Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Luck of The Irish - Are You Feeling Lucky?

March is here and if you have even a wee drop of Irish blood you know what it means - St. Patrick's Day is approaching.  My name - Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy - adds the married surname of my husband's family but despite the Sontheimer I was born with, I have an Irish heritage of my own.  My mother's maiden name is Neely and her dad, Pat Neely, is who my son, Patrick Murphy, is named after.  Some of my Granny's family also hailed from County Armagh, not too far outside the little town of Keady (well known in some circles because folk singer Tommy Makem originated there).  So there are Irish sprigs on my family tree and I've had some very close friends from Ireland as well. 

Maybe it will come as no surprise many of my stories and novel feature an Irish flavor.  In my Love Covenant paranormal romance series from Evernight Publishing, my sexy vampire is an Irishman, born over two hundred years ago in the village of Toombe.  If one good looking Irish vampire isn't enough, never fear - his brother Seamus makes an appearance in the third book and will be in all the rest.  The Love Covenant books are Love Tattoo, Love Scars, Love Knots, and Love Shadows which came out last month.  The other books to complete the series will be Love Echoes and Love Legacy.

I have a short stand alone from Silver Publishing,  World Without End, Amen.

In the collection, Jack-O-Spec, now print, includes my story Forty Eight Hours A Year with an Irish setting.

And my short historical sweet novella (with a sequel coming soon) The Marriage Cure features my Irish-Cherokee hero, Johnny Devaney.

So if I count correctly, that's seven Irish themed works.  The Feeling Lucky Giveaway Blog Hop runs for seven days.  So I thought I'd give away a book a day, all ebook format (PDF) except for Jack-O-Spec.

If you want to win, leave a comment and the day after the hop ends, March 14, I'll draw winners for each of the above works.  If you want a specific title, say so in your comment and be sure to leave your email addy!

Today I'll feature an excerpt from Love Tattoo, book one of my Love Covenant series with an introduction to my sexy Will Brennan.

Love Tattoo

When I turned around and saw him, leaning up against the concrete wall, one boot propped against the building, he looked dangerous.   His black denim jeans fit his muscular, long legs as if they were poured over them and left to harden.   His boots were black too
, and studded with little silver spikes that caught the artificial lights of the rest stop to reflect back at me like twinkling stars.   As I gaped at him, mouth open like a fish taking the bait, he smiled at me, a slow wicked smile that made my skin grow sensitive as if I had a high fever.   That smile made little ripples run along my nerve endings and down my spine.

“Hello, there, darlin’.” His voice came out as dark and sweet as molasses.

I gave him a closer look because my Mama taught me never to talk to strangers.  His black hair curled tight against his head, not cropped short but not quite long either and there was a lot of it.   Above those tight jeans, he wore a black Western shirt with white pearl snap buttons and over it all, a black leather jacket.   Between his hair and clothes, he looked all black and white – his face and hands glowed pale, almost translucent – except for his eyes.

 Those eyes shimmered blue, not just a light blue like most people have but a rich, dark shade like sapphires or the clearest, azure autumn sky.  He looked at me as if he knew me, as if he could read me like a favorite paperback book, and what he saw, he seemed to like.

I found my voice
, or really it found its way up out of my throat and into my mouth before I could think about what to say.      

“Good morning to you.”

 He flicked ash from the cigarillo that he held in his right hand and raised it to his lips.  The end of it glowed red like dawn, bright as fire and he exhaled smoke, his eyes never leaving my face.  I didn’t even know his name and yet he attracted me, pulled me toward him as the moon draws the tides to shore.  Until he spoke, his appeal was physical but his next words captured my heart without a single shot and conquered it.   After that, he could own me if he wanted.  He knew it, too.

Speak again, bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night as is a winged messenger of heaven unto the white, upturned wondering eyes of mortals that fall back to gaze on him when he sits bestride the lazy-pacing clouds and sails upon the bosom of the air.

 Shakespeare, quoted at a God-forsaken rest area along Interstate 40 somewhere in Arkansas before daybreak, had an immediate effect on my heart.   Any man that could quote the Bard without cheating or peeking at a book impressed me and in this unexpected setting, he had me.   Romeo’s words, his aside as he watched Juliet dither around up on her balcony, had a heady and intoxicating quality. But I was no Juliet, no thirteen year old virgin pining for love.

I had my big girl pants on so that I could get to Nashville and sing for my supper.  I had been before and did nothing but turn around for home, beaten and defeated.  This time should be different.  I planned it, I saved up money from my nothing job, and I had studio demos.   I had contacts in the business and even a room to rent in my best friend Sheena’s grandmother’s duplex.   Everything was set for me to make one more run at stardom before I gave up, got married and fat, had three or four kids, and sang karaoke on my nights out on the town.

 All my ambitions shifted in that moment and dissolved like a pair of discount store shoes in a flash flood.

I tried to think of something to say, some quote of Juliet’s that might fit, or just something, that would sound sophisticated or at least cool.

What came out of my mouth was, “Who are you?”

He pulled hard at the cigarillo one more time and tossed it. His laughter sounded like church bells ringing or a steel guitar played by someone who knew how to make the thing sing.

“I am either your worst nightmare or your salvation.” That voice purred like a happy cat on a

comfortable lap.  “My name is Will Brennan and it is a pleasure to meet you.”

Here's all the links to return to hop your heart out, wearing green, drinking green beer (or my personal favorite, John Jameson's fine Irish whiskey)

Feelin Lucky Giveaway Hop

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3. Amy's Book World 53. Kate Austin
4. Rachel Firasek 54. susan meier
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  1. thanks for being part of our blog hop:) love the Irish theme you have going on your blog right now! sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for participating. Love Tattoo sounds great and who doesn't love a sexy, Irish vampire hero?

  3. Thanks for the chance to win! Any of them sound great, but if it comes to the series, I'd prefer book 1.


  4. Love the festive look! I'll take any of the above please!

  5. All sound like great books. You are a new author for me, so I would love to win and read any of these books. Thanks for the fun hop.

  6. I'd love to get the first in the series. I love series books. thanks for the giveaway

  7. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. all of the books sound wonderful. i can't wait to get started.

    tammu ramey

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. All of the books sound good and I would be happy with any of them.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  9. thanks for the contest. I'm not picky I would love to win any book

  10. All sound great so would be happy to win any of them. Thanks

  11. Thanks for the chance to win! All sound like great books, i want to try read them all.

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  12. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  13. Thank you so much for participating in this blog hop and for the amazing chance to win! All of the books sound wonderful!

    GFC follower robertsongena

    Gena Robertson

  14. Thanks so much!

  15. Awesome post! Thanks for joining our hop!

  16. Thank you for the fun post and sharing. Your generosity is appreciated.

  17. Love Tattoo would be my pick, or really any of the Covenant books,
    but all the books sound great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sláinte agus táinte. - Gaelic "Health and wealth!"

  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I don't have a pick. All of your books sound good.

    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  19. Thanks for being on the hop!! I love all the Irish connections. I too have lots of Irish all over my family history. We even named our son Riley Patrick. It really fits him!

    Love Tattoo sounds awesome and would be my choice.

  20. Loving the variety of choices! Love Tattoo seems like a winner. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  21. awesome give away love tattoo sounds awesome they all do really ty for the chance


  22. Thanks for participating in the hop! I would like to start at the beginning of the series and I guest that would be LOVE TATTOO.

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

  23. thanks for contest

  24. Thank you so much for the contest

  25. I'm good with any and all of them... ;) They all sounds like great stories.

    Thanks for participating!

    tamibrothers at yahoo dot com

  26. Thanks so much for the contest. ALl of the stories sound really good!


  27. Love Tattoo sounds AWESOME! Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @


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