Why do we LOVE Ireland?
Because it’s GREEN and rugged and awesomely beautiful and ... has a rich history and strong people… and an appealing culture (drink and dance) and stone circles and fences… and huge cows plus you – OMG – fall in love with all of Ireland the minute your feet touch Irish soil! But it's really about her beautiful, resilient, amazing people.
The Hills are Alive With Green! For a writer from Arizona, so much green is intoxicating. Not to mention the appeal of Guinness and Irish whiskey! And the music – well, who can listen to a jig or reel without tapping their feet? Or attempting to dance!
I'm all about the Green! I grew up in the U.S. South and get the country music connection as well as clogging to Irish dance. According to my dad, our name Tate was Scots-Irish. But when I was in Ireland and asked about my possible heritage, I was told “Tate? No, maybe marauders from the north or England.” Yikes!
Green Revenge! I know, I know, I've been to the two Tate Museums in London. But since I'm a writer, I can claim Tate is Irish, just as my dad thought. And he's in many of my books, not just the Irish ones – see if you can find him.
Breaking News! An epidemic of Green has hit the country! Here's a surprise – the Irish love America! They've even written songs about 'going to America.' So many of their relatives sought refuge here and so many of us claim an Irish heritage, that they embrace this country. And we embrace them right back. Once, on a tour of the remote Aran Islands, our guide took us on a skinny cart path to the very end, where we overlooked the vast Atlantic Ocean. “If ye look closely on a clear day," he said in a rich Irish brogue, "ye kin see all the way to Baston, where me kin live.”
You Green up my life! Awww… I’m in love with this mystical green Ireland!
What's the question? Green is the answer! When I wrote my Irish Hearts Series, I wanted to include all the green beauty and culture of this rich island, as well as the people's stories of Love, family, loss and belonging. CLAIRE’S EMBRACE, unlikely love and that amazing lace; EMBRACEABLE YOU, Sienna's love, meeting Claire in America, and that amazing lace; SECRET EMBRACE, Claire’s youngest daughter, Brianna, finding love in Ireland, music, and a little lace magic; MYSTIQUE, Claire’s oldest, near-perfect daughter, Danika, and a loving time travel. Look for another MYSTIQUE story later this year. Maybe there’s something to that amazing lace, after all! You can find these Irish stories at my website- http://www.marytateengels.com
What makes a place lovable? What draws us back? What makes us determined to return before we even leave?
For me, it's often several things, more touchy-feely than scientific. I like the way I feel when I walk the land or sit in a certain space. As John Denver wrote in Annie's Song, 'you fill up my senses.' Sight, Smell, Sound, Touch, Taste.
I usually ask myself what it would be like to live there. And if I would want to? Is it a place where I could just be me, or would it be good for only a few months? Does the culture appeal to me? I fell in love with Ireland for these and many more reasons. The people are warm, gracious and fun-loving. They are also hard-working and proud. So naturally I wanted to set a couple of books there. I met Claire in EMBRACEABLE YOU (Book 2) and wondered how she got from Ireland to Maine.
CLAIRE'S EMBRACE (Book 1), set in the 1960's, practically wrote itself. Then, in SECRET EMBRACE (Book 3), Claire's youngest daughter, Brianna, goes to Dublin to 'find herself' after a depressing divorce. She soon finds herself in love with Mitch and in trouble with his brother Jason. EMBRACEABLE YOU brings Sienna and Zach together in Claire's town in Maine. MYSTIQUE (Book 4) is one of those stories that sprung from the amazing Revolutionary War history along with a big 'what if' as Claire's oldest daughter Danika experiences a time-travel love affair with Will. They don't have to be read in order as each story stands on its own.
Hope you enjoy these little escapes for only 99 cents each. Go to my website to purchase your Irish Heart's novel at www.marytateengels.com
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On a recent road trip from Tucson to Santa Fe, I was reminded how many of my books are set in the southwest. As we headed east on I-95, we drove through a lot of western-expansion history. This is Apache country, where soldiers built forts and families settled in the far southwest. We are near the US-Mexico border, Tombstone, and El Camino Real or Royal Road, from Mexico City to Santa Fe.
A LASTING LOVE was my first glimpse into living in the distinctive southwest through my character when she moved west.
If you take the I-25 turnoff toward the south, you can be in Mexico in less than an hour. One settlement near Tubac, along the Santa Cruz River, was ravaged twice by Apaches in the 1700's. Now it's a beautiful little arts & crafts town, and the setting for LOVE'S DAWNING. If you go further southeast, there's Tombstone, the town too tough to die. That's where we find CALLAHAN'S GOLD. Further East lies Douglas, a dusty, rusty town right on the border. ROGUE DIAMOND came from a news story of baby trafficking from Mexico with a transfer house here on this remote border. At Wilcox, don't pass up Annie's Apple Orchard! UNDER THE DESERT SKY and UNDER THE DESERT MOON tell stories of inspiration and following your dreams in an area above a mile high that produces apples and wine.
An interesting stop along the way to Santa Fe is the well-preserved El Rancho de las Golandrinas. There you can see 17th Century culture in action featuring housing, food, tools and transportation. I was invited to their Panza LLena Food Festival to present my co-authored, nonfiction books. PANZA LLENA, CORAZON CONTENTO has authentic Mexican food recipes and TALES FROM WIDE RUINS is for those who are intrigued by trading post history (as I am).
Far horizons, a vast blue sky, and amazing stories of strong, adventuresome people are some of the reasons we love the southwest. Take a trip through my books for your adventures west.
You can also travel to northern Arizona in RARE BREED, set in the Grand Canyon, and SPEAK TO THE WIND, set in the White Mountains. All of my books are available on my website-www.marytateengels.com and at Amazon and Smashwords. My non-fiction, print books are available by contacting me, email@example.com .