Today I welcome Sarah Scott to Terry’s Place. Sarah is the author of Lies at Six, a mystery steeped in the South and TV news. She lives in Ashford, Washington where she owns and manages the eco-lodging Cedar Loft Cabin at Mt. Rainier.
My daughter lives in Northern Ireland, and I thought I’d repeat the post she shared about the holiday for last year. It’s NOT corned beef and cabbage.
St. Patrick’s Day is truly a world-wide holiday, and here in Northern Ireland we celebrate with the best of ‘em. Belfast puts on a big carnival-style parade, complete with floats and musicians. Most people have the day off work and schools are closed. The bars and pubs will be teeming with people, as you might expect. It’s a big day out for adults and children alike. And with any luck it won’t rain that much. But a little rain rarely dampens the spirits of the locals.
Yes, as you might expect, there is a bit of a political problem with the event. You will always have a small minority of people out there trying to prove some point by being disruptive. However, the police expect that and for the most part, the big celebrations go off without a hitch. I have a few friends who make a habit of trying to catch any “misbehavior” on film, as I know many amateur photographers.
Other than perhaps some pipes and drums, you aren’t likely to hear what most Americans would call “traditional” Irish music. No one will be singing “Danny Boy” or “Four Green Fields”, but it’s a good day out for most all the same. And you won’t find corned beef and cabbage on a menu anywhere. That’s a purely Irish-American invention. Irish stew, soda bread, wheaten bread, and colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage and ham) are more likely to be found. And please don’t look for green beer. Don’t pinch someone if they’re not wearing green. Just grab a pint of Guinness, Smithwicks, or Harp and a wee dram of whiskey and relax.
And, for the record, it’s “St. Pat’s” or “St. Paddy’s”. Never call it “St. Patty’s Day”. Patty is short for Patricia, while Paddy is short for Patrick!
What I’m reading: Ignited, by Kaylea Cross
One of my tasks as a member of Booklover’s Bench is to manage the contests. Many of our authors offered Kindle, Nook, or other e-book download formats as their prizes. When winners were notified, they said, “I don’t want it; I don’t have an e-reader.” So why did they enter?
So, today, I’d like to take a moment to discuss something that should be a given for adults. Following directions. Very soon, I’ll be opening my blog to guests for the next quarter. I enjoy having other viewpoints on my blog, and, frankly, enjoy having someone else come up with a post for me. Should be a time saver, right? After several years of hosting guests, I’ve learned that this isn’t as simple or intuitive a task as it seems.
Perhaps guests have no understanding of what it entails to put up a post. Rarely is it as simple as “copy and paste” onto the platform. And, part of the idea of hosting guests is to reduce my workload, not increase it.
To make things easier, and to cut down on time and effort with back-and-forth emails to guests I came up with guidelines/instructions for being a guest on my blog. They’re not really all that complicated. If you’re looking to be a blog guest anywhere, here are some tips:
I decided that I would celebrate my birthday with a day off from blogging. I’ll spend time reading, maybe planning my next book, and getting ready for SleuthFest in Orlando on Thursday. The blog will carry on as usual for the rest of the week, but today, I’ve got a gift for you. I’ve uploaded a never-before-seen scene from Nowhere to Hide. This is Colleen’s arrival in Orlando, one that never made it into the book. In fact, other than my critique group at the time, nobody’s seen it.
And, a couple of other gifts:
I still have some audio book coupons for free downloads from Audible.com. All you have to do is ask. Plus, if you missed it, Finding Sarah is free at Kobo and Smashwords; 99 cents at Amazon, B&N and Apple (only because they won’t let me set it to free).
If you want to give me a present, how about a “Like” on my Facebook page if you haven’t already done so.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Tomorrow, my guest is J.R. Lindermuth, who’s sharing tips for writing press releases that get used. I know I’ll be back. How about you?
Here’s my annual “not-really-Christmas” post. Hope your day, regardless of what you celebrate, is a good one.
Also, I just found out that Hidden Fire is now live as an audio book. You can find it at Audible.com now, and it’ll show up via Amazon and at iTunes soon. Something to listen to while you’re traveling for the holidays.
What I’m reading: Don’t Say a Word, by Barbara Freethy
I imagine most of you are bogged down with holiday preparations, travel, taking in guests, being a guest, etc. It’s also a time when we start to look forward to the next year. I’ve been thinking about next year, and thought I’d share a few things that I’m planning.
First, this blog has some great guests lined up for the first quarter of 2014. There’s always a list of recent and upcoming guests in the sidebar. I’m planning to continue recipe sharing (and always looking for more) and Friday Field Trips should resume in January (always looking for photos, too!).
My next quarterly newsletter will go out the first week in January. If you’re not already a subscriber, I suggest you click the newsletter tab in the sidebar and fill out the form. (Note – it’s a 2 step process, so once you hit submit, watch your email for the confirmation and click through on that link.) What will my subscribers have in store? In addition to sneak peeks and other exclusive content, I’ll be continuing my contests and giveaways, full of things from me and from authors I know and enjoy. Also, there will be some great prizes, including a Nook Simple Touch. Take a moment and sign up now.
I’ve also got another box of books to give away when I hit 2000 “likes” on my Facebook Page. If you haven’t clicked the ‘like’ button yet, I hope you’ll do that, too.
I’m still thinking about a “Street Team” and have been collecting lots of gifts for those who join. Watch this blog for more information as things come together.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll let you get back to your holiday preparations and celebrations! But please find time to stop by tomorrow when Elaine Cantrell is in the Interview Room.
I’m over at The Blood-Red Pencil today, where the December schedule is running favorite posts from the past. Hope you’ll pop over.
There’s still time to enter Kay Kendall’s giveaway. Scroll down to Tuesday’s Post.
The Booklover’s Bench December contest is open for entries. Contest runs through the 18th. Enter to win.
I’ve still got some audio book coupons for What’s in a Name? I’d love a review in return, but it’s not required. You can listen to the first chapter at Sound Cloud if you’d like a preview. (And there’s a like button there, too.)
And, a special Thank You! to all my readers who have kept Dangerous Connections in the top 5 Action-Adventure Romances at Amazon. You’re the best! (I’d love reviews there, too).
My Friday Field trips are going to take a vacation for the holidays. If you have pictures to share for next year, let me know.
And, lastly, I’m opening up blog spots for 2014. Use the contact form if you’d like to be my guest. Still Tuesdays, and still a choice of articles or interviews. Readers as well as writers are welcome.
Because it’s a holiday weekend, I’m taking my own mini-vacation. But I do have another gift for you. A free listen to the first chapter of What’s in a Name? at Sound Cloud.
Or, Happy Thanksgivukkah.
This year, Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving. I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday, no matter what you’re celebrating.
I’m thankful for each of you who takes the time to stop by my blog.
My gift to you is a new addition to The Cutting Room Floor section of my website. With the release of What’s in a Name? as an audio book, I’ve uploaded the original, first draft version of the first chapter. You can read it here.
I was in Myrtle Beach last week for the NINC (Novelists, Inc.) conference. Given the logistics of the hotel’s location and the way the conference kept us busy with workshops, I didn’t get out much. But I thought I’d share the very basic “what it was like” type photos. Nothing artsy, nothing fancy, just ‘where I went on my non-vacation.’
First, after checking in, I went up to my room to check it out and found one of my favorite hotel amenities in the closet.