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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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Fireplace Tools – Monthly archive drop-down menu, and the search engine for contents of this blog.
Torchlight from the Trailer – Slideshow highlights from the book trailer video.
Get it While it’s Hot! – Link to RSS feed.
Embers in Your Email – Click the Ignite! button to set up a relationship with this blog.
Click Image to Shop– Click book cover for links to booksellers and boutique. Selected retailers in sidebar.
Ask your Library – E-book and paperback sources for public library acquisitions.
Do I Smell Smoke? – Quick link “Table of Contents” for 30 recent blog posts.
Warm Your Hands – Clickable logo links to a sample chapter of Irish Firebrands.
Bonfires! – Avatars take you to meet friends in the blogosphere.
Proud to be an Indie Author– Support Indie Writing & Publishing: Get your blog badges here!
The Plover Pipes Here, Too – Visit other members of the Firebrands family of blogs.
Click Logo to Visit – Bags, mugs and more, featuring Irish Firebrands artwork, at the Firebrands Gift Shop.
Found in the Ashes – Meta stuff. Visit to start your own free blog.
Curated Lists for Readers – Find Irish Firebrands and other works by Indie Authors listed here. Add a new author to your TBR today! :)


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Irish Firebrands: Fiction that fuses several genres, in the literary tradition of novelists who write because they have an epic story to tell.

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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On a Personal Note….

800px-BlueNote.svgReading and writing are the only interesting things about my life, so I don’t usually post personal stuff here, but I want to thank all the busy people who have paused to peruse my blog sites. I’m grateful for your support.

A few of you are aware of some of my disabilities. I’ve been ill for a long time, and had a steep decline in health earlier this year. Recovery has been slow, but like Grant at Vicksburg, I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.


In a place as big as the blogosphere, it seems to be the height of vanity to think that among bloggers with hundreds of likes and comments, thousands of visits, and tens of thousands of followers there could be any noticeable dip in stats simply because of my lack of engagement. In the event, it’s no reflection on anybody else’s content. I just can’t keep up.

It’s been a struggle even to breathe, never mind writing my WIP, cranking out audiobook chapters of Irish Firebrands for my mother, and proofreading a family member’s university papers, so blogging and following other blogs have had to be cut back. It’ll be another five or six weeks before it can be known what kind of progress my health may be making.

Until then, I appreciate knowing you’ve got my back covered, as I squeak along.


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Fusion Fiction and the Romance Genre


Despite the urging of marketing gurus, there is no good reason for an author to strictly adhere to only one genre, even within a single work. Authors who write Fusion Fiction use the interaction between crossing genres to fuel the creativity that can take their stories’ arcs beyond the simple standard curve.

The Romance Story Arc


The meaning of the writing term “Romance” has evolved over the centuries and in different literary locales. We’ll use the word in the current “genre” sense: that of a love story which ends Happily Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN).

While pondering the path of a fictional romantic journey, it occurred to me that the story arc of a romance aptly resembles the shape of what’s called “normal sinus rhythm,” as it’s traced on an electrocardiogram (ECG). (This is not surprising, because I’m a retired Registered Nurse.) Perhaps you’ve had an ECG done, as part of a physical exam, or to prepare for surgery. In brief, this is how it works:

The ECG electrodes detect and the readout depicts the wave of electrical energy that’s generated by the heart, and results in the “lub-dub” of a heartbeat. The letters P, Q, R, S, and T are used to label the…

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