Archive | 2015 March

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March: From the Editor

This St Patrick’s Day our magazine theme is fantasy and with this in mind our writers, authors and partners would like to share a little Irish folklore, a sprinkle of magic, some flight of fantasy, a few 3ft leprechauns and gifts from the Fey in the hope that you find your own personal pot of gold […]

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Talent showcase: Melissa A. Joy Blackheath Dawn’s emerging fantasy writer

About Melissa A. Joy, by Terry Gilbert-Fellows, CEO.  Melissa is an emerging fantasy author who challenges the conventional expectations of fantasy and takes them to a whole new level. It is no secret that she believes in the existence of all things fantastical, and that anything is possible. She began building the world of Aeldynn […]

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Competitions: Editor’s pick for March 2015

Each month Blackheath Dawn researches the market for competitions we believe are viable for our readers. Some will need an entrance fee but keep in mind the value of the competition and the worth of the adjudicators when deciding whether it is a worthwhile investment of your time and money. Remember that in all competitions […]

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Featured guest: Ali Isaac, fantasy author

Ali Isaac, author of Grá mo Chroí and The Tir na Nog Trilogy celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers by talking about the origins of Irish folklore, emblems and symbols. About our featured guest – Ali Isaac lives in rural Ireland and is the author of two books based on Irish mythology and a disabled hero. […]

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Book feature: The Tir na Nog Trilogy by Ali Isaac

About the author – Ali Isaac lives in rural Ireland and is the author of two books based on Irish mythology and a disabled hero. She has also recently co-written a book of love stories based on tales from Irish mythology with author Jane Dougherty. She regularly writes for Irish Central and Brigid’s Fire magazine. Introduction […]

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Short story: The origins of the Irish leprechaun

Ali Isaac, author of Grá mo Chroí and The Tir na Nog Trilogy celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers by sharing some folklore on the origins of the Irish leprechaun. Known in Irish as the leipreachán, this mischievous little fellow is usually depicted as an old man, about three feet tall, with distinctive red hair […]

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Short story: The origins of the Claddagh ring

Ali Isaac, author of Grá mo Chroí and The Tir na Nog Trilogy celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers by sharing some background information and history on the Claddagh ring. The Claddagh ring is a symbol of Ireland that we all know and recognise. It is often used in place of a wedding ring, […]

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Short story: Origins of the Irish harp

Ali Isaac, author of Grá mo Chroí and The Tir na Nog Trilogy celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers by sharing some background information and history on the Irish harp. The Irish harp is recognised worldwide as being Ireland’s national emblem. We see it everywhere, from our pint of Guinness to the flag of Leinster; […]

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Short story: How to trap a leprechaun

Sherri Matthews, freelance writer celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers with her short story on ‘how to trap a leprechaun’. The story my mother tells is it was my Irish grandmother (Nana), who chose my name.  Dad wanted Rachel, Mum wanted Claire, but Nana came up with Sherri; it being of Irish origin, apparently. […]

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Short story: St Patrick’s other island

Caroline Smith, author of the Isle of Man in the Great War celebrates St Patrick’s day with her short story on St Patrick’s other island, the Isle of Man. St Patrick is indisputably associated with Ireland, but it has been said, that as long as they don’t mind sharing him, the people of the Isle […]

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Short story: The lady of the Faren Prince

Melisssa A. Joy, Blackheath Dawn’s emerging fantasy writer celebrates St Patrick’s day with our readers with her short story from the land of the Fey – The lady of the Faren Prince. Reyna padded through a small front garden filled with spring flowers into the small thatched wattle and daub cottage where she lived, ignoring […]

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Self-publishing: Copyright myths authors should know about

Neal Litherand, the Literary Mercenary talks on copyright myths authors should know about. Authors are no strangers to bullshit. We listen to book reviewers, we have agents, we troll forums; we are constantly immersed in a world of people who think they know what they’re talking about. Sometimes this can be helpful, like when we […]

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Self-publishing: Scrivener, the Indie author’s complete writing studio

David Hewson, established author of the Nic Costa Mysteries and Scrivener user – introduces Scrivener, the Indie author’s complete writing studio. The day that the idea dawns is important for any writer. It needs to be recorded, developed, fleshed out and made into a story. If you are a writer who can sit down and write […]

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Self-publishing: Importance of a sample book and trailer video

Every author, whether they are aspiring or already established, knows about the difficulties in finding a suitable agent or publisher. Publishers want authors whose books they believe they can sell; they can spend hours searching though manuscript submissions.  If a proposal doesn’t catch their eye, it’s not likely to make it through to the next […]

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