Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Tour and Giveaway: Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton


Book and Author Details:

Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton
Publication date: March 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.

But her new life in Ireland comes with one major complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire live has revolved around performing. And Hailey falls in love with him. Because Liam’s not so sure love can fit into his life, he’s afraid to come closer, but neither can he bring himself to go away.

And so begins Hailey’s journey to a colorful land that changes her life, unites her with friends more colorful than the Irish landscape, and teaches her more about love than she’s ever known before.



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25091109-dancing-to-an-irish-reel

Purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UCOZJXM/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dancing-to-an-irish-reel-claire-fullerton/1121383385?ean=9780990304258


AUTHOR BIO:
Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal Mystery, “A Portal in Time,” set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (Vinspire Publishing) and “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” Fiction, set in Connemara, Ireland, (Vinspire Publishing.) She is a three time award winning essayist, a former newspaper columnist, a contributor to magazines, and a four time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Claire hails from Memphis,TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. Currently, Claire is writing her third novel, which is based on her award winning essay in the 2013 San Francisco Writer’s Conference.



Author links:
http://www.clairefullerton.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7388895.Claire_Fullerton
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/clairefullertonauthor?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cfullerton3

Excerpt:


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There’s an energy that hangs between strangers even in a crowd. Call it interest, or attraction, or the knowledge of things to come. It is awareness, and I was aware to the exclusion of all activity around me that Liam Hennessey was watching me. He was sitting at the corner of the bar by himself, and because I could feel his gaze upon me like an electrical current, I froze. I did not move an inch because I sensed I didn’t have to, that something would come about with little prompting from me. I don’t know how I knew this, but I was right, it came about within the hour. It began as a series of introductions to people near Liam, and drew itself closer until Liam was introduced to me.
Right before Leigh left, claiming she had to get up early the next day to drive to Cork, Kieran pointed out that the Irish traditional musicians playing in the corner were the father and older brother of the lad sitting at the end of the bar. 
“That’s Liam Hennessey at the bar there,” Kieran gestured to my right. “He’s the best box player in Connemara – even in the whole of Ireland, many say. His family is long in Connemara; they’re all players, so. That’s Sean Liam, his da, and his brother Anthony there on the guitar.” Kieran seemed proud to know the facts. He next took my arm and led me straight to Liam.
“I’ve the pleasure of knowing this American here, her name is Hailey,” Kieran announced to Liam.
I had an uneasy feeling. It’s one thing to suspect you’ll cross paths with someone again, and quite another to be fully prepared when it actually happens. For some unknown reason, I kept thinking it was strange to see Liam this far out in the country from Galway, but then again, what did I know? I didn’t know anything about him.
Liam looked at me with large dark eyes and smiled brightly. He was different than I had imagined: he was friendlier, more candid. I assumed because he looked so dark and mysterious, there would be a personality to match. I assumed he would be reserved, aloof, perhaps arrogant in an artistic sort of way. I was paying close attention, and there was none of that about Liam. In seconds, I realized he was a nice guy. I moved a step to my right as an older man approached the bar.
“Would ye give us a hand there,” the man said to Liam, and for the next few minutes, Liam handed pints over his head to a group of men too far from the bar’s edge to grab the glasses themselves. Just then, Kieran said something that set off a chain of events and put the rest of the night in motion.
“Liam, will you watch Hailey for me, I’m off to join the sessiun.” With that, Kieran produced a harmonica from his shirt pocket and walked off to join the musicians in the corner.
I stood at the bar and waited for the next thing to happen. The world seemed to operate in slow motion. All the noise in the room subsided, and the only thing I knew was I was looking directly at Liam Hennessey. I searched his face for imperfections. I had never before seen such beauty in the face of a man. I hoped my thoughts didn’t show on my face. He was so good looking, I wondered why other people in the room weren’t staring at him, then I realized most of Hughes’ patrons knew him and were probably used to the way he looked. I was reticent, unsure of how to speak to Liam, unfamiliar with how provincial he may or may not have been. Words tend to get in the way in moments like this, but they lay in wait just the same.

Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) (Tour schedule:  http://xpressobooktours.com/2015/03/31/tour-sign-up-dancing-to-an-irish-reel-by-claire-fullerton/)
  • Signed copy of Dancing to an Irish Reel
  • eBook copy of Dancing to an Irish Reel
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7 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful cover, it sounds like a really good read!

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    1. It definitely sounds like my kind of story. Getting an Irish guy!

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  2. I don't feel attracted to very many romance novels, but this sounds great!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Hi Diane: I'm so glad you wrote! Dancing to an Irish Reel" is Literary Fiction; no element of a romance novel to it, although one reviewer did say the book is "A sensitive and lyrical tribute to the Irish culture and the wonders of falling in love." It's more a story about an American who moves to rural Ireland where everything is stimulating, beautiful and new. When she meets a certain Irish musician, a kind of push and pull ensues, for this young man is completely unbalanced at the prospect of love, so he won't come closer, nor completely go away. I think many women have experienced something like this. But it's the Irish friends around the narrator who explain the cultural nuances of rural Ireland, so all in all, Dancing to an Irish Reel is a very different kind of book, but enjoyable, lively, and rather introspective all the way through.

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  3. And to Lisa, I love your site and am thrilled to be here! Thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you like it. And I love when authors comment!

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  4. The book looks great. I went to see what those who already read it say about it and the reviews are fantastic. I'm excited to read it!

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