Sure and it's a grand morning, indeed! In my heart the sun is shining, the wind is blowing softly with the sweet smell of Spring in the air -- and there is no snow on the ground.
Hah! I did say in my heart, didn't I? LOL. The sun has yet to peak over the horizon, it's a balmy 18 degrees and there is still way too much snow on the ground for my taste. But yesterday I could smell Spring in the air, so I'm trying to be content with that. Here's a pic I took yesterday, even though it was chilly, I did sit in my favorite rocking chair with a cup of hot tea and a spiral bound notebook to make notes about gardens and fence repairs. And yes, Jamie always tries to help ;)
There have been Robins in our yard for at least the last month or so, but the Redwinged Blackbirds and Cowbirds have only been here for about two weeks. They are the true harbingers of Spring up here. Although I take pics of the birdlife constantly, darling Dave was the one who as able to snap the best pic of the Redwinged Blackbirds and Cowbirds beneath the feeders yesterday.
I love St. Patrick's Day, and am always reminded of the fierce Irish Pride our grandfather had for his Irish roots. We used to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade together and woe to the grandchild who did NOT wear their green!
So today in his honor, I'm posting a pic of the Purcell family castle in Tipperary along with pics of the Irish Soda Bread and Whiskey Spice Cake that I baked yesterday. We celebrated a bit early to make sure our guys would all be home to eat.
It was Gra's Test Kitchen yesterday (our darling oldest grandson couldn't say grandma, so he calls me Gra). Here's a pic of the non-traditional Irish Soda Bread with currants:
And of course, I can't stop trying to replicate the fabulous Whiskey Spice Cake I had years ago at Davey's Locker ... still trying though. And yes, those are hole in the top of the cake ... for the Whiskey! ;)
Soooo, because St. Patrick's Day is such a special day in my life, I wanted to re-release the newly revised and refreshed version of book one in my Regency-Era Historical trilogy today. What's so exciting about this version is that I was able to add in the previously deleted prologue, a few chapters and scenes.
The Three Vices: Patience ~
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
C.H. Admirand sweeps her readers back into the past to Regency England with book one in her Regency-Era Historical Trilogy: The Three Vices. This re-release has the previously deleted prologue, chapters, and scenes added back in for an enhanced read. For readers who have already read Patience, I have toned down the love scenes to appeal to a broader range of readers. Never fear, the romance is still the most important part of Lady Patience and Viscount Rexley's story.
Here's the trilogy overview:
Here's the trilogy overview:
Three cousins: Lady Patience Wainwright, Lady Charity Fenwick, and Lady Prudence Thompson, (daughters of three sisters) each have a vice that has their respective parents despairing that they may never find suitable matches for the highly spirited and willful daughters.
Patience, Charity, and Prudence…Virtuous qualities a young lady seeking a husband would surely wish to possess.
Unless, of course, a well-meaning parent chose to name her daughter Patience, with an eye to the future, hoping her precious child would seek to emulate the meaning of her name.
Never imagining her beloved daughter would grow up preferring the break-neck pace of racing her horse across the meadow to taking tea with callers, or that she would prefer angling for trout and firing a pistol to plying fabric with a needle. And, Lord help us all, that she would grow to stand just four inches shy of six feet tall!
Patience is impetuous, impulsive, and impossible. Ah, but her parents have a plan to secure a marriage, and their daughter’s future. They intend to find a gentleman of noble birth—with deep pockets—who has never met their daughter.
Surely somewhere in all of England there is a gentleman who will embrace their daughter, thorns and all. All he need do is overlook her height, and her talent with rod, reel, and pistol.
The virtue has become the vice …
The Three Vices: Patience is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo (not live yet as of 6:57 am) for $0.99.
I'm waiting for the proof to arrive for the print version, until then check out the preview for the lovely print cover, P and N Graphics, LLC created for me:
Here's the back cover blurb:
Lady Patience is impetuous, impulsive, and impossible. But her parents have a plan to secure a marriage, and their daughter’s future intending to find a gentleman of noble birth (with deep pockets), who has NEVER met their daughter, but first she intends to stop her childhood friend from getting killed in a gentleman’s duel.
I'll leave ye with me grandfather's favorite Irish Blessing ...
May ye be in Heaven an hour before the devil knows yer dead!