Archive | February 2013

What is a Legend

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What is a Legend

A legend, at least in my belief, is a representation of a historical event. One of the more important elements of a legend is that, at its core, the events recorded in the narrative are within in the realm of the possible.

Legends from far back in human history had been sent forward into the future by various means. The farther back in time we venture, we find that the narratives had passed down through oral recitation. This method raises two issues. How far back in time do the origins go and how much has the oral tradition changed or morphed from the original source?

At the point in time when legends were converted to a written format, essentially freezing them in place, we can trace any changes going forward. But much like the childhood game of “Telephone,” we can surmise that the original story was probably quite different. Add to that the issue of language evolution and our modern-day interpretations can be quite different from the accepted meaning at the time of the legends were captured in written format and thus from their remote origins.

The Celtic and Norse civilizations are rich in legends and mythic tales of super beings and their interactions with mortals. Though not as well-known as the Greek myths, they are every bit, if not more intriguing. The basis of “The Katie Walsh Mysteries” will introduce readers to the Celtic and Norse legends and weave them into connected adventures that will tie their meanings to current events.

It all starts here! Get to know Katie Walsh and her colleagues in Trove, and then get ready for the second of “The Katie Walsh Mysteries,” when the “Legends come to Light.

Book Spotlight – Blue Horizon

Hi Everyone,

Looking for a great thriller peppered with romance? Author J.L. Hammer’s novel Blue Horizon has been released today, February 19th. I was privileged to have read this in advance of the release date and I can say it is a page turner. Check it out:


Part of a secret government project, Elena Davidson’s life is in serious jeopardy when she is kidnapped by terrorists. Safeguarding ‘Blue Horizon’ isn’t just a mission to Elena. She knows that if its purpose is revealed and if it falls into the wrong hands, it could be dangerous for the entire world.
Beckham Connors has a simple mission: the retrieval of Elena Davidson, no matter what the cost. He has orders to rescue Elena from her captors and to send her home to America, or if necessary—kill her. Whatever happens, she cannot be left alive on Iranian soil.
Forced into a whirlwind adventure, she can depend on no one. Elena must decide if she can trust the ruggedly handsome Beckham—or if he poses a greater danger than the terrorists.

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Check out these reviews

Check out these reviews for Trove:

Five Star Review
By Jules
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not your typical mystery. Trove has so many facets: as the story unfolds, the richer the tale becomes. Katie Walsh is a spitfire and the perfect match for Alec. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Montgomery throws in a surprise twist. I can’t wait for the next Katie Walsh Mystery! I loved Willie. I hope we see more of him.
Five Star Review
By Kristen Van Dijk
Format:Kindle Edition

This is a very well written beginning to a series of books about Katie Walsh. When I read a series it’s important for me to like/relate to the main character right away. I certainly did with this character, even when I didn’t like some of her actions or choices! She clearly grows through the story and tries to be less of a ‘geek’, or social misfit, so watching her go through this is a great part of the experience. I think this is more mystery than romance, but still plenty of romance to keep it interesting.

Although I prefer series, I know not everyone does, this does not end with a cliff hanger, so everyone can enjoy the book as a stand alone too. But after reading it, I think it’s impossible not to want to know ‘what happens next?’. I am looking forward to the next book.

The Isle of Mists

SONY DSCAre you an adventurous soul? In these times, daily life is a challenge and an adventure for most of us, but not very enjoyable. Our lives are stressed-filled and we are not happy yet most of us long to be, at least part of the time. We owe it to ourselves and our psyches to devote some time each week to enrich and recharge our souls. Make it a habit to have “soul time.”

The Isle of Mists…say it out loud and what comes to mind when you hear it? For me it evokes mystery, hidden behind wispy, smoke-like tendrils that beckon you forward, enticing you to take a deep breath and enter the unknown. The Isle of Skye, part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, literally means “Isle of Mists.” It is a land rich in history, lore, and long inhabited by humans dating back to the Mesolithic era over 10,000 years ago. It is a place shrouded in the rich passage of time. There is a raw, ethereal feel to Skye. For millennia it has witnessed the advance of civilization, the drumbeat of time. The farther back in time, the more elusive the tangible history. That’s where legends and lore are born.

Oral recitation was a way of ensuring that history was preserved and passed down through the ages, but much like the childhood game of “telephone” the stories have changed. To further confound and perplex us, words and phrases today have different meanings than they did long ago, and languages have evolved right along with civilization. Imagine saying “that’s cool” to someone in the Middle Ages and they’d think you were referring to the temperature. What was so important that the Ancient Ones wanted to ensure that we didn’t forget…only we did, sort of. The legends are an enigma to us due to the passage of time and changes in language. Quaint stories to pass the time…but that’s not what they were meant to be. They were meant to be heeded!

This is the challenge that Katie Walsh, my heroine in Trove faces. She’s an investigative mythologist determined to ascertain what our ancestors were trying to tell us; commanding us to remember. Her quest in Trove takes her from Boston to the Isle of Skye to prove her theory that there were survivors of the destruction of Atlantis and they were the source of the legends. Of course where would an investigative mythologist be without a strapping archaeologist by the name of Alec MacGowan by her side, and yes, sometimes in her face!

Start the adventure of The Katie Walsh Mysteries with Trove: