Monday, September 17, 2012

Pat McDermott, Fiery Roses - eBook Giveaway

AUTHOR: Pat McDermott
BOOK TITLE: Fiery Roses / Book Two in the Band of Roses Trilogy
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
GIVEAWAY: Will give away a PDF of Fiery Roses. Please leave contact information in your comment to be considered in the drawing.
Please tell us about yourself
First, a quick thanks, Penny, for hosting me and Fiery Roses today. Much appreciated! I was bred and buttered, as they say, in the mostly Irish Mission Hill section of Boston, Massachusetts. My husband and I now live near the New Hampshire seacoast with three devious Tonkinese cats, who compete nonstop for lap time when I write. I’m a member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, the Seacoast Writers’ Association, Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. My favorite non-writing activities include cooking, reading, music, hiking, and traveling, especially to Ireland.  
Tell us your latest news
I am celebrating the recent release of Fiery Roses, the sequel to A Band of Roses. Both are adventures set in an Ireland that might have been, a monarchy ruled by the descendants of an Irish High King. The current king’s daughter, Crown Princess Talty, stars in both stories, and in Book Three, Salty Roses, due out in November.
When and why did you begin writing?
The fables and myths I learned as a child showed me how stories can enchant, and I wanted to be an enchanter. I’ve been creating stories and attending writing classes for years. Once my kids were in college, I entered a piece of children’s fiction in a writing competition and received an Honorable Mention, which gave me the boost I needed to finish my first full-length novel, A Band of Roses, released last May by MuseItUp Publishing. 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I signed my first writing contract.
What inspired you to write Fiery Roses
After I finished writing A Band of Roses, I started researching arsonists to create a villain for a new book I’d planned to write. I was also monitoring the Irish news online, vicariously living in the country with which I’d fallen in love during my first visit in 2004. I learned of objections to plans for a gas pipeline in an ecologically sensitive area in north Mayo. With the characters from A Band of Roses still fresh in my mind, I wondered how the indomitable descendants of High King Brian Boru would handle the political tangle the pipeline project had become. My arsonist began to mingle with the members of the Boru clan, and Fiery Roses took on a life of its own.
Are the characters’ experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not at all. The characters, settings, and events are completely fictitious.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Fairy tales, believe it or not, and any books about history.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Tough question, with so many wonderful authors out there. I’ve learned a lot from William Trevor’s short stories. He has a gift for creating vivid images from a few simple phrases.
What are your current projects?
Autumn Glimmer, my next YA and the sequel to Glancing Through the Glimmer, is scheduled for release in January, 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing. Both are “prequels” to the Band of Roses Trilogy. I’m also working on an “autumn romance”, something new for me.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The promotional aspect of writing bewilders me. I’ve attended book marketing seminars and did a couple of book signings, and I loved that a local readers’ group chose A Band of Roses as their book-of-the-month and invited me to be their guest author. Great fun. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the marketing process. Marketing is important, yes, but I’m happier creating stories.  
Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
Not too often, though I do find it difficult to write from scratch, especially at the start of a new scene. I worry if I’ll pick the right opening, point of view, setting, etc. Those are the times I start laundry or make a grocery list or just leave the house for a while. Once I get going on the scene, however, it flows well.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I enjoy conducting research for background information, and though I tailor facts to fit the story, weaving them into the plot without bogging it down is always a challenge.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned that writing isn’t as easy as I thought.  You have to learn the rules before you can break them. 
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
The “Band of Roses” books are currently under contract with MuseItUp Publishing. I first connected with the publisher when she was an editor at my first publishing house, which is no longer in business. We kept in touch, and I was delighted to learn she’d set up her own shop.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.

Facebook Page/The Band of Roses Trilogy!/ABandOfRoses
Facebook Page/Glancing Through the Glimmer!/
Blogs: (Put the Kettle On) (Across the Plain of Shining Books)

Fiery Roses - Summary / Excerpt

The Band of Roses Trilogy is a series of romantic action/adventures set in a modern Ireland that might have been. The "what if" premise supposes that High King Brian Boru survived the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 AD and established a royal dynasty still in existence. As head of state, the current King Brian upholds ancient traditions, as does his daughter, Crown Princess Talty, though Talty has a knack for landing in trouble.

In the first book, A Band of Roses, the indomitable princess must hide her identity to outwit assassins, but she can't hide her ingrained training as a warrior sworn to protect her homeland. From Japan to California to an eleventh century Ireland, she finds romance and adventure, yet all she wants is to return to her family and Neil Boru, the adoptive cousin she secretly loves but cannot have—or so she thinks.

In Fiery Roses, a major discovery of offshore gas ensnares the Boru clan in a web of blackmail and murder. When the residents of rural County Mayo object to plans to run pipelines over their land, an arsonist tries to change their minds. One of his fires sends newlyweds Talty and Neil to an ancient world with a rumbling volcano. While they struggle to outwit a tyrant with a shocking secret and find their way home, King Brian locks horns with ruthless oilmen. The resulting conflict proves fatal for the Boru clan, whose members once again close ranks to thwart the latest threat to the kingdom they’re sworn to protect.

In this brief excerpt from Fiery Roses, a young boy’s archery lesson turns deadly:

Avoiding Neil's gaze, Talty rose to her feet. "Hulch is sleeping and I promised Kavie I'd give him a few archery tips. You old fellas have a nice rest."

She sauntered across the clearing, hips swaying, arms swinging, nothing like the trembling young woman Neil had held in his arms at the crater. She'd never admit it, but looking into the volcano had frightened her. She had needed him. Would she ever admit that?

Talty and Kavie hunkered down beside the hot springs with Kavie's quiver of arrows. A lesson on straightening the matted white feathers by holding them over steam followed. Neil dozed off to the sound of Talty's silvery voice offering confident and gentle guidance. His eyes fluttered open at her command to the boy to retrieve his arrows.

Nick lay snoring nearby, his head on an empty lunch sack. Richard crossed the clearing and informed Neil that the practice was over, and that Kavie had ventured into the underbrush to find his wayward arrows.

Trying to guess how long he'd slept, Neil watched Hulch dismantle the target. Talty stood near the woods, holding the bow and the half-full quiver, apparently waiting for Kavie. Neil rubbed his eyes, rose to his feet and stretched.

Kavie came running from the trees, though he held no arrows. "I found baby boars!" His high-pitched voice cracked with excitement. The piglet wriggling in his arms let out a squeal of bloodcurdling terror. "Isn't he cute?"

"No!" cried Talty. "Drop it, Kavie! Drop it now!"

The worry in her voice alarmed Neil; the rapidly intensifying crashing in the woods horrified him. Behind him, the panicking horses screeched and strained at their tethers.

An enraged she-boar burst from the underbrush. Kavie released the piglet and screamed.

Neil tore across the clearing. Powered by sheer terror, he tackled Kavie to the ground, rolled with the boy in his arms, and slammed into a massive boulder beside a stand of trees.

The raging sow's momentum carried her straight ahead. She cantered to a stop and wheeled about, tossing her head and stamping her hooves.

Gasping for breath, Neil sized up the grunting, snorting nightmare. Three feet high and four feet long, she had to weigh over two hundred pounds. A mane of black bristles ran down the back of her wooly brown coat. Six inches of razor-sharp ivory curved from the base of her long black snout—and her swinging head left no doubt she knew how to slice.

The sow's tiny eyes squinted in murderous search of the culprit who had defiled her litter. Tufted tail whipping, she scented the air and shifted toward Talty.


  1. Thanks for hosting me and Fiery Roses today, Penny.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful trilogy set in modern Ireland. There's something about the Irish that is very compelling to readers.
    Maybe it's imagining a hunk in a kilt. lol.

    Much luck with the sales, Pat.

  3. Lorrie, there's something about the Irish very compelling to writers too :-). Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. I'm positive I commented on this already, saying I loved fairy tales as a child, too. Nice interview and excerpt! Don't know what happened but I was like the second person to comment.