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1334 Readers . . . and counting

An incredible 1334 readers entered my recent GoodReads Giveaway competition to win a copy of On the Edge of the Loch.

So . . .

To all those who missed out, On the Edge of the Loch (ebook) will be FREE on Amazon from Sept 11 to 15.

If you have it on your ‘to read’ list – like nearly 600 hundred GoodReads members – here’s a chance to get it free. Normally price $5.99.

Of course, you might prefer to buy the print version – especially if, like me, you appreciate the feel of a quality 6×9-inch novel printed on vellum stock (See Amazon http://amzn.to/28RRRdt).

Your choice.

Update: On the Edge of the Loch is receiving excellent reviews and is maintaining a 4.8 Star rating on Amazon.

Enjoy! JÉC

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On the Edge of the Loch: “A social and psychological cosmos of evocative writing . . . one exquisite insight after another. I could neither wait for nor predict the sublime outcome.”  Jack Engelhard, International Best-Selling Author of Indecent Proposal.

“Solemn, resplendent, cinematic . . .” James Rutherford, Author of Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump (2016).

The Question Readers and Critics ask most often . . .

More than any other question, people ask me if one spark or incident caused me to write On the Edge of the Loch. The best way to answer is via the ‘Dear Reader’ page I use in the novel itself:
on the edge of the loch FRONT COVER - large CMYKon the edge of the loch FRONT COVER - large CMYKDear Reader . . .

Joe. IMG 8452. Polo. Adj Color. Gavin Photo 2014

One late-summer evening a long time ago,

in a little picturesque train station,

I noticed a graceful young woman sitting alone;

she looked to be waiting for someone.

Over the next week I re-visited the station on

five occasions to photograph it in different light.

The woman was there every time,

still waiting.

On the day I was leaving, our eyes engaged,

a moment of silent conversation;

she smiled, seemed about to say something.

Then her head dropped, she turned away.

I never saw her again.

Never knew why she was there or who she longed for.

But she inspired this novel.

I couldn’t make her the main character,

she’s too much of a mystery.

So I wrote a bigger story around a driven man,

and married the two.

Thanks for reading it.

I think you’ll be glad you did.


Joseph Éamon Cummins, an award-winning writer, taught creative writing and psychology for ten years. His new novel is On the Edge of the Loch: A Psychological Novel set in Ireland.


Map of Aranroe

Most of the action in On the Edge of the Loch takes place in Aranroe, a fictional village in County Mayo. I drew the map of the village to include the buildings and features relevant in the story. It is also accurate in scale and compass directions.

Interestingly, a man emailed me to say he – and his travel agent! – were having trouble locating Aranroe on the map, and that he planned to visit the village when he arrived in Ireland. I hated to disappoint him, but had to.

Here is the map as it appears in the book.map-01-01