The Olympic torch is making its way around the British Isles in preparation for the 2012 Games in London. Today is Day 16, and the torch will travel from Belfast to Portrush in Ireland.
Because I have a story set in Belfast, I got to write today’s post for “We Carry the Torch,” a blog for writers with stories set in each area. Stumbling on a hugely influential group of athletes made it pretty easy–the Irish Whales took a couple dozen medals between 1904 and 1924. Come see!
(And don’t laugh at those high-waisters! These guys could toss you into the next town.)
Happy Easter and thanks for bopping along!
One hundred years ago in Southampton, England,the Titanic lay at dock on Easter Sunday. She was still taking on supplies, getting last minute fittings, and taking on coal for the maiden voyage to America. This was the one and only time the ship was ever dressed in all her flags and pennons.
Gorgeous, huh? Makes you want to sail along, doesn’t it, and who would have guessed that the journey would end in tragedy? Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy is a romance, with a happy ending. Wouldn’t you like to know how that happens?
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Titanic leaves the dry-dock at Harland and Wolff’s Belfast yard, after about five weeks in there, and returns to the fitting-out wharf.
Donal Gallagher is a busy man. The ship is due for sea trials in April and the ship isn’t complete.
Maroon: Donal agus Jimmy
The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs to find someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…
In a volatile political climate, building marine boilers and armed insurrection are strangely connected. Jimmy faces an uneasy choice: flee to America or risk turning gunrunner for Home Rule activists. He thinks he’s found the perfect answer to keep himself and his Donal safe, but shoveling coal on a luxury liner is an invitation to fate.
I was bowled over this morning when Angie Benedetti pointed me toward Speak Its Name, a review site that specializes in historical gay romance. (Thank you, Angie!) Erastes, who knows her history, had taken a look at Donal and Jimmy!
And was pleased! In part, this is was she said:
Despite the fact that the book fits its bounds so well, despite the breadth of topics covered, I would have liked more, it’s impossible not to want more when something is this well written. I don’t know P.D. Singer’s work–I believe this is her first gay historical–but if she writes another I will be snapping it up immediately.
I recommend this book highly, and I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Read the rest of the review here, and find Maroon at Torquere, Amazon, or ARe.
I am pleased and honored to say that Donal and Jimmy have been chosen for two review sites’ top picks for 2011.
Top2Bottom Reviews’ Lisa gave Maroon a 5 and included it on her list, with such diverse and amazing reads as Erastes’ Junction X and Marie Sexton’s Paris A to Z. See Lisa and Michelle’s lists here.
And Tom, who posts on A Bear on Books, had kind words and a top slot for Maroon as well, placing it with some books that wowed me, like Ellis Carrington’s Amor Prohibido and KZ Snow’s Visible Friend. See Tom’s list here.
So if you see me with a slightly goofy smile and a swollen TBR list, this is why. Thank you, Tom and Lisa!