Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Guest Post with Patrick Taylor, author of An Irish Country Girl & Giveaway

I am pleased to welcome Patrick Taylor who has graciously written a guest post to share here today.  Patrick Taylor is the author of the new book, An Irish Country Girl.

Dea Duit, that’s Hello from me, Patrick Taylor, author of the An Irish Country series of novels. The first three, Country Doctor, Country Village, and Country Christmas, number 5 Country Courtship which is ready for typesetting, and number 6 which is at chapter 17 which will get attention when I finish this blog, are all set in the 1960s in Rural Northern Ireland where I grew up, graduated as a physician, and for a while was a rural GP.
The fourth in the series, An Irish Country Girl is a complete departure. It tells the story of Maureen “Kinky” Kincaid née O’Hanlon who is the motherly housekeeper to Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in all the other Country books. Girl is set in County Cork in the 1920s and tells of Maureen’s coming of age, her falling in love, and her close encounter with the Irish supernatural. It explains why she is fey. Fey, you may well ask, what’s that? Kinky has the sight, as Stephen King might say, “The Shining.”
Now why would a man who spent nearly 40 years in medical research, a man trained to be skeptical of anything that cannot be proved by testing, why would such a person believe in such superstitious nonsense?

In part because my own Grandmother had the sight. How else could she have suddenly announced, “Maggie’s dead.” Her younger sister. It wasn’t until some time later that the phone call came to say my great aunt had passed at almost exactly the time Granny had made he announcement.
In part because of a wonderful history teacher, Miss Maud Tipping who introduced me to the Knights of the Red Branch an English re-telling of one of the great cycles of Irish mythology, the tale of Cúchulain of Ulster and his knights and their fight with Queen Maeve of Connacht as she strove to steal Donn the great brown bull of Ulster. That introduction was enough to turn a nine-year-old into a life long student of Irish mythology and Irish history.
And perhaps because in the words of contributor to a massive work, Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland: Collected and Arranged by Lady Gregory… “There’s no doubt at all but that there’s the same sort of things in other countries…But you hear more about them in these parts, because the Irish do be more familiar in talking of them.” And I am Irish.

My best wishes to the book club.
Slan leat, that’s fare well,
Patrick Taylor

About the Book: AN IRISH COUNTRY GIRL from Patrick Taylor's Website:

Readers of Patrick Taylor’s books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable house-keeper who looks after two doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Some forty-odd years before and many miles to the south a girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O’Hanlon, a farmer’s daughter growing up in the green hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realms of faeries, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she hears on a snowy night in 1922…

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo—and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

About the author from Patrick Taylor's Website:

The author Patrick Taylor now lives in Cootehall County Roscommon, Eire. Taylor is a distinguished medical research worker, off-shore sailor, model boat-builder and seannachie.

Born in 1941, Taylor was brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and receieved his medical education in Ulster. He initially practiced in a rural Ulster village akin to Ballybucklebo before taking specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After living in Belfast through the first two years of the recent Irish Troubles (1969-1994) he and his family emigrated to Canada where he pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility. His contributions have been honoured with three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

A talent for the written word, first recognized when he was 16 by his winning the “Campbellian Prize for Literature”, led to an outpouring of contributions to the medical literature. His scientific works include 170 papers and six textbooks, one translated from the original French. For ten years, (1991-2001) he was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology journal.

To add leavening to dry, academic prose Taylor has always nurtured his creative side. His monthly medical humour columns which began in 1991, En Passant, Medicine Chest and Taylor’s Twist were followed by his appointment as book reviewer to Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.

In the mid-nineties, encouraged by his long time friend Jack Whyte, author of the best-selling Dream of Eagles series, Taylor began to write serious fiction. A number of works, all set in Northern Ireland, have now been published; A short-story collection, Only Wounded:Ulster Stories, and two novels, Pray for Us Sinners and The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty, (short listed for the BC Book awards fiction prize 2005). Now and in the Hour of Our Death, the sequel to Pray for Us Sinners appeared in October 2005. He is now under contract to Tom Doherty and Associates of New York to produce a series of novels featuring Featuring Doctor Laverty. The first, An Irish Country Doctor appeared in Feb 07, the second, An Irish Country Village in Feb 08. An Irish Country Christmas in October 08. An Irish Country Girl will be released in Feb 10. He is now working on An Irish Country Partnership for Feb 2011.

An expert navigator, Taylor has been a member of off-shore racing crews. His race reports, including his account of a recent Victoria to Maui challenge complement his frequent contributions of sailing humour to boating magazines.

Two of his models, Rattlesnake a three-masted frigate and the schooner Bluenose are on display in the local pub on Bowen Island, a small island off Vancouver.

Thanks to Forge Books, I have one copy of An Irish Country Girl to give away!

  • Open to U.S. and Canada Only.
  • Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you in case you win! Otherwise, I won't be able to include your name in the drawing.
  • Giveaway ends, April 5, 2010. I'll use to choose a winner.
Good Luck!!


  1. I'm looking at the picture of the book at the beginning of this post and wondering ... is it a different size that we're used to? It looks wider somehow, but I know pictures can be deceiving.
    This sounds like a great series and one I've not heard of before. I'd love to read this book!

    reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

  2. Nice guest post! It just goes to show, you never know who/what will create a passion in a child. milou2ster(at)

  3. No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  4. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Oooh. I'd love this one. I have all the rest in the series. :-) whitreidsmama at yahoo dot com

  6. Dea Duit Patrick and Bonnie! I'd love to win!!!


  7. Would love to win this one!!!

    Count me in please.

    ktulanko AT aol DOT com

  8. Please count me in. I'd love to read this book.


  9. This Country series sounds like a great read. I need to get started on it!

  10. would enjoy reading this book...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. Do sign me up please=just the cover alone makes me want to read it.

  12. Oh Bonnie please sign me up for this giveaway! I would love to win this book! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  13. I love anything Irish, please count me in!


  14. Sounds like a great book, and I'm very interested in reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  15. Sounds like a great book! Please include me.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  16. Bonnie,
    I have heard so much about these books, but never took the time to read anything about them. The author's words and review of his latest book has me definitely adding all of them to my Wish List!


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