What do you get when the television shows Peaky Blinders and Downtown Abbey marry and form a baby?
I’m glad you asked.
From the love of their union comes a child known as Ramble and Roar.
Ramble and Roar is the combination of high-level mobsters and dream-driven flappers. There’s danger, humor, longing, and a wild array of adventure. With twists around every corner, it’s hard to know who to believe or what is true.
Find out more about this unusual baby today.
It’s now on sale on amazon.com: paperback $9.75 and kindle $2.79
I feel like swinging from a chandelier. Too bad I don’t have one of those handy.
No worries, today is the official release of my 1920s novel, Ramble and Roar! It’s been a crazy journey in making this book. It started as an idea in 2008, and now it’s 2018 and available to buy. Over the last ten years, I’ve researched the roaring 20s, moved three different times, had two children, started a hobby farm, wrote several drafts, and started my publishing company. (And that’s just some of it). There were times when I wondered if I ever would get this book into a tangible form. I dreamed of the day when I’d hold it in my hand, smell the pages fresh off the press, and clasp it to my heart, thanking God.
Most of the time, dreams only happen in our sleep. When we open our eyes, the dream ends and reality begins again. But once in a while, our most delightful dreams do become our reality. Today, I’m fully awake and this dream is real.
I’m 33 years old and releasing my debut historical fiction novel, Ramble and Roar. It’s an adventurous story about a debutante-turned-flapper named Eliza Belcourt who travels to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a famous jazz singer. But her sparkling dream comes with a price, and the Irish mob is ready to collect. As Eliza grasps for success and love, she finds that her city of bright promise might offer only dazzling lies.
Ramble and Roar is an honest, daring story that captures the pleasure–seeking decade of the 1920s in all its glory and grit. This story was a fun challenge for me to write. It took years of research in order to capture it accurately, but I’m pleased to finally share it.
Now, all that’s left to do is to continue dreaming of the next adventure.
You probably don’t know my dear friends, Jake and Kari Dunham, but I’m asking you to help them today.
For anyone who has experienced Infertility or Miscarriage, you understand the longing, heartache, and pain. Jake and Kari understand these two things all too well.
JAKE AND KARI HAVE A BEAUTIFUL STORY. They have been married for 11 years, but they knew each since the fourth grade.
They became best friends and that friendship never stopped. Only grew stronger.
They married on May 4, 2007. They’ve wanted a baby since. They tried many procedures that have not worked. On April 15, 2017, Kari finally received a positive test, Jake and her thought their dream was finally coming true. But on April 29, the doctor called saying the pregnancy was ectopic and would require immediate surgical attention. After 10 years of hoping for a baby, their hearts felt shattered.
But the desire to grow their family has never left. Only grown stronger.
And now, they have a big chance. The Fertility Center is offering to pay a full procedure of IVF to a couple in the Flip the Script contest. There are 8 finalists. Whoever receives the most votes will win.
Jake and Kari NEED this. They need to win because IVF is very expensive. Please, help make their dream of a baby into a reality.
WE NEED YOUR VOTE. Voting is open until Thursday, May 3rd.
HOW: click this link: https://www.facebook.com/tfcmi/(This is the homepage of the Fertility Center. Then scroll down to Our Story: Jake and Kari Dunham. LIKE their actual post, not the video.) LIKING THEM IS YOUR VOTE.
In my upcoming novel, Ramble and Roar, I delve into Irish culture, everyday lingo, and grammatical placement in speech in order to bring my mobsters and my other Irish cast to life. It required a lot of research in order to immerse myself, and I loved every minute of it! Someday, I will tour Ireland and experience it all firsthand. But in the meantime, I made a friend who does in fact live in Dundalk, Ireland. Her name is Jean Gilson. She was born in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and later moved to Dundalk, a southern town in Ireland, with her husband. Dundalk is about an hour and half from Dublin, which is where many of my Irish mobsters emigrated from in Ramble and Roar.
Jean is an absolute doll. I wrote her on instagram to ask if she’d help me fact check my Irish bits in my novel. To my delighted surprise, she said, “yes.” It’s been a fun adventure ever since. Jean has read through several excerpts of my novel, offering advice and has given me lots of fun sayings and phrases, specific to the Dublin area and the 1920s.
Today, I’ll be sharing some of her tidbits with you!
The Craic- (pronounced ‘crack’) This is a vital word used in Ireland. It can mean “what’s the news” or “how’s the fun/ entertainment.”
A drugstore is called the Chemist.
Especially in earlier Irish culture, sentences tended to be carried on by using the word, ‘so’ at the end. For example, “Oh, you like her so.”
If you’re looking to add cream to your coffee, you’d actually say milk. Cream is reserved for special occasions like Christmas.
In words with “th” as in thank you, would in fact be said as “tank you.”
“Deadly buzz” – a good time
“How ya” – a way to say hello
“Bleeding spanner” – a stupid person
“Go ask me bollix” – get lost
“C’mere till I tell ya” – I have news to share with you
“Not a bodder”– Doing good, a reply to how are you
“Pulling the devil by the tail” – having a bad day
“You scuttering hurebag” – again a dumb person
In grammar, Dubliners tend to use the “present continuous” (be doing) or habitual action “does be.” It’s much more common in the countryside nowadays than in cities.
I do be working every day.
It’s her I do be thinking of.
I done went to the Chemist.
Want to read more fun phrases and lingo? All right! My book, Ramble and Roar, will be coming out on May 22, 2018.
A Place to Land is a globe-spanning memoir that wrestles with the question, ”Where is my home?” Kate Motaung watched ”home” slip away again and again–through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. Through her experiences, you’ll realize–as she did–that no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home.
This book is exceptionally well-written. It has moved me to tears. Kate’s story is powerful. I felt as though I was experiencing her life’s journey alongside of her. Her keen attention to detail and vivid description made each scene come to life. I felt her fears, her joys, her sorrows. Kate is a brave storyteller, speaking about the hard times and good times in her journey. Her vulnerable honesty ministered to my heart. Please, read this book. It’s beautiful.
I blinked and found myself in 2018. Goodness, 2017 flew past me. And yet I remember the challenges and joys it presented. Both of which motivated me to take action. Action to pray. Action to work hard. Action to dig deeper. Action to get creative.
Action is always inspired by motivation. Without a motive, we won’t move.
The word motivate actually means providing someone with a motive for doing something. Whenever I write a new book, I start with my main character. Who are they? What do they want in life? WHY do they want it? Their WHY is their motive. Their WHY will drive the entire story.
Likewise, you are the main character of your story. Your WHY is your motive. Your WHY will drive your life.
My name is Catie Lynn Cordero. I want to Know Jesus Christ more deeply. I want to be a more patient person. I want to be more selfless. I want to inspire with my books and writing. I want to be debt-free. WHY? Because the person I am in this life is the legacy I leave behind me. And the person I am affects the people around me. Christ made a difference both when he lived on earth and after he rose again. Oh, that I could follow in his footsteps.
I love Christmas, and I love reading. One of my favorite gifts is a good book. Personally, I like to go on an adventure. I want to travel on a journey that will inspire me and leave me wondering.
These are the kinds of books I write. Adventures. If you have children, I’d recommend my latest Christmas book: The Magic Snow Globe. It’s currently on sale on amazon.com for $10.99. Click on the image below to go directly to the site and preview several pages of the story.
I’ve dreamed of this day since I was 10. I’m not fibbing. I have wanted to publish a book for that long! And today, that dream is a reality.
The Magic Snow Globe is my debut. It’s a children’s book about twins, Willow and Wendell Potter, who purchase a special snow globe from an antique store. At night, the globe lights up and transports them to magical lands where they learn the real secret to Christmas magic.
Not only did I write the book, but I also illustrated it. I worked hard to capture the scenes that were in my mind. Each drawing was painted using watercolor and acrylic. My mother, Cindy Overbeek, an experienced painter, helped me with the painting so that each image would pop.
I desire for this book is to inspire wonder and imagination. Oh that we would set down our iPhones and get lost in a book again. Let the pictures speak to us and the words whisk us away.
I hope The Magic Snow Globe would help you dream up your own magical lands and the wonders of Christmas.
If you would like to purchase this book, it is available on amazon.com as a paperback and Ebook. (Click the highlighted text to be taken to the page)