Monday, October 3, 2022

The Dog Roses: Na Feirdhriseacha spinoff from the Conall Series by David H. Millar Genre: Epic Historical Fantasy

  


The Dog Roses: Na Feirdhriseacha

a spinoff from the Conall Series

by David H. Millar

Genre: Epic Historical Fantasy 

You have no weapons, striapach.”

I am the weapon, tuilí.”


It is 400 B.C. The mist clears and three triremes glide into the calm waters of the bay in Southern Ériu. On a grass-topped dune, a young girl dances gleefully at the Goddess’s gift. Two warrior princesses, the twins Brighid and Danu, leap over the vessels’ sides into the cold waters and look north towards their ancestral home. The clanging of steel from the fort of Ráth Na Conall is not a good omen.

Seated on his throne in Caher Conri the depraved Uallachán rages at the sight of the red shield embellished with a swooping black raven and the memories it provokes. He swears vengeance on the daughters of his old adversary.

Draighean stands impervious to the deep cold and snows of the mountain peak. She bites maroon lips, unhappy at her sisters—the demi-goddesses of the Aes Sidhe. Yet does she have a choice? Evil must be fought.

Uallachán’s idea of peace is to crush all dissent, but is he no more than a puppet of the powerful kings of the Connachta?

The twins know they must defeat the invasion and stop the enslavement of their people. Still, even with the help of the Sidhe, Draighean, the odds are daunting.


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The Place of Blood – Rinn-Iru

Conall Book I

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The Raven's Flight – Eitilt an Fhiagh Dhuibh

Conall Book II

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The Sisters – Na Deirfiúracha

Conall Book III

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A Brace of Eagles - Snaidhm Iolar

Conall Book IV

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Retribution - Díoltas

Conall Book V

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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, David H. Millar is the founder, owner, and author-in-residence of Houston-based ‘A Wee Publishing Company’—a business that promotes Celtic literature, authors and art.

Millar moved from Ireland to Nova Scotia, Canada, in the late 1990s. After ten years shovelling snow, he decided to relocate to warmer climates and has now settled in Houston, Texas. Quite a contrast!

An avid reader, armchair sportsman, and Liverpool Football Club fan, Millar lives with his family and Bailey, a Manx cat of questionable disposition known to his friends as ‘the small angry one!’


The author will be participating in the East Texas Booktacular, Mt. Pleasant, TX, on October 22, 2022, and the EastTexas Book Bash, Canton, TX on December 10.


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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Song of the Chimney Sweep by Tamatha Cain Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

 


Song of the Chimney Sweep

by Tamatha Cain

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery  


Love is a song played on repeat…

A cryptic blog post leads cold case podcasters Melody and Dorian on a twisty journey back in time to uncover the mysterious story of a forgotten missing woman.
 
In 1969 near the Florida/Georgia Line, idealistic young Betty Langdon, and fast-rising R&B singer Dominicus Owens begin an irresistible but dangerous interracial romance that ends under mysterious, heartbreaking circumstances. Betty is forced to return to her rural home to care for her manipulative mother, while Dominicus goes on to mega-stardom with his band The Downtown Sound. She follows his skyrocketing career from behind the front desk of a dying highway motel--until one day decades later, she disappears.
 
Now, a popular true-crime podcast produced by college friends Melody Hinterson and Dorian Santos takes on the cold case of a missing local woman. The duo’s carefully-balanced workplace dynamic is weirdly off-kilter lately, but they can't take their eyes off the investigation as the intriguing new story suddenly boosts the show into the national spotlight. When the investigation uncovers the missing woman's diaries full of family secrets and the century-old legend of a fortune hidden in an old chimney somewhere in town, the truth behind the podcast's mystery suddenly becomes personal, and Melody must make life-changing choices before the final episode airs.

But who owns the rights to a secret?

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Tamatha Cain writes about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. She believes that before she gave up a thriving business to pursue writing full-time, her most compelling lines of prose were probably found in the pages-long love notes she wrote to bewildered boys back in middle school. Her writing has appeared in The Experience Art and Literary Magazine, The Florida Writer, American Cake Decorating, and others. 

She won the 2020 Royal Palm Literary Award for Unpublished Literary Mystery and The Experience Poetry Competition. 

She writes reviews for Southern Literary Review and serves as a judge in the RPLA Awards. She is a member of WFWA and FWA. (She did eventually hone the love notes enough to impress her high school sweetheart, and now they have three grown kids). Learn more about her on her website or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Caravanserai The Chronicles of Alcinia Book 7 by Miriam Newman Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

 


Caravanserai

The Chronicles of Alcinia Book 7

by Miriam Newman

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

Her grandmother’s dying words launch Serafina on a quest to find her unknown father. Unable to accept the love of a childhood friend, she nevertheless accepts his company on her journey, but what they discover may lead to a quick trip to an enemy prison.

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Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18-year career in various areas of psychiatric social services, and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction, and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. 

You can see my books at www.miriamnewman.com.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas by Mae Wagner Genre: Memoir

  


Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas

by Mae Wagner

Genre: Memoir 

The only daughter of a bipolar woman, Mae’s childhood innocence was bartered for the ease of a “secure” life. At twelve years old and after years of abuse, Mae realizes she must fight for herself. When she is sent away from her family, she’s forced to navigate years of abandonment in a children’s home.

Throughout her turbulent adolescence and well into adulthood, the need to be seen as enough and the ache to become a mother shaped her life. It is this heartbreaking journey that leads to her deepest loss.

Girls, Assassins & Other Bad Ideas is a collection of personal essays shining light where abuse and trauma-induced shame brought darkness. As life often led toward grief, Mae reflects back on her most shattering moments—nearly always tied to the women she loved the deepest. The poignant reflections through Mae’s heartbreak, grief, and eventual self-acceptance will serve as an inspiration to those navigating hardship and trauma, reminding us we are not alone. 

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Mae Wagner is a writer, speaker, mentor, and host of the Rainy Day Collective Podcast.

Mae is a Trauma Mentor with a heart for connecting with women who have been through hard things and helping them reconnect with themselves. Her passion is advocating for and supporting women. Women's issues are closest to her heart and daily Mae is working to prove that women’s stories matter. Women’s voices deserve to be heard.

When she isn’t working with clients, or focusing on the podcast, Mae is penning her memoir, which she hopes to publish when the time is right. More of a gypsy soul, currently residing in Pennsylvania with her husband, their golden retriever Elenor and the sassy kitten they rescued in the middle of the pandemic- Mae is grateful for the opportunity to journey alongside women, as an advocate, ally, cheerleader, sometimes counselor and genuine friend.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022

Conversations With Ayahuasca The Last Resort by Ol Serbon Genre: Nonfiction Memoir, Spiritual Realism

 



Conversations With Ayahuasca

The Last Resort

by Ol Serbon

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir, Spiritual Realism

When all known roads lead to a dead end, it is time to explore the unknowable.

In Conversations with Ayahuasca, author Ol Serbon describes how a series of four annual journeys to the Amazon jungle to partake in Indigenous shamanic ceremonies involving the entheogenic beverage ayahuasca were a catalyst for healing issues in her life and body that were troubling her and entirely altering her perception of reality.


A powerful spiritual guide, Aya, introduced herself to Serbon and invited her to tour what appeared to be alternate dimensions and strange landscapes, like a vast underground city of plants. She also time traveled to an ancient civilization on Earth, perhaps Lemuria, and found evidence of an even more ancient civilization than that, indicating history repeats itself in broad cycles as do our souls. These dreamlike adventures revealed how our consciousness, focus, and resonant frequency shape the form that the world around us takes.

Back at home, Serbon developed a daily meditative practice for putting herself into the right state to receive visions and messages from Aya. Sitting on the deck at her house in a light trance, she would type lessons into her laptop about the arts of dream riding and manifestation, and warnings about impending dangers related to advances in technology, such as integrating AI into human physiology.

Feeling intuitively drawn to India, at last she searched for an enlightened sage who could help her make sense of her experiences.

Her story belongs to everyone in our generation.

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Ol Serbon is a pen name. The names I have used in the past, the places where I've lived, the things I have done, the little achievements I can claim, the degrees I have earned, and the titles I have held don't define me. The truth is that none of it defines me. I am an ever-changing, consciously evolving consciousness. This is how I perceive myself.

Originally from Russia, I grew up behind the "Iron Curtain" dreaming about one-day living life to its fullest. At the age of nineteen, I came to America, thrilled about finally reaching the "Land of the Free." I embraced the idea of the American Dream with my whole heart, and for some time I thought that I was living that dream until my reality began showing cracks.

On the outside, my life seemed perfect. I graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude with the intention to go to medical school, I got married, and I did what I most loved to do: I danced. But after volunteering at a cancer research center, my vision about western medicine began to fall apart. Things didn't add up. Confused, I decided to take a year off and ponder my decision about going into medicine. I continued dancing and I never looked back.

As a dancer, I traveled the world, competed, performed, and taught dancing. I built a successful business out of my passion. A rare blessing in a world where most people do what they dislike just to make ends meet. Soon, however, my personal relationships and my health spun out of control. Devastated, I started searching for new ways to heal my body and mind. Among other things, books by Carlos Castaneda appeared. Then, after trying all conventional methods, I decided to give la madre ayahuasca a chance. It was my last resort.

Finally, in 2016, I found my way to the Amazon jungle. The rest of my story is in my book.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

SOE Agent Odette Sansom Was the First Woman to Be Awarded the George Cross


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 In 1942, a young Odette Sansom responded to a call from the British Admiralty, asking for individuals to send postcards or family photographs from the French coast for use in the war. She wanted to make use of photos she’d taken near Boulogne.

In error, however, she sent her correspondence to the War Office. Her simple mistake was the catalyst for her legacy as one of the best-known members of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. Her letter caught the attention of the Col. Maurice Buckmaster, the leader of the French arm of the SOE, who invited her to join the SOE’s “F” Section.

Recruitment into the Special Operations Executive

Odette Sansom was the ideal recruit for “F” Section, as she was French, yet living with her English husband and three daughters in Somerset. This made her loyal to the Allies, but still able to pass as French in the German-occupied country. Joining the SOE was initially a difficult decision for Sansom, as she didn’t want to leave her children. However, she joined after hearing word of French citizens suffering at the hands of the Germans.

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