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Troy Boss.

Troy Linn is Nick’s favorite brother-in-law.  Well since he has one sister, Troy is the only one.  They do love each other.

We are grateful for the love and acceptance that our children’s spouses have exhibited to Nick over the years.  Our family certainly has been blessed by all three of them, Tiffany, Troy and Tasha.

I recognize that having a family member with disabilities can take getting used to.  Not only is Nick’s speech hard to understand, his behavior is not always easy to manage.  Handling his seizures is another difficult thing alltogether.

Although Troy and Nick had attended the same high school, there had not been a lot of interaction between them.  When he joined our family, Troy made it a point to understand Nick’s idiosyncrasies.

In our family we call people by other names than their given name.  Nick has picked up on this tradition and has taken it to a new level.  He gives others “Nick”names.  Once given, they stick.

Many times Nick will start calling the person whatever name they are calling him.  For example, Arden’s dad would call Nick “Bud” and so Nick started calling his grandpa “Bud”, well over time, everyone was calling him Grandpa Bud, even though his name was Darrell. Also Karen had started teasing Nick by calling him Chico, the name of a cat that Nick didn’t like.  Nick still calls her Karen-Chico sometimes.

Troy thought that he had a great idea.  One day when he came over he said, “Hi, Nick boss.”  He did that a few more times and suddenly Nick was saying, “Hi, Troy boss.”  That was very funny and we all laughed.  I think that the laughter cemented the deal.  Even now, years later, every once in a while, Nick will still call Troy, “Troy Boss.” and then he laughs.  He thinks that he is very funny.

We all know that Nick will stick to something for years and we don’t always know what those things will be.  Some are frustrating and some are funny.  It is just a part of our Nick.

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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.