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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- “YE’LL VOTE FOR ME”


                                                                                        By Mattie Lennon.

Set; A cottage door set in a whitewashed wall with a small window on either side is facing the road .

 A nearby telephone pole, to the right, has an election poster attached with a picture of a young handsome man and the caption “Number One for Barton.”  Tim, an elderly pipe-smoking man wearing a battered hat is leaning over a half-door, looking towards the poster and talking to himself. He has all the hallmarks of a small farmer and has a habit of spitting mid-sentence.

    TIM;   I told them in 1937 ‘ vote for the constitution and you vote for your own downfall’. But would they listen? No. Too many of them knew too bloody much. Ah yes,

“ . . . The Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable  and sovereign right to  choose its own form of Government . . “  Sovereign right me arse. What right have we now?  Sovereign or otherwise. Oh, they may wipe their arse with article33 now. “There shall be a Comptroller and Auditor General to control on behalf of the State all disbursements and to audit all accounts of moneys administered by or under authority of the Oireachtas.” And then , “ . .    every citizen without distinction of sex who has reached the age of twenty-one years, and who is not  placed under disability or incapacity by this Constitution or by law, shall be eligible for membership of Dail Eireann.”  Aye , “eligible”.  No wonder we have the shower o’ gobshites that we have above in Leinster House. The lord have mercy on the old people. I remember before the foundation of the State. . .

 An overweight middle-aged man approaches the door from the right, Tim’s “blind-side”, He is carrying a number of leaflets and and is wearing a rosette bearing the words; “Vote for Jimmy  Miley.”

POLITICAN;  Good morning to you Tim. It’s younger you’re getting. How are you getting on?


   TIM;   (Turning round but showing no signs of embarrassment Ah, I’m middlen’ Jimmy.


   POLITICAN; Isn’t it after been rough old weather. .  and. . . . isn’t the cost of living terrible?

   TIM;  I suppose we can’t do much about either of them.

   POLITICAN;  Well, a change of government would do something about the living cost.


   TIM;  An’ what about the divil ye know?

   POLITICAN;  We had some quare promises made here over the years. Do you remember O ‘Reilly the Labour fellow? When everybody in Kylebeg had to carry water uphill in galvanised buckets he spent his whole career promising to get a well sunk and a pump for them.


   TIM;  The well always dried up after the election.

   POLITICAN;   Every one of his after-Mass meetings would finish with the punchline, “An’ the Kylebegs will have their water.”

   TIM;  That was well put . . .in one way. But sure no one can do anything for anyone now unless they’re told to do it beyant in Europe


  POLITICAN;  I’m after getting the pension for old Johnny Doyle.


   TIM;   Isn’t Johnny over 66?


   POLITICAN ;  No matter what age he is nobody got the pension for him before.

  TIM; I suppose it’s better late . . .


   POLITICAN;  (Cutting him off)If I’m elected I’ll look after the people of Kylebeg. Wasn’t all belonging to me reared in it. I know you’ll give me your number one Tim but do you honestly think I’ll be elected.


   TIM; Of course you will; ye’ll walk it.

   POLITICAN; Do you think so?


   TIM; I do. Sure didn’t you say that it was the poor that elected you the last time . . an’ isn’t there twice as many of us now.


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Molly McKinney Author- CRYSTAL SHADOWS


by Molly McKinney

Molly McKinney’s new romantic mystery novel, CRYSTAL SHADOWS, will be featured on, as a monthly serial, beginning with the November 2013 issue.  A quality paperback version is planned for the future, published by Moon Cactus Books.  Discount schedule is listed on the website.  Come visit the wide selection of mysteries by Tucson authors at

Taken from the WRITE WORD, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors.  Vol. 42.  No. 6  December 2013/ January 2014


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by Susan Manker-Seale

Susan Manker-Seale used Createspace to publish her novel,  MYSTERIES OF THE ESSE: SHALA’S HOPE.  Ralena was raised to be wary of magic.  Now she finds that she is magic and must seek refuge from the sorcerers  she fears.  Her starshield pendant holds a stone connecting her to an evil that murdered her mother, but its protections hide Ralena.

Mordon wears a starshield as he leads the Council of Sorcerers.  When ripples of the extraordinary magic interrupt the council, he races south to bind it.  Instead, he’s caught in a sorcerers trap, and must betray his new apprentice to defeat the greatest evil of their time: Betrayer Jagon, sinister mind-reader and creator of the sansanima, the soulless.

Ril is a shapeshifter, one of the Esse, and guardian of the starshields.  With his partner, Anka, he has planted a many-layered trap in Melena’s mind for Betrayer Jagon, keeping her unaware of their shared lineage, her magic, or her purpose.  When Relenna discovers their deceptions, she searches her soul and begins to unravel the mysteries of the Esse, threatening what took Ril a hundred years to craft.  And something else dwells within the dimension of the starshields, spying on their lives, mystifying even the Esse.

Susan writes in the deserts and mountains of Arizona, contemplating the beauty and mysteries of nature and the universe.  She is a mystic and Unitarian Universalist minister.  Her poetry and essays have been published in books on spirituality and mediation.  In struggling to categorize her fiction, she hereby proposes a new genre: mystical fiction or mystic-fi.  MYSTERIES OF THE ESSE: SHALA’S HOPE is available on

Taken from the Write Word, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors   Vol. 42.  No 6.  December 2013 & January 2014

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by Sue West

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN examines various theoretical models used in working with children such as the Wellness Model, the Illness Model, and the Whole Child Model.  The book discusses the tendency of some practitioners to approach problems through perceived inherent weaknesses and illnesses in order to alter and “correct” the child.  In contrast, the book also recounts examples in which the strengths of children are used as a portal through which wellness can be found and supported.

Gripping human interest stories provide examples of the two approaches.  A discussion of social controversies and conflicts also employs riveting examples of the application of well-meaning but obsolete or misguided theories, as opposed to approaches grounded in fuller research … and in experience and cutting-edge training in helping kids.

Sue West graduated from the Arizona state university system with a master’s degree in education She taught junior high school in disadvantaged and mixed socioeconomic areas in the 1980’s for nine years in Arizona.

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN contains 50 bibliographic references and quotes many other sources such as news articles and documentary movies.  The book will appeal to mentors, tutors, teachers, parents, children’s therapists and social workers.  The work is published by:

Sue West Books

3400 E. Speedway Blvd,  #118-132

Tucson, Az,   85716-3960

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN is perfectbound in paperback form, and was printed in January of 2012.  The ISBN number is 978-0-9847611-0-4.



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By Mattie Lennon

William Presley came from Hacketstown,
At the foot of Eagle Hill.
The stones from his house
You’ll see them in the field there still.
I’ll tell you the story,
So Listen if you can,
And I will tell you how Elvis
Became a Carlow man.
© Richie Kavanagh.

People from county Carlow are famous worldwide, Cardinal Francis Moran, William Dargan, Myles Keogh and John Tyndall. But how much do you hear about William Presley?

Everybody is familiar with songs by and about Elvis Presley. There’s Richie Kavanagh’s, How Elvis Became a Carlow Man and Richard Thompson’s Galway to Graceland. And I’ll bet you often gave an off-key rendition of Wooden Heart, while gyrating and throwing shapes with your pelvic area at two o’clock in the morning. But how much did you know about, what is the most important aspect of man or beast, his pedigree? In my neck of the woods you’d often hear it said, of a person, “If he was a greyhound pup I wouldn’t buy him.”

Well, Elvis had a good solid Irish pedigree. His ancestors came from Hacketstown, Co. Carlow. (One journalist suggested that Elvis should have been singing Green Suede Shoes.)

William Presley, because of a land dispute in 1775 was forced to flee from Hacketstown.

It’s been proven that William Presley lived in Hacketstown and emigrated to the States circa 1775. An Australian is claiming that Elvis great-great-great grandfather was German and that Elvis Irish connection might be a Mansell who also emigrated to the US at the same time meaning that Elvis Scottish-Irish roots would be on the mother’s side but a Carlow historian, Michael Purcell has disproved that and has some strong documentation to back up his claim

“ . . . a band of yeomen and many other evil disposed persons did riotously, routously and unlawfully make an assault and did beat, wound and ill treat him so that his life was greatly despaired of.’

The facts, printed on faded parchment records, show that the attack took place with swords and sticks and the attackers were of the Morris, Wilson and Maher families. “William sought the protection of the King in Carlow,” explained Michael Purcell.
20th August 1775.

Andrew Morris of Micilannashea in the County of Wicklow, yeoman, Francis Morris of Whiterock in the County of Wicklow, yeoman, Samuel Morris of Crossin in the County of Wicklow, yeoman, Thomas Morris late of Hacketstown in the County of Carlow, yeoman, William Wilson and Thomas Mathers both lateof Hacketstown, Carlow, yeomen, with many other evil disposed Persons and Disturbers of the Peace of our said Lord the King, whose Names the Jurors aforesaid are ignorant of, on the seventeenth Day of August in the fifteenth

Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great-Britian, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, with Force and Arms, that is to say , with Swords, Sticks, and so forth at Hacketstown in the said County of Carlow did riotously, routously and unlawfully assemble and associate themselves together, and the said Persons being then and there so riotously, routously and unlawfully assembled and associated, in and upon one William Presley a true and faithful subject of our Lord the King in the peace of God and of our said Lord the King then and there being did make an Assault and him then and there did beat wound and ill treat so that his life was greatly despaired of and other wrongs to him then and there did Contrary to the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity.

And, according to Michael, William could just as easily have been one of our own, A Wicklow man; Michael says, “ . . . despite his address being in both Wicklow and Carlow, when push came to shove he considered himself a true Carlovian,”
Fast forward to 1913 when William’s great-great grandson, Jessie, married Minnie May. Their son, Vernon, married Gladys Love Smith in 1933 and Elvis Aaron Presley was born in January 1935. Of course if William hadn’t emigrated we’d probably have Diarmuid O’ Leary, Elvis, and the Bards.”

Michael Purcell’s findings have been confirmed by eminent historians Turtle Bunbury and Ivor Casey, author of ‘Elvis in Ireland’. I contacted Kilkenny man, Myles Kavanagh, who has devoted his life to the King and wears an Elvis costume every day. Myles and a few others, including Cork singer/entertainer, David McCarthy are mounting a campaign to have a plaque erected in Hacketstown to honour “the King”. This plaque would be erected in a public place where anyone could view it free of charge. A man in the Irish midlands has offered to donate a statue of Elvis and Carlow Councillor, Denis Foley, told me that he is one hundred percent behind the project and when David McCarthy wrote to Graceland to ask if there were any objections let’s just say his letter wasn’t returned marked Return to Sender.

Mattie Lennon
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Laurie Stevens -The Gabriel McRay Series,

Laurie Stevens -The Gabriel McRay Series,
Quick Update:
The third book in the series, THE MASK OF MIDNIGHT is being edited and will be ready for prime time soon!
I signed on with AM Heath Literary Agency in London for translation rights for THE DARK BEFORE DAWN
I signed on with Stark Raving Books for three mini-novels (novellas) and am working on the first right now.

My company, Follow Your Dreams Publishing, has been approved as a vendor by Baker & Taylor and Ingram and now my books can appear in any store, university or library.

I’ve been doing lots of blogging, interviews, reviews, yikes — too much to list, but it’s been a lot of fun. If you want to keep posted, “like” my facebook page and you’ll see what’s going on and be privy to my strange posts.

Lots of hard work, but it pays off. Always remember to “follow your dreams!” Make sure you try to in the New Year. Stay safe, be healthy, and “strive to be happy.”

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Named Kirkus Review’s Best of 2011
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