Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Irish Hunk Hero

posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy

One month from tomorrow, my second release The Treasures of Venice is scheduled to hit the shelves. I'll be a multi-published author! WOW! I don't think the full impact has hit me yet, and probably won't until I go into a book store and see both my books there on the shelves.

I'm still getting accustomed to the concept that people are reading my stories and loving my characters. I don't think this truly hit home with me until a couple of weeks ago. The afternoon of our Sourcebooks book signing to be exact! The other booksignings I've had thus far really didn't compare with this one. Suddenly there were all these people I didn't know lined up for me to autograph my book. WHAT A RUSH!

(Here's a photo of me at the signing.)

Many of them commented on how much they liked Irish heroes, and of course, I told them my next book had an Irish hero too. In fact, my critique partners and anyone else who has read The Treasures of Venice, say they love this hero even more than my previous one! I think it's because Keirnan Fitzgerald is a charmer, and also a bit of a rogue. Actually, my heroine is more than a little suspicious of him when they first meet.

See what you think:

Maybe she was still dreaming. Hunky strangers just did not swoop into her real life. Or if they did, she’d learned better than to trust them. They were never around for long. Probably when she looked up he wouldn’t be there at all.

“Came for Carnevale last week, did you?”

Okay, she had to peek. He was still there, movie star handsome with his mused hair and knowing azure gaze. He held open a gallery door and she stepped inside.


“No, we only arrived yesterday. From Florence, I mean. We were there for three days.”


She sounded like a flustered fourteen-year-old. Apparently her scanty knowledge of how to act with an attractive man had abandoned her along with her philandering fiancé. She could feel a blush creeping up her cheeks as they crossed the polished wooden floor.

“So, you’re not traveling alone.”

Was that an undertone of disappointment in his voice? No, she must be mistaken.

“I’m with a tour group. There are fourteen of them, fifteen counting me.”
Sam’s blush deepened as the Irish hunk’s perceptive eyes made a slow trip from the toes of her shoes to the to
p of her head. She took one of those deep, cleansing breaths she’d learned in yoga then extended her hand. “I’m Samantha Lewis. Most people call me Sam.”

“Sam?” He frowned in a playful way. “That’s no name for a pretty girl.”

Rather than shaking her hand, he placed it in the crook of his arm and escorted her to a side door. The leather of his jacket felt smooth and supple under her fingers, the muscle in his forearm solid and substantial, definitely not a dream.

“I’m Keirnan Fitzgerald from County Kildare.”

I hope you enjoy reading about my Irish hunk hero as much as I enjoyed writing about him.

So tell me some of the things you find appealing in a romance hero.

27 comments:

  1. Aunt Cindy,
    I love your Irish Hero's. This Story sounds really good. I just might have to buy this book.
    I like my Hero's Tall, Dark, Ruggedly Handsome. With Beautiful Eyes and a Nice Smiles or Sly Grins. A look that Promises some adventure. A honorable badboy. And I'd love it if he could sing "Danny Boy" like Daniel O'Donnell.
    P.S. I love that Pretty Blue Jacket.
    I've been Admiring it in Cheryl's Pictures from National.

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  2. This sounds like a hero that's right up my alley! I love charming, roguish heroes who can melt you with a smile and a brogue and, well, I'll just leave the rest to your imagination...
    Margay

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  3. Kiernan sounds like big fun, Cindy! Can't wait to read all about him. Remember talking about the Sam heroine in one of my books? Great minds!

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  4. That's so neat, Cindy. I love the "multi-published" aspect! I love too, that the books are selling all over the world!!! So add, internationally-selling author to your tag! I haven't been to Nationals since I sold, and so I was always on the other side of the table, waiting for autographed books from published authors like you! :) Congrats and good luck on your next book!

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  5. ooooh - that tucking her hand in his arm... that did it for me. Nice move, Auntie, I mean, Kiernan.

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  6. I like Irish guys--VEERRRY SEXY! My DH is half Irish, so I know what I'm talking about!
    COOL BEANS on being multi-published. Sounds pretty good when you put it that way, doesn't it?

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  7. Hello Cindy my beautiful champagne friend. Did you say Irish? Well that's enough for me! The accent alone is enough to make me swoon!

    Amelia

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  8. yea you!! i could feel your excitement through the computer! waaaahooooo! and congratulations!

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  9. Bad boys. I adore bad boys.

    Linda

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  10. Morning All!
    (Aunty rubs her bleary eyes) Glad you're enjoying the brief excerpt. Only one month and one day until TToV is on the shelves! WOO! HOO!!

    Diva Donna, those Celtic blue eyes will get me everytime. And YES! I totally get what you're saying about an "honorable" bad boy. Keirnan has his own strict "code of ethics" even if some of the things he does might not exactly be legal. :-)

    And thank you for the compliments on the jacket. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and this one was a real bargain at one of those discount stores.

    AC
    now humming Danny Boy...

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  11. LOL Margay!

    You and I are in agreement. I'm afraid a man with a brogue could talk me into just about anything. (AHEM!)

    AC
    who has a very good imagination

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  12. Oh yes, my Evil Twin!

    Great minds... same gutter... OOPS! Did I say that aloud?!?!

    AC

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  13. Internationally-selling author...

    WOW, Terry! I LIKE the sound of that! And yes, it just BLOWS MY MIND to know I have readers in Australia, England, even India! I haven't heard from any in Ireland yet, but maybe I even have a few there.

    Hope you can make it to Nashville next year. Being at National as a published author is truly a GREAT experience!

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  14. Aunty Cindy, a man with a brogue could talk me OUT of just about anything! (Yes, you know what I mean.)
    Margay

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  15. Thanx Judi!

    Oh he has the moves all right... and the accent.

    LOL, Margay, I know EXACTLY what you mean. You are a woman after Aunty's heart! ;-)

    AC

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  16. Hey Cheryl,

    Being able to say Multi-Published IS pretty darn COOL BEANS, isn't it?!?!

    And lucky you to have a DH with Irish heritage. Mine, as you know, is second generation from the Auld Sod, and he has the Celtic blue eyes to go with it. (Aunty sighs dreamily)

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  17. Hey Amelia!

    Score another victim... er, um lover of a man with a brogue!

    AC

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  18. Thanx for the congrats, Hodgepodge!

    WOW! Your doggie looks enough like my ShelbyBelle that they could be litter mates!

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  19. Linda,

    I think you are part of a very large majority who LURVE bad boys. And you've created some great ones too!

    AC

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  20. Ah Cindy! You know you have two huge fans in my household who simply cannot wait! Of course, I will have to wait since Emily will snap it up instantly!! LOL! The excerpt is great. Gotta love them sexy Irish hunks, oh yeah!

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  21. Sharon,
    I'm so glad you and Emily agree on my Irish hunk heroes! I know she is a fast reader, so I'm sure you won't have to wait more than a day or two for your turn at TToV.

    AC

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  22. Lucinda, you are making my mouth water. A month, huh? I suppose I can wait that long.

    Congratulations on being multi-published.

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  23. Thanx a bunch, Renee!

    It was GREAT to meet you in DC! Be sure to check back for my Launch party and some of my other blog tour stops. You could win a FREE COPY of TToV!

    HUGS!
    AC

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  24. Aunty Cindy,

    I admittedly prefer a good heroine. :-)

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  25. Hey Walt!

    Great to "see" you! And yes, I understand why you prefer heroines. ;-) Do you like them with an Irish brogue?

    AC

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  26. Yes, but it would be as much for the Irish red hair as for the brogue. :-)

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  27. Aunt Cindy,
    You put me in A Celtic Mood.
    I've been listening to my new CD. 5 cute Irish boys called Celtic Thunder.
    Have you heard them? If not check them out at www.celticthunder.com
    And it just sets the mood for your book.
    2008 they sang for St.Pat's Parade in NY City. They perform alot in Kilts.

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