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The Girl in the Shadows Part 1 – A Pint of the Black Stuff
Follow the hilarious escapades of the heroine, Grace, as she grows up in a rural community in 1940s and 1950s Ireland. Fall in love with her as she struggles to overcome prejudice in her own special way.
A romantic tale with a difference. Set in Victorian England, Joseph falls for the wrong woman but time and death come to his rescue. Will Eliza ever return his love or will he forever be a mere shadow, just out of reach?
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The first edit is complete!
The manuscript has gone out to beta readers and while I’m waiting I will start on the second edit.
I’ve still got the two paranormal romances to finish and more information to gather before I can write up Irish Paranormal Haunts Part 2, but hey, things are happening!
Looking forward to getting this one published!
Looking for a side splitting comedy with plenty of Irishness thrown in?
Ready to enjoy a rib tickler with a difference?
Want a laugh out loud kind of read?
The Girl in the Shadows has it all!
Find out for yourself why readers are enjoying it. Fall in love with Grace and her madcap adventures.
Remember a time when life was simpler and childhood was carefree and fun.
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A rough draft of the first chapter:
Joseph urged his horse on faster and harder and Elizabeth pealed with laughter as she tried to keep up. “Wait for me Joseph! My mare isn’t as fast as your stallion!”
Joseph risked a quick glance over his shoulder and flashed Elizabeth a smile, “You’ll never catch up riding side saddle anyway!”
Elizabeth slowed her mare, “Joseph Hopwood! A lady always rides this way!”
Joseph leaned back in his saddle and the stallion responded at once, slowing his gait and allowing his master to bring him to a halt.
Elizabeth brought her mare to a halt beside the bigger stallion. “Why have you stopped?”
Joseph laughed and gazed into her beautiful brown eyes, “To let you catch up of course!”
To hide her confusion, Elizabeth looked back to where the rest of the horses and riders were still two fields away. The sounds of the hunting horns came closer while the baying of the hounds faded into the distance.
“We’re losing the hounds.”
“There are far more interesting things here than a pack of hounds.” .Joseph suddenly dismounted. With two strides he was beside Elizabeth’s mare. “Come here. I want to show you something.” He reached for her.
With a stifled gasp, Elizabeth slid off the horse and into Joseph’s arms. “What do you want to show me?”
Placing her carefully on the ground, he offered her his arm. “This way. Be careful of your shoes the ground is a trifle soft.”
Together they walked to the top of a small hill, leading the horses behind them. At the summit, Joseph pointed into the distance, “One day all this will be mine.”
Elizabeth held her breath.
“This is one of my favourite places in the world because from here I can see my whole world. Is it not perfect?”
“Yes, it is perfect.”
“I like to ride up here quite often. It reminds me of my place in the world.”
Elizabeth gazed at the countryside and waited expectantly. The last three months had been leading up to this point and she had already decided to accept his proposal.
The marriage would be a good match. Her connections and his wealth, not to mention their well bred good looks, would make them a formidable couple.
Elizabeth had been brought up to play the role of lady of the manor and now at last, it seemed her parents’ wishes would come true. All those hours learning how to speak, act and dress correctly for every occasion were finally going to come to fruition.
She turned to look at him.
Joseph found himself drowning in those soft brown eyes. Was that a fleck of green in her left iris? He felt that he could stare into her eyes for ever and lose himself. He tore his eyes from hers and was immediately mesmerized by the curve of her ruby lips. He reached out and tenderly tucked a stray strand of her hair back behind her ear. His fingers tingled as he brushed her flushed cheeks.
Just then a fox burst through the fence at the bottom of the hill and within seconds a loud baying heralded the arrival of the hounds in full cry.
With a laugh, Joseph turned to Elizabeth, “Come on! I’ll help you mount!” and so saying, he grabbed her around the waist and lifted her quickly into the saddle. His stallion was already moving as he swung himself astride and with a loud bellow, he kicked the animal in the ribs and set off at a gallop with Elizabeth not far behind.
“Tally-ho, tally-ho!” Joseph’s stallion needed no urging. The fox scaled a ditch quickly followed by the hounds. Joseph set his horse at the ditch, with a massive leap the magnificent stallion cleared the ditch with room to spare. Glancing back, Joseph noted that Elizabeth had turned her smaller horse towards an easier place to jump.
Soon the rest of the hunt had caught up and together, hoses and dogs thundered across the land, flying over fences and streaking across meadows in pursuit of the wily fox.
Suddenly the hounds became quiet and began to mill around aimlessly. “The fox has gone to ground!” The cry echoed around the countryside. Spectators on nearby hills pointed to where they had seen the fox vanish into a covert.
An hour later the Master of Foxhounds called off the hunt and the group reluctantly returned home.
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From a lady in Dublin, Ireland
I read the book very quickly, within a day or two. It was one that I couldn’t put down, I kept having to read and find out what was happening next.
Grace’s innocence, enthusiasm and funny inquisitive nature brings you to have quite a few giggles.
It reminds the reader of what life was like back in the day, so simple and yet they were happy.
Definitely a read I would recommend to everyone. Genuinely one of the best books I have read in a very long time.
Ruth Deery, Ireland
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From a lady in Portugal. Thank you Carolina!
” I read this book just in one day and I must say it was an experience like I hadn’t had for a while. This is not a big book but it is full of emotions and meaning that you won’t want to leave alone for too long.
Grace’s mind is as colourful and innocent as any child should be and she will be faced with many opportunities to show you so. She’s in fact the epitome of ingenuity and you are left with no other option but to fall in love with her. Be warned, she may make you burst into laughter even in crowded public places.
You will soon begin to realize the reason behind these behaviours (and it’s shadows) and hopefully you’ll keep feeling the same towards her and all the other little Graces around the world. You’ll learn that you can keep your pity to yourself and simply admire how truly happy one can be, even with the simplest and yet meaningful life. ” — Carolina Valdoleiros
The Girl in the Shadows Part 2 will soon be available!
Life throws a lot of tough times Grace’s way. Will she sink or swim? Will she be able to cope with the hard decisions she faces?
If you do not know the story so far, check out this free preview.
Part 2 will answer some important questions:
Will the Priest help Grace? Or will he throw her to the wolves?
Will Granny Maura be able to save her?
Will Grace be allowed to continue along this path?
Who is Liam? Or Jackie? Or Maura?
Will they play an important part in Grace’s life? Or are they just ships that pass in the night?
Why is the new school master so angry? And how can Granny Maura sort out the problem?
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Is glas iad na cnoic i bhfad uainn
(Faraway Hills are Green)
After a very satisfactory launch The Girl in the Shadows has received some great reviews:
“Kim O’Shea’s ‘The Girl in the Shadows: A Pint of the Black Stuff’ sees the author breakthrough into the world of fiction with remarkable style and finesse as if she had belonged there all along.”
“Kim O’Shea beautifully captures the trials and tribulations involved in growing up with scenes packed full of humour in even the most serious of moments that will have you roaring with laughter, seamlessly followed by sweet moments that will draw a smile to your face or a tear to your eye.”
“Hi Kim , just finished reading your wonderful book. A lovely light hearted read. Can’t wait for part 2.”
“Hi Kim, I’m almost finished the book, I’ll be finished tomorrow first thing, it’s brilliant, really enjoying it.”
The Girl in the Shadows: A Pint of the Black Stuff
Buy it now, curl up by the fire and lose yourself in Grace’s special world.
The Girl in the Shadows: A Pint of the Black Stuff