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Choose Courage.

It takes courage to live a full life.  You might not be fighting a roaring lion in order to save your life and the life of your loved ones, but we all get the chance to exhibit courage.

Courage is deciding to move forward even when you are trembling in your boots.  It takes courage to march to the beat of your own drummer rather than following along the crowd.

Succumbing to fear is not courageous.  I am reminded of a powerful example of choosing courage in Nick’s favorite movie, “Top Gun.”  We have watched this movie so many times, our whole family could recite the dialog and sing the songs from memory.

Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, had just experienced a horrific airplane crash.  His best friend Goose was killed in the accident while he was flying the plane.  He felt responsible.

His fear caused him  to push everyone  away that tried to help him.  Even though he was the best pilot at the flight school, he was unable to re-engage in the flight training and move past the tragedy.  Somewhere deep inside of him, he found the strength to actually overcome the fear and he flew again.  That is courage.

We all experience difficult situations and even tragic ones.  We each have a choice to make.  Will we be frozen in inaction by our fears or will we be courageous and fly?  I hope that I continue to choose to fly.

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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.