Thursday, August 21, 2014

Follow the Liffey Rivers Road To Long Grove, IL, On August 30 and 31

Tween Author Brenna Briggs To Sign The Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries At Paddy’s On The Square During Long Grove, IL, Irish Days August 30 and 31.
Irish American author Brenna Briggs will sign the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries at Paddy’s On the Square, 228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047 during Long Grove’s Irish Days on August 30 from 12:00 to 7:00 and August 31 from 11:00 to 6:00.

Mineral Point, Wisconsin-August 21, 2014: Tween Author Brenna Briggs admits that she is always looking for a ‘twist’ or the unforeseen in everyday life.
“It all began when I was 8 years old. A girlfriend of mine told me about a book she had checked out from our tiny Catholic school library about a girl detective named Nancy Drew. When she returned the book, I checked it out and after reading The Clue in the Diary, I was never quite the same again. Suddenly life seemed to be full of undiscovered plots and secrets. It was difficult to sleep nights. I would lie awake wondering who all the seemingly ordinary people around me really were: Is the nice lady in the South Bend Indiana Public Library really a librarian? Is my fourth grade teacher at Saint Joseph Grade School really a nun? Or, is she disguised as one for some unknown dark purpose?”
This ‘things are not always what they seem’ outlook resulted in Briggs creating Brockagh Books when she lived in County Sligo, Ireland, and to date publishing seven critically acclaimed Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries. The seventh Liffey Rivers book, The Mystery of the Pointing Dog, combines Wisconsin historical fiction with Liffey Rivers’ most baffling mystery to date.
“The formula is simple,” says Briggs: “13-year-old Irish dancer-girl detective Liffey Rivers has a knack for noticing the little things that most people just walk right by. This leads to her poking her nose into things and not unpredictably, she ends up in dangerous situations which ultimately result in her solving mysteries within a backdrop of Irish dance competitions (feiseanna). This formula works well because feiseanna are held all over the world, allowing Liffey to logically travel to glamorous places as she participates in the exciting world of Irish dance.”  
IRISH CENTRAL NYC: “Think Nancy Drew meets the Irish dance world.”

THE IRISH WORLD in London has said that “Author Brenna Briggs has created the perfect series of adventures for Irish dancers... Each one is a delightful read for dancers, lovers of Ireland and lovers of a good mystery, and a great way for kids to learn a bit more about their Irish heritage and other cultures.
Contact: Brenna Briggs: 608-987-0157

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brenna Briggs Will Be At The Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival August 1,2,3

Tween Author Brenna Briggs To Sign Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries At Dublin Irish Festival  

Irish American author Brenna Briggs will sign the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries at the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, on August 1, 2, 3 and present in the Irish Traditions Tent  August 3 at 12:00

Mineral Point, Wisconsin-July 24, 2014: Tween Author Brenna Briggs will sign the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries in the Authors’ Tent at the Dublin Ohio Irish Festival on August 1, 2 and 3.  Book 7 in the Liffey Rivers series, The Mystery of the Pointing Dog, 268 pages, ISBN 13: 978-1479194131, $13.50, will be launched at the Columbus Feis in Dublin, OH, on Saturday, August 2 at Coffman High School, adjacent to the Dublin Irish Festival grounds. 

On Sunday, August 3 from 12:00-12:45 in the Irish Traditions Tent, Ms. Briggs will present Irish dancers demonstrating their steps from Beginning through Championship levels and give a brief overview of what is involved in the competitive world of an Irish dancer today.  
The Mystery of the Pointing Dog is a fast-paced, formula Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer-Girl Detective mystery--with a twist. Liffey’s sleuthing life becomes interwoven with the public hanging of William Caffee which took place in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, on November 1, 1842, and the dog he left behind. The book is available on Amazon, most online bookstores and through any bricks and mortar bookstore.

IRISH CENTRAL NYC: “Think Nancy Drew meets the Irish dance world.”

THE IRISH WORLD in London has said that “Author Brenna Briggs has created the perfect series of adventures for Irish dancers... Each one is a delightful read for dancers, lovers of Ireland and lovers of a good mystery, and a great way for kids to learn a bit more about their Irish heritage and other cultures."
Contact: Brenna Briggs: 608-987-0157

Monday, May 26, 2014

My, My, How Time Does Fly!

It's been over two months since I have blogged. Lots has happened and will be happening. First some bragging. Daughter Rebecca Virginia went on a work Visa to Australia and landed herself a role in a movie
filming in the Perth area. It's a period drama called THE FENIAN. Here are a few photos:

THE FENIAN has a movie page on Facebook if you would like to see lots more on location shots in beautiful Perth's outback.

Daughter Maura is Assistant Director on a feature film called MEDAL OF VICTORY.

It's in post-production in NYC. More info and trailer on its Facebook page: MEDAL OF VICTORY.

Son Shannon is managing a cafe and playing with his group THE DRIFTLESS BEGGARS.

The 7th LIFFEY RIVERS IRISH DANCER MYSTERY is also an historical novel! Featuring Liffey (of course!) but also an event that took place in 1842 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin: a public hanging. The book is called:
                                               THE MYSTERY OF THE POINTING DOG.

Lots going on but one would never know it if my Blog were the only avenue of communication. Come join me on Facebook (BRENNA BRIGGS) and/or Twitter for more regular updates. Or, perhaps I will reform and do the Blog weekly like I should. I will try.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY from Mineral Point, Wisconsin!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saint Patrick Was Nobody's Fool


     Saint Patrick Was Nobody’s Fool
Apparently Ireland was a pretty grim place before Saint Patrick stepped in and cleaned it up. Ireland had become the country of ‘choice’ for demons and evil-doers.
According to a 12th century monk named ‘Jocelin’ reporting from Belgium, Ireland was a pretty desperate place: "The demons used to show themselves unto their worshippers in visible forms: they often attacked the people, inflicting much hurt; and only ceased from their baleful doings when they were appeased by foul heathenish prayers and offerings. After this they were seen flying in the air and walking on the earth, loathsome and horrible to behold, in such multitudes that it seemed as if the whole island were too small to give them standing and flying room. Whence Ireland was deemed the special home of demons. And lastly, magicians evil-doers and soothsayers abounded beyond what history records of any other country on the face of the earth."
This explicit travelogue must have been very bad for tourism to the Emerald Isle. Fortunately, Saint Patrick saved the day when he decided to expel the nasty demons Jocelin had so graphically described. Enough was enough. So Patrick (no one explains exactly how he did this) herded all the demons in Ireland into County Mayo and up the mountain known today as Croagh Patrick. He then commanded them to jump off a cliff on the other side of the mountain into the sea. (No matter that there is no sea directly beneath Croagh Patrick.) The demons balked at this so he took out a little consecrated bell some angels had given him for demon control.
Demons could not bear to hear the tinkling of Saint Patrick’s holy bell so Patrick rang it until they could no longer stand it. Screaming in a rage, they flung themselves off the cliff. But they were sneaky. Instead of diving into the sea (which was not there anyway) they dove instead into a ravine known today as Demon’s Hollow and hid.
Saint Patrick was nobody’s fool. He followed them down the steep incline as far as he could and then hurled the bell into the ravine after them. All that bell tinkling terrified the demons and they flew out of the ravine and jumped into the sea as ordered. Unfortunately, this created another major problem: sea serpents.
Perhaps Saint Patrick did not evict all of the demons after all and the ones that were driven into the sea vaporized and are today disguised as clouds. The kind that block the sunlight on Ireland’s west coast almost every day of the year. So watch out for any demons St. Patrick may have missed and always carry a little bell with you when you travel to the west coast of Ireland. Just in case.

Brenna Briggs is the author of the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 A Partial Liffey Rivers Thankful For List

Creators of the LIFFEY LOVES LILAC fragrance. They live in Louisville, Kentucky.

L to R: Brenna Briggs with Donna Drake in Michigan at 2013 Mid America Oireachtas.
    Donna is developing Liffey Rivers products to be introduced in 2014.                   

             Rebecca, Shannon  and  Maura Williams   
                    Singers/musicians/feis helpers/my wonderful children
                    Shannon produced The Williams Sisters' single:
                    Final mix is happening right now in Appleton,WI. 
                   Finished THE MYSTERY OF THE POINTING DOG,
                   the 7th book in the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mystery series.

                   My roadie companion, husband Terry Williams, waiting for breakfast
  at a Waffle House after a book signing in Nashville, TN. 

There is much, much more to be thankful for--obviously there are no adequate words of gratitude for the many Liffey Rivers readers now literally all over the globe. Thank you 2,014 times!!!! 

Brenna Briggs is the author of the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Knocker Ghost In Ireland Annual Blog

No. This photo is not the Knocker ghost in Ireland. It is one of many truly bizarre statues/sculptures you see on the way into Mineral Point, Wisconsin, from New Glarus on Highway 39. It's called Highview and it is a natural for Halloween although that is certainly not its intention

Here are some more residents of Highview:

.Anyway, make sure you stop by Highview if you are coming/going to/from Mineral Point. It is well worth anyone's time. And it's free.

Now to the 100% TRUE STORY of our County Sligo Knocker in 2004:

It all seems so ordinary when the supernatural crashes into your daily routine. 
It is hard to stand back and look at our intrusion with a proper perspective. How could it seem so unspectacular? A ghost knocking furiously at your lovely Irish cottage door every few days?
This beautiful path leads to the front door of my first home in Ireland in 2004 in Dromard, County Sligo.
Charming. Quaint. Etc. 
This path is haunted by a spirit who wants to be admitted into the cottage. It knocks at any hour--mostly at night but sometimes during the day.
The spirit knocked around 7 times before we moved. 
It would pound on the front door like an anxious child escaping from a bully who wanted someone to open the door immediately. There was urgency to the knocking. Each time it happened I or one of my family would open the door expecting to see a human form. We never did. No one was ever there. 
The local parish priest stopped over one night and asked if there was anything he could do for us.  I almost said "no thanks' but then caught myself. I told Father O'Horo about the knocker and he asked if I had any holy water. I did not but I had water from the Dromard St. Patrick's Holy Well. He said that was fine and sprinkled it all over the threshold saying prayers of an exorcism nature.

Then he ate some fried chicken and left.

Months later after Mass and NOT ONE MORE KNOCKING INCIDENT, I thanked him again and he had no idea what I was even talking about. He had completely forgotten the whole thing.
So Happy Halloween and All Saints/Souls Days!
Brenna Briggs is the author of the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries 

Monday, October 21, 2013


I know how worried everyone has been about Miss Brenna driving around in or being driven around in the BMW from hell for the past two years. At least I have worried about myself!
What with a mysterious blue light flashing from the headlights area 24 hours a day for a MONTH until we finally took it to a man who works on these luxury cars and were told that it is ILLEGAL to have a flashing blue light and that it had not been installed by any BMW dealer. But he figured out how to disconnect it. Hmmm?  And the car always thinking it was 40 degrees below zero, and the back wheel almost flying off the car and the front passenger window deciding not to work anymore....I could go on and on but will spare you. Oh--driving through the edge of Hurricane Isaac in Missouri in 2012 there was a pelting, cannot-see-the-road kind of rain. Since the car thought it was 40 below, it would only spew out HEAT, no air, creating a driving sauna bath nightmare. We compensated by turning off the air flow and opening both front windows with me frantically wiping the wind shield while my husband somehow drove. The rain was, of course, blowing in sideways soaking us non-stop for 50 or so miles. 

No air conditioning but hey--this was a BMW? I grew up with no air conditioning in houses and certainly not cars my family owned so I dealt with that flaw. I am not a wuss.

But now it is all ancient history. The BMW is dead and hopefully in hell where it belongs. It went out not with a cry but a whimper. 

I had traveled with my husband to the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago for IBAM 2013.  Saturday night, after a wonderful day for both of us, (T.Evan Williams debuted there with his Eleanor Butler book and I sold lots of Liffey Rivers books) we looked forward to returning to the inexpensive Howard Johnson I had cleverly booked in expensive Chicago land. It was out near O'Hare, where, if you don't have a car, you spend more money than you could ever imagine in cabs--totally canceling out any savings you had so cleverly arranged with a less expensive hotel. 

The car had battery juice but nothing else. Road Service said it had to be towed. Right. Where? Our insurance company said it had to be within a 15 mile radius and knowing that even a lug nut for a BMW is a day's wages for most people, we declined and called the owner. Miraculously, he wanted the car back and the happy ending here is that he paid for the tow back to Wisconsin to the field where the BMW sat for two years before we leased it from him. I hope the mice eat it.

Rest In Peace Red BMW. Not. You go directly to wherever Bad Cars Go!