Friday, January 28, 2011

Mr Toad and the Stone of Destiny Releases, a Scottish Fantasy Adventure

Lochshore eBooks announces the publication of Mr Toad and the Stone of Destiny, an e-book fantasy adventure for young readers ages 8-15 based on real events in 16th century Scotland

It's the first book in a series introducing the character Mr. Toad on a special boat in a gateway between worlds. Four young friends are on holiday in Scotland's West Highlands and Hebrides and find themselves on a mission to prevent bloodshed between clans Maclean and Campbell. They return to the present but their quest is not over... 




The e-book has Google Earth 3D maps allowing readers to follow the geography of action. An integral website at www.mr-toad.co.uk carries links to sites on Scottish legends, history, and the natural world. There’s an online Gallery of 30 illustrations from the book and readers can add their own drawings.

In a press release, Author Patrick Baird says that from the moment he first saw an iPad, he realized his book should be published on advanced e-reading devices. 
"You can’t click a link in a printed book and find yourself flying over a 3D moving map of the scene of the action. Or zoom in on a picture of how a castle really looked 500 years ago."

Sales of e-book readers and e-books are rising dramatically. According to an article in USA Today on Christmas Day leading bookseller Barnes & Noble sold 1 million e-books. E-books accounted for about 9% of total book sales in the USA during 2010.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Robert Burns Dinner of the Scottish Society of Charleston

 It's time for the birthday celebration of Scotland's famous poet and writer, Robert Burns. He was born January 25th in the village of Allowayin Ayrshire.
 
Time
Saturday, January 22 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Location170 Lockwood Drive Extension, Charleston, SC 29403

Created By

More InfoAt the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Drive: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chsmc-charleston-marriott/ which has a new catering manager. It will be in the Topaz Room.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I's Female Celtic & Gaelic Names

Ibernia - From Ireland
(Irish)

Ide, Ida, Ita - Thirsty\
(Irish)

Ierne - From Ireland
(Irish)

Illona - Light
(Irish)

Imogen, Imogene - Maiden, girl
(Celtic)

Iola - Valued by the Lord
(Welsh)

Iona, Ione - From the king's island, Scottish meaning is place name, island in Hebrides
(Celtic, Irish, Scottish)

Isabeal, Isobel, Iseabal - Consecrated to God, form of Elizabeth
(Irish, Scottish)

Isleen, Islene - Vision
(Irish)
Isold, Isolde, Isolda - Fair lady
(Celtic, Welsh)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Fiction Coming with Scottish Characters!

The MacGregor Quest Series
#Christianfiction, #Colonial #Scottish
 
Book 1 - The Forbidden Conquest
Scotland, 1760
One conquest could destroy her, but avenge his family.
The Forbidden Conquest is the story of a highlander seeking revenge, but when the bargaining price becomes too great of a moral sacrifice, he must find a way to reverse his deeds and save the woman he loves.
 
Book 2 - The War Woman
North Carolina, 1780
One spy. One commission. One love.
He must risk it all to gain everything.
The War Woman is the story of a colonial spy who thwarts the British Captain seeking to uncover her identity, until she is caught, and he must risk everything to save her or forever lose her.
 
Book 3 - Imperfect Pieces
Lake Erie, Ohio (1813)
She wants to live in the past. He wants to step into the future.
Will either of them recognize the love between them now?
Imperfect Pieces is the story about a family learning to battle the heartache of grief, while growing in their faith, and risking the opportunity to love again.

Highland Crossings Novella, Jan 2012
1) Healer of My Heart (1740) by Pamela Griffin
2) Printed on My Heart (1758) by Laurie Alice Eakes
3) Sugarplum Hearts (1789) by Gina Welborn
4) Heart's Inheritance (1815) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The four stories in  Highland Crossings is centered around the lives of the McKay and McPherson cousins and their descendants. A priceless brooch is given to an ancestress for a good deed she once performed for the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and serves as the motivation that tears the family apart. It plays a role in bringing the sisters together after twenty years of separation, gives a daughter a start on her dreams, and a granddaughter a new plan for the future. Each finds her way in the New World, the new nation, and a new century, finding God’s purpose for their lives and the loves of their hearts.
 
Please Note: Until books are published all titles and release dates are subject to change. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Reference Book - "A History of Everday Life in Medieval Scotland"

A new reference book just released in December 2010 on everyday life in medieval Scotland. While it isn't yet available on Kindle, there is both a paperback and hardback version. The price between the two is quite significant. The book is written by Edward J. Cowan, a professor of Scottish history at the University of Glasgow, and Lizanne Henderson, a lecturer in history at the University of Dundee.

Here is the product description
The editors recount the daily behaviors, experiences, and beliefs of the Scottish people from early times to 1600. They establish the character of everyday life in Scotland as it developed over time and within specific contexts. Despite focusing on the mundane, the editors also heed the experience of war, famine, environmental disaster, and other disturbances, assessing long-term processes of change in religion, politics, and economic and social affairs. In showing how the extraordinary impinged on the everyday, this book draws on every possible kind of evidence, including a diverse range of documentary sources; artefactual, environmental, and archaeological materials; and the published work of many disciplines. Contributors respect a variety of Scottish voices and reveal the nature of daily life across rank, class, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity. They mark the differences between Highland and Lowland, Western Isles and Northern Isles, inland and coastal, and urban and rural, and they trace the influence of language, whether Gaelic, Welsh, English, Pictish, Norse, Latin, or Scots. Particularly fascinating are advances brought about by trading and migration. Taken as a whole, this portrait introduces a brand new perspective on medieval Scotland, with implications for all areas of historical scholarship.

Check it out on Amazon