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Coincidence? I think not!

HRH Queen Elizabeth made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday wearing this colorful and expressive outfit. At the same time, 3/17 became an Amazon.com bestseller. Could the queen be a fan of Slí na Firinne, the traditional Irish band in 3/17? Or, was she going to make a quick stop across the pond for a “10 months until St. Patrick’s Day bash” at Paulie’s Italian Palazzo?

YOU be the judge! Coincidence? I think not…!

(P.S. Thank you, Eddie 🙂

New reviews

From Powell’s Books online store:

 Mollie, January 12, 2011

One of the funniest books I ever read in my life–and I am hard to please. It’s right up there with “Lucky Jim” and “Whisky Galore.” Mary Pat certainly knows her way around Irish music and Irish musicians, and she can spin a yarn with the best of them–Dante included. A band of traditional Irish musicians gets lost on the way to a St. Patrick’s Day gig in upstate New York and spends the next few days trying to get back to reality. On the way, they encounter pukas, little girl step dancers, tyrannical Comhaltas session players, clueless and keyless singers of “Danny Boy,” and even Danu herself (maybe…), all the while defending themselves from offerings of corned beef and cabbage by the locals. The structure of the story is frankly, and with tongue-in-cheek apologies, taken from The Inferno, but the style is completely picaresque. The climax is a hallucinatory brawl featuring all the characters the band has encountered, and ending with an epiphanic parody so hilarious that I couldn’t catch my breath for several minutes, I was laughing so hard. A novel Flann O’Brien would have been proud to write.

From BigAl’s Books & Pals review blog, March 24, 2011

Rating: **** Four stars

Murphy was Irish. It seems fitting that his law would apply so well to the characters of 3/17. In what is described as a “loose parody of Dante’s Inferno,” Irish Trad Band Slí na Fírinne (which means “path of truth”) go on their first American tour in upstate New York. Before reaching their first gig they slide off the road in a snowstorm – an accident that might have been prevented if they had paid attention to their seemingly possessed GPS. From there, it only gets worse.

What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes – especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy 3/17, it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.

FYI:

You’ll find a lot of Gaeilge words (the Irish language) used. For some, like eejit, the meaning might be obvious. Some you’ll figure out from context. For all, the handy lexicon in the back is available to help.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

Here’s to the man of the hour!

March Madness begins!!

For a limited time, you can now buy the Kindle version of 3/17 for just 99 cents! The format works on the iPad, iPhone, Android & BlackBerry, too.

A whole new world…

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the publishing industry being turned on its head and the coins falling out of its pants pockets.
     A fellow author told me I should join the Kindleboards community, now that 3/17 is available in that format. I’ve been on there a week and learned so much already about how ePublishing and self-publishing are changing the book game forever.
     Authors used to be content to write in drafty garrets, separated from the rest of the world. Not so, anymore! Now we must write, design, edit, market, be social media literate and fret about book sale rating fluctuations. That’s cut out a whole lotta middlemen in the publishing industry. If I were them, I’d start taking a few courses to prepare myself for a new career.
     All of this is happening crazy-fast. And if you want to join the game, you better be adaptable. You wonder, after digital books, what could be next? [Cue: theme song from 2001: a Space Odyssey]

Just in time for the ‘high holy days’…

Attn: Kindle readers
I’m happy to announce that 3/17 for Kindle now costs $2.99. This is a limited time promotion, so download your púca-free copy now!

Digital version available!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Kindle version of 3/17 has just been published. You can download it here for $9.99 at Amazon’s Kindle store. The download will work on Kindle as well as PC, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android platforms.

Coming soon … the Kindle version

I’ve been prepping the original manuscript today for the digital edition. A bit of tweaking here and there, reformatting and resizing the cover and I should have the Kindle edition uploaded by the end of the weekend. Fingers crossed!

3/17—Off the Page

On Tuesday, March 15, Bill Jaker welcomes me to his popular book talk radio show Off the Page on WSKG FM. The call-in show airs live at 1 p.m. and is repeated at 7 p.m. After that, I’ll have a Permalink to the broadcast to post here.
     Bill Jaker is a great interviewer (who really does his homework) and his shows are known for lively discussions. I’ll post more info closer to the show date.

Review copies heading out

About to start the full court press to get some publicity for the novel, with the high holy days just 73 days away! Sent out a copy to a very prominent newspaper today. Copies going out tomorrow to some Irish publications and radio shows. If you have any suggestions on where review copies should be sent, e-mail me.