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     I just signed up for the new Amazon Author pages. You can view mine here. I think, if all the widgetry works, that it will pick up my feed from here. We’ll see…
     Meanwhile, I’ve got some Coltrane playing as I type up the second draft of the sequel, “A Sudden Gift of Fate.” Nearing the midway point…

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Vineyards at Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars, Keuka Lake

Vineyards at Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars, Keuka Lake

As I wind down writing the second draft of the sequel to send out to my team of editors, I’m thinking about my next project: creating the official blog for “A Sudden Gift of Fate.” I’ve been very happy with WordPress and plan to keep it all in the family. Until then, here’s one of the views inspiring my sequel writing for you to meditate upon. Síocháin.
October light at Keuka.

October light at Keuka.

The settings found in “A Sudden Gift of Fate,” the sequel to “The Cyber Miracles” range from County Clare in Ireland’s beautiful west to the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. A good deal of the story takes place on the shores of Keuka Lake, the Finger Lake shaped like a Y.
     I always wondered why my ancestors came from Ireland in the 1830s and ’40s to settle on the rich farmland in that region and open businesses in Penn Yan at the northern tip of Keuka. The answer came during a trip to Ireland in 1997.  A Hyland cousin gave me a copy of our family tree. It indicated that my great-great-great grandparents John and Margaret (Kilbride) Hyland were buried in Fossey Churchyard in Timahoe, County Laois. My mother and I stopped to see Fossey, next to stone church ruins that were accessible only by crossing a long cow pasture. (And we had to mind the cow pies with each step in the tall grass!)
     We looked at the old tombstones that had eroded with time. My heart sank. I do not know if I have any living relatives in Ireland. Making a connection to the land of my ancestors, through recognizing a name carved on stone long ago, was my last hope.
     When I stopped looking so hard, the obvious was noticeable. Growing around all the stones was my favorite flower — forget-me-nots. Then, as I looked up, I realized I could have been looking at the terrain around Keuka and Penn Yan. The setting of gentle hills was so familiar. It’s probably what those Hylands felt when they arrived in America, too. 
     The result, several generations later, is that both Ireland and Keuka are imprinted on my genetic code. I have spent part of every summer of my life at Keuka. (Wish I could say the same for Ireland.) Intertwined with my memories are endless vineyards covering the hillsides like wide-wale corduroy. I’ve witnessed the evolution of Keuka’s wineries into a world-class industry.  That knowledge is also woven into “A Sudden Gift of Fate.”
     The second draft is in progress. Can’t wait to get it done, edited and out to you readers!

Keuka Springs vineyard.

Keuka Springs vineyard.

     It’s been a struggle coming up with the name for the sequel. On a walk Saturday evening, I was listening to an old Mary Chapin Carpenter CD and realized suddenly that her lyrics would make the perfect title for it:

“A Sudden Gift of Fate”

     I’ll be typing up my first draft notes this week (I always write in longhand first to let the chi of the story flow freely). Then copies will be off to my editors while I find other distractions, like mowing the grass that’s so long you could cornrow it…

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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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