Great news this morning! Brand Yourself Royally in 8 Simple Steps, The Prince of Glencurragh, and Sharavogue have all been selected for the Local Author Collection at the Jacksonville Public Library, which will be housed on the first floor of the Main Library. Truly an honor! The full contents of the collection will be announced at the Jax Book Fest, 10:30 am on March 3. Hope to see you at the festival!
Just realized I had not shared about the book festival here. If you are looking for something fun this weekend, here you go: I'll be at the Expo on Saturday.
This week we lost one of the cornerstones of the Amelia Island Book Festival, author John Gillgren, who passed away on February 12. He was one of the first authors I befriended when I moved to Amelia four years ago. There he was at the Author Expo with his big smile, wearing his pirate shirt. We had a connection right away because of our interest in history, and I got to travel with him and his wife Joyce to a book festival in South Carolina. After a very impressive career, I believe he was doing something that truly fed his passion, writing pirate adventures and novels. More about his books here: https://www.amazon.com/John-Gillgren/e/B00G932B4K
I know his family suffers greatly in this terrible loss. He will be sorely missed at the festival this weekend, and he will be remembered. If you go, stop by and see his books in the YA section.
My first novel Sharavogue is being featured this week on "Snowflakes in a Blizzard," https://snowflakesarise.wordpress.com -- a great site hosted by Darrell Laurant, who promotes the work of promising indie authors. My book shows the original cover, which has now been updated as you see on my page banner.
Very informative post for those interested in the beginnings of the English plantation system in Ireland.
Interesting. Robinson Crusoe was my favorite book when I was eight years old.
Just before the turn of the 17th century in 1593, Thomas Wentworth was born in London, into fortune, property and prestige. Queen Elizabeth I still reigned, and the bloody Nine Years War raged on in Ireland. By 1614 when his father died, Wentworth inherited the great Wentworth Woodhouse of Yorkshire—by the 18th century the largest of England’s country houses—plus two other estates and vast business holdings to keep things running. [ 1,348 more word ]
Eight years ago an Ireland tour guide had an exceptional day when he stopped to clean up after tourists visiting a cave...
As children we learn how to connect the dots to reveal a complete picture. That skill stays with us and can apply in some unexpected ways. Recently while watching a documentary about Hitler, I heard the narrator say that in 1941, certain events revealed weaknesses in his regime that helped encourage the United States to join the fight and ultimately help crush the Nazis. [ 677 more words ]
January 4 was the day, in 1602, when the great march of O’Sullivan Beare ended in Leitrim. This is a famous story of tragedy, resistance and endurance, brutal massacre and brave survival. https://stairnaheireann.net/…/otd-in-1602-the-osullivan-be…/
For writers and storytellers everywhere, here's a great post about the elements of It's a Wonderful Life, and what makes it so touching and unforgettable. Love it! http://www.screenwritingtricks.com/…/holiday-homework-its-w…
Today on the Christmas blog series: off you go to 13th century Scotland! https://t.co/l3mnIbui1v
All you ever wanted to know about the history of mistletoe: http://stairnaheireann.net/…/mistletoe-mythology-and-folkl…/
From the Christmas blog series: this one's about Northern Ireland. https://t.co/oLunAojeeS
Author Andrea Patten writes about "What if?" for writers--a new way to make it better. http://www.andreapatten.com