Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Mystery Of The Claddagh Rings

Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner in Kallie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hello! I'm sitting in the dark this morning, and I do mean dark. This little thing called Daylight Saving Time means it is black as pitch at both ends of the day with very little sunshine in between. Ah, winter in all its glory in northern climates. We flock to shopping malls to get out of the cold, and also because the holiday season is fast approaching. There is so much to do, and so little time. 

I've promised myself that I won't be moronic about it this year. I want to enjoy what's important in my life and spend less time on frivolity. I will shop less and give more of myself. Rather than cruise the malls, I will search the parking lots and side streets around them for those a bit down on their luck. I'm not speaking of grand gestures, but warm clothing and a box lunch can go a long way to make someone else's future a little brighter. And it will warm my heart.

I will worry less about creating the perfect Christmas dinner and ambiance and have more fun with friends and family gathered around my table. I will drag out the old cross-country skis or skates and get out on the lake for a spin. I will go to a hockey arena to watch the kids' teams play. I miss those days when my boys were young. They are adults now and one of them won't be home for the holidays. No matter, we'll have Christmas again in March or April, whenever he arrives.

I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, one full of good health. I wish you prosperity in all the ways that matter. I wish you quiet moments to reflect on what is important to you. I wish you the comforts of home and hearth, wherever you may be. If your loved ones are far away, I wish them a safe journey back. May you all know peace and contentment and may it continue for the New Year ahead. Most of all…I wish you love!

The Mystery Of The Claddagh Rings

(Part of the Twelve Brides of Christmas series and the Claddagh Connection series) (ebook and print, The Wild Rose Press). Here’s the blurb:

Worried about her family, Fiona returns home to find her mother in danger when the Claddagh rings resurface along with the hit men searching for them. Approached by an FBI agent who offers to protect her in exchange for the rings, she must decide—trust a mysterious stranger who is not all he seems. Or go it alone and lose everything…maybe even her life. 

Under pressure to retrieve the rings, Agent O’Shea is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means putting Fiona in the crossfire. He never imagines her strength and spirit will touch his heart, leaving him with a choice—give in to his desire for her or ignore the danger she's in to clear his father's name.

As they join forces to beat the odds, will he be able to keep her safe…or will he surrender to the legacy of the Claddagh rings and let her go?

I loved writing this short story. Fiona's celebrity mother attracts danger like a moth to a flame. Her former indiscretion has far reaching consequences, plunging Fiona headfirst into danger…and straight into the arms of Special Agent Ryan O'Shea. Fiona's loyalty is divided between her mother and Ryan. Ryan's allegiance wavers between Fiona and the case he must solve. The Claddagh rings hold the secret to millions intended to fund a terrorist organization—a treasure the old guard IRA is willing to kill to possess. Now it's up to Ryan to protect Fiona while keeping his eye on the prize.  

You can find out more about this book at Kallie's website. The Mystery Of The Claddagh Rings is available for purchase at all online retailers.

About the author…
Kallie Lane writes suspenseful romantic fiction with a touch of humor to lighten the dark moments. She understands the rough edges of alpha males and loves to write about them, helping them find the women who complete them in every way that matters. She excels at hard hitting action and complex relationships that end with the heroine and hero building a life together.

Kallie loves to write stories with realistic characters, intricate plots, and happy endings. With her Shadow Soldier series, she has had the pleasure of meeting many military men who fit the bill. And while she loves doing extensive research, many of the locations and perils in her stories stem from personal experience. The isolated cottage in Dark Abandon is her own, her boating disasters serving as inspiration for her heroine's. Her recent release, Reckless Abandon, takes place at a rodeo where she spent much of her time. She was thrilled when the novel was rated Best Book by Long and Short Reviews.

Kallie lives in Canada, was born and raised there, and loves winter in the cool blue North.  Ever the optimist, she claims a hot toddy by the fire can work wonders after dragging oneself through snowdrifts and -45C degree temperatures. The perfect setting for hatching romantic suspense novels.

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All those who leave a comment will go into the draw to win a digital copy of this book. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 7th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. As soon as I saw the word Claddagh you had my attention! Sounds like an interesting book/ series! Thanks for sharing a little bit about it! Happy Holidays!

  2. interesting premise

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank you! My publisher's series was loosely based on the song The Twelve Days Of Christmas, hence The Twelve Brides of Christmas title, and my story revolves around the 5 golden rings in the song.

  3. Thank you for the lovely wishes - I wish the same for you and your family.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks Taurus. You have such a fun horoscope sign!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful story. Happy Holidays, Kallie!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  5. I'm going to enjoy this. I now have the song stuck in my head.


    1. That's a good thing right, with Christmas just around the corner? Have a great holiday season Mary!

  6. I caught the Claddagh ring and the word mystery. I'm always good for a good mystery story. Happy Holidays.


  7. Thanks for your comment, Kai, and happy holidays to you too!


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