1880s Arizona. Damaged almost beyond hope, Jesse inherits a bankrupt ranch. Survival comes at an inconceivable price: she must learn to trust the man who killed her brother. That's the logline from my debut historical novel, WHISPERS IN THE CANYON*. I am absolutely delighted to report that it will be released in late August by … Continue reading My Debut Novel To Take Flight!
Also known as "MOLLY DURKIN" This song about the Irish emigration was made popular in the late 19th century; it is hopeful and upbeat as many of the emigrant songs of the times were, as stories of gold to be found in the streets of America were common. The reference to “many a house besides” … Continue reading MUIRSHEEN DURKIN: An Irish Song
Stemming from an incident in Gortagleanna during the War of Independence (1921), there are several versions of this song extant. These lyrics are based on a poem by Bryan MacMahon, which in turn is based on oral histories and older poems, some of which are lost today. A haunting version of this song is presented … Continue reading THE VALLEY OF KNOCKANURE: An Irish Song
This poem, written in the early 19th century by Irishman Thomas Moore, was set to music by Scottish composer Sir John Stevenson. It was perhaps most famously played at the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002. I also feature it in my manuscript WHISPERS IN THE CANYON, as the favorite song of Katie Donovan, the clan … Continue reading OFT IN THE STILLY NIGHT: An Irish Song
If you've noticed that the blog has been quiet for the past few weeks, it's because I got a request from a publisher to “revise and resubmit”. You might think publishing houses accept a manuscript “as is”, but reality teaches us differently. Almost everyone is asked for some revisions to their manuscripts, whether it's to fall in with a … Continue reading What If You Get a Call to Revise & Resubmit?
Once again, I'm coming in just under the wire for NWW's photo prompt from August 15. As before, I've created a scene that will be used in my Donovan Family Saga. Enjoy! THE LAKE When morning came, Adam sat and watched the sun rise over the canyon walls. One moment, the shadows were deep in … Continue reading NWW Photo Prompt: The Lake
My second attempt at a photo prompt. Since it worked so well last time, I decided to write another vignette that can easily be converted into a scene in my WIP, The Winds of Morning. Kills two birds ... (on the other hand, why kill them at all?) Enjoy! As the small ship sailed into … Continue reading NWW Photo Prompt: Palm Fronds
Warning! This post examines the history of feeding tubes; if you're easily grossed out, it might not be for you! In one of my novels, a woman falls into a coma after the birth of her child. I needed to know what specific methods there were in the 1880s for nourishing a comatose patient. What … Continue reading Western Trivia: Patient Sustenance
Probably one of the most popular Irish songs, The Wild Colonial Boy tells the tale of a young man who leaves Ireland and becomes the Australian equivalent of Robin Hood. The song was featured in the movie “The Quiet Man”, and also in my Donovan family saga. My favorite version is by Dennis Day and … Continue reading THE WILD COLONIAL BOY: An Irish Song
Now that I've gotten a handle on this "blogging" thing, I've decided to participate in a Photo Prompt challenge. This prompt was created by North West Writers and new photos are posted bi-monthly. The current photo is near and dear to my heart. As this is my first "assignment", I thought I'd try something with … Continue reading NWW Photo Prompt: DIMPLES