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     The editors have the sequel. While we’re all waiting for their verdicts, you might want to keep an eye on the official blog for “A Sudden Gift of Fate.” New links are being added each day (including a pretty complete list of wineries in the Finger Lakes).

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.

"Hi, I'm Mr. Earwig!"  These past few days have been very productive as I undertake writing “The Cyber Miracles”  sequel in earnest. By the end of today, I should be a good way into Chapter IV.
     Right now I’m still trying to figure out the title of the new book. Many of the popular characters will return. I’ll be working on two new characters this afternoon.
     Oh, and don’t be afraid of the pincer-crazy insect picture here. Earwigs play a supporting cast role in the sequel, and you’ll never guess how… unless you visit Andy Krall’s My Space page. STAY TUNED…

Literary Inspiration, Ithaca Journal 8/30/08

Literary Inspiration, Ithaca Journal 8/30/08

My interview for Literary Inspiration, a writers Q&A column, was published in the Ithaca Journal today.
You can read it for a limited time at the Ithaca Journal here or on my blog HERE.

Broome Community College Continuing Education Fall 2008 Catalog

Broome Community College Continuing Education Fall 2008 Catalog

Things are starting to get busy again in Cyber Miracle-land.

  • A blurb about TCM was published in the Summer 2008 issue of VPA Times, a periodical publishing by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University: “MARY PAT HYLAND ’77 published her debut novel The Cyber Miracles in January; it’s available on Amazon.com.”
  • Friday, Aug. 29, from 6:30 – to 8:30 p.m. I will be signing copies of my book at Barnes & Noble, Town Square Mall, Vestal Parkway, Vestal, N.Y. This is my first venture into a Big Box Store. If you already bought the book and just want it signed, please stop by. It will be great to meet TCM readers!
  • I will be teaching a Continuing Education course at Broome Community College. “Meet the Author: Mary Pat Hyland” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. in Decker Building Room 201. The class fee is $19. Books will be available for sale/signing. To register, visit the Web site http://web.sunybroome.edu/ce/08-FallFullCat.pdf or call 778-5012. (VISA & MasterCard). Registration begins AUGUST 21. 

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The Cyber Miracles

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?

What readers are saying…

"Rollicking fun!" "A delightful read." "Leaves you feeling good." "Highly recommended!" "Your book would make a hell of a movie!"

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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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