Here’s a little Irish baking pro tip for St Patrick’s Day.
The most surprising one: the importance of letting the fairies out of the bread before baking to ensure good luck.
This has been some winter, but we’re halfway there to The Lighthouse, I’m happy to share. Watch for it later this spring.
A mist-shrouded lighthouse guides two souls home,
where a chance at love waits—if they’ll take it.
When her last living relative dies, Emily Cooke takes a sabbatical leave to take stock of her life. As she moves into her quaint beachfront rental, her new neighbor rumbles into the driveway next door on his vintage motorcycle—and ignores her neighborly wave.
Wes Taggert left behind a lucrative career that destroyed his faith in humanity. All he wants now is to be left alone, undisturbed. When news spreads that the historic lighthouse is slated to be demolished, Wes goes to a meeting of locals determined to rescue the crumbling landmark. His new neighbor is there. He can’t seem to ignore her.
The Hope Harbor Lighthouse has drawn them together. And it could guide them home, where a chance at love waits—if they’ll take it.
As many times as I’ve visited the UK, I have yet to take the Caledonian Sleeper from London to the Scottish Highlands. But it’s on my list.
Today, I’m revisiting the inspiration for my Highland Passage Series of three books with a Scottish time travel theme. I happen to live in an area with a number of mysterious stone chambers. There are two that I know of five minutes from my house. I’ve been intrigued with them since I moved here, but my writer’s imagination was sparked by the suggestion by some that they’re Celtic in origin. So I combined my fascination with the stone chambers, my lifelong love of Scotland, and my interest in time travel. The result was the Highland Passage novels.
Here are some links to articles and websites with information and pictures of some of these mysterious chambers:
The individual Highland Passage novels can be found here:
The boxed set containing all three books can be found here:
An enigmatic stranger appears on Ana Martin’s Galveston doorstep, summoned by her father before his untimely death. When Ana boards a train bound for her uncle’s vast hacienda, Eduardo is there to see her safely to her new home in the stark desert landscape of northern Mexico.
Eduardo’s passionate ideals set him at odds with the corrupt Mexican government as his radical writings fuel a revolution and draw Ana closer. But it is Carlos, the daring rodeo rider and freedom fighter, who touches her soul, setting Ana Martin on a journey that will test her strength and forge her destiny.
Back in the before times when ebooks began, I never heard anyone discussing ebooks with an intent to form a new entertainment medium. After all, we had movies and games for a more active or interactive experience. Ebooks were conceived as a way to meet reader and author needs by facilitating the process of publishing and reading. While there have been efforts to add multimedia aspects to ebooks, some readers have found this distracting. At the risk of stating the obvious, most readers are drawn to books over other entertainment media because they simply want to read words.
People love to read books. Ebook readers love the portability of having those books in a device—often their phone—which they can carry anywhere. Ebooks don’t waste paper. Ebooks are more accessible to readers with vision or processing issues by enabling them to read at whatever size or font they’re most comfortable with, or even to have books read to them. Ebook stores have unlimited shelf space, so readers can find the exact book they might want in an instant without having to go to a physical bookstore and special order it. And, while it can be a two-edged sword, there are more of them. This has opened the floodgates of creativity and its distribution, shifting the power of curating reading choices from publishers to readers. In this new, free marketplace, readers no longer have to feel like they’ve gone to a restaurant to make a meal of what someone else ordered for them. This must be disconcerting for publishers.
I feel a time travel trip coming on. 😉