Testimonials for The Keepers of Éire
"[The author's] descriptions of the Emerald Isle and of her characters added color to the story. I had a hard time putting the book down." — James Hodges on Amazon
"…very refreshing story. I can't wait for the next! I was spell bound from the beginning." — Doug on Amazon
“…I read it in one day—I couldn’t put it down.” — Evonne on Amazon
“…the dragons, while central to the story, do not steal every scene. The balance of romance, intrigue, action and magic makes The Keepers of Éire approachable to a broader audience….” — G. Karl Kumfert on Amazon & Goodreads
Join me on this fantasy of love and loyalty, mystery and magic, and a search for two young people's roots. — Carole MacLean on Goodreads
One final pass of editing on my middle-grade novel, Reluctant Paladin while awaiting cover art. This novel is a spin-off from my first fantasy novel, The Keepers of Éire. Reluctant Paladin is a coming of age story that blends modern-day fantasy/adventure with the emotional upheaval of dealing with bullies. Here is my back cover blurb, as of now:
All Niall wants is to stay out of trouble at his new school, but Thorin, the school bully, has other ideas. When Niall comes home sporting bruises and asking for money, his grandfather’s suspicions grow, but Niall won’t open up about his troubles. To gain Niall’s trust, his grandfather recruits him to help care for Grayson, a newborn, wingless dragonet—himself a victim of cruelty and prejudice. Niall bonds with the dragonet and swears his allegiance to the Tuatha Dragon Clan. Now he must keep the dragon clan a secret.
Thorin struggles to care for his six younger siblings while dealing with the death of his mother and the fallout brought on by his father’s grief. Too young to shoulder the burden, he grows more desperate as his father’s destructive behavior puts the family in jeopardy.
Niall endures the taunts and physical harassment until Thorin discovers Niall’s unique pendant. Then he is forced to do what is right: stand up to his fears and confront the bully in order to protect a centuries old secret—dragons really do exist!
What do you think? Does this make you want to read the book?