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Check out the Booktrack trailer for The Keepers of Éire: Chapter 1.

Also, today I listed The Keepers of Éire with The Irish Book Club on their website at http://www.theirishbookclub.com. I will be sending a copy for review in the next day or two. This site is designed for advertising of Irish authors and those authors that write about Ireland.

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, tell all your friends about a new fantasy novel with a bit of mystery and romance they would surely enjoy.

May soft be the grass you walk on. May fair be the skies above you. May true be the joys that surround you. And may dear be the hearts that love you.

Sláinte!

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The Keepers of Éire book launch at Irish Castle Shop, SF

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! On March 1, 2014, The Irish Castle Shop in San Francisco, CA. rolled out the green carpet for me, my dragons, and friends & family (both old and new). 

Check out these video clips where I discussed my love of dragons, my intrigue with my Celtic heritage, and how that combination translated into my debut novel, The Keepers of Éire.

The Keepers of Éire: Introduction & Reading

The Keepers of Éire: Q & A

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a book launch

Kick off March and St. Patrick’s Day 2014 with a book launch and reading from new author Jordan Bernal. 

Event hosted by The Irish Castle Shop, 527 Geary St. San Francisco.Image

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Author Reading – Towne Center Books

On December 10, 2013, I was invited with three other writer friends to an author reading at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, CA.

Author Reading - Towne Center Books
Author Reading – Towne Center Books

Left to right: Jordan Bernal, Neva Hodges, Elaine Schmitz, & Julaina Kleist-Corwin.

I read an excerpt from my recently released novel, The Keepers of Éire. Of course, any reading of mine must include props—check out a small selection of my dragon collection. My novel can be found at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and requested at bookstores worldwide.

Elaine read from her novel Recipes & Recollections of My Greek-American Family. We snacked on delicious cookies Elaine made from her book.

Neva Hodges and Julaina Kleist-Corwin read excerpts from their short stories in Harlequin’s 2014 Christmas anthology A Kiss Under the Mistletoe.

Click here to watch the video of my reading.

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Author Talk video redux

Lets try this again. Let me know if you can’t see this.

My Author Talk at John Green Elementary School link. Or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5gVDjLQR1E

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Author Talk – New link for video

Sorry Folks,

I inadvertently used an ‘S’ where I should have used a ’5′ in the link.

Here is the correction: Check out my video here.

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Author Talk – November 22, 2013

On Friday, November 22, 2013, I spoke to Ms. Moylan’s 4th grade class at John Green Elementary School in Dublin, CA about my experience of writing and publishing my first novel. But let me back up about two weeks to when I had received my ‘proof’ copy of my novel, The Keepers of Éire, and shared it with some friends. That’s when Jake asked me if I’d come talk to his class about being an author. Needless to say, I was thrilled. I’d get to talk to youngsters about the importance of reading, studying punctuation and grammar, and research.

Of course I was a bit nervous, after all, my novel is written for adults. What would I say? I decided I’d bring some props (several dragons from my collection & some of the books I enjoyed reading as a youngster) and emphasize using your imagination. I tailored my discussion to include:

▪   Write what you know or what interests you

▪   The main elements of a story

▪   Reading & research

I talked for about 20 minutes and then opening it up for questions and answers. The students asked some well-thought-out questions, such as: What are the steps to getting a book published? What are my favorite types of books to read? What does my writing day consist of and where do I typically write? Why do I write under a pen name? And my favorite: Who inspires you as a writer?

I was able to video the first 10 minutes of my talk (not the part where I had the students close their eyes while I read a paragraph about one of the dragons and asked if they could imagine the dragon, or the Q&A session. Bummer).

Check out my video here.

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