Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Carousel (The Wild Geese Book 7) by Cynthia Owens

Title: The Carousel
Series: The Wild Geese Book 7
Author: Cynthia Owens
Publisher: Highland Press
Publication Date: July 2nd 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
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Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York.

The War had left him blind to beauty…

Kieran Donnelly is a gifted artist who has sworn never to paint again. He saw and did too many things during the war to extinguish the ugliness that lies in his heart. But a chance to work with some of the most magnificent paintings brings him close to the world he still loves…and an extraordinary woman who sees his true heart.

Darkness couldn’t extinguish the light in her heart.

Blind from the age of four, Emily Lawrence yearns to experience the outside world. When she hires Kieran Donnelly to catalogue her father’s paintings, he offers her a glimpse at life outside her exquisite home…and a chance for a future.

Can Kieran and Emily emerge from the darkness to find happiness and love?

**easily read as a standalone!**

Queenstown Harbor, Cork, Ireland, 1847

“Take your fill of it, lad. Remember it all.”

Ten-year-old Kieran Donnelly clutched the icy metal of the ship’s railing, his gaze locked on the wild, rocky coast as the Sally Malone moved slowly out of the harbor.

The long voyage to America had begun.

He heard Gran’s keening wail, filled with grief as she lamented the loss of their homeland. Da’s hand rested on her shoulder, his silent grief palpable. His brother’s spirit, full of anger and despair, reached out to him.

None of it touched his heart.

His eager gaze sought the mist-shrouded green hills, distant, dotted with tiny white cottages. Empty cottages, no sign of the ever-present gray turf smoke rising from their rich, dark thatched roofs. The fields were black with the stinking slime of the blight, but hawthorn and gorse and wild strawberries still dotted the landscape with bright splotches of white, yellow, and scarlet.

The water bucked and spat white-capped waves, gray-green with angry sorrow under the cloud-smudged sky. A single bright ray of sunlight broke through the clouds, as if to bid the desperate refugees a fond farewell. A patch of sky, so pure a blue it made his throat ache, brought a rush of tears to Kieran’s eyes.

Oh, to capture the image that would forever be in his mind on paper before the ship sailed! The colors, the hues, the light and shadow. The crowds of skeletal people scurrying about, weeping as they waved good-bye, the lone fiddler playing them away with a desolate lament of parting and grief.

One day. He struggled against the harsh sob that clawed at his throat. One day I’ll paint this scene and the whole world will know the sorrow that gripped Ireland in its cruel fist.

I’ll call it The Parting.
I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier's 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17th Century "King's Girl," one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there. My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three!

I am a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero and our two teenaged children.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. After all, a writer is, simply, someone who writes. And I have always written. Stories, plays, sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew books, teenage romance, essays, articles—pretty much everything!

But being a writer seemed very different from being a published author, at least to me. I’m not really sure when I really believed I was a published author. Maybe it was the first time I held my first book in my hand. Maybe it was when I held my first book signing and sold every copy of my book. Or maybe it was when a fan sent me a message on Facebook, asking me if I planned to write a story for a secondary character.

That, to me, is the highest compliment a “real author” could receive. And I was thrilled!
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21 comments:

  1. Cynthia, what did you most enjoy about writing this series?

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  2. I can't wait to read this... I love the cover..and am hunting for book one tomorrow!

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    1. Hi Renee, I hope you enjoy the Wild Geese Series. Thanks for the visit!

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  3. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Hi Deb, hope you'll give The Carousel a try! Thanks for visiting me!

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    1. Molli, I love it too! My publisher creates the best covers! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. i was curious to see how 'wild geese' tied into the story. love that the author tells me that right off the bat.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Sherry, the Wild Geese are legendary in Irish history. Thanks for the bisit!

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  6. Hi Caryl, thanks for stopping by! One of the things I loved about this series was exploring the different immigrant experiences of each hero. It's quite a leap for someone who still lives in the town she grew up in!

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    1. Jamie, I used to love Coke. Actually, Istill do, but since I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, I've had to switch to the diet version. Sigh...

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  8. Wow the idea of having the heroine be blind is a fascinating twist. Did you have to do a lot of research?

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    1. Hi Suzannah,my research - though I didn't know it at the time - was done when I was a child. My grandmother was bline from the age of 40, and I was always amazed at how well she managed on a small farm on the East Coast of Quebec. When I decided to write a blind heroine, I simply cast back in my mind to those childhood days. Though I also closed my eyes as I moved about my own house or sat outside, just to get a real feel for how Emily would react to sounds, smells, etc. It was both fun and an education. Thanks for the question, and the visit!

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  9. The lady on the cover looks mysterious and beautiful. I'm curious to read how Kieran and Emily develop as characters.

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  10. Love the cover thank you for sharing!

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