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Link by Link, Chain by Chain.

chain_linksI have been asked to take part in this blog hop by my good author friend, Jessica Kong. In this chain, authors will reveal a bit about themselves and their writing process through answering four questions. Then they pass the link to others. I have passed the link to Melanie Toye. First I will tell you a little about myself and answer the questions. Then I will tell you a little bit about Jessica Kong and Melanie Toye.

Yvonne in Java's

I live and work in co. Galway, Ireland. I am the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. I was long listed in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition 2012.

I am a member of the Java Writers group, who have recently published Infusions, a collaboration of our work, and am also co-author of 8 Slices of Cake, an ebook which can be downloaded on smashwords and amazon.  I took part in the first ever short story compiled by tweets, along with well known crime writers Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites. The story is entitled First Stop: Revenge and can be found at: east coast story 

To connect with me:  Website, facebook, twitter.

1) What am I working on?     My current work in progress is a thriller about a serial killer. Detectives Sarah Forde and Dave Burke are trying to put the clues together to create a picture of the monster who is going around the city and county, brutally killing women.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I tend not to stick to any one genre. As you can see from my first two novels, I have written a cozy mystery and a horror. With 8 Slices of Cake I ventured into romance. And I have written an as yet unpublished children’s book. I write what I am moved to write as opposed to trying to stay within a genre.

3) Why do I write what I do? I write because I love it. I write what I do because once an idea takes hold, it doesn’t let go until it’s written, no matter what genre it’s in.

4) How does my writing process work? I wish I could say that I get up at 6.30 every morning and write for an hour, then sit down to the computer after the school run and write for 3 hours until the next school run. However, as a busy mum and childminder, my writing routine is more like this: I squeeze in a few words wherever I can. They all add up. As Agatha Christie said:

Agatha Christie quote

I would add to this – while doing the laundry, in the car on the school run, even in the shower. Or doing any of those mundane, must-be-done chores.

My books:

Passion Killer CS Mar 7th (1)

If your ex lover and best friend was accused of killing your boyfriend would you stand up for him? Would your friends stand by you?

Passion Killer is a story of how unrequited love, jealousy and obsession become dangerous, turning passion to murder. It revolves around a group of friends in a small town in Ireland.  Sylvia arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend, Rick, in a pool of blood. In the course of their investigation, Detectives Barbara Molloy and Mick Naughton question the group of friends and uncover a web of deception. A party the night before the murder left many fingerprints at the scene of the crime. In the tangle of love triangles there are plenty of motives to choose from and few alibis, casting the net of suspicion wide.

As the story unfolds, the friends discover secrets and lies that test their relationships to the point of breaking. In order to cast suspicion away from one of their best friends, Alex, the group start to suspect a myriad of acquaintances. Will they succeed in finding out who killed Rick before Alex is put away for something he didn’t do? Or will they find out that Alex isn’t who they thought he was?

Available At:

Amazon          Barnes & Noble           Smashwords

Shadows cover

What would you do if you found your dream house and it was rumored to be haunted? Would you buy it anyway? Would every noise in the still of the dark night have you paralyzed with fear?

Shadows of the Dead is about Alice and Mark O’Brien who don’t believe in ghosts. They fall in love with Hawthorn Grange on their first viewing. Amused by the rumors, they buy and move into The Grange.  With Mark working the graveyard shift, Alice is alone at night. Alone with the sounds from an old house, with the words of the neighbors whispering around her, the stories of the shadows arising from the graves next door and making their way into the house.

Will her imagination succumb to the rumors? Is that a door creaking open? Who is that standing at the foot of her bed? Is it just a dream? A nightmare of real or imagined proportions follows Alice around as she tries to remember that ghosts don’t exist. Or do they?

Available At:

Amazon               Barnes & Noble


Java Writers are a Galway group who met through Over the Edge literary events and creative writing classes. We meet regularly in Java’s Cafe  to write and share artistic musings.  Infusions is a collection of our Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Illustrations, a percolation of diverse themes – love and loss, mystery and nostalgia, family and friends, sea and fire, wind and rain –  set variously in Italy, England, America and Ireland, reflecting the group’s eclectic mix.

Available At:

Amazon            Barnes & Noble

8 Slices cover

A wedding, an 8 tiered cake, 8 short stories, 8 writers from all over the world. Each writer has chosen a different cake for our characters attending the wedding. Each story has its own cake recipe. We are comparing this book to the movie “Love Actually.” We all write in our own unique style. 8 Slices of Cake is a fun read about marriage, divorce, romance, dating, failed relationships, and finding love.

Available At:

Amazon          Smashwords

Jessica Kong

Jessica Kong

Jessica is an avid reader of all things fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When not reading or writing, she enjoys puzzles, arts and crafts, crocheting, horror movies, and video games. She created the Sea-anan Saga out of inspiration provided by her love for movies like Star Wars and Deep Space Nine, along with an avid appreciation of romance novels. She makes her home in Somerset, New Jersey, with her loving husband of twenty-one years and their teenaged triplets.

Her books:


Seacat John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family, John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”

Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK                Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million


Picking up from where the first installment of the series, A Lost Kitten, left off, the second installment in the fast-paced Sea-anan Saga by Jessica A. Kong explains the reasoning behind the creation of the law that forbids felines to permanently join with aliens.

This law creates the main conflict that exists between Sev, the reigning king of the Oceanan race, and his soulmate, Areo, of the human-feline hybrids. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl, Areo, whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.

When Areo’s empire is brutally attacked, everyone is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying. What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels.

Author Jessica A. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK             Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million

Melanie Toye
Melanie is a dream chaser. More than that, she is a freelance business writer and author. She sets out to inspire, teach and entertain through engaging, creative and storytelling content. She wants to touch every person’s life and her way of reaching out to the world is through writing. She has been a writer and storyteller all of her life, yet when looking for her dream career, she had not even thought writing could be it. It seemed too easy. Three years after, she published her very first novel, Entice Me. A chick lit, fiction that every woman (and man) will love to read. She realised she could do this. She could turn her passion for writing into a career. And so her dream chasing career has begun. 8 eBooks published, a loyal following and writing business articles for various industries on a regular basis. (To see what she has accomplished through writing to date, view her LinkedIn profile . Connect with her too; she loves meeting new people). Since she made writing her career, she has pushed herself to greater heights, accepted new challenges, and found herself in a completely dark tunnel wondering where to make her next step. She keeps bundling in the dark, yet every step she moves forward, a small light shines its way and she knows she will look back on her journey, shake her head and say well done Mel. That was amazing. So far, her journey with writing, creating, building and sharing has been absolutely unforgetable.


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If you’d like to follow other links in this chain, check out the blogs of Zach Abrams and Brenda Perlin.


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Classic hits party

I had a fantastic time on Friday night at the Classic Hits 4fm Christmas Party in Munroe’s in Galway. I was there with my good friend Phillipa Maguire from The Java Writers group here in Galway. http://www.amazon.com/Infusions-Java-Writers/dp/1480239712

The music was great. We spent a good portion of the night dancing. I have to give a special mention here to Tom Heelan who had the important job of looking after jackets while his friend Monica Coughlan joined us on the dance floor.

throwing halos

The highlight of the night for me was getting to  meet Gareth O’ Callaghan and Jim McCabe. I didn’t however get a chance to talk to Robbie Fogarty, although he did tell me to pipe down when I got a bit over excited at the Battle of the Sexes. I do have a tendency to overdo the ‘Woo Hoo’s’ when I’m out. And that has nothing to do with alcohol – it’s just me. http://classichits.ie/

Although, I have to say, I did try a new cocktail on Friday night – Purple Rain – and it hit the spot nicely. It mixes my two favourite drinks, Peach Schnapps and White Rum with Grenadine and Blue Curacao. http://www.monroes.ie/live

I hope Classic Hits come back to Monroe’s next year for a Christmas Party. I urge you to text party with your name and location whenever you’re invited to do so – you won’t regret it.

To quote Throwing Halos, who played a great gig at the party, “Life’s too short.” It sure is too short not to try to cram as much fun into it as you possibly can.


Shannon & The Shortcuts - Jazzy Rock & Roll - Irish Musician, Meath, Ireland

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The temperatures in Galway were in the twenties on Friday as we entered the Big Top for the Imelda May gig. Things got off to a great start when Silhouette came on stage. The powerful voice of Shauna Tohill warmed the crowd up and got us all going with songs such as Can’t keep Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZeCwOcBH0k. You should check out the website: http://silhouetteofficial.com/


Mundy revved us all up with Galway Girl and July, very appropriate songs for a warm July evening in Galway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3V-oXwCWL4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8J9gftIVR8. More from Mundy can be found at: http://mundy.ie/


The atmosphere was electric by the time Imelda May took centre stage. She really rocked the Big Top with her hits Johnny Got a Boom Boom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZucJAkzCNq8, and Mayhem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxj5wlXY9No, as well as wowing us with some new songs.  To find out more about Imelda May: http://imeldamay.co.uk/

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Tiny Dancer - Single, A Song for Lily-Mae‘s
Please help this little girl and others like her by buying this beautiful single. She is a little girl from Claregalway, County Galway, Ireland. She has a terrible disease and all she wants out of life is for the fairies to magic away her pain and she can’t understand why this isn’t happening.
Short of curing her cancer, the one dream she has this Christmas is that her single will be No. 1. Many artists have come together to cover this version of the 1970’s Elton John single especially to help with the care of four-year-old Lily-Mae.
It’s a wonderful, soulful, heartwrenching song that brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it, as I think of little Lily-Mae with Neuroblastoma. With the proceeds of this song going to The Neuroblastoma Society hopefully this single will help children like Lily-Mae in the future. https://itunes.apple.com/album/tiny-dancer/id576441815?i=576441894

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Welcome to Sample Sunday, where you get to sample some great books by visiting the blogs of participating authors. Here is a taste of Shadows of the Dead, which I hope will entice you to find out what happened to Alice and Mark O’Brien, who didn’t believe in ghosts before they bought Hawthorn Grange.


Sitting in my old reliable blue Ford Fiesta, fingers drumming on the steering wheel in time to the music coming from the radio, I barely noticed as one county became another. I passed green fields, old houses and some fancy new ones. Mountains, lakes and the seashore all came in and out of view. The smooth voice of the DJ announcing songs and telling funny anecdotes helped me to pass the time on my journey from Donegal to Galway.

On my way to a family funeral in Connemara, I was on a windy road in Sligo, nothing to be seen either side of me but green fields, when the radio started to lose reception. Sighing in annoyance, I fiddled with the dial. I couldn’t get any station to tune in and so resigned myself to whatever was in the tape-deck. As it was an old car there wasn’t the option of a multi-change CD player, so on long journeys I relied on the radio for variety.

As I pressed play and the voice of Don Henley filled the car, my eyes were drawn to an interesting looking old house that backed onto woods. It was a gray, two-story dwelling covered in ivy, which blended in well with the clouds overhead and the woodland behind it. However, it had a quality that made it stand out; maybe it was the fact that it looked deserted and stood next to an old graveyard. I imagined eyes staring out at me from behind the dusty windows, eyes of a haggard old woman perhaps. Or maybe even eyes of the undead.

I couldn’t help slowing down as I passed and saw the name of the house carved into the wall. Hawthorn Grange. “Now that looks like a place with a story to tell,” I thought, although figuring that the creepiness might have more to do with the graveyard and the woods than with the house itself. As an investigative journalist I decided that it was my duty to stop off on my way back to see if it was as interesting as it looked. I fancied the notion that the spirits from the graveyard occupied Hawthorn Grange and wondered if the house was deserted and what any previous occupants were like. While I had never seen a ghost, my mind was definitely open to the possibility of their existence. I imagined the previous dwellers being chased out of it by white souls and dark demons, and could almost see them out of the corner of my eye in the shadows of the garden.

As the house disappeared in the rear view mirror I could almost feel the branches of the dead tree in the front garden reaching out to pull me back. The tree was like an old woman, bent over and crippled. A twig hanging down to the ground from one of the branches looked like a walking stick. A gust of wind lifted the twig from the ground so that it looked like the old woman was shaking her stick at me. Although knowing I was being silly, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something, some presence, drawing me back, willing me to discover its existence. I was struck by a sense of fate, that I was destined to travel this road for the purpose of revealing the mystery of that house. By some strange coincidence it was Don Henley’s ‘Miss Ghost’ that was playing in my tape deck. As he bid good evening to his ghost, I was relieved to leave the empty green fields behind me and see shops and pubs coming into view. The signs of life didn’t lift the eerie feeling, but did somewhat lessen it. It was a feeling that stayed with me for the rest of my journey.



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