A Special Treat From A Real Irishman - Author Terry Burns

Can I introduce you to a friend of mine? He's a fun inspirational writer who blogs regularly on Bustles And Spurs. 

Terry is both an honest to goodness real cowboy and an Irishman. How can it get any better than that?

Here's Terry...

Since it's St Patrick's Day and a lot of people know that I'm a 5th generation Irish storyteller and a 4th generation Texas Bull Shipper (you notice how carefully I said that word) that it might be appropriate to say a few words.

My Irish heritage goes back further than 5 generations, that's just as far as I can document the storytellers in the line, although I suspect they all are. My great-grandmother was an O'Green from Cork County, although they dropped the O on the boat on the way over and it just became Green. I know her daddy could spin a wee tale, so that makes five for sure.

On St Pats day everyone wants to be Irish. I was at a conference in San Antonio when it rolled around a couple of years ago and everyone in the place was trying to be Irish to the core. When they found out I was the real deal I became something of a celebrity. Given my size they speculated that I might actually be a leprechaun disguised in a ten gallon hat. Someone pointed out that leprechauns were very little men but someone else quickly pointed out “not in Texas.”

I neither confirmed nor denied it and still stand by that position. If you look up the definition of leprechaun it says "they usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief." Ask my wife if that isn't true.

Should any of you be superstitious, or if you just don't want to take chances, the famous "Luck of the Irish" is only transferable on this day by receiving an Irish blessing, preferably from a real leprechaun. For that reason I will now pronounce upon you the most famous of all the Irish blessings:

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Oh, yes, it's also said that you can capture a leprechaun and find the location of their pot of gold, but that's back in the old country and you'd have to catch one over there to accomplish that.

The first book in The Sagebrush Collection, On the Road Home contains short stories and poems about life and love from renowned inspirational western writer and literary agent Terry Burns.


Now for a little fun...visit Terry's site (you'll want to bookmark it, I've spent a good deal of time there!) and find the answer to the following question. 

Come back here and post the answer in your comment for a chance to win a copy of this book. I'll announce the winner and send the book on March 27th.

What award did one of Terry's books win recently? And what was the name of that book?


17 comments:

DebbieLynne said...

Hmmmm now if I write that down no one else will have to look beyond the smoke to find it. But then again I loved Will Rogers. What was the name of his horse? Medallion? Okay I give up and the Award goes to? Sorry Tina couldn't resist. Not Irish but got some Scot in me and I live in Clover. Loved Terry's Irish tale.

Terry Burns said...

Sure, and didya think my wee friend leaning on the building in the blog had a bit of the look of a Texas leprecauhn now?

Abi said...

I know the answer.

The award is the Will Rogers Medallion Award

The book was titled:
Beyond the smoke

ladijo said...

Terry received the Will Rogers Medallion Award 2009. Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

I saw this post on Twitter and immediately re-tweeted it! Terry, I hope you have a great day!

From a real Scots-Irish Lady and one of your clients,

Maureen said...

Please enter me in the drawing...the book is Beyond The Smoke, and it won the Will Rogers Medallion!
Maureen

alekee02@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Terry received the "Will Rogers Medallion Award/2009"...Congratulations Will...Thanks for the chance to read this wonderful book :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Tina Dee Books said...

Thank you, Jennifer, for the retweet!

Buukluvr81 said...

For a book called Beyond the Smoke, Terry won the Will Rogers Medallion Award 2009.

I would love to have a chance at winning one of Terry's books! Thanks for the opportunity!

Mollydawn1981 AT aol DOT com

Ginny H. said...

I enjoyed the interview. And, I learned something new. I didn't know... May the road rise up to meet you... was an Irish blessing.

Thanks for the interview, Tina. ;)

Edna said...

I read my first Terry Burns book the other day and I really enjoyed it, would love to win this one.

may God Bless

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

rubynreba said...

He won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Beyond The Smoke. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Heather said...

She recieved the Will Rogers Medallion Award for
"Beyond the smoke" :-)

me_cheerful(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julia said...

He won the Will Rogers Medallion award. This looks like a fascinating read.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

A J Hawke said...

Hi Tina,

Thanks for the fun interview with the Texas leprechaun, I mean Terry Burns.

He's always fun to be around, whether on a blog, at a conference, or through his books.

Will Rogers Medallion Award for Beyond The Smoke, 2009. Way to go, Terry.

Thanks for the opportunity to receive one of Terry's books.

Blessings on your day,
A J Hawke

Tina Dee Books said...

I hope you all had a chance to roam around Terry's website. It's chock full of neat stuff. He also writes wonderful posts on Bustles And Spurs, but then you already knew that.

In addition to being an author, he's also a literary agent and you can check out his client's book by visiting his website.

I'll announce the winner of Terry's latest release on Saturday, March 27th 2010.

Lord bless you all,
Tina Dee

Judylynn said...

Terry won the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Beyond the Smoke.

Please enter me in the drawing!

seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com