February 8, 2021

The Cross of Ciaran

 


The Cross of Ciaran
by Andrea Matthews
Genre: Paranormal Romance



When a fifth century pagan priest is unearthed in Ireland fifteen hundred years after being entombed, archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell is convinced it’s the find of the century. The body is in perfect condition, right down to the intricate tattoos adorning the Celt’s skin. In fact, if scientific data hadn’t proved otherwise, she would swear he hadn’t been interred more than a few hours.

Eager to discover more about the mysterious Celt, Caitlin accompanies the body back to the New York museum where she’s employed, but before she has time to study him, the priest disappears without a trace. Rumors surrounding the event begin to circulate and result in the excavation’s benefactor pulling the plug on the entire expedition.

The rumors are not far off the mark though. After being buried alive for betraying his goddess and his priesthood in the dawning age of Christianity, Ciarán wakes to a strange new world. Alone and frightened in an unforgiving city, he stumbles upon the only thing familiar to him and seeks sanctuary within the church walls. With the help of the parish’s pastor, Father Mike, Ciarán slowly grows accustomed to his surroundings, though he’s plagued by dark dreams and the disturbing sensation that an evil from his past has followed him into the future. But a more immediate danger lurks on his doorstep.

Caitlin is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery concerning her missing Celt, and when she meets her Uncle Mike’s new handyman, Ciarán Donnelly, she’s convinced the handsome Irishman knows more about the theft than he’s letting on. Yet, even she can’t deny the attraction between them, simmering below the surface and blurring the lines between her personal and professional life. But will Ciarán’s secrets draw them together or shatter their future forever?







Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. In fact, it was while doing some genealogical research that she stumbled across the history of the Border reivers. The idea for her first novel came to mind almost at once, gradually growing into the Thunder on the Moor series. And the rest is history, as they say.






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21 comments:

  1. Caitlin and Ciaran are interesting characters! The time travel plot sounds intriguing.

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    1. Jeanna, Don't tell my other characters, but I think I'm in love with Ciaran - at least at the moment, since I'm in the middle of writing Book 2 in the series. lol I hope you like Caitlin and Ciaran. And I'm glad you find the time travel plot interesting. I wanted something a little different here, so I hope it works.

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    2. Joanna, I thought I replied but I don't see it here. I'm glad you find the characters and plot interesting. I wanted something a little different for Ciaran. I hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Andrea Matthews is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

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    1. Audrey, I'm glad to be here too. I hope you enjoy my books.

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  3. I like the cover. The green is so attractive.

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    1. Debby, I'm so glad you like the cover. I have an awesome cover designer, and green just seemed to be a great way to go being Ciaran is from Ireland. Plus it also shows off the beautiful scenery and hopefully sets the mood.

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  4. Love the landscape on the cover. This looks like a great start to the series.

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    1. Deb, Thanks so much. My cover designer gave me a few choices, but this was the one that won. There was actually another I liked as well, but we decided that might make better for book 2. I hope you love the book as well.

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  5. Love the concept for this story, and the Ireland and NYC settings sound great!

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    1. Kari,
      I'm so glad the story intrigues you. I hope you enjoy Ciaran's journey.

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  6. The blurb sounds interesting. I like paranormal reads. Thanks for the chance. The cover is pretty. I like the green used.

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    1. I usually try to put a little bit of the paranormal in my stories, whether it be time travel, or a special power, etc. I find it adds to the story, but that's probably just me. I hope you enjoy this story. I try to incorporate Ciaran's ancient beliefs into his new worldview. Talk about culture shock. lol Ciaran has a journey ahead of him and I hope you'll find it interesting.

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  7. The cover reminds me of a portion and near out of bound area of an Irish golf course. This read sounds terrific

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    1. Katie, Hmm, that's interesting. Maybe I could work it into Ciaran's story at some point. lol After all, even he has to have some fun. lol I'm not sure where it is, but I found it a beautiful background picture, and my cover designer did a great job designing it. I hope you find the story as interesting.

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  8. This sounds fascinating. I do want to know what happens to the missing Celt.

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  9. Mary,
    All will be revealed in time. lol Hope you enjoy it.

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  10. I love the cover and want to read it too

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    1. Laurie, I'm so glad. I hope the story lives up to your expectations and that you want to read on. Ciaran has a lot of stories to tell.

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  11. Great cover art, love it. Ciarán intrigues me.

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  12. Thanks so much. I have a great cover designer and she really captured the mood of the novel. Ciaran intrigues me too, and I created him. lol

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