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Welcome! Irish Firebrands: Christine Plouvier, Indie Author, invites you to celebrate my first work of fiction. Here you can enjoy the view from a ringside seat, as I conjure up “The Story of the Story,” through blog Posts and special feature Pages. You don’t need to be a WordPress blogger to read this blog, although membership does confer advantages, when it comes to using some functions.


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Home – Here you’ll find the most recent blog posts, with links to related content and older posts in the queue.
About – Read a short synopsis of the book, get links to retailers, read Un-Asked Questions about Irish Firebrands (if you have others, you can use the Guestbook page to ask them), get news about other projects, and find out a bit about the strange life led by the author.
Index – Alphabetical list of blog posts.
Trailer – Links to the Irish Firebrands book trailer videos (external sites).
Sample Chapters – Find Chapter PDF, and Audiobook here, plus back matter from the book. The back matter includes a pronunciation guide, acknowledgments and complete bibliography of works consulted during the writing of the novel.
Audioblog – A work in progress, where selected posts have been recorded as audible files, using a text-to-speech generator.
Feedback – Contact the author, participate in polls, and rate the blog.
Library – Virtual bookshelf displaying some of the bibliography of Irish Firebrands. (Sorry, images not clickable.)
Shop – Links to purchase Irish Firebrands books and Boutique products.
Irish Vocabulary – Many of the Gaeilge words, phrases, names, proper nouns (and even a song) that appear in Irish Firebrands. Link to an Irish text-to-speech generator.
Ephemera – Where fun stuff lives after its debut on the home page.
Downloads – Get printable PDFs of posters, selected blog posts in a newsletter format, and other fun stuff from Irish Firebrands.

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Do I Smell Smoke? – Quick link “Table of Contents” for 50 recent blog posts.
Warm Your Hands – Clickable logo links to a sample chapter of Irish Firebrands.
Smoke Signals – Special opportunities for readers.
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Thank You, Philo T. Farnsworth!

When it comes to computer monitors, there is nothing like a cathode ray tube:

  • Bright, true colors
  • Crisp contrast
  • Sharp resolution
  • Easy-to-clean glass surface

I tried using a flat screen LCD monitor for more than six months, but today I got my old CRT hooked up again to the Holstein Frisian. My visual disabilities mean I will never be able to read a book from any screen, but on a cathode ray tube I can work, without strain, on graphics small sections of text.

This serviceable old servant helped launch my independent publishing career: it’s the same screen upon which I arranged the elements of a self-help manual for my health education clients, back at the turn of the century – the screen that revealed Irish Firebrands to me between February, 2009 and January 2012 – the screen that got me started writing The Passions of Patriots and Once Burnt, Twice Blind.

Welcome back, old friend. We’re in business again.

And thanks again, Mr. Farnsworth, for the invention that made possible my vocation as an Indie Author.


Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906 – 1971)

A native of Idaho who later built a career in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he used the 19th-century concept of the cathode ray tube to develop the first successful television screen. The adoptive Hoosier successfully fought off the efforts of RCA Victor to steal his invention, although the advent of the Second World War prevented his profiting from the manufacture of television sets before his patent expired. 

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Engaging the Senses (re-blog)


After reading this great advice, I revisited my posts about examples of sensory-input writing and found 17, including a recipe and a survey for the literary foodies among us. I write long-form fiction that has plenty of room for comprehensive sensory involvement, but as phantomwriter143 suggests, every story can benefit from sense-appeal: “Which one would draw you in the most as a reader?”


The Nose Knows.

More Olfactory Observations.

Don’t Give Me the Stink Eye, But…



A Sight for Sore Eyes.

The Eyes Have It!



Hath Music Charms…

The Sound of Muzak.

We Write The Songs

Eh? What’s That, You Say?

The Sounds of Silence.


Fire Burne, and Cauldron Bubble.

Novel Nibbles & Celtic Connections.

Survey: Recipes from Irish Firebrands.


All You Need Is Love.

Touching You, Touching Me.



Originally posted on Inkcouragement:


Writers draw readers in to their imaginary worlds, their characters’ lives, and the driving story that ultimately leaves the reader wanting more.

And one way successful writers do this is by including every single one of the senses in their writing.

We all know the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.


While there is debate over other non-traditional senses including balance, proprioception and kinesthetic awareness, heat detection, and pain, I’m gong to talk about the big five today.

Too often, writers focus on the sights and sounds in their creative works, but they miss out on the touch, taste, and smell aspects.

Sight and sounds are crucial, of course. We need to see what the characters see, but the other senses get left behind too often.


For example, did you know that smell evokes more forgotten memories than any other sense?

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Yep. It’s true. I use this very…

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Now, a Word from Our Sponsor:

How far will a man go, to know his father? To be a father?

All his life, Dillon Carroll has felt cut off from the past by his lack of parents.
Half his life, he has felt cut off from the future by his lack of posterity.
He thinks of his chain of ancestors: the chain that ends with him.

Travel with Dillon and genealogist Lana Pedersen,
who becomes his last hope for reconnecting with his roots,
and with the meaning of his life: to fulfill his dream
of belonging somewhere, to someone, forever.

Go there for Father’s Day, in Irish Firebrands.

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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

Especially for Father’s Day: The 51% Preview Returns

 Available Online and in Public Libraries, Worldwide:
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484165706, ISBN-10: 1484165705
B&N ID 2940016093796, E-book ISBN-13: 978-1301513826

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