Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Willow" Launch -- Fun!

We had a great Launch of "Willow: The Magpie Odyssey V" on October 16 at the Wingate by Windham here in Helena.  All told, about fifty people came to help us celebrate and get the new book on its way.  "Willow" is a book that has been a long time coming, but there never was any doubt that it would be written.  Between the fact that Willow Lorrah continued to appear at will (hers, not mine) in every book of The Magpie Odyssey series and the multiple requests from readers to know more about her, the book took on a life of its own.
As the author, I am eager to hear what her audience has to say about her now that her story is more completely told.  Readers, you will have the chance to see the impact her life has on the future of Aisling, another favorite character from the next generation of the Lorrah family.  You'll find the ride to be a real roller-coaster of emotions and danger, punctuated with humor at Willow's unabashed dash through life.  Feel free to let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Willow" -- The Magpie Odyssey V

"Willow" - The Magpie Odyssey V

I can't believe it was February when last I posted to this blog.  I can only attribute this to the fact that I was consumed with getting The Magpie Odyssey V ready for production.  It has gone off to the publisher and the galleys are back for editing.  Now I can tell you that it is simply called "Willow" and it tells the story of that elusive woman who has haunted most of the previous books in the series.  For those of you who follow such things, Willow is the younger, irrepressible sister of Mike Lorrah.  She has appeared at will (Her will, not mine) at various times throughout the story of the Lorrahs.  This Montana ranch family boasts four generations on the Crow Indian Reservation, and has a long history of Irish Old Religion practices supplemented by Crow Indian medicine.  The Magpie Odyssey series has traced the parallels between the two cultures and their beliefs while telling the story of the Lorrahs' deep friendships with tribal members. 

Willow always defied the traditional role that had been expected of her, and this tale of her adventures serves to enlighten one of the younger Lorrah family members.  Aisling Lorrah is the great-great niece of Willow, and when she undertakes some family history research for a University class project, she learns much about this ancestor -- but more about herself.  How the lives and experiences of these two women weave together will make a great ride for any reader.  There is mystery, magic, and danger in this new book.

Willow would not have it any other way.

Note:  Publication is expected later in the summer.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Magpies in Snow

The lightest snow has been sifting down all day today in our mountainside neighborhood.  Several very fluffed up magpies showed up this afternoon, checking the crab apple tree and the chokecherries for fruity snacks.  At the same time, they found it entertaining to talk incessantly to the three deer who came into the yard.  Sometimes it appeared that the conversation was very earnest, but mostly the birds seemed to like landing right at the noses of their four-legged dining companions. For a while, I was not sure what they were trying to do, but then I noted that the deer were pawing in the snow for fruit that had dropped to the ground and been covered, and the 'pies were waiting until it was revealed.  Then they would snatch it from under the deers' noses and fly up in the tree to eat it.  Great way to get someone else to do the work for you.  This went on for about a half hour, and then both the deer and the birds seemed satisfied. The deer left and the magpies treated themselves to a splash in my heated birdbath.   There is never a dull moment here when it comes to my black and white friends.