Saturday, March 26, 2011

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic is in the Telling, February 10, 2011
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If you love a good story, a story with history and intrigue, a story with strong characters you care about, then "Witch Woman" by Jeanette Baker delivers. Seamless time travel brings the ancient Salem witch trials into modern times and weaves its spell over the reader. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Woman Educates as it Entertains, February 7, 2011
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A fascinating paranormal story of Salem of today and the witch trials if old told through the life of one woman, then and now. One blue eye and one brown tie her to her past--that and her clairvoyent gift. Jeanette Baker's newest and one of her best. jhs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars editorial review, February 7, 2011
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In two different centuries, four hundred years apart, the lives of Abigail March and her daughter, Maggie McBride, play out along parallel lines, both women blessed and cursed by a selective birthright. Born in the breach position at the exact moment when earth's shadow slides across a full blue moon, their kind are destined to walk alone, to see truth behind words, in the blink of an eye, in the twitch of a muscle, in the whisper of a sigh. They are the chosen of the goddess, marked by a startling mutation, heterochromia iridium, one brown eye, the other blue.
Abigail, wife to John March, a selectman in the rigid Calvinist community of Salem, Massachusetts, is not what she seems. An expatriate from Barbados, she indentured herself to the March family for seven years in exchange for passage to the colonies. Abigail is beautiful, even with those unnatural eyes, and soon captures the heart of the March's oldest son. For ten years she has kept her head down, her emotions in check. But now she is accused of witchcraft along with her three-year-old daughter, Margaret. At the trial, she horrifies the community with a startling demonstration, opening a time portal into the future where she and her child can escape. But Magick proves fickle and Abigail's rusty powers fall short. Only Margaret is sent into the modern world of 1974 where she is found, naked and without speech, by Annie McBride, a wiccan, in the Old Burying Point Cemetery.
Maggie's unexplained arrival and her unusual abilities force her adoptive mother to leave Salem and live a nomadic life. Maggie grows up to become a clairvoyant, specializing in kidnapping cases. Not until Annie is near death does she learn the particulars of her adoption and the possible source of her troubling dreams. She returns to Salem searching for her past. Meanwhile, Abigail finds the time portal and slips through to an overwhelming modern world, assuming a new identity and hoping that Maggie will come to her. Unknown to both women are the dangers of the old world's dark forces, a missing child in contemporary Salem, and Maggie's "sight" blurring and dim as her ties to old Salem strengthen.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Long and Short Romance Reviews: Legacy by Jeanette Baker

Long and Short Romance Reviews: Legacy by Jeanette Baker: "Legacy by Jeanette Baker Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Genre: Time travel, Contemporary, Historical Length: Full Length (368 pages..."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Are Re-issued Books Outdated?

The answer to that interesting question is, "yes" and "no."  Re-issued books are definitely dated, but are they outdated?  I think, the person who asked this question really meant, "Are books originally published years ago and then released again, outdated?" The answer to that would have to be, no.

Just as film junkies love old movies like, "Gone With The Wind," and "Casablanca," readers in love with certain time periods, subjects, settings and history will appreciate books written in styles that would no longer be picked up as an original novel by a current publisher. From today's perspective, Vivian Leigh's unnatural dramatics might leave a casting director cold, just as the language in Sense and Sensibility might not be pleasure reading for contemporary teenagers. Already, Star Trek, the original, ET and 2001, A Space Odyssey, when lined up beside the computer generated graphics of today are laughable if graphics is what we are comparing. Last of the Mohicans, Huckleberry Finn, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Martian Chronicles with their lengthy narrative, their lack of white space, their omniscient narration would never make the cut with editors who weren't born until after the fall of the Berlin Wall or, for that matter, with children whose attention spans were molded by video games and soundbites.

All of which does not mean that "Gone With The Wind" and Jane Austin should be consigned to time capsules and buried beneath the ground to be resurrected and laughed at by generations born five hundred years from now. There is something to be said for the classics of yesterday.  Pair them with a lonely rainy night, a glass of good red wine or a pot of tea, a bit of buttery shortbread, a blazing fire and a hint of heartbreak and you have all the makings of my idea of what heaven has in store for us.

Are all re-issued books of the caliber of Wuthering Heights? Maybe not. But in this competitive world of publishing where it is easier to win the lottery than to be published by a reputable publishing house, the re-issuing of a previously published novel is a feather in its author's cap.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Love the Lilt

According to a recent article in the IRISH EXAMINER:  

On the morning of July 18 last when Sheila Edgeworth of Martara, Ballylongford was cleaning out her range, she found, what her husband Pat Joe believed to be, a 7th century brooch with the Greek symbol for  Christ. 

Finding the brooch is remarkable in itself, especially given the fact that it not only survived 16 centuries buried in a Tullahennell bog, but somehow also managed to elude the blades of a track machine, the processing into sods with a hopper, and finally Mrs. Edgeworth’s turf fire. That the brooch turned up in North Kerry isn’t so unusual. This estuary of the Shannon was probably a local trade route for ships sailing to and from the Mediterranean, but its perfect condition certainly is.

Still, it isn’t the history of the brooch or the lovely Celtic markings or even the fact of this irrefutable evidence of widespread Christianity so long ago, that makes me shake my head in amazement. It is the charm of the language itself, Martara, Ballylongford, Tullahennell, and all the other lovely names that are lost to those of us with zip codes and five digit addresses.

Despite its interminable economic difficulties, its graft-ridden local officials and the endless, miserable gray of its skies, there is still something romantic about a country that refuses to organize itself into postal codes. When I send mail to Ireland, the address looks like this: 

Mary O’Callaghan,
Clogher Li, Ballyard, Tralee,
County Kerry, Ireland,
Eileen Canty
Drumnacurra at the cross,
Kerry, Ireland

Paddy Connelly, musician,
Mitchell’s Crescent,
Tralee, Ireland.

Names like Ballylongford, Killarney, Dingle, BallyMcCelligot, Caheersaveen, Ballybunion, Kilflyn, Kilorglin, Kilronen, Skibbereen slip off the tongues of tourists with the same lilt found in the brogues of locals. The assigning of names like Noreen (little Nora), Pat Joe (Patrick, son of Joseph), Johnny Christmas (John who visits on Christmas Day), Micky Pa (Michael, son of Patrick), Cissy Bon (Christina with the blonde hair) are as common as bacon and cabbage for Sunday dinner.

There is no question about it: Americans are intrigued with accents, especially accents associated with English speakers from the British Isles. We instinctively believe the speaker has more legitimacy, sounds more intelligent, is somehow worthier of our attention than one who hails from within our own borders. Maybe it has to do with the roots of our literature. Who can argue with Shakespeare, Yeats, Joyce and Dunne? Perhaps it’s the call of our own DNA memory. The United States is, after all, a country initially settled by the British and their nearby colonies. All of our presidents have English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Even our current President Obama’s late mother traces her roots to Moneygall.

None of the above really matters, of course. It’s enough to settle back with a cup of strong tea, a slice of soda bread and a long afternoon ahead. You won’t be disappointed. Listening to a native Irish speaker wax on over politics, Irish football, or even the weather is pure entertainment. Slan Abhaille

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I'm delighted to report that as of today, LEGACY is on the shelf of your local bookstore. It may be ordered from Amazon in Print or e-Book format. Read on for reviews.

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"Tantalizing...Ms. Baker kept me intrigued and enthralled...a thought-provoking novel not to be missed."

The last of the Murrays...
Christina Murray is elated to inherit her family's ancestral home in Scotland. But upon her arrival she is confronted by her breathtakingly handsome new neighbor, Ian Douglas...and an ancient family curse that comes with the castle.

A violent legacy of passion...

Seduced by Ian's easy Scottish charm by day, Christina dreams at night of three raven-haired beauties, ancestors who fell victim to the curse one generation after another: Katrine, the fiery Jacobite supporter who lost her heart to an Englishman; Jeanne, an accused witch; and Mairi, who shared a forbidden passion with the King of England.
Now it's Christina's turn to lie in that cursed bed... and loving Ian might just cost her life.

What Readers Say:

"One of the most fascinating books I've ever read...Kept me up until 3 am!"

"I'm delighted with Ms. Baker's style. It isn't often you find an author so adept at storytelling who also has a unique and beautiful command of the English language."

About the Author

Award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the RITA Award winning Nell, Jeanette Baker has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as a forceful writer whose novels are "irresistible reading." Jeanette lives in California during the winter months where she teaches literature and writing, and in County Kerry, Ireland during the summer.