Thursday, June 26, 2014

Visit Old Ireland in "My Dark Rose" with Author Cynthia Owens

Hi MK! Thanks so much for having me as your guest today. I’m so thrilled to be talking about My Dark Rose, Book III in the Wild Geese Series, which releases later this month. I hope you’ll love Dary and Róisín, and the rest of the endearing cast of characters in the book, as much as I do!

My Dark Rose
…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

He was the lucky one…
Dary Greely is the only one of his brothers and sisters to survive the hunger in Ireland and the coffin ship to America. He was the one whose parents made a bit of money, the one who emerged from the war virtually unscathed. He was the lucky one…but when the war ended, his luck ran out.

She was burdened by too many responsibilities…
Róisín Donavan is an Irish girl who lives in a Five Points tenement room. She dreams of a future as a great diva and sings Irish songs at Paddy Ryan's Pub. But her stubborn Irish pride won't allow her to abandon her family, even if it means sacrificing everything for them.

Can Dary make Róisín see her true worth? Can Róisín heal the festering wounds that tear at Dary’s soul? And can love truly mend their grieving hearts?

Watch for My Dark Rose the end of June!

Enjoy an Excerpt
He crushed his mouth to hers once more, and she gloried in the feel of him, the taste of him.    He wasn’t just kissing her. He was making love to her with his mouth as surely as he would with his body.
She wanted him.
“Rose, Rose.” His mouth wandered down her throat, nipping and sucking and scrambling her senses. She slid her hands up and around his shoulders to comb leisurely through the lush, silken strands of his hair. “My Rose, my beautiful dark Rose.”
Then, just as suddenly, he pulled away, breathing hard. Capturing her hands in his, he pulled them down to her sides. “Not here,” he rasped. “Not in the street, where everyone can see us. You deserve better than that, my Róisín dubh.” He stared down into her eyes, his face sober. “You deserve everything.”
“You said you weren’t singing Friday night.”
His abrupt change of subject had her blinking foolishly. “I… that’s right.”
“Good.” He smiled down at her, smoothing a stray curl from her cheek.
“Good? Why?”
“Because on Friday night I want you to put on your prettiest dress. You’ll be dining with me at Delmonico’s.”
Delmonico’s! ’Twas the fanciest restaurant in the city! “Dary, I—”
“I’d like to ask my friends, Shane and Lydia MacDermott, to come along to meet you. We’ll have great craic.”

*** Contest! ***
To celebrate the release of My Dark Rose, I’m giving away reader’s choice of an autographed print copy of Deceptive Hearts or Keeper of the Light, the first two books of the Wild Geese Series, to one lucky commenter!
Meet the Author
I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of  Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.

I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure.

I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero and our two teenaged children.


  1. Welcome to Books and Benches, Cynthia! Congrats on the new release.

  2. Wonderful post!! I tweeted.

  3. Loved, loved, loved the excerpt! Tweeted!

    1. Thanks, Ella, so pleased you enjoyed the beginning of Dary and Roisin's story! Thanks for the tweet and the visit!

  4. Thank you, MK, it's a pleasure to be here to share My Dark Rose with everyone. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for having me today! :)

  5. I'm curious to find out what 'craic' is! Great excerpt, Cynthia.

  6. Hi Mairi, "craic" is Irish for fun. Glad you had good craic reading the excerpt! ;) Thanks for visiting! :)

  7. We have a winner! Congratulations, Ella Quinn, you've won a copy of your choice of Deceptive Hearts or Keeper of the Light! Please send me your snail mail address with your choice to and I'll sen you your signed copy. Hope you enjoy!