<![CDATA[A Wee Publishing Company - David H. Millar]]>Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:54:05 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Update on Conall IV: A Brace of Eagles]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:17:15 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2017/06/update-on-conall-iv-a-brace-of-eagles.htmlThe forth novel in the Celtic historical fiction series by Author David H. Millar -- Conall IV: A Brace of Eagles is mid-way to completion of the manuscript. Author and publishing company have targeted a pre-Christmas 2017 launch for the novel. Exciting cover artwork, by Ida Jansson of Amygdala Book Cover and Design should be available in the Autumn 2017.A rousing adventure in the spirit of Ireland's ancient legends, the Conall series focuses on Conall Mac Gabhann, the blacksmith's apprentice turned warrior-king. Set around 400 years before the birth of Christ, the story of Conall is one of bloody battles, political intrigue, tragedy, love, and lust. Cloaked in a rich tapestry of tattoos or wearing armor inlaid with iron scales, the Gaels stand as one, taunting their enemies with fierce battle-cries and insults.



The Conall series are available in both print and EPUB formats from Amazon and Amazon Kindle and through other web and bookstores via IngramSpark.]]>
<![CDATA[Whatever happened to Conall III: The Sisters?]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:44:08 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2017/06/whatever-happened-to-conall-iii-the-sisters.htmlPicture
"Editing can be a long and frustrating process," says Author David H. Millar. Conall III: The Sisters -- the third book in the epic Celtic historical fiction series set in 400 B.C. is edging closer to the final, edited manuscript -- and publication. A Wee Publishing Company is aiming for a summer 2017 launch. 

"The driving beat of bodhráns echoes off mountain slopes. In dense forests, the mournful wail of war-horns reverberates. Red and gold banners of king and tribe flap in gusting winds.
An epic tale of vengeance and tragedy, of courage and the frailty of body and spirit, Conall III: The Sisters is the story of the women that surround Conall."

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<![CDATA[Review of Conall: The Place of Blood by Redheaded Booklover Blog]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:11:48 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2017/06/review-of-conall-the-place-of-blood-by-redheaded-booklover-blog.htmlPicture
Read the great review of Celtic historical fiction novel Conall: The Place of Blood by Author David H. Millar on the Redheaded Booklover Blog.


"Our novel is a bloody, detailed, graphic affair with many heart-stopping descriptions of epic battles. Our author David H. Millar has painted a very vivid picture of the life and death struggles faced by warriors in the archaic period and that was beautiful to read. This story is ambitious and focuses on much more than fighting and revenge alone. It is an intimate look into a time we have not experienced and is very telling of what it was like to live in that time period.


Millar is a fantastic writer and his work is extremely well-written and entertaining. Not only is the story line intriguing with an interesting premise but it also gives the reader a great glimpse into another time period which makes this novel a gripping, unforgettable tale."


The Conall series is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle and is distributed to other web and book store retail outlets through IngramSpark.

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<![CDATA[ST. PATRICK'S WEEKEND SPECIAL]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:38:57 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2017/03/st-patricks-weekend-special.htmlPictureCovers by Ida Jansson, Amygdala Book Design
What better way to while away the hours this weekend, sipping on a glass of Guinness or Bushmills whiskey, while reading a great Celtic novel by Belfast-born Author David H. Millar?

The Kindle versions of Conall: The Place of Blood and Conall II: The Raven’s Flight are on offer from March 16 to March 21 at $0.99 and $1.99 respectively

From their underground halls in Ériu the mysterious Aes Sidhe seduce brave warriors, turning some into heroes, others villains. The Conall series focuses on Conall Mac Gabhann, the blacksmith's apprentice turned warrior-king. It is a story of bloody battles, honor, treachery, tragedy, love, and high passions. Heroes and villains from myth, legend, and history converge in this saga set in the land of the Gaels.

The narrative used is authentic, the battle scenes satisfyingly vivid, and the antics of the sidhe will both terrify and delight you. If you like Games of Thrones — you will love Conall.” (5* Review)


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<![CDATA[Libraries]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:51:21 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/10/libraries.htmlI spent much of my childhood (and young adulthood) in libraries. Ticket in hand I marched through the swinging doors of the library in Templemore Avenue, Belfast (Northern Ireland) in search of the next series to devour. Enid Blyton’s Famous Five or Secret Seven, Frank Richards’ Greyfriars School, W. E. Johns’ Biggles and, of course, C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower. The scent of books, wood and wood polish will forever aid my recall of those days.
 
With age brought the need to research topics for school or university work. In my opinion, research was much more fun—and productive—when aided by a slightly intimidating, but very knowledgeable librarian and his/her backup database—hundreds of neatly typed cards filed in a wooden cabinet filled with long, narrow drawers. It seemed librarians were born with an innate talent for pointing to the precise reference I required.


Nowadays, I do as much research—probably more, but on the internet. Still, have we simply exchanged quality for volume? Most research, in many disciplines, comes down to a select list of key papers or publications. The rest is dross or chaff. Whereas a skillful librarian will signpost the core references, the internet fills our laptops and tablets with pages of useless links that do little more than waste time and increase frustration.


I have not crossed the threshold of a library in recent times. Perhaps a visit is long overdue?

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<![CDATA[We are the barbarians]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:38:37 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/10/we-are-the-barbarians.htmlI have been reading two books as part of my background research for Book 4 of the Conall series, which has already 13,000 words written. The books are Europe Before Rome by T.Douglas Price and The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe. Both are highly recommended--very readable with lots of great photos, maps and illustrations.

However, as I perused the pages and reflected on similar books on other ancient civilizations, I came to the conclusion that civilization has been regressing for the past two or three thousand years. The art, architecture and major projects of the Ancient World were accomplished without modern technology. 



It is so sad that modern man cannot rise to the same or greater level of achievement as his ancient ancestors.


We are the barbarians.]]>
<![CDATA[A Thespian Career?]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:28:28 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/10/a-thespian-career.htmlMy thespian career began and ended with me playing the part of the Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland. I was eight or nine, I think. 


Lines filled with deep meaning, philosophy and social comment such as--
"Twinkle twinkle, little bat,
How I wonder what you're at? 
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea tray in the sky
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-- are etched forever in my mind. 



Alas, how could I surpass such a seminal part? Thus, I withdrew from a promising acting career for fear of being typecast.]]>
<![CDATA[Wider Distribution]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:16:42 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/09/wider-distribution.htmlThe Conall series of ancient Celtic historical fiction by Belfast-born Author, David H. Millar are now distributed via IngramSpark.


Via Ingram Book Group, IngramSpark titles are automatically made available to tens of thousands of retailers, libraries, internet commerce companies, and other channel partners, including Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), Waterstones (UK) and other well-known book retailers and wholesalers across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.]]>
<![CDATA[Cover Art for Conall III: The Sisters]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:08:00 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/09/cover-art-for-conall-iii-the-sisters.htmlPicture
Another amazing cover from Ida Jansson of Amygdala Bookdesign.

Conall III: The Sisters by Belfast-born Author David. H. Millar is the third book in the Ancient Celtic historical fiction series about Conall Mac Gabhann, blacksmith apprentice turned warrior-king. The novel is targeted for a pre-Christmas 2016 release.


"Conall III: The Sisters is an epic tale of vengeance and tragedy, of courage and the frailty of body and spirit. It is a story of the women that surround Conall."




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<![CDATA[A great review for Conall: The Place of Blood]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:55:08 GMThttp://aweepublishingco.com/1/post/2016/09/a-great-review-for-conall-the-place-of-blood.htmlPicture
Really loved this review from a Goodreads member.

"Strong 4.5 Stars. The only reason I can't give it 5 is just that there was so much graphic war. 
I started out absolutely loving the book. The characters are fantastic, the dialog is smart, and the story comes vividly alive. 

My only down side I had was that I only have an hour or so at the end of my day to read so I was reading this before going to sleep. After a few days I started to have dreams about the graphic war scenes, it was starting to get to me. 
However, I still loved the story and characters and would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction. 
This is a standalone book which is a part of Conall's story. I will be getting book 2!"



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