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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:
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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 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
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
posted 10 Jul 2016, 19:08
Thousands of e-book titles are selling on Smashwords at significantly discounted prices during July - including many that you can download for free. Smashwords are the world's largest distributor of independently published e-book titles. Self-published authors and independent publishers are taking part in this, their eight annual Summer/Winter promotion:
"Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's mid-summer. Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about our good friends South of the equator, who are now in the middle of winter? They deserve to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! That's the story behind our Summer/Winter promotion, and as a Smashwords author or publisher, this is a great opportunity to reach new readers!"
Readers and lovers of good books have a rare opportunity to stock up on titles. Meanwhile, the self-published authors and independent publishers behind these titles gain exposure, helping to promote their work to a wider readership with the potential for a knock-on effect on future sales. Participation in this promotion is open to all authors who have published Smashwords. Smashword titles are available in all common e-book formats, making them suitable for reading on all of the popular e-reading devices and apps.
If you have not yet published but are interested in exploring the world of e-Publishing, talk to us today. Find out how our services, as they relate to e-Publishing and all aspects of the publishing process, can assist you, just as we have assisted others.
Here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are offering 50% off on all of our e-book titles published on Smashwords during July, as part of this promotion. To avail, simply visit our Smashwords catalogue or see below to choose from our range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and anthologies (including memoir, history, Irish history, personal development and self-help). Then, use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to claim your 50% discount.
We hope that you will avail of this offer - remember, it only comes around once a year. We would also like to receive your feedback on the titles that you purchase, perhaps in the form of a review, which can be posted to Smashwords, to our Online Bookshop, or your own websites and blogs.
|Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre
by Sorcha Duggan
by Seamus McCrudden
|The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
|The Stories Of Molly's Never Ending Adventures:
The Magic Through The Glass Door
by Samantha Ann Robinson
|Diary of a Cornish Fisherman:
by Trevor Simpson
|The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'
by James Linnane
|Melodies at Eventide
by Rex Lee
|Where Did They Get You?
by Bridget P. McDonnell
|Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
by Jack Kiernan
|John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic
by J.N. Duggan
|The Tobacco Fields of Meath
by Liam Nevin
|I Want to Really Learn about Horses
by T.J. Gillespie
|Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World:
Choose Happiness Daily
by Nuala Duignan
Roscommon in Reflection
|The Potless Generation
by James Linnane
|The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
|The Unity Project
by Brian Corvin
|A Woeful Tale
by Derrick Cranpole
posted 6 Jun 2016, 21:20
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the personal experience of spousal abuse and marital breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author reflects upon a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life.
"Let me start by telling you that, like many women, I never thought it would happen to me but, unlike so many women out there, I decided to do something about it."
Confronted by the reality that she was in an abusive relationship, she describes how came to the decision to leave her family home, with the accompanying heartbreak of having to leave her eldest child behind. Initially, she did not know what help, if any, was available. She entered a battered women's shelter and commenced a 30-day program that would see her get her life back on track. When she left the shelter, upon completion of the program, it was with a mixture of pride and sadness that she was able to observe:
"Out of all the women in the shelter, myself and one other woman were the only ones who left and started new lives. The rest of the women all went back to their abusive partners."
It is not often that a personal account dealing with these kind of issues manages to strike such a life-affirming tone but Susan achieves this, and quite admirably too because. Central to her story is the assertion that nobody asks for victimhood. Dark events that happen in our lives need not cast a shadow over the rest of our lives.
This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or knows someone who may be going through the experience. It is available buy online, in print and e-book editions.
The print edition can be purchased through retail outlets that include:
The e-Book edition is available from:
Susan R. Murphy is an author and writer born in Columbus, Ohio but has lived all over the USA and currently resides in California. She writes across genres that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Her previously published works include The Immortals: thrills, chills and tales of the macabre, a collection of "truly terrifying tales" that is available to buy online in print and e-book editions, including from some of the sources mentioned above.
posted 8 May 2016, 13:10
As the title may suggest, Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a volume of poetry that has had a long gestation period. At the same time, it also reflects a certain kind of soul-searching that comes with finding one's voice, having one's eyes opened and the discomfort with feeling mute in the face of difficult or challenging situations. The author chooses neither to to embellish nor to mitigate and this results in candid observations that demonstrate a rare and remarkable perceptiveness, informed by a characteristic candour and honesty.
I stood in my doorway and told a storyAs tall as tall can be,Aware that in running from the children’s gaze,I know how cowardly… I am.
The very least I can give these soulsThat stand in the line to die,Is an honest account of why I won’t,Not some pathetic lie.
Shame on me.
- Liar by Ian R. Braddock, from the volume Sorry for the Silence, published 2015
So who then is Ian R. Braddock? In his own words, he was born in in Manchester, England, had an 'unremarkable childhood', left school at sixteen to a series of dead-end jobs and found himself moving constantly sideways in terms of a career trajectory. Personal fulfilment, such as he found, was sought out in various degrees of hedonism but also, in writing and the pursuit of knowledge. Fortunately, it was the latter that eventually won out and has borne fruit in this, his first volume of poetry, which he describes as "the completion of a jigsaw, made up of answers found in libertarian/anarchic thought over years of 'pondering'."
During these pointless years, he started to write, especially at night when he could not sleep, which was frequently. It was the timbre of words/letters that hooked him: the internal rhythms, how it flowed and so forth. These were the years that hip-hop was fresh, so called ‘punk’ poets were hacking to bits his perceived stuffiness of their intellectual forefathers.
Sorry for the Silence is his visible answer to the problems of conscience. It is an urban answer and it is, along with his guilt, a driving force for the worthy idea of a better world. It is a collection of poetry that will be enjoyed by anyone who is not afraid to look at the world around them, acknowledge it qualities and its flaws, viewing both with a sense of equanimity until we can discern "the dichotomy of the human predicament: the relationship between what we want, what we need and the price paid for it."
Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. The print edition can be bought through retail outlets that include:
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Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events
- Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising -
posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:53
A number of important milestones, anniversaries, centenaries and events fall together within a short period of just the next few days. While in some cases, it may appear merely coincidental, from a literary perspective and taken together, it could be regarded as a confluence of events, carrying with it a certain symmetry that has an almost poetic air.
Today, Thursday 21 April, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The eldest of the 19th century literary sisters whose body of work remains enduringly popular, just as it was in its day. Charlotte is perhaps best remembered for her novel, Jane Eyre, published in 1847.
While the literary legacy of Charlotte, Emily and Anne may forever be associated with the Yorkshire countryside, where they grew up, they were in fact relative newcomers to that area, being born of an Irish father and a Cornish mother. The Brontë family's ancestral connections with Co. Down remains a source of great pride in the area. Charlotte herself is known to have visited Ireland: she honeymooned in Banagher, Co. Offaly and it has even been said that she spoke with an Irish accent!
Another example of an Irish-Cornish cross pollination that has borne literary fruit can be found in Trevor Simpson's best-selling, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman. As an account of life in a Cornish fishing village from the period 1962-1967 (before the author relocated to the south-east coast of Ireland, where he lives today), it contains a unique and fascinating insight into that time and place, with plenty of humour, anecdotes and fishing lore thrown in for good measure.
Only time will tell if it will achieve quite literary status accorded to the Brontë sisters but it has garnered quite a following since first publication in 2014. The author is currently working on an eagerly-awaited follow up memoir, dealing with his time in Ireland. For now, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay 1962-1967 will have to suffice the reader. It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.
Friday, 22 April marks Earth Day, an event celebrated annually and observed throughout the world since 1970. This year, it even coincides with a full moon: a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris is a children's book of illustrated verse that was published late last year to great acclaim. It is a book that carries an important ecological message. To celebrate Earth Day and the launch of the e-book edition of this globe-trotting, action-packed adventure tale, we are making the Kindle edition free to download over the next five days. Visit Amazon to download your free copy to your Kindle device or app. The print edition is also available to buy online. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.
Friday also marks the commencement of Passover, the Jewish festival that commemorates the story of the Exodus, as described in the Hebrew Bible in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, some 3300 years ago. Fast forward a few thousand years and we find that in 1714, the Irish philosopher and man of letters, John Toland (1670-1722), publishes a landmark work in the movement for emancipation of the Jewish people, advocating full citizenship and railing against anti-Semitic prejudices of the day - "a dog will run at a stone, when he dares not attack the man that threw it."
Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland continues to be studied today by scholars of various disciplines. It has been re-published, along with other works by and about John Toland, in print and e-book editions.
Another important literary milestones falls on Saturday, 23 April, with the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the most recognisable names in English and indeed, world literature. William Shakespeare breathed his last on this day in 1616. He was born in 1564, quite possibly on the same day. While his exact date of birth is not recorded, there is strong reason to believe that he died on his birthday. As if to further drive home the significance surrounding this date, the birth/death of England's national poet also coincides with St. Geroge's Day, the feast day of England's patron saint.
World Book and Copyright Day also falls on Saturday and this not coincidental. It was inaugurated by UNESCO, in 1995 and the date was chosen in recognition of the anniversaries that fall on this day. "It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo."
Last but by no means least, Sunday 24 April marks the 100 anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. In case you thought that this centenary had already passed, while the event is traditionally celebrated over the Easter period that gave the rising its name, Easter, of course, is a moveable feast. In 1916, Easter Monday fell on this date, making it the date for the actual centenary. Often referred to (and occasionally dismissed) as a 'Poets' rebellion', it was an event of immense importance for Irish people but one that also had worldwide ramifications, which did not go unnoticed at the time. Then as now, literary men and women were to the fore in the events that unfolded and which deserve to be studied, remembered and discussed.
We join with all who recognise the significance of these events, not just in celebrating them but also drawing inspiration as we go forward, setting new milestones and standards in literary endeavour and achievement. At The Manuscript Publisher, we provide services and support to authors, writers, independent publishers who continue in these proud traditions. Visit our website or contact us any time for free, no-obligation consultation and advice.
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posted 2 Feb 2016, 19:18
In the days before scientific advances and the accompanying rise of modern conveniences made life easier, people born with severely limiting disabilities relied very much upon compassion, understanding and networks of support in order to make their way in the world. A soon to be published volume of memoirs, Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee, is a personal account of someone who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons.
Out of desperation was born the motivation to embrace the philosophy of physical and mental compensation: by finding a faculty for the one he lost or never had. Rex is living proof that this can overcome most obstacles to leading a normal and independent life. It has in his own words been ‘a privileged existence’. - friend and colleague, Peter McKevitt (from the Foreword to this edition)
Rex’s story is also the story of Ireland as a country striving to assert itself on the world stage, overcoming barriers and obstacles that history had put in the way. Indeed, it is a story that charts the changing and ever-evolving nature of Irish society. His account spans much of period following Independence. Through his own involvement and activism (including work with organisations such as Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers' Association), he both witnessed and played a part in the making and shaping of the Irish society that has been handed down to us today.
Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published by The Manuscript Publisher. The book will be formally launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos Ireland, on Tuesday, 9 February at Kells Public Library (corner of Maudlin Street and Carrick Street, Kells, Co. Meath). Details can be downloaded here. The evening commences at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available and copies of Rex’s memoir will be on sale. It can also be pre-ordered online.
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