I’ve begun a Goodreads giveaway for one of the first copies of Sofia’s Tune, Book Three of the Ellis Island Series. Goodreads is where readers hang out, so if you aren’t a member, you’ll want to check it out–reviews, giveaways, book clubs, discussions…
Book Three of my Ellis Island Series is coming in November. It’s the final book in this series, and the first time I’ve written a novel series, so I have some questions.
1. Do you read the series in order when each book can be read alone?
Or maybe you skip one or two of them? My editors and I decided that each one of these books would stand alone and not be dependent on the others, but of course they are sequential, and the characters’ lives progress along the way, so I’m wondering what readers really like.
2. How many books do you like to see in a series?
I always saw The Ellis Island Series as three books, but some authors have really long series of a dozen or more books. Of course, those authors had a readership clamoring for more books, so that worked for them. But I personally feel a series can outlive its welcome. But I want to know what you think.
3. Are you as a reader ever reluctant to see a series end or do you just move on?
I know writers sometimes have a hard time letting characters go. I will miss Hawkins House, but I’m satisfied that I’ve told the stories from that time and place. I’m ready to move on. To go back to Ireland. And to hopefully, one day, tell that baseball story that just won’t go away!
4. Finally, I’d like to know the titles of some of your favorite novel series, and why you liked them.
I can’t wait to hear your answers!
It never fails. No matter where I wear this shirt people tell me they identify. They often tell me they want one.
Ordering the Shirt
I’ve asked many times who wants one. Some of you tell me you do, but so far not enough to put in another order. But with all the comments I get–a musician at the Irish festival, a TSA guy at the Columbus airport, a banker when we went in to apply for a loan, a lady walking past me at a used book sale, a young girl and her mother who came to my festival book table–I know there are several of you out there who would like one.
These Would Make Great Gifts
My sister gave them to her grandkids’ teachers for Christmas. I bet you have a reader on your list. They come in all sizes from kids to XXXXL. We can do unisex and/or ladies styles. They are a nice quality. I love mine.
So Just Leave Me a Comment Telling Me You’re Interested.
If I have your contact info, I will keep you posted. You can send me a message by using the contact form. The price will be somewhere around $20 depending on the number of orders. The more ordered, the lower the price. We could also do sweatshirts, but the cost of course is higher.
(And for full disclosure, my web site appears on the back.)
A Little Background
I directed this cover myself, it was designed by the talented Kim Draper, and photographed by my daughter-in-law Kelsey Thomson. The model is Kelsey’s long-time friend Kaitlan Livingston. I rented the costume from a local shop.
The dog in the story is named Luigi. He plays such an important role, he had to be on the cover. The music represents “tune,” the direction of our lives, the manner in which we orchestrate our plans.
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I would love to know what you think! (Description below)
In Sofia’s Tune, we meet Sofia Falcone, a young woman who has been living in New York only a short time when she is stunned to discover a family secret, one that soon sends her beloved mother into a mental institution. Scrambling to keep her job and care for her mother, Sofia is convinced confronting the past will heal all wounds, but her old world Italian family wants to keep the past in the past.
During this time, she encounters Antonio, a Vaudeville pianist with a street-smart dog, seeking to discover why his father was mysteriously killed. Their crossed paths uncover a frightening underworld in Little Italy. Bringing the truth to light may cost Sofia’s mother’s sanity, Antonio’s career, and the livelihoods of countless immigrants. Change is on the horizon, but it may not bring what they expect.
I’m trying something new! Since Celtic Wisdom is out of print, I thought I’d try recording an audio version. Uh, not as simple as it sounds! There are Irish words in there, and the book was published in UK English, so some things are not the way I would usually say them. For instance, sometimes their verb-subject agreement is different.
It’s not perfect, but for those of you who like listening to podcasts, you might like it. (It’s possible I’m the only who will notice these quirks.)
A Free Introduction
So I’m posting the mp3 here of the first chapter. If you like it, let me know: would you be willing to pay say, 99cents, for additional chapters? It takes me hours to record one part, so I need to know if this something readers would like before I press on.
The chapter titles:
How the Ancient Irish Found the Christian Path
The Apostles of Erin
Celtic Learning and Art
The Free Chapter
I recently posted some pictures from my time at the Dublin Irish Festival over on my blog Celtic Voices. Click here to see them.
I promised a young reader there that next year I would have the sequel to Brigid of Ireland. (So I have to do it now!) She said, “I will buy it for $10 or whatever it costs!”
Melted my heart!
It’s one of my favorite things about these festivals. I’ve discovered that a lot of young girls enjoy Brigid of Ireland, but even though I told a 30’s-ish young man this, thinking he wanted it for his daughter, he bought it for himself. (Oops!)
I talked to people from Ireland who wandered over to my table. Some just wanted to tell ME a story, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed that. The craic is well worth coming for! Other people wanted to know a bit about the writing process. The stage manager at the tent where I spoke wanted to know what I thought about ebooks. Other people had questions about a series how my books reflected the actual immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Whether or not these people bought books, I had a great time just meeting them.
Meeting Other Authors
You can’t spend an entire weekend in a tent with other authors without getting to know them a bit. Some I had met before, and others were new friends. I heard a little of their publishing tales, and also their thoughts on Celtic spirituality, which was fascinating.
A highlight this year was sitting next to Sean McCabe, who not only is a novelist and poet, but also a musician, born in Ireland and living in Sweden. He even played some music for us right there in our tent when traffic was slow on Sunday afternoon. Here is a link to one of his albums on iTunes. Do yourself a favor and listen to a preview.
Have you ever been to an Irish festival?
Let me know in the comments!
Maybe you want people to know that the dark circles under your eyes are not from drinking late the pub. Maybe you just want to celebrate the fact that reading is your pastime. Perhaps you want to invite other readers like yourself to speak up and introduce themselves.
Maybe you just want to support a cause.
I think there could be lots of reasons you need one of these shirts, and time is running out!
Some people wear shirts bearing the logo of these favorite sports teams. Some people wear flags on their shirts. Some wear proudly their favorite clothing brand. So, why not readers?
I’ve ordered these shirts before. They are well made, one of my favorites to pull out of my closet. So there is no need to worry about that. They are available in blue or green, children sizes through XXXXL. T-shirt or sweatshirt hoodie.
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Women in Church
We have a woman pastor, and for the United Methodist Church, that is not an unusual thing. It’s the first time I believe in my particular church. It has, therefore, brought up the question (so I’ve heard, I’ve not been in these discussions) about the appropriateness of women in leadership positions in the church.
I Am Just a Woman, Called by God
I think it’s ridiculous to even have that discussion. A 91-year-old woman I know repeatedly says, “They are called by God just like a man is.” But still it persists. Some even say there is Biblical reason for their belief that women should not be in leadership.
The First Woman Preacher
I don’t listen to this much, but today it came to mind because when I went to www.sacredspace.ie for my devotional, I discovered it’s the saint day for Mary Magdalene. Therefore, the scripture is about her: John 20:1-2, 11-18. As I read it, it hit me. What if Mary had not been allowed to “preach?”
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
That’s what I try to do, and sometimes that means reading books not yet published in this country. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of The Dress by Kate Kerrigan. If you can, order it from the UK.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Dress by Kate Kerrigan combines fashion and one’s search for love beautifully in a tale that spans generations. Told with an obviously deep knowledge of the world of fashion design, this novel made me root for Honor and Joy, the two main characters in the 1950s tale, and certainly for poor workaholic Lily in the modern tale whose grandfather’s past in Ireland is a mystery to her. There were a lot of characters in this novel, and at first I did not understand how their stories would connect, but wanting to know what would happen to them kept me turning pages, and the beautiful message that Honor learns late in her life gave me that satisfied sigh that I’m always looking for in a book. Recommended for those who love stories that dig to a level deeper than mere romance to explore human relationships and family legacies.