Friday, March 16, 2012

The Friday Five - St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop

A very happy St. Patty's Day to you all! Today I'm partaking in Carrie Ann Ryan's blog hop. Green is my favorite color, four-leaf clovers are one of my favorite leafy plants (as evidenced by my tattoo) and I'm grateful that my parents decided to get married (at all, really--this year would have been their 40th if Dad hadn't passed away) on the day St. Patrick decided to run all the snakes out of Ireland. Or did he . . . .

I now present to you five facts about St. Patrick's Day. And as a bonus for being educated (or bored) by my facts, one lucky (oh, what a pun) commenter will win: A brand-spanking new, never-been-read e-copy of my steampunk romance, The Treasure Hunter's Lady. It doesn't have any Irish people in it, but it does have one big damn snake. And I'm not being dirty when I say that. For once.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762. It was made up of Irish soldiers serving in the English army.

In 1962, the city of Chicago started using vegetable dye to color the Chicago River green. They use an environmentally safe dye to do it these days, but they may discontinue the tradition because of any minor effects on the environment.

The shamrock is considered a sacred plant by the Celts because it signaled the arrival of spring. Me too, Celts. Me too.

The legend that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland is myth. What they're really getting at is his conversion of pagans to Christianity. Two hundred years after his arrival in Ireland, the country had been Christianized.

The leprechaun has nothing to do with St. Patrick. It's a faery-like creature the Celts believed in that was cranky and resorted to trickery in order to protect its treasure. They're believed to be descended from the Tuatha de Danann. They also make shoes. Because dwarfs have the corner on mining, apparently. You can learn more about leprechauns at the National Leprechaun Museum.

Bonus fun fact: According to Wikipedia, only 1 in 10,000 clovers has four leaves. Then what are all of these doing pressed in my Bible? I assure you, I have many, many more as well. I've been told to stop taking pictures of, finding and picking them because every time I do, it seems like I have bad luck.

So, all you have to do now is leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of The Treasure Hunter's Lady (Book #1, Legends and Lovers Series). And no pinching, children!

For years, Romy Farrington traveled at her world-famous archeologist father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.
Be sure and visit the other blogs for more chances to win great prizes too!


  1. Happy St Patty's Day!

    tamariasoana at yahoo dot com

  2. I have the book so no need to enter me I just wanted to show some love!


  3. I learned a couple of new facts today. Chicago is really porobably going to stop dying the river to save money. I live in a suburb and things are tight financially in IL.

  4. Hey, cool facts.
    I love four leaf clovers too. I have them pressed in tons of books and even have a couple in cellophane in my wallet. My luck has never been what you'd call good, so maybe the four leafers aren't working anymore. Or maybe we aren't supposed to pick them--maybe picking them gives us bad luck...yikes!

  5. Enjoyed reading all the interesting facts. Have a great St. Patty's Day!

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Cool facts! Learn something new every day!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  7. I enjoyed the facts.
    Happy St. Patricks Day.

  8. Glad you all are enjoying! Thanks for coming by! :)

  9. No pinching?! Aww your taking away my fun lol.....Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  10. Thanks for sharing the trivia!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  11. Happy St. Patty's Day!


  12. happy St Patrick day


  13. Happy St Pattys Day !!



  14. Happy St Patrick's Day!

    We don't celebrate it much in my country, but what's not to like here ;)
    I'm all in favor of the beer. Especially Guinness.
    And four-leaf clovers bring luck.



  15. That's a lot of four leaf clovers! Maybe if you start collecting three leaf ones instead, your luck will change? Worth a try. :)


  16. something new everyday. have a good weekend

  17. I like your clover bible. :) It is always lovely having pressed flowers/plants with text backgrounds.
    ktlee11.07@ live dot com

  18. Thanks for all the little facts. And thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  20. The book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  21. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the rainbow lead to your success!

  22. Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the giveaway chance!

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    Gena Robertson

  23. My celebrating will be just wearing something green.
    Have a great St. Patty's Day!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. I love all the facts, I like to use them to quiz my dad because I swear he knows everything!!


  25. Thanks for the facts! Your book sounds wonderful! I absolutely LOVE your site! Thanks for the blog hop and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  26. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
    Thanks for blogging with me today!


  27. That is awesome...Ive never even found 1!! LOL!!

  28. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  29. Thanks for sharing the facts.


  30. The new book sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

  31. my younger sister who is going to be 54 tomorrow she had one with her curl and the tooth was born with wow happy bd sis

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  32. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  33. Thanks for those facts :) Funny how Christianity and Pagan got mixed up there. Seems like Pagan won out though (in the tradition).

    Please only sign me up for the grand prize. I used to read outside the m/m genre - I swear! - but I'm buried so deep now that I don't know when I'd get to reading a non-m/m book. Better to let the others have a chance :)

    Erica Pike

    eripike at gmail dot com

  34. Thanks for the facts! I love learning new things.

    Happy st. Paddy's Day!

  35. Happy St. Patricks Day

    wanda flanagan

  36. Thanks for sharing St. Patrick facts. They are interesting.


  37. I hate the pinching, really hate it.


  38. Great facts! Have a great day tomorrow, everyone!

    Armand Rosamilia

  39. The pinching always gets me, lol!

  40. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thank you for the facts. There were some that I did not know. Thanks you also for the giveaway and HOP!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  41. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Wow! What fun facts:) I also wonder about the environmental effects of dyeing the Chicago river green. I had no idea four-leved clovers where that rare!


  43. Very fun post. The book sounds very good.


  44. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.


    I make no promises about the pinching. :)

  45. Thanks for the chance.

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  46. Allyson
    I love the fact that I have found new authors.
    Ill wear green to keep from being pinched!

  47. Sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com