Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Glenys O'Connell: Winters and Somers

A hearty Irish welcome to Glenys O'Connell who is joining us today to talk about her book, Winters & Somers.

Glenys is a seasoned writer. She's penned some of the Letts Magical Topics series of early learning books, Naked Writing: The No Frills Way to Write Your Book, and several romantic suspense novels.

Glenys' writing career began when she was a journalist working for a large newspaper where she covered local crime. She says it was her love of romance and a deep interest in crime that inspired her to write romantic suspense. A qualified psychologist and counselor, it's easy for her to get into the mindset of her literary criminals and really bring them to life.

Originally English born, it was her time spent in Ireland which inspired the book Glenys is here to talk about today -- Winters & Somers.

Cíara Somers is an Irish private detective who earns her crust, as they say, tracking straying husbands and performing other investigations. She does quite well for herself and is happy with the way things are going in her life.

When Jonathon Winters, a New York homicide detective, suddenly shows up in her life, Cíara's life gets turned upside-down. But she's headstrong, as her grandmother, Grannie Somers, raised her to be. Jonathon soon finds his match with this fiery redhead. Especially when she has her sights on getting Jonathan naked and in her bed.

And there's a jewel thief loose in Ireland. Dubbed The Diamond Darling, Cíara must stay focused on the job, even as those around her threaten to make everything fall apart. Including the delectable Jonathon!

Winters & Somers has a little something for most readers, as it will cause you to grin and chuckle, sign and groan, and definitely keep you turning pages as Cíara and Jonathon spark off each other, and as the case develops. O'Connell has woven scenes of Ireland wonderfully through the story so you'll get a sense of place as you read. This is a fun yet passionate tale. Anyone who enjoys romance, suspense, and Ireland, will surely enjoy this story.

Glenys will be here through the day to answer any of your questions. And Tirgearr Publishing is giving away a copy of Winters & Somers to one lucky commenter. So get your skates on and be sure to leave your contact email address so we can get a hold of you if you win.

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Irish PI, Cíara Somers, makes a good living testing the ‘temptability quotient’ of men for their insecure lovers…but when NY homicide cop and author of red hot romances, Jonathon Winters, makes her take him on as a partner in her Dublin agency, he gets the wrong message from her raunchy style . . . especially when he wants her for himself.

Somers isn’t the type to let a man push her around – the incorrigible Grannie Somers raised her to be her own woman. But when she discovers that even Grannie drools over the sexy Winters, she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to indulge in one of the fantasies that have millions of women reading his romantic books.

And when Somers finally gets her first real case – to capture the notorious jewel thief dubbed The Diamond Darling – she has to survive the help of her weird relatives, the landlady from hell, two stoned friends, a stray dog – and Winters himself . . .

Cíara Somers prowled among the top drawer clientele of the exclusive Dublin nightclub, her scarlet lips pursed in a sexy pout.

When a hearty male hand slapped her bum, she clamped down on her instinctive reaction to impale the man’s foot to the shiny wooden floors with her wicked four-inch stiletto heel. Instead, she cracked a sultry smile and batted her dark eyelashes provocatively.

After all, she was working tonight. And you could hardly blame the poor darlings. Frankly, any man who didn’t respond to her artfully designed siren’s call had to be dead. At least from the neck down.

The nightclub catered to very rich business and professional Dubliners – the place positively reeked of money – but she was after a specific fish, so it wouldn’t do for a woman like her to draw too much attention to herself. If the eagle-eyed club management copped on to what she was up to, she’d be thrown out on her mini-skirted rear end.

She spotted her prey over by the bar, drinking alone and looking sorry for himself. Bingo! He looked exactly ready for the company of a beautiful, sympathetic blonde. Straightening her back to accentuate the rounded swell of her breasts, Cíara sashayed up to the bar with a hip-sway that would raise any healthy hetero male’s blood pressure off the charts.

She leaned on the bar, the action pressing her cleavage into a picture that instantly mesmerized the barman and several other men. But here was the tricky part – to attract only the one she wanted.

Attracting him wasn’t hard at all. The tall, thin man on her right turned his head to follow the barman’s gaze – and was hooked immediately. Slowly, his eyes traveled from her chest to linger on her mouth, before taking a slow detour to her toes while taking in other vital areas along the way.

“Well, hello there,” he growled. A wolfish smile lit up his face and he treated her to a display of crooked teeth. She suppressed a shudder. This was work, after all, but just occasionally it would be nice to work on a guy she really fancied.

Later she’d remember the old saying about being careful what you wished for in case it came true, but tonight she was just another working girl.

So she returned the smile, twitching her lower lip into that full ruby pout that men found so irresistible. She let a wave of blonde hair fall forward over one eye as she languidly stretched out a sun-tanned hand and drew a blood-red fingernail down his shirtfront.

“Hello, yourself,” she purred, and watched with satisfaction as he swallowed the bait.

Thirty minutes later, she extricated herself from her target’s roaming hands, giggled throatily and excused herself with the need to powder her nose.

“Don’t be too long, baby, I’m having a hard time waiting!” he leered, and gave her an indulgent slap on her behind as she walked away. Cíara turned to wink at him and blow a scarlet-lipped kiss in his direction.

He’d already invited her back to his place for a nightcap ‘…and whatever else we fancy!’

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Glenys O'Connell writes romantic suspense and comedy. She became interested in crime & criminal psychology when covering the crime beat as a journalist for a large daily newspaper. This led to a degree in psychology and qualifications as a counselor - but writing is her first love and she says romantic suspense satisfies her cravings for both romance and crime! She is also the author of two books on mental health issues, several childrens’ books, and is an award winning playwright. She was born in Lancashire, England, and has lived and worked in the UK, Ireland, and currently in rural Canada.

Find Glenys online:

Glenys O'Connell
Roses of Prose
Romance Can Be Murder
Tirgearr Publishing

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  1. Welcome to Heart of Fiction, Glenys, and congratulations on republishing this amazing story.

    I love the way you brought Ireland to life on the pages and made the imagery as vivid as the characters themselves. I'd love to hear more about your time spent in Ireland. Did you move to Ireland and then got inspired to set a story here, or did you already have the story and moved to Ireland because researching the country got into your soul?

  2. Thanks you, Kemberlee -it was fun to bring my own "Ireland Experience'" to life and I've really enjoyed working with Tiregearr :-) The story grew from the time we spent working in Ireland. I was actually working on another story and needed to learn about the work of private investigators, so I took a course from Dublin (never applied for the license, though!) and I was struck by the info that there were no women PI's in Ireland at that time...and Ciara Somers came to life to fill that gap!