Happy Publication Day to Tom Phelan author of WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IT

Huge congratulations goes out to author Tom Phelan today!! It’s publication day for his newest book, WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IT: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books. And huge thanks goes out to editors Aimee Bell and Brita Lundberg.

In the tradition of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Alice Taylor’s To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan’s We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s.

Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking.

It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland.

WE WERE RICH AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IT recounts Tom’s upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life’s adversities.

Praise already in for this book:

“You don’t have to be Irish to cherish this literary gift—just being human and curious and from a family will suffice.” –Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming

“Other works have been situated at the same intersection of time and place, but rarely has the tale been told with such a charming simplicity of voice plus a vividness that fully captures the distinctive sound and pulse of Irish life.” –Billy Collins

“A tender recollection of growing up on a farm in Ireland in the 1940s… a captivating portrait of a bygone time.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Plain, honest, funny, occasionally sad and rich in material detail, this wonderful memoir […] is the real thing.” Newsday

“[A] series of tender and earnest anecdotes of coming-of-age in the rural Irish midlands of the 1940s… Phelan’s vivid images of his life on the farm and at school provide a rich and colorful snapshot of the times that shaped him.” Publishers Weekly

“An evocative memoir with echoes of Frank McCourt.” Newsday

Don’t miss the opportunity to read this beautiful memoir.  Get your copy today.

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Today’s Author Focus: IAN HUGHES

Ian Hughes’s career has spanned scientist, government science policy advisor, and writer. His curiosity and passion for knowledge cross the boundaries of the natural, social and political sciences. Having graduated with a PhD in atomic physics, Ian worked in some of the top research laboratories in Europe and the United States where he researched the exotic properties of matter on the smallest scale. As an academic he established a Department of Creative Technologies to explore the synergies between art and technology, and co-founded a program to bring together scientists and journalists to make science more accessible to the public.

His current job as advisor in science, technology and innovation policy for the Irish government explores how research in science can result in economic and social benefits for society. Ian has also trained in psychoanalysis, and has previously authored a major study on the effectiveness of democracy in Ireland.

In his new book, Disordered Minds, published by Zero Books, Ian brings together his training in science, psychology and political science to demonstrate how a small proportion of people with dangerous personality disorders cause most of the suffering in our world.

To learn more about Ian, please visit his website www.disorderedworld.com which was recently short-listed in the Top 10 Political Blogs in Ireland. You can also follow Ian on Twitter at @disorderedworld 

Disordered Minds has received the following endorsement from Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland:

‘However they are formed, our world produces them- the psychopaths and those with narcissistic or paranoid personality disorders. You have met them, worked with them, maybe even lived with them or been victimized by them and you know just how bafflingly plausible they can be and how disastrously evil. Disordered Minds introduces us to the vast wastelands they are capable of creating when you and I, our neighbors, friends, families and colleagues fail to see just how dangerous they are, when we fail to underpin our democracies with the infrastructures capable of withstanding the onslaught of the deceptively charismatic lunatic leader. Read this exceptionally fine and accessible work of scholarship and make it your business to keep their disordered minds from disordering our universe’.

You can purchase Ian’s book here:

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Today’s Author Focus: DAVID HEILWAGEN

David Heilwagen

Trace Literary Agency is pleased to represent Indiana author David Heilwagen.

David’s debut romantic thriller, Cone of Uncertainty, was published by Soul Mate Publishing in August of 2013 and continues to receive five star reviews on Amazon. Cone of Uncertainty is the first novel in a series of Key West thrillers.

Fleeing a violent husband and a dying marriage, Amanda Brougher abandons her life in Nashville. Driving through the night, she eventually winds up in Key West, Florida. It’s here that Amanda hopes to find the tranquility needed to restart her life managing a small island inn. But Amanda’s plans begin to unravel almost as soon as she arrives. Paul Brougher isn’t about to let his wife leave so easily. As soon as he discovers she’s left, Paul embarks on a deluded quest to hunt her down. Amanda meets Brock Hamilton, a U.S. Coast Guard Officer, who is trying to come to terms with his own shattered past.

With a major hurricane heading towards Key West, and a deranged ex-husband quickly closing-in, two lost souls turn to each other for comfort and security. A spark ignites and the flames of romance quickly consume them, setting into motion a chain of events that takes both of them on a life-changing journey of danger, intrigue, and self-discovery.

David’s second novel, Ninety Degrees at Sunset, was published by Soul Mate in December of 2014.

His third novel, Remember Last Summer, was published in August 2016 by Endeavor Press UK.

David lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and in winter travels to the Florida Keys where you can find him aboard his sailing vessel, Wind Bandit.

David Heilwagen Books:

Davids books can be purchased on Amazon.

Happy Publication Day to Lisa Hobman and

 

Congratulations to Lisa Hobman on the publication of A SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS published by Aria!  Today is publication day!!

The stunning new story from the bestselling author of What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond, Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.

Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe’s most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world’s most glamorous cities… Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job!

So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland’s Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can’t remotely be dressed up as glamping!

But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is…

Praise for Lisa Hobman:

‘Heartwarming And Uplifting’ — Heidi Swain.

‘This Is A Story To Fall In Love With, A Triumph Of Love Over Loss, Hope Over Heartache And Ultimately A Tale That Will Lift Your Spirits And Leave You Smiling At The End!’ –Faith Hogan.

A SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS: A heartwarming, feel-good novel, perfect for hopeless romantics

Today’s author focus: CAROLINE BUSHER

Caroline Busher

Caroline Busher is the Irish Times best-selling author of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children and The Girl Who Ate The Stars both published by Poolbeg Press in Ireland.

Caroline graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin (UCD) and has won numerous awards and received critical acclaim for her writing.

She is the Reader in Residence with Wexford Public Library Services and a Heritage Expert with the Heritage Council of Ireland.

Caroline worked as a curator and Chair of Wexford Literary Festival and the Festival Manager of “Towers and Tales” International storytelling festival in Lismore Castle.

She is on the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and is represented and facilitates Creative Writing Workshops in schools, libraries and festivals throughout Ireland.

In addition Caroline is the co-creator of “Things That Go Bump In The Night” an interactive theatre production and “The Underground Writers Society.”

Please click on Caroline’s name below to purchase her books.  Enjoy!

Caroline Busher Books

Today’s Author Focus: CARMEL HARRINGTON

Carmel Harrington

Carmel Harrington, is an award-winning author from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband Roger and two children, Amelia and Nate.

Trace Literary Agency LLC discovered Carmel and represented her on her first five novels: Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, The Life You Left, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Things I Should Have Told You and The Woman at 72 Derry Lane.  All published by HarperCollins UK.

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane was a Sunday Times Bestseller and was shortlisted as the Popular Fiction Book of the Year by the prestigious Irish Book Awards.

The Thing I Should Have Told You was also shortlisted in the Irish Book Awards  and her debut novel, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow was the Kindle Book of The Year & Romantic eBook of the Year.

Her page-turning novels are published worldwide and have been translated into eight different languages in eleven countries.

Carmel is a regular on Irish TV as one of the panellists on Virgin Media’s Elaine show and previously on TV3’s Midday show. She has been interviewed in the UK on BBC, in the US on WNDU TV as well as many Irish shows, including Ireland AM, The Morning Show and The Today Show. Radio interviews include RTE’s Ryan Tubridy show and BBC Ulster. She writes feature articles for many newspapers and magazines. A popular keynote speaker she has given talks in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

Carmel is co-founder of The Inspiration Project alongside authors Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard.

Previously, Carmel was Chair of Wexford Literary Festival from 2013-2018, of which she also co-founded.

For more information visit http://www.carmelharrington.com or find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @happymrsh

To order Carmel’s books, please click on the link below.  Happy reading!

Carmel Harrington Books

Please put these books on your reading list and consider adding them to your book club reading!  Enjoy!

Today’s Featured Author: ADELE O’NEILL

Adele O’Neill

One of my New Year’s resolutions is getting back to featuring my clients and their amazing books. Today’s author focus is on Adele O’Neill.

Adele O’Neill is a writer from County Wicklow, Ireland. She lives with her husband Alan and two teenage daughters and is a board member of the Wexford Literary Festival.

Adele sold her successful Montessori business in 2013 so that she could concentrate on her writing. She was fortunate to win a charity auction to have Sheila Crowley, literary agent for Curtis Brown, complete a readers report of her novel. In her report, Ms. Crowley refers to Adele’s work as ‘clearly the work of a writer with a gift for storytelling’ that has ‘the architecture of a great story’, that in parts reminded her of ‘the warmth of Emma Hannigan’.

Adele has been offered a three book publishing deal from Caroline Ridding of Aria (imprint of Head of Zeus). Her first book, Brothers & Sisters was published in July 2017.

Brothers & Sisters is a gripping, highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. Alternating between life in the 1970’s and the present day, the story gently unravels a host of dark family secrets thread by thread making the reader question whether they would do the same for the ones they love. Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes and Dorothy Koomson.

“Incredibly moving, beautifully written, this dramatic tale of dark family secrets is impossible to put down. I loved it” – Carmel Harrington

Adele’s second book, Behind A Closed Door was also published by Aria in March of 2018. She is currently working on Book #3.

Behind A Closed Door — What if everything in your life was a lie? An emotionally tense story of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. Perfect for the fans of Louise Jenson.

What readers are saying:

‘O’Neill is back with an equally gripping sequel … A remarkable ability to get under the skin of characters … Page-turning prose’ – Sunday Independent Dublin.

‘Behind a Closed Door blew my socks off and is a very cleverly written and addictive read’ – Ginger Book Geek.

‘Dark and deep secrets! A well constructed plot that is deeply disturbing! Great story!’ – Cathy Thompson, NetGalley.

You can purchase Adele’s books by clicking the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=adele+o%27neill