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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 980 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

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The Keepers of Éire – Ireland Book Promotion Tour

I have lined up my first book reading/signing event for my Ireland trip: The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Time and details to be announced soon.
I am very excited to read and sign at this lovely hotel, steps from St.Declan’s Well (the location of the first murder in The Keepers of Éire). Image


I have several scenes in the book set in the hotel (fictionalized, of course) and St. Declan’s Well and Oratory.
The Cliff House Hotel serves a fantastic dinner menu and I look forward to enjoying the stunning view of Ardmore Bay from the dining room. I can almost taste the salmon and purple-topped broccoli now. Yum.ImageImageImage


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Latest Promotion Updates

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 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.


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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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My Irish Journey Began Two Years Ago

Another year has passed. Yes, that’s correct, it has been two years since I boarded an airplane for my “across the pond” journey into the lands of my characters in The Keepers of Éire. I can’t adequately express my love and exuberance of that journey. The people I met were inspirational. The locations matched my dreams. I can’t wait to go back (Book Tour?).

I’ve begun work on my website:   Check it out when you get a chance. I am still adding content, so have patience.

Here’s an update on the novel: I have completed the draft and several / many revisions. My manuscript has been read like a book (cover to cover) by my critique group and several “Beta Readers”. These readers have heard bits and pieces of scenes in either my edit class or at open mic nights. Their feedback was positive and constructive. I have made additional revisions based on their insights. I am now sending the latest version to several “Cold Readers”. These readers have not heard anything about the novel other than it is a fantasy involving dragons. In other words, these readers are my target audience.

I am working on finding an editor and hope to have someone lined up soon.  My thoughts are to self-publish in the coming months. Stay tuned.

I am also working with a terrific person, Christine McCall, on the cover. With my ideas, she has already designed the front cover and we are working on the back cover.

Have a peek:

TKoE Cover


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2012 Blog Information

Crunchy numbers

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

In 2012, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 39 posts. There were 11pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 34 MB. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 9th with 55views. The most popular post that day was May 9.


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The Next Big Thing

I want to thank a fellow Ireland lover and great storyteller, Marlene Dotterer for tagging me in this blog-go-round. I’m supposed to answer ten questions about my work-in-progress. I just completed a draft of my first novel in a planned series.

When you have finished reading this blog, check out Marlene’s Next Big Thing here.


What is the working title of your book?

The Keepers of Éire

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The germ to write a fantasy started with my love for all things Dragon. I have been fascinated with dragons since I was quite young. About five years ago I wanted to learn more about my own heritage. I discovered Irish, Scottish, and Spanish from my father’s side and a bit of Irish, Scottish, and German from my mother’s. I chose Ireland because the plethora of myths about faeries and heroes lent itself more to the possibilities of actual dragons and magic existing in modern times.

What genre does your book fall under?

The Keepers of Éire is a modern day fantasy  (dragons) that incorporates some mystery (solving murders) with romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, the ultimate writer’s dream, movie options.

Christian: Colin Farrell with blue eyes.     Devan: I’m not sure. An American, possibly Kiera Knightly.     Robert: Jude Law.     Sean: An aged Sean Bean.     Padrick: Pierce Brosnan.     Kiely: Helen Mirren.     Ronan: Richard Harris    Logan: Jonathan Ryse Meyers.     Kelly: Michael Fassbender    Dragon Voices: Fionn: Liam Neeson.     Roarke: Chris Hemsworth.     Dochas: Saoirse Ronan     Grayson: Gabriel Byrne

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In early 21st Century Ireland, a thief and an American woman discover a shared destiny and team up to stop a dragon killer.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’d like to send The Keepers of Éire to agents and see what type of response I get. I’ll give it 3-6 months, then I’ll self-publish. I don’t want to wait forever to get my story our to readers, especially since this is the first book in a planned series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About 3 1/2 years, but I edited as I received feedback from my critique group and others.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’d like to think that if Anne McCaffrey ever had her dragons from The Dragonriders of Pern series ‘Go Between’ back to Earth, they would be the forefathers of my dragons. I also am inspired by authors who write interesting Irish characters, such as: Maeve Binchy, Frank Delaney, Patrick Taylor, and Nora Roberts.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Since I love fantasy, I’d like to say the following authors: JRR Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobbs, and Mercedes Lackey. These are just a few fantasy writers that I admire and tried to write up to. I also wanted to write a fantasy that was more geared toward adults than YA.

I’m stealing a line from Marlene Dotterer when I say: “Ireland is always an inspiration!” I had never traveled across the pond, but I had always had a burning desire to see the places of my ancestors. I researched locations for The Keepers of Éire by reading stories set in Ireland and pouring over Coffee Table Books of this wondrous isle. When I finally visited and traveled to many of the locations in my story, I fell in love.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I was informed I needed to say: THE SEX SCENES. In all seriousness; I hope I captured different facets of the human condition and wove their stories into a fantasy setting  I wish was real. I so want to be a Dragonrider. In writing The Keepers of Éire, my wish comes true.

Thanks for reading this blog and I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about my NEXT BIG THING.    Jordan Bernal


Julaina Kleist-Corwin writes women’s fiction and teaches writers how to Polish Their Fiction in a series of classes held in Dublin, CA. I have learned how to make my characters more real and how to keep my readers turning the pages.

W. Blake Heitzman has a dry sense of humor and incorporates that in his Science Fiction stories. Blake’s love of science shows through in his writing.

Shannon Brown has self-published her first YA novel Rock ‘n’ Roll in Locker Seventeen and is currently working on the prequel. She knows the lingo and has her reading audience pegged to a T.


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