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Nick loves meeting new people.  Often he will put out his hand as he says, “Hello.”  If they respond to him, he follows up with, “What is your name?”  Some people will engage with him and others seem affronted by his attempt to talk to them.

On Monday, I decided to follow his example.  Traveling on the bus in Ireland for 5 hours from Galway to Letterkenny, I struck up a conversation with two young women across the aisle from me.  From their accents, I could tell that one of them was from Australia and the other from Scotland.

From the initial question of, “Where are you traveling to?”, we had a delightful conversation that filled the hours and made the trip for me.

Nearing the end of our journey, I didn’t want it to be over, so I asked if they wanted to come to our home overnight and forgo the hostel they had planned on.  They were excited to meet Arden and Nick and happily accepted the invitation.

Arden sounded a little surprised when I phoned him to say that I had made two new friends and they were going to spend the night at our house.  However, he quickly said, that will be great.

Many times we are hesitant to reach out to others that are strangers, but I am glad that I did.  Jes and Liesl are now dear friends and our life was enriched this week by getting to know them.

Be Brave, talk to others.  Yes, you might be rejected, then again it might turn out to be amazing.

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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.