Thursday, March 17, 2011

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ! A PATRICK TAYLOR DOUBLE BOOK GIVEAWAY









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PATRICK TAYLOR 
DOUBLE BOOK GIVEAWAY 

AN IRISH COUNTRY GIRL: 
Readers of Patrick Taylor’s books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Some forty-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O’Hanlon, a farmer’s daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy night in 1922. . . .

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo---and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

AN EXCERPT FROM AN IRISH COUNTRY GIRL:
"Run along, make your calls, and enjoy His Lordship’s hooley," said Mrs. Maureen Kincaid, "Kinky" to her friends, as she knelt in the hall and sponged Ribena black-currant cordial from a small boy’s tweed overcoat. "I’ll expect you all back by five, sir, not a minute later. I’d not want the Christmas dinner to be spoiled."

Her employer, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, said over his shoulder, "We’ll be on time, I promise, Kinky. 
...To read the rest of this excerpt, go to the Macmillan website HERE.

AN IRISH COUNTRY COURTSHIP:
Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town’s diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors?

After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner in the practice. He’s looking forward to becoming a fixture in the community, until an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy tending to routine coughs and colds for the rest of his career? After all, even when a more challenging case comes along, like a rare tropical disease, all he can do is pass it on to a qualified specialist or big-city hospital. As much as Barry enjoys the rough and tumble of life in County Down, is running a humble GP’s shop all he wants out of life?

Barry’s mentor, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, is going through some personal upheavals as well. After mourning his deceased wife for decades, he’s finally allowed a new woman into his life. But this budding courtship is not going over well with Kinky Kincaid, the doctors’ redoubtable housekeeper, who fears having her position usurped by O’Reilly’s new flame. Tact, diplomacy, and a fair amount of blarney may be required to restore peace to the household.

Meanwhile, life goes on in Ballybucklebo, presenting both doctors with plenty of distractions from their own troubles. From a mysterious outbreak at the local school to a complicated swindle involving an unlucky racehorse, the two partners will need all of their combined wit and compassion to put things right again--just in time for their lives to change forever.
  

AN EXCERPT FROM AN IRISH COUNTRY COURTSHIP:  
A Crowd Is Not Company
 
Barry Laverty—Doctor Barry Laverty—stood in a jam-packed drawing room where the sound level was as intense as the racket of riveting guns in Harland and Wolff’s shipyard. Over the noise of many conversations the gramophone blared.
 
How much is that doggie in the window?
 
Barry smiled and squeezed Patricia Spence’s hand. Having her back home in Ulster was wonderful even if she had left it to the last minute to get here. 
...To read the rest of this excerpt, go to the Macmillan website HERE.

ABOUT AUTHOR PATRICK TAYLOR:
Patrick Taylor, M.D., was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, Dr. Taylor worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now divides his time between Canada and Ireland. 
GIVEAWAY

I HAVE ONE SET OF THESE TWO
NEW, HARD BACK BOOKS TO
GIVE AWAY MYSELF TO ONE
LUCKY WINNER...AND YOU DON'T
HAVE TO BE IRISH TO WIN :)
 
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+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN VISITING PATRICK TAYLOR'S  WEBSITE HERE
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 
6 PM, EST, APRIL 2
GOOD LUCK! 

69 comments:

debbie said...

I love books set in Ireland. I would really enjoy reading these books.
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debbie said...

I learned he has won 3 lifetime achievement awards in his specialty in human infertility.
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Enamored Soul said...

First of all, thank you for holding such amazing and thoughtful giveaways! I love that this giveaway is completely in line with the wonderful St. Patrick's Day.

That being said, I love books set in Ireland (also Africa and the American South) - because the scenery and landscape described is always so lush and beautiful. And the people, well, they have a culture of their own. Plus, who doesn't want to read about a place called BALLYBUCKLEBO? Come onnnn...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Enamored Soul said...

Dia duit!!!!

Wow, Patrick Taylor's website may be a simple one, but it is FAR from uninteresting. He's genuinely honest, and funny (I mean, hello, he basically calls his publicist a pandering flatterer, you've gotta love THAT author!) and quite interesting. It's funny how he calls the residents of Ballybucklebo "eejits", that made me laugh.

In the "Author" section, Patrick Taylor is described as a "seannachie" which, I had no idea prior to this, means a bard among the Highlanders of Scotland, who preserved and repeated the traditions of the tribes - a genealogist of sorts. Another man after my heart, because, he works in the field of "Obstetrics & Gynecology", specifically in the field of infertility. I wanted to specialize in ART (Artificial Reproductive Procedures) myself! There's still time to see if I'll go that route, but it's wonderful to read about an author with such an extensive medical background!!!

Thank you for sharing these books, and this post with us, Karen!

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Tore said...

I would like to win these books because they sound very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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Margie said...

These look like fascinating books.... the small village, interesting characters, some character development, and the backdrop of Ireland. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Margie said...

From the website...I learned that the author pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility. His contributions have been honoured with three lifetime achievement awards. Very impressive, along with being an author.
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Tina said...

I love this series, but have only listened to the audios. Would love to own these for my permanent collection. And I haven't read the "courtship" yet at all.

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Tina said...

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Tina said...

I loved the video of the village on Patrick Taylor's webpage. It really gave me a good picture to carry in my mind as I read or listen to these.

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Connie said...

Hi! I love reading any kind of novels that deal with Ireland or anything Irish. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway on the holiday! :)

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Anonymous said...

Some of my father's ancestors lived in Northern Ireland. The countryside is so beautiful there. I would really love to read these two books.

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Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading his glossary of Ulster Scots idioms.
Here are a few examples:

Acting the goat: Behaving
foolishly.

Call the cows home: Be ready for anything.

Not as green as your cabbage looking: Not as stupid as you appear to be.

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catherine said...

they sound charming.
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Shannon said...

I'm enjoyed the first few books and would love to continue the series.

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Shannon said...

I like how Mrs. Kincaid's recipe is on the website, but I have no idea what a sultana is...
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mamabunny13 said...

I would love to win these books because it would be a nice change for me to read something set in Ireland.
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mamabunny13 said...

I find it interesting that Patrick's daughter does
unaccompanied Celtic singing.My daughter is a singer too!



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Colleen Turner said...

What a great giveaway! I tried winning An Irish Country Courtship on Goodreads but wasn't lucky enough to win. However it has been on my wishlist since I discovered it. How can you not like a character named Kinky :).
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Colleen Turner said...

Great author website! I love that the author gives a directory of unfamiliar food and terms in his books to assist his non-Irish fans better understand and emerse themselves in the stories!
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Pamela Keener said...

These books sound awesome. The setting being Ireland always peaks my interest.
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Pamela Keener said...

His website is quaint. There are 5 books in the series with one almost done.
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Laura H. said...

What great books to give away on St. Patrick's Day! This is a new author for me so I'm not familiar with his work but after reading your review, I'm immediately adding him to my TBR list. I just adore books about Ireland, fairies and Banshees!

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I found it interesting that the author was born in Northern Ireland but now resides in British Columbia. He has received multiple awards including three Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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rbooth43 said...

I have always wanted to travel to Ireland, but since it's not possible I love reading books about Ireland! The sencery is so so green. WOW!
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bison61 said...

sounds like a great read about a girl with dreams & romance

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justpeachy36 said...

I love books set in Ireland and I have not had the chance to read this author yet, so I would love to win these two books.

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ktgonyea said...

Looks like a wonderful read :)

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Melanie L said...

The character Maureen having the gift of "the sight" sounds like it will make this a very entertaining book.
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Melanie L said...

I thought it was interesting to learn that besides being an author he is also a medical doctor.
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Becky said...

I read Irish Country Doctor and Irish Country Christmas. I'd absolutely love to read these two books! I'm definitely not Irish.I'm a Louisiana Cajun living in Atlanta, but love books set in Ireland. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Becky said...

I am a new follower of your blog:)

Becky said...

Ok. I just read the list again. Omit my comment about following your blog. I loved Kinky's recipes found on Patrick Taylor's blog. Thanks for a wonderful review!

Amy said...

I love Ireland and the Irish people. Although I haven't read any of Patrick Taylor's books yet the excerpt's inmdicate the his books include delightful, quirky Irish characters living in sweet villages getting into each other's business. In addition to the great covers, these books sound perfect for an Irish lass such as myself!

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Amy said...

Patrick Taylor who is also a medical researcher and doctor, has won awards in Canada for his contributions in the field of infertility.
He discovered his ability to write well when he was 16 years old and won the "Campbellian Prize for Literature".
Wow!

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Misusedinnocence said...

These sound great. I love books set in Ireland. They're the best! Would love to read these.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I liked the video of the village on the website. Really cool!

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ArtsyBookishGal said...

I really liked AN Irish Country Doctor, so I would love to see what happens!

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