Karen’s Killer Book Bench: IRISH SHADOWS, Mist Na Mara Series Book 5 by Paula Martin

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Mist Na Mara Series Book 5


After a heart-breaking experience, Rose Finlay has vowed never to give another man a chance to hurt her – until Liam McKenna arrives at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre in the west of Ireland to organise an anniversary celebration event. Liam has his own reasons for not wanting to embark on a new relationship, and both fight the mutual magnetic attraction.

Shocks await them when Liam meets the boy his sister gave up for adoption twenty years earlier, and Rose’s ‘ex’ makes contact with her thirteen-year-old son.

Rose also discovers a betrayal which has divided her family since the Irish Civil War in the 1920s.

Will Liam and Rose be able to resolve all the shadows from the past in order to find a future together?


Mist Na Mara Series Book 5

One Thing Leads to Another!

Five years ago, when I was writing IRISH INHERITANCE, I had no idea it would lead to a series of five books. I thought I was writing a stand-alone story about two people who meet when they jointly inherit Mist Na Mara, a Victorian house in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

Once that was finished and submitted, I started writing a story set in the English Lake District. The hero was a veterinary surgeon, and the heroine was an actress who was escaping her busy life in London for some well-earned ‘R and R’ in the country. I wasn’t very happy with the way it was progressing, but then my publisher suggested the possibility of a spin-off story about the best friend of the heroine in Irish Inheritance. ‘Okay’, I thought. ‘I’ll think about that once I’ve sorted out this Lake District story.’ Two days later, I had another thought: ‘Why not move the Lake District story to Ireland?’ The hero became an Irish vet, but I had to rethink the heroine’s reasons for being in Ireland, so that it followed on from where she had been at the end of the first story. I also needed to inject more ‘suspense’ into the story, with some unexplained crises at the veterinary surgery, and the hero’s wife trying to claim custody of their two children – and that’s how IRISH INTRIGUE was born.

Half way through this story, one of the characters was explaining to the hero his idea for a screenplay about an American who was adopted as a baby and comes to Ireland to search for her birth mother. Even while I was writing this conversation, I realised the character had given me the idea for my next novel.

I then had to do a fair amount of research about the baby adoption scandal in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s. Because of the timing, I decided my heroine needed to be trying to find her mother’s birth mother (rather than her own) but coming up against a wall of secrecy (which, indeed, is what real-life adoptees have had to face). This gave me the title of IRISH SECRETS, and I also gave the hero a secret of his own.

After this trilogy of Irish novels, I contemplated a different setting for my next novel (and even started to write it), but Ireland pulled me back. In this story, the heroine and her friend were setting up a dance and drama school for children, which made it easy to transfer the story to the Mist Na Mara Arts Centre. This story became IRISH DECEPTIONS, with a hero who appears to be deceiving the heroine.

A thirteen-year-old streetwise boy in Irish Deceptions led me to my fifth book in the series, IRISH SHADOWS (which was released yesterday, June 27), when I realised his mother, (deserted by her lover when she became pregnant at seventeen) had a story to tell. A quick check on the timeline of the series showed me that five years had passed since the launch of the Mist Na Mara Arts Centre – and this gave me my hero, an events manager who arrives to organise the anniversary celebration. Add to that a link to an incident in the Irish Civil War in the 1920’s and the hero’s search for his nephew (his sister’s son), and I had plenty of ‘shadows of the past’ for the characters to deal with and resolve.

Although this is a ‘series’, all the stories are ‘stand-alone’ with new heroes and heroines in each. The link between them is Mist Na Mara House and, of course, the beautiful Connemara area in the west of Ireland.

About Author Paula Martin…

Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons.

She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years.

She returned to writing fiction after retiring from teaching, and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances.

Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places and has travelled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, USA and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history.


Links to Paula’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2lsRTNz

Website: http://paulamartinromances.webs.com

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Paula-Martin/e/B005BRF9AI/

Tirgearr Publishing Author Page: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Martin_Paula/

(this has links to all major ebook distributors)

Blog: http://heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulamartinromances

Twitter: @PaulaRomances


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Paula will give away a PDF or Mobi of any one of the Mist Na Mara Series (winner’s choice) to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, Paula, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!




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13 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: IRISH SHADOWS, Mist Na Mara Series Book 5 by Paula Martin

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Paula, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I have always wanted to go to Ireland. Looks so beautiful on the television and movies. Ah, well, I live there through books. 🙂 I love your story about how the series got started. I can relate! Neither of my series started out that way. Thanks for sharing your story with us today!

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    My goodness! How one thing builds into another and another! Quite the series, this sounds.
    Thanks Karen and Paula.

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    My goodness! How one thing builds into another and another! Quite the series, this sounds.
    Thanks Karen and Paula. Waiting for this to post Wow!

  4. Samantha McFarland says:

    I love hearing how the stories developed. Makes me want to go back and read the first one first…to see the development as it happened. Thanks for sharing.

  5. carol warham says:

    Many of us have become fond of the characters in the Mist Na Mara series and look forward to meeting them again and making new friends.

  6. bn100 says:

    looks interesting

  7. Eileen AW says:

    I’m impressed by how one story unexpectedly leads an author to write a connected story. Thank you for joining us today.

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