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Don’t Call Me Mum
by Mary T. Bradford

Publication Date: March 7, 2018
Tirgearr Publishing
eBook; 283 Pages

Series: The Lacey Taylor Story, #2
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Saga

 

 

Raised by a cold stepmother, Lacey Taylor’s life was turned upside down by the stroke of a pen, putting her on a path to find her birth mother, Cora Maguire. But Cora is not the maternal type. For her, her career is paramount to everything else, including her only child, Lacey. Their relationship is, at best, strained. Lacey struggles for Cora’s affection, but when her life-path takes an unplanned twist, Cora becomes furious. Lacey’s half-siblings, the Taylors, want to help, but they have their own demons that threaten to rip the family apart.

How often can Lacey deal with life’s struggles without finally succumbing to them?

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About the Author

Mary T Bradford is an Irish author who has been writing for many years. But it was not until her four children were raised that she took her writing career seriously. She is now a proud Nana to her grandsons, Liam and Eoghan.

Family are important to her and so are her friends. This is evident in Mary’s writing, be it a flash fiction, short story or novel.

The trust and sharing in all relationships are what sustains any kind of link to others. She likes to explore what happens when these boundaries are overstepped or threatened, how do people react? Will they succumb to a crisis or survive and be stronger? Will they learn from their mistakes or fail?

In her two published novels, My Husband’s Sin and Don’t Call Me Mum, that tell The Lacey Taylor Story, explores much of the above. Both are published with Tirgearr Publishing, Ireland. The final part of the trilogy, Too Late Now, is patiently waiting in the queue to be finished. But she has promised her readers and all Lacey Taylor fans that she will not let them wait too long. To read more about the Taylor family head over to Letters from Lacey and discover insights to the family not shared in the books.

When she is not putting pen to paper, Mary loves to craft, especially crochet. Often her projects find their way to friends and family. She holds a CC in public speaking from the Toastmasters International Organisation and has been guest speaker at arts festivals/events, along with judging writing competitions. Her stories have been published in both Irish and international magazines and her plays have been performed and enjoyed rehearsed readings.

To connect with Mary, head to her contact page where you’ll find a message window for direct contact, alongside all her social links. But be warned, if you should ever meet her in person, she will hug you! Mary is an expert in hugging. Also chatting with people whom she’s never meet before and probably won’t bump into again.

Finally, Mary enjoys writing westerns, set in 1800’s America, and has two published novellas if you want a short read. Others will follow.

For those who like a bit of spice in their reading, why not check out her adult romance novella, strictly for the over eighteens, One Night in Barcelona.

Mary is available to attend or moderate on panel events, workshops, festivals, public speaking, and judging. Her writing CV is available on request.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Lisa McGuinness on Blog Tour for Catarina’s Ring, March 8-30

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Catarina’s Ring
by Lisa McGuinness

Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Bonhomie Press
eBook & Paperback; 365 Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Literary/Historical

 

 

The New York Times best-selling author Lisa McGuinness interweaves the stories of four generations of strong, vibrant women and has created characters both idiosyncratic and adventuresome. Born at the end of the Nineteenth Century and nestled in South Western Italy, Catarina Pensbene’s life in Perdifumo is full of sun-drenched olive orchards, lush grape vines, delicious peasant food, family and love. Because of an unexpected plunge into an untenable situation, Catarina decides to take a huge risk to become a mail order bride and sets out across the ocean.

Interwoven with Catarina’s, is the story is of her witty and self-deprecating granddaughter, Juliette Brice. Born and raised in Northern California, Juliette experiences an unfortunate tragedy that serves as the impetus for her to shake up her life, and travel to her grandmother’s homeland, where she enrolls in a six-month cooking class in Lucca, Italy. While abroad, Julliette becomes romantically involved with a handsome Italian man, yet her own destiny dictates she is to return to California once her class ends. Through her attention to detail and employing both historically accurate and thoroughly modern storytelling, Catarina’s Ring serves up Italian delicacies, luminous characters, a delicious escape and completely inspiring storytelling.

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Praise for Catarina’s Ring

Midwest Book Review called Catarina’s Ring, “A deftly constructed novel, Catarina’s Ring is an extraordinary and original novel that will hold the reader’s thoroughly absorbed attention from beginning to end. Solidly entertaining from first page to last, Catarina’s Ring is highly recommended.”

Gentry Magazine said the “Engaging characters, delectable food, gorgeous Italian landscapes, and simmering love make for a delicious novel by Bay Area author, Lisa McGuinness that will leave your hungry for more.”

The Reviewer “…the food descriptions made my mouth water, and the stories were great.”

About the Author

Lisa McGuinness is the author of the Caffeinated Ideas Journal as well as the co-author of several children’s books including the New York Times bestseller Bee & Me and Baby Turtle’s Tale, both under the pen name Elle J. McGuinness. She is also the co-author of the Dictionary of Extraordinary Ordinary Animals. She lives in Walnut Creek, CA.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, March 8
Review at Broken Teepee

Monday, March 12
Feature at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, March 14
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, March 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Sunday, March 25
Review at Cup of Sensibility

Wednesday, March 28
Review at Creating Herstory

Thursday, March 29
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, March 30
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away two copies of Catarina’s Ring & a Yellow Pear Press coffee mug! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Catarina’s Ring