Want to celebrate “being Irish”, even if you’re only Irish for one day? Would you like to get a taste of Éire, but can’t afford the travel expenses? Immerse yourself in this mystical, magical land as you journey with Christian and Devan in The Keepers of Éire as they discover their destinies, the truth of dragons, and the depths of honor and loyalty to which people will go to protect the ones they love.
As I did last year, I’ll once again offer a St. Patrick’s Day (weekend, actually) special on the ebook editions of my fantasy novels, The Keepers of Éire, The Keepers of Éire-YA Edition, and Reluctant Paladin. Readers will be transported to the lush, rolling hills, spectacular stone circles, and bustling cities of Ireland. Oh, and don’t forget—dragons!
Newly released for readers ages 8 +, Reluctant Paladin takes place during the same timeframe as The Keepers of Éire, along with some of the main characters. Yet this is a stand-alone, unique story.
All ten-year-old Niall wants is to stay out of trouble at his new school, but the school bully has other ideas. Now Niall must protect a centuries-old secret—dragons really do exist!
The St. Patrick’s Day ebook sale will begin Thursday (March 15, 2018). Hurry to get your copy here. And as an independent author, I’d really appreciate your reviews/feedback on Amazon and Goodreads.
Enjoy the read. Let your imagination take flight! Sláinte!
The Celtic Festival of Beltaine which marks the beginning of summer in the ancient Celtic calendar is a Cross Quarter Day, half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. While the Beltaine Festival is now associated with May 1st, the actual astronomical date is a number of days later. The festival was marked with the lighting of bonfires and the movement of animals to summer pastures.
In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer season started with the Fire Festival at Beltaine. Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition, heralding in the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and were accompanied with rituals to protect the people from any harm by otherworldly spirits.
In my novel, The Keepers of Éire, the Tuatha dragon clan members renew their sworn oath to protect the land and its inhabitants, and rejuvenate the dragons’ magic by reciting the clan motto: Ni neart go cur le cheile (There is no strength without unity) and flying over the ley lines at the Beltaine Fire Festival on the Hill of Tara. Also, my two protagonists, Christian and Devan, officially pair up with their dragons (Roarke and Dochas, respectively) in a Chosen Ceremony, and end with both humans in great peril. To find out how the story ends, check out The Keepers of Éire.
May you enjoy Beltaine with this image from http://www.irelandcalling.ie