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  • A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary: follow up to a bestselling memoir Back to News > A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary – the follow up to a bestselling memoir – 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 ...
    Posted 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 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 Jun 2017, 01:19 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 11 May 2017, 14:50 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
  • Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin - 1960s Semi-Rural Ireland Back to News > Brightening Over Dillon’s by Liam Nevin - 1960’s semi-rural Ireland and a schoolboy’s view of life growing up there - posted 2 Nov 2016, 00:36 Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin is the just published volume of memoirs that offers an authentic, first-hand account of life growing up in Ireland during the decade of the 1960s. In telling this story, the author has drawn upon his own experiences and those of others too. What we get is a coming of age tale framed within the setting of a country that was also in transition, embracing modernity, rising to the challenges and opportunities that this brings in its wake. "Conditions weren't always ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2016, 10:48 by Oscar Duggan
  • FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween Back to News > FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween - brought to you by The Manuscript Publisher - posted 27 Oct 2016, 21:38 FrightFest Season is upon us once again as Halloween celebrations take hold across the world. In Christian liturgy, Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve) is dedicated to 'remembering the dead' but it is recognised as having its origins in earlier, Gaelic and pagan customs, and the Festival of Samhain in particular, which traditionally marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. In the spirit of the season, however or whichever way you choose to observe it, we bring you the following literary offerings on ghostly, ghastly, scary and otherwise otherworldly themes. A Riveting Read! We ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2016, 17:15 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin - a book, a vision, an idea Back to News > Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin - a book, a vision, an idea - posted 25 Sep 2016, 13:00 The Unity Project, the title of the recently published second volume of poetry and verse by artist and poet, Brian Corvin, will be formally launched at The Irish Writers' Centre on Thursday, 6 October starting 6:30pm. Brian’s first book, The Dream Journey, published in 2009, took him 50 years to write. This second volume has taken him just five years, which, he describes, as "progress of a kind". In The Unity Project, he sets out to complete the task that he set himself with his first outing. The book takes its title from the long ...
    Posted 26 Oct 2016, 16:40 by Oscar Duggan
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A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary: follow up to a bestselling memoir

posted by Oscar Duggan   [ updated ]

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

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 ]

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 Jun 2017, 01:19 ]

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 11 May 2017, 14:50 ]

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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!

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Buy it Now on Smashwords. Avail of 50% discount during Read and e-Book Week when you use the coupon code RAE50

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.

Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin - 1960s Semi-Rural Ireland

posted 1 Nov 2016, 17:36 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 4 Dec 2016, 10:48 ]

Brightening Over Dillon’s by Liam Nevin
- 1960’s semi-rural Ireland and a schoolboy’s view of life growing up there -

posted 2 Nov 2016, 00:36
Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin
Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin is the just published volume of memoirs that offers an authentic, first-hand account of life growing up in Ireland during the decade of the 1960s. In telling this story, the author has drawn upon his own experiences and those of others too. What we get is a coming of age tale framed within the setting of a country that was also in transition, embracing modernity, rising to the challenges and opportunities that this brings in its wake.

"Conditions weren't always easy: the houses were often overcrowded, with not many facilities such as running water and central heating. School could be quite difficult, with corporal punishment a major issue. It was believed by many teachers that education could be 'beaten' into pupils. But life was happy and there was little pressure on children to have this, that and the other."

Compared to today, families didn't have much but children could play safely outdoors, making up their own games, exploring fields and woods around them, inventing adventures that filled the void. Television was only just becoming a feature in people's lives. Its introduction was generally welcomed but not without some reservation and even a certain amount of unease – a circumstance alluded in the remarks of President Éamonn de Valera, on the occasion of the launch of Telefís Éireann on New Year's Eve, 1961.

Published in the year that marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, the book recalls how the 50th anniversary was marked and observed by that generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen. Events surrounding the visit of US President John F. Kennedy to his ancestral home, in 1963, are also recorded, along with other events of the era.

The picture that is painted captures the atmosphere of that time and the hopes and aspirations of those who lived through it: a period in Irish life that might now appear remote but not so far removed that it has slipped entirely from living memory.

The Tobacco Fields of Meath by Liam Nevin
Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is on sale now, in print and e-book editions. RRP €12.95 (print edition) plus P&P. The e-book is available in Kindle edition from Amazon and in all common e-book formats from Smashwords, as well as other online retailers.

Liam Nevin is a native of County Kildare but now lives in Shepperton, England, with his wife Marlene. He is also the author of The Tobacco Fields of Meath, the widely acclaimed, fascinating account of tobacco growing in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. It is based, in part, on private papers left behind by his grandfather, John Nevin, who was very much at the heart of the experiment. This book is also on sale and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween

posted 27 Oct 2016, 13:38 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 1 Nov 2016, 17:15 ]

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FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween
- brought to you by The Manuscript Publisher -

posted 27 Oct 2016, 21:38
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FrightFest Season is upon us once again as Halloween celebrations take hold across the world. In Christian liturgy, Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve) is dedicated to 'remembering the dead' but it is recognised as having its origins in earlier, Gaelic and pagan customs, and the Festival of Samhain in particular, which traditionally marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

In the spirit of the season, however or whichever way you choose to observe it, we bring you the following literary offerings on ghostly, ghastly, scary and otherwise otherworldly themes.

A Riveting Read!

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
We start with the highly anticipated new publication, The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan, published just this week with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher.

Enter the world of GhostÉire paranormal research team, as they travel around various regions in Ireland, investigating plausible hauntings. Experience what they have encountered and their reasons for unexplainable happenings. Step into the world of whispering lighthouses, misty islands, mind-bending gaols, vanished forts and spirits in public houses. Enjoy tales of sailors, smugglers, pirates, Irish rebels, Vikings and spies, at places you wouldn't expect. Come to your own conclusion as to the world that is GhostÉire.

"A riveting read," says Alan Jacques of Limerick Post, "best enjoyed with the bed covers pulled right up to your ears. Better have GhostÉire's phone number on speed dial though. This is spine-chilling stuff."

The Rising of Haunted Ireland is a book suitable for 16-year-olds and older. It contains strong language and possible disturbing themes. It is on sale now in hardback and paperback, with an e-book edition to follow soon. RRP €19.99 (paperback) and €29.99 (hardback) plus P&P.


A Mythological, Historical, Fast-Paced Adventure!

The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan (with illustrations by David Butler)
The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan on the other hand, is a a "must read for pre-teens and adults alike." It is a book that 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.

The story concerns an American family coming to Ireland for 'The Gathering', in time for Halloween, for the ancient festival of Samhain. They have no idea of the adventure that is about to unfold as their journey becomes a quest to thwart the evil plans of Queen Medbh and The Morrigan.

Terrible, evil creatures issue forth from beneath the earth. Men rally round the ancient banners to defend what they hold dear. Our brave heroes must face the might of these supernatural forces, in an epic showdown in the ancient wood, Coman's Wood, near Owneynagat; the gate to the OtherWorld ... the gate to terror and destruction.

The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan (with illustrations by David Butler) is published by Do Fish Wear Pyjamas Publications. It is available to buy online, in print (paperback) and e-book editions. RRP €9.99 (paperback edition) plus P&P.


Truly Terrifying Tales!

The Immortals - thrills, chills, tales of the macabre by Susan R. Murphy
The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy offers more conventional Halloween horror and sci-fi fare. The stories contained within this unique collection of "truly terrifying tales" are drawn from ancient Greek mythology, American Gothic horror, vampire tales that involve much blood and gore. Be warned!

The characters who feature in The Immortals are beings cursed by fate. Life and death holds no distinction for them. They wander the world, crossing continents and even galaxies, in search of sport, prey and sometimes sanctuary. For the immortals, there can be no respite and no final resting place: they are prisoners of this world – a world that they cannot leave. They have the strength to witness, to endure and to casually inflict tragic and inhuman suffering.

"What you have witnessed here this night, no mortal has seen in over a thousand years. Your punishment will be immortality and you will be my blood companion for all eternity."

The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy is published with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online, in print and e-book edition. RRP €9.99 (paperback edition) plus P&P.


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Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin - a book, a vision, an idea

posted 25 Sep 2016, 05:00 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 26 Oct 2016, 16:40 ]

Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin
- a book, a vision, an idea -

posted 25 Sep 2016, 13:00
The Unity Project by Brian Corvin
The Unity Project, the title of the recently published second volume of poetry and verse by artist and poet, Brian Corvin, will be formally launched at The Irish Writers' Centre on Thursday, 6 October starting 6:30pm.

Brian’s first book, The Dream Journey, published in 2009, took him 50 years to write. This second volume has taken him just five years, which, he describes, as "progress of a kind". In The Unity Project, he sets out to complete the task that he set himself with his first outing.

The book takes its title from the long anchor poem contained within, itself inspired by the writings of Abdul Baha (1844-1921) who, over 150 years ago, put forward the view that 'the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens'. It was with the intention of exploring the ramifications of such ideas that set Brian Corvin on his own journey.

"I wrote the poem, The Unity Project, about the next step in our evolutionary development, to give voice to my beliefs and hopes for a better world," says Brian.

The conclusions that he has come to are set forward in the two volumes of poetry that have been published to date. They are also presented, in summary form, on a website that is being launched to coincide with the new publication. This, he hopes, offers a platform that can "develop and morph into a people’s power movement, which can and will work for real and fundamental change on three levels: the individual, the communal and the global."

The Unity Project by Brian Corvin is published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. Further information is available from the websites of the author and the publisher.

Signed copies will also be available at the launch to take place at the Irish Writers' Centre on Parnell Square, Dublin on Thursday, 6 October starting 6.30pm. Make a note in your diary. Download your invitation here. See map (below) for directions to the Irish Writers' Centre.

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