Friday, April 27, 2007

The Spirit Within by Shonna Brannon

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The Spirit Within

by Shonna Brannon

ISBN: 978-1-60088-130-5

Alyssa Carrington's spirit must search out the man who tried to kill her before her body’s taken off life support and she moves on to the other side.

Sam Carson’s a detective whose sister was murdered the night Alyssa was attacked. When he hears a voice claiming to be the spirit of Alyssa, he thinks he’s going crazy. Can he go against the rules and track down his sister’s killer and get Alyssa back in her body or will his feelings for her spirit get in the way and send her to the other side, making him lose his chance with her forever.

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Shonna Brannon

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My Thirteen Monkisms

My Thirteen Monkisms

Can you tell that I've been "renting" old Monk episodes on Netflix?
  1. I don’t like to touch public door knobs. I often carry wipes.

  2. When people hold up possibly spoiled food to me and ask, "Does this smell all right to you?" I turn down the opportunity to inhale germs and mold. (I can’t recall seeing this joke on Monk yet, but I think they should use it.)

  3. Just because corporate America categorizes toothbrush holders as bathroom decor doesn’t mean I have to decorate my bathroom with my toothbrush. House guests often ask me ... why do you brush your teeth in the kitchen?

  4. Even before Monk was invented, I once tried to dip my toothbrush in boiling water to sterilize it. All the bristles melted out of their little sockets and warped in odd directions. Can’t believe everything you see on television. Boiling water and toothbrushes don’t mesh well.

  5. I won’t put my lips on a clarinet someone else sucked on either. (Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger episode reminded me of this.)

  6. At potlucks, I’m the kind of person that notices the woman standing over the pot of spaghetti eating out of it.

  7. I’m always amazed at how many people I have to turn down when they offer me food off their plate.

  8. I wash my microwave after every use. I thought everyone did until someone told me I was a fanatic.

  9. I have been known to wash money. Coins. But one dollar bill needed it before. I never ironed them like Monk.

  10. I’m not particularly a clean freak though. I prefer dust stuck to the lampshade rather than floating around in the air making me sneeze.

  11. My sock drawer is a mess. One friend says I’m obsessive about losing socks.

  12. I tend to wash the bar of soap first, then wash my hands. I think I picked up this habit hanging around car mechanics and fisherman, and it just stuck. (The new bar of soap for each washing was a joke in As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson though. Not Monk.)

  13. I’m obsessive about not listening to radio commercials on the morning commute. I’m always channel jumping.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Researching Ireland on the WWW

Below is a list of links about researching Ireland on the WWW, as well as some authors that write romance set in Ireland, and books that are set on the Emerald Isle.
If you'd like to exchange links or add anything to this list,
write me at annalee @

~ Annalee Blysse

General Resources


Heritage of Ireland

The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s Heritage of Ireland website is full of information on historic sites, parks and other cultural information. I chose the English setting, but the website is published in multiple languages.


Killarney National Park

A few of the sunset photos are incredible. The photos pages are worth taking a lot at. On this page you’ll find links to all six national parks.

· Killarney National Park
· Burren National Park
· Connemara National Park
· Glenveagh National Park
· Mayo National Park - NEW
· Wicklow Mountains National Park


Dragonfly Ireland

At the very least, this website reminded me that there is a difference between dragonflies and damselflies. Pretty insects.


Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland (MAGNI)

This website has links to the main websites of the museums they administer.

On the Ulster American Folkpark website, in the Children’s Corner there is a game called, Sail Away to America/Atlantic Crossing. I ran my ship into an iceberg and had to try again. Luckily that didn’t happen to my relatives when they sailed away to America for the reasons described on these web pages. You may find the pictures useful, as well as the basic information shared within the game.


Irish Studies Pages

Conrad Bladey's website is chock full of all kinds of information on Eire: history, legends, language, everything...


The Story of Ireland

A HTML version of the 1896 book by Emily Lawless.


Prehistoric Music Ireland

A look at the history of music in Ireland.


National Geographic

This popular magazine's website has so much to offer.
One of their features is Underwater Ireland.


Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama

All kinds of general links on history, language, periodicals, literature, mythology, folklore, publishers, theater companies, fine arts, food, marketplaces, and free goodies like Celtic fonts and images.


Castles on the Web

Naming Characters


Researching Irish Names

A genealogical website that can come in handy. This page has hyperlinks to areas with historical information regarding surnames.


Behind the Name: Irish Mythology Names

Behind the Name: Celtic Mythology Names


Traditional Irish Names


Some of the websites that follow would be great “general resources” as well.


Guide to Successful Writing

When it comes to writing dialogue, this web page suggests, "You can still use 'gonna' instead of 'going to' if the speech flows better, but never attempt (say) an Irish brogue with weird spellings." I’d tend to agree. At least with the main characters in a story. Too much flavor ruins the taste.


IrishAbroad Slang

This website has pages of slang and proverbs and other information that is helpful from the standpoint of making the language authentic.

Travel Destinations

This section includes a number of travel resources. Not all are commercial websites. I have included some government webpages of famous sites.


Blarney Stone

Here is a webpage that describes the Blarney Stone of Blarney, Country Cork.


Belfast Castle

Run by the Belfast City Council, this website has some historical information.


Saint Patrick's Cathedral

These pages have a lot of historical information.


Ireland - an Interactive Country Guide

This is a real good page to jump off from. They have links to everything under the sun – even speed limits, in case you’re driving.


Official Guide to Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s website had pages of different destinations.


A good website for finding destinations. They have a lot of information about historical sites such as castles, stones, abbeys, etc...


A great website where people from all over the world have created travelogues, travel tips, and share beautiful photography regarding travel destinations.

On-Line Dictionaries &



Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another extensive hyperlinked encyclopedia. This one has a lot of information. Search for “Tuatha Dé Danann” or “Irish mythology” or “Éire” or “Gaeilge” and you’ll find so much information that you could read for weeks. Interestingly, this page can be viewer created. Is there something you want to add?


Factbites: Where results make sense

They advertise - "What do you get if you cross a search engine with an encyclopedia? Factbites - a new way to search the web." If you haven't tried it yet, it really is a helpful search engine.

Faerie Folk

Had to include some of the websites I’ve seen regarding leprechauns.


A Field Guide to Irish Fairies

Need information about banshees, leprechauns, and changelings?


Irish Mythology

A personal website that has all kinds of other Irish links. WARNING: They have comet cursor, which is a generally annoying program. But, you can cancel and not install it.


Encyclopedia Mythica: Celtic mythology

A frame-driven page with hundreds of entries. It’s not about leprechauns and banshees. This is a list of the actual characters of mythology. You could find out what ceridwen means... name of an e-publisher.


For you bloggers....


Gaeilge: The Irish Gaelic Community


Celtica Studica


Celtic Myths


Geogg’s Blog

He’s keeping track of other “Norn Iron” bloggers.


They are keeping track of bloggers too.


If you make your own Web pages.


Celtic and Fantasy Clipart

This site has some links to Celtic books, mostly revolving around artwork.
Links to... Celtic true type Fonts, images that people can use, and much more.


Cornelia Amiri

Celia Ashley/Robin Maderich

Books Set In Ireland


Below are related organizations for writers.


Celtic Hearts Romance Writers

An RWA chapter specializing in romance related to Ireland and Scotland, etc...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

"I'm the author of the Lt. Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels thriller novels Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, and Rusty Nail. Is it possible to make a living as a genre writer? Well, sort of..."
The author also has several free eBooks on-line.

Mermaid Dreams 12 Note Cards by Sheila Wolk

Mermaid Dreams Note Cards
by Sheila Wolk

Cards are: Dreamkeeper, 100 Tears, Eternity, and Elan Vital In Lily Wood

Collectable Mermaid Note Card Sets in a Decorative Tin with a Picture Frame Lid that holds any standard 4x6 Photo. Acrylic window pocket holds and protects the image.

12 Cards and Envelopes, 4 different designs and 3 cards of each design. The cards measure 4 x 6 inches. The inside of the cards are shadow images of the outside design that will add interest and enhance your message. The envelopes have one design that compliments the 12 cards. They are full color front and back.

Metal Tin measures 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007


This camera is about what someone would have circa 1900. It is on display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. You can see the glass the negative is on. I didn't get a good digital image of that.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Serendipity Strikes

My latest read was Public Displays of Affection by Susan Donovan. I had read the shorts in the "Real Men" anthologies, and dug out this book from the bookcase. It is a second-chance story where the hero and heroine met 13 years earlier, then the hero moved into the house next door. Those second-chance theme books are among my favorite, and I also love serendipitous stories. This book quickly enterred keeper status for me. I loved it, and I couldn't set it down while reading it.

Here are some real life improbably probabilities I've witnessed....

My first love lives doesn't live next door to me. We moved 3000 miles to run into each other again. He lives an hour or so from here. Not exactly next door, but completely unexpected.

At my day job as a debt collector, there have been 4 million debtors we've had the opportunity to call over the last year at work. The lady I carpool with called her first boyfriend. She hadn't heard from him in 25 years, and hadn't been to that home town in 25 years either. She saw his name pop up on the screen, and sure enough... it was him. Another lady I worked with called her high school's secretary.

I've run into people I know in airports around the country, and most often we've both travelled great distances and were just at the same place at the same time.

When I lived in Anchorage, Alaska, I saw this woman smack her toddler and call him stupid. It really irritated me, and I told her exactly what I thought in firm and relatively polite language. She didn't really appreciate my observation no matter how politely I called her on her violent reaction and she told me to mind my business using profanity. Wouldn't you know, in a town of over 250,000 people I ran into that woman about once a month until the day that I moved.

Any stories along these lines?

A Writer's Guide to the Old West

A Writer's Guide to the Old West

Hat Pins - Late 1800's - America

These hat pins are on display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. They are from the late 1800's on into the early 1900's.

Laughing Out Loud

Michele's post got me rolling on the floor.