Irish Imbas Books

Publisher info

Irish Imbas Books was established in 2014 by Irish author Brian O'Sullivan and family.

We produce books based on genuine aspects of Irish mythology. We’re very strong on delivering content that’s entertaining but also culturally authentic.

At present, we mainly produce fiction (literary/ adventure/thriller/) that contains strong elements of Irish culture, folklore and mythology (although not so much that they dominate the plots). We have two independent series going; the Beara Trilogy and the Fionn mac Cumhaill series. The first book in the latter (FIONN: Defence of Rath Bladhma) was recently selected as a finalist for Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO 2016 competition (the major fantasy competition for small/independent publishers).

Whenever possible, we publish short stories, either as a single item or as part of a collection. In this regard, we also hold an annual Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition which is currently our key mechanism of getting free – but accurate – information on Celtic culture out there into the world. Over the next year (2017) we’re also hoping to produce some unique works on Irish culture/folklore as well.

Although we mostly publish and sell our books through ebookstores such as Amazon/ Kobo/ iBooks/ Barnes & Noble and so on, we also provide digital books (DRM-free) and audiobooks through our website. Hard copies are available through Amazon (Createspace) and most can be ordered through any bookshop.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cork city in Southern Ireland. Most weekends and holidays we would drive down to the Beara peninsula where we had a house and where Dad's side of the family are based. I had a brilliant childhood growing up there, wandering through the surrounding fields with friends or brothers and sisters without any real kind of monitoring and looking for hours over beautiful views of Bantry Bay.
You tend to write a lot of Irish-related fiction. Is that intentional?
Well, yes. Being Irish, my background is obviously going to have an influence on what I write and how I write. I'd have to confess that I'm particularly keen in producing fiction that is as culturally authentic as possible. There are a lot of books out there that purport to be Irish or that utilise aspects of Irish mythology culture and heritage in a completely incorrect or inappropriate cultural context. Classic examples would be all those stories about the 'fairies', banshees, leprechauns and so on. I guess a big part of what I'm trying to do is to educate people on these elements of Irish culture, show them the truth behind the stereotypes and icons but in a way that's exciting and entertaining. As a Gaelic speaker and once-upon-a-time teacher of Irish myself, I'm also very much into helping people of Irish descent reclaim their heritage by making it more accessible.
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Where to find Irish Imbas Books online


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The Pursuit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A pursuit across the Great Wild to rescue an abducted woman leads to bloody complication for the woman warrior Liath Luachra.
Fionn: The Adversary (The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series #3)
Series: Fionn mac Cumhaill. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,850. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Ireland 198 A.D. The Ráth Bládhma allies have been decimated, the ragged survivors strung along the banks of an isolated river valley. Seeking refuge at the fortress of Dún Baoiscne, druidess Bodhmhall must confront her turbulent history and her scheming father to unearth the identity of the mysterious Adversary. But the woman warrior Liath Luachra, has a far more direct approach in mind.
Liath Luachra: The Grey One
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,980. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2016 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Ireland 188 A.D: A land of tribal affiliations, secret alliances and treacherous rivalries. Youthful woman warrior Liath Luachra has survived two brutal years fighting with mercenary war party “The Friendly Ones” but now the winds are shifting. Dispatched on a murderous errand where nothing is as it seems, she can count on nothing but her wits and her natural ferocity to see her through.
Fionn: Traitor of Dún Baoiscne (The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series #2)
Series: Fionn mac Cumhaill. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,790. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Based on the ancient Irish Fenian Cycle texts, this continues the fascinating tale of Ireland’s greatest hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill. Six years have passed since the brutal attack on the community of Ráth Bládhma. The isolated valley of Glenn Ceoch is at peace once more but those who survived still bear the scars of that struggle. Now, old and new enemies threaten the settlement.
Fionn: Defence of Rath Bladhma (The Fionn mac Cumhaill Series #1)
Series: Fionn mac Cumhaill. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 104,160. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Ireland: 192 A.D. Inter-tribal conflict has set the country on edge. In the secluded valley of Glenn Ceoch, disgraced druidess Bodhmall and her lover Liath Luachra have successfully avoided the bloodshed for many years. Now, the arrival of a pregnant refugee means they must fight to survive a mysterious war party and a ruthless magician intent on murder.
Fionn: The Stalking Silence
Price: Free! Words: 34,880. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ireland 192 AD: A pregnant refugee fleeing through the wilderness encounters a relentless predator. Only by drawing on all her courage and cunning can she hope to survive.
The Irish Muse and Other Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,260. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
An intriguing collection of short stories from Irish author Brian O'Sullivan, this provides an original twist on foreign and familiar territory by merging the passion and wit of Irish storytelling with the down-to-earth flavour of different international locations.
The Ringmaster's Daughter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young Irish woman fleeing a dreary existence encounters Dal, a mysterious ringmaster’s daughter. Strikingly beautiful and exceptionally unconventional, she is too implausible to be true – despite all evidence to the contrary. A unique and intriguing tale of magic, lies and female friendships by Irish author Brian O'Sullivan.
Beara: Dark Legends
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 167,740. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014 by Irish Imbas Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Reclusive Irish historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin has a “sixth sense for history, a unique talent for finding lost things”. Hired to locate the final resting place of legendary Irish hero, Fionn mac Cumhal, Mos must draw on his knowledge of Gaelic lore to solve a thousand year old mystery, outwit a lethal competitor and survive his own unusual family history.

Series

Fionn mac Cumhaill
The Fionn mac Cumhaill series is a series of Irish mythological and adventure novels based around some of the early events outlined in Macgnímartha Finn (The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn). An exciting contemporary version of a narrative that’s almost a thousand years old, it recounts the adventures of Fionn during his upbringing at Ráth Bládhma and of the people who protected him there (his aunt Bodhmhall, the woman warrior Liath Luachra, Fiacail mac Codhna and Muirne Muncháem). Despite being a work of historical fiction, the series aligns completely with the original 12th century manuscript on which it is based.

Books

Irish Imbas: Celtic Mythology Collection 2016
Price: Free! Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This collection by a new wave of contemporary authors (Sighle Meehan, Sheelagh Russell Brown, Marc McEntegart, Coral Atkinson and Marie Gethins) mark a new movement of authentic and original Celtic-based writing and a better understanding of Celtic cultures. The ‘Fairies’, the ‘Salmon of Knowledge’,the ‘Children of Lir’ and the ‘Selkie’. They’re all waiting for you here.

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