Aahh Summer….

SUMMER READING ANYONE?

Please consider going to Amazon.com to purchase

  • Hot Jazz & Cold Bodies in NOLA — vampires, detectives, New Orleans heat…Oh My!
  • Murder In Cheyenne- Pinkertons, vigilance group, and hangings
  • also please consider : Bene Lumen Chronicles!!!!

Over the Summer John is working on “The Parting Glass” is a P.I. Story set in Boston 1980’s

Detective plot stories have always fit John’s style of writing. Though I haven’t read it yet I am sure it is made up of fast and snappy dialogue and since it is set in the town he grew up in the language will have a real sense to it. Meaning the rhythm and nuance of people, place, situation, and/or even energy will be genuine. I love his detective stories as a matter of fact The Bene Lumen Chronicles was a bit of a departure for John, but even in the story there lies mystery and intrigue reminiscent of his detective stories. He does love to bring in supernatural occurrences as they intensify the plot as well as gives the reader a great way to emotionally involve themselves with fantastic characters who are powerful, fearless, and magical and at the same time vulnerable, skeptical, and sensitive.

One last thing I hope to put on Kindle soon is a story he had written a while back but is revising set in the gilded age New York—this is action pact with supernatural scenes, hallucinations set by drinking absinthe, secret societies, and the backdrop of New York City in the 1880’s.

Both John and Lorcan (our son) are keeping themselves busy with writing this summer! And even I just completed revisions for my dance textbook. Now if I can only lose 10 more pounds I will have had a Summer success!

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Cold here in TN time to snuggle up and read Bene Lumen Chronicles!

Ok, so it has been very cold here in Tennessee. It is not to say it doesn’t get cold here, but our usual time is January/February—-It is November! That said the weather definitely gets you in the mood for Thanksgiving and soon Christmas. I haven’t been blogging a lot these days, as school has been quite busy and by the time I get back…well…let’s just say my mind is not able to communicate to anyone let alone put 2 words together. BUT today is different. Performances are done! I was very stressed out about that and today I am with my hubby just chillin’ watching cooking channel and having a Zen morning.

I also know i haven’t been blogging about The Bene Lumen Chronicles: Samhain School of Ancient Knowledge, so please find below a scene from the book regarding Christmas time (yah yah I know it is Thanksgiving time, but I liked this part…so I am giving ye all a pre-Christmas time feel):

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At least now it was Christmas time, and like every other Christmas season since the time of Merlin it snowed on Samhain leaving the island covered in white and everyone generally in a good mood. Merlin thought Christmas wasn’t Christmas unless there was pure white snow covering the ground. Long ago he had made an easy peace with the Christian religion, which he slowly saw replace his own beliefs in his own land, and even learned to enjoy some of their rituals and holidays, especially Christmas. Christmas in Merlin’s opinion was a time in which humanity almost achieved grace, and anyone who inspired that sort of behavior in humanity was worthy of respect. For the students of Samhain they had a three-week winter break during this time of year.

Most of the students left the island for home to be with friends and family during this time. All that remained of the student body and the rest of those who lived on Samhain were some of the cooks and cleaners, most of the teachers, who had come to think of Samhain as their home, Headmaster Fergus, and a few of the students, including Liam, Kieran and Selena, whose parents or guardians were too busy to celebrate the season, and those who, for all intents and purposes, didn’t have a home. Walking from Morgana House to CuChulainn Liam was awed by the serene beauty, which the snow seemed to give the landscape. It covered the roofs of the buildings, leaves on the trees, bushes, and most of the ground giving the whole place an almost magical feel and look, which was a difficult effect considering this was a mist Isle. He felt like he was in a snow globe that had just been thoroughly shaken and had its fake snow dispersed through the watery scene. Getting to CuChulainn House he entered then walked into the common room, which was decorated with lush green wreaths, red bows, and white lights, where he saw Selena and Kieran sitting together on a leather sofa in front of a roaring fire.

BOOK IS READY FOR PURCHASE!

Ready in book form and in ebook form!

Check out Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bene-Lumen-Chronicles-Knowledge/dp/1939156289/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392872429&sr=8-1&keywords=bene+lumen+chronicles

Check out Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bene-lumen-chronicles-john-r-mccormick/1118585768?ean=9781939156280

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I know that this is also in Kindle for 6.99 – – go check it out: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bene-Lumen-Chronicles-Knowledge-ebook/dp/B00IJKTXGU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392872631&sr=8-1&keywords=bene+lumen+chronicles+kindle

February 20th is the magic number!

Well, if you go onto amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com and shelfari.com look up Bene Lumen Chronicles there you will see John’s book and the date it comes out is February 20th.

This Thursday is the day!!! My emotions are both elated and scared, as it is wonderful seeing it in book form, but so very nervous in that now we need to get  people to buy it!

Go to the following link to check out what the book looks like: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bene-Lumen-Chronicles-Knowledge/dp/1939156289/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392693001&sr=8-1&keywords=bene+lumen+chronicles

 

 

 

Samhain Bookmarks

Ok, just got the box of bookmarks – – -I added the tassel for the “giveaway” but I am wanting to get some different material this coming week to add—I feel they need a bit more “pizzaz!”

But basically you have the illustration in front and on the back simply states Title, Author, Publisher, and blog site info

I am planning to give just regular bookmarks to our local bookstore!

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Publishing Date is being moved up!

Just had some great news from our Publisher (Ink Smith, Publishing). We were asked if we would like a spot in February and John said, “Heck ya!” So, I believe our new official publication date is February 20th. I will be blogging more about other events such as “book give aways,” and other promotional materials very soon!!! So keep on the look out, but my official emotion for all this is:

YEAH!!!!

Kieran and Football

This blog entry has just as much to do with my husband and son’s passion for this sport than it does the character of Kieran’s passion.

As we all know, Kieran is the eldest son and has the power and possibility of being the next Arthur. Guess what his favorite sport is? Yup, you guessed it: FOOTBALL

Kieran was the running back on his high school football team and he was the star player.  When he goes to Samhain School of Ancient Knowledge he finds out they too have a sport, but it entails a lot more obstacles. Like Football it is a gutsy game.

Yesterday, our team the New England Patriots lost. The house is in deep depression mode. I try not to get upset, but when I see my 2 guys invest such energy into this game and how it hurts them to see their team lose, I can’t help it…I get upset, as well. The idea of putting such energy into a physical sport is as ancient as people dancing or painting on the walls. Football to me reminds me of something instinctual, something raw, and something that much of the male population seems to enjoy, as well as participate in.

For Kieran, Football meant awards, breaking records, and meant he  was ” Somebody.” Football for many is a way of passage for male adulthood, for male responsibilities, and duties. BUT it is also a way to seal long term friendships and realize the potential of who you are.

Kieran finds out soon enough that the training he will endure is beyond any two-day Football practices. At Samhain Kieran will go beyond what he thinks his physical capabilities are or what he thinks he can handle. Kieran finds comfort in Football where there was a Coach he looked up to and where he could experience accomplishments, not just dream about them. He finds his ‘Coach,’ in Talbot, as Talbot pushes him and pushes him until he finally accomplishes the obstacle course he needs to be an eventual Tiernan.

Ruadh is the game Kieran finds comfort in at Samhain. There he has a team. He is chosen as Team Leader. He understands how to strategize both offense and defense. This why he also liked Football, and I wonder if that is the appeal of Football: that it has all these strategies, and various ways in which to get towards the touch down or make a goal.

Football has a set of rules and with rules comes reason, purpose, and set objectives. My husband and son, love this game, and dare I say, so do I. I love the pure physical endurance these men have to take. It astounds me ever time I see a game play how they make it through a game. Of course, some get injured, but after they recover they come back for more. When you hear retired pro’s talk about the game, they can’t help themselves but remember and recall the feeling, sense, and smell of going on the grounds and playing this game. In dirt, snow, rain, hail, sleet, freezing weather, these men play! Come on….what other sport has this? There are times when Hockey is played outdoors and the fans love it to see the players in “real” weather. Baseball, is played outside, but they stop for severe weather.

Perhaps thats it. Perhaps it is the reality of the game that enthralls some of us and enthralls the players.

There seems to be a super-reality in Football. Professional Football is, though, not just a game for the men who play it, it is their job, business, and soul. There is this ritualistic, ceremonial aspect to Football, which can bring men closer to heaven and some closer to the dark side. To get back to our story….

For Kieran, Football meant home. It had positive effects on him and that is why he needed a similar feeling. With Ruadh he got that same feeling of ‘home,’ and of enduring friendships. He has now a community of friends and fellow players to whom he can talk to about a game that he loves.

Though, we have a sad house this weekend. We will consider what the New England Patriots have in store for next season.  That is what us fans do, we are not part of the team, but we are the ones who try to give the team hope.