Fiery Arrow Excerpt…Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1 Fotharit, Leinster, Éire, 5th Century: I crept around the corner and leaned against the rough thatch wall. Damp mists disguised any shadow I might have cast as I hid in the crevice created by the opened oak door and outer wall of our house. Maithghean, the chief druid, and my father, Dubhtach, spoke in hushed tones. Their conversation was about me. I…

Pagans, Saints, and Groundhogs

February. Those who celebrate the early days of this month will either be in church or in the fields, both celebrating Brigid, in two of her aspects. Imbolc, St. Brigid’s day, Candlemas (Feb. 2) or – as most of us know it – Groundhog Day.  Myth and legends of Brigid, both goddess and saint, overlap and I’m still trying to figure out how the…

Beltane: An Excerpt from Fiery Arrow

Patrick set up his camp and noticed numerous bonfires in the distance to the south.  He stood gazing from the top of the ridge.  What was going on?  Another pagan ceremony of some sort? “It’s Beltane today,” Brigid said. “What is it?” Patrick asked, although he recalled Brawen’s explanation of the festival. “Beltane is the festival for summer, a time when marriages are created. …

Brigid of the Tuatha de Danann: Visit Her Ladyship’s Quest

Check out Brigid’s character profile on Her Ladyship’s Quest! Once A Goddess is the first in the Brigid trilogy.  Brigid is trapped between the will of her people and the desires of her heart. For the sake of peace, she enters into an arranged marriage with the enemy prince, sacrificing her own chance at happiness. Her duty is to protect the secrets of the Tuatha…

Happy Saint Brigid’s Day!

Happy Saint Brigid’s Day!   Welcome to the day that celebrates Brigid!  My fascination with her mythology and history began years ago, which led to my writing the Brigid trilogy, which tell the story of Brigid in each of her forms: Goddess, Druid, and Saint. February 1st marks the start of spring on the Celtic calendar, also known as the festival of Imbolc. It’s…