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Another Joyful Moment.

This past weekend, we celebrated Nick’s 40th birthday.  It was one of the most memorable parties we have held here.  100 people joined us in the mild afternoon sunshine, lavished presents and well wishes on Nick, ate wonderful Mexican food from Ixtapa (our local favorite restaurant) and spent a couple of hours laughing and visiting with one another.

The people that came showed how well they knew Nick through the gifts that he received.  Presents included chocolate milk, M&M’s, Skittles, Junior Mints, a Seahawk Corn Hole game, and of course airplanes.  Karen, Nick’s sister, created a ‘Neopolitan’ birthday cake that was so delicious we only had a few pieces left over after the party.  One couple, knowing how much Nick loves to collect brochures, created a Nick Brochure.  I added it to his birthday party collage so you could see how amazing it is.

For me, historically, gift giving has sometimes been stressful.  I want the gift that I select to be something that will express my feelings as well as be treasured by the recipient.  That is a lot of pressure to put on a gift.  What I observed at Nick’s party was that each of the gifts he received was treasured by him.  The delight on his face was obvious.  AND the tender emotions on the faces of the gift givers was also obvious.  It was incredible to behold.

I realized that when Nick is asking for more presents, it is not really the actual item he is anticipating receiving.  It is the love that he feels coming to him from the person handing him the gift and the love he returns to them through his smile.  That is the gift.  Oh he loves the chocolate and the airplanes. Those are fun.  But when he is playing with the airplane or drinking the chocolate milk, he reminds us who gave each of these gifts to him.  I know he is remembering the love.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.