Moon Rose Publishing has just released their newest book, A CELTIC TAPESTRY! An anthology between eight authors, each one has taken their own twist on one of the Celtic festivals of the year. From sunny spring to chilly winter, everyone’s favourite season is given a fresh and enticing take in this wonderful collection. To celebrate, Moon Rose Publishing is also hosting a fabulous giveaway as part of the release!
The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.
Excerpt (Beltane Fires, Livia Ellis)
Fionnuala hummed for a moment then went to the door. “Fenton!” she called to the woods. “Fenton, show yourself and I’ll give you a treat.” She left the door open before returning to her basket of cuttings and withdrawing a bundle of mistletoe. “Take this.” She shoved the bundle at Cormac and instantly he looked healthier.
“Thank you,” he sighed. “I’ve lost my knife.”
“You really are in trouble,” Aoife snorted.
“What to do with you is the question,” Sorcha mumbled as she put the kettle on the fire.
“Make him take a bath?” Aoife suggested, sniffing the air.
A throat clearing at the door caught their attention. “You promised me a treat?”
“Fenton,” Fionnuala said. “Look at the druid. Is there an enchantment on him?”
Fenton looked at Cormac. “Yes. My treat?”
Cormac made a face. “A leprechaun?”
“Druid.” Fenton made a face like a bug had flown in his mouth at Cormac.
“He’s quite harmless,” Sorcha smeareda large hunk of brown bread with strawberry jam. “I have his pot of gold. He’s also quite useful on occasion.”
“What is the enchantment?” Fionnuala asked. “Leprechaun? Elf? Selkie?”
Fenton scrunched up his nose. “Looks like a witche’s spell to me. It’s not very powerful, but it does sort of buzz. I was wondering what that flickering through the bushes was last night. Thought it might be a pixie. Check his skin. He probably has a mark on him.”
Sorcha handed the leprechaun a plate with the slice of jam- covered bread. With a deep intake of breath, she opened her third eye and gave Cormac a good look. Then she laughed. She knew what the enchantment was, and who had put it on the significantly weakened druid. It was a love charm and she was the witch that had sent it out into the world in search of a man. A man with blue eyes and black hair with a gift for music. Life truly was funny, and the moon had an excellent sense of humor.
“Cup of tea?” Fenton asked. “Please? I’ll tell you another secret.”
“What’s the secret?” Aoife asked.
“Someone’s coming.” Fenton gobbled his bread. “Riders approaching. Four. There’s a hunter with them. He’s got a magical googaa. Sort of makes me feel a bit ill.”
“Give him a cup of tea,” Fionnuala told Aoife, putting an apron on over her dress and smoothing her hair. “I’m going outside to have a sniff around.”
“What about me?” Cormac asked, looking around. For the first time, he noted the house as it appeared on the outside couldn’t possibly be as spacious as it appeared on the inside. Although it was hardly a palace, it was certainly comfortable.
“Just sit and be quiet,” Sorcha said as she slid an apron over her dress and tidied her hair. When she was in the guise of a simple country woman, she took a stoneware jar from above the hearth. From it she drew a handful of flour and tossed it over him with a muttered word.
*‘Copyright of Livia Ellis*
First, I need to say that putting these 8 authors together was GENIUS!! I had read a few before and a few I hadn’t. I think that’s why I like anthologies. You can find a while new plethora of authors to stalk in here! Each has a short story with the base of Irish culture but so many different other aspects to chose from. Magic and mayhem lol! Each story will give you a whole different view.
I can’t pick a favorite either because I love then all! But heads up, we’ve got adult themes here! Nothing like a bunch of HAWT Irish male pieces to get you all hot and bothered! Every author has there own writing style, so there’s bound to be a least one story to suit your tastes! Plus, they were all fun! Not a single one was slow or uninteresting, they all had me waiting to read more and smiling when it was over, wishing for just a little bit more! I vote you guys should all try this book out, especially if you’re on the hotter romance side with some awesome paranormal thrown in there!! A WONDERFULLY MAGICAL IRISH 5 PAWS!!!
WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
When I moved to Ireland which is now my home, I was immediately inspired by the people, the climate and the landscape. There is something about Ireland that just makes me want to write. Considering the rich literary tradition in Ireland it’s no wonder – I’m not the first person that came to Ireland and wanted to write.
I came up with the idea for the anthology when I began to study Irish/Celtic culture and mythology. From there I decided I liked the idea of a story centering on Beltane. Cormac and Sorcha where right where I needed them the moment the idea for the plot struck me.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Always. But I was raised by people that had very firm opinions about always having something to fall back on. I may not have seem the point behind this at the time, but I get it now. So I have a bill paying job while I’m working towards supporting myself through my writing.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I was about seven or so, told my lovely aunt when we were walking through the library that I wanted to be a writer. She bought me a spiral bound notebook, a pack of pencils, and told me to write. I don’t really remember what that first story was about. Only that I wrote it and I’ve never looked back.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Everything is mixed and jumbled together. I will find myself writing and putting into words some event or moment that took my attention. Or, more likely, a person that will have crossed my path and left an impression. Everything is grist for the mill.
How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?
I’ve actually never killed anyone off. I love them too much to let them go!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Quite a few actually which is why my lips are sealed. I don’t want to run the risk of neglecting to mention someone.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
This is always a tricky question for me because I don’t have a favorite author so much as a favorite book. Before you ask, I can say my favorite tends to change depending on my mood. At the moment, my favorite is Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle. I gave it to a young lady friend of mine and she just loved it. We spent a wonderful hour on the phone talking about how great it is and how every girl should read it. Otherwise, Gone With the Wind and Anna Karenina. Odd choices because the two main characters are so very different.
I am going to add a non-fiction choice. The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler. I’ve spent a great deal of my time as a student studying archetypes and mythology. I wish I’d written that book.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I’d make it longer and use more Irish.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time to get everything done. I’m very very busy. At the moment I’m writing a serial which comes out monthly and takes an enormous amount of my time. Getting the balance right between writing and living has always been a problem for me.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
I read a lot of books at one time. At the moment I’m reading the following:
Cormac McCarthy – The Border Trilogy
Philip Roth – The Human Stain
Persian Fire – Tom Holland
Richard Miles – Carthage Must be Destroyed
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I didn’t have any input on the cover.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I always learn something when I write. This time around I realized how much I want to learn about Irish religion and mythology. I don’t think I’m done writing in this niche.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I don’t think I could decide. Can I try a few out and see which one I like the best?
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I’m really into Cormac McCarthy at the moment. Any of his books. I just finished Lonesome Dove and Brokeback Mountain – actually I’m starting to see a theme. Who would have thought I’d like Westerns? More than anything else, I’m getting into modern classical American writers. I’m tempted to go back and read some of the books I had to read in school. I think I would have a better appreciation for Ethan Frome now that I have a better grasp on how to read critically. In fact, I’m pretty certain my summer reading list is going to be packed with American writers.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please read my books?
Blond. Blue. 5’6″. A lady never discloses her weight, but I’ve never had any complaints. I only run if I’m being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes – I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with ‘god bless’. Occasionally play the lottery – but generally only when I’m feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.
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And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology! GO HERE!!!
I wish you guys all good luck! I hope you guys check out this awesome book too! Happy reading and later gators!! 🙂