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The Incredible Faintness of Being

The Architect preferred white plates. No rims. Slick buggers, soapy and wet. A slice plowed her middle finger when she dropped one.

An ironic flip-off.

She saw blood and bone. Her meat and marrow.

Her axis tilted sideways, but she stayed upright.


Same as this morning.

She removed bandages and padding. Her non-football-loving Architect swaddled. A lop-sided linebacker.

Underneath, she found chewed meat, sealed with tape and gut. Because she loves the Architect, she’s still swallowing bile. Smiling. Holding his good hand.

Here’s To Your Thanksgiving!

MTM and meThank you. For your various e-mails, calls, cards and texts. Because I can’t keep up with where I’ve said what, please accept this post as a comprehensive update on MTM’s surgery.

MTM came through the procedure well and is recuperating at home. The fracture was more complex than the surgeon anticipated. He’ll be in a sling at least two more weeks. I’m not sure what will happen afterward. He’s a great patient. Always positive. He doesn’t complain.

We’re both grateful things aren’t worse.


Several people have asked about the status of our Thanksgiving trip. We are set to leave Wednesday morning. As long as MTM doesn’t move his shoulder, he can be anywhere. We’re both grateful for this respite from Life.


not without my father bookFor those of you reading advance copies of Not Without My Father, thank you for giving your time, eyes and gray matter to this effort. Because of everything that’s happened, I’m in the Pit of Despair with this project, with so many things to do and not enough years of days to check them off my list.

Reading your advance reviews has been a gift to me, and I appreciate those of you who have done them more than I can say. Whenever I want to quit (and I want to quit every five minutes right now), I let something you wrote talk me out of it.

If you haven’t yet posted your advance review, you can follow this link to Goodreads:

Several national media outlets and large book review sites have requested copies for possible review. Your willingness to help get this advance copy established may tip one or two toward selecting it. Really. Thank you. So, so much.

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I hope you Make a Memory to hold close to your heart, to buoy you when you miss someone, to remember people who matter.

Over It

Maybe a quick post. Maybe not.

MTM's collarbone surgery is at 2:30pm today. It's scheduled to take 2 1/2 hours. We both appreciate thoughts and prayers (especially since MTM won't be able to eat all day. People are prone to become grouchy when they can't eat...........though bad nurses are always grouchy.)

Feeling overwhelmed makes me grouchy.

And I should be thankful.

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A Pox On Your House

Thanks to the ear bud wearing jerk on the bridge, MTM is having surgery. This Monday. 2:30pm EST.

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Read Changelings: Into the Mist by Katie Sullivan

I was honored to read an advance copy of Katie Sullivan’s debut novel Changelings: Into the Mist. A gripping read set in Ireland in the recent and distant past, Katie’s book turns pages. I meant to put the book down and sleep, again and again.

Until, dang it, morning dawned.

I hope you’ll support Katie and buy a copy of Changelings. You won’t be sorry.


Changelings. They were the descendants of Man and Fae. They walked between worlds – as healers, mystics, even kings – but no more. He thought he was the last, alone and lost, until the day he saw them.

Irish teens Maureen O’Malley and Sean McAndrew are lost in time. To find a way home, they must curry favor with pirates, dodge a revolution, and defy a king out of Ireland’s deepest legends.

They are Changelings, and they have magic in their blood – magic, which will rekindle a centuries-old war that threatens to tear the very fabric of time.


Pirates and rebels and myths, oh my!

Changelings: Into the Mist is the first book in the exciting Changelings series, and it is available in print and digital from Amazon today!


And, check out the IndieGoGo Campaign for your opportunity to not only have Katie sign your copy of Changelings, but to get some gorgeous perks – all while helping an indie author fund her ongoing marketing campaign!

Chapter One

I sat in the grove of my own creation and stared out at a world and a people descended of mine own. As I watched, trees gave way to stone and the Many lost their claim to the priests of the One.

Then the wheel turned. The sacred trees grew around my effigy of stone and the Many came out of hiding. I sat in my grove and watched a world outside my imagination, willing it to see.

She saw. She saw me with uncanny green eyes – the green eyes of my mother and her mother before her: witch’s eyes.

Joy rose in me. It was time – time to join the world after years of solitude, time to act after centuries of stillness.

I closed my eyes and reached across the barrier, to touch my future and my past…

Advanced praise for Changelings: Into the Mist

“It’s a love-letter to Ireland.” ~ Helena Hann-Basquiat, Memoirs of a Dilettante, Vol. One

“Katie Sullivan has penned an imaginative, entertaining debut novel.” ~ Andra Watkins, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (GoodReads Review)

Get your copy today!

Katie SullivanAbout the Author

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). She can be found writing with said character weekly at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

Connect with Katie!

The D/A Dialogues | Katie Sullivan, Author Website

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Check out Changelings on GoodReads

….Post design modified from the original design, courtesy Bradley Corbett, aka Green Embers….


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