A ballerina risks career, friendship, and life for a chance at dangerous love.
Taylor, a disciplined soloist with a major ballet company, is benched for most of the summer with an Achilles injury. Miserable and stir-crazy, Taylor accepts an invitation from her reckless best friend, Beks, for the perfect solution: a vacation in Ireland. With benefits. Beks has been dming with a couple of four-alarm Irish guys for months. Jimmy and Niall are the perfect combination of good looks and mystery, and when they offer to take the ladies sightseeing in search of the vengeful sea serpents of Irish legend, Beks and Taylor are all in.
A DARKER NEED is suspense with a speculative hint that puts a modern twist on an ancient Irish legend.
150 years earlier, Moira and her family huddle in a churchyard amid corpses awaiting burial. Without shelter, Moira prays she and her starving family can survive. She longs to get a letter to her Aunt Ciara, who could surely help since she’s a cook on a grand estate . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Ciara four months earlier, when the estate goes bankrupt, leaving her out on the road, destitute and desperate. With nowhere else to turn, Ciara tries to contact her Uncle Donal, an old fisherman . . . Jumping months earlier, Donal experiences a life-changing encounter at sea prompting him to reach his daughter with a message as soon as possible. But half a year earlier, his daughter, Siobhan, is frost-bitten and trapped by a snow drift. As she frantically tries to escape, her only thought is to reach her own beloved child left in the care of her cousin. That cousin is neighbor to Moira and her family whom we revisit on the eve of the famine before tragedy strikes.
Returning to the present, we find that Mary, aided by the voices from the famine, is able to withstand her own tragic loss, and gain a deep personal understanding of how her soul is intertwined with those from the past.
'Return not into life, but into magic, where we have
never died, into the enchanted wood,
where we still live, strewn on the grass.' -- Thomas Wolfe
Unity Grace is about to risk everything, including her identity, to relocate to the one place that infatuates her: The rural west of Ireland. Her career as an actress in Hollywood is circling the drain, her commitment-phobic lover has left her because she can’t cook, and chaotic Los Angeles traffic is eating her brain. She knows from previous visits the magic atmosphere of Ireland is the only place that can rescue her. There’s just one problem. Irish law bans Americans from remaining in Ireland for more than ninety days.
A life-changing psychic reading causes Unity to leap into deep water and emigrate. She’s ecstatic when, against the odds, she receives permission to remain in Ireland for a year, but there’s a catch. She can’t accept employment. Survival compels her to embark on the most challenging acting roles of her life by taking multiple jobs under a false identity, from chambermaid in a castle to dance teacher for prudish farm wives. Unity develops deep emotional connections with fellow misfit immigrants, learning from them how to deal with her xenophobic neighbors. New challenges, like internet dating European style and agrarian living force Unity’s former infatuation with Ireland to mature into a deeper understanding and love of her new homeland.
After three years, the bullying immigration officer refuses to renew Unity’s visa, demolishing her chances at citizenship. Her situation becomes dire, forcing her to face the end of her life in Ireland. Unity must choose: Become a fugitive, hiding in the wild west of Connemara and face almost certain deportation. Or return to a country that is now foreign, and an old life that no longer exists.
NO SHALLOW WATER is women’s fiction, an American emigrant story about a woman who wants to find home.