May the luck o’ the Irish be with you…


Ya, I know. I’m Scottish but still there’s loads of fun to be had at St Paddy’s Day.

When I was a wee girl, my father always told me when a rainbow came out over the hill on our farm where the stone circle is that if I looked hard enough I’d find the pot of gold at the end of it. I searched and searched AND searched and the only thing that happened was the rainbow got further away or faded to nothing.

I love corned beef and cabbage – a traditional Irish dish – so have persuaded my mum to make it for our tea.

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And while some people will be wearing green hats with shamrocks on them and drinking green beer (yuck),

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my Dad will have some of his mates over for a drink or two. He’s already got his Irish whisky out on display on the sideboard in our family dining room. The party will move to the lounge I’m sure…

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I’d love to hear if you celbrate St Patrick’s Day in any of the ways I’m mentioned. And if you do something different, I’d love to hear that, too.

Did you know?

That the Goodreads giveaway that Melanie is doing for her novel – A Shadow in the Past – starring Sarah Shand (that’s me), ends in 1 day, 17 hours and counting? Hard to believe it’s that close to the end.

So far 671 people have entered for their chance to win one of two signed copies. Can we boost it to over one thousand? Let’s try. Here’s what it’s about…

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingNineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Doesn’t that sound like a cracker of a read? If that doesn’t entice you enough, how about having a look at the trailer for it.

If you don’t win in Melanie’s giveaway, you can buy her smashing novel from her publisher 4RV Publishing,, .ca, and, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Coles and some bricks and mortar stores, too.

Good luck everyone!