#SpringReads ~ Spotlight on The Learn by Tony Halker #HistoricalFiction @Authoright #SundayBlogShare

 

Blending reality, history and legend, about a time when women were considered as important as men, taking power in an oral society that worships the Goddess. A whole Celtic Druid world is laid out before us, incorporating beliefs, technology and the natural environment.

A Celtic boy, a beach scavenger, is pledged to the Learn, a life of endurance, a path to become sworn Druid: scholar and warrior.  Young women and men progress, becoming Priests and Druidii. Friendship, affection, passion and care develop as novices mature, confidence emerging.
Seasonal battles of winter and summer bring rich festivals when seeds of men are taken by women in pleasure to prove fertility. Small damaged, hurt peoples on the margins of Celtic society blend in and out of vision. Continue reading

In The Blue Hour ~ A Novel by Elizabeth Hall ~ #Audiobook #NativeAmerican #FridayReads

  • 30112503Author: Elizabeth Hall
  • Performed by Joyce Bean
  • Released: November 2016 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Contemporary, Supernatural
  • four-stars

Elise Brooks dreams of a car accident on an icy road. Weeks later, her beloved husband, Michael, is killed in just such a crash. Now, overcome with grief and uncertainty, Elise believes his spirit may be following her in the form of a raven, trying to tell her something from beyond the grave.

Elise is depressed and in mourning after her dream of a car accident involving her husband months earlier which she believed to have been more of a prophecy. Guilt and blame for failing to interpret the dream are added to the swirling mix of emotions as Elise struggles to make sense of her loss. Michael, Elise’s husband, was a Native American wood carver whose work was in high demand, more especially since his death. His last piece was a beautifully detailed carving of a raven. Continue reading

A West Cork Mystery

  • WestCorkAuthor: Roy McCarthy
  • Published: February 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary, Historical, Mythical.
  • four-stars

A young American couple fall in love with an old house in the Irish countryside. They buy it, but get more than they bargained for. The youngest child of the Fitzgerald family suddenly disappears in 1946, but does his ghost still wander the rooms? And can it be that the fairies, the good folk of Irish myth, live on in this lonely corner of the Emerald Isle? Miranda Hunter is determined to release the young Jonno’s spirit and save her marriage, if she can.

The story revolves around an old house in County Cork and begins during the Irish War of Independence in 1920 with a visit from the West Cork Brigade of the IRA to the then owner of Dunmurry House. Fast forward to present day and recently married Americans, Miranda and Joe Hunter, are holidaying in Ireland. Miranda falls in love with the old house, even in it’s obvious state of disrepair, and can’t get it out of her mind. Persuading Joe to try a more laid back lifestyle in rural Ireland they put in an offer for the house.

Back home in Massachusetts Miranda had begun to forget about the house until a call came from the estate agent. The house was theirs if they wanted it. The call rekindled Miranda’s interest, repairs and renovations were carried out and Joe and Miranda moved into Dunmurry House.

The story traces the many incarnations of the house and the unexplained disappearances, happenings and deaths over the years. The Fitzgeralds, who lived there in the 1940s and sold up when their youngest son, Jonno, went missing. From the Murphy sisters who bought the house a couple of years later to the present day. The house had also been a home for ‘wayward girls’ which presented quite a chilling and archaic description of life, especially since it was as recent as the 1970s. 

Girls and young women were sent there by the county council and indeed sometimes by their own families. They had fallen pregnant outside marriage or had otherwise been judged immoral and unfit to live alongside decent people.

The Hunter’s nearest neighbour, Padraig, is not at all what he seems. Nor was the house as Miranda realises there is something there besides herself and Joe. And as the compulsion to find out more grips Miranda, her fixation drives her and Joe further and further apart as, at the same time, it brings the remaining members of another family together.

With leprechauns, fairies, a fairy fort; Tir-na-Nog and the battle between the Firbolgs and the Tuatha De Dannan, Ireland’s history, myths and legends are incorporated into a very enjoyable story. Great cover too, very atmospheric.

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Cherokee Legend ~ Two Wolves

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.

‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.’ He continued, ‘The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather ‘Which wolf will win?’

The old Cherokee simply replied ‘The one you feed.’

 

Center Point

  • CenterPointAuthor: R.M. Clark
  • Published: September 2013 by Writers AMuse Me
  • Category: Mystery/Suspense
  • four-half-stars

A list of names, an old map, and a drawing of a Native American warrior named Komaket: These are the items professional student, Dennis Kozma, receives on his twenty-fifth birthday. They are gifts from his father, who died fifteen years earlier. Unfortunately, Dennis’ memory is tainted by accusations that his father defrauded their town before his death. The map leads Dennis to the graves of the men on the list… members of a secret society awaiting the return of Komaket. While unravelling the mystery of this society, Dennis discovers a shocking conspiracy: town officials covered up a dark secret and framed his father. As he strives to clear his father’s name, before the long-awaited arrival of Komaket changes his quiet New England town forever, Dennis comes to two startling and fateful realizations — nothing is what is seems, and all clues lead to… The Center Point. 

I received a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Even though he’s been dead for fifteen years, Dennis Kozma’s father comes back into his life in the form of some papers he’s left for his son to open on his twenty-fifth birthday. Along with his best friends, Tom and Jed, and his Uncle Russell, Dennis sets out to uncover the mystery of the Native American legend, Komaket, and to clear his father’s name of embezzlement charges.

Gene pulled out a package and placed it on the table. It was a leather satchel with string wrapped round it in both directions. “I promised your father I would personally hand this to you on your twenty-fifth birthday.” He looked at his watch. “What do you know? I made it with a few hours to spare.”

I took a small knife from my pocket and sliced off the string binding the package. I flipped open the top and pulled out two manilla folders. They smelled like my father’s cologne – God, I missed that scent.

It was intriguing to follow the mystery from Dennis’ point of view, how the clues were worked through, where they lead and the discoveries made along the way. The ever evolving drawing was especially compelling and curious. Legends and folklore are fascinating topics and although the ones mentioned in the story are fictional they are written in such a way as to have an authentic feel, tying in with the history of the town and it’s founding fathers.

The conspiracy and lore Dennis uncovers lead him ever deeper into the complexity of the mystery. What is it that links his father to a Native American legend and a battle from the Revolutionary war? Strange things start to make sense and as the threads of the puzzle are woven together an underlying darkness threatens. The conclusion is unexpected and dramatic, thank goodness for Uncle Russell….and Komaket. I’m sorry Melody and Dr Overmann didn’t get their comeuppance though.

I like that it was also a journey of discovery for Dennis, giving him the incentive he needs to kick-start his own life. He’s an engaging character but, at twenty-five, one that needs to grow up. He’s coasted along as a student and now needs to become part of the real world.

A very enjoyable read.

The book may be purchased at Amazon US Amazon UK and also found on Goodreads

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R. M. Clark is a computer scientist and adult and children’s book writer who lives in a small New England town with his wife, two sons, one dog and one cat. He is currently at work on his latest middle grade mystery.