Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beannachta na Faile Padraig oraibh! Join The St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop!

Dia duit. Beannachta na Faile Padraig oraibh!
It's not quite St. Patrick's Day yet but tomorrow we'll be celebrating all things Irish so why not start early with the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop?

In addition to the invididual prizes offered up at more than 120 different author blogs, there will be a drawing for *TWO* Grand Prizes?! The names of two lucky readers who leave comments on our blog hop will be drawn for:
  1. A choice of either an Amazon Kindle Fire or a Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet
  2. A $90 Gift Card for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

I'm offering up a PDFfull set of all four Love Covenant books from Evernight Publishing, my series featuring my sex and delightful Irish vampire, Will Brennan and his Texas lady, Cara Riley along with one winner's choice of ANY of my titles in the format of the winners choice.  That includes the three titles also available in paperback.   While all of my dozen novels to date don't offer an Irish connection, many of them do, whether it's an Irish character, an Irish surname, an Irish granny, or other connection to Erin.

I have a rich heritage including plenty of Irish roots myself.  My son, Patrick Murphy, is named for two men - my grandfather Pat Neely, may he rest in peace, and Patrick "Patsy"O'Hara, an Irish hero. Patsy was the third of the hunger strikers to die during the 1981 hunger strikes at Long Kesh prison in the north of Ireland. 

My own rich auburn hair color is as Irish as a shamrock, being the same vivid shade as my grandpa Pat's hair.

Instead of trying to offer an excerpt from one of my novels, I thought I'd share a traditional Irish brown bread recipe.  It's delicious!

  • 4 cups whole wheat (graham) flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil


  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart baking dish, or an 8" or 9" cast-iron skillet or cake pan that's at least 1 1/2" deep.
2) In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
3) In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter or oil.
4) Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Stir together until blended and no dry spots remain; the dough will be soft and sticky. In fact, it's probably more of a stiff batter than a soft dough.
5) Scoop the dough into the prepared pan, mounding it in the center. Brush the top with the melted butter. Wait 5 minutes for liquid to be absorbed by the flour before baking.
6) Bake the bread for 35 to 45 minutes, or until it tests done (a cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean.) Remove it from the oven, and serve warm.
Yield: One loaf, about 8 to 10 servings.

Bake up a batch and join me for a drink if you'd like!I've been sipping usisce beatha!

Leave me a comment about anything Irish - from my novels to your favorite Irish food, memory, song, poem, or drink for your chance to win!

And then hop on for more chances to win!


  1. I want to be entered in the St.Patrick's Day Blog Hop. Please enter me. Thank You.

  2. Well, I'm not Irish, but my BBF is and we have been celebrating St. Paddy's Day together for over 30 years! Count me in the contest.
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  3. :) Well I do have some Irish in me and with all my freckles its easy to tell! Hmm as a kid I remember my mom singing me a song I think it may have been called the Irish Lullaby. And for saint Patrick's day me and my kids are making cupcakes with green icing and little shamrock sprinkles. I hope you have an amazing Saint Patrick's Day!!

  4. I'm Irish and I would love to visit Ireland someday. Thanks for the Irish Brown Bread recipe. I look forward to trying it. Happy St. Patrick's Day! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  5. Yum. Your recipe sounds great. Me, my favorite thing about the Irish is how musical the natives sound when they're talking (at least in the movies - I haven't met very many Irish people in person). Still, it's very lyrical.

  6. a very early good morning from foggy mississippi. the roosters are crowing and the donkeys are relatively quiet. now, if you're confused by that weird statement, welcome to my world. lol. i live on the family farm, with my parents up the road one direction and my eldest brother and his fam down the road. just far enough away to where they aren't "next door neighbors" in the typical sense, thank goodness.

    my ancestors were from ireland. i traced my family history as far back as i could go, and it stopped when my g-pa zachariah came over from Ireland right before the rev. war. so in every war, there has been one of us. i don't know whether to be proud or worry about what that's done to the poor united states. lol. we're a loud and rowdy bunch. i guess that attests to our irish heritage as well.

    that's something i've always loved about ireland. they're loud, proud, and aren't ashamed of where they come from. my kind of people. literally and figuratively.

    hope you have a great st. patrick's day!

    LC (

  7. count me in please!
    Since I'm writing my term paper about irish migration, I loved reading the posts her :)


  8. Oh you went all out with the green background on the blog I likes.

    Please enter me I would love to read these books.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


  9. “May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we'll know them by their limping.”

    Happy St. Patty's Day!

  10. I really enjoy reading Irish mythology. They are really interesting.
    Happy St. Patricks Day.

  11. I'm Awful My favourite thing to do is drink green beer!

    Angela S Stone

  12. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!


  13. The Irish Brown bread recipe sounds delicious, have always enjoyed reading about Irish folklore, always so fascinating.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  14. Thanks for the bread receipe. I was looking for an easy to make bread using whole wheat flour.

  15. Happy St Patrick's Day
    I would be very happy to discover your book the only other irish hero i can think of is Atticus o' sullivan from iron druid chronicle by kevin hearne and i would love to discover more thanks you for this opportunity


  16. Does admitting my favorite Irish actor (Liam Neeson) count? :P

    Great giveaway, very generous! Thanks for the chance to win, I look forward to reading your work.


  17. Hmm, not sure what to say but I very much enjoy reading books with Irish characters in them, if that will count. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.


  18. Food is great for any celebrations. Thanks for sharing a receipe :)


  19. Thanks for the recipe and for participating in the hop.

    Mmafsmith atgmail got com

  20. I love the Celtic songs that's what I love about the Irish!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  21. I love the lore and history of Ireland. So rich!


  22. My favorite Irish food is corned beef and cabbage!
    Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  23. Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance. I always have fun on St. Patricks Day because I get to hang out with my friends.

  24. Anything Irish? W.B. Yeats is my all-time favorite poet!

    Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  25. I would LOVE winning your books !

    Well, I enjoy posting Irish blessings and jokes on FB for my I will share one with you :)

    How do you get an Irishman on the roof?
    Tell him the drinks are on the

    Happy St Pattys Day !!


  26. happy st pt day my sister is going to party me i am going to fair her bd s i 54 young

  27. Well my name is Shannon so that is Irish - although I'm not named after the river in Ireland I sure do get asked about it a lot. I love the geography and culture of Ireland. Everyone I have met and who I know has been there are glowing about Ireland. I hope to make it there myself!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  28. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

    My fav Irish 'thing' are the guys. ;)

    menina.iscrazy @

  29. My favorite song is O Danny Boy. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. The harmonization is so pretty. Happy St. Pat's Day...thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @

  30. I love the Irish kilts.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  31. Hands down..Green Beer!! LOL!!Awesome contest!! I hope you have a great Saint Patty's Day!!

  32. I love Irish Whiskey!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  33. Favorite memory that would be St. Patricks Day 1992 when I married my husband tomorrows going to be 18 years

  34. I like Irish cream in my coffee, sexy Irish men in kilts and wicked Irish accents! *drool*


  35. I have a serious weakness for Irish men - SERIOUS weakness for them. They speak, smile, use their charm and wit on me and I'm a puddle on the floor, lol.

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson

  36. I like the Irish accent. Yum!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  37. St. Patrick's Day is a National Holiday at my house. We get ready for the parade at 7 which starts at 10. Then we go to the in laws and eat, eat, eat. Play games with the kiddos and eat some more. Some members exchange gifts. Then it is off to the pub crawl. Fun times for everyone.
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

  38. I love Irish soda bread. Thanks for the chance to win!


  39. Thank you for the giveaway. My fave part of SPD is that it reminds me of my grandfather, he loved the holiday.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  40. My favorite part is the colors, outfits and the fun! :) Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  41. Bailey Irish Cream in Hot Chocolate.

    Happy St Patricks Day!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  42. I wrote a whole blog post on Irish today. I have also compiled a coffee recipe book once and I found 29 different Irish Coffee recipes. But the original one that was made at the Foynes' port to a group of passengers from a Pan American Flying Boat on a miserably cold day in 1940. The head chef Joe Sheridan served the passengers coffee with whiskey added to combat the cold. After tasting it one asked him if it was Brazilian coffee... He answered no it was Irish Coffee.

    Pamela Jo


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