Paula Martin shares the First Time she visited the western part of Ireland. Sounds exquisite! I love open and empty spaces and can easily imagine why Paula’s First Time was such an inspiration.
I fell in love with the Connemara area in the west of Ireland on my first visit there, nearly eleven years ago. As we drove west from the city of Galway, on a beautiful autumn morning, we entered the wild open countryside of Connemara, uninhabited apart from sheep and lambs. New vistas appeared at every twist and turn of the road – clusters of bright yellow broom, small brooks rippling over stones, breeze-whipped lakes at the one side of the road, low green hills with rocky outcrops on the other, and the occasional ruins of stone cottages. A range of sharp peaked, grey mountains, the Twelve Bens, dominated the view ahead of us, none of them over two and half thousand feet, but stark and majestic.
Since that first visit, I’ve been back to Connemara several times and explored more of this beautiful area, including some of the coastal inlets and bays, opening into the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2013, I had an idea for a novel in which two strangers meet when they jointly inherit a house, and it didn’t take me long to decide the house would be in Connemara. I even knew exactly where it would be, just a few miles from Clifden, and overlooking the bay. So ‘Mist Na Mara House’ became the connecting link between five standalone novels, the fifth of which will be released in June, 2018.
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 traveled extensively in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East, USA and Canada. Her other interests include musical theatre and tracing her family history. She writes Contemporary/Intrigue.
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~Mist Na Mara #1
English actress, Jenna Sutton, and American artist, Guy Sinclair, are thrown together when they find they’ve jointly inherited a house on the west coast of Ireland. Neither knows their connection to their unknown benefactress, but set about unravelling the intriguing tale of a 19th century love affair. Despite their personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements, Jenna and Guy feel their growing attraction.
When local property agent, Eve Callaghan, appears to have her own agenda, friction builds over Jenna and Guy’s decision about the house and its contents.
Will their Irish inheritance bring them together - or drive them apart?