Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. But peace is isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl.
Nuala—who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power—has returned and is making a persuasive claim for the vacant throne. The devastation such a ruler would bring upon both the kingdom and the human world is unthinkable. With no one else to stake a convincing counter-claim, Cedar steps forward . . . but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt.
Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its rightful home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish again. If not . . . destruction may be the only path ahead.
Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, is a captivating blend of Celtic myth, mystery, and adventure that delves deeper into the ancient world first explored in Through the Door.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15852286-into-the-fire?ac=1
“How do you deal with the ups and downs of being an author?” by Jodi McIsaac
They say you should never read your own reviews, but I can’t help it! I’m very interested in how readers are responding to my books. But I do try to keep am emotional distance – reading is such a subjective activity, and just because someone hates my story doesn’t mean I’m the world’s worst writer. Likewise, when someone says my book is the best they’ve ever read, it doesn’t mean I’m the world’s greatest writer (in fact, it often makes me think they must not have read many books). Whether I’m going through an up or a down, I try to stay focused on the story in which I’m immersed at the moment – because that’s the only way I’m going to move forward as a writer. But on those days I receive a particularly caustic review, or sales are not where I wished, I remember this quote from Teddy Roosevelt, which I have up on my office wall:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Wise words for all those attempting to do something other than the ordinary.
About the Author
Hello! I’m the author of THROUGH THE DOOR, the first book in the Celtic urban fantasy series The Thin Veil. Book #2, INTO THE FIRE, is being released November 12, 2013.
I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short-track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, I started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. I currently live with my husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary, Alberta.
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