Jul 21, 2016

Celtic Designs To Color

Color My World
 Are you into adult coloring books? I was for a while, and will most likely go back to them. I have a couple different ones, including one based on the Book of Kells. People say they are relaxing, and I agree. I found that when I was stressed about something that I could do nothing about, except wait, coloring gave my mind something to do.

These are some that I've done. A few of my Celtic ones I've started, but not yet finished. They are more intricate.

You can tell I have a colorful theme going on. I haven't yet decided to keep to a a color scheme. I'm more of a crazy quilt colorer at this point.

I'd love to hear if you've gotten into this trend. A friend of mine told a joke about a boy, sometime in the future, asking his grandpa how Donald Trump became president. He said, "Oh, that was the year everyone was into adult coloring books and not paying attention."

Want to try it out? Here a link to some free Celtic designs you can print out.  You can even do your coloring online if you'd like!

(The page below came from my book, not that web site, but I'm going to try out some of those soon!)

May 29, 2016

I'm Still Here!

This Blog Has Not Been Abandoned!

I love blogging at Celtic Voices. The problem is, I've been pulled in other directions lately. I've still been sharing older posts on social media, and I hope readers are still finding them.

I do plan to blog here more often in the future, so I hope you'll stick with me.

Let's Chat

I'd love to know what topics related to Celtic voices readers are interested in because chances are I'll be interested too and will want to write about those things.

Ancient sites, saints, Celtic Christianity, travel, genealogy....

I'd love to hear from you!

My Latest Book is Available!

In the meantime, I want to mention that I have re-released my non-fiction book Celtic Wisdom. The new title is The Roots of Irish Wisdom, Learning From Ancient Voices. I hope you'll check it out!

The Roots of Irish Wisdom

Oct 19, 2015

Two Celtic Novels in Progress

I've been woefully neglecting this blog, but I hope to be changing that. I am in the progress of launching Sofia's Tune, but after that I have two projects I'm excited about. Since both are set in ancient Ireland, I thought readers of this blog would be interested in hearing a little more about them.

The Next Novel

Who remembers Brigid of Ireland? Can you believe this book will be ten years old next spring? It went out of print a couple of years ago so with the rights back I launched an ebook version with a new cover.

And then I thought about that old manuscript sitting in my computer files doing nothing. It's a follow up to Brigid. At one point it had serious interest from a publisher, but then the publisher changed its focus, which no longer included books like this one. My agent thought that a Christian allegory/fantasy would be too hard to find a home for. So, I decided to bring it out myself because I know Brigid still has fans out there. (I kind of promised a young girl at last summer's Dublin Irish Festival that I would have it available.) The book is written, I've found an editor, and I'm just going through it one more time before I send it to her. My cover designer is also on board, so that book (untitled) should be available in 2016! I may need help with the title. Stay posted!

I'm excited about it because even though I loved writing The Ellis Island Series, I could feel the passion I had for this story as I re-read it. I can't wait to bring it out to readers.

If you've read Brigid, you may remember that early in the story she helps a young girl escape an abusive father. The girl has leprosy and is healed during their flight. The new story opens with this girl, Aine, who is now a grown woman, escaping again. She has a stolen a precious book with powers and she is seeking Brigid, the one she believes has the power to protect them both. Remember Ardan, the bad guy banished to a distant island? He's back too and seeks revenge. However, God has Ardan on his radar and Ardan cannot figure out who has targeted him.

Second Celtic Novel in Progress

And after that? I'm working on a story based on legends surrounding Columcille's mother. There are three patron saints of Ireland: Brigid, Patrick, and Columcille. That's all I'll say for now. More to come!

What do you think? Are you interested?

Aug 10, 2015

Festival Time!

I love a good Irish festival. Music, food, cultural activities...

But mostly I'm in the authors' tent, meeting readers and talking to book lovers. I really look forward to it.

The Dublin Irish Festival

One of the largest in the world, and it's in my backyard! I go every year, whether I'm signing books or not.

A couple of highlights for me as an author:

Speaking on a panel with some awesome authors.

Meeting readers.

Here I'm signing a copy of Celtic Wisdom, which sold out at the festival. The book is out of print and I sold my remaining copies. I'm looking into making this material available again in another format.

By the way, I promised a young reader that next year I'd have the sequel to Brigid of Ireland out. So I'm committed now!

Speaking about the Single Irish Woman Immigrant

My talk was at the very end of the festival. I literally closed up the Irish Traditions Tent! There were more people here than you can see in this picture, and I was very blessed by the attentive listeners and thoughtful questions.

Just being there!

Next year I plan to add the Pittsburgh Irish Festival to my schedule. Do you have a favorite?