“The Prince Madoc Secret” was officially launched at an invitation-only event on May 5. Guests enjoyed meeting with Barrie, getting some of the low down on how the book came about as well as learning a little about the legend of Prince Madoc. “For the full story, you’ll have to read the book,” Barrie told one guest. Almost 30 people came, enjoyed the event, looked at the displays and bought the book (and some even bought both of the previous novels as well.
One reader who reviewed an early pre-publication copy said “(Barrie) does a great job of giving life and personalities to his characters. While this is a novel, it often sounds like something from the evening news. The story is really gripping and my mind goes back and forth thinking it’s a TV news segment to realizing I’m just enjoying a well told story. It is a wonderfully rich and intertwined story richly and enjoyably told.”
The next scheduled event is a book signing on May 19 at Georgian Bay Books in Midland, ON between 1 and 3 p,m.
Enjoyed a great weekend in Kingston, Ontario at the annual Welsh festival. People from all over Eastern Ontario as well as parts of the eastern United States plus visitors (mainly a male voice choir) from Cardiff, Wales.
One lady bought the first two books at the North American Welsh festival in Calgary 2016. She was at the same festival in Rochester NY 2017 asking for the third book. She was in Kingston and finally got her wish! She bought The Prince Madoc Secret and went home happy. A number of the choir members and their families also purchased the newest book. More events later this year and we will be at the North American Festival of Wales in Washington DC late August.
The Marketplace was well attended. We were able to bring out banner and Excalibur (can’t take it across the border L) which people enjoyed posing with.
Throughout Saturday, the peaceful and soothing sounds of the Welsh harp permeated the vendor area
You’re supposed to stand within this sculpture where the “I” should be, but it was too cold and rainy.
I was honoured to do a presentation for the St. David’s Day banquet in Sarasota FL on March 1. The host for the event was the Gulf Coast Welsh Society and the banquet was held at the stunning Laurel Oaks Golf and Country Club.
After some fine music and singing, I spoke about Prince Madoc and the possibility that he sailed to North America some 300 years before Columbus. I tried to present evidence both for and against this legend, but was delighted to tie the legends into my newest book The Prince Madoc Secret which explores that legend and the possibility of its veracity.
I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my earlier books and was pleased at the positive response to my talk, both from those who knew of the legends and those who didn’t. To use a shop-worn cliché “a good time was had by all.”
The warm weather didn’t hurt either!
Here are some photos from that wonderful evening.