Thursday, July 20, 2017

Another bloody hot summer

Greetings friends,
In the middle of another hot and muggy summer. Nevertheless I have been out there in the mornings walking 3 to 4 miles a day with a little bit of a jog now and then. This time last year I suffered two heat stroke episodes so I'm being careful this year.
Just to let you know our moving on 50% off sale is still in effect with still lots left over yet including flags, windsocks, stickers, bandanas, Scottish dirks, throwing knives, Sgian dubhs and more. That includes my music CDs and books. The Alamo book about the Scottish influence at the Alamo, "Now's the Day and Now's the Hour" and my Scottish fantasy Faerie tale "Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae". The Alamo book has a companion double CD of music played in Texas at that time heavily influenced by Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott and there is a Faerie CD with a lyric book to go with it. Some of my CDs include my early days as a rock singer with the Kingbeezz and also my early folk days with two versions of the Patmacs folk group going back to the 60s now available on CDs. Later on in the 70s in Montreal with two long playing albums also available on one CD. To read more of these groups go to www.carl-peterson.com and click on the links to the websites. For the 50% off sale go to www.darachweb.com.
Still working on the sequel to the Faerie fantasy. It will be a much longer story with more drama and action as the story moves forward. Hey that's enough for the noo, I'll be bletherin' with ye soon.
Cheers, Carl

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Myrtle Beach and golf, visit with old friend from Greenock

Soon be on my way to Myrtle Beach from June 4th/7th. Some golf (Dory is showing some interest), She has played twice so far, Also, we'll be visiting an old friend from Greenock, Jim O'Docherty.
Went to several places Memorial Day (National Park spots) including Washington's winter camps in Jockey Hollow and Morristown then on to East Orange to visit Thomas Edison's factories and his home, Glenmont. What an amazing man. Lastly to Paterson, NJ with their Great Falls. This was a town that Alexander Hamilton was involved in founding. I was accompanied by my friend Susan while Dory tackled more of the Appalachian Trail.
There is more to life than Scottish festivals after 30 years. Still working on my second book about Ewan Colin Coupar, coming along nicely. Just a plea to those who bought the first book and read it, would appreciate reviews on amazon. If you have not bought it yet please do. You can now by it on amazon or for a limited period you can go to my website www.carl-peterson.com and buy it for 50% off. With a purchase on my website you receive a Faerie ring and a book mark and an autographed copy of the book. The second book promises more spells, more Faerie Folk, more intrigue and exposure of the evil lurking forces looking for Ewan, Avril and the rest of the Cruach. Centuries old characters exist to come out of the past to help in the battles. You will be meeting the people of the sea who never sleep. Mr. Gillanders revisits Rev. Robert Kirk in Aberfoyle and has a scary encounter with Rob Roy but you need to read the first book to keep up.
Cheers, Carl

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Moving on sale 50% off everything

Well Folks, a slight correction from our last blog. Just to let you know we are changing direction. on our website www.darachweb.com we will no longer be selling our flags etc.when are stock is sold off, so right now you can go to our website and browse away. The sale includes my two books "Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae" and "Now's the Day and Now's the Hour" as well as all my CDs. When the sale is over the books and the CDs will go back to the normal prices as on amazon and my www.carl-peterson.com website and others. We are now just concentrating more on writing my third book (second in the Ewan Colin Coupar series) and it's well underway and will hopefully be ready a year after the first one. Jan 2018. More recordings will follow soon, working on volume four of Sea songs and pirate songs. And of course with more time on my hands I intend to relax more by leisure travel visiting national park sights, playing golf, planning my next trip to Scotland among other things. If you have not bought my book or books, please do so and if you enjoy them please leave reviews on amazon.
Cheers, Carl

Sunday, May 14, 2017

darachweb Moving On Sale

darachweb is moving on to bigger things and we are clearing out the store.

Everything is 50% off!

Quantities are limited so check the availability on the products page. Your discount will appear on your cart and at checkout.



Monday, April 17, 2017

The Greenock Telegraph

 As it appeared in The Greenock Telegraph Tues April 11th.
GREENOCK-BORN Carl
Peterson has been a professional singer and musician on the other side of the Atlantic since the 1960s.
Now 73, the former pupil of Mearns Street School and Greenock High School left the town for a new
life in Canada on May 21, 1961. He was a member of several groups and performed on records
that hit the Canadian top 20. Subsequently becoming a solo artiste, Carl went on to become one
of the best known performers at Scottish festivals in Canada and America.
He has made more than 25 records and has appeared on television on many occasions.
His son Devin and daughter Kirstin have performed with him.
Carl has just written a book entitled ‘Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae’
which combines fact, fantasy and folklore. Ewan is a young boy in the immediate years following the
Second World War and almost all of the tale is set in the Greenock area.
Explaining why he wrote the book, Carl said: “I’m not sure I can come up with any one good reason
or who I was writing for but I’ll try. Some of the story includes things and incidents and people from my distant past as a child that I turned into fiction.But I think the reason is that I started dreaming a series of dreams while I was living and working in Montreal during the 1970s.
I had no one age group I was writing for, nothing like that in mind. Just whoever wanted to read
a good wee fantasy tale.”Carl had written down the content of his dreams, but his busy performing schedule meant it would be many years later before he decided to produce a book.He said: “It took me about 10
years to write and finished it by the end of 2016." The story is a fascinating trip into the world of ‘Faeries’ or mystical beings, made the more interesting because of its local setting. The young Ewan lives at 12 Trafalgar Street which is where Carl was brought up and, as the writer did, he attends Mearns Street School.The many other places mentioned include the Cut, Whitelees Moor (where the book cover’s photograph was taken),the Granny Kempock Stone, the Foresters’ Hall and the West Station.
‘Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae’ by Carl R Peterson is available in Kindle and paperback
form from Amazon.
Carl left Canada in 1982 and now lives in Pennsylvania in the United States.
Still in demand as a performer,Carl was back in his hometown last June to visit his sister Heather and
her family.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Tartans Day

Hello Friends, today April 6th is Tartans Day around the world. Not quite as famous as St Patricks Day but we urge everybody of Scottish descent, or not, to wear something Tartan. Just an additional not to all that my two books, Now's the day and Now's the Hour (all about Scotland's influence at the Alamo) and Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae (a Scottish fantasy) are now available on www.indigo.ca Canada's biggest book selling website as well as lots more.
Cheers, Carl

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kutztown Block Party April 23rd.2017


Just to remind everyone in and around Kutztown of our annual block party and Firefly Bookstore.
I will be there with both my books: 
My Scottish Fantasy story, Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae, and A Faerie Place CD
along with my Alamo book Now's the Day and Now's the Hour and the double CD Scotland Remembers the Alamo.
Firefly just changed locations on Main Street, Kutztown to just across the street from where they were. It's a wonderful store with lots of new and used books with tons of space for reading and events etc.
There will be other events going on up and down Main Street, Kutztown of course so lets hope for great weather and a great turnout.
Hello and thank you for participating in the fourth Firefly Bookstore Author Pavilion at the Kutztown Block Party on Sunday, April 23rd.
We will have a 10' x 30' space in front of our store on Main Street with a covered pavilion. We have 17 authors and illustrators, including lots of new guests, signed up with a great mix of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books. We encourage you to meet your fellow local authors and share your experiences! We will have employees and volunteers on hand to handle sales and assist you.
This event (as part of the Block Party) has grown enough in scope that we will be making an extra effort to promote Firefly's participation, using our mailing lists and online sites. We also hope to gain some media attention through a press package we will be mailing out to the local press. We would appreciate any effort you can make, though your own network/online/media contacts to get the word out that this pavilion is happening. If you need graphics, logos, text or other details, please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to email any links or graphics to use ourselves. One area to focus on is Facebook, and we do have an event page:
You are welcome to post information, promotion, news articles, and links to your own websites (please do not link to Amazon)
We will have a point-of-sale set up in the pavilion with the ability to handle cash, checks, credit cards, and Paypal. We will also be providing tables, chairs, bottled water, and bags. There will be a posted schedule outside the tent, and plenty of signage.
This is the current schedule:
1:00 PM   
Bonnie Sussman-Versace "Recipes for Thoughtful Leadership and Healthy Culture" Business and Leadership
Lisa Werley and Ronda Lee Seymour "The Giving Jar" Children

Rowan Marie Hand "The Monsters' Guild" Fantasy Fiction
   

2:05 PM   
Melissa Koberlein "Fireflies" Young Adult Science-Fiction series
Carl Peterson "Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae" Fantasy Fiction 
Nadine Poper "Dachshunds in Moccasins" and  "Wienies in Bikinis" Children

Mickey Getty "Soot" and "The Junk Lottery"  Fiction

Amy Impellizzeri "Lemongrass Hope" and "Secrets of Worry Dolls"  Fiction

3:10 PM   
Elizabeth Bodien  "Endpapers" Poetry
Matt Strohm  "Combat and Corsets: My Debut as a Renfaire Performer" Memoir, Humor
Dale Reppert "Detour to Heaven"  Memoir, Inspiration
Erik Ammon  "The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly" and the Adventures of Kona and Friends  - Children

04:15 PM   
Jennifer Hetrick  "The Labors of Our Fingertips: Poems from Manufacturing History in Berks County"  Poetry, Local History
Emma Billig & Kayla Fusselman "Kutztown University" Local History
Kevin  McCloskey  "We Dig Worms", " The Real Poop On Pigeons", and "Something's Fishy" Children 
Karen Hertzog "The Truth is in "The Word"" and "Saving Genesius" Inspirational, Fiction

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Wee Scotch Grannie’s Story




A Wee Scotch Grannie’s Story
It was a warm summer day in Greenock and neighbouring Gourock along the banks of the River Clyde. Something that wasn’t totally unusual but then again Greenock was known more for its rainy days than for its sunny days. Grannie Coupar looked for days like this to take her two younger grandchildren, Ewan and his younger sister Heather, down to the riverside in Gourock on Sundays where she had a favourite spot to sit and watch the children as they played among the rocks and shells. Grannie had a friend among those rocks, one in particular, Victoria who was a Rockkin, a female druid priestess who been given the form of a spirit in the distant past and so now existed in the form of a kind of Faerie. Grannie Coupar always took a jeelie piece for each of the children and usually a bottle or two of Barr’s Iron Bru in case they were thirsty. When the time came for them to take a break from rock throwing and shell collecting they sat down around Grannie ready to eat when suddenly Ewan said “Gran I have a question.”
“Well I’ll see if I can answer it for ye so ask away.”
“Well every time I say aye instead of yes Aunt Betty, (Aunt Betty was Gran’s sister), always corrects me and tells me to say yes instead of aye. She says it’s not proper to talk that way. Yet I told her sailors say aye aye captain, not yes yes captain.”
“Let me give you a wee history lesson.” said Gran. “But first of all it's better not to argue with your Aunt Betty. Just let her have her ways. You see a long long time ago Scotland and England were two separate countries. And way up in the Highlands of Scotland people spoke a language known as Gaelic but in some of the lowland areas we spoke what was referred to as Northern English. And the people that spoke northern English were known as Scotch. The people in the Highlands were more often referred to as Scots. Now the Scotch people for the most part were poor hard-working and honest folk. They had little money and not always were there many schools that they could go to so they would be thought of as being illiterate. Och there was farmers, shepherds, weavers, fishermen and fishermen's wives and all sorts of hard-working lowly folks. Some of the richer and more elite folks that lived in the bigger cities like Edinburgh and Dundee and so forth looked down their noses at the lower working-class and so it got to be that being Scotch was a station in life that was undesirable. Now this northern English they were speaking was called Scotch or Lallans which meant lowland Scotch, sometimes called Doric. To tell the truth when a lot of them were sent to Northern Ireland by King James VI they were given farms with low rents and a lot more freedom to prosper which they did. But for a long time it was still just not right to be Scotch and to speak the way they did. So to say aye instead of yes was one example and they tried to get away from being called Scotch. But you know some of the very famous authors and poets in Scotland constantly used the word Scotch in their writing. Authors like Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Barry and even Robert Burns continue to use the word. Even the famous Harry Lauder called himself a Scotch comedian. He wrote one of my favourite songs called Mary Ma Scotch Bluebell. So you see it was fine to be Scotch and to speak the Scotch tongue. But folks like your aunt Betty are a bit too prudent to admit that. You see your Grannie’s side of the family actually comes from a very Scotch area over to the east in Edzell and Loch Lee.”
“I see.” said Ewan. “So it’s OK to say aye?”
Aye.” said Gran, “Just not in front of your Aunt Betty.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Now's The Day And Now's The Hour second edition is available now on amazon.com

I have just released a second edition of a book that was first published in 2004 all about the Alamo and the Scottish influence there. It was preceded by a double CD called Scotland Remembers The Alamo with music that was played in and around Texas and the Alamo that was originally Scottish, English and Irish.
Nobody understood the concept of the double CD so I had to do a follow up with the book called Now's the Day and Now's the Hour which was a line that Sam Houston used in attempting to get volunteers to Texas at the time. Sam Houston was a big reader of Robert Burns poems and songs so we know where he got that line, (from Scots Wha Ha'e). The music and songs feature the original Scottish, English and Irish versions popular in Texas and the US at the time then go on to feature the Texian versions written to these songs and tunes. Included here is a copy of the front cover and the cover of a 2008 book entitled "Music of the Alamo" written by Alamo historian William Chemerka and Allen J. Wiener with and introduction by Phil Collins and a foreword by Fess Parker. Fess Parker who is no longer with us was featured as Davy Crockett in the Disney TV series of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Phil Collins of course as we all know is an award-winning vocalist-instrumentalist and composer is and an avid enthusiast of the Alamo story. The Music of the Alamo book comes with a bonus CD with 8 tracks. Tracks 2 and 3 are from my double CD.

Now's The Day And Now's The Hour A unique collection of history and music that connects the spirit and the background of the Alamo defenders to Scotland. From the beginning of Scotland’s freedom wars, with Wallace and Bruce, we see the trend carried forward to the Texas and the Alamo. With piper John MacGregor and the fiddler of the Alamo the men’s spirits were maintained with the music of Scotland that contained a history of a fighting spirit. These songs were then used as the tunes for ballads and stories written about the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. This Texas freedom fight has its roots in Scotland’s freedom wars.

Of the Alamo defenders 12 were English, 9 were Irish, 4 were Scottish and one was Welsh. Up to 80% of the others were of Scotch-Irish origin.
Both books and CDs are available on amazon.com.
Cheers, Carl

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Latest update on Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Faee

The review in the book section of the Reading Eagle February 12th. 2017
http://www.readingeagle.com/books



Reasons for writing the book “Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae”
I’m not sure I can come up with any one good reason or who I was writing for but I’ll try.

Some of the story includes things and incidents and people from my distant past as a child, facts that I turned into fiction.
But I think the main reason is that I started dreaming a series of dreams when I was living and working in Montreal during the 1970s. Dreams I had over a period of time that lasted for about two years. Dreams that were sometimes two weeks apart and some about two months apart, totalling maybe twenty in all. What was unique about them was after I had dreamed them they stayed fresh in my memory, not like other dreams that usually fade fairly quickly. Also they seemed to connect with the previous dreams like a continuing story. I kept thinking to myself I should be writing these down and I eventually did but not until quite a few years later.

The part of the book that comes from the dreams involves Gorvic the traveller from the Norse countries. He was seeking some secret information in the islands across the North Sea, in the land which is now Scotland, but was not at that time. The dream took place in a very distant past, a long, long time ago.

How it morphed into Ewan and his friends with a Touch of the Fae I have no idea. That’s what I had originally thought but then I remembered that I had started an autobiography which I think sparked the story of my early life and somehow connected it with the dream series.

 I do recall one of our neighbours in Trafalgar Street who kept telling my Grandmother that I was a different child from most of the others in the neighbourhood. Just what she meant I’m not sure. The neighbour was from Holland; she was a big Dutch woman called Mrs. Van something or other. I can’t recall her proper name, but she had a heavy Dutch accent that made you think there was something mysterious about her. Turns out that there were others around that were like me or so the story goes. I do know I believed in Faeries back then but I often thought that the reason I was different was my English accent, for which I was picked on a lot.

I had no one age group I was writing for, nothing like that in mind. Just whoever wanted to read a good wee fantasy tale. It took me about ten years to finish it from the time I started until I finished it by the end of 2016. To tell the truth I wasn’t sure I would ever finish it but now that I have I found that I had written enough to continue the story into book two and maybe beyond. We’ll see.

Oh and the book cover, I’m asked. Well the cover photo was taken last June on the old Roman road above Greenock on Whitelees Moor. The road goes toward the Corlic Hill and Cairn. When you reach the bottom of Corlic Hill you can either turn Left and head to Lurg Moor and the remains on an old Roman fort or go straight up the hill to the top. A good climb. However if you turn right instead you will find the ruins of an old farm, Burnside farm, where years ago the Rankin family had a wee teahouse there. The rock cluster in the photo is one of many along the road. It kind of depicts the home of some Rockkin spirits and the star effects in the background sky indicates the presence of the big Faeries, the other worldly beings.
 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hi folks, some were asking about the cover. Well the photo was taken along an old Roman road

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January past

Well folks, it's been a busy January. My book release on Jan. 12th. on amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.uk and Europe. Hope you all buy a copy, help me get on to the best seller lists and please leave a review on amazon. I'm already working on book two. It'll be awhile though, need to get the first one out there and into your hands.

At the Grand Canyon
I had two Burns Dinners to perform at this year, one in Tucson, AZ, Jan. 21st, where we took extra time out there to see Tombstone (The OK Corral and all that), The Grand Canyon and visits to other National Parks areas in the Saguaro Desert (where the bird video, at the end of the blog, was taken) and the Casa Grande Ruins. My thanks to Randy and the folks out there for inviting me back for a second year.
At Saguaro National Park

My second dinner, Jan. 27th, was in Little Falls, NY at the Overlook Mansion Bed and Breakfast and Event Center. It was built by a Mr. Burrell back in the late 1800s who ran a cheese manufacturing empire. Little Falls was once the cheese capitol of the US. Thanks to Mik and Maggie for having me out there. The mansion is magnificent. The Erie Canal runs through Little Falls. Wonderful audiences at both dinners. 

Oh, a parting thought, please buy my book and give me a review on amazon. To all my twitter followers or FB friends out there who do book blogs or have book promotion sites please contact me.
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