Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Kevin Walford writes from England
Please can you tell me when the paperback of "Writ in Stone" will be available ? I have really enjoyed the first three Burren mysteries, but there seems to be a delay with the fourth.
I realise I could buy it from America, but I stubbornly refuse to do so. The kindle editions for books 4, 5 and 6 have been released !
Surely there is a danger of losing some loyal, "traditional" readers ?
Many thanks for the wonderful stories so far.

Tue Jan 10 10:07:18 2012

 
Lesley Cookman writes from England
I have just finished Scales of Retribution, and look forward to being able to read Deed of Murder when it is released for Kindle. I love Mara, her scholars, her friends and servants, and I've learnt so much about the history of the west of Ireland - as everyone who reads the books must!

I admire you for writing so many series, I've only managed one so far. Thank you for all the enjoyment.

Wed Jan 4 08:09:30 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Miriam,

Have you read Michaelmas Tribute? That is very centered on Noughaval - in fact if you look at the photographs of the Burren (on this website) you will see one of my grandson just by Noughaval cross - taken when I was reaearching that book. It's a beautiful place and I love the road that stretches across towards Kilnaboy from there.

Yes, I have just completed the eight Mara book - called 'Laws in Conflict' - expect it some time in the summer. As others have found these books seem to go out of print very quickly, but the publisher, Severn House, doesn't feel that there is sufficient demand for a second edition!

I'm so pleased that you like the books and am glad that they remind you of your childhood home.

Tue Jan 3 15:38:33 2012

 
Miriam (nee O'Halloran) writes from Ireland
Hi Cora,
I have been meaning to write to you for a long time. I am currently reading Deed of Murder hence my determination to finally put fingers to keyboard. My maiden name is one clue and when I tell you my childhood bedroom window looks out on the entrance to Noughaval graveyard you will understand my interest in the Burren Mysteries! The places and names are all so familiar to me it is weird!!

It was reading your other messages that I realise I am not the only one with problem getting your books. I have introduced a friend of mine to Mara and between us we keeping up to date with the publications. Deed of Murder is actually hers.
Thank you for bringing my home place so much to life - even if it is based in the 16th century
Have you more mysteries for Mara in the near future?

Fri Dec 30 19:57:09 2011

 
Bridget
Yes, I was homeschooled when I was writing here! I ended up going to a public high school in my town, and now I'm in college in Oklahoma.
I do love Mara, and I can't wait to find out who the murderer is!

Sat Dec 10 18:52:24 2011

 
Cora Harrison
Bridget! I think I remember you - were you home-schooled? Or am I wrong? I get so many hundreds, even thousands of kids writing but I do think that I remember you.

I do so hope you like my Mara.

Sat Dec 10 17:58:36 2011

 
Bridget writes from United States
Dear Cora,

I don't know if you remember me, but I used to post on this site quite a bit when I was about twelve years old. I think I wrote a story called "The Marauders" or something.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I still enjoy reading your books. I started out witht the Drumshee series when I was younger and I am currently reading My Lady Judge.
Thank you for all your hard work!

Sat Dec 10 17:23:48 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Not for a while, Lily. At the moment I am busy with a series set after the First World War - a bit 'Downton Abbey'...

Hope you enjoyed the first two Jane Austen books.

Tue Dec 6 17:22:18 2011

 
Lily
Are there going to be any more Jane Austen books? I have read the first two books.

Tue Dec 6 16:38:00 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
How nice to be remembered fpr these Drumshee books. I must say that I have a soft spot for them myself.

I think that the best source for them would be Tara Book Company sales@tarabookco.ie

Another source is Amazon UK - there seem to be quite a few there.

The one that's difficult to get hold of is the first -Nuala & Her Secret Wolf.

Good luck with your search!

Tue Nov 29 08:56:24 2011

 
Gemma writes from Ireland
Dear Cora,

I was a huge fan of the Drumshee Series as a child and I've recently been trying to get a hold of the books, but am fnding it very difficult! There doesn't seem to be anywhere to buy the whole collection. i was wondering if you had any pointers on where to look as i would love to relive them, and pass them on to my children someday. :)

Thank you,
Gemma

Tue Nov 29 03:53:43 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Nigel,

There are such problems these days in publishing books!

Basically the big publishers want to get someone who will sell millions and that is their quest.
Macmillan, who published my first three books, appeared to be happy with the response, but the Sales Department thought that the results, though OK, were not outstanding enough and so they wanted to wait for a while before making any decisions on going ahead.

Rightly or wrongly, I opted to go ahead with my present publishers who reckon on publishing enough hardbacks for libraries etc who will put in prior orders; and enough trade paperbacks (a couple of thousand) to satisfy the fans.

Then they stop - and that is the problem.

Both my agent and myself are trying to get them to commit to a second run, but they are cautious in view of the very poor market for books at this time.

I am really in their hands and can make no more useful suggestion than advising people who like the series to go ahead and buy up 'Scales of Retribution' and 'Deed of Murder' while they are still available.

The books are 'standalone' and do not need to be read in order.

Thanks for your interest,
Cora.

Wed Nov 9 18:07:38 2011

 
Nigel Callaghan writes from Cymru
Hi Cora,

I really enjoy the Mara series, but, like many others have noted on the guestbook, I'm stuck. I've read Sting of Justice but can't go on as Writ in Stone is out of print and seems destined to stay that way, (judging by your earlier comments), and I gather No.5 has the same problem. Is it perhaps time to find a new publisher? One who is perhaps able to either better estimate likely sales of a first printing, or who is willing to reprint a popular book that sells out so fast. The odd thing is that amazon don't even have any used copies. How big was the paperback print run? 100 copies? And no, Kindle is not an answer, neither is an expensive large print edition.

Please find a way of making your excellent books available to your readers. It's such a shame for you to lose readers (and sales) because of an incompetent publlsher

Tue Nov 8 21:49:31 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Niamh,
I shall try to find out from my publishers (sales@severnhouse.com) tomorrow what the problem is. It's so annoying, but authors have little say in these matters!

Sun Oct 23 20:37:18 2011

 
Niamh
Dear Cora Harrison,

I have tried to purchase Eye of the Law and Writ in Stone but I am unable to do so. I have tried in many bookshops and also on amazon and many other websites. The books are out of print and I was wondering if they will be reprinted any time soon. I would love to read the books.

Thank You,
Niamh

Sat Oct 22 20:28:16 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Gwen: Honora is an interesting name - while researching the history of the O'Brien family (descendents of King Turlough Donn O'Brien) I came across it often.

Nikki: Like you, I would love to know more about Jane (Jenny Cooper). Very little is known. If you read the second book in the series 'Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend' you will find a bit more, but I don't want to write it here in case it spoils the book for you or someone else who hasn't read it.

Sat Oct 15 10:15:26 2011

 
Nikki Spears
I recently read I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend. I loved it! I was wondering where you got your information because I would love to learn more about Jenny (Jane) Cooper. She seems like such an interesting person.

Fri Oct 14 15:00:15 2011

 
Gwen Bungart writes from USA
I enjoy the book I just read, Eye of the Law. The Irish quotes were very interesting.

My five great grandmother, Honora O'Flynn, was kidnapped in Ireland and brought to America to marry a settler. I have often wished she left a diary but a story by you about what might have happened would be a good replacement.

Thu Oct 13 00:33:48 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Do you know, you're quite right. I do love writing these books. It's as if I have created a little world where I am always discovering new things about the place if you read 'Scales of Retribution' you will find that the action is centered on a flax garden - well, I created that because I came across a reference of 'site of flax mill' on a large scale map of the Burren and from that I had great fun in reconstructing a little sheltered valley on the south side of the mountain.
Thank you for your remarks. It was good of you to take the trouble to write, Karen.

Thu Sep 22 07:52:47 2011

 
Karen Smith writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
I'm a teacher here in the US and discovered your Burren mysteries over my recent summer holiday--I love them and have grown quite addicted to them! I had the opportunity to spend a week in The Burren about 6 yrs ago, and now find myself pouring over my photos from that trip, adding my memories to your wonderful descriptive writing. Your books make me want to return in the worst way. I'm also a student of Scottish Gaelic, and find the Gaelic references contained in the Burren series really add interest for me. I'm reading "Eye of the Law" now and look forward to many more enjoyable hours of reading about Mara and the people of The Burren. I hope writing this series gives you as much satisfaction as I get from reading them!
All the best,
Karen

Wed Sep 21 22:19:38 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Janet.

By the way, quite a few people have been enquiring about 'Writ in Stone' book 4 in the series and I noticed yesterday that it is on Amazon as a large print edition.

Wed Sep 14 10:12:36 2011

 
Janet Guess writes from United States - Arkansas
I discovered your Burren series recently and have been able to read the 1, 2, 5, & 6th books - they are very good and I enjoy them and the continuing characters. Good luck with your writing - I am looking forward to your next book. :)

Mon Sep 12 22:12:19 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm hoping that the publishers will reprint both Writ in Stone and Eye of the Law. I am in contact with them about this.

In the meantime - don't know if this is a help - but it is available on Kindle.

Sun Sep 11 14:29:14 2011

 
Tima writes from Germany
Hello,
I absolutely love Ireland and was thrilled when I found out about your Burren series! I really liked the first books about Mara and I'm absolutely curious how the series goes on. Unfortunately, I have real trouble in finding a copy of "Eye of the Law" even over the internet. Is there any chance of a reprint of the book?
Looking forward to the next books!!

Sun Sep 11 14:05:55 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope you get the sun, Judy - it does make such a difference to the Burren.
A lovely place to see the Burren is the walk up Mulloughmore Mountain - it's just a simple stroll for the first half hour or so - and very clearly signposted the whole way to the top. When I went there a week or so ago the pae blue harebells and magenta-coloured cranesbill were in gorgeous contrast to each other. Of course, the best time is late April/early May with the gentians and the orchids etc.
To get to Mulloughmore, find Kilinaboy on your map, turn at the ruined church of Kilinaboy and keep going until the mountain is right in front of you. Then turn right and go along that little road and you can park quite near the beginning of the mountain. If you like wild flowers and spectacular views you will love Mulloughmore

Tue Sep 6 09:23:49 2011

 
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