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Updates!   Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. is getting closer to publication! Cover is done, but I still need to complete the wrap around and start the formatting fun.   Past Storm and Fire – Almost done recording for audiobook! I

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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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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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A Samhain Blessing

From Arthur Hinds, Bard Extraordinaire:   I honor my ancestors- those that came before me- those that stand beside me in the eddies of time.   I honor my family- family by fated blood relation- family by recognition and adoption

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Please nominate Call of the Morrigú for the Dragoncon Awards!

Hey, folks!   I’m trying to get on the Dragoncon Award Ballots!   Eligible books are published between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18.   I’d love if folks could sign on and register (does take email address and verification), nominating Call of

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Great new review of Misfortune of Vision by the Historical Novel Society!

The lovely folks at The Historical Novel Society just posted a wonderful new review of Misfortune of Vision, book #4 in The Druid’s Brooch Series. . “Thoroughly researched, the novel brims with a magnetic appeal to lovers of Irish medieval history.

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Scottish Folk Magic & the Dead | Introduction

There is a seldom explored thread of an idea that needs woven into a larger narrative. That of Scottish Folk magic and older practices relating to ancestors, the Sidhe and animism and not so much deity as some of us

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Ancient Lore and Magic of Crows and Ravens

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (Corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. The raven actually has more

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Ireland’s Síle na Giġ | An encyclopedia of all the Irish Sile na Giġ

A comprehensive catalogue of all the Shella na Gigs in Ireland with maps, photos and detailed descriptions. Source: Ireland’s Síle na Giġ | An encyclopedia of all the Irish Sile na Giġ

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The Celtic Fire Festival of Lughnasadh

I wish everyone a blessed and fruitful Lughnasadh!   Lughnasadh is a Celtic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland & Scotland. Source: The Celtic Fire Festival of Lughnasadh

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Living Liminally: An Amadán na Bruidhne – The Fairy Fool

Source: Living Liminally: An Amadán na Bruidhne – The Fairy Fool

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Call of the Morrigú – cover coming tomorrow!

Call of the Morrigú will be on pre-order on Amazon TOMORROW, release date July 19th! I’ll post the delightful cover art tomorrow. . Would you dare rouse a Goddess? . Life wasn’t easy in 1798 Ireland. Rebellions were rising across

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Merry Beltaine!

Merry Beltane! Beltane evokes images of Maypole dancing and pagan delight. And well it should! Beltaine, Beltane, or Lá Bealtaine in the Irish, is a Gaelic festival celebrating the halfway point between the spring equinox (March 21) and the summer solstice (June

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Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is celebrated in Edinburgh | Daily Mail Online

Some day I’ll make it to this!   Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire at the annual Beltane Fire Festival. Source: Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is

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Ireland’s bizarre genital sculptures revealed in new map | Daily Mail Online

The bizarre sculptures of naked women exposing their vulva, found in medieval tower-houses, church sites and holy wells across Ireland and parts of the UK, have puzzled historians for decades. Source: Ireland’s bizarre genital sculptures revealed in new map |

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The Enchanted Swans is LIVE!

Release Day! The Enchanted Swans is live! GO get your copy for 99 cents now! The price goes up on March 12th. ***** The March Newsletter Giveaway is still going strong – enter for your chance to win! Enter the March

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Call of the Morrigú is on contract!

Well, crap, that was fast! I sent in Call of the Morrigú ten days ago. Ten. I just got the contract offer today! Ten days! Usually it’s several MONTHS. Ten days. Evidently my new editor (just got switched to her

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Lora O’Brien – Author & Freelance Writer – About Lora O’Brien

Do you feel drawn to Ireland, to it’s spirituality, history, people or lore? I’m fascinated by this woman, who runs workshops to get in touch with the mystical side of her land.   Lora O’Brien, Irish author, Freelance Writer, Heritage

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