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Release day: An Irish Promise

7 November 2014

Today is the official release of An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor (paperback and ebook, Choc Lit Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

An Irish PromiseA promise is a promise

Art historian, Rachel Ford has returned to the Irish village of Kilbrook intent on keeping her promise to take revenge on the school bullies who ruined her childhood and destroyed her family.

Australian actor Finn MacKenzie sets hearts fluttering when he turns up in sleepy Kilbrook to help his aunt with a school production. He seems to have a charmed life, yet his confident façade hides heartbreak and tragedy. Although Finn isn’t looking for love, when he meets the mysterious Rachel,there’s a definite spark between them.

Rachel is torn between her desire for revenge and this new loveaffair. She doesn’t want to deceive Finn, but can she trust him to keep her real identity a secret? And will he understand why she must keep her promise,no matter the cost?

Co-authors, Liv Thomas and Val Olteanu, write under the pen-name of Isabella Connor. Liv is based in England and Val lives in Canada. They’ve never met in person (but hope to one day), and wrote this novel via emails and phone calls. They dropped by today to tell us a little about their second novel, An Irish Promise:

Allow us to introduce to you today the hero of our second novel, a man who’s stolen our hearts—Australian actor, Finn MacKenzie. Finn turns heads wherever he goes because he looks like an angel with designer stubble, and his bronze tan, firm biceps, and sun-streaked brown hair, place him firmly among Bondi’s best. When he takes off his shades, you’ll see bluey-grey eyes that are full of fun. A Sydney sider, Finn graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and paid his dues in minor theatre roles and stints on soaps like Home and Away while earning money on the side doing some modelling for Calvin Klein. He’s recently been offered a role in a new TV detective series as the young and reckless sidekick to an older, wiser police inspector, so it looks like his acting career is really set to take off. He lives in a flat in Potts Point with his Aussie bulldog, Butch, and they’re often out together playing frisbee in RushCutters Bay Park. Finn’s favourites include the Sydney Swans, Bronte Beach, Crownies lager, and the Nutella crepes at Artisan Focacceria. Finn is really close to his Aunt Helen, an actress in her own right, and he decides to pay her a visit in Kilbrook, Ireland, for a couple of months to help her with the production of a community theatre version of A Christmas Carol. Finn isn’t looking for love—his past is littered with one broken heart, and several short-term flings—but when he meets Rachel Ford in Kilbrook, his life will never be the same again.

You can find out more about this book at Isabella’s blog or buy it from Amazon.



  1. Jeanie M permalink
    9 November 2014 2:43 pm

    I’m very pleased to meet Finn! Love Irish settings, so this book looks great!

  2. 8 November 2014 4:23 am

    I love novels set in Ireland, and any novel that has anything to do with Australia goes to the top of my list, so this is a must for me!

  3. Christine Stovell permalink
    8 November 2014 1:36 am

    Congratulations Liv and Val – I don’t know how you do it (co-writing… I have enough trouble working solo… although sometimes that inner critic gets very annoying!), but hugely well-done to both of you.

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