Friday, August 31, 2012

Celebrate the Blue Moon with MOONDANCE

Help me celebrate the blue moon by picking up a copy of my newly released story, Moondance.

"Love that's true happens only once in a blue moon"

Blánaid thinks there's something wrong with her. It's been months since she's dated, and even if she makes the first move to invite a man out, it seems he can't run away from her fast enough. If it weren't for her best friends, Ronan and Siobhan, Blánaid is sure she'd go crazy with loneliness and despair. Then, one night while watching the sunset, Ronan kisses her and suddenly, the world as Blánaid knows it is thrown into turmoil. She turns to Siobhan for advice and a shoulder to cry on.

Can Blánaid face the truth in Siobhan's words?

The instant his lips touched Blánaid's, Ronan was sure he'd found Heaven. Ever since meeting her, he tried to find a way to tell her how he felt about her. When he overheard her telling Siobhan she never dated the friends they hung out with, he kept his feelings to himself- until this night when everything seemed so right. And he thought she felt the same when she returned his kiss. But when she realized what was happening, she ran from him. Ronan was sure he'd scared her off forever.

Can Ronan settle for just being Blánaid's friend? 

Read an excerpt here.
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Make some good luck wishes during a blue moon --

Lunar bath -- Take off all your clothes and bathe in the moon beams as if splashing water over you, chanting your wish three times.

Make a wish upon a blue moon -- Stare up at the blue moon and start by saying "Blue moon, blue moon,true blue moon . . ." then make your wish, saying this three times.

Make a wish on a silver coin -- Recite your wish three times while rubbing a silver coin (not silver colored!) then toss is into any body of water . . . river, stream, pond, lake, ocean or wishing well.

Taslisman wish -- Take a silver necklace or coin (again, not silver colored) and make a wish while rubbing the necklace/coin, repeating three times, then leave the item out overnight under the blue moon. The item will 'soak up' the energy of the blue moon and act as a good luck talisman and give you good luck until the next blue moon.

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To celebrate the 2012 blue moon (tonight, 31 August), through 4 September, I'm giving away copies of Moondance through Smashwords. Yep, FREE!! Unfortunately, Kindle won't let us offer this story for free, so any purchases made through 4 September will go to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Win-win, so what are you waiting for? Drop over to Tirgearr Publishing to chose the version you want. Moondance is available for all ereader types through Kindle and Smashwords.

Please note: Moondance was originally released in 2006 and has been rewritten and expanded to include new scenes and situations.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

First Review for Rhythm of My Heart

My day started out a little iffy, as I realized too late that TODAY was the day the local council was shutting off power for several hours. They sent a notice last week and I put it in my diary.

But I forgot.

And nothing was charged!

I did get a little online time in before zero hour though. The first email that popped up was from reviewer, Sharal Hunter. Suddenly, my day was looking glorious, despite (or in spite of) the dark clouds on the horizon signalling afternoon rain. Never mind that the sun was out for a change.

Here's what brightened my day --

"First of all, take a look at the cover of this book. I don’t know what the Irish word for “WOW” is but that was my reaction when I saw it. If a guilty pleasure read is what you are looking for, then you don’t need to look much further once you see the eye candy on this cover. Women will want a Kieran Vaughan of their own. What’s not to love, ladies? He’s hot, hot, hot, he sings and plays blues guitar, he loves his little sister, he’s nice, he worships the ground Eilis walks on (lucky wench), he rides a Harley, he cooks (fanning face) and last but not least, he’s Irish so he’s got the accent going on and you know that’s going to be music to the ears. If I didn’t already have a Scottish guy, then an Irish guy would be high up on the list. With Kieran Vaughan, Kemberlee Shortland has created a character that makes a lasting impression that remains long after the book is done.

"Upon meeting Eilis Kennedy for the first time, my first impression of her is that she is extremely critical of herself and has a very poor sense of worth. Most women can certainly relate to Eilis. She has gotten knocked down quite a bit in love and life, unfortunately, and isn’t very trusting with her heart. She honestly doesn’t see what Kieran sees when she looks in the mirror. She gave up her own career as a singer so she could find new talent and represent them towards successful careers of their own. Regrettably, the “casting couch” scenario still pursues her, only now, her boss Fergus is the one she needs to be cautious around. I would have liked to see her get agitated and fight back, especially where Fergus is concerned. She does tell him off but I would have enjoyed seeing her mop the floor with his behind.

"For me, Kieran and Eilis are truly two halves of one whole. Upon meeting, the connection they feel is strong and almost psychic. They know when the other is near, hurt or frightened, the way identical twins are connected. Unfortunately they are human and the reader is made to wait longer for them to get together because they both experience “the big misunderstanding” more than once. I found this to be extremely frustrating because it’s so obvious to me they are meant to be together but they both have a lot of pride and jump to conclusions about each other instead of just talking. Happily, years do not go by before they work it out, as is the case in a lot of books.

"Ms. Shortland writes amazing characters that come to life and leap off the page. Even the villain, Fergus, as nasty and disgusting as he was, is very realistic. I got a very good sense of what Eilis felt having him around. Ms. Shortland takes it one step further and makes Fergus truly vile, which gives the story some very suspenseful moments. The story moves at a good pace, even with the big misunderstandings and delivers some exciting and heart-racing moments towards the end. I can’t spoil the ending for you, so you are just going to have to read this book to find out what I am talking about. I’m sure you will agree that Rhythm of My Heart is magical"

I mean, holy cow, Batman! Of course, I've read this about a million times since I first saw it, but I still feel all goose bumpy with each read.

Sharal is a stellar reviewer. Check out her website where she posts all of her great reviews, Sherri's Thoughts & Ramblings. Be sure to bookmark the page, or follow her page, to keep up with her reviews. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Thank you so much, Sharal! You've made me feel like an Olympic gold medalist!!