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Got a call from my postmistress, notifying me that a sizable box from my publisher just arrived. Forty shinny new paperback copies of Flaherty’s Crossing…just waiting for mama to pick them up. I can’t wait to hold one of these “long-anticipated” babies in my hand!s!

If you’d like to adopt one too, stop by http://www.champagnebooks.com, request Flaherty’s Crossing, and expect your toddler to arrive within 2-5 working days! 😀

Kaylin

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I LOVE this review!

Kaylin McFarren has brought to us an amazing, intimately detailed and extremly emotional story. I had trouble allowing myself to put this book down. I just didn’t want to let go of this powerful story! A story of heartache and hope, Kaylin McFarren brings us to the life of Kate Flaherty, who is losing her father, whom she is estranged from, while at the same time dealing with mending her broken marriage before it’s too late. Along the way, there is mystery, hope, love, secrets….a little something for every kind of book lover out there.

This book had me smiling, crying and every emotion in between. I truly loved this story! I don’t think that I could say that enough. This author really knew what to write and how to capture my mind and my heart completely so that I could feel every emotion, every touch, every word that Kate Flaherty heard or felt. POWERFUL!

I highly suggest that you read this book, either on Kindle or in the paperback version that is now available. This story will have your heart so captured and your mind so full of Kate Flaherty that you will see exactly what a true page turning book should be like. One that is compelling! This story will be with me for many, many years and I am sure that you will find this 5 star book to be with you for just as many!

Purchase your copy today! http://champagn.vstore.ca/index.php/manufacturers_id/74e

*Molly, Book Review by Buuklvr81

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The AH…Moment :)

Have you ever had one of those defining moments when as an author you realize someone actually gets you? Someone believes in your story and wants to share this with the world? Well, my “moment” came this week when I received the most incredible, gorgeous review. This is what it said:

“Flaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren is a deeply moving novel of not only love, but also of forgiveness. Kate, a fiercely independent married artist with a longing to be loved, receives a call she has been dreading, her father, Collin Flaherty, has passed away. Kate is already struggling with her marriage and is now faced with doubts about who her father truly was and if he stopped loving her when her mother passed away. Kate’s husband Drew, a high-powered attorney rapidly moving up the corporate ladder yet still overshadowed by the achievements of his now deceased father, is striving to make their marriage work and to convince Kate that he can indeed be there for her, believes in her, and loves her. Flaherty’s Crossing is a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions as McFarren delivers a delightful cast of characters, which include friends, family, hospice workers, and Kate’s gossipy neighbour Wanda, each delivering a special message to the narrative. The diner scene is a stroke of literary brilliance as Flaherty’s Crossing reminds the reader it is never too late to change, apologise, and forgive; a narrative that reminds one that love transcends time and place and can never die. To anyone looking for an insightful and uplifting novel, I highly recommend Flaherty’s Crossing.”

• JENNIFER, Rundpinne

Thank you, Jennifer! You’re an awesome writer as well. 🙂

FLAHERTY’S CROSSING By Kaylin McFarren
Available at: http://www.champagnebooks.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=19_12&products_id=357

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Kaylin’s Virtual Book Tour

"Kaylin's Debut Novel"

From Pacific Northwest's award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness... Flaherty's Crossing

Eight months ago, I went to a friend’s book signing event. I looked around in this large chain store and was amazed by the small turn out. In fact, had this USA Today best-selling author not been stationed near the coffee bar, there would have been eight people to welcome her release. Even though she performed a reading and answered questions, she sold only five books. Now I’ve been told this isn’t typical. Should authors send out invitations in their communities, they might sell as many as two hundred books. Yet as I considered the possibility of sitting at a table for hours on end, hoping someone would notice me, I came to the conclusion there had to be a better way.

I contacted Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours to connect my book with interested readers through the medium of weblogs and personal websites. In a nutshell, this three-month tour consisted of visiting a given number of websites in a given about of time, the same as I would do at stores during a real book tour. At these stops, I was interviewed on-line, participated in radio podcasts, took over sites for the day, answered questions from readers, and had my book reviewed many, many times

Is it true that word-of-mouth is the best means of advertising? I would venture to say yes – there’s no doubt about it. And this is definitely a way to get a jump-start on it.  If you’re looking for immediate gratification, exposure, books sales and fun without sitting behind a wheel or in an airport, consider virtual book tours.  My travel arrangements were made for me, I had no luggage to pack, and there were no empty book stores or filled boxes to content with. 😀

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Amazing Review!! :D

Flaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren is a deeply moving novel of not only love, but also of forgiveness. Kate, a fiercely independent married artist with a longing to be loved, receives a call she has been dreading, her father, Collin Flaherty, has passed away. Kate is already struggling with her marriage and is now faced with doubts about who her father truly was and if he stopped loving her when her mother passed away. Kate’s husband Drew, a high-powered attorney rapidly moving up the corporate ladder yet still overshadowed by the achievements of his now deceased father, is striving to make their marriage work and to convince Kate that he can indeed be there for her, believes in her, and loves her. Flaherty’s Crossing is a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions as McFarren delivers a delightful cast of characters, which include friends, family, hospice workers, and Kate’s gossipy neighbour Wanda, each delivering a special message to the narrative. The diner scene is a stroke of literary brilliance as Flaherty’s Crossing reminds the reader it is never too late to change, apologise, and forgive; a narrative that reminds one that love transcends time and place and can never die. To anyone looking for an insightful and uplifting novel, I highly recommend Flaherty’s Crossing.

Reviewed by Jennifer, Rundpinne

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A bicyclist watched as two Irishmen were working in a park: one was digging holes and the other was immediately filling them in again.

“Tell me,” said the bicyclist, “What on earth are you two doing?”

“Well,” said the digger, “Usually, there are three of us. I dig, O’Hara plants the tree and Sean here fills in the hole. Today, O’Hara is away unwell, but that doesn’t mean Sean and I have to take the day off, now does it?”

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How Deep Is Your Well?

Short Irish Story

Murphy and O’Brien go out into the woods, they come a clearing and see an abandoned well.

“I wonder how deep that well is?” Murphy asked.

O’Brien said, “There’s one way we could figure it out.”

“What’s that?”

“We drop something down it, we time how long it takes to hit the bottom, you multiply that time 32 feet per second squared, the rate at which objects fall in a vacuum, subtract a little for wind resistance and we’ve got the depth of the well.”

“What are you going to drop down it?” Murphy quizzed.

Then O’Brien looked all around. He saw this big heavy log lying on the ground.  He squatted down next to it and using his legs correctly, he got it up onto his shoulders. He staggered over to the edge of the well, dropped it in and they both started counting, “One hippopotamus, two hippopotamus, three…”

SPLASH!

“Three seconds!” Murphy yelled.

O’Brien said, “Quick, multiply that times 32 feet per second squared!”

“Two hundred eighty-eight feet,” Murphy said. “Subtract a little for wind resistance, let’s say 18 feet. The depth of that well is 270 feet deep.” Suddenly he reached out, pushing O’Brien backwards. “Look out!” he shouted, just as a goat ran between them, jumping head first down the well.

Murphy stared after it, completely perplexed. “My God, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Just then a farmer walked into the clearing. “What’s going on here boys?” he asked.

O’Brien piped up, “We just figured out the depth of this well to be about 270 feet deep and then the strangest thing happened. A goat ran between the two of us and jumped straight down it.”

The farmer blew out a sign.”‘Thank heaven it wasn’t one of my goats,” he said.

“How do you know it wasn’t?” Murphy asked.

And the farmer replied, “Because all of my goats are tethered to big heavy logs.”

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