What does the holiday make you think of? The color green? Getting pinched in grade school? Perhaps leprechaun, pots of gold, or shamrocks.
You may not realize that today is a widely celebrated holiday for many reasons. It’s a public holiday in Ireland. It’s also the day Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, died. If you’re one of the many people who observe Lent, I understand restrictions from are lifted on St. Patrick’s Day. Some people mark the day by celebrating Ireland’s heritage and culture.
How better to spend your day than with a few hunky Irish heros?
Last year, some friend of mine got together and created a fictional castle-turned-hotel, set in Ireland. We named it Castle Tullamore. Each of us wrote a story around that castle and it’s inhabitants. A few of the same characters appear in each book. It was a grand experience getting to work with so many talented ladies. And the finished products have been lots of fun to read.
My contribution to the series was Ghostly Persuasion. Here’s a bit about it:
When American-born Katie takes her mother’s ashes home to Ireland, she finds hunky but spellbound Seamus loitering in her suite at Castle Tullamore. Seamus is surprised Katie can see and hear him because he was turned into a spirit three hundred years earlier. He acts as her personal tour guide, not only showing her the historical sights but introducing her to voyeurism and a variety of other carnal delights. As frustrating as it is not to be able to touch each other, they push the limits as far as possible.
Katie is determined to help Seamus break the spell cast on him by the wife of a previous lord, a woman he refused to take as a lover. With help from a few castle ghosts and the local witch, the two of them aim to free him and find a way to be together in the flesh.
You can watch the book trailer on YouTube: Ghostly Persuasion.
To celebrate the day, I’m giving away a gift package to one winner who can email me with the mystery phrase of the day. The package includes a pair of hand-made shamrock earrings, shamrock jelly bracelet, ribbon bookmark, two year pocket planner/calendar, a hand-made scarf and some Dena swag. Clues can be found on the blog or website of some of the other Ladies of Tullamore (listed below). The one-word clues are marked with a shamrock like this:
Put the clues together and send me an email with the mystery phrase at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll award the gift package to one lucky winner at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 19th.
Make sure you check out the other books in the Emerald Isle Fantasies series:
Rebecca Royce – Crimson Lust
Virginia Cavanaugh – Tell Me Your Secrets
Susanna Stone – Timelost Lover (coming soon): http://susannastone.blogspot.ca/2014/03/irish-romance-at-castle-tullamore.html