On August 30 and 31 I performed readings in the Irish Pavilion at the Pleasanton, CA 149th Scottish Gathering and Games. My participation was sort of last minute, so I only brought the ten books I had on hand—five on each day—I sold out!
Check out my little display table.
I teamed up with Orla, the Irish Castle Shop owner, who hosted my book launch in March at her shop in San Francisco.
I read in between the Irish dancing performances. The dancers were amazing.
I had a terrific, but tiring, two days. I enjoyed hanging out with some new friends at the clan tents, especially the Fraser tent—the Fraser clan will figure predominately in the next book because of Devan’s heritage on her father’s side.
Now, back to writing…
I am thrilled to announce THE KEEPERS OF ÉIRE has won the 2014 Global Ebook GOLD Award for Fantasy/Contemporary. It is an honor to have won this year, and a validation of all the work that went into writing and publishing my first novel in “The Keeper” series.
Authors know their greatest challenge is getting their work known, read, loved, and recommended to others. One predicament authors have is finding readers. And, of course, the best publicity is “word-of-mouth”. So tell your friends and neighbors to take a chance and check out a new author’s work. There are some really great writers in the world today.
For my last full day in Scotland, I hung out with velociraptors, thistles and needle pointers, dragons at a palace and Grayfriars Bobby. I started the day finding a real gem of a sgian dubh (dagger). Then I learned about how Scotland (and Earth) was formed and changed since the Big Bang at Our Dynamic Earth.
Then I checked out the Scottish Parliment. A major vote is coming up in September for Scotland, yet I went to view the 160 panel Great Tapestry of Scotland-fabulous! I even added some stitching to a panel that will be presented to Parliment.
Next, I visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse -where the royal family resides when they come to Edinburgh. And, I found dragons.
I touched Grayfriars Bobby’s nose (it is rumored that the Skye Terrier lay by his human’s gravesite for 14 years until he himself died in 1872 -now that’s loyalty).
And I wrapped up my day with dessert and a pint, or two, of St. Andrews Smooth at the Balmoral Hotel. Wow, what fun I’ve had.
Tomorrow I head back to Dublin for one last afternoon and evening, then I fly back home. The time has gone quickly, but I’ve reconnected with some wonderful people and made new friends along the way.
I am blessed to be able to experience some parts of the lands of my ancestors. Slainte.
I spent the day in Edinburgh visiting the Castle (which is getting ready for the Military Tattoo).
Here I am at the line of cannons.
And some dragons.
The castle is built on top of an extinct volcano, and easy to see why it was built here. The castle is solid rock fortress.
I finished the day with an early supper at the Witchery. Also, check out the street I’m staying.
I’m going to visit the Palace at Holyroodhouse tomorrow.
The morning started with a book giveaway and send off from my Inverness lodging- the Atherstone Guesthouse.
We headed out to Culloden Battlefield where in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites lost their battle.
Next, the Clava Cairns (this will be one of the locations the Caledonian dragons will harness the earth magic in book 2 of my Keeper series). Grayson came along to show the way into the cairns.
Ruthven Barracks rounded out our morning.
We stopped in Pitlochry for lunch and whisky tasting. Guess where I ate lunch?
I’ll close out this post with our tour guide Bill (also my guide 3 years ago) from Real Scottish Journeys. He was quite supportive of my writing endeavor when last I was here, so…look for Bill in the next book.
We left the Isle of Skye and crossed the bridge to the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. And no wonder, it may be small, but quite beautiful.
We had a wee tour.
I found dragons!
Then we were off to find Nessie in Loch Ness.
And a quick stop to see Urquhart Castle before stopping for the night in Inverness.
The Fairies invaded my last post and stole the photos (snaps) of their glen. Here they are.
Even Grayson climbed to the top of the fairy castle with me after we traversed the wishing spiral and left a token.
Here are some snaps of the mystical landscape along with our rainy weather.
Our last stop of the day was a hike to the lighthouse that stood at the farthest westerly point in Scotland.
The sun is peaking through the clouds this morning as the tour leaves Skye.