August 25, 2014

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Alex and Ani, Dragonfly – Grace | Change | Power

I love this little card that came with the Alex and Ani bracelet my wife wears. “Characterized by quick, sudden movements and powerful wing strokes, the dragonfly uniquely changes direction on a whim. Symbolizing transition, the dragonfly has impeccable vision, which is a reminder to open one’s eyes to the beauty of life’s journey. Embrace the […]

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May 27, 2014

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A Haunting Poem. Gollup Book Two is Progressing Nicely.

We live through our lives, down cast and haunted. The halls of our school, a bullying gauntlet. Sarcastically smart, sort of standoffish. In this wealthy school, not easy to vanish. Jet black hair, down eyed and gothic Hiding the past, our life catastrophic. Parentless paupers, sort of bizarre. Only thirteen, deciding who we are. The […]

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May 8, 2014

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Book One | PROLOGUE | GOLLUP THE WOODS | TWIN POWER

As children, we looked forward to the 80-mile drive to our old thatched cottage in Wexford, Ireland. Not because we liked the long drive, but because we loved the stories our father would tell us on the road. Looking back, I now realize how talented a storyteller he was. Not often can a person make […]

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April 11, 2014

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The Ultimate Tribute, a 4th Graders Book Report.

When I wrote Gollup the Woods, it was  a tribute to my father, who told the stories of the giant and his little band of friends. I never expected someone to write a tribute about the book, but the other day my son Kevin came home and told me that his friend Dylan used the […]

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January 8, 2014

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Kevin Leigh, Father, Irish Immigrant

Kevin B. Leigh was raised in Walkinstown, a town on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland. Today, Kevin lives in Alden, in Western NY with his wife Mary and his three boys, two dogs and three cats. Kevin and his wife focus their volunteer time with issues regarding children and were an emergency foster family before […]

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January 8, 2014

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PART FOUR CHAPTER 10

Preparation They sat by a small fire on the side of the mountain opposite Darini, looking down on the wispy smoke that hung above the valley below. Through haze they could see thousands of camp fires scattered on a grassy plain. “Refugees,” said Calé sadly. “They all lost their homes to that woman.” “Should we […]

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January 8, 2014

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PART THREE CHAPTER 11

Bombardment The ground shook under their feet, an abrupt up-and-down motion like a horse bucking its rider. The gravel on the ground actually went airborne a few inches, then fell back down in a cloud of dust. A moment later, at the speed of sound, they heard the deep crashing sound of something thudding into […]

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October 25, 2013

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Poem about Twins who Lose Their Parents.

Excerpt from book two  of Gollup the Woods. Poem for lost twins Arrived on this earth, within the same timeframe, Gasping then crying, given a new surname. Feet and hands, almost no difference, Eyes and hair, within a degree of tolerance. Parents all smiles, exhausted and excited, Came home that week family invited. Preschool so […]

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October 17, 2013

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Gollup the Woods featured on a Podcast

Thanks to Simon Whistler and the Rocking Self-publishing Podcast for allowing me to speak about the book. Simon was so kind to allow me the time to talk about my father Noel Leigh and the things that inspired the book. He seemed  interested in how many Facebook fans are from India so I explained how […]

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October 15, 2013

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Thanks to My Fans; Started Book Two, Tentatively named Terrible Kindness.

Mary and I are back at Madeira Beach Florida, the place where the first book of the series began. And yes to the fans who asked when I would start book two?   RIGHT NOW!   Here is a rough draft of the poem about the twins new situation, kicking off section one of Gollup […]

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