And it’s another PUB Day — The Getaway by Maria Duffy

Another publication day is upon us.  This time it’s Maria Duffy’s THE GETAWAY thats in the spotlight. THE GETAWAY is published by Hachette Books Ireland.

Will escaping for two weeks save her marriage? Or change her life?

To the outside world, bestselling author Linda Costa has it all: a successful career, a wonderful marriage and two gorgeous children. But appearances can be deceiving …

The truth is Linda is not happy. She’s feeling as though she’s been taken for granted by her husband Rob, and her children. So, on the verge of a breakdown, she books herself a two-week holiday to Spain, determined to shake off the unsettling feeling she’s been having about her marriage and her life. But as Linda relaxes by the pool, the idea of returning home to the chaos seems increasingly unappealing, especially when the handsome Kabir seems intent on showing her a good time …

Meanwhile, Linda’s family soon discover that running a home isn’t as easy as it looks. But will it be too late to show her just how much she means to them?

Linda has some decisions to make. But will she choose the life she has? Or the one she thinks she wants?

This is Maria’s 8th book and I believe her best yet.  Put it on your summer reading list!!

Praise for Maria Duffy:  “Funny, moving, thought-provoking….you’ll end up dropping everything to finish this” — Claudia Carroll

Congratulations Maria. You’ve nailed this one.  Click on the link below to order your copy.

Happy Pub Day to Nicola Cassidy and THE NANNY AT NO. 43

“Be careful who you let into your home!”

Huge congratulations goes out to Nicci Cassidy on the release of her second book, THE NANNY at No. 43 published by Poolbeg Press.

Wanted, a respectable woman to care for a motherless child.

When William D. Thomas’s wife dies in childbirth, he places an advertisement in his local newspaper seeking a nanny for his newborn child.

He is thankful when an experienced nanny arrives at 43 Laurence Street and takes over from his frazzled housekeeper Mrs. McHugh.

Mrs. McHugh confides in her bedridden friend Betty, who has a bird’s-eye view of all the happenings on Laurence Street, that the Nanny is not all she seems. Betty begins her own investigation into the mysterious woman.

When the bodies of twin babies are discovered buried in a back garden, by a family who have moved from their tenement home into a country cottage, a police investigation begins.

But it is Betty who holds the key to discovering who the Nanny really is … and the reason she came to 43 Laurence Street.

This is a must read for your summer reading list!!  You can purchase here by clicking the link(s) below:

Congratulations to Sheila Forsey on the publication of KILBRIDE HOUSE

I am so happy to announce the publication of KILBRIDE HOUSE by Irish author Sheila Forsey, published by Poolbeg Press.


Kilbride House is set on the mystical Dingle Peninsula. Victoria Goulding, a Protestant, falls in love with Canice Meagher, born on the Blasket Islands and a Roman Catholic. To be together they must elope. Before their escape, the hand of fate plays its cards and changes their lives irrevocably.

Sixty-three years later, in the leafy suburbs of New York, Edith Goulding, Victoria’s sister, has died. Edith left Ireland in the winter of 1955 all those years ago, never to return. In her will she has insisted that her daughter Catherine and granddaughter Lainey visit Kilbride.

Kilbride House, despite all its grandeur, holds shocking memories within its walls – memories that have slipped through the cracks of time. As the ghosts awaken the lies begin to unravel, and everything is altered. The past cannot remain untold.

Just look at the praise for KILBRIDE HOUSE!!!

“Sheila Forsey’s stunning debut novel Kilbride House vividly evokes 1950’s Ireland. Comparisons to Colm Tóibín’s masterpiece Brooklyn are inevitable and justified. I urge you to pick up a copy.” Chris Sherry, editor, Ulster Tatler

You can purchase your copy here:

Congratulations Sheila.  So proud of you and your amazing writing!!

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.

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 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:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

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