Showing posts from April, 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

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. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge The Bear and the Nightingale b y 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 t