Last night was the official drawing in this month's giveaway, for a smashwords copy of Blue Bells of Scotland. I sent a message to the winner, Kelly. Enjoy!
This has been an unusually busy couple of weeks, between a much busier teaching schedule this quarter, a full read-through of The Minstrel Boy (Book 2 of the Trilogy), getting back to my Gaelic Word a Day blog, an author talk, and practicing for two harp performances, in addition to the usual work that life involves.
I finished the read-through last night and sent off for proofs. I will be taking a brief break from my own medieval Scotland to finally get to Island of Secrets, which I have been eagerly anticipating reading and posting about here. I try to stick with books that have similar themes to my own, and in that spirit, it is time travel, but in the United States, and to a much more recent era than the 1300's. The author, Tammie Clarke Gibbs, will also be here with a guest post and interview.
The second harp performance was this morning for a crowd of ninety. Okay, so it was ninety 3rd graders at my sons' school, but it was fun! It motivated me to remove the cover from my larger harp, a 40 string Camac Mademoiselle, after longer than I care to admit playing only my smaller 33 string harp. I brought both to the school so they could see a little bit about how different harps can be, although I have neither a small lap harp nor a concert grand pedal harp to show the real extremes and variety. The kids were a great audience with lots of good questions and comments about harps.
I do have another harp job coming up in March, but in the meantime, I'm glad to have a little extra time, and hopefully get back to more regular posting here, and back to more posting about the history of Scotland.