Monday, August 15, 2016

"TWO sons TOO many" Book Giveaway

Today, I am going to introduce you to Aidan Mc Nally and his newly self-published book, TWO sons TOO many. Our featured author today is from Loughshinny, Dublin, Ireland. I don't think I've ever featured an author on my blog before, but there's a first for everything. Also, this is not a paid post.

Book cover of "TWO sons TOO many." Photo Source here.
Aidan is a friend and I'm quite excited that he is now a published author. Fortunately he agreed to answer some of my questions about his book and his writing process.

1. Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
* For 20 years, I have travelled the world as a commercial fisherman. From the Irish Sea, where it all began, to the Celtic Sea, which is south of Ireland, and the big bad Atlantic Ocean, the west coast of Ireland. It is this that carried me to Alaska and the Bering Sea. Life as a fisherman is one of the greatest ways to connect with mother nature in all the true forms - from watching an electric storm sweep across the open ocean at night to riding high waves taller than buildings.  The nature experience is outstanding and the oceans of the world are full of life.  The Pacific Ocean and the deep sea are all large part of me and my existence, that maybe not many people could ever know or even guess.

2. What made you want to become a writer?
I wrote my life story on paper for the purpose of reading it back and see if it was all real or not; it has become unbelievable, even to me.

3.  Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
I am currently re arranging "TWO sons TOO many," by chapters as the next book will include some elaboration into greater depths.

4.  Do you still write? If so, what does your typical day look like?
* A typical day? Hmm...well first off, check and see how much twitter activity is there, then play around and get lost in the internet, FB, twitter, etc. Then some thoughts and writing happens as a day to day thing.  Then more computer, squeeze in some food, more scribble, daydreaming, and watching news updates on social media.

5. What is your writing style? 
Writing style, this is something I would have to leave up to the reader. Style or category is hard for me to say. The bottom line is that "TWO sons TOO many" brings real RAW life to the reader where many never discuss such issues and so could identify in private.

Aidan and son. Photo courtesy of Aidan.
6.  What tactics do you have when writing?
Writing tactics would be, write it out as it comes to mind, read it back, continue. I would say the simplest explanation would be, having a conversation with myself but my conversation answers are through pen.

7. What is your book about?
* "TWO sons TOO many" is about my life and it covers many areas of life that our population today may have never experienced, to be short "many have dreamed to experience or fear to never experience." So some may identify but many could never even imagine. Truth and honesty are so important.

8. Does your book have a lesson? Moral?
Lessons and morals of the story are many and deep- to never give up, continue, overcome and adapt. However due to my many experiences explained throughout my memoir, the lesson may just be - Anything can happen at anytime.

9. What is your favorite part of the book?
* The last page, I cannot believe I managed to get it all out of me, concise it down and see it in a book. It lifts me up so much.

10. Where can readers find your book?
* My book can be found here (this is the self published paperback e-store site). Can also be easily downloaded from Kindle or from other online retailers such as or Barnes& . Hopefully with a little more exposure and coverage we can reach the bookstore shelves soon.

If you'd like to get to know more about Aidan, he blogs here. I do hope that Aidan's interview will piqued your curiosity to check out his book. And if you have questions for him, do leave a comment and get a chance to win his book.

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  3. Giveaway ends on Friday, August 19, at 12:00 AM (ET).
  4. The winner will be randomly selected via list randomizer. One winner will win a copy (Kindle or hardcopy - winner's choice) of Aidan's book.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Painted Sky

I took this photo during our Panama Canal cruise.

The view was fantastic and serene.

The sea was calm and the sky was on fire. Beauty abounds.


Please come back anytime next week to check out my book giveaway.

Linking with Skywatch.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekend Gardening

The mosquitoes have been devouring my legs and arms whenever I'm on the backyard working on the garden. But, I am overjoyed because my tomatoes, bitter gourd, snow peas, peppers, moringa, and molokhias are healthy and fruitful. The great thing about a bountiful harvest is that we get to share them with our neighbors.

Daisy looks so happy as she watches me fill the basket with tomatoes.

Fushimi Peppers and more tomatoes.

August ushered in quietly. There isn't much news on my side of the woods.

However in the weeks to come (not scheduled yet), I am excited to feature an author, Aidan Mc Nally, who wrote a book, Two Sons Too Many. Please do come by and read my interview and get to know the author himself and his new book.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend.

PS - I'm reading the new Harry Potter book at the moment.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Short And Sweet

Ok, I haven't written for a while.

Sometimes, we need to step back, enjoy the usual things or the little things, and live without the pressure of writing about it.

Majahual Beach, Mexico

After my gallbladder surgery, Kepi and I flew to Florida in late March to catch our cruise ship at the Port of Miami. Our cruise ship sailed to Colombia, Honduras, Panama (crossed the Panama Canal), Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico. I will be posting photos from our travels, but for the mean time, I will post a lazy bullet update.

At the moment:
  • I am recovering from my leg procedure. I am hoping the hemangioma will start to shrink (doctor said 4-6 weeks), as it's been difficult and painful to move with its weight. I am praying this is the last procedure for me. I have grown weary of hospital visits and smells.
  • My vegetable garden is beaming with tomatoes, bittermelon vines, peppers, malabar spinach etc. A fruitful garden makes my heart so happy and contented.
  • Lastly and what's been occupying most of my time is, the search for a new career. After ten years in the non-profit industry, I got the jolt I needed to start searching for a new one. I'm not sure where I'm heading, but I am hoping that the puzzle pieces will fall into place...soon.
I am hoping to visit your blogs soon. I'm still adjusting to my new schedule.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday Mutter

It's Wednesday and I don't feel like working. This is probably because I didn't get a decent sleep last night. It felt rather warm even if we're still supposedly in winter. We did get one big snow storm, but this winter was the warmest I've ever experienced while living in Maryland. I'm so afraid we'll skip spring and head straight to an excruciatingly hot and humid summer.

I hope I'm wrong.

Today, we're expected to reach 79 degrees. That is 20 degrees above normal temperatures for this time of the year.

This is a park close to our house.

On another note, I am recovering well from my surgery. Thank you to all your well wishes and prayers. I think that my system is still adjusting to the loss of my gallbladder, but I've been feeling much better the past few days. The stitches are coming out next week.

Linking with Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch.