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  • Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan: Pulse and Hearts above Zero Back to News > Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan – Pulse and Hearts above Zero – Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it is what the reader can expect in the forthcoming, second volume by William Tiernan, soon to be released. Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero has just been published and will be on general sale from Saturday, 9 December, when the book will be formally launched at a special reception in the Galway village from which the book takes its title. William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions, as well as strong ties to the community in which ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 08:44 by Oscar Duggan
  • Our Halloween Literary Offerings: read them and weep! Back to News > Halloween Literary Offerings – tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations – posted 29 Oct 2017, 11:17The Ghost in My House – a short story by Susan R. Murphy – "Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family." A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon. However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 04:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2017: Exciting News for Authors in October Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2017: – Exciting News for Authors in October – posted 3 Oct 2017, 23:23Previous SiarScéal Festivals Rose Morris reads from her winning entry at the 2014 SiarScéal Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. As Overall Winner, her prize was to see her book published professionally, resulting in The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox (see below), a whimsical adventure story with a cautionary ecological message, told in the form of children's illustrated verse. The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris Published by The Manuscript Publisher (2015) and available to buy online in print and e-book editions A last call for entries for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 has just gone out ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 by Oscar Duggan
  • A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary: follow up to a bestselling memoir by Trevor Simpson Back to News > A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary – the follow up to a bestselling memoir – posted 21 Aug 2017, 15:13 Almost 50 years ago to this day, a Cornish fishing trawler pulled into the harbour of Dunmore East, the famous fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland. It carried a crew of two, who had just completed a marathon journey across the Irish Sea. Their adventure would be recounted many years later, in all of its heart-stopping detail, in the concluding chapter of a memoir entitled Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967. At the time however, author, Trevor Simpson and his crewmate, Martin, would have felt only relief: I had been staring into ...
    Posted 3 Oct 2017, 15:20 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 Back to News > SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 – Overall Prize Winner to take home Publishing Package Deal worth €2000 – posted 16 Aug 2017, 15:38 The Overall Prize winner in this year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will see his or her book published professionally, in print and e-book editions, as part of a publishing package deal valued at €2000. This is being organised as part of the SiarScéal Festival 2017, which takes place Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. The venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. If the Overall Prize is not enough to entice you, there is also a First Prize – a cash prize of €700, sponsored by ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:19 by Oscar Duggan
  • Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale July 2017: 1000s of e-Titles Significantly Reduced Back to News > Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale – 1000s of e-Book Titles Significantly Reduced – posted 7 Jul 2017, 10:57Looking for a summer read this weekend? Then Smashwords is the place to begin your search – now and until the end of July. Thousands of e-book titles are significantly reduced for the duration of the Summer/Winter Promotion, which is run every July by the world's largest online retailer of independently published e-books. And here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are happy to participate once again, by offering you 50% off all of our e-book titles. Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to avail of this offer, which applies only to titles of participating ...
    Posted 15 Aug 2017, 08:18 by Oscar Duggan
  • Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore Back to News > Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore – the magic and mystery of childhood re-discovered – posted 11 May 2017, 23:02Ray Moore says that he "just started to write children's stories one boring Sunday morning", at the prompting of his friend, Michelle Hopkins, who asked him to write a story for her little girl, Amber. The collaboration has borne fruit in two new books: the first in an enthralling series that exult in the joy of childhood experience, vividly describing the world as it appears to those who are taking their first steps on the journey of discovery, where everything is a new adventure, a mystery waiting to be uncovered. MacDaddy Spider lives in a ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:18 by Oscar Duggan
  • Read an e-Book Week 2017, March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts on 1000s of e-Titles Back to News > Read an e-Book Week 2017 - March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts of 1000s of e-Titles - posted 6 Mar 2017, 15:27 Get 50% off all our e-book titles (and thousands of other titles) during Read an e-Book Week on Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of independently published e-books. Just use the coupon code RAE50 at checkout, to claim your discount when you buy. Read an e-Book Week is a global celebration of e-books. For one week only, readers can gain access to thousands of free or deeply discounted e-books, from the world's biggest indie authors. E-Book titles published by The Manuscript Publisher embrace all genres of ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)? Back to News > New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)? - How Life Coaching will Empowers us to solve to our Personal Challenges - posted 20 Jan 2017, 01:08Time and tide wait for no man - Chaucer January is that time of year when it feels as if the wheel has turned once more. Winter is the season when we like to reflect upon what has come to pass. In fact, taking time out helps us to renew our focus and re-dedicate ourselves to getting what we want out of life. Yet, there are times when it might feel as if the only thing that is stopping us from achieving our goals is OURSELVES – Our Attitude is the ...
    Posted 3 Mar 2017, 17:22 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire (Book and DVD) Back to News > The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire - Ireland's Haunted Heritage captured on Book and DVD - posted 7 Dec 2016, 00:27 A journey into the heart of haunted Ireland awaits the reader in The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan and Jenifer Kerrigan, published by The Manuscript Publisher. The authors belong to a team of paranormal investigators (GhostÉire) based in the south-west of Ireland who describe their goal as being to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena. Their pursuit of this objective has taken them to locations the length and breadth of Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences. In this report of their ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2016, 14:42 by Oscar Duggan
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Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan: Pulse and Hearts above Zero

posted 5 Dec 2017, 04:03 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 08:44 ]

Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan
– Pulse and Hearts above Zero –

Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it is what the reader can expect in the forthcoming, second volume by William Tiernan, soon to be released.

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero by William Tiernan
Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero has just been published and will be on general sale from Saturday, 9 December, when the book will be formally launched at a special reception in the Galway village from which the book takes its title.
Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe: Poems from the Heart and the Head by William Tiernan

William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions, as well as strong ties to the community in which he lives and his identification with the place where he grew up. His first collection of poems, Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe: Poems from the Head and the Heart (also available to buy online) was published in 2016. Previously, he was National Winner in the poetry category at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards in 2014, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon.

As a poet, he says, he is always a loner but, in his heart and soul, he strives to be a real people's person and not a fair-weather friend, not least to those who suffer the torments of this world.

"No matter how strong faith is, fear and doubt will test it to its core, weaken it if they can and, in some cases, sadly, destroy."

He goes on to say that "love can be a cold stone nesting in a warm fire with its flame reaching out to heal, but cannot reach a dying wound."

Tiernan's poetry burns with insight; a true example of the fire inside the head that drives a person to create. Influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Patrick Kavanagh will be discerned but the voice is all his own. It is a distinct voice that reaches out to people, addresses itself to themes that are universal, reflections that are often sadly true but, able and willing to rise to the challenges that they present.

"Never let the sun go down on your hatred or your anger; it will eat you away. Depression is an illness of the mind and body, a cancer of the soul. Let's support one another and defeat it."

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Heart above Zero by William Tiernan is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is available to buy online (RRP €12.95 plus P&P). It will also be on sale at the book's launch, to take place on Saturday, 9 December at Fr Flanagan Community Centre, Ballymoe, Co. Galway, following 8pm Mass.

Our Halloween Literary Offerings: read them and weep!

posted 29 Oct 2017, 04:17 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 04:01 ]

Halloween Literary Offerings
– tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations –

posted 29 Oct 2017, 11:17

The Ghost in My House
– a short story by Susan R. Murphy –

The Ghost in My House by Susan R. Murphy
"Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family."

A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon.

However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October (the Eve of All Hallows) when, as tradition tells us, ghosts and ghouls return to their unearthly realm.

The Ghost in My House is, as the title would suggest, a ghost story on a haunted house theme. Donny, together with his mom and dad and his sister, Tiffany, move into a new home – a small house in Lincoln Acres, part of National City in San Diego. At first, it seems like everything that they could ask for but quickly, they realise that they are not alone. A gruesome murder took place in the house many years before, and the victim is still crying out for revenge.
The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy

While it may sound like familiar territory for horror fans and aficionados nevertheless, it is Susan's distinctive storytelling style that will keep you turning the pages, right to the end.

Her previous book, The Immortals (published in 2014) is a collection of short stories that have been described as "very, very scary". Her writing reflects themes and preoccupations with horror, sci-fi, romance, legends and re-interpretations of tales from ancient Greek mythology.

The Ghost in My House by Susan R. Murphy is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online, in Kindle edition through Amazon.

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
– now available in e-book edition –

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
Of course, ghost stories and tales of hauntings challenge beliefs, dealing with subject matter and themes that span separate (though not entirely distinct) worlds, also crossing the genres of fiction and non-fiction in literary terms. A book that takes the reader on a journey through Irish haunted locations (on and off the beaten track) seeks to "to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena".

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan was published this time last year, in print edition, to great reception. It has just been published in e-book and available to buy online through all the major distributors – see below.

The authors are members of GhostÉire, a team of paranormal investigators based in the south-west of Ireland. Their research and investigations have taken them to locations all over Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences, accumulating volumes of recorded and independently verifiable source material in the process. Theirs is a world of whispering lighthouses, misty islands, mind-bending gaols, vanished forts and public houses where the spirits flow a little too unaccountably! Tales of sailors, smugglers, pirate queens, Irish rebels, Vikings and spies crop up along the way.

Providing a comprehensive overview of the world of paranormal investigations, their conclusions will interest the skeptic as much as the believer, as well as those who simply wish to form their own view. The bulk of the presentation comprises precise, detailed, often graphic descriptions of paranormal investigations, typically undertaken during the dark and eery hours in some of very remote and inhospitable places. It should be noted that the book does come with a parental advisory warning (not suitable for anyone under 16 years) containing as it does, some strong language and possibly disturbing themes.

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan, already available in print editions (hardback and paperback), is on sale now as an e-book edition and available through global distributors that include Amazon, Smashwords, Apple (iTunes), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, amongst others.

On sale now, in print and e-book editions.

The Battle for Coman's Wood
– by Mario Corrigan –

The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan
So far, we have been looking at literature best described as 'adult' in terms of subject matter and orientation (in other words, not for the squeamish or fainthearted!). Not so with The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan however. This is a story for children, teenagers and young adults – all ages in fact, including anyone who likes a good read that consists of fast-paced, historical and mythological adventure stories.

Halloween has its origins in Gaelic, pre-Christian and pagan customs and The Battle for Coman's Wood crafts a story from much of the mythology that surrounds it.

An American family come to Ireland, their ancestral homeland, in time for Halloween and the ancient Feast of Samhain. They have no idea of the adventure that is about to unfold. It is almost as if their journey has been anticipated. They soon become entangled in a quest to thwart the evil plans of Queen Medbh and The Morrigan, to bring forth a terrible army from the OtherWorld! Ireland and indeed the whole world is in danger and only the true-blooded heirs of Turlough O'Connor, High King of Ireland, can hope to prevent a cataclysm.

Terrible, evil creatures issue forth from beneath the earth, driven hard by the warrior queen who plans to conquer everyone and everything that stands in her way. Men rally round the ancient banners and defend what they hold dear. Plans are laid and a terrible battle must be fought, but help is on hand from unknown quarters – from long dead Kings and loyal Followers. Time is running out. Our brave heroes must face the might of these supernatural forces for, it is the blood in their veins that gives hope for salvation. All Hell breaks loose, literally, in an epic showdown in the ancient wood, Coman's Wood, near Owneynagat: gate to the OtherWorld ... the gate to terror and destruction.

A rip-roaring tale of mythical proportions, the story was sculpted from the imaginations of school children from the area of County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin, meaning "Saint Coman's wood") where the action takes place.

On sale now in print and e-book editions.

SiarScéal Festival 2017: Exciting News for Authors in October

posted 3 Oct 2017, 15:23 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 ]

SiarScéal Festival 2017:
– Exciting News for Authors in October –

posted 3 Oct 2017, 23:23

Previous SiarScéal Festivals

Rose Morris, author

Rose Morris reads from her winning entry at the 2014 SiarScéal Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. As Overall Winner, her prize was to see her book published professionally, resulting in The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox (see below), a whimsical adventure story with a cautionary ecological message, told in the form of children's illustrated verse.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

Published by The Manuscript Publisher (2015) and available to buy online in print and e-book editions
A last call for entries for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 has just gone out. The awards, which form part of the annual SiarScéal Festival, will be presented at this year's event, which takes place over Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. Roscommon County Library in Roscommon Town is the venue.

All entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 10 October. Entries may consist of poetry or prose and can be posted or submitted online. The theme for this year's competition is Beneath Western Skies. Full details of how to enter, rules of entry, etc. are available from the website of SiarScéal – see Competitions page.

Authors and writers have every incentive to get their entries in. The Overall Prize winner will take away a publishing package valued at €2000, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher. What this will mean is that the winner will have his or her book published professionally, in print and e-book editions, marketed, promoted and formally launched at a future SiarScéal Festival.

There is also a cash prize of €700 for winner of First Prize. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded to a local entry that best conveys 'sense of place' while trophy prizes will be awarded for Highly Commended entries in poetry and prose categories (local, national, international).

Mary Melvin Geoghegan will adjudicate at this years Awards. She will also be reading from her own work. Mary is the author of no less than four anthologies of poetry and has also edited several volumes of children’s poetry and verse. Her most recent collection, Say it like a Paragraph, was published in 2012 by Bradshaw Books.

Also headlining at this year’s festival is Eileen Battersby, journalist, art critic, literary correspondent. She will be reading from her debut novel, Teethmarks on My Tongue, published just last year to a great reception, both in Ireland and internationally.

An open mike session will wind down the evening's entertainment. The formal part of the festival concludes at 5pm. Full details, including programme of events, are available from SiarScéal website – see Festival page.

A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary: follow up to a bestselling memoir by Trevor Simpson

posted 21 Aug 2017, 07:13 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 15:20 ]

A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary
– the follow up to a bestselling memoir –

posted 21 Aug 2017, 15:13
A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary by Trevor Simpson
Almost 50 years ago to this day, a Cornish fishing trawler pulled into the harbour of Dunmore East, the famous fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland. It carried a crew of two, who had just completed a marathon journey across the Irish Sea. Their adventure would be recounted many years later, in all of its heart-stopping detail, in the concluding chapter of a memoir entitled Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967. At the time however, author, Trevor Simpson and his crewmate, Martin, would have felt only relief:

I had been staring into a white wall of fog for many hours. I steered my boat, the 35ft M.F.V. Reaper, by her compass. The fog was doing my head in and I fought the pressing urge to sleep. Knowing that I should have made landfall quite a while back proved to me that I was lost, lost in unfamiliar waters. I desperately needed to find a safe harbour before dark …

What awaited the author upon disembarking; what he made of this strange new world called Ireland (and what Ireland made of him) is the subject of a second volume of memoir that is as warm and engaging as the first. The years that followed would prove challenging, perplexing, refreshing and ultimately rewarding. The fact that he found himself in a place that he was pleased to call home for the next fifty years (and beyond) probably speaks for itself. There is more to the story than that, however.

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson was an instant success upon publication in 2014. Among the glowing reviews, there was a virtual consensus among readers that a sequel would be in order:

Excellent, only wish he had followed it up with how he got on in Ireland. – Peter McGuinness

I would love to know if there is a follow up book about Trevor's time in Ireland, I bet that would be just as interesting! – Simon Neve

That call has been answered and readers now have the chance to judge whether it was worth the wait. Volume II takes up the narrative exactly where the first left off.

A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary by Trevor Simpson is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now. Both volumes in the Cornish Fisherman's Diaries series are available to buy online and all good bookshops. They each retail at €14.99 plus P&P where applicable.

SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017

posted 15 Aug 2017, 08:12 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 29 Oct 2017, 15:19 ]

SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017
– Overall Prize Winner to take home Publishing Package Deal worth €2000 –

posted 16 Aug 2017, 15:38
SiarScéal Festival 2017 – invitation
The Overall Prize winner in this year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will see his or her book published professionally, in print and e-book editions, as part of a publishing package deal valued at €2000. This is being organised as part of the SiarScéal Festival 2017, which takes place Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. The venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. If the Overall Prize is not enough to entice you, there is also a First Prize – a cash prize of €700, sponsored by Roscommon County Library, who host the event.

This year's competition is inviting entries on the theme of Beneath Western Skies. Entries may be of poetry (maximum 100 lines) and/or prose (maximum 2000 words) and are limited to three entries per person. Closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday, 10 October, 2017. Full details, including competition rules and how to enter, are available from SiarScéal.

The Manuscript Publisher is pleased to be sponsoring the Overall Prize in this year's competition. Under the terms of this publishing package deal (valued at €2000), here is what the winning author can expect:
  • Prize winner to deliver a completed manuscript, in typed, electronic format, within 12 weeks of receiving the prize.
  • Manuscript is accepted on the understanding that it is a previously unpublished work, is original to the author, containing nothing that is in any way an infringement upon an existing copyright, nor is it the subject of a publishing contract previously entered into with third parties.
  • Copyright to the published work remains with the author, along with all future publishing rights.
  • Manuscript may be of any genre – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, memoir, etc.
  • Book to be published in print (including print-on-demand) and e-book editions.
  • Full editing, proof-reading, typesetting, page design and layout, cover design provided, to bring manuscript to the stage of a print-ready proof.
  • Author will receive a printed proof to sign off on prior to printing.
  • ISBN registration and legal deposit compliance included.
  • Upon publication, author receives 50 printed copies (perfect-bound paperback) of the book for own use, including re-sale, with option to purchase further copies at significantly discounted prices.
  • Manuscript converted to all common e-book formats and made available for distribution through Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, covering all major e-publishing platforms and distribution outlets.
  • Sales and Marketing assistance and support using traditional and online channels.
  • Book to be widely promoted through press release, e-mail, social media campaigns, etc.
  • A special launch of the book is envisaged at a subsequent SiarScéal Festival (time and date to be announced).

Winners will be announced and prizes presented at SiarScéal Festival 2017, which takes place over two days – Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. In addition to the top prizes, trophy prizes will be presented for Highly Commended entries in the various categories and the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded for the best local entry received. Full details, including programme of events, are available from the SiarScéal.

Previous festivals have been lively gatherings with readings, prize ceremonies, open mike sessions that are open to everyone – an opportunity to showcase one's literary talents to a public audience! This year's festival will be in much the same vein. Mary Melvin Geoghegan, who is the adjudicator of this year's awards, is guest speaker. She herself is an award-winning poet. To date, four volumes of her poetry have been published, the most recent being, Say It Like a Paragraph (2012).

The Hanna Greally International Literary Awards have been an important part of the SiarScéal Festival since its inception in 2007. They honour the life and work of an author who led a remarkable life, tragic in many ways but ultimately triumphant. More about the background to the awards, as well as how to enter this year's competition is available from the SiarScéal website.

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale July 2017: 1000s of e-Titles Significantly Reduced

posted 7 Jul 2017, 02:57 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 15 Aug 2017, 08:18 ]

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale
– 1000s of e-Book Titles Significantly Reduced –

posted 7 Jul 2017, 10:57
Looking for a summer read this weekend? Then Smashwords is the place to begin your search – now and until the end of July. Thousands of e-book titles are significantly reduced for the duration of the Summer/Winter Promotion, which is run every July by the world's largest online retailer of independently published e-books.

And here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are happy to participate once again, by offering you 50% off all of our e-book titles. Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to avail of this offer, which applies only to titles of participating authors and publishers, purchased on Smashwords during July. Our ever-expanding catalogue is bound to have something to stimulate you – from genres that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry ...

Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre by Sorcha Duggan

To get you started in building your e-book collection on Smashwords, we are offering one free download to all of our friends and followers. Get 100% off the e-book edition of Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre by Sorcha Duggan when you use the coupon code SSW50 – exclusive to Smashwords in July. This modern-day, rom-com adventure story concerns the fate of bookshop owner who sets off on a journey in pursuit of love, and what he discovers along the way! Company Magazine described it as "well-written, imaginative and truly original. I can honestly say there is no other story quite like it."

Other e-Book Titles Available on Smashwords Include:


We hope that you will take the time to avail of at least some of these offers – they won't be around forever! We also want to hear from you. Please remember the hard work and dedication put in by the authors to bring us this diverse and expanding literary fare, that caters to all ages, experiences, personal tastes and so on. Your constructive criticism of the books that you have read (whether you enjoyed reading them or not) is always appreciated. You can post yourv reviews to Smashwords, Amazon or to online book clubs, such as Goodreads. In addition, each of the titles posted to our Online Bookshop has a Guest Book, allowing visitors to ask questions or leave comments about the books that they have bought or are thinking of buying.

Finally, if you are an author or independent publisher looking for an outlet for your literary talents, talks to us today about our range of publishing services, which will get your book published professionally and affordably – in print and digital media.

Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore

posted 11 May 2017, 15:02 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 29 Oct 2017, 15:18 ]

Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore
– the magic and mystery of childhood re-discovered –

posted 11 May 2017, 23:02
Ray Moore says that he "just started to write children's stories one boring Sunday morning", at the prompting of his friend, Michelle Hopkins, who asked him to write a story for her little girl, Amber. The collaboration has borne fruit in two new books: the first in an enthralling series that exult in the joy of childhood experience, vividly describing the world as it appears to those who are taking their first steps on the journey of discovery, where everything is a new adventure, a mystery waiting to be uncovered.

MacDaddy Spider by Ray J.F. Moore
Twins 'n' Things by Ray J.F. Moore
MacDaddy Spider lives in a tree. He as eight very long black legs and a wee Tam o' Shanter on his head. "All day long, he clambers about, fixing his web inside and out." His work keeps him busy and provides for his needs but, "there was something he did have not but couldn’t remember, 'cos he forgot."

He finds himself at a loss until, with the help of his friend, the Ladybird, he overcomes his dilemma through his own inventiveness and by drawing inspiration from the nature that surrounds him.

"Twins 'n' things can do very strange things: one can cause trouble; the other makes it double" in a story that charts the mayhem and mischief that abound when young minds unleash their natural inquisitiveness – to the torment of those who must look after them! A story to remind us that, while curiosity creates a world of possibilities, fuelling our imaginations and thirst for knowledge, we must use that knowledge to keep ourselves safe and stay out of danger!

Ray J.F. Moore was born in Coventry, England to an Irish family that hails from Galway. He has worked as a stonemason while his travels and adventures have taken him to places as far-flung as Casablanca and Cuba. He has written over a dozen more similar childhood tales that will be appearing soon, all told in his own inimitable free-verse style.

MacDaddy Spider and Twins 'n' Things by Ray J.F. Moore are published by The Manuscript Publisher and are on sale now – RRP €9.99 plus P&P.

Read an e-Book Week 2017, March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts on 1000s of e-Titles

posted 5 Mar 2017, 06:18 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 ]

Read an e-Book Week 2017
- March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts of 1000s of e-Titles -

posted 6 Mar 2017, 15:27
Read an e-Book Week 2017 logo
Get 50% off all our e-book titles (and thousands of other titles) during Read an e-Book Week on Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of independently published e-books. Just use the coupon code RAE50 at checkout, to claim your discount when you buy.

Read an e-Book Week is a global celebration of e-books. For one week only, readers can gain access to thousands of free or deeply discounted e-books, from the world's biggest indie authors.

E-Book titles published by The Manuscript Publisher embrace all genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry. New titles published in the last year that have been added to our Smashwords catalogue include:

Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin cover design
Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin with its "memories of days gone by". 1960s semi-rural Ireland and a schoolboy’s view of life growing up there. Growing up in the sixties wasn’t always easy, with overcrowded houses lacking in running water, central heating and so on. School could be quite difficult too, with corporal punishment a major issue. But life was happy and there was little pressure on children to have this, that and the other.

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The Unity Project by Brian Corvin cover design
The Unity Project by Brian Corvin. This second collection of poetry and verse (including haiku) from the Dublin-based author looks at "where we have come from, what we need to do to help us fulfil our evolutionary potential and how the process will affect us." The long anchor poem, which gives the book its title, was inspired by Abdul Baha (1844 - 1921) who, over 150 years ago, observed that the world is one country and mankind are its citizens.

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Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee cover design
Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee. A memoir about overcoming disability but also about so much more. The story is told by one who never allowed the circumstances of his birth to limit his outlook on life or narrow his horizons. Motivated and guided by a philosophy of mental and physical compensation, he seized every opportunity that was offered to lead an active, fulfilling and independent life, all the while being part of a movement to change society for the better.

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Centenary in Reflection - SiarScéal Anthology cover design
Centenary in Reflection. The SiarScéal anthology for 2016 and published in the centenary year of the Easter Rising, the rebellion that heralded a nation's re-birth. Offering a momentous snapshot of global and local history and culture, this anthology is no mere exercise in nostalgia. Rather, it creates a space to review times past, voiced (not uncritically) by writers and students locally and internationally.

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Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by Nuala Duignan (cover design)
Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by Nuala Duignan. Recently re-issued, the author brings together her considerable experience in the field of Life Coaching to provide simple steps any one of us can take, to make our lives richer, more rewarding, more personally fulfilling. She talks about the benefits that Life Coaching offers to all of us: opening our eyes to new perspectives; giving us an outcome focus that will help us to conquer our challenges Today!

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Check out too, other bestselling titles published by The Manuscript Publisher on Smashwords, also available to buy online in print editions.

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson (cover design)
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson. Life in a Cornish fishing community in the 1960s is described here in a style that is warm, engaging, humorous and packed full of incident. A book that will appeal to anyone who has gone to sea or wishes that they had.

A sequel to this engaging memoir, A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary, will be published soon. Details will be posted to our online bookshop. Subscribe to our e-News service to be notified when it is published.

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Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan (cover design)
Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan. A century-old Irish murder mystery is re-opened. Joseph Heffernan paid the ultimate price for the murder of Mary Walker in Mullingar in 1909. Mary Walker was the innocent victim of a brutal murder. But was Joseph Heffernan also innocent of the crime?

Coming Soon: Why Did They Lie? The Irish Civil War, the Truth, Where and When it Began. Jack Kiernan turns his considerable investigative skills to events surrounding Ireland's Civil War ... arriving at some interesting conclusions! Details will be posted to our online bookshop. Subscribe to our e-News Service to be notified when it is published.

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And it's not just our titles that are enrolled in Smashwords' Read and e-Book Week promotion. Thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers are offering readers deep discounts on their e-book titles, with coupon code levels for 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and even for FREE. The ninth annual Smashwords Read an e-Book Week promotion kicks off this Sunday, March 5 (at one minute past midnight Pacific time) and runs through March 11 (ending 11:59pm Pacific time).

Smashwords is not only the world's largest distributor of independently published e-book titles; they actively support independent publishing and the authors who rely upon it. If you are an author or independent publisher interested in availing of the opportunities that e-publishing affords, check out our services and support in this area, including free consultations and advice.

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New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)?

posted 19 Jan 2017, 17:08 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 3 Mar 2017, 17:22 ]

New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)?
- How Life Coaching will Empowers us to solve to our Personal Challenges -

posted 20 Jan 2017, 01:08
Time and tide wait for no man - Chaucer

Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by Nuala Duignan
January is that time of year when it feels as if the wheel has turned once more. Winter is the season when we like to reflect upon what has come to pass. In fact, taking time out helps us to renew our focus and re-dedicate ourselves to getting what we want out of life. Yet, there are times when it might feel as if the only thing that is stopping us from achieving our goals is OURSELVES – Our Attitude is the Window to Our World.

Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by qualified life coach, Nuala Duignan, is a book that describes how we can all live out our true vocation in life.

She illustrates this in many ways, particularly from the words of some of her past clients.

Happiness, she contends, really is a choice – an opportunity that we all should seize. Not just at times like New Year, but the whole year through.

At any given juncture in our lives, we need to be asking ourselves, "are we really doing the work that we were born to do?" – that which makes us feel positive about our life choices?

First published in 2013, the initial print run of Charting Your Life's Roadmap ... quickly sold out and the book has been in demand ever since, albeit in limited supply. While it has been available in e-book editions, the print edition has now been re-issued, in response to popular demand and is available to buy online through various outlets. Further information about how to buy (in print and e-book editions) is available from The Manuscript Publisher.

If you are considering the direction that you need to go in from the coming year and beyond, Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World should be your first viewing point. You will gain an insight, in the process, into how Life Coaching can guide you through the Action Steps towards your Desired Goal. Support from a Life Coach will help you to overcome personal challenges, by giving you the Tools that you need to help you to develop a positive feeling of empowerment in your daily life.

You will find out more by visiting Nuala Duignan's dedicated website: www.nualaduignanlifecoach.com


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Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by Nuala Duignan is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. The print edition can be bought through retail outlets that include:

The e-Book edition is available from:
  • Amazon (Kindle edition)
  • Smashwords (all common e-book formats including ePub, mobi, PDF)
  • Apple (iTunes)
  • Kobo (ePub format)
  • other online retailers and e-book distribution platforms

For more information about Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: choose happiness daily by Nuala Duignan, please visit our website (Online Bookshop)

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire (Book and DVD)

posted 6 Dec 2016, 16:27 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 22 Dec 2016, 14:42 ]

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
- Ireland's Haunted Heritage captured on Book and DVD -

posted 7 Dec 2016, 00:27
The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Kerrigan et al (GhostÉire)
A journey into the heart of haunted Ireland awaits the reader in The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan and Jenifer Kerrigan, published by The Manuscript Publisher. The authors belong to a team of paranormal investigators (GhostÉire) based in the south-west of Ireland who describe their goal as being to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena.

Their pursuit of this objective has taken them to locations the length and breadth of Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences. In this report of their findings, a world of whispering lighthouses, misty islands, mind-bending gaols, vanished forts and public houses where the spirits flow a little too unaccountably, all await the reader. Tales of sailors, smugglers, pirate queens, Irish rebels, Vikings and spies also punctuate the narrative.

The bulk of the presentation comprises precise, detailed, often graphic descriptions of paranormal investigations, typically undertaken during the dark and eery hours in some of the remotest and inhospitable places imaginable. Adding to the authenticity, a 98-minute DVD accompanies this 340 page volume, which is fully illustrated throughout with photos, maps, diagrams and layouts of the investigated locations.

It is a book that will serve as a concise introduction to the world of paranormal investigations: the terminology, the techniques, tools of the trade employed and the rationale that informs the view of practitioners. The material is presented in a style that should interest the skeptic as much as the believer, along with those who simply wish to draw their own conclusions. It also offers something in the way of a tourist guide with a difference – a must read for anyone contemplating a weekend break or excursion to some very interesting ‘haunts’, both on and off the beaten track.

Finally, this book and DVD collection is not for the fainthearted. It does come with a warning that it is suitable only for ages 16 and older, containing as it does, some strong language and possibly disturbing themes. So, if that does not scare you off, it is available to buy now, in both hardcover and paperback editions, with an e-book edition to follow soon. Further information is available from the websites of GhostÉire and The Manuscript Publisher.

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