Our little blog about the Morrigan's Brood book series (and our other books)

Signings

The What-if Loop

Librarian Seeking …

‘Dear Hiring Manager’… it’s how most of my cover letters start.

I (Heather) did my morning job search again.  For those who don’t know, I’m a librarian.  It’s what helps me get to the nitty-gritty of history and culture that Chris and I write about.  I do love delving into research.  It doesn’t always matter what it’s about most of the time.  I can say without reserve that I’m a great researcher.  I love the challenge of it.  I love helping other people with it.
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Updates and Giveaway Winners

2013 AggieConI don’t remember the last time I (Christopher) posted, but it has been a while. It’s funny, because we have been to a plethora of events these last few weeks, with more events this weekend and next weekend. I guess work (my day job), getting ready for upcoming events, and recovering from prior events, are my biggest excuses. Well, here I am, blogging. So, what shall I blog about? How about free giveaway winners from the Houston Celtic Festival? First, however, I would like to welcome all of the people we spoke with at our booth during the festival. Thanks especially to the folks who attended our readings. Despite the volume of rain dropped on us that Saturday, the event in 2010 caused rivers to flow through the arena, so this wasn’t so bad.
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Interviews and More Interviews

Authors Heather and Christopher

Heather and I (Christopher) have been interviewed again, and I thought I should provide links so all of our wonderful fans don’t have to go hunting for them. We have also been working on our 2013 calendar of appearances.

Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Just a few weekends ago we attended the Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Salado, Texas. What a time we had… As we were unpacking our truck to set up our tent at the fair grounds, Heather and I noticed that our tent frame had broken in transit, and without parts it was irreparable. With no tent frame, we rushed to the Walmart in Belton and then the Academy in Temple, before we found a tent we thought would work. After driving all the way back to Salado, we soon realized that this tent would never hold up to any sort of rain or wind (the roof came in layers, you see, with big openings where one layer overlayed another). This would not do… so we rushed back to Temple’s Academy and exchanged the tent. This one also, we found out, was not rated for wind or rain (you don’t learn these things unless you open the box and look at the directions inside… neither the website nor the box mentioned these important facts.) So, we used the roof and sides from the other tent (the broken one).

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Winners of Goodreads Free Giveaway and More

2012 Halloween Decorations
2012 Halloween Decorations

“Let’s switch places for a while…”

I (Christopher) will try to keep this short.  We have five lucky winners to announce from our latest Goodreads Free Giveaway, and they are:

  • Alexander Porter – North Yorkshire, UK
  • Becky Cottrell – Philadelphia, PA
  • Gloria Snyder – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan Knopp – Columbus, OH
  • Michael Haskins – Calgary, Alberta

Congratulations to our winners!

We have also extended our free eBook giveaway on Goodreads.
We have several appearances coming up, including the Salado Scottish Festival… see our events page for more information.
Paranormal Haven has posted Halloween-related character interviews of personages from our series; there is also a free giveaway! In November, they will be posting an interview with us.
No Wasted Link will be interviewing me (Christopher) coming up December 19, while they will be featuring Heather in a writing space post on November 16.
That is all for now.  Thanks for your continued support!


Winners and New Appearances

We have winners, events coming up, interviews, and more.

And the winners are…

Well, we have been busy, but we finally did our drawing… combining winners from the last four events we have attended, so we have four winners. They are:

  • April Boyle
  • Deseray King
  • Sonya Sackett
  • Jaimee Mayes

We will be contacting these winners soon to get shipping information. Congratulations!

We also still have the free giveaway and free eBook on Goodreads.

Other Stuff

Go to our website to find out about our 2013 schedule. Also, we will make another post when Paranormal Haven publishes our character interviews… asking them about what they did as mortals around the time that we today celebrate Halloween.

Well, it is bed time, so I (Christopher) shall end this with a big THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US STARVING AUTHORS!!!


On Our Way to Sherwood Forest

Come on out to Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival this weekend!

Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival
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2013 Event Calendar Published and Other News

New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com

New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com

Where to Start? 2012 Appearances

I (Christopher) have been running ragged trying to book events for next year, of course as some of you in the biz know, some places won’t start accepting applications (or send you invitations) until 3 to 3 months out. However, one venue is way on the ball… Comicpalooza, and they are in late May… yet at this moment, vendor applications are available on-line. Wow… So, to finish off this year’s appearances, we have the Magick Cauldron this weekend, followed by Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival and HPPD in September and the Salado Scottish Festival in November. Heather and I are both working to add some smaller venues somewhere in that time-frame, so keep checking your calendar. Some of you recall that we had previously listed the Austin Celtic Festival, but because of their small size and that most of their prior years’ vendors came back, they had no room for us; maybe next year. For dates and links, visit our events page on our website.
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Goodreads Free Giveaway Winners and Upcoming Events

Crone of War: Morrigan’s Brood Book II (rel. 2) is now on Kindle!

What a roller-coaster ride over the last few weeks. I (Christopher) usually don’t interject much of my personal life on this blog… I leave that to Facebook or just calling folks on the phone… but things have been a maelstrom around here of late. June 15, I was laid off from a contract job I had been working at for over 10 months; it was one of those out-of-the-blue, didn’t see it coming kind of layoffs. In my time off (well, before I was laid-off, but I never had time), I made it my mission to finish moving what was once known as Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War from Lulu over to Lightning Source, where it would reside with a new ISBN and a revised name… Crone of War: Morrigan’s Brood Book II. As part of that move, I planned to massage the text a bit, giving it a good polish. Heather and I released a revision of the print book before I could finish the complete revision in order to restock books. Unfortunately, due to my work schedule and other things while I was working on my previous contract, I had little time to devote to the massaging of book 2.
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New Website Content, Events, and Free Giveaway

Test button for Triscellepublishing.com
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New button sample for TriscellePublishing.com Test button for Triscellepublishing.com

I (Christopher) have been giving the http://www.triscellepublishing.com website a bit of a content upgrade, in addition adding buttons for certain links, instead of text-based hyperlinks. I will go into more depth as to what website changes I have been making, I will show you where you can find out where we will be for our next book signings, and I will remind everyone of the free giveaway of our book of your choice through Goodreads. Click below for more:
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Back from Comicpalooza

1990 High School History Fair Project

[Note: I (Christopher) started this blog entry the night we got back from Comicpalooza; Monday, May 28. It is now Wednesday, June 13, and I am just now getting back to it. Anyway, let’s start with what I began, and then I will note what I added tonight.] Wow… what a weekend! Heather and I (Christopher) just got back from our second Comicpalooza, and we had a wonderful time! It was so great seeing old and recent friends and making new ones. Thanks to everyone who came by our booth and chatted with us, attended our reading, or came to our panel. Thank you especially to those of you who bought something from us… we can now pay bills.

Many of you left our booth with a small chapter book, a bookmark, a business card, or something else that has drawn you here, hopefully. This blog contains lots of information we wish our website contained, but that will be addressed at some point. For now, the blog contains the latest information about or goings on and where to find stuff. For example, if you check out our Box.net window, you can download our chapter book and the “how to start your own publishing company” presentation we gave Sunday.
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Up and Coming, and Recent, Stuff for Morrigan’s Brood

Morrigan's Brood Series Chapter Book Cover

Oh no… not another one of those “Where have we been lately” kinds of posts. *sigh* Why can’t we just write stuff in this blog that other people want to read… like, you know… politics, religion, and football? Oh geez… Before going to Scotland for our honeymoon, my wife and I listened intently to a warning from a world-travel, which we heeded… When in a pub in Scotland (or anywhere for that matter), NEVER TALK ABOUT POLITICS, RELIGION, or FOOTBALL, or else we may be beaten to a pulp. Well, even though we aren’t at a pub in Scotland (oh, how I wish we were at this moment… or Ireland, for that matter), I suppose we have just chosen to keep out of those kinds of discussions on this blog. But hey, find us on Facebook, and we may have an opinion or two if you are really interested in hearing it, and we may listen (read) to your opinion with equal attention. Even thought I (Christopher) won’t be posting about those three taboo subjects, here are tidbits of stuff from previous and future events.
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Congrats to Our Giveaway Winners and the usual ‘haps

At long last, we’re finally announcing the winners of our latest giveway.

Congrats to –

Veronica Whiteacre

Gabby Marshall

and

Sam Carson!!!!

Yayyyy!!!!  *Does the flail-y Kermit-the-Frog dance.

Let’s see what’s been going on with us?  We’ve been dealing with a somewhat temperamental truck (I don’t feel like blowing AC on you!  Ha!  Now I’ll throw my brake pads and rotors!), finishing up the first draft of book six otherwise known as Morrigan’s Brood: Odin’s Chosen, various crazy work occurrences, and preparing for the latest event (Houston Indie Book Fest).  Honestly, I spent so much time at Professional Auto Care (where I used to work), they joked that the truck had decided to live there and that I may as well come back to work there.

The katkids have spent their days snoozing and lazing about.  Well, except for the Clydemonster who likes to race around the house and pounce on unsuspecting elderkittehs.

We’re both working fulltime and I’m wishing for quiet time now.  Sometimes it’s very hard to get the necessary quiet time that introverts seem to need, or at least I do.  I don’t quite get why the quiet time has become so important to me, but I need to hide away for a few minutes every day and not hear screaming kids or the demands of patrons or cats.

I’m also hoping that the summer won’t be too miserable.  I’m so very not heat tolerant.  After the highland games in San Antonio, I spent monday recovering from ‘the hot’.  Oh well…  I hope everyone here is doing great.  If you’re interested in some beautiful crafts check out Einini Glassworks.   I also need to post information about a wonderous Irish storyteller we met at the games named Jane.  Jane is reading bits and pieces of our book series and makes these fabulous dolls.

We’ll be sure to post more as hearing her talk about the Tuaths and Morrigan’s creation of the Deargh Du sent chills down our spines.  😀

Anyways, time to look busy at work again ;).   Love you guys…


Welcome Inductees to the Morrigan’s Brood Series

I (Christopher) would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of you who visited our booth at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, Texas this weekend! Both Heather and I enjoyed speaking with all of you! NTIF has been our best event thus far, and we look forward to attending next year. For those new to we authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series, and those who have been following us for a while, I thought I would update you folks on a few things:
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New Interview, New Edition, and New Events! It’s New, New, New, News!

Morrigan's Brood: Morrigan's Brood Book I

New Cover

Greetings friends, fans, followers, and friendly frequenters! I knew you were dying to hear new news from your friendly neighborhood authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series. Well, we have been busy (my [Christopher] excuse for the vast stretch of time and space between now and when I wrote my last post), and I wanted to share three tidbits of news with you. In summary, re-release, interview, and events. That’s the news… thank you for reading!
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Upcoming Events

Well, we have lots of events planned for next year, and a few more this year. I (Christopher) have been adding this calendar to previous posts, but tonight, I would like to feature our event schedule. Mind you, this is not a complete list, and those that don’t say “confirmed” are just that, but we will make every effort to attend the events listed. In addition, we are always looking for more events to attend, so we hope to be adding to this list.

Anyway, look below for our tentative 2011 to 2012 list of events for we authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series:
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Free Giveaway Winners and More

Free Giveaway 1, in honor of HPPD

We have winners! Heather and I tonight drew three lucky winners who will receive one signed book from our series, but each winner gets to choose which book she or he wins, whether it is Morrigan’s Brood, Crone of War, or Dark Alliance. As before, we will gladly cover the shipping for the prizes. Now, can anyone guess as to the identities of the winners? No? Alright… I shall write them. The winners of our free giveaway in honor of HPPD are:
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Welcome New Fans!

What an event! Heather and I (Christopher) just returned from HPPD, and we had fun! Good music (for the most part), good dancing, and great people. If you met up with us at HPPD, give us a cheer. Also, if you took pictures of us, please tag or or send us copies to post. We love pictures of us, not that we are narcissists, or anything like that. Thank you for stopping by our tent.
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Where Have We Been? Where are we going?

Cover art for Dark Alliance; Morrigan's Brood book III

Cover art for Dark Alliance; Morrigan's Brood book IIIThe answer to that is running around like two chickens with our heads cut off in a state of pandalierium. Rather, it is a state that is reminiscent of a lady in a muumuu with pink curlers in her hair. Yeah, you know her…. the one who shows up in a muumuu or her robe and slippies at the liberry demanding summer reading program prizes for her massive brood of 18 children; the number of children varies depending on how good the prizes are that year. The very one our characters will refuse to attack because … well, they have their limits. 😉

Yeah, I know you’re wondering where this came from and where is that crazy Heather going with this.

Usually lack of sleep means an upcoming festival, con, or celebration. Well, at the moment we’re sandwiched between two.

Anyways, last weekend we were at Scarborough Faire at Tyler and Lisa Spence’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and a lovely day if you’re into humidity. However, we did love seeing our friends become husband and wife, and we bumped into other friends, our editor, Sally Aalderink, who is one of the villagers at Scarborough Faire (her son Ian is also a villager, though we only caught his back from a distance), and Kyle and Marita Beth Caruthers, who run East Wind Games and Pendragon Costumes at the Faire. Merriment and camaraderie was had by all!

This weekend is Comicpalooza. We’ll be in Artists Alley (booth AA5) near people who are better known than us. We are excited and beyond thrilled to be in a few panels as well.

5/27/11

Tips and Tricks for writing your own novel – 3-4 PM rm 310 A

5/28/11

Morrigan’s Brood: Introduction 4 to 5 PM rm 320 E

5/29/11

How to Start your own publishing company – 10-11 AM rm 320 E

Sci-fi What Fantasy Who 1- 2 PM rm 320 E

Otherwise, we’ll be at our booth, and if we’re not there, you’ll get to chat up our awesome friends, Crystal and Mark (who work with Heather at the liberry). We will have our usual freebies (bookmarks, postcards, and whatnot) and not-freebies (books), but this weekend, we will have some bonus items for sale: signed Khanada Taylor artwork from our first book and The Dawnstone Tales by Ruth Hays!

Hope to see you at the Con (it will be on… and yes, a lack of sleep brought on that horrible joke).


Morrigan’s Brood: Dark Alliance (Book 3) Free Read Now Available

Have you been waiting patiently for Morrigan’s Brood: Dark Alliance to come out, or are you ravenous vampire fans who can’t wait to slate your thirst?  Well, I offer you a taste, a sample of the book we plan to release July 1.  Yes… a free read for Morrigan’s Brood: Dark Alliance is now available.  I (Christopher) will provide links below.
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Book Signing at The Magick Cauldron TODAY!

Heather Poinsett Dunbar and Christopher Dunbar, authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series, will be attending a book signing today at The Magick Cauldron, which is located at 2424 Montrose Boulevard; Houston, Texas 77006, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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Contest Winners, Book Signings, and other Stuff

Goodreads Contest Winners

As many of our blog readers know, we have had two contests on Goodreads for people to win free copies of Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War. Well, the contest for Morrigan’s Brood is now over, and it is time to announce the winners! Out of 1,166 contest entrants, Goodreads randomly chose three (3) winners; these winners are:
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Two Book Signings Coming Up and Other News

Two Book Signings in Houston Coming Up

The authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series will be on hand during the Houston Pagan Pride Day festival for signings and for a reading. The event will take place Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 12 PM to 12 AM at Last Concert Cafe located at 1403 Nance, Houston Texas 77002. Details of the event can be found on the HPPD Facebook page. Their website is going through a transition and does not contain the latest information.

For details concerning our book signing at The Magick Cauldron Saturday, September 25, 2010, click here.
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New Review Posted for Morrigan’s Brood!

New Review of Morrigan’s Brood by Paranormal Haven

Stephanie G. with Paranormal Haven recently posted her review of Morrigan’s Brood to three sites: Paranormal Haven, Amazon.com, and Goodreads. She gave Morrigan’s Brood a 4 out of 5 drops of blood (see the rating scale on Paranormal Haven). I wish to thank Stephanie for her review of Morrigan’s Brood, and I can’t wait to see her review of Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War!
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Book Signing at Magick Cauldron

Houston, we have a Signing!

Your friends at Triscelle Publishing would like to announce a book signing coming up in the Houston area. The event will take place at The Magick Cauldron on Saturday, September 25 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Details and links are included in the article below, which was posted on Houston Press.
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