Saturday, November 25, 2017

Changes for Maura Donovan plus #giveaway

by Maura Donovan
from Sheila Connolly's County Cork Mysteries


You know I’ve only been in Leap in Ireland for about a year now, and I had a lot of adjusting to do. I went from a cheap apartment in Boston and a dead-end job (the latest of many) to living in Ireland and owning a pub (which before I would have called a bar) and a home of my own, almost overnight. You can see why it took me a while to figure out which end was up. Now I like it.

But if I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. Ireland is not a pretty picture book full of rainbows and fields of fluffy sheep. It is a real country, and like most modern countries, it changes with the times. Sure, some things stay the same, and it’s still beautiful, with a lot of green space (and cows). The people are great—they were really welcoming when I showed up out of nowhere. And the pace of life here is kind of slower than in the States, particularly in cities like Boston, which was all I knew. I know there’s big business around Cork, like pharmaceuticals and electronics, but drive a few miles and you’re in open country again. It takes getting used to.

But things don’t say the same, and that’s true even in my little village. For one thing, some big company has bought the grand old hotel outside of Skibbereen, and they want to know if I’d like to partner with them—kind of provide a “real” music experience for their guests. I’ll have to think about that, because I’ve only just figured out how things work as they are, and I don’t want to change anything just to be a tourist attraction. Then there’s Rose, who’s seventeen now, and who deserves a better life than handing out drinks. She’s beginning to look around at other things, and I think she really wants to be a chef, if that’s not too fancy a word. I’d hate to lose her, but I want her to have the life she deserves. And then there’s Mick . . .  Things are kind of changing between us, but I’m not sure how or why. I don’t want to deal with a relationship right now, and I’m not sure he does either, but something’s going on with us. I guess if it happens, it happens.

I have to say that all these changes have been good for me. I’m not the confused (and I guess angry) person I was when I got here, and I figure I can handle whatever comes next.  


Inside the pub
In the sixth County Cork mystery, Many a Twist, a lot is changing, and there are some surprises, but you’ll have to wait until it’s released in January to find out what’s happening with Maura.

And a giveaway! Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner for a hardcover copy of Many a Twist (to be sent as soon as I get my hands on copies!)

www.sheilaconnolly.com



63 comments:

  1. I love books set in Ireland. This sounds like a really good one. Thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  2. Thank you for the chance to win! lkleback at hotmail.com

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  3. I am very anxious to get started on this series now that my two cataract surgery are done and books are possible much more easily now. Sounds great. So anxious!!!

    Cynthia B

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    1. I'm glad your cataract surgery went well. My husband will be having in in a couple of months. I have so much fun "researching" this series, which consists of talking to lots of people about odd things like lightbulb bases.

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    2. Having cataract surgeries was the best thing I've done for myself in years! The biggest surprise for me was not how much better I could see, but the brightness of colors!

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  4. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Love Maura and her adventures.
    Nancy B nlb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. sounds really nice, thanks for the chance
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  7. I really like books set in Ireland. I am looking forward to reading this series.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. Since I'm Irish on both sides, Ireland has always fascinated me. I would love to read your book :) whogirl008@gmail.com

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  9. i am fascinated me also. i would love to win this. jcook22@yahoo.com

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  10. I love this series and can't wait for Many a Twist. I've already pre-ordered it for my Kindle.
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I adore this series! Fingers crossed. bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  12. I love this series. My mental picture of Ireland was set in 1950's movies. These books give me a glimpse of today's Ireland. The characters became family from the first book. This one sounds great.

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  13. I can't wait to go back to Ireland and catch up with Maura. It sounds like she has some big decisions ahead of her. Thanks so much for your giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  14. I love this series, and can't wait for the new book. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  15. Fascinating and delightful series which I enjoy. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. A series which is special and I would love this latest release. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. This looks like an interesting read and I would be neat to read a book set in a different country centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  18. Change is a complicated thing. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  19. I love this series not just because my mom's mother was Mary Alice Kelly, first generation born. I don't know much about Ireland and every character in the books has a story to tell. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  20. really like this series..lol love o in book
    greeneyes2755(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Thank you for the chance to win a book!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. Thank you very much for the opportunity to win one of Sheila Connolly s books. I have been to visit family in Ireland several times and the books are really a good example showing not only the big cities but the small communities. As one of my friends had said everyone is related to someone here. Great series. fingers crossed

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  23. I'm really looking forward to this new one.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  24. Love, Love, Love this series!!! Cannot wait to read this new book <3

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  25. Love this series! Thanks for a chance to win the newest book in the series.

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  26. Sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for the giveaway.
    patti.s@comcast.net

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  28. I always seem to forget to include my e-mail! Changes can be exciting & challenging & it sounds like Maura just might enjoy both aspects of the changes she's becoming a part of as a resident of Ireland. Looking forward to reading Many A Twist. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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  29. I love this series & have enjoyed experiencing Ireland thru Maura.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  31. Would really like to read. Love the Irish setting, sounds like a great read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I'd love to in this book so I could "travel" back to Ireland again.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  33. I am very much looking forward to reading another one of your books in this series. They are always a great read and help me imagine a place I dream of going to. Lisapregartner@gmail.com

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  34. Can't wait to read what is happening in Maura's life. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  36. Going to try this again. I love this series and would love to win. Hope the contest is open to Canadians. rhybirch (at) gmail (dot) com

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  37. I haven't read this series yet but can't wait as I loved the museum series so much. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. thank you for the giveaway, this books sounds good the cover is awesome, Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  39. Sounds like a great book, would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  40. I love this series, thank you for the chance to win this. kittygirl15401(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. This sounds like a must read for me. Thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  42. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Maura’s latest adventure. I enjoy books set in faraway places. I’ve read two in this series. Guess I have some catching up to do! Thanks for sharing this little corner of Ireland. Lldawnjm (at ) gmail (dot ) com

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  43. I haven’t read this series yet but love your other books. Thank You for the chance!!
    tiggercat24alisha@yahoo.com

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  44. Got intrigued by this series at Malice when you talked about it! Can't wait to read it! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  45. Sounds great, I'd love to read it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  46. I'd love to read Many a Twist and find out what’s happening with Maura.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  47. It's always been on my bucket list to visit Ireland and through Sheila Connolly's books I get a look to do that. Thank you for hosting Sheila's character, Maura Donovan, on your blog and for the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. It's fun reading about the Pub in Ireland Shirley Robinson

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  49. It sounds really interesting, with all the changing going on.Thanks for this opportunity.Our sons found a machine to convert all our slides, taken um about 40 years ago, into digital.We were stationed in Bangkok, Thailand then. Then we can do more stuff with them. Anyway, I understand about things a changing. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  50. I love all of your series. This one is one of my favorites. I enjoy seeing how you are progressing with your own little house, so I cannot wait to see what changes are in store for Maura. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Already pre-ordered, but it never hurts to have an extra copy to give to the library and a friend. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  51. I do love this series, can't wait to read the book!
    Thanks for the giveaway...whoever wins will be a lucky reader.
    LibraryLady at gmail dot com

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  52. This sounds like a wonderful series that I need to check out. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. ematov at comcast dot net

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  53. thanks for the chance. wskwared at yahoo dot com

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  54. Thanks for the chance..nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  55. I love this series! Thanks for the chance! jan_healthandhealing(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. absolutely love this series!!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your newest title

    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. This sounds right up my alley!
    Happy Holidays~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Thank you for a chance to win. schmokercarol@yahoo.com

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  59. Can't wait to read this next installment of this series. I love it!! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  60. Am I too late? A new installment in this series has me so excited! Can't wait to read it. mlcreamer@hotmail.com

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