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Thursday, March 17, 2016


☘ ☘ ☘ ☘ Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘ ☘ ☘ 

It's that time of year again: St. Patrick's Day! aka The Holiday of Coolness! aka My favorite day ever! (It also happens to be my birthday, but, honestly, that is almost an afterthought.)We are incredibly Irish around here and, let's face it, incredibly fun. So this holiday gets celebrated to the max year after year.

As is tradition on this website, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are some Irish things I love...

Music
Traditional music, this year from the incomparable Cara Dillon. If you aren't familiar with her yet, go search her out. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.




It's no secret I love Irish fiddle music. Anyone who has read Longing for Home or Hope Springs knows there's a special place in my heart for Irish fiddlers. This is, perhaps the best known Irish fiddle tune, "Irish Washerwoman," and I love how John Sheahan plays amazingly but has this "whatevs" look on his face. When you're as good as he is (seriously, go look him up as well) being amazing is an everyday thing.




The Irish are also pretty incredible in the modern music scene. They can rock, but they always do it with a bit of an Irish flare. These Dublin lads are pretty much my favorite group of all time. Here's my current favorite of their many fantastic songs, "Superheroes." (I often sing this to myself when I'm fighting an uphill battle and wondering if I have the strength to keep going, and I particularly feel the lines "She's got a lion in her heart, a fire in her soul..." Yes, I do!)



An Unconquerable Spirit
The Irish have faced innumerable hardships: political, social, and economic oppression, famines that decimated the population, religious-based disenfranchisement, deep-seeded and bitter prejudice. My kids know enough of the difficult history of Ireland that anytime they hear a song or a tale recounting an Irish battle or uprising, they immediately know the battle didn't end well for the Irish. Yet they keep going, and they keep trying, and they keep believing in something better to come.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a short-lived and ultimately unsuccessful uprising in Dublin, one of many attempts over a difficult 800 years at claiming independence. This one, though it did not accomplish what it set out to do, was the impetus that would spark the Irish War for Independence, which would, after much bloodshed and suffering and violence, lead to the establishment of the Irish Republic, an independent and fully sovereign nation.
The many days of fighting that marked the Easter Rising resulted in a great deal of damage in the area of Dublin where it took place. To this day bullet holes can be seen in the pillars of the General Post Office. They were not, nor will they ever, be repaired. They stand as a reminder that freedom comes at great cost. As our guide at Kilmainham Gaol explained, "We know that we must never forget how hard won our freedom was. As soon as we begin to forget, we begin to lose what so many died to give us."



Irish Blessings
I always close out my annual Holiday of Coolness post with this gem...


May those who love us, love us.
And for those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He can not turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.



Happy Holiday of Coolness, everyone!
(And, in case you're curious, here are links to the HofC posts from 2015, 2014201320122011 & 2010)
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


After years of waiting for a new release, and months of me knowing about this and not being able to tell everyone, at last I can share with you...

A title!
A cover!
A release month!

I am so, so excited for this book and cannot wait for it to be available. It was a blast to write and such a fun story!

September, here we come!
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Friday, January 29, 2016

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

I've been dying to tell everyone about this, and I just got the green light!

COMING FALL 2016

From Shadow Mountain Publishing's "Proper Romance" Line,
a new historical romance from Sarah M. Eden! 

 

A battle-weary lawman arrives to take the job of sheriff in a quirky Wyoming town only to find himself locked in a battle of skills and wills with the current sheriff, who isn’t giving up her job without a fight.


((I think everyone's going to love this one. It was such a blast to write. The heroine is feisty and determined and funny, and the hero is just the right amount of gruff and go-get-'em to be pretty incredibly swoon-worthy. It's gonna be great!))
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's been a busy year.

I know it likely doesn't seem that way. I haven't posted much here on the blog. I didn't have any new novels released. There hasn't really been any news. But, believe me, it's been full-on crazy behind the scenes.

Writing

A couple of weeks ago, I did some counting and discovered that the total word count for all the projects I have completed this year is over a half-million. (To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent of about 6 of my full-length novels. In one year. Yikes.) And that doesn't include words that were cut out of manuscripts while I was editing and rewriting. It doesn't account for the time spent editing and rewriting and planning and plotting. Writing-wise, things have been busy and productive.



Researching

I recently had a fantastic idea for a new book and have started the sometimes grueling but always fascinating task of researching a story idea. I'm learning tons. I'm starting to fine-tune the story. The characters beginning to really take shape. And, most important of all, I am getting super, super excited. I think it's gonna be great.





Business-ing

There has been so much going on behind the scenes on the business-end of stuff. Seriously, so so much. I get asked a lot when I'll have new full-length novels released, and I now that it's hard to wait. But all of this behind-the-scenes businessing is where that happens. There's been a lot of it. So, hopefully soon--everyone cross your fingers--all that behind-the-scenes will pay off and I'll have some in-front-of-the-scenes announcements to make. 




Thank you to everyone for your continued support, your words of encouragement, your patience, and your kindness. 2015 has been great in so many ways, and I'm looking forward to 2016.

Have a lovely Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Are you a fan of not-available-for-purchase tote bags that are absolutely adorable? Well, I have a brand new tote bag design, not currently available in the swag shop, and I think it is my favorite one of them all! Seriously. It's fabulous.
Now, the really fun part... I have four events coming up in October:

*The Mysteries of Cove launch part in Orem, UT on October 1st  https://www.facebook.com/events/533215923497765/

*A book signing in Kansas City, KS on October 9th
https://www.facebook.com/events/1620338834881373/?ref=98&action_history=null

*A panel discussion and book signing in Las Vegas, NV on October 17th  https://www.facebook.com/events/1487399334909124/?ref=98&action_history=null

*A murder-mystery theater dinner & signing in American Fork, UT on October 20th  https://www.facebook.com/northamptonhousereceptioncenter/photos/a.10150944550398178.421369.148005243177/10153243932273178/?type=3&theater


I will be doing a giveaway of these never-before-seen tote bags at each of these events! Here's how it will work:

  • Come find me.
  • Chat.
  • The first one to say the secret word (which will be written down and laid face-down on my signing table) will win the tote bag. [And, on the off chance that no one says it, I will have everyone put their name on a slip of paper and I'll do a drawing afterward.]
AND... I will be bringing along mini-posters of the super cute design from the tote bag that I will give to *everyone* who comes by. It's printed on stiff, durable paper and is also the perfect size for a small frame. Seriously, guys, it's super cute and would look fabulous on a bookshelf or a little end table. (Have you noticed I'm kind of in love with this design??)
AND AND... For those of you who can't come to these events or don't win at them, I will give away a super duper new tote bag online at the end of October.
So, thank you again and again for you continued support and kindnesses to me. I hope to see many of you next month!
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