Beyond the Phantom Battle Mystery at Loch Ashie

Mystery at Loch Ashie Ian Moore-Morrans. they had become permanent participants, destined to fight for all time, with no hope of ever returning to the life they had known. Worse still, he was the one who had persuaded Malcolm to come ...

Author: Ian Moore-Morrans

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781450059374

Category: Fiction

Page: 185

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Ian Moore-Morrans has crafted a novel of adventure, fantasy and romance set in the Scottish Highlands. In it, twin brothers from present-day Edinburgh hope to witness a “phantom battle” purported to take place annually at northern Loch Ashie. Instead they are engulfed in this battle between ancient Highlanders and Vikings which transports them back to the 12th Century. In their encounters with the local inhabitants they experience hostility, friendship, romance, death sentences and a supernatural reprieve. Finally a wizard-like being, “Ancient One,” attempts to help them return to the 21st Century.

Beyond the Phantom Battle

Ian Moore-Morrans has crafted a novel of adventure, fantasy and romance set in the Scottish Highlands.

Author: Ian Moore-Morrans

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781450059350

Category: Fiction

Page: 185

View: 326

Ian Moore-Morrans has crafted a novel of adventure, fantasy and romance set in the Scottish Highlands. In it, twin brothers from present-day Edinburgh hope to witness a "phantom battle" purported to take place annually at northern Loch Ashie. Instead they are engulfed in this battle between ancient Highlanders and Vikings which transports them back to the 12th Century. In their encounters with the local inhabitants they experience hostility, friendship, romance, death sentences and a supernatural reprieve. Finally a wizard-like being, "Ancient One," attempts to help them return to the 21st Century.

Came To Canada Eh

Those settlers were seeking refuge from the horrors of the Highland clearances that were imposed after Culloden. ... the Hector's voyage gave me an idea for another novel, a sequel to Beyond the Phantom Battle: Mystery at Loch Ashie.

Author: Ian Moore-Morrans

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525575937

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

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Having emigrated from Scotland to Canada in his early thirties, Ian Moore-Morrans was a Scotsman to the core―despite his love for his adopted homeland―adventurous, humorous, and determined to provide a better life for himself, his wife and two young daughters. In his first memoir, From Poverty to Poverty: A Scotsman Encounters Canada, he shared with his fascinated readers what life was like for him in the early days, from his Scottish roots to his eventual emigration. In this sequel, we get to learn what happened next, joining him on a journey that takes him and his first wife back and forth across six provinces, with multiple stops along the way, as he struggles to survive and thrive in the face of countless obstacles that would likely have stopped a lesser man in his tracks. With love and humour in his heart, and music in his soul, this extraordinary “common” man was anything but ordinary. Throughout his life, love, laughter, and song carry him through even the toughest of times. Even after the death of his first wife, which he describes with poignancy, he pushes on, in true Scottish fashion, eventually meeting a new love―the soulmate with whom he shares his final years, full of romance, adventure, writing, singing, a heart-felt appreciation of Canada, and a continued enthusiasm for all things Scottish. The cover photo is of Gayle’s jewellery box that became Ian’s funeral urn, depicting Ian’s varied avocations–playing his trumpet in a Royal Air Force band; singing as a Scottish performer; displaying one of his published books; and dancing with a Scottish country dance group. The Leslie Clan tartan background represents the addition of “Moore” to Ian’s family name, as the Moore family is a sept of the Leslie Clan. (Ian’s first memoir displayed the McKinnon Clan tartan of which the Morranses are a sept.)

From Poverty to Poverty

... they were married in 2003, author Ian moore-morrans and his wife and editor Gayle moore-morrans, offer here their first non-fiction publication. they published a novel, Beyond the Phantom Battle: Mystery at Loch Ashie, in 2010.

Author: Ian Moore-Morrans

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770972471

Category: Immigrants

Page: 360

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Raised by a single mother on welfare during the 1930's depression and World War II in the Scottish Highlands, Ian spends his childhood trying to get enough to eat and stay warm. During an adolescence apprenticed to a drunken blacksmith, he also begins a lifelong love affair with music-making while wavering between the strictures of the Salvation Army and the "worldly pleasures" of the outside world. Life begins to improve when Ian enters the Royal Air Force, serving five years as an aircraft engine mechanic and bandsman in the United Kingdom and then Egypt. In the latter, he experiences the consequences of the Arab "walkouts" that eventually led to the Suez Canal crisis. Most hilarious is his tale "Jig-a-Jig in the Desert" when the small military water treatment plant he supervises is invaded by Arab prostitutes. Returning to Britain, he marries his pen-pal, Mary, completes his military career and enters into civilian life, finally settling on his lifetime career as a machinist. Two daughters are born, one of whose life is saved at birth by a bottle of Scotch whisky. Despite getting established in Scotland, Ian gets "itchy feet" and thinks of emigrating. Misled by the inflated promises of an unscrupulous Government of Ontario official to choose Canada over Australia, Ian, Mary and the girls endure a winter sailing over the Atlantic in 1965, including a collision in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Ian and Mary struggle to adjust and to learn and speak "Canadian." Their daughters, however, are sounding like Canadian children within a few weeks! Misadventures in finding and keeping jobs and a suitable place to live in Canada lead Ian to conclude that he has only moved "from poverty to poverty." Will he be able to survive and eventually thrive in this new land?

Jake Little Jimmy Big Louie

Though written for children, this book will appeal to pet lovers of all ages. It tells the story of Jake, an 11-year-old boy who adopts Little Jimmy, a budgie bird, born without wings.

Author: Ian Moore-Morrans

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780993989506

Category:

Page: 136

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Though written for children, this book will appeal to pet lovers of all ages. It tells the story of Jake, an 11-year-old boy who adopts Little Jimmy, a budgie bird, born without wings. Jake learns to help Little Jimmy live and feel like a very special bird. Later, a rescued baby chick is literally dumped into Jake's hands. "Thing," as Jake originally names him, soon insists on his own name, becoming "Louie." Eventually Big Louie grows into a huge and very smart raven. Though he didn't want the raven at first, Jake soon realizes that Big Louie has become an important part of the family who comes to the rescue when Little Jimmy gets into dangerous situations. One adventure follows another and the three become fast friends who really love each other. Author Ian Moore-Morrans had ample experience raising his own Jimmy, a cockatiel, from newly-hatched to adulthood. Ian has used that knowledge in portraying realistic characterizations of both birds, including intelligence, comic actions, dependence and independence, plus an ability to "talk" and a knack for finding a very special place within a family. Co-author Gayle Moore-Morrans, also Ian's wife and editor, has added her own touch to the story, giving a spiritual dimension to Jake's family and his decisions in caring for and loving his pets. For that special "kid's touch," Ian and Gayle invited two of their great-grandchildren to collaborate on Jake, Little Jimmy & Big Louie. Grandson Leland German was their age-appropriate consultant and Granddaughter Hannah German served as the illustrator.