Today we're spotlighting Carrie Anne Noble's book, The Gold-Son!
Read on for more about Carrie and her book, plus an guest post and giveaway!
Meet Carrie Anne Noble!
In the wake of her checkered past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie now writes novels and short stories. She lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania with her tolerant husband, charming children, two naughty cats, a not-so-bright dog, and seven really-not-so-bright chickens. The chickens do not live in the house.
Meet The Gold-Son!
All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved grandmother, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually.
When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece,” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, where, alongside Eve, he’s forced to prepare to become one of them.
As Lorcan’s plans for his “gold-children” are slowly revealed, Tommin and Eve plan their escape. But with Tommin’s humanity slipping away, the fate-crossed pair has everything to lose unless they can find a way to outsmart a magical curse centuries in the making.
5 Wee Bits of Leprechaun Trivia
Ever wonder where fairies get their shoes? From the Leprechauns, of course! As the shoemakers to the fairy folk, leprechauns earn plenty of gold to add to their crocks. Many fairies are such wild partiers that they dance their shoes to shreds nightly, giving the leprechauns ample work repairing and crafting new footwear. Legend says that if you hear a tapping sound in the forest, there just might be a leprechaun cobbling nearby.
Where do leprechaun babies come from? According to tradition, there are no female leprechauns—only cranky, miserly males who prefer to live alone. No one knows for certain how they reproduce—but in The Gold-Son, the leprechauns add to their tribe by cursing unbaptized human babies and then training them to become proper leprechauns when they reach their teen years.
Would-be criminals take note! European law protects leprechauns, so you might want to think twice about setting that leprechaun trap if you‘re abroad! Slieve Foy Mountain in Louth County is said to provide safe haven to Ireland’s remaining population of 236 leprechauns. Perhaps the U.S. should enact a law to protect any leprechauns who’ve immigrated to America. Heaven knows the temptation to snatch a leprechaun’s gold might drive some humans to harm the wee fellows!
If you do happen to encounter a leprechaun…as required by fairy law, he’ll offer you either three wishes or his pot of gold in exchange for his freedom. But beware! There are tales of humans going mad trying to decide how to use their three wishes—and if you take your eyes off the leprechaun for a split second, he’ll vanish. More likely than not, the leprechaun will use his sharp wits to trick you into looking away, and he’ll escape without having to share a single penny of his precious hoard.
Green-clad leprechauns adorn our cereal boxes and St. Patrick’s Day cards, but before the 1800’s, people thought they wore red. The leprechauns’ style of clothing varies according to region, but the customary outfit features knee-length breeches, a jacket, stockings, buckled shoes, and a hat (wide-brimmed, stocking cap, or tricorn). Of course, if a leprechaun possesses a talent for disguise through the use of fairy glamour (as The Gold-Son’s leprechauns do), he can slip right by you unnoticed—and the tricky fellow might even help himself to the contents of your pockets or purse as he passes!
By: Carrie Anne Noble
Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
Release Date: June 20th, 2017
Five winners will receive a copy of The Gold-Son (Carrie Anne Noble) ~ (US Only)
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