'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today's the Day Scotland Votes!

Today is the BIG day for Scotland. They are voting on independence from the United Kingdom. I am excited for them! If I were Scottish I would be voting YES! I do think they would better govern themselves. All their wonderful natural resources and talent and ingenuity would make them a strong, rich nation. Why should England get all the rewards and make all the decisions about whats best for them?


If you find this interesting here are a few links you can follow today.

Twitter:
#VoteYes
#indyref

Facebook:
Scottish Independence trending
Yes Scotland
Alex Salmond

Newspapers:
The Evening Times (Glasgow)
The Guardian
The Telegraph  (they have a live broadcast stream here)
The Scotsman
The Herald
The Daily Record

You won't see much being broadcast or written about today until the voting is over as this is their rule about that..

10.4.20
On polling day the BBC, in common with other broadcasters, will cease to report campaigns from 06.00 until the polls close.  Coverage will be restricted to uncontroversial factual accounts, such as the appearance of politicians at polling stations or the weather.  Subjects which have been at issue or part of the campaign, or other controversial matters relating to the election, must not receive coverage on polling day, to ensure that nothing in the BBC's output can be construed as influencing the ballot while the polls are open.
from Editorial Guidelines
Wish the US media would take a few lessons from them!

Very funny video about independence by John Oliver. You have to watch this one!

Video that explains the path to Independence for us Non-brits

There you go a nice sampling to keep you in the loop. But make sure you watch the John Oliver video for a great laugh and serious points!

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Neil Munro, Scottish Author


1863-1930
Neil Munro was a novelist, poet and journalist born in Inveraray. (Click on his name to read all about him!) He spent most of his life in Glasgow working for the Glasgow Evening News. Best known for his historical novels, all set in Scotland, but his most famous books were the Para Handy books written under the name Hugh Foulis.

Para Handy was a skipper of the Vital Spark, a Clyde Puffer. Munro wrote tales of his adventures delivering goods from Glasgow to Loch Fyre, the Hebrides and up the western coast of the Highlands. So popular were the tales that the BBC made them into a TV series The Tales of Para Handy in 1959 and a second series The Vital Spark in the 1960's. Watch the TV show on youtube!

Bibliography:

The Lost Pibroch, and Other Sheiling Stories (1896)
John Splendid: the Tale of a Poor Gentleman and Little Wars of Lorn (1898)
Gilian the Dreamer (1899)
The Shoes of Fortune (1901)
Doom Castle: A Romance (1901)
Children of Tempest: A Tale of the Other Isles (1903)
Erchie, My Droll Friend [by H(ugh) F(oulis)] (1904)
The Vital Spark and her Queer Crew [by H.F.] (1906)
The Clyde, River and Firth (1907)
The Daft Days (1907)
Fancy Farm (1910)
In Highland Harbours with Para Handy, s.s., Vital Spark [by H.F.] (1911)
Ayrshire Idylls (1912)
The New Road (1914)
Jaunty Jock and Other Stories (1918)
Jimmy Swan, the Joy Traveller [by H.F.] (1923)
Hurricane Jack of the Vital Spark [by H.F.] (1923)
The Poetry of Neil Munro, introduced by John Buchan (1931)
The Brave Days: A Chronicle from the North, ed. by George Blake (1931)
The Looker-On, ed. by George Blake (1933) (essays)
Para Handy Tales (1958)
Para Handy, First complete edition, ed. by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong (1991)
Erchie and Jimmy Swan, First complete edition, ed. by Brian D. Osborne and Ronald Armstrong (1993)

You can get several of his books in digital copy at ManyBooks.net including a couple of Para Handy books. And be sure and check out the bibliography on The Neil Munro Society site for a description of each one.

I thought you might find him interesting for the Read Scotland Challenge and oh yes we will be doing it again in 2015! I've downloaded several of his books to read. Have you ever read anything by him? Let us know what you thought.

Peggy Ann

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Song for Sunday

He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli

Spent today in a conversation
In the mirror face to face with
Somebody less than perfect
I wouldn't choose me first if
I was looking for a champion
In fact I'd understand if
You picked everyone before me
But that's just not my story

True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made something out of nothing, so

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name

I'm not meant to just stay quiet
I'm meant to be a lion
I'll roar beyond a song
With every moment that I've got

True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made something out of nothing

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name 

 
He calls me chosen
Free, forgiven
Wanted, child of the King
His forever
Held and treasured
I am loved

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name 



Francesca discusses this song
About Francesca

Have a blessed week!
Peggy Ann

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Blackhouse by Peter May

First book in The Lewis Trilogy
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher:Quercus Books (US)
ISBN: 9781623659998
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
501 pages
My Source: Netgalley

Author's Website

Description from author's website:
The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. 

 When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.
 

Each year the island’s men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality.
 

For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice.
 

The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision.
 

A page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls,
and just how difficult it is to escape the past.

 This book has been around the blogs and I'm probably one of the last one's to read it! But it was just released in the US by Quercus Books and I want to thank them for letting me preview this book. It was stunning!

Vivid, gorgeous descriptions of the Isle of Lewis. Wonderful sense of place. Interesting complicated relationships. The story moves flawlessly between current day and his memories of his youth on Lewis. His memories are told in first person and present day in the third person. Almost like two stories weaving in and out of each other and coming together in one superb, climatic ending I was not expecting!

This is a book that will stay with you and might possibly be my favorite book read this year! I can't wait to get onto the next one in the series!

You just have to go to the author's website (link above) click on The Lewis Trilogy to the left and check out all the extra's on this series available there!

A couple quotes from the book:

'The clouds were shredded all across the sky as they drove back to Stornoway, ragged strips of blue and black and purple-grey. The road stretched straight ahead of them, rising to the horizon and a strip of light beneath the bruising where you could see the rain falling in sheets.'

'In his head, Fin could almost hear the singing of the Gaelic psalms. A strange, unaccompanied tribal chanting that could seem chaotic to the untrained ear. But there was something wonderfully affecting about it. Something of the land and the landscape, of the struggle for existence against overwhelming odds. Something of the people amongst whom he had grown up. Good people, most of them, finding something unique in themselves, in the way they sang their praise to the Lord, an expression of gratitude for hard lives in which they had found meaning. Just the memory of it brought him out in goose pimples.'

Excellent book.

Peggy Ann



Friday, September 12, 2014

Brother Have You Got a Dime?

I had to share this! May our eyes always be open to opportunities to give.



Celtic Blood by James Loftus Free!

Celtic Blood a historical fiction/supernatural thriller is FREE on Kindle amazon for 5 days from September 12. (Beginning 12am Pacific time)

CELTIC BLOOD

All who dare come ye hither into the dark woods where danger lies. The theme of dangers lurking in the green forest is ancestral, species long, it scares us and fascinates us both. Come with me and enter the woods.

A boy once his father is murdered seeks escape amongst the wilds riding deeper and deeper into the green. He is the son of a noble Earl, the great-grandson of a king, and marked for death. He is the last of his line. Alone in the trees bar for one friend who has forsaken him not.

A forest has haunting power. You need God's power and protection in the shadows. And, in the deep dark mysterious forest-shadows nothing ... nothing ... protects ... you.

Book Trailer

Amazon US

Amazon UK

CELTIC BLOOD
Except:

WITH AN UNQUENCHABLE thirst the ship drank in the ocean. White tops
came crashing over the sides forcing every man to go down on all fours to
avoid being cast overboard. Woven trimmings trembled under
avalanches of water. The wind was bludgeoning. Most of the men
huddled together for warmth and protection under the covered stern
of the ship. Seward, thirteen, although none would call him so young
by his look, held a rail with an iron grip. Tasting the sea-blown water
on his lips, Seward felt felt exhilarated by the turbulence of nature and
was afraid.



A great read for the Read Scotland challenge!

Peggy Ann