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As part of National Novel Writing Month, I decided to write the third and final installment of the Maeve Kenny series. The story picks up a few years after A Sudden Gift of Fate ends. It was great to spend another month at Keuka Lake (in my imagination, that is—drat!) writing about the further adventures of Fergal, Brídgeen, Maeve & Andy.
     I just finished the first draft. My process is to walk away from the book for a few months now and work on other editing before I go back to it. There are some great new plot lines and more than a couple twists. Can’t wait to get this ready for my readers.

     I’m in the process of contacting book stores and wineries to lineup sales and signings of A Sudden Gift of Fate. If you go to the Spring (W)rites Literary Festival in Ithaca this weekend, be sure to look for my ad in the official program. Look for the Events calendar to be updated soon!

     As part of the Friends of the George F. Johnson Memorial Library Book Review Series, I’ll be discussing A Sudden Gift of Fate on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the basement meeting room. Come at 7 p.m. for free refreshments. I’ll have copies of the novel for sale ($20 + $1.60 sales tax) and signing.
     The talk occurs during National Library Month. Fitting. I owe so much to this library. I took my first book out there (Horton Hears A Who) and learned a lot about writing and editing through other books I checked out.
     Hope you can join us!

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Bill Jaker will interview me on his WSKG FM radio program, “Off The Page.”  Bill interviewed me last year after I released “The Cyber Miracles.” We had a fun time. I look forward to returning to his show.
“Off The Page” airs at 1 p.m. and repeats at 7 p.m. that day. You can catch the live stream of the show here. Learn more about our planned interview here. The show will be archived on WSKG’s site 24 hours after broadcast.
The program call-in number is 888/359-9754 and they also take questions by e-mail to OffThePage@WSKG.org.

I found out today that another book club in Binghamton has selected A Sudden Gift of Fate to read.

I’m thrilled to hear this, and if any members of the group care to send me feedback on the group’s reaction to the novel, I’d love to hear from you.

You can send an e-mail here.

If you know of any other book clubs carrying the novel, or if you want to know how you can get your local bookstore to carry the novel, please send me an e-mail.

I entered A SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest just now.

We had to submit a pitch, excerpt (from the first 5,000 words) and the complete manuscript.

The first round cut will come after reading the pitch. Say some prayers, light a few candles or keep your fingers crossed. Better yet, do all of the above!

Should I win, the book will be picked up by Penguin USA. Now THAT would be a sudden gift of fate…

Well things got off to a rocky start in 2010. My computer came down with a bad virus and I just got it back. $$$!!! I have some good news in the meantime, however, to share with you all.

  • A Sudden Gift of Fate was the first featured story in Jim McDonough’s Irish News USA E-Missive, year-end edition. A review of the novel will be in the January issue of the Irish News & Entertainment newspaper coming out soon. If you’d like to subscribe to either, send an e-mail to Jim here.
  • I will be interviewed by WSKG Radio’s Bill Jaker on the February edition of “Off the Page.” The show airs live on Tuesday, February 16 at 1 p.m. You can call in questions to the show. An archived edition of the show will be available on the WSKG web site for a year. More info to come.
  • It has been suggested to me by a person in the book industry to enter A Sudden Gift of Fate in the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest. I’ll let you know if I do that.
  • Check out the latest review on my Reviews page.
  • Very soon you will be able to order my book from all the chain, as well as indie, bookstores across the country. Watch here for an update.
  • Many people who are new to my work are buying both books at once. Thanks for your support!
  • NEEDED: input from my readers. Am thinking of writing one more book in what I’m dubbing the “Maeve Kenny Series.” Would you be interested? Send an e-mail here.

If you want to purchase either of my novels from Amazon.com for Christmas, order by Dec. 17.  Click either of the links at left.

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$20
Available NOW at my e-store (Amazon.com),
Amazon.com;
Barnes & Noble;
Powell's Books
What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

The Prequel

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Buy it @ my E-store; Amazon.com; and Powell's Books.

Cost: $20

The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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* Listen to my interview with Bill Jaker on his WSKG radio show, "Off the Page" here.
* Listen to my 10/21/2009 interview with Morgen McLaughlin on her BlogTalk Radio show, "Finger Lakes Wine Talk" here.

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