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About Orna Ross
Orna Ross is an Irish novelist and poet who teaches the Go Creative! method and is an advocate for self-publishing authors.
Born and raised in Wexford, in the south-east corner of Ireland, she now lives in London and St Leonard's-on-Sea, in the south-east corner of England.
She writes historical fiction and inspirational publishing, as well as creative publishing guides for authors and others as Orna A Ross. When she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Her website is www.ornaross.com. Tweet her @ornaross
"My writing inspirations are Irish history, the lives of women and other outcasts, and the mysterious movements of the creative spirit itself. I leap on vision but rely on revision. I agonise over word choices and punctuation. I believe in the magic of two human imaginations intermingling across space and time in a book.
"I know I'm not just a better writer but a better human being for being a reader. For me literature is a gift, a calling, and our best gateway to a better world."
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The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star from her father, Star's grandfather. His behavior so blighted her own life – she never wanted it to touch her darling daughter.
Yet Star won't even read the manuscript. Star's contempt for Mercy is as painful as it is inexplicable.
Why? What has Mercy done? What is she hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?
Or something even more sinister?
In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface, and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises.
Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling novel, combing lyrical description with a page-turning style. It is an enthralling tale of love, loss, and the ever-present possibility of redemption.
Praise for Orna Ross and Blue Mercy
"A lyrical, gripping, and heartbreakingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and the ever-present possibility of redemption." — WE Magazine for Women
"Epic sweep...ambitious scope... an intelligent book". — Sunday Tribune
"A riveting story...vividly brought to life." — Emigrant Online
"One is immersed in this epic story immediately and effortlessly… The main characters are so well-drawn that you feel you have heard about them in your own life." - The Evening Herald
A death in the present—a killing in the past.
After twenty years away, Jo Devereux flies home to Ireland for her mother’s funeral — the mother she hasn’t spoken to for more than two decades. Every minute there reminds her of all the reasons she left and she has no desire to reacquaint herself with her home village. Or with Rory O’Donovan, her lost love.
Then, she reads her mother’s will. Her inheritance is a chest full of letters and journals, written by her grandmother and great-aunt, that answer a long held secret. Who murdered her great-uncle in the Irish Civil War.. and why? How did what an uprising for Irish freedom and independence degenerate into a bitter civil war where neighbor turned against neighbor, and family against family– leaving a legacy of lies, secrets, and silences for generations to come?
As Jo unearths the bitter, buried history she shares with Rory she finally understands why their love was doomed from the start. But what about now? Can she stay true to both her heart and her heritage? She knows from her own life how the wild energy of rebellion can carry someone away… but what happens after the rising?
we are all as welcome
as we ever were here,
in the holy, flowing hold of now.
This is a book of mindfulness poetry in the tradition of Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, John O'Donoghue, and Rumi's ancient wisdom.
The thirty poems in this selection are intimately alive to the teachings offered by the smallest life moment.
Some, like the title poem, "Allowing Now," address the topic of mindfulness head-on. Others explore themes like self-compassion, inter-being, and creative acceptance.
These thoughtful and lyrical poems do not shy from life's challenges or pains, but explore with startling clarity and kindness the mysteries of daily experience.
They remind us what it is to live openly and freely, as alert witnesses to the unfolding moment. And how to reach out to others from that place of presence.
In this collection, you'll find poems celebrating the miracle of creation, poems about birth and rebirth, poems about writing and creative flow practice, poems about passion, and perfection.
While not shying away from adversity or suffering, this selection of inspirational poetry takes you deep inside the perceptions of a poet for whom the ordinary experience is always a treasure, and an opportunity for growth.
A brooding Irish poet. A beautiful English rebel.
A love affair that shaped history.
Willie Yeats is 23 years old in 1889, when dazzling Maud Gonne decides to recruit him in her newly adopted cause of Irish freedom—and “the troubling of his life” begins.
He spreads his dreams under her feet as they set about creating a new Ireland through poetry, politics and their shared interest in the occult. But this love affair is much more than poetic image would have you believe.
As its down-to-earth narrator Rosy Cross says: "When looked at from the woman’s side of the bedsheet, most tales take a turning, and this one more than most." While Yeats forges a poetic career out of their relationship, Gonne, his apparently unattainable muse, has other goals. And a secret she fears to share, even with him.
Can their relationship survive the turmoil—or will enchantment and intrigue tear them apart?
Packed with emotional twists and surprises, Her Secret Rose brings to life 1890s Dublin, London and Paris while exposing untold truths about one of history’s most charismatic love affairs. If you like Hamnet or Shadowplay then you’ll love this haunting and moving story.
"A highly ambitious, engaging, and evocative novel and a hauntingly captivating read."- The Sunday Independent
What happens when a woman is haunted by the sins of her foremothers–and the men who betrayed them?
Facing the birth of her child, and single motherhood, Jo Devereux has spent the last six months in Mucknamore, the Irish village she fled twenty years ago.
A trunk of letters and diaries left by her grandmother and great-aunt has revealed a heartbreaking legacy of bitter secrets that have haunted the women of her family for four generations.
Now she must find out the ultimate truth: What other secrets and lies lie under her mother’s and grandmother’s unshakeable silence? How does it connect with her failed life as a gender-bending agony aunt in San Franciso? And what of Rory… her lost love, son of her family’s sworn enemies?
Will Jo’s mission to uncover the past unlock a possible future together? Or are they about to lose everything all over again?
As she pieces together the poisonous fragments of the past, Jo must now face into the guilt and shame that were her legacy and see how she might best redeem them in her own life.
Unfailing attuned to the beauty and complexity and interconnectedness of life, this small chapbook is a taster of the sort of contemporary inspirational poetry that is spiritual, not religious.
- "Orna Ross is a major poet and deserves the world's attention." Robin Cutler: Ingram Spark
"An experienced and adroit writer who effortlessly demonstrates the far-reaching things language can do." kaleeM rajA, The View From Here Literary Review
"Reaches into the corners of your soul and pulls out all that is beautiful." SoWrite Linda
The poet explains, “I don’t believe in gods made in human image. I believe only in what I’ve experienced myself as real: the spirit that created me creating through me. The mystery of the creative process. So my poems are acts of praise and love, yes, but they don’t shy away from life’s challenges.
They reflect not just the beauty but also the complexity and interconnectedness of human existence. What the great zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, calls our “interbeing”.
These twelve lush and imaginative poems take many forms, from narrative to haiku, with subjects divided into questions, works, histories, moments, gifts and blessings.
Whether explaining why true love never hurts, gazing at a newborn baby, or translating an ancient Irish blessing into contemporary relevance, each poem in this pamphlet offers access to that open, inner space where “the splendor of creation awaits” us.
Where heart and mind find themselves restored to spirit.
A break from your daily struggles is only a verse away…Poet Orna Ross knows the power of words. As an award-winning author and one of the 100 most influential people in publishing (The Bookseller), Ross’s passion is the power of poetry and prose to change lives.
Through the Irish-born and globally-traveled poet’s centering and inspiring verse, the ordinary is transformed into the eternal; loneliness is reshaped into connection; and pain into understanding.
Keepers is a collection of stirringly crafted inspirational poetry.
It celebrates and explores both the immense and the seemingly insignificant. From soaring imagery to comforting Irish blessings, this collection of poems sweeps the reader into a world of peace and tranquillity. Ross’s words brim with a worshipful appreciation of life itself.
If you like rich emotions, uplifting cadences, and brushes with the infinite, then you’ll love Orna Ross’s achingly beautiful work.
Buy Keepers to renew your spirit today!
The end of one year and the start of the next is a wonderful time for reading poetry, especially inspirational poetry.
The shortest or longest day of the year has always been a powerful metaphor for poets. Whichever hemisphere we’re in, whether we’re in a day of longest light or deepest dark, at this special time of the year, we know that things are on the turn. And we celebrate the human ability to welcome a new cycle.
That’s the theme of this chapbook of twelve poems to inspire: beginning anew. It makes the perfect seasonal gift for yourself or another.
You'll find a poem here for each of the twelve days of the season. None relates directly to the story we’ve been telling for 2,000 years about what happened in Bethlehem on a certain December 25th, but all pay tribute to the spirit represented by Christmas--and Dongzhi, Hanukkah, Makaraa Sankrānti, Meán Geimhridh and all the other mid-winter festivals.
These are poems that encourage us to rejoice in the human capacity for rebirth.
Immersing ourselves in meaningful words, we can reconnect with our own creative life-force. Feeling the light within, we can begin again.