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Beltaine by Lora O’Brien

Watch this fantastic video of Lora O’Brien discussing Bealtaine Beltane is the anglicised version of our Irish word Bealtaine – still in use and meaning ‘the month of May’, and used in association with May Eve or May Day in

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May Day & Butter Stealing Witches

On May Day, or more particularly, May morning, witches are traditionally believed to be able to steal their neighbour’s milk or butter, so that no amount of churning will create butter. These witches, or hags as they were often known,

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OTD IN 1014 – BATTLE OF CLONTARF: THE DUBLIN NORSE AND THE KING OF LEINSTER, WITH VIKING ALLIES FROM OVERSEAS, ARE DEFEATED BY BRIAN BORU’S ARMY AT CLONTARF.

The bounds between Irish Legend and Irish Myth has often been blurred, especially as the retelling of heroic deeds has been passed on through generations. Brian Boru was no legend although his life deeds were legendary. He was very much

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Landscape of Scottish Mythological Gods, Goddesses and Giants

Scottish mythology and folklore make a finely woven tartan (travel) rug threaded with a collection of colorful and sometimes dark tales that have emerged from the long history of Scotland; each one elaborated and bettered by successive generations of storytellers. But

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Interactive map of English myths

English Heritage has created this fun interactive map of English myths. You can click on castles, ancient monuments, and other notable places to get details about the myths behind them. https://mythsmap.english-heritage.org.uk   I’m a little sad it doesn’t have Scotland

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Notre-Dame

I’m heartbroken.   No, I’ve never visited Notre-Dame. It’s always been on my list, but I’ve never been to France yet, despite multiple trips to Europe. It was one of those things, like Rome or Athens, that would simply always

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Posted in Art, History, Travel

Past Storm and Fire is now released!

Past Storm and Fire Past Storm and Fire, a timeslip romance taking place in both modern Miami and medieval Iceland, is now RELEASED!!  It will be available both on Kindle and in Print (presuming I can get my proof done

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Misfortune of Time is a Rone Award Nominee for 2019!

(Buy link HERE!) In 11th century Ireland, Étaín must hide her pagan magic from her pious Christian priest husband, Airtre. She wants to escape his physical abuse, but she must stay to protect their grandson, Maelan. Over many lifetimes, she

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Past Storm and Fire is now on Pre-Order!

Past Storm and Fire Past Storm and Fire, a timeslip romance taking place in both modern Miami and medieval Iceland, is now available on pre-order!  It will be available both on Kindle and in Print (presuming I can get my

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Misfortune of Time is a Nominee for 2019 Top Shelf Indie Book Awards

Misfortune of Time, Book # 6 in The Druid’s Brooch Series, has been named as a Nominee for the 2019 Top Shelf Indie Book Awards!  

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Misfortune of Song and Misfortune of Vision are finalists in The 2018 Wishing Shelf Awards!

Link to a list of the 2018 FINALISTS in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The children’s books were read and judged by children in 8 UK primary and secondary schools, the adult books by 2 Reading Groups, 1 in London

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Age of Saints – Reviews are coming in!

Readers are leaving some lovely comments on Age of Saints, book #7 in The Druid’s Brooch Series Now available on all Amazon platforms, including Kindle Unlimited!   “This story has its own unique identity, but also ‘fits’ wonderfully well with

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Legacy of Hunger is FREE!

Legacy of Hunger, book #1 in The Druid’s Brooch Series, is now FREE! That’s right, totally free! In 1846, on a farm in Ohio, 22-year-old Valentia is haunted by her Irish grandmother’s tales of the family she once left behind

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Age of Saints releases tomorrow!

Tomorrow is release day for Age of Saints, book #7 in The Druid’s Brooch Series! Has anyone read the ARC? Tomorrow would be a fantastic day to post a review! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, it’s on sale

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Age of Saints is on Pre-Order!

Age of Saints, Book #7 of The Druid’s Brooch Series, is now on pre-order! . Release date is March 6, 2019 . NOTE: This book will ONLY be available via Kindle Unlimited for the first 90 days after release. After

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Viking Map with Old Norse Placenames

Great map including the world as per the Vikings, and their placenames for all the locations.   http://thedockyards.com/map-viking-world-placenames-old-norse-language  

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Folklore of Little Christmas

via Folklore of Little Christmas Today is Little christmas/the feast of the epiphany. A few small snippets of Irish folklore relating to the traditions associated with the day taken from the National Folklore Schools collection. It is also known in

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Norwegian Forest Cats, The Pets Of The Vikings

Discover the history of the Norwegian forest cats (known in Norwegian as ‘Norske skogkatter’), the pets of the well known Vikings. Source: Norwegian Forest Cats, The Pets Of The Vikings

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Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. – a blurb preview!

I’m still working out the kinks and edits for Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. but I took some time to write up the first draft of a blurb.   What do you think? Would it intrigue you enough to purchase?  

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Happy Solstice!

Happy solstice!   Ah, December. The ringing of jingle bells until you want to smash the little buggers whenever they appear, the mad dash for holiday gifts, the dreaded anticipation of hordes of relatives appearing at your doorstep. And yet,

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