Rose of Skibbereen

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THE BOOK: Rose Of Skibbereen.

PUBLISHED IN: 2013

THE AUTHOR: John McDonnell

THE EDITOR: John McDonnell

THE PUBLISHER: Smashwords

SUMMARY: This is the beginning of a family saga about Rose Sullivan, an Irish girl who comes to Philadelphia in 1880 and finds love, heartache, loss, and unexpected joy during the tumultuous years around the turn of the century. She marries an Irish mystery man named Sean McCarthy, who has a violent past and a secret life, and he takes her to new heights and depths of passion. The lives of multiple characters, vividly drawn, come together in this series that examines what happens when the rural Irish of the 19th century encounter the breathtaking pace of change in the America of the 20th century. Follow Rose and Sean through the years as their lives take unexpected twists and turns, and they discover the many surprises hidden in the human heart.

THE BACK STORY: This series of novels is based on stories my mother told me about her Irish grandmother and grandfather, who came to America from rural Ireland. They had many heartaches and some scandal, too, and I wanted to tell their story (with some imaginative license) in a series that would play out over the decades.  

WHY THIS TITLE: Skibbereen is the town in Ireland that my great-grandmother came from. I chose “Rose” for a character name because it just seemed to fit. 

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s a historical romance, but it’s not about kings or queens. It’s about the 19th century Irish, who were a very reserved lot. They left their homeland and never saw it again, and they went through many trials, but they kept their sense of humor. It was a challenge writing about emotion when the characters are so reserved, but I feel confident I was able to pull it off.

REVIEW COMMENTS: “John uses great imagery, and the dialogue and voice of the characters are strong and consistent throughout.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: I’ve been a writer since I graduated from college many moons ago.  I’ve done just about every kind of writing imaginable, but in the last seven years I turned to fiction and playwriting, and I’ve never looked back. 

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I have the best job ever — I get to create characters and follow them through the ups and downs of their lives.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://johnmcdonnell.weebly.com/

LOCAL OUTLETS: Available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C9JV2RA) and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/303326).

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Barnes & Noble, Kobo. Anywhere that ebooks are sold. 

PRICE: $4.99

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Email me at mcdonnellwrite@gmail.com.

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