Writing Irish

If I had known what fun it is "Writing Irish," I would have started half a century ago. Maybe I was so slow to go Irish due to my Scots blood. Our bookshelves at home were loaded with Burns, Scott, MacDonald and Stevenson.  Mighty bards and storytellers, but a different branch of the Gaels. But I should have been infected young by all those great Irish authors I read in school -- Swift, Moore, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce -- who kept Literature classes from being dull. And I should have taken clues from all those rowdy Irish newspapermen I worked with as a young journalist, who kept the newsroom alive with eloquence and laughter. It was never dull there, either. Language was music.  But always the slow learner, I was in my seventies and had written a dozen books before I ever came up with an Irishman for a protagonist. I created Paddy Quinn as a lowly Army camp errand boy in the Mexican War, in my novel Saint Patrick's Battalion. Irish immigrants were hated and abused in the United States in those days, and many Irish soldiers deserted the American Army to fight on the side of Catholic Mexico. The boy Quinn saw all that drama happening. Paddy had learned to read, and he scribbled in a diary and a sketchbook, and evolved toward manhood in that war writing, and, therefore, thinking big. He was on the way to becoming a somebody instead of just a scorned servant. And because he was of the bardic Irish race, he had certain characteristic strengths, talents, and weaknesses that made me feel young again. By the end of that novel, I was so hooked on writing Irish that young Quinn grew up to be a famous Civil War correspondent in my next novel, Fire in the Water. It was issued last fall by this publisher -- who happens to be, by the way, a cheery Irishman by the name of Doherty. A Happy Saint Patrick's Day to us all -- with a tip o' the hat to me own St. Andrew.  ~ James Alexander Thom

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A Golden Bond

It's time to think about holiday gifts.  A Golden Bond would make a great gift. Set with a 1950's backdrop, we are taken into a time much different from today, yet you will sympathize with the characters' struggles and rejoice with their victories in this heart-warming story. A Golden Bond is a new release from Blue River Press by author, Elaine Jannetides. The book launch of A Golden Bond will be Friday November 13th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Barnes & Noble Bookfair in Carmel, IN, 14790 Greyhound Plaza. Ask for a voucher prior to making your purchase and a percentage of the net sale will be contributed to Holy Trinity Greek School. Contact us for details or call 317-352-8200. The following is a little taste of the story. Angie’s golden ring becomes a symbol of independence and a motivation for her future.   Angie has transformed from a carefree high school senior to a responsible mother-figure as she cares for her two brothers after their mother’s death. Although she accepts her new role, she would give anything to return to the time when her days were filled with pool parties and weekend plans with friends. If only she could see her father filled with happiness and her younger brother not terrified of his new step-mother. For Angie, life has not panned out the way she expected, but now more than ever she is motivated to make the most of it. In A Golden Bond, Angie builds her life independently and becomes a role model for her two brothers. Alongside her journey, five other women share their lives’ triumphs and shortcomings. A Golden Bond captures the life of Angie Demetrious and incorporates the stories of Jenny, the bad girl, Molly, the maid, Colleen, the business woman, Patty, who runs away from her fears, and Judy, the victim of her choices. Their unique lives are all bonded together by Angie’s class ring. And by the end of Angie’s journey, she realizes her mother was right all along, she is stronger than she ever knew. This is Angie's story and the ring that touched the lives of a bad girl, a maid, a business woman, a runaway and a victim of her own bad choices... Elaine H. Jannetides is the daughter of Greek immigrants. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Elaine is what you might call a true Hoosier. She graduated Shortridge High School and attended Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. Elaine has had a lifelong love of reading and writing and this is her first novel although her writings have appeared in Kinonia. Elaine grew up in a Greek immigrant household without extended family nearby. The church was a great influence because it was a network of other immigrants, all of whom became a family. It was a major part of Elaine and other immigrants’ lives and held them to high standards and moral values. Elaine remembers most fondly the Greek traditions of each holiday as there was always a lot of people, a lot of cooking, and a lot of love.   Brought to you by CPG News & Information Services

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