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My latest work, 3/17, has just come out in Kindle (and iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.) format. Learn more here.

Stay tuned for a special online shopping deal for my readers, plus news about the third book in the Maeve Kenny series!!

Be sure to check out Book Look in the latest edition of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. A Sudden Gift of Fate was reviewed by Laurel C. Wemett who calls it an “engaging novel of two likable couples and how they handle the challenges in their lives.”
     If you haven’t read this wonderful magazine before, be sure to give it a look. It truly is a celebration of Finger Lakes life, from the breathtaking scenery to the work of fine artisans, from the fascinating lakeside places to the bounty of their shores, fine produce to exquisite wines.

I am delighted to announce that my third novel, 3/17, is now available for $20 at my eStore (an Amazon.com storefront). Within a few days it will be available at Amazon.com and will be at other online book stores such as Barnes & Noble and Powell’s or available to order at independent book stores within six weeks. I’ll keep you posted!

A SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE has just made it through the first round — the story pitch — in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. WOW! The novel joins 1,999 other works selected from a pool of 10,000 entries.
     In the second round of judging, Amazon editors and Amazon Vine Reviewers will be reading an excerpt of the novel (roughly the first 5,000 words). They’ll narrow the field down to 500 quarterfinalists to be announced around March 23.
     This moment is HUGE. Last year when I entered THE TERMINAL DINER in the contest, it failed at the pitch stage. That was so frustrating because no one read a word of my work. Not this year, buíochas le Dia!
     So say a few prayers, light a candle or raise a glass of Finger Lakes wine and send good thoughts toward my novel.

I entered A SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest just now.

We had to submit a pitch, excerpt (from the first 5,000 words) and the complete manuscript.

The first round cut will come after reading the pitch. Say some prayers, light a few candles or keep your fingers crossed. Better yet, do all of the above!

Should I win, the book will be picked up by Penguin USA. Now THAT would be a sudden gift of fate…

Well things got off to a rocky start in 2010. My computer came down with a bad virus and I just got it back. $$$!!! I have some good news in the meantime, however, to share with you all.

  • A Sudden Gift of Fate was the first featured story in Jim McDonough’s Irish News USA E-Missive, year-end edition. A review of the novel will be in the January issue of the Irish News & Entertainment newspaper coming out soon. If you’d like to subscribe to either, send an e-mail to Jim here.
  • I will be interviewed by WSKG Radio’s Bill Jaker on the February edition of “Off the Page.” The show airs live on Tuesday, February 16 at 1 p.m. You can call in questions to the show. An archived edition of the show will be available on the WSKG web site for a year. More info to come.
  • It has been suggested to me by a person in the book industry to enter A Sudden Gift of Fate in the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest. I’ll let you know if I do that.

If you want to purchase either of my novels from Amazon.com for Christmas, order by Dec. 17.  Click either of the links at left.

     Hurray! CreateSpace, the publisher of my books, has just offered a new option in which they can be distributed to indie and chain bookstores, academic organizations and libraries across the country! Woo-hoo!!! This means someone living on the West Coast can pop into a local bookstore and order my books! This is wonderful news!
     I signed up both my books, but they might take six weeks to be available for national distribution. I’ll let you know when this great new feature goes live.

On Cyber Monday, Nov. 30, you can buy my novels at 20 percent off. Follow @cailinAolain on Twitter to get the special one-day Amazon.com discount code!

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$20
Available NOW at my e-store (Amazon.com),
Amazon.com;
Barnes & Noble;
Powell's Books
What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

The Prequel

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Buy it @ my E-store; Amazon.com; and Powell's Books.

Cost: $20

The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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* Listen to my interview with Bill Jaker on his WSKG radio show, "Off the Page" here.
* Listen to my 10/21/2009 interview with Morgen McLaughlin on her BlogTalk Radio show, "Finger Lakes Wine Talk" here.

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