Tiny Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

We’re celebrating with another free Tiny Treats anthology.  This one is officially Tiny Treats 2: a Saint Patrick’s Day Collection.  Like the Christmas version, this collection was compiled and edited by Trish Milburn.

My story, “Green Beer,” was inspired by the amazement I felt the first time I beheld such a thing, on a long-ago St. Patrick’s Day in New York city.  Until then, it had never occurred to me that people might change the color of beer.  Brody Hamilton, the mage archer who is the story’s hero, thinks it’s kind of strange. But it’s also poignant for him this particular year.

Several of the other authors are joining us today to tell us what inspired their stories.

mcgovy picHeather McGovern (“Love and Corned Beef”):

I attended Savannah, Georgia’s Saint Patrick’s Day Festival a few times in my college years. It’s a festive event and you meet tons of people, but I often wondered if any of the couples, making moony eyes at each other over their green beers, lasted beyond the weekend. Could a chance encounter stand the test of time? I imagined a couple, past the thrill of first attraction, and I wanted to show that love can grow stronger after you find your Happily Ever After.

JennaAuthorPic3Jenna Bennett (“Getting Lucky”):

I already have a book written in a paranormal romantic comedy series that features a bunch of Greek gods in New York. Dionysus, god of wine and debauchery, runs a bar, and Eros, god of love, runs a matchmaking agency. I always planned to add stories to the series, and this seemed like a good opportunity to do so. Of course there had to be a god, and since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I picked a Celtic god. So Luchtaine – Lucky – the Celtic god of woodworkers and the carpenter for the Tuatha de Danann, comes to Dionysus’s Bar on St. Patrick’s Day to meet a woman Eros wants to set him up with… and the rest is history. 🙂

NJDamschroder2colorwebNatalie Damschroder:

“Lucky Enough” was inspired by a text message from my college daughter at 11:20 one night. She was walking through the mall and stopped to watch a football game through a bar window. It was very exciting, and then the bartender turned off the TV at a crucial moment. She freaked out. I told her she should have gone in and made him turn it back on. And I had to write it as a romance after that. 🙂

DSC_2676Monica McCabe (“Blueberry Delight”):

Jason Harvick is a fun-loving zoo intern, a secondary character in Diamond Legacy, and he constantly tried to steal the spotlight. Some characters are hard to create, but not Jason. His scenes were fun, his personality snapped to life. I’m 100% certain he’s going to need his own book soon.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASally Kilpatrick:

My story is “Green Beer and Shenanigans,” and it was inspired by an interesting combination: the first trip to Boston that I took with my mother, some experiences of my good friend Gretchen, and the “Red Solo Cup” song by Toby Keith. And, of course, if anyone was going to get into some shenanigans, it would be my main character, Beulah Land.

NHS_closeNicki Salcedo:

I’m 1/8 Irish traced back to the Kerrs in the 1800s. I wanted to do a play on being a little Irish in my story. “The Ides” is related to my novel All Beautiful Things and includes Brad Vargas a cop on a strange mission the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. If a soothsayer saw him, she’d say “Beware the ides of March. You might get a kiss.” The kiss is from Sorcha Russell, a woman with an Irish name who walks into a pub wearing a wedding dress. Beware! Romance is in the air.

headshot+1+dec+2014Anna Sugden (“A Perfect Lucky Charm”):

As for inspiration – being English, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have a lot of meaning for me and we don’t generally celebrate it. I thought it would be fun to have an Ice Cats’ player who sounded and looked Irish, but wasn’t. What’s more, unlike most hockey players and other professional sportsmen, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Mullroney, doesn’t believe in superstition or luck. Until a shamrock from the ear-ring of green-eyed beauty, Shayla Friel, lands by his skate and he begins to wonder if St. Patrick’s Day might be lucky for him after all.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaureen Hardegree:

I had planned on writing a book with the priest ghost Father Flaherty (introduced in Haint Misbehavin’, the first book in my Ghost Handler series). I had also decided to set that future book in the series around St. Patrick’s Day. When Trish suggested the micro-story collection, I immediately thought I should write “Haint and Begorrah” as a lead in to the future book. And since I, much like heroine Heather Tildy, am of Irish heritage yet hate the traditional boiled corned beef and cabbage, I decided having her eat her least favorite fare in the world at a church-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day dinner would create quite a bit of teenage angst.

Photo 2Michelle Monkou:

My story is “A Gift from County Cork,” which was inspired through my research of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration around the world. I discovered that Montserrat, a Caribbean island was home to many Irish refugees who left St. Kitts after completing their indentured servitude in the 17th century. The blending of Irish influences is reflected in the Irish names for towns, the Irish surnames of many residents, and Erin, the female personification of Ireland and the harp are on the flag. Montserrat is also considered the emerald isle of the Caribbean.

HeadshotDana Sieders:

Inspiration behind “The Probability of Love”: I’ve always been an angst junkie, and there’s nothing like the struggles of an unconventional hero to feed that addiction. Having personal experience with the world of autism and a fascination with the remarkable minds of people on the spectrum, I wanted to explore romance from that perspective.

Sophia+Henry+Author+Pic+(1)Sophia Henry:

“To Love A Leprechaun” is a fictional re-telling of a true story. When we began dating, I found my (then) boyfriend a seamstress on the internet. We found out after the fact that she was indeed an “exotic seamstress” and we still have the g-string she made him. Though it has never been used. At least not that I am aware of. 😉

Jeanne+Adams+Professional+PhotoJeanne Adams:

Inspiration for my story is an idea about three sisters-of-the-heart, all born on St. Patrick’s Day.  However, the whole trilogy won’t be ready until 2016!  So stay tuned and check my newsletters and my website for news about that series.

 

These are just a few of the stories in the anthology.  Here’s the table of contents:

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Love and Corned Beef by Heather McGovern

Haint and Begorrah by Maureen Hardegree

The High King’s Cauldron by Joan Kayse

Probability of Love by D.B. Sieders

Getting Lucky by Jenna Bennett

Her Pot of Gold by Lindsey Brookes

To Love a Leprechaun by Sophia Henry

Springs Love by Sydney Carroll

Pinch for Good Luck by Lori Waters

Lucky Enough by Natalie J. Damschroder

A Perfect Lucky Charm by Anna Sugden

His Good Luck Charm by Janice Lynn

Green Beer by Nancy Northcott

Blueberry Delight by Monica McCabe

Date at McCabe’s by Jody Wallace

Lucky in Love by Tanya Michaels

One Magic Kiss by Jeanne Adams

Green Beer and Shenanigans by Sally Kilpatrick

The Ides by Nicki Salcedo

A Gift from County Cork by Michelle Monkou

Lucky Day by Trish Milburn

And there you have it!  As with the Christmas anthology, Tiny Treats 2 is free on Amazon (click the cover if you like), Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords.

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?  If so, how?

Comments

95 Comments

  • flchen1 says:

    Woohoo! Now this is a lovely way to celebrate! Thanks for the spring treats! 🙂

  • Jane says:

    We do like to have corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. Going to have to avoid the parade route in order to get around the city.

    • Jane, I had forgotten all about corned beef and cabbage, but now that you mention it, I have vague memories of corned beef hash. I wonder whether that was St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Hubby’s Irish, and born on St. Patrick’s Day, so there’ll be corned beef and cabbage here, too. No parade, though. We live in Nashville. Other than the drinking, which always goes on, there’s not much commemoration of St. Patrick around here. 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Jane, I’ve always wanted to come up to NYC for the parade. Not that much into New Years, but I’d come up for the Paddy’s Day Parade. Grins.

    • D.B. Sieders says:

      Hmm, I think I’ll have to visit NYC on St. Patrick’s day (not driving, LOL) for some corned beef and cabbage, Jane 🙂

    • My great-grandmother used to make corned beef and cabbage. I detest corned beef, but wouldn’t mind having some cabbage today! 🙂

    • I spent years living in New York City. Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t somewhere you want to be. 🙂

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo I have it waiting for me to read on my kindle I really enjoyed the Christmas one so I am looking forward to this one 🙂

    Well it is St Patricks day here and I have not done much at all for it there was a big parade in The City on Sunday but home nothing special

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • pjpuppymom says:

    I downloaded the new Tiny Treats the other day and am looking forward to reading it.

    I’m not a beer drinker but I do love to celebrate with corned beef and cabbage. One of my favorites!

  • I’m visiting my Mom, who is recovering from an illness, so I’m in charge of dinner. We’re having spinach and ricotta ravioli and Ceasar Salad. If you read “Haint and Begorrah,” you’ll know why! 🙂 At least it’s green.

  • Rae Latte says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I’m enjoying a cup of coffee, an Irish Soda Bread Scone and this post! Not too fancy but it’s super relaxing.

    Now that I’ve read this post I love the stories even more. Thank you for sharing with us the inspiration behind them. LOVE it!

    Did I mention It’s FABULOUS and I can’t believe it’s free! Thanks to all the AMAZING authors that contributed.

    Have a great day and hopefully it’s full of magic 😉

  • I love being a part of the Tiny Treats collections, the stories are fun to write and fun to read! And with a last name like McCabe I really should have a St. Patrick’s Day tradition to share. How sad is it that I don’t? I should start something…any suggestions?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      HI Monica! *waves* From one Tiny Treats author to another. Grins.

      My friend and I started a tradition of Guiness Stew and soda bread for the adults and Guiness chocolate pancakes and green (dyed) sprite for the kids. Grins.

      Hey, we have boys…it works for us. Hahah!

    • D.B. Sieders says:

      Don’t know so much about a dinner tradition, but you can NEVER go wrong with Irish coffee after 🙂

      Loved your story, Monica 🙂

    • Monica, I love being in these collections, too! If you’re looking to start something, wearing green is one way. 🙂

    • How about dying your hair (or a portion of it) green temporarily? 🙂 My daughter did that a couple of years ago. If you don’t do the stripping first, the green washes out fairly quickly.

      • Hi Nancy…I do wear green for St. Paddy’s Day, I guess that’s one tradition I do carry out. And Natalie…I love the green hair idea! I could seriously freak out the co-workers. That would be fun. LOL

  • catslady says:

    We aren’t doing anything this year (hubby just got laid off and it was a big shock) but many years we go to our local American Legion and celebrate. Happy St. Pat’s Day to all! And thanks for the free download!!!

    • Catslady, I’m so sorry about hubby’s layoff! Those are bad enough when they’re expected. I wish you both the best in dealing with this.

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, too, and I hope you enjoy the stories.

    • *hugs* to you. That’s always so hard, especially when there’s no warning. Good luck to him for finding something better…and what better day for it to be possible? 🙂

  • D.B. Sieders says:

    Oh, man, I’m so sorry to hear that, Catslady! I’m sending good wishes and positive vibes to you and hubby and hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

  • I want to thank all of the authors who joined in the blog for today. I’m so grateful to Trish for thinking up this project!

    I’m celebrating the day by wearing a green tie-dye t-shirt I got at last year’s DragonCon. It has a yellow Celtic dragon on a green, circular field on the front. And, of course, it says, “Dragoncon.” *g*

  • The t-shirt I’m wearing is pictured here, if anyone is curious. http://www.offworlddesigns.com/dragon-con-store/
    I just realized I have all of these shirts on this page. It’s possible–just barely possible–I may have too many DragonCon t-shirts.

  • Thanks so much, Nancy, for putting this together! And thanks to the authors who shared their inspirations, too. It makes the stories that much richer. 🙂

    Alas, I own almost no green clothing. Kinda sad.

  • D.B. Sieders says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Nancy, and for putting it together!

    I’m rocking a green cardigan today 🙂

  • I love the Irish themed short stories. Have a special connection with some of these wonderful writers and am thoroughly enjoying finding these new authors. Waving to Monica, Dana and all MCRW peeps! Was curious as authors, how long does it take to write a story of this length?

    • For me, it was a few weeks of struggling to come up with an idea, followed by a couple of weeks of struggling to adapt the idea I wanted to use (my inspiration above) to a time of year that didn’t really work. Once I had that all figured out, it was a couple of hours of writing and then editing. 🙂

    • D.B. Sieders says:

      Waves back to Kolin and sends cyberhugs!

      It took me a couple of days to come up with the idea and a few nights of sprints to finish. Getting the idea always takes a bit of time, but it helps to have a theme – in this case, thinking about the sights, scents, and sounds of a St. Patrick’s day fest proved inspiring 🙂

    • Sophia Henry says:

      It took me a few hours to write – then a few days to edit. 😉 Because my story was based on a true events, I already had the idea, I just turned in into a fictional tale.

    • Hi Kolin! Great to see you here! For this story it took about 3 days to write, but that’s because I changed the whole plot line a couple times before I landed on something that worked for me. Then a couple days to edit and tweak. It’s great fun though and I’m really enjoying all the Tiny Treats micro stories!

    • Hi, Kolin–

      It takes me a couple of days of actual writing to get a satisfactory rough draft. That comes after thinking about it for a few days. Then I polish it twice, with a couple of days between readings each time. So it’s probably 7-10 days to get it like I want it.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Hi ladies! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. Just coming in from my annual green Diet Coke pub crawl (Yeah, not as exciting as traditional ones, taking place in the middle of the day… :D) I’m loving all the stories in TT2 and am honored to share the anthology. Here’s to many 4 leaf clovers in our future!

    • D.B. Sieders says:

      Oh man, now I want a green Diet Coke! Time to experiment with food coloring…

      I’m thrilled to be a part of this as well and have enjoyed all of the stories 🙂

    • Joan–green Diet Coke? Seriously?

      And here my mind was blown by green beer. How do they make something as dark as Coke green? Is it a bright, festive green or dark, barely identifiable green?

      I’m just starting the stories but am loving them, too. I’m so glad Trish came up with this idea!

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks for having Tiny Treats 2 today. I enjoyed contributing to this wonderful anthology.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t do much for it but most years, i listen to Bowser and Blue’s Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day song, wear my one green sweater, notice that my wardrobe is sorely lacking the colour green and make note to buy some more green clothes in the future. The day after St. Patrick’s Day, I always forget that last part.

    Woo! I can’t wait to read Tiny Treats 2! It sounds super fun! Just so you know, it doesn’t appear to be free on amazon.com or amazon.ca. Perhaps it’s because I’m in Canada? *shrug*

    • I’m in the US, and it looks free from here, but you can always get it from Smashwords. They have .mobi files you can sideload to your Kindle, and you can access Smashwords from anywhere in the world. They won’t change websites on you depending on where you are. 🙂

    • Huh. I thought if Amazon price-matched it free that carried over to the other countries. It’s free in the US store but not in the Canada store.

      You could maybe report the Barnes & Noble or Kobo links to see if Amazon.ca will price match?

    • Pissenlit, I’m so sorry the anthology isn’t free there! I also thought the price match was universal.

      I had to chuckle at your wardrobe issues. I could’ve sworn I had a green blouse. I was positive. If I did, it must’ve escaped the house at some point because nothing in my closet came close to that description.

      Hence the DragonCon t-shirt. 🙂

  • EC Spurlock says:

    What a fantastic looking collection, and a great way to celebrate! 😀

    For me, St Patrick’s Day is almost anticlimactic because my first child was born the day before (the second was born the day before Valentine’s Day. Makes it easy to remember birthdays! 😉 ) Unfortunately he was born in a Catholic hospital and I had to beat off all the nuns who insisted I name him Patrick. Eventually they let it slide since I named him after two Evangelist Saints.

    Wishing you all the Luck of the Irish today and always!

    • EC, thanks! I hope you enjoy the anthology.

      That’s a great story about your son! I know someone else who was born on the 16th, and someone actually born on the 15th, the Ides of March.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Sorry I’m late checking in, but waving hi to the BBs and to my fellow Tiny Treats authors! We spent the day with our gorgeous grandson, who is 18 months old and enjoys running races with his Nanna and Grandad!

    Thanks, Nancy for coordinating the post. I’ve so enjoyed hearing how the stories were inspired.

  • Sophia Henry says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks so much for featuring Tiny Treats 2 and for having my mug up on your blog! 🙂 I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by helping coordinate & attending the World’s Largest Pub Crawl in Charlotte, NC on Saturday. 21,000 crawlers. I was too exhausted to do anything today! 🙂

    • Sophia, that’s a lot of people potentially drinking green beer! No wonder you’re tired.

      I was happy to put the blog together, and I thank you for being part of it.

  • Thank you Nancy, for working to pull this blog post together! I’m super thrilled to have been a part of it. Thanks to Trish Milburn too, for her inspiration in creating the Tiny Treats anthologies, and for all her hard work in getting them out. It’s truly been a blessing to be a part of them and I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough!

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    What a great collection of stories. And love the backstory for each. Thanks for the post and thanks for the book! And it’s nice to be commenting again at Romance Bandits 😉

  • Amy Conley says:

    Well, ya’ll know St Patrick’s Day is the anniversary of mine and hubby’s firzt and only non-date. This year was 31 years. It’s also grandson#3’s 4th bday. And that means more than words can express. But this year we haven’t celebrated anything. We will celebrate the bub’s bday in a couple weeks, and it will be “festive”, my 4 year old’s favorite new word.
    Years ago, when my kids were little we seemed to always get our family pictures taken that day.
    And I don’t know if any of you have hheard of the Sweet Potato Queens and they always had a HUGE to-do including a parade in Jackson, Ms and my mil and I went one year. Talk about a blast!

    • Amy, what a cool double anniversary! That Sweet Potato Queen reference is ringing a bell. I have to go look that up.

      I hope the birthday celebration is fabulous!