Friday 15 March 2013

My Irish Grandmother

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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the month of March, maybe because it’s the month I celebrate my birthday!
I also have two granddaughters who were born in March, though sad to say they are not Aries!
Perhaps my fondness for the month is why I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
My only connection to Ireland is a great, great grandmother, Susannah Moore, who left the Emerald Isle around 1840 to settle in England. She was born about 1822 and died in 1865. The only other thing I know  is that her father’s name was Matthew, but I do not know what part of Ireland she came from.
It’s rather ironic that we associate luck with the Irish, given their turbulent and often tragic history. I suspect life for Susannah was not easy in 19th century Lancashire. Prejudice against the Irish ran deep.
She married James Monks, whose early employment, like so many in Lancashire at that time, began in the cotton mills. It was dangerous and dirty work.

But James seems to have broken the mould. He became an innkeeper, the proprietor of a public house in Bolton, Lancashire. His elderly mother came to live with James and Susannah and unfortunately died after falling down the stairs at the pub! The mind boggles!
Later in life James became a hay and straw dealer! After Susannah’s death he married again.
Did James and Susannah love each other? Did he fall for her Irish eyes? Or her brogue? No way of knowing! But we can cross our fingers and hope they did know love in a harsh time.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day I have a new release, Dark Irish Knight.
Ronan MacLachlainn is an Irish nobleman bent on vengeance for the murder of his wife and unborn child, and the loss of his estates. Nothing can stand in his way. Not even love. 
For those readers familiar with my cast of characters, this is the love story of Rhoni de Montbryce, the babe born in the mountain fortress in Conquering Passion.
Dark Irish Knight is available from Amazon and Smashwords in all digital formats. I will give away a FREE digital copy to one lucky commenter on this blog. Make sure you include your email address.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! On to the next blog!


  1. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  2. thank you a lot for sharing with us^^ my birthday is tomorrow so in march but pisces^^

    i would be happy to discover your book

    Happy St Patrick's day


  3. Aw, I love the story of Susannah and James! It is nice to think that it was love that they had for each other through those times, makes the story sweeter and brings a tear to the eye. Aww. With my maiden name being Sullivan, I suppose I can say there might be a bit of Irish in there somewhere ;)

    The book "Dark Irish Knight" sounds very good and the cover is amazing. I am adding it to me "To Read" list just as soon as I get finished typing this out!

    Thank you for the chance to enter :D Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone :)

    Shelly H

    1. Hope you enjoy the book, Shelly. Thanks for your comments.

  4. Thanks for the hop!
    My e-mail is

  5. Happy St. Paddy's Day!!


  6. I always believed that there is someone out there for everyone, and we do meet that person during our lives. Its what we do with that meeting that will hopefully lead us on loves path.

  7. I believe there is one true love/soul mate for every person out there. I've met and been married to mine for over fifteen years now. :)
    Thanks for sharing your story with us.
    Thanks for being part of the hop.

  8. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  9. I believe in a bit of luck in love, know many people who tried and failed because they just simply got unlucky. I don't think it's easy and I love my husband to death. I cannot see starting over again. Congrats on your new release :)

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

    1. You know what they say. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
      Thanks for the congrats.

  10. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  11. Happy St. Patrick's day and thanks for participating.
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

  12. Thanks for the hop!

  13. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy St.Patrick's Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  14. I would love to visit Ireland one day. Loved reading your post! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Me too, though I admit I had no interest until I stumbled across Susannah!

  15. Ireland a land of mystery, castles and magical creatures. Oh and humans too. Would love to visit.
    Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ya’ll!
    Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  16. Ooh!! The model on the cover of your book looks like my favorite former WWE superstar Edge!! Just the cover alone would make me want to buy it!! Sounds like a great story!
    Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A

  17. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!!

    admin.bookblog AT

  18. I too love St Patrick's Day, celabrate my birthday in this month and am a Aries (29). Happy Birthday to you. And Happy St Patty's Day too. Great stories that I will have to put up to the top of my list.

    Judy Peterson

    1. Hope you have a great birthday, fellow Aries.

  19. Happy Birthday! and Happy St Patty's Day!


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  21. My mom and Grandpa are both March b-days too, but Pisces not Aires

  22. What a great cover and description of your book! I love all things Irish. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.


    1. I was pleased with the way the cover turned out. Good luck!

  23. Thanks so much! It sounds like a great read!

  24. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!


  25. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for sharing your day. Gabaldon's work has impacted my writing. I agree about Jamie Fraser.