It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Monday, December 17, 2012


By Cynthia Owens
Book Three of the CLADDAGH SERIES

He fled life in the shadows for a life in the limelight

Never as dutiful as his older brother, Lucas Davenport was a thinker, a dreamer of dreams. When tragedy overtook his family, he fled to the bright lights of the stage. Can he make the Shannon Theatre Troupe a success – or is he doomed to once again be “the other son?”

She sought the past she barely remembered.

Mary Kathryn O’Brien returns to the genteel world her mother left behind – but can Irish Katie ever truly hope to belong? Or will old wounds and new rivalries destroy the threads of family forever?

Lucas and Katie must battle prejudice and buried secrets before they can learn to trust each other. Is their love just a brief intermission, or are they Playing For Keeps?


Philadelphia, 1850

Luke stared in silent horror as glowing red flames devoured the warehouse.
What have you done this time?
The words resounded through Luke’s brain, condemning and inevitable, in his father’s disapproving tones.
What had he done? He’d secured the warehouses. He had, he was sure of it. He’d made certain all the forges were out.
Hadn’t he? Or had his head been too full of the play he’d been studying in secret, the characters he was determined to flesh out, the pages he’d obsessively filled with his own dreams and interpretations?
Clanging bells and pounding hooves hammered in his ears.
Thank you, God.
But as quickly as relief flared, terror chased close on its heels.
Dear God, was anyone still inside? Tobias, his father’s most trusted clerk—surely he’d left long ago. And the two young men Matt hired last month—hadn’t they spoken of going to The Dancing Horse to spend their first pay packets?
He struggled for breath, the acrid smell of burning wood and molten steel tearing at his throat.
Bleak realization swept through him. It was his fault. It had to be. But it was an accident
Matthew. Matt would take care of everything. Matt always cleaned up his little brother’s messes, covered up Luke’s many shortcomings.
“Mr. Lucas? Mr. Lucas!”
Dazed, Luke stared in disbelief at the normally impeccable clerk. Tobias had lost his coat, his once pristine white linen shirt was torn and covered with soot. Luke’s gut clenched as he took in the other man’s wild hair, the bloody gash slashed cruelly across one cheek.
“Mr. Lucas!”
Luke grabbed Tobias’s arm, his head thudding, his fingers gripping convulsively. Fear struck ice cold in his heart. His entire body shaking, he ran his dry tongue over his ash-covered lips.
“Tobias, where’s Matt?”
The clerk gazed at Luke, pity darkening his eyes. Tears trailed slowly down his soot-blackened face.
“Mr. Matthew’s dead, sir.”



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. My novels, In Sunshine or in Shadow and Coming Home, set in post-Famine Ireland, are available from Highland Press. Playing For Keeps, the third book in the Claddagh series, will also be published by Highland Press.

I am 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 school-aged children.

To learn more about Cynthia and her other books please visit her website-



Sarah said...

Hi Cynthia!

I have read her books and am a HUGE fan!

I highly reccomend Cynthia Owens!

Cynthia Owens said...

Thanks so much, Sarah, I'm so glad you enjoy my stories! Looking forward to yours, too! :)

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Cynthia Owens said...

Hi Linda, if you like Irish historical romance, I'd be so pleased if you read all my books! Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Page (JC) said...

Now I am really intrigued, "accident". A must for my reading list...(BTW: Loved my travels to Montreal, Quebec City and St. Foye)

Irish Romance is at the top of my list too!!


Cynthia Owens said...

Hi Jennifer, glad I've captured your interest. I love Irish romance, whether it's reading it or writing it!

Montreal is a fabulous city, one of my favorites next to Dublin, Ireland! ;)

Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

Pat McDermott said...

Congrats, Cynthia. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and look forward to cozying with up a cup of tea beside the fire to read Playing for Keeps!

Cynthia Owens said...

Thank you, Pat, I hope you enjoy "Playing For Keeps" as much as I enjoyed writing it!

B.J. Scott said...

Your books sound wonderful. Best of luck with all of them.

Cynthia Owens said...

Thank you, B.J., and thanks for stopping by to visit with me!

Chicks of Characterization said...

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and showed Cynthia their support!!

Playing For Keeps sounds like an amazing read, and I wish you all the luck in the world, Cynthia!

Thanks so much for allowing me to feature your book!!!


Cynthia Owens said...

Thanks so much for having me, and for your good wishes! :)

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