritchard
The Heat Wave drew a violence that was as unexpected as the bioluminescent flora that had begun sprouting in the slopes and valleys of Appalachia. It was swift and efficient at breaking humanity but now Abraham’s people have come to the rescue—although, only for those they deem worthy. Banished with the task of culling this planet and others, Abraham struggles with the reality that he is different from his own people and that the relationship with his brother has never been the same since exile. While Abraham is pressured to meet his quota, the population dwindles, and he is disturbed by the violence of humanity.
Until he meets Nova. Twice. She’s the woman who got away, the single person who’s refused his offer of sanctuary because the promise of a floating city in the sky sounds absurd, even if it does offer relief from the sweltering heat and violence. Nova goes her own way. She carves her own path even in the most vulnerable of times. But this planet has a way of bringing certain people together, especially when they need it most. At the end of the world, there will be violence and there just might be a man playing 90’s tunes on a harmonica.
Get your copy on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SSKG9ZY
It’s been a busy week publishing my backlist!
Check back this week for another Kindle Freebie 📖
😍 “Tick of a Clockwork Heart” will be on promo 4/10-4/14
Read it now with Kindle Unlimited
Lucas Finnum McKenzie is an unfortunate man on a mission. After the tragic death of his wife during childbirth and the loss of his left arm during an accident, he’s left to care for his ill son. Lucas is determined to procure Black Amber, which is intended to power a clockwork heart, the first of its kind that may save his son’s life.
(A short story at 8,200 words)
It’s been ten years since Jack’s mother nearly died while saving the world against the Venom invasion. She’s moving on, but Jack is having a hard time doing the same. Hell bent on revenge, Jack’s going to hunt down every last bit of space junk that falls from the sky, hoping to find a lead to the Venom—even if those closest to him keep getting in the way.
Get the Kindle eBook free 4/4-4/8 : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC3M4LT