Authors Showcase: Different Journeys
December 1, 2012
The Book: Ramblings in Ireland
The Author: Kerry Dwyer
It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.
Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?
As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.
This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.
Review by V Shepard: This book was a picturesque journey though some of the most breathtaking sights of Ireland. Mrs. Dwyer paints the beauty of the land in descriptive words, instilling within the reader a longing to see the sights she writes about. Her human snapshots are alive and vibrant. The reader feels like they are meeting these people on the walking trails and in each town the author visits.
Kerry Dwyer appears to be one of those individuals who perpetually sees a glass as half full. Her humor makes levity of some experiences which would be a source of contention for other couples. In one such incident, she remembered she had not waterproofed their boots, until after they got wet feet. It was viewed with humor instead of melting into a “shame and blame game.”
I enjoyed learning about the cultural differences in her often humorous comparisons between the French and English. As an American, I appreciated her insights about life in France, Great Britain, and serene Ireland. She lives in a world, where cars have “bonnets” and she can stow things in its “boot.” I also learned that knickers are not short pants cut off at the knee and frizzy drinks have not sprouted little green hairs (mold). The weather might be “heaving,” but it is not the same thing as vomiting. Whether intentional or not, the word play taught me that although words may sound the same, they do not share the same meanings.
Rambling in Ireland reveals to the reader that Ireland is a land of beauty and potential danger. It is filled with colors and ancient culture. However, the true essence of Ireland isn’t one that can be captured by a camera. It has to be experienced and Mrs. Dwyer’s writing gives the reader a sampling of the spirit found in the Emerald Island. In Mrs. Dwyer’s own words, “The best picture would be the one I was engraving in my memory.” Her descriptions and feelings were engraved into this reader’s memory.
The Book: Voodoo Moon
The Author: Alisha Paige
The Story: When London rock star, Tammie Palmer inherits the historic plantation, Rose
Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she decides to make it her new recording studio, moving her band, Witch Storm, to the haunted mansion. Tales of her ancestor, Annie Palmer have been floating around Jamaica for nearly two centuries. Horrifying acts of slave torture, black magick, Haitian voodoo and murder are part of the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall.
Ancient spells conjure a powerful houngan from the 1800’s. A voodoo priest who performed black magick to shift into a wolf in order to save his wife, Daisy from the White Witch. Now he’s alive again, hell-bent on revenge against the witch’s ancestor. But how can the shifter voodoo-king punish a woman whose scent reminds him of his former love? Can he confront his past and survive in this new world as a beast, without falling in love with his enemy?
Review by Caroline: Alisha Paige is one of the greatest indie authors out there! She grabs your attention right from the start. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it and I’m so excited to read more from her!!
Review by D.S. Luvs2Read: I didn’t anticipate liking this story as much as I did but I got completely sucked in. The storyline is intense and so well written. The characters are real and extremely engaging. I think I have a new favorite! Well worth the read.