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And We're Off!

Welcome to the second issue of The Seer Trilogy newsletter. So much has happened in the month since publication. Sales indicate we're growing a readership and reviews are starting to roll in. We're off to a good start. 

Thanks to Lorraine Kemp for the great photo.

I have created a short video to apologize for the live book launch that didn't happen on October 29th as well as to prove that I am eminently qualified to write about dragons. Take a listen.

We Have Reviews!
"...fantasy that middle-school readers will readily engage with."

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"Enjoyable Irish fantasy written by a knowledgeable Canadian" ------- 5 stars

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If you haven't already done so, be sure to add The Druid and the Dragon to your TBR list on Goodreads. And if you've already read it, please post your review there and send me a copy so I can include it on my website. That's how we get the word out. Thanks.

Calling all readers!

Send a photo of your favourite reader and you could win a set of   Seer Trilogy Cards.

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Did You Know ...

... 14 was the marriageable age for Celtic women though they couldn't be forced to marry and they were free to divorce? There were 9 different purposes for marriage but none involved love.

... there were no illegitimate children in Celtic society? All children were considered important and if parents were unable to care for them, the tribe took on that responsibility.

Character of the Month

In case you aren't already acquainted, I'd like you to meet Bradan. He is the second most important character in The Druid and the Dragon. He is a wise old Druid seer and he is Maeve's teacher and mentor. Theirs is a prickly relationship but one that is even more important than Maeve realizes.

What's In a Name?

      Many writers spend a great deal of time and thought choosing names for the characters in their stories. I am not among that group.

     When characters show up in my brain, they usually already have names. It goes something like this.

      Knock, knock.       


      "I'm Annie and my grandmother has just moved in with my family."

      "How nice for you."

      "Not really. My grandmother doesn't like me. And to tell you the truth, I don't much like her either."

      So began The Gramma War, a middle-grade novel published way back in 2001. As you can see, I didn't consciously choose the name of the central character, but I went with it. Sometimes I don't even like the names of my characters, but then I don't always like the names of people I know either.  Admittedly, there have been times when I've had ulterior motives for the names I choose, because they are relevant the story, but otherwise I let the characters name themselves.

      But all that changed with The Seer Trilogy. The three books in this series are set in Celtic Ireland, which means there couldn't be any Lindsays or Chads. I needed names appropriate to the time and place. So for the first time in my career as a writer, I found myself poring over lists of names. Heck, I didn't even do that when I was naming my kids!

      I started with Maeve, because she is the main character. She was named for Maeve Binchy, a successful Irish novelist whose mantra was Don't get it right; get it written. I respect that concept, even though it doesn't work for me, and when I saw Maeve Binchy interviewed on television, I was impressed, so Maeve was in.

      The other characters' names were chosen not only for their suitability to the setting, but for their meaning. I tried to choose names that matched each character's nature. For instance, the Great King is called Redmond, which translates to protector. How fitting is that for a benevolent ruler! I also chose names that weren't difficult to pronounce. I hate it when I'm reading and I can't say names and places even in my mind. My eyes kind of slide past those words, and I end up thinking in terms of that guy whose name starts with 'M'.

      The most interesting name choice in The Druid and the Dragon was for the red dragon. Originally I called him Drago, Lord of the Marshes. It was an oft' used name for dragons back in the day. But my publisher didn't care for that. Not musical enough, she said -- or some such thing. So at her suggestion, he was renamed Riasc Tiarna, which is Irish for Lord of the Marshes. 

      How clever is that! (Admit it -- you're impressed.)      

Trilogy Cards & Games -- NOW AVAILABLE!! Win or purchase a set. They make a great stand-alone gift or a fun bonus to the book. See my website for details.
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Reminder: If you are a teacher, librarian, member of a book club or other group, you have only 15 days left to sign up for a FREE Zoom visit with me. All you have to do is send a photo showing that your group owns a copy of The Druid and the Dragon.    

Contact me for details. 

New Title

Revisions for the next installment of The Seer Trilogy are underway, and one of the changes is the title. Book II will be called The Bridge of Whispers. Oh, the tales it has to tell!

Until next month, Happy Reading!

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Kristin Butcher

Campbell River, BC

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