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Two special Scottish Island events in February!
Friday, February 1, at 7:30 P.M.: the Sixth Annual Eilean Dubh concert at Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, one block north of Marshall, one block west of Fairview.
Yes, that's right: the Sixth Annual concert! Hard to believe that much time has passed since Sherry Ladig first conceived the idea of presenting a concert based on the music she'd written for Westering Home, my first book.
This year Sherry's expanding the repertoire to include Scottish music in Cape Breton, America, and Shetland, titling the concert "From Scotland to the Far-Flung Isles." Performers will include Dunquin Trio with fiddler Nathan Gourley, and Laura MacKenzie, the "Voice of Eilean Dubh." I'll be there, reading from and signing my newest book, Rosie’s Cèilidh. There'll be a tea of Scottish sweets and savories at the interval. Cost for concert and tea is $12.
Rosie’s Cèilidh will be available for purchase at the concert, along with "Rosie's Dream Baskets," which feature a copy of the book, a beautiful collectable "half doll" designed and crafted by professional artists in a numbered, limited edition, packed in a basket of fragrant white Georgia pine, hand-made especially for me by Lenard and Heidi Waxler of Kountry Craft Baskets, Somerville, Tennessee.
Rosie’s Cèilidh is set on Eilean Dubh, and it's the story of a nine-year-old girl, a corgi, a Dandie Dinmont terrier and a mountain, a tale of courage, perseverance and patience. It's a book for the "inner child" in everyone.
Rosamond Mòrag Mac an Rìgh, Jean and Darroch's daughter, loves dogs, her Island, music and her honorary uncle, Bonnie Prince Jamie MacDonald, and she wants to be a princess, or, failing that, the Lady of Eilean Dubh, when she grows up.
The story is illustrated. It's suitable for ages 12 and up, especially nice for a parent or grandparent to read with a favorite young one.
This is not the book I intended to write . . . it took on its own identity, and at last had to be freed from another manuscript so that it could stand alone. But it's a good story, I think, and I hope you will like it.
I'll also be appearing at the Scottish Ramble on February 16 and 17, Saturday and Sunday, at Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, in downtown St. Paul. Rosie’s Cèilidh and Rosie's Dream Baskets will be available for purchase along with the other Scottish Island Novels, and I'll be there to sign them. And Mike will be presenting his "Becoming a Medieval Swordfighter" program for ages 9 on up at 2 P.M. on Saturday.
The Scottish Island Novels are published by Beaver's Pond Press, Edina, Minnesota, and distributed by Ingram. They are:
The White Rose of Scotland (sequel)
The Devil and the Dark Island (the story continues)
Magic Carpet Ride (a romantic diversion)
Rosie's Cèilidh (the fourth Eilean Dubh book)
May 22, 2006: Magic Carpet Ride won the Gold Medal for Romance Fiction in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year competition.
March 2006: The Devil and the Dark Island is the new Eilean Dubh book, and as in real life, the Devil is the one least expected.
A lot is happening on the Island, and incomers are behind much of it. A property developer with evil intentions has his eye on the beautiful coastline, and elements both real and unreal will disapprove. An archaeologist from Cornwall is looking for a Mesolithic site which he believes exists on Eilean Dubh, and he finds help and romance in the person of newspaper editor/wildflower nut Anna Wallace. Joe Munro's mother Helen comes to visit, to the delight of Minister Donald, who falls hard for her. Màiri MacDonald has a wild new scheme to finance improvements to the Gaelic Playschool. Bonnie Prince Jamie is confronted by ghostly wisps who want something from him that he's not sure he's prepared to give. And Jean is contemplating a new addition to the family, to Darroch's pleasure and Rosie's dismay. Talking seals and fairies make their appearance, too. As Jean would say, whatever next?
In their May 2006 issue Romantic Times Book Club Magazine gave The Devil four and one half stars, their highest rating, and called it "another fascinating tale in the Scottish Island Novel series . . . a book to treasure."
April 2005: The White Rose of Scotland
was named a Notable
Book in the 2005 Writers' Notes Book Awards, a competition which recognizes
excellence in publishing by independent and small presses. The magazine said,
"Even if you aren’t a fan of love stories, you’ll love the backdrop.
You can almost see the heather and smell the peat."
The White Rose of Scotland continues the story of Jean and Darroch. Yes, reader, she marries him, but not until the advent of an addition to the Mac an Rìgh clan. With Bonnie Prince Jamie and his wife Màiri, they will take the British folk world by storm as the group Tradisean. As a bonus, they’ll get the Gaelic Playschool roof fixed.
Westering Home won the Bronze Award in its fiction category in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year 2003 Competition. Foreword Magazine is a reviewing source for booksellers and librarians, and the competition attracted a total of over 1200 entries in all categories. WH also received the Andrew Simon Fraser Memorial Scholarship from the Saint Andrews Society of Minnesota.
Magic Carpet Ride, the fourth Scottish Island Novel, is a romantic spoof set on Cape Breton Island and in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. Published in 2005, it’s the story of hapless rug designer Dorcas Carrothers and her impulsive love affair with wonderful Québécois hero Angus MacQuirter. Romantic Times gave the book four stars, and readers report that it makes them laugh out loud!
Nearly finished is O'Leary, Kat and Cary Grant, a story about a psychic Burmese cat named O'Leary, who takes his human through a crack in the basement walls into a series of alternate realities complete with fairy tale characters, vampires, witches, a mythological monster and a very cross black panther.
In progress are a sequel to Magic Carpet Ride, titled Down by the Salley Gardens (what would you do if you won ninety million dollars in the lottery?), and The Woman Who Loved Newfoundland, a love story set on the province nicknamed The Rock.
I’d love to hear your comments on the Scottish Island Novels. Click to send me an e-mail!
Leis gach deagh dhùrachd – with every good wish,
Introduction to Westering Home
The White Rose of Scotland
About the author