Support Independent Bookstores

Indie authors (like me) and independent bookstores have at least one thing in common: we need community and local support. The independent bookstores need our support now, in the time of pandemic, more than ever.

picture of notebook, writer's magazine belonging to indie author, Martha Geaney
Indie author, Martha Geaney, taking a writing stint in Mount Dora, Florida

Recently two online retailers have popped up in support of both indie authors and independent books stores. In the US, the retailer is bookshop.org and in the UK, the retailer is http://hive.co.uk

These retailers offer paperback formats of indie author books. At Bookshop, for example, when you order a book you can tag your local bookstore and they will receive the full profit off your purchase. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop).

Castle Bookshop Front Window and Entrance
Castle Bookshop, Castle Street, Castlebar

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Irish Halloween Blessing

Pumpkins at the Botanical Gardens in Dublin. A few weeks before Halloween
William Murphy, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
At all Hallow's Tide,
May God keep you safe
From goblin and pooka and
Black-hearted stranger,
From harm of the water 
And Hurt of the fire,
From thorn of the Bramble,
From all other danger,
From Will O' The Wisp
Haunting the mire;
From stumbles and tumbles 
And tricksters to vex you ,
May God in His mercy
This week protect you.
Celtic Pooka

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Up Turlough!

Excited to report that my Schipperke, Turlough, won two agility ribbons today – he qualified and took First Place in the Novice Standard class. When I’m not writing or taking care of family, Turlough and I have been training one day a week for the last two years.

Turlough’s Ribbons for Qualifying and First Place

Turlough, by the way, is named for the village in County Mayo where my mom was born. Turlough is also an Irish male name which means to be “assistive and comforting”. He is a joy to have in our life! So, here’s a toast to “Up Turlough” and everything it means in our life: mom, our relatives in Turlough, our history in Turlough and to County Mayo.

By the way, the Turlough Museum and the surrounding area play a prominent part in the third book in the Star O’Brien series (coming in spring 2021.)

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The Flower of France

Picture of purple and white fleur de lis
The Flower of France

I write a cozy mystery series set in County Mayo, Ireland. So why am I posting a picture that represents the flower of France. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll find out why and get to read an interesting document concerning the cottage (French Hill cottage) in the Star O’Brien series.

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Zooming on a Friday Afternoon

“Star O’Brien is a haunting voice for the dead, the missing, and the lost.”

Martha Geaney, Author

Excited about my upcoming Zoom author talk Friday, October 16 with “The Happy Hour Book Club” based in Delaware. I’ll be talking about the first book in the Star O’Brien mystery series, “Death on Clare Island” and other authorly topics. I plan to record the event so watch my website for viewing information.

Image of the front cover of the mystery book: Death on Clare Island
Clare Island Lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

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