Mind Sweeper & Bloodfrost

Posted Thu, 07/11/19

Mind Sweeper (by yours truly) and Bloodfrost (by yours truly writing as Deidre Dalton) have been signed with Club Lighthouse Publishing. The novels will be released in both electronic and print editions in 2019.

Mind Sweeper by Deborah O'Toole is a haunting mystery/suspense novel that will be released by Club Lighthouse Publishing in 2019.

"Mind Sweeper" by Deborah O'Toole

Newly-widowed Beth Mills accepts an outpouring of sympathy from her community after a freak mining accident takes the life of her husband, Aaron. Unbeknownst to anyone, she is secretly delighted that her cruel husband is lost to her, but never expects his vicious ghost to return and haunt her in more ways than one.

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Bloodfrost by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton is Book #1 in the Bloodline Trilogy. The novel will be released by Club Lighthouse Publishing in 2019.

"Bloodfrost" by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton

Noel Gatsby's dreams take her away from the misery of her pain-wracked, disease-riddled body. The dreams become real when she awakens one morning to find herself completely cured. However, she soon learns her miraculous recovery comes at a price.

As I've said many times before, it never gets old to be published. Never.

Tags: Bloodfrost; Mind Sweeper

"Celtic Remnants" released

Posted Sat, 06/22/19

Celtic Remnants was released by Club Lighthouse Publishing on June 22, 2019. Initial release will be in e-book format, with the paperback edition to follow in a few weeks.

The book has long been in the making. While available before 2019 in electronic format, it is has been a project many years in process. It remains my favorite creation to date. A beloved and yet sometimes painful endeavor, if you will.

Celtic Remnants by Deborah O'Toole is a novel of enduring love and betrayal set in the political turbulence of Ireland, glamour of London and the wilds of Scotland.

"Celtic Remnants" by Deborah O'Toole

A young girl is shaped by horrific events which change her life forever. After Ava's brother and parents are killed by British soldiers, she vows to avenge their deaths as she picks up the pieces of her shattered world.

Before she can move on, Ava falls in love with handsome nobleman David Lancaster, eldest son of a belted Earl. Their relationship ends dramatically when his family refuses to accept her. Afterward, Ava sets her life on a course of violent revenge in the name of political justice with her childhood friend, Tim O'Casey.

Unable to forget Ava, David hires a private investigator to look for her years later. When he finds her, Ava is hardened by more than a decade on the run and wants nothing to do with him. However, after being injured during an ambush in the English countryside, Ava and Tim go to David for help. He spirits them off to a remote Scottish hunting lodge to heal.

"Celtic Remnants" by Deborah O'Toole

Momentarily safe amidst the rugged beauty, Ava begins to wonder if she can give up her deeply-felt political beliefs to build a normal life with David. Or will happiness forever elude them?

Can Ava relinquish her political convictions, even for love?

As much as I love all eight books in the Collective Obsessions Saga (by yours truly writing as Deidre Dalton), I have to admit Celtic Remnants tops my list over all the others. The novel was previously released by Tyborne Hill and made available from 2013-2018. The book was reviewed several times and was also the subject of an online interview undertaken by me with Writers Alive/Blog Talk Radio.

Special thanks goes to my cousin, Sheila O'Toole Domon, for being the perfect cover model for Celtic Remnants. And to my publisher and editor Terrie for her unique approach to the revised cover for Celtic Remnants. Her talent is boundless, and I'm lucky she puts so much of her artistic skill into each and every book.

Along with the paperback release of Celtic Remnants comes a newly-revised dedication, the words of which mean a great deal to me:

Celtic Remnants is dedicated to my darling mother Joyce O'Toole, who proofread everything I ever wrote and always offered creative encouragement; to my very dear friend Brendan Gallagher for his insight and humor; and to my uncle Mike O'Toole, who provided inspiration for the book in the first place.

Celtic Remnants is a true labor of love.

*Related Blog Posts: "Celtic Remnants" released (06/20/19); Celtic Remnants with CLP (12/03/18).

Tags: Celtic Remnants

My Darling Girl

Posted Mon, 02/18/19

In Loving Memory: Rainee (2004-2019)

Blog Tags: Rainee Gabriella

Tags: Rainee

Holiday Nods

Posted Wed, 12/19/18

Every year, I put together a digital holiday greeting which I send to family and friends (via a post on Facebook). I always include my "kids" (pets). This year was bittersweet as it's the first time in more than a decade that Kiki was not included.

From me and Rainee Gabriella O'Toole (click on image to view larger size in a new window):

Happy Holidays from Deborah and Rainee O'Toole. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

Happy Christmas to one and all, or however you may say it:

Joyeux Noel, Merii Kurisumasu, Milad Majid, Feliz Navidad, Hristos Razdajetsja, or Nollaig Shona dhuit.

And best wishes for the New Year.

Poetry in Motion

Posted Tue, 12/18/18

Torn Bits & Pieces has been re-issued with three new poems, which were recently unearthed in a storage box.

A few months ago, a long-forgotten box of items were returned to me after many years. In turn, I decided to include the three poems found inside to the current updated edition of Torn Bits & Pieces. The newly discovered poems are I Will Never Marry, J.D. and Mind Control.

Deborah O'Toole is author of Torn Bits & Pieces, a collection of poetry which includes Black Eyes, Confusion & Mr. Barrett, Dark Blue Moon, Drama, Edward, Gentle Creatures, I Will Never Marry, In the Town in the Time, Intoxication, J.D., Mind Control, Moonstruck Madness, My Name is Called Disturbance, Religion, Sad Passing, Siembamba, Silver Lining, Striking with a Spirit's Knife, The Spell, Year of Blood, You're Just a Boy and many more >

"Torn Bits & Pieces" by Deborah O'Toole

The book also includes Collective Obsessions (a poetic rendering based on the fictional saga of the same name by Deidre Dalton, aka Deborah O'Toole).

Torn Bits & Pieces is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books.

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Tags: Writing & Editing

Social Media Et Al

Posted Sat, 12/15/18

I joined Facebook a decade ago, in November 2008. I have a page just for author-related business, and another for personal interaction. For the most part, the venture has been quite agreeable. Apart from scores of encounters with scammers (more on that later), the experience has been a good one as I remain connected to family members and friends, as well as those who enjoy reading my books.

After Facebook came Twitter (where I post or re-tweet mainly political mumbo nowadays), along with Google+, Pinterest and You Tube. While all very useful in their own way, the main attraction for various social media platforms appears to be the "freeness" of it all. None of the above mentioned costs a dime to join and use.

About a week ago, I created an account at Instagram. I'm late in joining this particular social platform, mainly because I'm not too savvy in using my cell phone just yet. I'm barely learning the ropes. I'm terrible at taking pictures with the mobile, and using the video camera feature has been tentative at best so far. Hopefully, time will improve my skills.

Deborah O'Toole @ Instagram

Back to the scammers. More than a year ago, I was assailed by what is known as a "romance" scammer on Facebook. I was never taken by this person (my natural suspicious nature serving me well in this case), but his actions infuriated me. Enough so it led me into going back after these types of online scum.

Snake in the Grass: Scam Alerts (Facebook).

I joined forces with a few of my friends in trapping and exposing almost a dozen lowlifes, splashing their details on a Facebook group I created known as Snake in the Grass: Scam Alerts. In the process, I angered quite a few of the scammers. Somehow or other, one of them got a hold of my private telephone number, calling me at all hours of the night and hounding me online. It took me months to get rid of him, but I know he is still lurking nearby, still on the fringes of my life.

Snake in the Grass: Scam Alerts (Facebook).

In the process of all this, I learned some valuable lessons about human nature and the fragility of honest interaction between some people. The extremely heavy influx of scammers and other disingenuous individuals almost made me lose my faith in humanity this year, but not quite. To that end, I've since stopped luring scammers because it was not only taking up too much time, it seemed my efforts barely made a dent in the vast pool of bottom-feeders.

However, my overall experience with social media has been tremendous. It's the quickest way to communicate with family, friends and readers. It can also be wildly amusing on so many levels. Apart from the scammers, I have met some extraordinary people, some of whom will hopefully remain friends for life.

The good far outweighs the bad.

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