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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome! Céad míle fáilte! Willkommen!

Welcome to Siggy's Omnibus! 
Just released :
After losing World War II, 13-15 million Germans are displaced and fleeing from the victorious Russian and Polish troops to safety in the West. They have to leave their homes behind, only allowed to take with them what they can carry. Experienced by my own family, this short story is a heart-wrenching account of  German history that is still not well known: There is no going Back, available on Amazon for $0.99. German version to be published soon. It has several 5 star reviews already. 
The most impressive  and insightful review any of my writings ever received applies to this short story by India's new top writer Anu Lal:

When the good guys find their way home and set a different course to history, what would happen to the bad ones? Author Siggy Buckley’s latest short story, “There’s No Going Back” is about those displaced individuals, whose leaders had played bad buys in textbooks for history. Siggy Buckley is the author of Next Time Lucky: How to Find Mr. Right. She is also a very successful Irish matchmaker and a member of National League for American Pen Women.      
Can the wrongs enacted and sealed away in the vault of history be atoned in the present? Can we exorcise the demons of history with our understanding of the NOW? In “There’s No Going Back”, Ingrid and Rosemarie, On their way to reconcile their personal tragedy, come across the two questions more..

Now available in German too.

Around Valentine's Day, First Coast Living invited  me on their show about my book: Next Time Lucky: How to Find Your Mr. Right. Due to the great response from their viewers, they asked me back to answer questions on dating.
Both interviews are on YOUTUBE: #1 and  #2.

Just in time for this years' holiday season, FCL was kind enough to invite me again and talk about our home swapping experiences. Here's the link to that interview:


Blog Hop – My New Book

Thanks to Suellen Zima, or the 'Middle-Aged Hummingbird' as she calls herself and also a regular contributor to WGT and a member of NLAPW, for inviting me to the Blog Hop where authors answer questions about their new books.

What is the working title of your book? I Once had a Farm in Ireland: An Organic Life Story.
Where did the idea come from for the book? I walked the walk on going green; I lived it. Now I relive it and talk the talk again by writing a book about it.
What genre does your book fall under? Memoir and it also falls into the category of How to? How to grow your lettuce, potatoes, pluck chickens, make preserves, etc
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Michael Fassbender, of German-Irish heritage who played in Inglorious Bastards. Maria Furtwaengler, a brilliant German actress known for her role as one of the top detectives on German TV.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A German city family's search for a healthy country life in Ireland and what they found.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published again unless it gets accepted by a publisher. For my first book,, I had an agent. I  waited and waited & wasted over a year because she couldn't find a publisher. Then discovered the self-publishing route which had become acceptable in the meantime.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Over a year since it morphed from a blog into a book.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? There are two great books: Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend and Blossom Hill Farm by Sallyann J. Murphy.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? The years I spent on our organic farm were an important, life-changing part of my life on this earth. I had to reinvent myself before and since. That left memories and life lessons.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Yummy recipes, stories and pictures about Ireland, its culture and history.
Thank you again, Suellen! Can't wait to read your new book.

And now to the rest of Siggy's Omnibus
Can blogging become addictive? Yes, it can.
I'm all for an easy life. Having 6 blogs/websites could be considered manic, but I prefer to be called a 'consummate blogger'.
So, this is an attempt at making my blogging life easier and my readers and followers' lives too. Well, I did add another one, didn't I? On it I want to capture the latest or most important snippets from all the others (hopefully without detracting yours truly from the other 6). Links to the other sites are in the sidebar on the left.
I'll talk about these sites in more detail. For the moment, here goes:
and last but- not in the slightest least- my author page on Amazon
which I'm particularly proud of. Amazon does a great job for you as soon as you publish a book and put it up for sale there. They let you link to other websites of yours and the latest FB news or event is posted there, too. Buy all products currently reaching for the stars territory as I only have 2 books for sale: no T-shirts or other Siggy Buckley paraphernalia. But you never know, do you?

Next Time Lucky: Lessons of a Matchmaker is my first novel -creative non-fiction- because it is really based on my life experience as a matchmaker and then dater. Category Contemporary Women's Fiction - definitely not your typical romance novel.I had it reviewed on many a site and several authors, bloggers and book clubs ( Great Minds Think Aloud for example) as well as matchmakers, colleagues really, were kind enough to interview me too. There is a list of those on my blog site. The book is geared towards the more mature reader who may be divorced and looking for a partner a again like I was, or as I liked to express it: Looking for a second chance in this game of love. (Out in the dating trenches if you prefer).
It's an entertaining read for those who are already online dating, are thinking about it or want to compare notes. It's also available from Createspace that has a very informative page including my author bio plus blurb.

Another little book of mine is my travel guide on Home Swapping. If you like the idea, investigate and you'll see that you can save thousands of $$$ on your next vacation. It takes some guts to do that: letting strangers into your house and sleep in your beds, doesn't it.But it's a great way of getting to know a country and really keep the costs down.We did it last year and just signed an agreement for an exchange with a German family near the Baltic Sea in the Eastern parts of Germany (near Leipzig, Potsdam, Schwerin = beyond Berlin). More about that on the Intrepid Home Swappers blog. Season 2 is now under way.
This picture is the title cover of that eBoook and Pont Neuf  in Paris where we spent 3 wonderful weeks. If I got you interested in Home Swapping, you'll be glad to know that Season 2 is well under way. You can follow our new adventures on

Just today I published Season 2, two more home exchanges with families in Germany.

This time our travels take us to the Baltic Sea coast, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, via Berlin, Bremen to the Spa resort Baden Baden in the Black Forest.Having walked the walk, we now can talk the talk.Home Swapping takes careful planning a some know-how to make it a peasant and successful experience. is a blog I started while waiting for my agent to sell my novel Next Time Lucky to a publisher. I waited over a year and got itchy fingers in the meantime...and also lots of ideas.I'm not a writer who submits 25 novels, puts them in the drawer and waits patiently for a publication miracle to happen. Hence the blogging. I call this my Irish or green blog and I'm currently turning it into a book. This baby will hopefully  see the light during the summer.If my new project doesn't distract me too much: A novel about child adoption and abuse by church institutions in Ireland. It involves a lot of research and probably a trip to my adopted home country, Ireland, as well. It exists already as a coffee table book with lots of nice glossy pages and pictures. Too expensive to produce on a big scale. I'd like to publish it as a paperback and, of course, also as an eBook.

My encounter with Angelica Harris led to both liking each other and working together.For half a year I  co-hosted a show called Monday Lunch Hour Here 's my interview with Angelica talking about relationship issues, finding love after a divorce, and much more. Together we interview inspirational people, writers, and artists whose talents helped them overcome issues and hurdles in their lives. It's a podcast. You can tune in anytime or even download it to your smartphone.

Writers Get Together How could almost forget this site that currently takes up most of my time? "Publish, Post,Trumpet and Tweet
Grow your writing platform, be read and noticed through a network of writers dedicated to the same idea.
Writers, bloggers and aspiring authors: Send us your take on things, matters you want to share; be that of a serious nature or meant to put a smile on the reader's face." Over 7,000 view in six months shows its ever-growing popularity in the writing community. You needn't be a published author to be featured here. With almost 200 blog posts since Thanksgiving I like to keep my readers entertained and informed on a variety of subjects. 51 countries have visited this site: The flag counter is fun to watch.Got my first submmission from Egypt today! (Currently in hiatus, sorry!)

As if I didn't page pages and varied interests enough, I just created a new Facebook group: Singles & Dating Advice. Have a look and follow how this is shaping up as well as get some advice -if you need it! Members and experiences welcome!

Amazon Author page:

Siggy Buckley

Former matchmaker par excellence - or Dating Guru as the Irish media liked to call me- I was born in Germany. Having achieved a Masters Degree in English, I got married, had two children and then emigrated to Ireland with my family for the GOOD LIFE.
Involuntary life on an Irish farm produced a crop of misgivings and the break-up of our marriage. Single again, I launched a dating service in Dublin which eventually planted the seeds for this novel.
Now happily married, I live in sweltering Florida.
I write for American Chronicles and Opednews. My other blog deals with my previous life on an organic farm. It's called "I once had a farm in Ireland" and you will find it at
I'm a proud new International member of the National League of American Pen
As I transplant from Europe, I still see the US with foreign eyes and comment on… Read more
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

A new new blog has kept me busy since last Thanksgiving where I'm promoting new authors and writers and bloggers in general. if you are "textually active", you can become a contributor and submit your stuff to The new writers platform was well received in its short life span and can show off over 4,000 hits since its inception. I made some new friends and got nice comments and thanks form other writers...well it does take always from my actual writing time. You never know what may come of it...


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