It is New York City and the Civil War is brewing. Norah McCabe, an Irish immigrant who escaped the Famine as a child, is now a young widow with a daughter. She is a milliner, struggling to survive in tumultuous times. Norah meets Abraham Lincoln, befriends the extraordinary African-American woman Elizabeth Jennings, and assists the Underground Railroad. She falls headlong in love with Edward M. Knox, son of the famous hat-maker Charles Knox, but he is lace curtain Irish and she is shanty Irish. Edward joins the 69th regiment and leaves for battle. Can their love endure through class differences and war?
This is a story of survival, intrigue, romance, as well as, exploring the conflict of Irish immigrants thrust into a war that threatened to destroy a nation. It is about an Irish-American woman who could be any immigrant today, any woman today, seeking to create beauty and make sense of her life.
“Suddenly the Civil War seems very relevant and Cynthia Neale does a great job of focusing on the role of the Irish in the conflict. And it's great fun to be in touch with her wonderful character, Norah McCabe, again!” ~Mary Pat Kelly, author of Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood
“This timely novel spans centuries to bring to our attention to a topic as old as yesterday, as expedient as tomorrow¾emigration. Neale's work, written with love and insight, reminds us that our neighbor is all mankind.” ~Tim Pat Coogan, Irish broadcaster, journalist, writer and author of 1916 The Easter Rising, Michael Collins and The Famine Plot
“Cynthia Neale's beautifully written well-researched novel is a gift for our times. To witness the immigrant experience at a tumultuous period in our history through the eyes of The Irish Milliner and Norah McCabe softens the heart, expands the mind, and drives home once again Burke's quote, ‘Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.’” ~Joanna Rush, actor, playwright, author of Asking For It
“It’s a pleasure to take up the story again of warm-hearted Norah battling against the odds in this fascinating account of a pivotal time in American history.” ~Kristen Gleeson, author of In Praise of Bees, The Celtic Knot Series, and Anahareo, A Wilderness Spirit
“The Irish Milliner is a finely-crafted novel and powerful story of a woman caught in the social and political backwash of a rapidly-changing country that will shape her and her family’s lives forever. Norah McCabe is an unforgettable Irish-American woman who is spirited and imbued with a remarkable sense of independence and self-will, of steely courage and a burning desire for justice and human rights for all¾black or white, slave or freeman. Above all, it is her unshakable and buoyant spirit that shines through these pages. It is a story that stays with you long after you put the book down.” ~PJ Curtis, A Nightingale Falling,now an Irish feature film
“Cynthia Neale’s passion for a bygone era races across the pages of The Irish Milliner with literary grace, poignancy and perfection—she captivates the reader! We are instantly engaged with Norah McCabe, a more than three-dimensional character with surprising grit and the ability to survive, and ultimately thrive, in the face of ever-present turmoil and the uncertainties of 19th century New York.” ~Lucinda Marcoux, King of the Forest
Four men walked into a bar and over booze, beer and laughs they created a new art organization that represented America’s historical heritage. They called this creation The Cowboy Artists of America. The year was 1965; the place was the Oak Creek Tavern in Sedona, Arizona.
Fred Harman couldn’t attend the Oak Creek Tavern meeting, but he was there at the organizational meeting in Charlie Dye’s studio, three months later, with the other four founders. This is when the nitty-gritty of bylaws and rules were established.
The creation of this organization was not a whimsical act, nor was it a delusionary one. These men were fine artists and perfected their skill over many years. What made them unique is that they were also cowboys. Men who had worked the range, branded cattle and rode the long trail.
Now, over fifty years later, these cowboy artists, or artist cowboys, are together again in an informative and delightful biography of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America called: Paint ‘n Spurs.
Non-Fiction: Biography, Art History
Trade paperback: 978-1-61179-378-9 / $19.95
ePub & Mobi: 978-1-61179-379-6 / $7.95
About the Author
Barbara Marriott has an eclectic career history that runs the gamut from fashion copywriting to editing a French Riviera newspaper, from management consultant to university professor, with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology tucked in her pocket. Now retired, she spends her time writing fun historical fantasies and historical nonfiction, and is the author of several books including: Take the Train to Tucson and In Our Own Words.
Joe Beeler– Everyone’s friend; his cheerful personality and mischievousness covered an exceptional young talent that hit the national scene with canvas and bronze showing the old west of cowboys and Indians in a new exiting way.
Charlie Dye– A tough nut that grew up in the cowboy world, earned national recognition as an illustrator and gave it up to pay tribute to the cowboy way of western life with his brilliant action driven art.
John Hampton– The charmer from Brooklyn New York turned out to be more cowboy than most western cowpokes. Using his incredible talent and charm he got the attention of lovers of the Old West and won plenty of new fans and friends.
Fred Harman– A man of many talents with a phenomenal memory. A patriot who served his country as a spy, but mostly known for his alter-ego the comic character Red Ryder and Little Beaver…you betchum.
George Phippen– The family man who fought his shyness and blazed the pathway for Southwest cowboy art with his original and authentic works.
Set in Tucson, Arizona, A Small Saving Grace, is a tale of suspense with wry sensibilities, offbeat characters and just enough menace to make the reader wince and say, “No, don’t go there.”
Life is in turmoil, yet against the odds, Andy, and those who love her, make slow, but steady progress. All the while, Andy’s attacker is stalking the entire household, searching for the right opportunity to kill his only living witness before she regains her ability to communicate.
A Small Saving Grace is full of suspense, but at its heart, this is a story of love, resilience, perseverance and healing.
“G. Davies Jandrey’s, A Small Saving Grace, tackles a family in crisis with brutal honesty and emotional depth. Peppered with quirky humor and a gallery of characters you won’t soon forget, Jandrey dishes up a meaty stew.” —Gerry Hernbrode, author of Provincial Justice
Set in the turbulent times of the War of Independence, ‘The Long Way Home’ follows the lives of Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele who are friends, former slaves, fellows-in-arms and leaders of the Black Brigade. Their real-life story is an epic adventure tale as they battle bounty hunters, racism, poverty and epidemic in their adopted country after the war.
‘The Long Way Home’ has resonated with readers around the world as an unforgettable account of courage, hope and determination triumphing over despair and injustice. Thomas Peters, thoughtful and charismatic, and Murphy Steele, strong and impulsive, lead their followers on an inspirational search for a place where they can be free.
“Kevin Bannister’s The Long Way Home is a novel that grabs your attention from the start and keeps you riveted to the last word.” —Dr. Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., LLD, DLIT, Mi’kmaq eldering, author of We Were Not The Savages, Order of Canada recipient, journalist and lecturer, www.danielpaul.com
“The Long Way Home is an inspirational and harrowing historical drama. Though the men pass through many different settings on their quest for a free life, The Long Way Home is very much a character driven story at heart. I’d definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans.” —K.C. Finn, author of the Caecilius Rex saga, The Secret Star and The Book of Shade and the bestselling and award-winning novel The Mind’s Eye
“An epic work. I was mesmerized by the intensity and power of this work that brings to light heroes I hadn’t know about. Bannister’s writing is lyrical and elegant, at times I would feel compelled to stop and re-read an especially memorable passage. I loved this book. The Long Way Home is most highly recommended.” —Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
“It takes more than a good imagination to write a spellbinding historical novel but The Long Way Home is a success on many, many levels; a tale that will speak to the hearts of readers with eloquence. Bannister has successfully combined historical facts with glowing imagination to deliver a masterpiece that will be well received by lovers of historical fiction. The characters are extraordinarily compelling, strung with the kind of courage one would find only in persons fighting between death and freedom.” —Romvald Dzemo, author of Courage To Embrace Yourself and You Can’t Be A Failure
“The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister takes us back to the eighteenth century when blacks were fleeing colonial America as slaves or freemen and later settled in Nova Scotia. The main protagonists, Thomas Peters and Murphy Steele, are historical figures who lived during this time. Fast paced and poignant…this novel is a tribute to these two forgotten heroes.” —Maria Beltran, playwright, author, past chairwoman of Women In Literary Arts Inc
1676. In a hovel in the centre of Paris, the fortune-teller La Voisin holds a black mass, summoning the devil to help an unnamed client keep the love of the King of France, Louis XIV.
Three years later, Athénaïs, Madame de Montespan, the King’s glamorous mistress, is nearly forty. She has borne Louis seven children but now seethes with rage as he falls for eighteen-year-old, Angélique de Fontanges. Athénaïs must do something to keep the King’s love and secure her children’s future, but how? And at what length is she willing to go?
At the same time, police chief La Reynie and his young assistant Bezons have uncovered a network of fortune-tellers and poisoners operating in the city. Athénaïs does not know it, but she is about to be named as a favoured client of the infamous La Voisin.
“This book kept me reading into the night...luxury and squalor, royal scandal and sorcery...how could it not?” —Fay Weldon, author The Life and Loves of a She-devil
“I enjoyed it enormously…you brought The Affair flooding back to me with added excellent detail…It really is a remarkable achievement.” —Anne Somerset, author The Affair of the Poisons
“Reading Charlatan, you are sure to be both entranced and repulsed by Braithwaite’s depictions of Machiavellian scheming, sorcery, and lust.” –University of Toronto