Celtic Remnants with CLP

Posted Mon, 12/03/18

Celtic Remnants has been taken on by Club Lighthouse Publishing. The novel will be released in both electronic and print editions in 2019. I just signed the contract a few hours ago, and I'm as happy as a clam.

Celtic Remnants was previously released by Tyborne Hill and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books from 2013-2018. During that time, the novel was reviewed several times and was also the subject of an online interview undertaken by me with Writers Alive/Blog Talk Radio.

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?

I adore Terrie and James at Club Lighthouse Publishing. They have put up with me for many years, and now it looks like our time together will be extended. I'm very happy about it.

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

Tags: Celtic Remnants

Release Revisions

Posted Thu, 11/29/18

Unfortunately, I've had to revise the finish dates on all of my works in progress. Various events during 2018 took a vast amount of my time. However, I've brought myself around and extricated myself from certain situations. I'll try not to allow personal diversions to take too much of my attention again.

Revised release dates are as follows (as of this writing):

Deborah O'Toole: In the Works

As per my usual notation, storylines, estimated release dates and book cover designs may be subject to change (yet again).

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Tags: Writing & Editing

Editing for Print

Posted Wed, 11/28/18

The paperback edition of Megan's Legacy, 8th and final book in the Collective Obsessions Saga (written by me as Deidre Dalton) will be released in early December. This brings the family saga full circle, all titles now available in both e-book and print versions. While The Twain Shall Meet (book #3) remains my personal favorite in the series, Megan's Legacy runs a very close second.

I recently spent all night reading the book again, doing one last check for typos.  When at last it was finished, I thought about a blog entry written in 2011:

The Collective Obsessions Saga is finally complete. I can't believe I'm saying the words. I sent the manuscript for Megan's Legacy, which is the eighth and final part of the saga, to my publisher this afternoon. The final draft of book eight came in at 265 pages with a word count of 114,403. The last few days were exhilarating for me, being fully aware the end of the line was near. Considering I began writing the storyline many years ago, I'm stunned rather speechless that it's finished, once and for all.

Even better, I'm very happy with the way the story ended. A few months ago I envisioned agonizing over the finale, but it didn't happen that way. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and that's where I took the story and its characters.

Collective Obsessions Sagaby Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton

It's been a very long haul indeed, but well worth it. I've probably said it many times before, but writing and finishing the Collective Obsessions Saga has been deeply satisfying in all ways that truly matter to me.

The saga is now well and truly finished.

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Foody Scribbles

Posted Tue, 11/27/18

It's a mostly well-known fact that I've written forty books about the food and culture of different countries. The e-books began as articles for the website Food Fare, but were later turned into e-books that are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo Books. The titles are now known as the Food Fare Culinary Collection.

Just prior to Thanksgiving this year, I decided to make one of the books freely available online in "article" format. Japanese Culture & Cuisine is now online for free, containing all the details and graphics that came with the book version.

Japanese Culture & Cuisine contains information about the food and culture of Japan, including a brief history, common food, mealtime and dining, sushi, rice variations, eating with chopsticks, table settings and etiquette, tea, sake, Japanese snacks, more than 40 authentic recipes, food terms, words and phrases, and resources for further study.

Japanese Culture & Cuisine

Japanese Culture & Cuisine is now also freely available online. Click here for more.

Japanese Culture & Cuisine was one of the first full-length essays I wrote about food and culture (after lengthy research and experimentation). It remains one of my favorites, just behind Medieval Cuisine.

Click here to see all titles in the Food Fare Culinary Collection.

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Tags: Writing & Editing

New Author Interview

Posted Mon, 11/26/18

A new interview with yours truly appeared on the Authors Inspire Blog from Betty Boyd Writing Services near the end of November.

New interview with Deborah O'Toole at Betty Boyd Writing Services (Author Inspired Blog).

For the interview via e-mail, I discussed what inspires me to be a writer, my favorite writing genre (fiction) and my advice to other writers ("never give up"), among other topics.

Click here to read interview in full >

Banned Books Week

Posted Sat, 09/22/18

According to the American Library Association (ALA) via their website Banned & Challenged Books:

Banned Books Week (Sept. 23-29, 2018) brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Banned Books Week 2018

Click here for a list of banned and challenged classic books. Some of the titles may surprise you.

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Editing Stages

Posted Thu, 09/20/18

A few years ago I came across a post at the Karenzo Media blog, which best explains the editing process, my least favorite part of writing. While disliking the process only because it can often become ugly, editing is an absolute necessity. Reading the same thing over and over again is quite mind-numbing, frequently resulting in the loss of basic objectivity. Having an editor is a blessing in disguise, even if you don't like what they have to say on occasion.

From Karenzo Media:

Content editing is done at the rough draft stage of a manuscript. A good content editor will check for style, voice, consistency and overall narrative flow. They will make suggestions as to point of view, character development, audience, plot issues, etc. This is a very in-depth analysis of a manuscript. The content editor is trained to spot inconsistencies and other problematic issues with the construction of the narrative.

Copy editing is the next step in the editorial process. The copy editor is responsible for reviewing grammatical structure of the manuscript, fact checking and overall consistency.

Proofreading is the final stage of the editorial process. Proofreading is done after the rough draft stage. The manuscript has already been reviewed by the content editor for overall narrative flow, and it has been copyedited for serious grammatical issues and correct facts. The proofreader is the final "eye" of the manuscript. They check for typos, anything the copy editor may have missed, layout of the manuscript (are page numbers correct, are paragraphs indented, are fonts consistent, etc.). The proofreader is not the one who will tell you that characters are flat or plot line is skewed. This is sometimes called line editing or final review.

Most readers and non-writers probably assume "editing" is just about proof-reading, but it's obviously much more than that. I'm always grateful for a fresh pair of eyes.

Thanks to Kaz at Karenzo Media for the simple yet excellent insight.

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Tags: Writing & Editing

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