Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Today I’m hosting Liz Gavin and her paranormal romance Luck of the Irish. Liz is giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, so make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Liz is also here today to talk about how her novel was born.
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How Luck of the Irish was born
by Liz Gavin
First of all, I’d like to thank the awesome team at Goddess Fish Promotions for putting together this blog tour. YOU ROCK!!
Second of all – and equally important – thanks to Megan for having me and Luck of the Irish on your blog today. You’re much appreciated.
Now let’s move on to the actual post. LOL
In 2011, my best friend convinced me to accompany him and his family in a 15-day trip to Europe. He actually had to convince me because I didn’t want to spend the money nor take time off work. My only demand was that I visited Ireland. Since there were nine people in the group and the majority preferred to spend time in London, which they had never visited, and I had already done so twice, my friend and I came to an agreement. I’d spend a day and a half in Dublin while they visited the London attractions I wasn’t interested in touring again.
Off I went to Dublin on a rarely sunny day which turned out to be quite a fun-packed one because I had to make the most of the little time I had. All the people I met there were welcoming and helpful. In a nutshell, I was so impressed with the places and the people that two years later when I decided to set my second novel in Ireland I still remembered the sounds, tastes, and scents of that magical day. So my explorations of the city pretty much became Keira’s.
As for the characters, Keira’s personality reflects a mix of mine and my youngest niece’s. My niece shares with Keira a lot of her insecurities. She’s crazy about music and one specific band makes her swoon – One Direction. Since I wanted to write about Ireland, I changed the band to U2 because I’m a huge fan who have always dreamed of going to one of their Dublin concerts. Just like Keira, I also bought tickets for a concert that was canceled. I planned a whole vacation in 2009 to watch them perform in LA. I convinced two friends to go with me and we bought air tickets from Brazil, the concert tickets, and booked a hotel. Two weeks before we flew out Bono had an accident while jogging and the emergency surgery put him out of commission for some time so the band canceled the shows. We still had fun because we traveled to California anyway much like Keira did. I also gave her some of my sarcasm, irony, and what I like to call persistence. Some people call it stubbornness. Well who cares what they say right? LOL
Like Keira, I too met a nice, helpful bartender at the Octagon Bar when I stayed at The Clarence Hotel. Unfortunately, he wasn’t as gorgeous as Declan and I didn’t fall in love with him. I got inspiration for Declan’s personality from a lot of nice guys I’ve met along the years plus the ideal man I’ve always dreamed about, which means he is PERFECT. But be aware that ‘perfect’ for me doesn’t mean flawless. He’s all too human. He can be pig-headed or insecure at times. But he’s the kind of man who’s strong enough not to fear showing his vulnerabilities. He’s intelligent and sensitive, caring and protective, supporting and encouraging. And have I mentioned G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S? hahaha
Except for Paul O’Hallon – I won’t give any spoilers here as to why I’m thankful I don’t know anyone like him – most of the supportive characters have personality traits from people in my family or my friends. In fact, I even make a cameo appearance along with some real-life friends plus I named some characters after my most dedicated alpha readers. It was the least I could do since they worked so hard to help me through the writing process. The two police detectives were inspired by my friend’s husband who’s a cop and who helped me understand police procedure beyond what I used to see on TV shows.
As far as the plot is concerned, when I first started writing Luck of the Irish I wanted to create a romantic story about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in her search for love and self-assurance. I ended up writing a book about how she learns to defend herself against a psychopath in the direst of circumstances and finds out she is much stronger than anyone had ever imagined including herself. I also managed to tackle delicate subjects such as domestic violence and rape, which I never thought I’d talk about in one of my stories even though I find these issues to be extremely serious and important.
All things considered I can honestly say Luck of the Irish is in many ways very close to my heart and I’m honored to share it with you.
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Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.
Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.
Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.
Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.
He was responsible for her withdrawal, which made him feel like an asshole. He shouldn’t have gone bi-polar on her. He should have managed his emotions better. It wasn’t her fault he’d had a shitty love life. And it was not her fault if he couldn’t keep his damn lustful body in check.
Those thoughts didn’t help Declan, but caused new graphic scenes to invade his mind. For a while, he let himself indulge in them. If Keira were to stay, he would find a way to know her better.
I’d love to spend hours getting to know her—every little inch of her.
He closed his eyes imagining her perfect body under his—felt her silken skin under his fingertips. He wanted to kiss her until they were both breathless, discover her secret spots: what made her tick, moan, and shout his name.
“Declan!” her clear voice yanked him from the daydream. He looked at Keira, still in a daze, and she smiled. “The check please.”
He was mortified at the bulge in his pants, which prevented him from going to the table without making a bigger fool of himself than he had already made. So he pretended to study some papers instead.
“What’s your room number? I’ll add the check to your room bill.”
“Don’t I have to sign it?”
“Not necessary,” he lied, I’ll have to sign it myself because there’s no way in hell I can stand up right now, you little bewitching thing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade – just a couple of years ago, really – her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her. Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.
Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.
As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.
Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.
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Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.