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A Challenge for Challengers. | IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Make Irish Firebrands one of your 2020 reading goals!* It fulfills almost 25% of the challenges on the list at the left. A book with more than 500 pages (in e-book) A book by a female author (yep, …

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Time for an Update.

Antique Germania Clock ©1976, 2016 by Christine Plouvier.

Antique Germania Clock from Augsburg, Germany. ©1976, 2016 by Christine Plouvier.

Dear Friends,

It’s been a rough several months, what with beginning treatment for pernicious anemia; the slow, complicated recovery from two surgeries for cancer; and two invasive diagnostic procedures (I had to postpone two others, because I wasn’t up to handling any more).

I have a request. If Irish Firebrands has been on your TBR list, I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d pick up a paperback. Getting it direct from CreateSpace will cut out the greedy middleman Major Online Retailer, which likes to double-dip on its profits (because it already owns CS, and then it takes another huge cut when it sells a copy, on top of the share that CS takes when it gets a print order from said Retailer). Even a little bit bigger royalty will help a lot, because I’m disabled, living on a below-poverty-level pension, and some of the drugs I need are not covered by Medicare.

I’ll be starting the first round of chemotherapy on Tuesday, and that will last for 8 weeks. After a 3 to 4 week “rest” to let my blood recover, the second round will begin, lasting 12 weeks. If I feel up to it, I’ll be lurking, and I may leave brief comments at your blogs, but I don’t know how the drugs will affect my ability to write my own blog, so I’ve pre-scheduled some posts here, and book reviews at my Passions of Patriots blog. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Yours truly,



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Irish Firebrands: A Novel
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

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 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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A Challenge for Challengers.

Make Irish Firebrands one of your 2020 reading goals!* It fulfills almost 25% of the challenges on the list at the left.


  1. A book with more than 500 pages (in e-book)
  2. A book by a female author (yep, that’s me)
  3. A book set in a different country (Ireland)
  4. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (I enjoyed my two-week research visit to Ireland, and I hope the story helps you feel as if you’re there)
  5. A book with a love triangle (a rivalrous triangle, including a bad-boy boyfriend and a nice guy who finishes last … but which one’s which?)
  6. A book that made you cry (it made me cry to write it, and other readers have reported that reaction)
  7. A book by an author you’ve never read before (blogging doesn’t count; BTW, how different do you think my writing is in the blog vs the book?)
  8. A book that was originally written in a different language (Commonwealth English and Gaeilge)
  9. A book written by an author with your same initials (C. P., anyone?)
  10. A book based entirely on its cover (front: a stunning digital painting; back: a beautiful claddagh ring)
  11. A book at the bottom of your to-read list (are you among the more than 100 who’ve downloaded sample from Smashwords, but haven’t got round to trying it, yet?)
  12. A book you started but never finished (if you’ve got the Smashwords preview or the PDF available from this blog, and you want to finish and review the book, talk to me via the Guestbook page on the Feedback menu.

Here are a few partial fulfillments:

A classic romance (it takes classic romance traits, tropes, themes and tableaux, and reinvents them)

A book set during Christmas (takes place over 18 months, so it includes scenes during the holiday season)

A funny book (there are some episodes of comic relief)

A mystery or thriller (there is definitely something mysterious about Drumcarroll farmhouse)

A popular author’s first book (I’m not popular yet, but it’s my first book, and your review may be the one that makes all the difference!) 😉

* List was posted at Lynette Noni’s site in 2015.



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