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The ad for my book signing at Divine Devotions this Saturday was in the newspaper this morning (Page 4B). I’m looking forward to it — should be a fun day.
     Tuesday I will be on Bill Jaker’s Off the Page at 1 p.m. on WSKG radio. In the highlights for this week, Jaker writes:
     “Maeve Kenny’s glamorous career at the Manhattan office of an Irish public relations firm suddenly collapses and sends Maeve back to her hometown of Binghamton. But with spunk, computer savvy and some good Irish luck Maeve turns her life around. “The Cyber Miracles” is the first novel by Mary Pat Hyland, a former columnist for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. She speaks with Bill Jaker about her debut in fiction and about her loving involvement in Irish and Irish-American culture.”
     Check out the Reviews page to read the latest opinions on my novel. Thanks, Cheryl & Connie!

Lynn Coyne at Divine Devotions gift shop has decided to extend the hours of my book signing event on Saturday, April 5. It will now be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Her shop offers many unique religious items, including beautiful crystal rosary bracelets that Lynn makes herself. Very pretty.
     On a separate note, I dropped off copies of The Cyber Miracles at Riverow Bookshop in Owego today.

As of tomorrow, Riverow Bookshop (187 Front St., Owego, New York 13827 Phone: 607-687-4094, Web: www.riverow.com) will be carrying The Cyber Miracles. I’m thrilled! This is the first bookstore placement for TCM.
     Down the road, I will be part of a local authors night at Barnes & Noble — the date is yet to be determined by them. That will be a one-shot deal unless I can convince the chain to carry my book.

On Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m., Broome Community College’s Community Education program will offer a class called Meet the Author. I will be the author that night in a two-hour session that will discuss The Cyber Miracles, from what inspired me to how it was published, and will also include readings from the book. The class will conclude with a book sale/signing. To register for the fall course, click here. NOTE: The fall catalog is not available yet. Check the site in the summer.

I’ve been busy getting ready for some upcoming events in April.
     First up is my interview with Bill Jaker on his radio show “Off the Page” at 1 p.m. April 1 on WSKG-FM. (The show is repeated at 7 p.m. and available for a downloadable podcast the next day.) 
     Bill called me a couple of hours ago to discuss the show and mentioned that the famous grotto at Lourdes, France, has a Web cam, not unlike the one in The Cyber Miracles, that you can view here. 
     My latest order of books will be arriving this week in anticipation of a book signing April 5 at Divine Devotions at 2204 North St. in Endwell and a book review April 15 at George F. Johnson Memorial Library in Endicott. An autographed copy of TCM  will be auctioned April 2 during Ithaca College Bursar’s Benefit Auction at the Clark Lounge in the Campus Center. 

Cáisc shona dhaoibh!

Happy Easter to ye all!

Irish shamrock

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ye!

Oh the many ways you can spend this day…In honor of the day and Irish people, why not have a cuppa Barry’s Gold Label tea as you read some poetry that Ciaran Burns would love by William Butler Yeats; Seamus Heaney; Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill; or Patrick Kavanagh.
     Can’t make it to Pogue Mahone’s? Stop by for a virtual pint at the Guinness web site.
     Want a true taste of Ireland? (Note: It ain’t corned beef!) Visit the FoodIreland.com web site.
     Listen to some music by The Chieftains, Van Morrison, U2, Altan, Clannad, Enya, The Bothy Band, Sharon Shannon, Cherish The Ladies, Great Big Sea, or Sinéad O’Connor
     Learn to speak Irish through Daltaí na Gaeilge and pick up some Irish slang.
     Learn to dance a proper jig.
     Make your own Soda Bread.

In honor of the man whose life we celebrate this day, here is one of his prayers that Eileen Kenny loved dearly:

May you be blessed with the strength of heaven,
The light of the sun and the radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire, The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind, The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth, and the firmness of rock.

Sláinte!

On April 1, I will be a guest on Bill Jaker’s “Off the Page” show on WKSG FM radio. The show’s format includes a discussion of the book between the host and guest author and includes listener questions via call-ins and e-mail. To participate in the conversation, call during the 1:00 PM live broadcast to 1-888-359-9754 or post a question via e-mail to WSKG.Radio@Gmail.com. The show is broadcast at 1 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. Within 24 hours of broadcast it will be available via podcast at the link above.
  WSKG FM is broadcast at 89.3 FM in Binghamton, 90.9 FM in Ithaca, 91.7 FM in Oneonta and Cooperstown, 91.1 FM in Corning and Elmira, and 88.7 FM in Hornell and Alfred.

Lynn Coyne at Divine Devotions gift shop will hold a book signing for me on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will be able to buy copies of The Cyber Miracles there for $20 (note: her store takes checks and cash, no credit cards) and I will sign it for you. If you’ve already bought the book, bring it along and I’ll sign it for you, too.
     Her store is at 2204 North St. in Endwell, N.Y. Hope to see you there.

Amidst the local newspaper’s (Press & Sun-Bulletin) March 11 edition, splashed with coverage about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer caught in a prostitution scandal, is this headline:

Ex-newspaper editor now is published novelist

Read the full brief on my new Press page.

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About the book

Maeve Kenny's life was going exactly as she'd planned. At 30 she was dating a soap opera star and had an exciting public relations career with an Irish-owned firm in Manhattan. Then three sudden events turned everything upside down, and Maeve found herself fleeing her Queens apartment for sanctuary back home upstate in Binghamton. As she tries to readjust to the dramatic changes in her life, Maeve says she needs a miracle to turn her life around. Who would have thought the whole world would be watching when it happens?

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Podcast interviews with the author

Listen to an interview on the Isabel-Rose Show on Blog Talk Radio here. Listen to an interview with the author on Bill Jaker's Off The Page show on WSKG FM Radio here.
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