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Today’s Nick story is just plain funny.  We were watching a recorded singing competition TV reality show and although the show wasn’t over, it was time to put Nick in bed.  With a typical kid response, he said, “No I go to bed.”  And also typically as parents we said, “At the end of this singer’s performance, you will need to go to bed.”

Our attention returned to the TV.  At the end of the song, I turned toward Nick and was ready to get him moving toward bed when I saw his head down on the table.  Alarmed that he might be having a seizure, I said, “What’s happening?  Are you ok?”  I heard a muffled response.  Usually I can understand what he is saying, and I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t make out the words.  I then noticed that he was holding his towel over his face.  I again queried, “Nick what are you doing?  Are you ok?”

This time it was a little clearer, “I hiding.  You not see me!”  Arden and I couldn’t contain our laughter.  Arden asked, “Why are you hiding?”  From under the towel we heard the muffled answer, “You not see me, no I go to bed yet!”

It is marvelous and miraculous to us when Nick responds with typical kid behavior.  We love it.  We couldn’t even be mad at his resistance to the routine.  It was hilarious and refreshingly normal.  And he was right.  We didn’t put him in bed until after the show.

I just wanted to share this funny story tonight.  Life is better if we find the humor in the little things.

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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.