Guest Post - Cathy Mansell

I would like to welcome to my blog today, Cathy Mansell, whose 
debut novel is published by Tirgearr Publishing

Author Biography

Cathy is an experienced writer of romantic fiction. Her early work was competition short stories and articles published in national magazines. She was Editor in Chief of the Leicestershire Anthology, ‘Taking Off’, a book promoted and supported by Arts Council UK.

In recent times, Cathy has turned to writing full-length novels that are set in Ireland/England and America in the 1950/60.  Her debut novel Shadow Across the Liffey is published with Tirgearr Publishing weaves her affinity with Dublin and Leicester.

Having lived her childhood years in Ireland all of her work has that touch of authenticity.  They depict the lifestyle and hardship of Irish families in those days, with the passions and emotions of her characters, who are wound up in intricate criminal plots, mixed with illegitimacy and the desperate and tragic loneliness of widowhood contrasting with the happiness when love comes calling once more.

Readers of Cathy’s novels are transported to a distant time, with page turning tension, having tears and laughter in equal measure.

All of this is borne out of Cathy’s own early experience of widowhood, alongside the trials of bringing up a family as a lone parent in the 70’s.  In addition, finding love again with Dennis, her husband and most ardent supporter.

Nowadays, Cathy lives in rural Leicestershire where she writes daily in her ‘Loft Study’ overlooking fields and trees.



Blurb
SHADOW ACROSS THE LIFFEY
Romantic Suspense
Set in 60’s Ireland life is hard for widow, Oona Quinn, grief-stricken by the tragic deaths of her husband and five-year-old daughter. Struggling to survive, she meets charismatic Jack Walsh at the Shipping Office.

Vinnie Kelly, her son's biological father, just out of jail, sets out to destroy Oona and all she holds dear. Haunted by her past, she has to fight for her future and the safety of her son, Sean. But Vinnie has revenge on his mind . . .


Excerpt


The sun had just come out, and McNally cursed the task ahead of him. The child’s death had touched him deeply. At the station, he had seen tears in grown men’s eyes. This was, by far, the hardest thing he had ever had to do.
He parked the car outside the house with the shiny green door and well-maintained garden, and walked slowly up the path. He hesitated. From inside he heard laughter and music, and it pained him to be the bearer of such shocking news. A lump formed in his throat. He removed his hat and held it in front of him, before knocking on the door.
‘Mrs Quinn?’
Oona stared at the uniformed man on her doorstep. ‘That... that’s me.’ She clutched the door. ‘Has, has something happened?’
‘I’m Sergeant McNally. There’s been an accident. May I come in?’
Connie joined her in the hall, the smile slipping from her face.
‘Are you a relative?’ he asked.
‘We’re sisters. What is it?’
He thought Oona was going to faint but her sister’s hand guided her towards the living room. A moment later, the two women sat on the sofa clutching hands.
‘May I sit down?’
Oona nodded. She was trembling. McNally could see a glimmer of hope in her big brown eyes.
‘I’m afraid your husband’s been in a serious accident, Mrs Quinn.’ He saw all her fears encapsulated in that one terrible moment as he delivered the news.
‘Please, tell me he’s not dead.’
He swallowed, barely able to answer, and then he nodded.
‘No. No. Please don’t tell me that. Dear God! Eamon can’t be dead. You’ve made some mistake. Are... are you... sure it’s my husband?’
‘We found his driving licence.’ He gripped his hat. How could he tell her about the little girl?
‘My little girl! What about Jacqueline?’ she cried out. ‘Where is she? She’ll be frightened. I must go to her.’
‘I’m afraid there was nothing we could do, Mrs Quinn. It all happened so fast.’
‘God! No! Not my little girl! Not Jacqueline!’ She was shaking hysterically. ‘Connie! Tell him; tell the Sergeant he’s got it wrong. Please, Connie.’
‘They’re not, not both of them,’ Connie pleaded, her face distraught.
‘Everything that could possibly be done was done at the scene. A drunk driver coming off the boat caused the crash. He’s dead, too. I’m afraid I was a witness. I’ve spoken to a number of other eye witnesses who saw the white van veering erratically before hitting your husband’s car.’ He swallowed again. ‘There was nothing your husband could have done, Mrs Quinn. I’m so sorry. If it’s any consolation at all, they were both killed instantly.’
‘God Almighty! No! No!’ Oona rocked back and forth. Her breath was coming in huge spasmodic lurches as if her chest was about to explode. He had seen people grieving before, but to lose a child... He wished this was all a dream and that he hadn’t been a witness. He sat with his head bowed, turning his hat round and round in his hands.
Oona stood up, shaking uncontrollably.  Before he could do anything, she collapsed onto the floor.

Cathy's Website
Cathy's Blog

Cathy's Novel is being offered for 99p until 9th March


Comments

SoI should have waited for the sale! Never mind, it was worth the extra to get the book sooner!
Kemberlee said…
Congratulations on the release of your book, Cathy. It's a wonderful tale told by a wonderful storyteller. We're proud to have you on board at Tirgearr Publishing.
margaret kaine said…
I too missed out on the bargain price because I downloaded it earlier. But I don't mind a bit because I loved the book. A 'study in the attic' sounds so romantic Cathy. A great interview - good luck with your sales!
cathy.ashbymagna@zen.co.uk said…
Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking time to post.

Much appreciated.
Cathy
Anonymous said…
What a nice piece about you Cathy, and what a bargain to get Shadow Across the Liffey at this price!

Like the other posters I have had my copy for a while and it is wonderful! Everyone should take advantage of this great offer.

Hope there will be another!

Lastly,I have been privileged to visit the attic study and witness first hand where the inpriration strikes! What an honour!
Stephen
Anne Gallagher said…
This sounds fantastic and it's going in my TBR pile.

Congratulations!
Kristi Ahlers said…
Sounds like a wonderful read! I will have to add this to my list of readings! Love Ireland and stories set there!
Carley Bauer said…
I've had the pleasure of listening to Cathy read an excerpt from her latest release, and can attest to the beautifully written words. It's definitely on my 'must read' list.
Congrats, Cathy!
Dellani Oakes said…
Wonderful post and loved the excerpt!
Anonymous said…
Thank you for stopping by to leave
a comment.
much appreciated
Cathy
Anonymous said…
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mаke peoрle think. Alsо, manу thanκs foг allowing me to comment!


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Cathy Manell said…
Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I much appreciate you taking the time.
And thank you Anita for allowing me to guest on your lovely romantic blogspot.

Cathy

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