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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Competition Time coming up

Hello, everyone. I am going to run a copmetition over on my FaceBook author page if you are interested in entering. The winner shall get a signed paperback copy of my novel, My Husband's Sin. If you already own a copy, thank you, but you could still give it as a present to someone in your life, so nothing to lose by heading over and liking my page, 💓 Also if you prefer, you can ask for a copy of my westerns instead.
FaceBook Author Page.
https://www.facebook.com/Mary-T-Bradford-Author-464343040298924/?pnref=story

If you prefer to get your copy rather than waiting for the competition, use the below link, also on amazon.com
https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Husbands-Sin-Mary-Bradford-ebook/dp/B00MX5TJZ2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Here are some of my latest reviews for my novel, in case you are wondering if it's your thing, 😀

5.0 out of 5 starsmasterful
ByAmazon Customer on July 29, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
A difficult idea to come to terms with, which I suppose is the whole point of the novel. What do we really know about each of the characters in the story? What do they know about each other? The author enmeshes us in the situation and it can be difficult to come up for air.
I was intrigued by the publisher’s description and carried on being intrigued as the story worked itself out, always going in directions I hadn’t anticipated.
A masterful piece of writing.


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The fall-out affects every member and they struggle to regain the happy family unit they once sharedJuly 16, 2017
This review is from: My Husband's Sin (Kindle Edition)
This book transported me to Ireland. I smiled, laughed and cried with this book. All I can say without giving spoilers is I loved reading this. It was my first book by Mary T Bradford and I’m now going to look for more. 4.5*

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A brilliant story, that takes numerous twists and turns22 July 2017
This review is from: My Husband's Sin (Kindle Edition)
A story focused on an Irish family of four siblings who have their world ripped out from under their feet following the reading if their mothers Will and the journey this takes them on.
This book is brimming with strong characters who all have their story to tell alongside the turmoil they have been thrown into.
Demonstrating the strength of family ties and how no matter how well lies are hidden the truth always materialises in the end.
A brilliant story, that takes numerous twists and turns throughout

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A Yarn Of A Different Kind.




While down in West Cork for the literary festival, I came across a wool shop called, Bantry Yarns & Tea Room. Now anyone who knows me, knows I love to crochet, knit, and cross-stitch etc. It is a favourite hobby of mine.
I was thrilled to find this shop as craft shops in my opinion, are a dying breed. The shop was stocked to the rafters with wool, needles, patterns and all things crafty.
The owner, another Mary welcomed us, I was in the company of writer, Mary Angland. I had to purchase, I couldn't possibly not, I was in Heaven. Even though the heavens had opened up outside and the rain was torrential.
Like its name suggests, one can also have a cup of tea and slice of cake while sitting to knit/crochet and of course chatting.


While chatting, we got speaking to a lady named, Carina. She asked if I could highlight a condition she has, called Dystonia. This is a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably. She explained how it has impacted on her life and to listen to her story was an honour. Her throat muscles are affected which in turn impacts on her speech. Also her eyes involuntary close and she has to wait until the spasm passes before they open again. This can happen at any time, even walking down the street. What she has discovered is when her hands are occupied as in knitting, her eyes do not close. Carina explained there is not much shared about this crippling disease and would like to see it highlighted more.
After purchasing some wool and finishing our chat with both Mary, the shop owner and Carina, we went on our way.

You can find out more about Bantry Yarns & Tea Room on Face Book.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/BantryYarns/community/?ref=page_internal

Also to read more about Dystonia, the link to their page on Face Book is,
https://www.facebook.com/jumpfordystonia/?fref=mentions





Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Reading at West Cork Literary Festival



Next Friday, July 21st, along with others, I will be reading at the West Cork Literary Festival. Held in Bantry each year, the festival is a packed week of readings and workshops. Friday's event, starting at 5pm, promises to be a busy and entertaining occasion, held in the local library. This is a wonderful opportunity and I'm so looking forward to it. It is through the Writer-in-Residence programme, (offered by Cork County Council Library & Arts Services) that this opening to perform at one of Ireland's top literary festivals has come about. Representing Charleville with me on the day is talented writer, Kerri FitzGerald. Kerri will be reading one of her many entertaining poems and I shall be reading one of my short stories.

Denyse Woods - Photo by  Mirte Slob 
Denyse Woods, author of five novels with her sixth, Into Tempation, due out in March 2018, is the Cork County Libraries Writer-in-Residence for 2017. Denyse also writes under the name Denyse Devlin. To find out more about this talented lady please click on the link below.
Readers from four other libraries, Bantry, Clonakilty, Macroom and Cobh, which are also involved with Denyse's Writer-in-Residence project, shall be contributing also on the day.



http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/literaryfestival/programme/detail/denyse-woods-cork-county-council-writer-in-residence

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Smashwords 50% off Sale


Delighted to share that most Tirgearr Publishing books are part of the Smashwords July Sale. Head on over to the site and enjoy 50% off all the books, including mine, 😊

https://www.smashwords.com/ Use the code SSW50

My Husband's Sin is an ideal read for the holidays, a family drama to keep you entertained during the summer.
If it's not hot enough for you weatherwise, then check out One Night in Barcelona. Set in this lovely city, find out what Natasha and Carlos get up to in one night, Hot! Hot! Hot!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ireland's Own Again.





I am once more delighted to say that the great magazine, Ireland's Own has published another memory piece of mine. This time, the piece centres around my mother-in-law and her connection to the well known Easter Rising of 1916.  It is always a pleasure to be featured in the magazine, and I never stop being pleased to see my name in print in it. Now to get my thinking cap on and to get writing more memory pieces for you all to enjoy.



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Summer time & the livin' is easy

Hello everyone,

A simple post this time, just a few lines to update you on my life. Well, first off is, I have a new little grandson, Liam James. He is adorable and is now a week old. No photos as his parents do not want him on any social media. Another stage in life as I become a Nana. I've always wanted to be a Nana and now that I am, I love it. Imagine the blessing it is to see the next generation arriving, marvellous!!
I am editing my sequel, which I find slower this time than the time I edited my first novel. Why, I've not got a clue but I shall get there.
As regards my newsletter, well, it's been littered with problems for me. So very sorry for those of you who have signed up and are waiting for it. I am working on it, and I have sought expert help. I attended a social media course run by Sandra Quinn of Quinnsquill Munster News. Hopefully it will get sorted as soon as possible.
Ireland is enjoying some wonderful sunshine at present and everywhere is looking gorgeous, gardens are in full bloom and the scent of flowers is all about us.
Ireland's Own magazine
I've had a few memory pieces in an Irish magazine called, Ireland's Own. This magazine is a staple in most Irish homes and I know it is also posted far and wide to other countries where people have family living. I really feel honoured to be included. To keep my mind ticking over storywise while editing, I've entered a couple of short story competitions too.
Kent Family Grave
Also, I have been out and about with writing friends, looking up Irish history, such as a visit to Thomas Kent's grave, in Castlelyons, Co. Cork. Kent came from a noted nationalist family. He was a volunteer waiting for the call up in the 1916 Irish Easter Rising. My companion for that day was writer Mary Angland and as she is also a history teacher, she brought the day to life with her vast knowledge.
To finish off that educational day out, I went to the GPO Experience of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. This is opened all year and gives a wonderful insight to this important part of our Irish history.

That's it for now. Sit back and enjoy the summer. Life is too short not to pay it some attention. Forget the stress if you can and take some timeout to recharge the batteries. Until next time,
happy writing and stay safe.


http://quinnsquillmunsternews.blogspot.ie/
https://maryangland.wordpress.com/


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Post From A Ghost

Our gorgeous hostess & yours truly!

Although the rain poured down on Saturday, May 27th in Dublin, the sun was shining in the most quaint coffee shop in Books Upstairs on D'Olier Street.
I was attending an event hosted by the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD), having received my invitation in the post. It kicked off at eleven, our hostess welcoming us and thanking us for turning up on such a bad wet day.                                         .




How did I get involved? Well, on the ILFD website I spotted a piece that sounded interesting and different. I filled in the details required and waited to receive my letter.
I received my Post from A Ghost during the week and it was exciting seeing a gold envelope with a red wax seal on the back flop on to the mat.
My letter was from the pages of The Bridges of Madison County, a favourite book of mine. I plan to frame this letter as it was beautifully written and has special meaning for me, unknown to the organiser!

During the morning, those of us who were there, wrote our own letters and have now posted them out to the world. It is a lovely idea and one I hope to continue. Whenever a piece of writing resonates with me, I will share it through Post from A Ghost.
To explain what it is all about and if you want to get involved, visit the link below to learn more.
                   
  https://postfromaghost.com/