The first LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCER MYSTERY, THE MYSTERY OF THE SPARKLING SOLO DRESS CROWN, was a No. One Best Seller on Amazon throughout much of December in the Dance Fiction category.
THE MYSTERY OF THE POINTING DOG, the 7th Liffey Rivers book (No. 6 is the Short Story Anthology) which takes up where No. 5 THE ALASKAN SUN leaves off.
In The Mystery of the Pointing Dog, Liffey has moved to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where I too happen to live! It's a lovely place. Especially at Christmas. The suspended Christmas tree is not far from the place where William Caffee was hung in 1842. Many people here say that his ghost (and others) roam the streets of the Point. The Mystery of the Pointing Dog covers this subject in depth.
On the way to Virginia and Maryland, my sister Mary Kay and I picked up our Aunt Patsy in McKeesport, PA, and we stopped at Dollie's Tea Room in Clear Spring MD because Patsy was born on a dessert table or so the legend goes. We definitely need to do this again!
The McGrath Feis in Manassas,Virginia, was great! Met up with lots of Liffey readers and was introduced to future ones!
Reggie took us to a restaurant in Washington DC where we had lunch with my nephew, Christopher, who is a seminarian with the Incarnate Word priests in DC.
Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio. I love this place! It was my second year there in the Authors' Tent and I am hoping to return yet again this year on July 31, August 1 and 2. It is comparable in size to the huge Irish Fest in Milwaukee but in my opinion, much more fun and way less expensive.It is also very author-friendly. The above photo was taken in the tent where I spoke and these very talented ladies danced and discussed (in our packed tent) their individual experiences with Irish dancing.
OOPS! I am out of sequence! In June I was lucky enough to get to the San Jose Lucky 7's Feis in California! It was an incredibly memorable experience on different levels. Lots of older readers touched base with me. Got to meet Elizabeth, (below). She wrote a great essay about a Liffey book some years ago. In fact, I have it posted on my web site on the first page down at the bottom. Some of the older girls discussed the short stories (now in an anthology FOUR MINI MYSTERIES) I used to write for Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine and told me how much they miss them. All in all it was a very inspirational event! Totally cheered me up.
I had a real vacation as well in California! My west coast liaison, Penny Page, (below) not only was a great help at the book table, she also arranged a wine tour for us just outside of Half Moon Bay. Donna Drake (photo under Penny) has been to many vineyards but this was my first. 'Nebbia' means 'fog' in Italian.
Out there having fun in that warm California sun....
Donna Drake (my assistant) and and I stayed with Penny at her lovely condo in San Carlos, only 30 minutes from San Jose.
Before I went home to Wisconsin, I met up with my BFF Ann Strong and she gave us a great tour of San Francisco where she has lived since the mid 70's. I had not seen her since then!
My last Liffey event of the year was the Mid-America Oireachtas in Minneapolis. Way too much snow there for a November but otherwise a very nice facility for an Oireachtas. My son Shannon drove me through a snowstorm to get there. I hate snow and all winter ponder why I am living in Wisconsin. I don't have any good answer.
I was very happy to meet up at the O with so many readers from the 'past.' I met the girls above at the Ozark Mountain Feis in 2011 in Branson, MO.
I will try hard to get out more in 2015. I was busy working on The Mystery of the Pointing Dog all through 2014 which prevented me from going to many events. I am still writing lots (next Liffey book is THE MYSTERY OF THE WHISPERING TREES) but I plan to make time this year to keep in touch with the outside world! Hope to see you soon! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Brenna Briggs is the author of THE LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCING MYSTERIES.