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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.
Lumber Room – Where fun stuff lives after its debut on the home page, or after a blog menu shakeup. Currently includes Audioblog, an experimental work, where selected posts have been recorded as audible files with a text-to-speech generator; and the Ephemera.
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.
Learn Irish – 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.
Downloads – Get printable PDFs of posters, selected blog posts in a newsletter format, and other fun stuff from Irish Firebrands.
The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing – Are you confused and discouraged because of what the gurus and gatekeepers are telling you about how you “should” write? Get all that sorted out by visiting this page.

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Click Image to Shop Irish Firebrands – Click book cover for links to booksellers. 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 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.
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The Plover Pipes Here, Too – Visit other members of the Firebrands family of blogs.
On Curated Lists – Find Irish Firebrands and other works by Indie Authors listed here. Add a new author to your TBR today! :)
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This is Why I’m Not a Speedy Writer.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013 T. E. Lawrence. A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013

“Learn all you can…. Get to know their families, clans and tribes, friends and enemies, wells, hills and roads. Do all this by listening and by indirect inquiry. … Get to speak their dialect … not yours. Until you can understand their allusions, avoid getting deep into conversation or you will drop bricks.” ~ T. E. Lawrence, from The Arab Bulletin, 20 August 1917

(Reproduced at The World War I Document Archive.)

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Behold the Power of Bergkäse.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Bergkäse angerichtet, by Xocolatl Bergkäse angerichtet, by Xocolatl

I’ve been disappointed by more “historical fiction” or “historical novels” or whatever you’re having yourself, than you can shake a stick at (the stick with the charred end on it, that is; the one with which the Neolithic NaNoWriMo participant wrote on the cave wall). Such as when a writer makes me go cross-eyed reading more than I ever wanted to know about the evolutionary history of Gothic architecture, just to obscure the fact that the character development makes cardboard look thick enough to build a cathedral with (yes, I mean that doorstop). And don’t get me started on the ones in which the writer breaks up what is essentially a history textbook by occasionally throwing in one or two lines of fictional dialogue, or else tries to be sneaky by having the fictional characters just spit rehashed history at each other whenever they speak, especially when…

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New Free Cooperative Book Listing Site.

Announcing Masterpiece Marketplace, dedicated to serving the writers and readers of Literary Fiction and Fusion Fiction.

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Genre or Commercial Fiction doesn’t need much help getting seen and getting sold; that’s why it’s the bread-and-butter book for many authors to write. However, some authors also yearn to find an audience for their magnum opus: the lavish Literary or Fusion Fiction (multi-genre) novel they spent many loving years writing, but which may be hard to classify, and thus can’t be located amid the torrent of novellas and novelettes that flood the modern market.

There are also many readers who search for stories in which they can lose themselves for longer than a weekend afternoon. They’re the big-book fans of historical novels, family sagas, and multi-genre works that paint pictures inside their heads while portraying the intricacies of the human condition, in the literary classic writing style that can be hard to find on the virtual shelves of online retailers.

Masterpiece Marketplace exists to help bring together these writers and readers. It’s a completely free, cooperative virtual bookshop: Authors of Literary and Fusion Fiction join to list their works in blog posts that direct readers to their own blogs and retail sites; and they cooperatively help fellow writers by re-blogging others’ listings and promoting them via social networking. Readers will browse listings and click on the authors’ links to shop via their preferred retail outlets.

For wider recognition, the cooperative is also setting up shop at additional blog hosts. Book listings submitted to one Masterpiece Marketplace site will be distributed to the other domains. This is like placing your work in bookshop franchises in different cities.

There’s strength in numbers. Don’t try to market your Literary or Fusion Fiction all by yourself any more. Visit Masterpiece Marketplace today, join the cooperative, and find the readers who are looking for your magnum opus.


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