Friday, November 22, 2013

Selkie's Song by Clare Austin giveaway and Exclusive Excerpt


They call her Selkie. Muireann O'Malley often felt she was born of the sea but refuses to let sentimentality stand in the way of her crusade to protect the shore she has wandered since a small child. A patch of West Clare, Ireland, and a derelict building are all that stand between the cliffs she loves and the callous grip of progress.

Tynan Sloane should be content with success, but a dream beckons. O'Fallon's Pub in historic downtown Boston is for sale and Tynan wants to make it his. An unexpected inheritance of land in the west of Ireland could provide the financing he needs. He doesn't expect his quick trip to sell the land to rekindle youthful passion.

 Fifteen years ago, they had an adolescent crush. Now disparate ambition and a legend as old as Ireland herself stand between them. Will love and myth collide to bring them together or tear them apart?


Exclusive Excerpt:

Ty checked the directions his hostess had texted to
his phone. The moisture in the morning air that hung
benevolently over Shannon Airport felt slightly
different from an imposing wet Boston spring day. As
he drove north in his red hire car, singing along with a
Christy Moore CD, Ty wondered what had kept him
away so long. Though he knew he would soon tire of
the small-town life, it was gratifying to get back in
touch with Ireland’s roots and his own.

Even sleep deprived, he had a tingle on his skin
and joy in his belly. Stretches of brilliant green, broken
only by carefully laid stone walls, quilted the land on
both sides of the narrow road. The old vied with the
new—an ancient ring fort ruled the land while a newly
built holiday home sported fresh pebble dashing and a
For Sale By Owner sign.

The village huddled like a bright-colored bird
whose nest looked out on a sea that gave in sustenance
what it took in toil. He pulled over under a sign
proclaiming Ballinacurragh to be winner of the Tidy
Town Award of 2001.

Turning at the sign pointing to An Lár, the town
center, he entered the comfortably predictable village,
dominated by the steeple of St. Enda’s Catholic Church.
His American friends liked to say that it took at least
two pubs and one church to make an Irish town. This
landscape supported that cliché.

He pulled to the side of the roadway for a moment
to let the scene settle in his memory.
A petrol station, Flaherty’s grocery—just in case
the Food Mart Express didn’t suit your needs—the
ubiquitous sports betting service, and two pubs,
O’Malley’s and Conneely’s, all offering plenty of ceol
agus craic, music and good conversation lubricated by
pints of lager and stout.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A word about the author...

Clare Austin submitted her first manuscript to a publisher at the age of eight years. She wishes she still had that rejection letter.

Many years and not a few stories later, with characters knocking at the inside of her cranium and begging to be released, Clare’s romantic comedy, Butterfly, was published. There followed a suspenseful sequel, Angel’s Share, and Hot Flash, a women’s fiction/romance for mature women and the men who love them.

Clare lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and enjoys her horses, playing her violin, and traveling to Ireland every summer.



Twitter: clareaustin@authorclare

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Clare will be awarding a print (US only) or digital copies (international) of the first two books in the series, Butterfly and Angel's Share to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
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