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YA Fantasy Author Emily McPherson: Not the “About the Author” We Asked For, But the One We Needed + giveaway

Not the “About the Author” We Asked For,
But the One We Needed

Let me tell you about the time I got caught vacuuming a parking lot in my robe and fuzzy pink slippers.

It all started on a dreary February morning in a horrid little town of Utah when my husband and I decided to pack our things and move 3,000 miles away for a better future for our son. A place with better schools, better pizza, better ingredients, Papa John's.

No, wait.

Connecticut. We headed for Connecticut.

Now, before I get a bunch of Nutmeggers comin’ at me with, “Why on Earth would you move here of all places? There’s nothing to do! The food is terrible! THE ROADWORK IS NEVERENDING!” Let me just say…

All right. Moving on.

We packed everything we owned into (and onto) our car, buckled up, and drove. We drove and drove and drove.

And drove.

Four days.

14 hours a day.

In the car.

With a two-year-old and two dogs.

After more driving than I ever care to do again, we finally made it to our new townhouse, and we met our new neighbors almost as soon as we arrived. The sweetest two old women you’ll ever meet– sisters who decided to buy a cute little townhouse and live out the rest of their days together. They brought us meatball sandwiches. I love them.

We unpacked the car that evening, and the following day was cleaning day. When I tell you the car was a disaster, I mean it was the sight of… well, a toddler stuck in his car seat for four days. A. Mess.

Cheerios, graham crackers, goldfish crackers, candy wrappers, lollipop sticks, and so much more covered my kids car seat, the seat next to him, and the floor. Now, I have a nice vacuum. A really nice vacuum with all the attachments.

But this mess was too much for even those fancy hose attachments, and obviously, I couldn’t fit the standard vacuum base into all the crevices of the car and car seat. So, what do I do?

I took the car seat out, tipped it upside down in the parking lot, then wiped all the crap out of the car and added it to the pile.

Then, of course, there was a giant pile of crumbs and trash between our parking space and our neighbor's space. I’m not an a-hole, so I knew I needed to clean that up.

But first, let’s back up about three hours.

When I woke up that morning, I made two less-than-ideal discoveries.

1. All my clean clothes were still packed.
2. We didn’t have our coffee maker set up.

I was in no position to change out of my pajamas that day, so I threw on a robe and my fuzzy pink slippers and started cleaning the car. Which didn’t seem like a questionable decision at the time.

So, there’s a big pile of trash between my car and the neighbors, and I have not had my coffee. Being the logical thinker that I am, I brought my beautiful vacuum outside and turned it on. And that, my friends, is when my new adorable neighbors opened their front door and spotted the lovely specimen that was me, standing in the parking lot, vac-vac-vacuuming away, robe ties blowing in the breeze, slippers reflecting the color of Pepto Bismol against the tarmac.

Normally, I like to ease people into my crazy, but this might be a record. Less than 24 hours and these two sisters already knew exactly what they could expect from their new neighbor, and still, my brain went:

I hope I can live up to the expectations of insanity I set for myself on that fateful day, but I’ve gotta admit, that’s a pretty high bar. Or low bar, depending on your standards.

And that’s the story of how I became the weirdo on my block. Stay crazy, friends!

Mother of the River (The Protectors Book One)
by Emily McPherson
March 7, 2023
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Eyebright Books
ISBN: 9798986797311
ISBN: 9798986797304
ISBN: 9798986797328
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 73,800
Cover Artist: Berterra Forester
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. - Irish Proverb

Ianthe was only six years old when her mother vanished and the strange statue appeared in the river near her home. Now, eleven years later, the statue stands as a memorial and a place where Ianthe often visits to tell her mother about her life. But when an old acquaintance returns to town and suggests the statue isn’t just a statue, the presence of a mythical creature comes into question, and Ianthe begins to wonder what really happened all those years ago.

With her best friend, Fintan, by her side, Ianthe searches for a lost legend and discovers fantastical dangers, family secrets, and the magic of Ireland. But finding the myth may not be enough to mend the past. And finding the truth just may threaten her future.

“Ianthe, you could have said goodbye to your friend, you know. I didn’t mean to pull you away so quickly.”

“Oh, it’s fine,” Ianthe said, waving her hand in dismissal. “You didn’t.”

“But I did interrupt something, didn’t I?” Dubheasa smirked, almost amused with Ianthe’s discomfort.

“Well… sort of,” Ianthe said, “but believe me. I might owe you a favor for that one.”

Ianthe dropped her hands into her pockets and suppressed her embarrassment for another time. They arrived at the tea shop, opting for the outdoor seating on such a beautiful spring day, and claimed a small table with chipping white paint at the edge of the patio. The proprietor, Idina, weaved in and out of tables taking orders, quick as a hurricane wind.

“What’ll you have, darlings? Oh, Ianthe.” Idina’s tone brightened as she recognized Ianthe at the table. “Evening, love. How are you?” she asked with a dip of her head. A deep brown coil fell in front of her eye, and she flipped the curl back into place.

“Hello, Mrs. Kent,” Ianthe said with a cordial nod. “Just grand, and you?”

“Fine, perfectly fine. And I’ve told you to call me Idina, haven’t I?”

“Right. Sorry, Idina.”

As Ianthe got older, more and more people in town asked her to call them by their first name, as though she was one of the adults—a concept much too odd for Ianthe to accept. Now she was expected to call Ms. O’Malley from down the road Eleanor. Mr. Wilson, who brought the morning paper, asked her to call him Norman. (Who knew he’d named his cat after himself?)

And now Mrs. and Mrs. Kent were Idina and Hazel.

“You’ve just had a birthday, haven’t you?” Idina said.

“Yes— well, it’s been a couple of weeks.”

“Seventeen now, are we?” she asked, adjusting her apron.

“That’s right,” Ianthe said, and she straightened up in her chair as a proud smile dimpled her cheeks.

“I’ll have Hazel bring you some dry herbs and teas to take home then. Now, what’ll you two have?”

“I think tea and scones,” Dubheasa said, raising her brow at Ianthe, and Ianthe nodded.

“Two cups, two scones,” Idina confirmed. “Extra butter, Ianthe?”

“Yes, please,” Ianthe said with a smile.

A loud shatter sounded from inside the shop, and Idina jumped out of her skin.

“Oh, Hazel, good grief. Slippery fingers, slippery fingers,” she continued to mutter as she hurried inside.

“I hope she remembers our order,” Dubheasa said, chuckling at the commotion.

“She will,” Ianthe assured her. “They can be a bit chaotic, but Idina and Hazel are the best around. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Hazel is magic with her teas.”

“What makes you so sure she isn’t?”

Ianthe giggled at the insinuation, but Dubheasa’s eyes only narrowed.

“You’re not serious,” Ianthe said. “Tea can’t be magic.”

“Perhaps not, but people can be.”

“Pft. I was only having a laugh, Dubheasa. I know Hazel doesn’t make magic tea because magic isn’t real.”

“Here you are, darlings,” Idina said, setting the tea and scones on the table. “Enjoy!” And she rushed off again.

Ianthe slid a cup and a scone to her side of the small table and slathered butter onto the bread while Dubheasa eyed her carefully.

“Well then,” Dubheasa said, thankfully moving on to a new topic, “when did we last see each other, dear? Do you remember?”

“Um,” Ianthe paused to take a bite of her scone. “Two summers ago, I think.”

“And has much changed since then?” Dubheasa asked, stirring cream into her tea.

“Besides growing a bit taller, nothing at all.”

“Well, I’m glad to see you’re still here.”

“Why wouldn’t I be here?”

Dubheasa sipped her tea and waited for Ianthe to come to some sort of conclusion, but Ianthe stared back, lost as ever.

“Well, the Scréch Sídhe, of course,” Dubheasa finally said.

Ianthe couldn’t help but subtly roll her eyes, feeling a sliver of annoyance in her gut.

“Oh, right. Of course,” she said flatly. “How could I forget.”

“You still don’t believe in the Sídhe, do you?” Dubheasa asked, though she already knew the answer.

“No, I must admit. I don’t.”

“If you don’t mind me asking, why is that?”

“You told me the Scréch Sídhe would come for me after my mother disappeared, but it’s been eleven years. Do you really believe a magical faerie would need this much time to find a person?”

Dubheasa continued to sip her tea with squinted eyes before offering another question.

“Then how do you think your mother turned to stone?”

“Oh, this again?” Ianthe said, reminding herself a bit of her dad. “My mother didn’t turn to stone.”

“I’ve seen her, Ianthe. I know she stands in the river.”

“I’ve told you,” Ianthe said, dropping her hands to the table rattling the teacups. “My father had that statue made in remembrance of her. It’s not actually her.”

“And yet, he never visits her to remember her.”

“N—no, you’ve got it wrong, Dubheasa. My mother disappeared.”

“And disappearing into thin air is a more acceptable explanation for you?” Dubheasa asked, studying Ianthe’s face.

“Certainly more acceptable than ‘cursed by a faerie’,” she said in a failed whisper, gripping the edge of the table and leaning in.

About the Author:

Emily McPherson is an author for young adult readers with a liking for fantasy. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to normalize seeing characters of the rainbow on the page without harmful stereotypes. She is an Irish dancer with a slight obsession with mythological creatures. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and—the real mythological creatures—her two rescue pugs.

Inspired by traditional Irish mythology, Mother of the River tells the story of a 17-year-old girl in search of her missing mother when she stumbles upon a forgotten legend. With her father and her best friend by her side, they discover the magic which lies in the very heart of Ireland.
#MotheroftheRiver #MotR #IrishMythology

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