Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway - Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders by Shannon O'Gorman

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders by Shannon O'Gorman. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $40 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Irish Wanders
Series: Rose Hawthorne #2
Author: Shannon O’Gorman
Publication Date: March 16th 2022
Print Length: 212 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders follows Rose, a celebrity author in her early seventies, who dislikes the limelight but does like Hermes scarfs, round violet sunglasses, and old colonial hotels. One day, she receives a letter asking her to visit Newgrange, Ireland and discover something that has been hidden there for a thousand years.

She asks her granddaughter Samantha to accompany her, but she hadn’t expected her to continually post photos of their progress on her Instagram account. An encounter with an old love and an unexpected discovery leads Rose deeper into the past, where she finds she must make a hard decision about her future.
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Sam glanced at her grandmother’s well-lined face. It was flushed and her green eyes were shining. It was nice to see her so excited and not worrying about books or people following her around Toronto.

Rose turned to her large floral Louis Vuitton bag, snapped it open and reached her hand inside.

“Let’s take a look, shall we.”

“This is so exciting!” said Sam peering inside.


Sam gasped involuntarily, turned her gaze away from the bag and looked to her left. The guide from Newgrange was standing under an umbrella and banging on her window. What did she want? Had she realized that her grandmother had taken something?

It was a good thing the windows had fogged up a little; the woman couldn’t see inside very well.

Rose snapped her bag shut, and Sam carefully rubbed her hand on the steamy window. A woman’s grim ruddy face and large nose pushed up against the window.

Sam rolled down the window a little. “Um, what can I do for you?” she asked stiffly, feeling the first stirring of panic start to bubble up down in the pit of her stomach.

“I was wondering if I could have a word with you,” the woman said.

Sam gulped and glanced at Rose, who gave her a look that said it wasn’t time to explain anything.

“About what?” Sam said to the woman cautiously.

“It’s about something that was found in Newgrange. I’m glad I caught you before you drove off.”
Shannon O’Gorman is a retired ESL teacher who has recently completed her second walk on the Camino de Santiago. She is currently training her dog to accompany her on a Camino one day. She lives in California with her husband and daughter when university is not in session.
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(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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  1. The Irish Wanders in the series Rose Hawthorne #2 by author Shannon O’Gorman sounds like a charming book with interesting characters.

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  2. wonderful cover, congrats on the release

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me! Shannon O'Gorman

  4. You had me at Hermes scarf. thank you

  5. I really love the cover and the excerpt

  6. Do you have any advice for new writers?

    1. Set daily goals, lots of coffee and weekends off :)- shannon

  7. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a must read book and series for me. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  10. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. I like the cover and excerpt.

  11. The book sounds very interesting.

  12. David HollingsworthJune 8, 2022 at 1:45 AM

    What inspires you to writer books?

  13. Cozy Mystery - Love this genre!
    Along with the title and cover.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  14. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  16. What's your signature alcoholic drink?

  17. Sounds like an interesting book. Would really like to read.

  18. What author do you most admire?

  19. looks like a fun one

  20. Sounds like this will be a good cozy mystery

  21. What has been your favorite road trip?

  22. Do you listen to music when you write?

  23. My daughter would enjoy this book

  24. The book sounds amazing and love the cover!

  25. David HollingsworthJune 9, 2022 at 10:01 PM

    What is your favorite book genre?

  26. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

  27. When you sat down to write the story, did you already know who the killer was going to be and why they did it?

  28. I'm excited at the chance to read this

  29. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

  30. Do you have characters living in your head?