His guardian on the verge of death and an army on their heels, Marcel secures help in the form of Dr. Robert Jackson, his guardian’s nemesis. Now they must flee several powers while trying to complete their quest to preserve the dragons for a future war. Purchase “Emergence”

  • Yet another beautiful, mysterious place: Owey Island– coast with cliffs and sea caves; Owey Island– lake under the lake
  • And, another interesting site: Gweedore
  • Inspiration for the music played that night near the beach includes: the Irish band Connla
  • Here’s the recipe for her Lemon Meringue Pie, but using a store-bought crust. I’m certain the heroine is an expert on making pie crust. My attempts have all failed. My husband brought home “The Pie Bible,” and I intend to borrow it from him and eventually learn this craft. I had a roommate in college who made the best pie crust I’ve ever tasted. It was like a filigree gold setting as impressive as the flawless jewel it holds.
  • I’ve modeled the development of the dragons on two main creatures: the only reptile native to Ireland, the the common or viviparous lizard, and the green iguana. (I was lucky enough to share my apartment with one for several years). I’ve added touches from a few Missouri reptiles and amphibians that I’ve had the opportunity to study up close.
  • A clip on making a curragh. People in the Arranmore/Owey island area perfected a design especially well suited to the geography of this area. Records from the time of Julius Caesar onward describe thousands of these crafts employed in business dealings and transportation all along the coast. One truth of medieval Ireland (and the Scandinavian peninsula) was that travel by sea was faster, safer, and far more economical than travel by land through interior parts of the country.
  • What did they eat in Ireland before conquistadors returned with potatoes from Inca Peru? How about beef, a variety of cheeses, hearty bread, berries, fish, and many other treasures from the sea? A summary of medieval eating in Ireland
  • Perhaps the current evidence for the existence of flutes in Gweedore at this historical moment is sketchy. But the flute is a much simpler instrument to make than, say, a harp, and therefore more likely to be owned by commoners, and thus passed over in histories of “important” things. Also, the local doctor certainly knew about them, and could have introduced the instrument to those he met in the area.