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BellaOnline Ebook Awards-Gold winner for SF & F: The Keepers of Éire

Way to go, Jordan. Congratulations.

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As posted December 21, 2014 on the Mused edition for BellaOnline:

Gold Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Keepers of Eire1awards

Here is what BellaOnline had to say about my first novel in The Keepers series:

Devan Fraser might have been born in the US, but her family’s connection to Ireland runs deep. So when her parents are tragically killed, she embarks on a trip to seek out her heritage. What she doesn’t know is that her ancestors intertwine with a secret group of dragon-riders, sworn to protect Ireland from harm.

When she meets Dublin street-rat Christian Riley, they immediately recognize kindred spirits in each other. Together they must find their destiny and help bring an end to a serial killer’s tormented activities.

The Keepers of Eire is a wonderfully, intricately layered journey through the streets of Ireland and the many sacred sites which pepper its green fields. The characters are rich…

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December 29, 2014 · 8:13 pm

Written Across the Genres Author Interview

Emily De Falla’s interview continues from my April 15th post. Her Western flash story, “The New Ranch Hand”, and her essay, “You’re Going to be on Art Linkletter”, are in my anthology, Written Across the Genres.

I asked Emily to name a favorite author, why she writes and where, and what she is working on now. She answered:

I can’t pick just one author. I love Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Geraldine Brookings, and Ann Patchett. I learn something every time I read something they write, about myself, about the human condition, about the meaning of life.

I write because it requires me to “think with consequences.” To write well you have to think hard and deep, answer difficult and complex questions, and take a position. I don’t mean in a political way, but even deciding what word to use, or how to begin a story is taking a position. Writing is work and takes skill and concentration.

I pretty much always write at my dining room table, or the desk in my home office, not because “I like it” but because it is where the computer is when I have the time to write.

I almost never have a work in progress, and now is no exception. My pattern is to go for a long time without writing anything and then to sit down and pound something out, often a full draft in one sitting. I am seriously considering taking a stab at poetry because it is the highest distillation of emotion and words and requires intense focus and observation. I welcome what I consider would be an extreme challenge. I think the reward would be similar to that of a spiritual journey.

Thanks, Emily.

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April 18, 2014 · 9:50 pm

Braving Memories by Julie Royce

http://www.timestheywereachanging.com/blog/

Julie Royce’s story, Headed North on a Southern Highway will be published in the Times They Were A-Changing Anthology available in August. The anthology theme is Women remember the 60’s and 70’s.

Editor Kate Farrel prefaced Royce’s blog post with: Julie Royce is the winner of Prose Second Honorable Mention. Julie discusses the courage it took for her to write and then submit her personal story.

Julie Royce

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April 12, 2013 · 6:28 pm