Author event: Book Lounge
Local author Bill Lockwood's second Historical Fiction novel "Megan of the Mists" will have its local premier reading and book signing event at Village Square Booksellers, 34 The Square, in Bellows Falls at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19. A resident of southeastern Vermont and Bellows Falls since 1992 he has recently moved to North Walpole. His first novel "Buried Gold" was a sell out when it was premiered at Village Square Booksellers last fall.
His first novel was set in rural Long Island, N.Y. in the 1980s when a granddaughter tracks down a fortune in gold coins buried during a raid in Prohibition times of the 1920s. His new book is set first in the completely different world of Northern Ireland during "the troubles" of the 1970s.
Megan helps run contraband over the border for the illegal Irish Republican Army, trusting the ancient fairies of the mounds along the way to see her safely home. As she is drawn farther into rebel plots, she falls for a British soldier and is horrified to learn the IRA plans for him and his fellows to be blown up at their favorite bar—with a bomb she delivers and sets off.
Andrew, of the Queen's Own Sixty-First Highland Division, is not happy with the assignment to Northern Ireland and longs for his hometown in Scotland. When he meets Megan, who has been sent as a spy to scout out the bar he frequents, the two have an instant attraction. He hints at the possibility of marriage and a peaceful life elsewhere, an idea she is ready to consider.
But how far must she run to escape the influence of the IRA? If only her fairies would save her.
Paperback copies of both his books will be available at Village Square Booksellers during the event. Paperback and electronic reader copies can be ordered through the publisher, The Wild Rose Press, thewildrosepress.com or through Amazon.
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