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Tuesday Critique: Uilleam’s Call

Here's a first excerpt from Sons of Alba, book 3: Son of Courage.  Uilleam, the son of middle daughter Ealasaid from Daughter of Spirit, is contemplating his future: After his grandfather died, Uilleam waited crouched under the eaves of the house for the better part of the day.  He watched the comings and goings, saw… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Uilleam’s Call

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Friday Fact: The Cele De

Before the Reformation, before the Roman Catholic tradition we know today, there was a vibrant, active church called the Cele De, or Culdees - the Clients of God. When you think about St. Patrick's Ireland and St. Columcille's Scotland, this is the tradition you're picturing.  It's also the tradition in which I placed my character… Continue reading Friday Fact: The Cele De

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Friday Fact: the Fabric of Alba

We all know the iconic tartans of Scotland - each clan has their own, some tame, others quite wild.  But this was not always the case. In the days of Alba, checked patterns would certainly exist, and regional variations would depend on what natural dyes were available in certain areas.  But the tartan system as… Continue reading Friday Fact: the Fabric of Alba

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Friday Fact: Red, White, and Green Martyrdom

We all know what a martyr is, right?  Someone who dies for their faith, like the millions of heroes who have died rather than renounce the name of Jesus Christ. But did you know that in the Celtic Church there were two other kinds of martyrdom that don't involve bloodshed?  I first encountered this interesting… Continue reading Friday Fact: Red, White, and Green Martyrdom

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Critique Tuesday: Sons of Alba

Here's the opening excerpt from my new work in progress, Sons of Alba. It's a sequel to my recently published 3 part saga, Daughters of Alba, so if you haven't read Daughters, here's your SPOILER ALERT. In this scene, Anndrais, the family patriarch, has gathered his family to receive his last blessing, and we are… Continue reading Critique Tuesday: Sons of Alba