Linda Hourihan At Night Owl Christmas Open House ~ The Bird Store And More Dec 9


Linda Hourihan will be at The Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, linda-hourihan-christmas4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA Friday, December 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. for a book signing on her new book, “MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS,” subtitled “CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.”

In this historical fiction/fantasy book, Grammy Rose takes her family to the Old Sturbridge Village Christmas by Candlelight celebration. Amid freshly-fallen snow and horse drawn sleigh and carriage rides, the family get split up. Half the family stays in real time, while the other half, after the fiasco with the Gingerbread House Contest, time travel back to the beginnings of Christmas, Santa Claus, and Noah and his sons. Through them, the family travels to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.

Their adventures take them from being present at the first manger scene and babysitting Jesus, to sailing ships across the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, to the Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods. They learn first-hand how holiday customs and traditions began, and how they transformed into today’s celebrations.

Last week’s book signing at the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble Bookstores was a sellout. Plan to arrive early to make sure you can get your copy of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, and have it signed by the local author, Linda Hourihan.

More, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA Friday, December 9, from 6:30-9 p.m. for a book signing on her new book, “MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS,” subtitled “CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.”

In this historical fiction/fantasy book, Grammy Rose takes her family to the Old Sturbridge Village Christmas by Candlelight celebration. Amid freshly-fallen snow and horse drawn sleigh and carriage rides, the family get split up. Half the family stays in real time, while the other half, after the fiasco with the Gingerbread House Contest, time travel back to the beginnings of Christmas, Santa Claus, and Noah and his sons. Through them, the family travels to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.

Their adventures take them from being present at the first manger scene and babysitting Jesus, to sailing ships across the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, to the Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods. They learn first-hand how holiday customs and traditions began, and how they transformed into today’s celebrations.

Last week’s book signing at the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble Bookstores was a sellout. Plan to arrive early to make sure you can get your copy of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, and have it signed by the local author, Linda Hourihan.

I hope to see you there!

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS Sold Out At Barnes & Noble Bookstores ~ THANK YOU


Thank you Barnes and Noble Bookstores for featuring the historical front-coverfiction/fantasy/time travel book, Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, subtitle, Christmas Unlocked, at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley in Millbury today. The 20 books stocked for this event sold out by mid-day. The book signing event, part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair, was a tremendous success.

Book buyers who missed out on this opportunity to purchase this timely treasure, will have a second opportunity to purchase this popular book on December 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge.

back-cover-copyThe historical adventure novel commemorating the 70th anniversary of Old Sturbridge Village this year, begins at the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, complete with horse-drawn sleigh and stagecoach rides on snow-covered dirt roads. For the cast of family members remaining in real-time, they learn history by attending workshops in the 1830s buildings, bank, churches, and homes.

Other family members discover a secret hidden library and a set of antique keys which unlock antique locked books, transporting them into recent, ancient and pre-history. They learn how the real history of Christmas and Santa Claus, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires affect Old Sturbridge Village in 1830, shedding light and understanding on why Villagers of that time believe what they do.

The Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, on Decuntitled-5 9, 6:30-9 p.m., will feature local author, Linda Hourihan, signing books, among many other unique gifts for family, friends, and friends with fur and feathers.

Barnes & Noble – Millbury, MA Book Signing December 3, 9 am-1 pm


Linda Hourihan, HHCP, author of the newly released fiction novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, will be front-coverat Barnes & Noble Bookstores at The Shoppes At Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5, Millbury, MA 01527 December 3. She will be signing copies of her book for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair.

Hourihan is a local author, residing within the five towns included in the five-town regional school system: Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.

This historical fiction/fantasy/time travel novel begins at the Christmas by Candlelight dinner at Old Sturbridge Village, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year 2016.

Also timely to the publication of this book, is the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury, to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back, by the year 2020.

Many presidents are mentioned in this book, including President Jimmy Carter, who is a descendent of Robert Carter III, the wealthiest businessman from Virginia. He is remembered for freeing southern slaves during the 1830s. Robert Carter III released approximately 500 slaves, the largest emancipation by one person in American history.

“Carter is so wealthy that President Jackson borrows money from him. President George Washington’s nephew proposes to his daughter. Former President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of his. Robert Carter III’s nickname is King. He is descended from William Struthers, on his father’s side. Everyone knows Robert Carter III is descended from English royalty, going back to Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, and many other English kings. Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler are also descended from Struthers. Former President Jimmy Carter is also related to the former President Barack Obama. They are eighth cousins,” boasts Lily. She is proud that the Unites States of America truly is the melting pot of the world.” Taken from page 79.

back-cover-copyThe theme running through this book is: “There is only one race, the human race.” Brie is the young female protagonist, at a time when the world needs a strong female character. While the target audience is noted for all ages, it is well-suited for junior high and high school students and adults as well.

Barnes & Noble Bookstores Book Signing at Special Educators Event


Linda (Kearsley) Hourihan, local author of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMASuntitled-5 UNLOCKED, is going to be back in Worcester County at Barnes & Noble Bookstore @https://www.facebook.com/search/461717847364396/local_search?surface=tyah

at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5, Millbury, signing books as part of Barnes & Noble Bookstores Special Educator Holiday Event, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is part of the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitle CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is an historical fiction/time travel fantasy novel that begins at the Christmas by Candlelight annual event at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) as it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, 2016. Brie is the thirteen-year-old protagonist at a time when the world needs a strong, young female heroine. The US Treasury Department announcement on April 20, 2016 to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, moving former President Andrew Jackson to the back by the year 2020, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin tales are also highlighted.

Brie and her family get split up during the annual Gingerbread House Contest. Her brother, Greg; mother, Sarah and cousin, Abe stay in real time, to attend the fictional workshops on the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires in the OSV buildings and learn the effects of each on the 1830 community. Meanwhile, Brie along with her cousin and best friend, Abby, Aunt Cher and Grammy Rose travel back to the empires mentioned to learn history first-hand. The history of Christmas and Santa Claus is also explored.

While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is targeted for all ages, it is especially appropriate for middle and junior high school students.

As a former Milford Daily News correspondent for her home town of Mendon, and feature writer, she wrote under the byline of Linda Kearsley for approximately 15 years. Hourihan has also written features articles for Middlesex News, and the Connecticut Post. She and her husband, John T. Hourihan Jr., who is well-known for his “Coffee, Make Mine Regular,” helped to start the Laconia Daily Sun. Hourihan also wrote feature stories, while her husband served as editor of the paper.

She is also the author of The Virtue of Virtues, a CCD textbook which was taught at Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale.

This Special Educator Event on December 3 begins at 9 a.m. for Pre-K through 12 educators, who will receive a twenty-five percent discount on books, toys, games, movies, music and more; plus educators will receive ten percent off Café consumables and select NOOK devices.

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The First Olympics


The first Olympics took place in the year 776 BCE, with Alexander I, the Image result for picture of first olympicspredecessor of Alexander the Great participating. Alexander I could only participate after he proved his Greek heritage. These great sporting contests took place in the Greek city of Olympia, named after Queen Olympia, wife of King Phillip II. This information comes to light in the newly released historical fiction/fantasy book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

Abe, Greg and Greg’s mother, Sarah, are attending one of the special workshops on the Greek Empire and its effects on Old Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. The evening kicks off with the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Many workshops take place in the Village buildings.

This trio attends many of the fictions workshops taking place during this special night, by horse-drawn sleigh rides over snow-packed, dirt roads. The Greek Empire explaining how Aristotle is the tutor of Alexander the Great, and Plutarch affect history during this time.

Gracing the beginning pages of the book is a quote from Plutarch: “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

This is true.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED THEMES


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED has three majorOne Destiny themes running throughout this dramatic, time travel book of human possibilities:

  1.   There is one race, the human race.
  2.   Bloom where you are planted.
  3. “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.” Plutarch

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front-coverThe arrival of this unique novel re-opens history which in some cases has remained locked. It addresses the history of Christmas and Santa Claus,  and fresh insights to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires. While this is a fiction/fantasy novel, the history, ancient and pre-history is accurate and plausible.

Brie is the thirteen year-old protagonist, who along with her cousin and best friend, eleven year-old Abby, their Grammy Rose and Aunt Cher (Abby’s mother), goes back in real history to live out and learn important historical events, via a set of antique keys found in a huddle library in Old Sturbridge Village.

Meanwhile Brie’s brother Greg, their mother, Sarah, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, remain in real-time, sharing adventures on a horse-drawn sleigh and Stage Coach carriage, observing animals from Southwick’s Zoo in the live manger scene complete with a Bactrian camel, and taking them to numerous historical presentations throughout Old Sturbridge Village, and an encounter with a dangerous wild wolf. Throughout the annual Christmas by Candlelight celebration, they learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the Panic of 1837, Adin Ballot, Hopedale, Hopedale commune, the Babylonians, Medea, Persians, Greeks and Romans, and how ancient history shaped the people of 1830, which filters down to our present day Christmas customs and traditions.

While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is  appropriate for people of all ages, it is particularly targeted to young adult audiences, from pre-teen to those in their 20s and 30s, because it provides room for differences of opinion in all matters, soul searching and character building, all while building upon accurate history, ancient and plausible pre-history. This allows individuals the breath of thought, to be able to consider for themselves things that they may never have pondered before, or might possibly reconsider in a new light.

“This poignant book weaves an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.” John T. Hourihan, Jr., author of Play Fair And Win and Beyond The Fence Converging Memoirs, co-authored with Amanda Eppley. This quote graces from front cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

Technically, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is the title of the novel. CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is the subtitle. This is the first of a series springing from Old Sturbridge Village, which depicts the history of 1830 in the living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. If you have never been, it is certainly worth your time investigating this popular destination point.

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Have You Ever Been Chased by a Nephilim?


Can you imagine being chased by a fifteen foot tall Nephilim? Have you https://youtu.be/gmA_lyYJLu0 ever been carried away to a place you do not want to be, by a person you do not want to be with?

Learn how Brie, the thirteen year old female heroine of the latest historical fiction/ fantasy novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, successfully deals with this problem.

Chapter by chapter Brie, along with her cousin and best friend, Abby, deal with the traumas and questions of life. Together they tackle one of the biggest questions, Is God real or fantasy?

Brie attends the Christmas by Candlelight celebration at Old Sturbridge Village with her mother Sarah, her brother Greg. Also invited along on this trip by Grammy Rose, is her beloved cousin Abby, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, and their mother Cher.

The family tours Sturbridge, MA during the day, prior to the night’s gala event, filled with horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, and workshops in all the fire-stoked houses, shops, bank, and Meeting Houses, reminiscent of the 1830s village.

The family gets separate between the carriage ride and the annual Gingerbread House contest. Half of the family time travels to experience history, ancient and pre-history first hand. The other half of the family learns the real history of the Underground Railroad, and Harriet Tubman who is going to be on the front of the new $20 bill by the year 2020.

This novel also shed a light on former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, who in reality are eighth cousins, and both related to English royalty through William the Conqueror and Charlemagne.

Brie’s adventures continue when she and Abby babysit baby Jesus, for two years. They get to see the three wise men who arrive by Bactrian camels. The wise men and Joseph all have strange dreams, so vivid that it motivates the wise men to depart from a different route, and Jesus, Mary and Jesus to flee to Egypt.

What would you do? To find what happens, you can get a copy of the perfect bound softcover version ($13.99) or the eBook at this version ($3.99) at this link: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108065/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx