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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.
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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.
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Fire Burne, and Cauldron Bubble.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The_Three_Witches_from_Shakespeares_Macbeth_by_Daniel_Gardner,_1775 (1)Fillet of a Fenny Snake,
In the Cauldron boyle and bake:
Eye of Newt, and Toe of Frogge,
Wooll of Bat, and Tongue of Dogge:
Adders Forke, and Blinde-wormes Sting,
Lizards legge, and Howlets wing:
For a Charme of powrefull trouble,
Like a Hell-broth, boyle and bubble.

~ Wm. Shakespeare. Macbeth, Act. IV, Scene I

Sound tasty? Well, it’s not likely to make it to the menu of your favorite fast food franchise any time soon, but it may have helped to make Macbeth a hit.

According to The Better Novel Project, the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games series are best-sellers in part because they include references to food. In the genres to which those books belong, food is thought to be symbolic of important aspects of the story: maturity, desperation, abundance, danger, sacrifice, magic, humanity, survival and friendship.

IrishFirebrands crosses a half-dozen genre lines…

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Back in the Saddle…

…although at this point, it’s just a hobbyhorse….

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A Date With Destiny

Dear Friends,

As a beginning novelist back in 2009, I’d had no idea that several years later I would rack up some personal experience that might well have substituted for the Registered Nurse education and experience I had drawn upon to pen the passages about cancer that appear in Irish Firebrands.

PRMCOn April 4, I will have surgery to remove a tumor and several lymph nodes. The plan is to receive chemotherapy this summer, radiation treatments in the autumn, and then to begin taking an anti-hormone drug.

Thank you for your prayers, good wishes, and positive vibes.

Yours truly,
Christine Plouvier

The Author

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