Guest post: Kathy Bryson and the legend of leprechauns

Introducing author Kathy Bryson – guest posting today about her latest book “Fighting Mad” – an intriguing mix of romance, humor and family drama. Ah, and a touch of Irish legend in there somewhere.

Here you have it: romance, money and those (ahem) leprechauns – slippery but handsome and charming creatures that no one quite believes exist. Despite their sly shyness, author Kathy Bryson has sniffed them out. Here’s her story about the delightful Irish legend of Leprechauns and how it inspired her popular, award-winning romantic comedy series.

leprechaun-28759_640The Legend of Leprechauns

Around St. Patrick’s Day, you sometimes see cartoons of little men in old-fashioned top hats dancing around a pot of gold. The leprechaun is an Irish fairy who has to give you his gold if you capture him. He’s famous for tricking people into giving it back and teaching them a lesson about being greedy. Well, there’s trick involved all right, but it’s not what you think.

The trick goes all the way back to roughly 2,000 years before Christ when the Tuatha Dé Danann invaded Ireland. They were a magical race, including Lugh, the Celtic god of war and commerce. Far from being wee men, leprechauns or ‘luch-chromain’ were the ‘sons of Lugh’ or the soldiers of the ancient Irish gods.

Now I know that you’re thinking…how on earth did Marines turn into fairies? Well, eventually the Tuatha Dé Danann lost to new invaders and retreated underground. The stories continued, but now they were stories, not history. Which was just what the leprechauns wanted. If you don’t take the leprechauns seriously, you won’t go looking for the gold, will you? That’s the trick!

I started writing about leprechauns because I thought it would be funny to explore money in a romance. It’s the second thing couples fight over most. Little did I know what I was uncovering! You might be able to catch a leprechaun, but holding onto his gold is a whole ‘nother story. And when it comes to gold, the power plays and politics are out of this world. Leprechauns will do anything to protect the gold AND whatever else they hold dear!

Fighting Mad #2b Final (small) copy (3)FIGHTING MAD – Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?

Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!

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me2About the author – Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She honed her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing award-winning books with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.

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