Monday, December 11, 2017

The 12 Fantasy Fiction Foods of Christmas (and the Rest of the Year)

12 Novel Treats I'd Like to Eat


One of the things I enjoy in a good book is learning what the characters love (or hate) to eat. Who wouldn't want to feast with Hobbits or sample Willy Wonka's peculiar sweets? As a writer, I love feeding my characters interesting dishes--some real (such as the hot grape pudding in The Mermaid's Sister) and some imaginary (like the horrid, squishy, gray, mushroom bread toast served by the leprechauns in The Gold-Son).


Just for fun, here's a list of 12 foods (and drinks) from books that I'd like to sample (in no particular order).

  1. From the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel: the little house "built of bread and covered with cakes," with "windows...of clear sugar." Note: check for lurking witch before sampling.
  2. From The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Elvish lembas or way bread, "more strengthening than any food made by Men," and "better than...honey-cakes."
  3. From The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Chocolate mice with licorice tails. So cute!
  4. From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Turkish Delight.
  5. From Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: The cheese buns Peeta baked for Katniss. (Oh how I love cheese and bread!)
  6. From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: three course dinner chewing gum. I know it's dangerous stuff, but...
  7. From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "Eat me" cakes and "Drink me" potion--for growing and shrinking purposes.
  8. From my novel The Mermaid's Sister: The "mysterious pastries" from Scarff's caravan served at the bonfire party (lemon and sage, or honey and black pepper).
  9. From The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: November Cakes (buttery yeast rolls glazed with honey and brown sugar). I've got to make some of these soon!
  10. From the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling: Chocolate frogs 
  11. From Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Miruvor,  "a warm and fragrant clear cordial" made by the Elves, thought to be made from "the honey of the undying flowers in the gardens of Yavanna." Invigorating and restorative--just what I need about now!
  12. From The Mermaid's Sister: Auntie's special Christmas morning apricot scones.Yum.
 
 What are your favorite fictional foods?
 Here's my Pinterest board of recipes for some of the treats I've mentioned:
 Fun Foods from Fiction 

Wishing you happy and frequent feasting throughout this holiday season!

~Carrie



Friday, July 7, 2017

The Gold-Son News


Launch Party and Beyond

Hi, all! I thought I'd share some photos from the launch party we had for The Gold-Son on June 30th. The James V. Brown Library of Williamsport, PA kindly allowed us to use their beautiful media room for our enchanted woods-themed festivities.

A Leprechaun showed up for the party, courtesy of Dad's Garage Art. Thanks, Wayne Parfitt!
Pot o' gold cupcakes sprouting rainbows, and other goodies!

Bat cookies in honor of our Faerie-bat friend Copper
Meringue mushrooms, chocolate mushrooms, shamrock cookies, forest berries...
The author read aloud and then gave out fabulous prizes!
Yes, I wanted to show off my cute dress.
Author & her wonderful husband--who gave her the shiny tree.

Not part of the party--but amazing gifts my publisher sent me to celebrate the book's release. Skyscape is the best!


 Also...great news! Audiofile Magazine gave the audio book their Earphones Award for outstanding audio book! See their review here: Audiofile Magazine Review



Enjoy your summer & keep on reading! Or listening... :)

~Carrie















 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Book Excitement & a Giveaway

The Gold-Son is coming soon!

 

It's finally June & the release of The Gold-Son is mere weeks away as I write this! I've started preparations for the fantastic launch party I'll be having at the James V. Brown Library on Friday, June 30th. We're going to have lovely snacks at this enchanted forest themed party, as well as a book signing, prizes, and a reading from the book!
I hope you can join us!

 
  In celebration of the release, I will be giving away a signed copy of the novel. To enter the drawing, follow me on Twitter (@noblebat) or Instagram (@carrieannenoble7) and post your favorite Irish quote or image (but please keep it clean, kids!). Be sure to tag your post with #thegoldson. My leprechaun friends will help me select a favorite, and I'll announce the winner July 1st. 
May the luck of the Irish be with you! 

 

 In other VERY exciting news, an excerpt from The Gold-Son will be featured in the June 2017 issue of Deep Magic--along with writing by Terry Brooks, Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, and more! Be sure to check out this excellent e-zine chock full of great science fiction and fantasy!



Beir bua agus beannach,
(Take victory & blessings),

Carrie
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

20 Witty Irish Sayings to Warm (or Chill) Your Heart

Irish Blessings, Curses, & Wisdom

 

In honor of the upcoming June 2017 release of my novel The Gold-Son (which features Irish characters, lore, and settings), I offer you a collection of Irish sayings—some sweet, some humorous, and a few downright nasty (things an ornery leprechaun might say!). Enjoy!  

 

 Wisdom & Good Wishes

1. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.
2. Enough is as good as a feast.
3. There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
4. God is good, but never dance in a small boat.
5. It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.
6. A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.
7. May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the outside leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.
8. May I see you old and grey and combing out your grandchildren's hair.
9. May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use
10. May the rocks in your field turn to gold.


Cruelty & Curses

"May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat."

1. She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.
2. May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch. 
3. May the seven terriers of hell sit on the spool of your breast and bark in at your soul-case.  
4. The treatment of the boiled, broken, little fish to you!   
5. The devil swallow him sideways!  
6. Dysentery on you!   
7. Six eggs to you, and half a dozen of them rotten!
8. May you not see the cuckoo nor the corncrake. 
9. The devil go with you and sixpence, then you'll want neither money nor company.
10. The death of the kittens to you!  


 Have any Irish sayings to add? Post them below in the comments--but please keep it clean for the kiddies & grannies!

Beir bua agus beannacht,*

Carrie 


*Take victory & blessings!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Five Book Recommendations (and Another Thing or Two)

Novels for Your TBR List

 

Here's a shocking confession: I read A LOT of books. Also (and sometimes unfortunately), I rarely read a book anymore without critiquing and editing every page in my head--so there are fewer and fewer books I fall in love with. With that in mind, the following are books I've read lately that I greatly enjoyed. I think these are all considered Young Adult novels, and each has some fairy tale or folk tale qualities.

Egg & SpoonThe Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (not a recent "new read" technically, but one I like to reread now and then because I love this book!)

In other news...

 

Here's a lovely review of The Gold-Son (from Goodreads), written by a teen reader who read an advance copy. 

 
"If you want to read a fantastical novel, I promise you, this is the one for you. This story centered around leprechauns is one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a while. I laughed and cried and felt every emotion known to man--and it was glorious.

This YA fantasy novel is great for literally any age. I could go straight from reading this to kids to reading it myself to giving it to my mother to read. There's not one person that I wouldn't recommend this book to.
"--Olivia

  
The Gold-Son will be released June 20, 2017, and is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

Happy reading, everyone! Be sure to leave me a note in the comments if you read any of the novels I've suggested--or if you have a recommendation for me.

Carrie Anne




 








 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Have you seen this cover???

Here it is!

I am thrilled to share this gorgeous cover with you! 

Like the cover for The Mermaid's Sister, The Gold-Son's cover was designed by the ridiculously talented M.S. Corley.  

You can see more of his work here: The Art of M.S. Corley

 

 

Everything on the cover represents something in the story, so when you read it, you might want to play a little game of "I Spy."

For more about The Gold-Son and to pre-order the book (which comes out June 20, 2017), click here: The Gold-Son on Amazon

 

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Gold-Son is coming!


A little more about the new book...

 

All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and take care of his granny, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually.

When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, where, alongside Eve, he’s forced to prepare to become one of them.

While Lorcan plots to use his “gold-children” as stepping-stones to the throne of the Leprechaun king, Tommin and Eve plan their escape—and find themselves falling in love. But Tommin’s humanity is slipping away, and unless Eve discovers the remedy in time, he’ll be doomed to spend eternity as a thieving trickster.

Can Tommin and Eve’s love survive over two centuries and help them defeat Lorcan and his magic, or is there no hope of breaking the Leprechaun’s curse?

To be released June 20, 2017. 

Available now for pre-order on Amazon. Click here: The Gold-Son