One year ago today, I published my second book in my Crown of Tír na nÓg series titled Unseelie Queen. Out of curiosity, I dug through my folders and looked at the opening scene of the very first draft. It is crucial to craft a compelling first scene; it needs to draw a reader in... Continue Reading →
#FaerieFriday: Tír na nÓg
It's the last #FaerieFriday before the release of my debut novel SEELIE PRINCESS on September 19. And I have something special planned for today. In previous posts, I've introduced various creatures of the Celtic Fair Folk. Today, I want to introduce the Celtic Otherworld: Tír na nÓg. According to A Treasury of Irish Fairy and... Continue Reading →
Chapters 1 – 3 of SEELIE PRINCESS (The Crown of Tír na nÓg #1)
Two faerie courts striving for power. One mortal girl desperate to save her father.When Kayla lost her father, her family wanted her to move on. But Kayla knows that he never died. She also knows that he is no longer in her world. After years of searching for the faeries he told her about, Kayla... Continue Reading →
So far we've covered Seelie and Unseelie faeries, pookas, faoladhs, and merrows. But we should not forget about the tiniest member of the Fair Folk: the pixies. These small, childlike creatures are mostly benign, but they might enjoy playing the occasional trick. They're known to live in moors, forests, or even gardens. In Cornish Folklore,... Continue Reading →
Last week I introduced the faoladh, the Irish werewolf. This week's creature is the Celtic folklore version of a mermaid. However, the merrow is not part mermaid, part human. It is a sea-creature, with pale skin and see-colored hair. The females are said to be unearthly beautiful, while male merrows are hideous. Some legends say... Continue Reading →
Looks like the hot summer weather distracted me from my blog for a while... but I'm back and ready to share some facts! Last time, I introduced you to a creature of the Fair Folk, the Pooka. Today I want to tell you about a mythical being that might not be part of the Fair... Continue Reading →
SEELIE PRINCESS: Cover Reveal!
I'm beyond excited to finally reveal the cover of my debut novel SEELIE PRINCESS. And I'm also thrilled to announce that the ebook will launch on September 19, 2019. Just one more month! THE BLURB “Your father is alive.” Kayla never lost hope that her father survived that fateful night. But she knows she won’t... Continue Reading →
Last week I talked about categorizing faeries into the Seelie and the Unseelie Court, but the Fair Folk is so much more than faeries. One of those creatures that dwell with the faeries is the pooka, sometimes also spelled púca, phouka, or even pwca. What is a pooka? The pooka is an Irish goblin with... Continue Reading →
#FaerieFriday: Seelies and Unseelies
The term 'faerie' does not refer to one individual type of being, but rather encompasses a whole variety of beings. In Celtic mythology there are many ways to categorize faeries, for example into Trooping Faeries or Solitary Faeries. But one categorization that has intrigued me from the beginning was the Scottish notion of a Seelie... Continue Reading →
#FaerieFriday: Fairy, Faerie, or Fae?
My upcoming novel Seelie Princess will be filled with all kinds of magical creatures. I based a lot of the story and characters on Celtic mythology, but not all of my research made its way into the novel. Over the course of the next few months, I will share bits and pieces of Celtic lore... Continue Reading →