“Warrior Spirit,” Book One of ‘The King of Ireland’ series by Jean Carroll

Irishman Blackie O’Brien led a sinful and self-destructive life of women, alcohol and drugs. He was the best, winningest, champion steeplechase jockey in the history of the sport until a near-fatal racing accident ended his career.

But this was no “accident”- his ruthless ex-agent, Mickey Reegan orchestrated the whole thing. It seems that the luck o’ the Irish has deserted Blackie once and for all.And Blackie is no ordi­nary Irish­man. This lusty young man is the direct descen­dent of Brian Boru, the most influ­en­tial High king of Ire­land. If Ire­land still had a king, Blackie would be it. Now, Blackie is a man with­out a career and with­out a kingdom.

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War­rior Spirit chron­i­cles Blackie’s jour­ney from the green val­leys of Ire­land to the priv­i­leged horse coun­try of Mid­dle­burg, Vir­ginia. As Blackie begins to despair over his future, in enters beau­ti­ful, young Meg, who brings her horses to Blackie’s fam­ily farm where he’s been recu­per­at­ing from the accident.

Their sex­ual chem­istry is immediate.But Blackie’s fam­ily has other plans for him. They believe he’s dri­ven by the spirit of an ancient Irish war­rior and demand he find a place in Ireland’s polit­i­cal leadership.

From fight­ing off alco­holic temp­ta­tions, thwart­ing an attempted rape of Meg, and stop­ping thugs try­ing to take his life, Blackie leaps over one hur­dle after another. Will Blackie ulti­mately find the future he’s meant to have with the love of a good woman?

About the Author:

The three guys who put up with my writing.

I started writ­ing The King of Ire­land series in 2008 when I had my sec­ond knee replaced. I was immo­bi­lized with ice on my knee for hours dur­ing the day and was, of course, bored to tears. The’King’ story was some­thing I had played with in my head for maybe twenty-five years. Watch­ing one more TV show, I decided to write it down. I wrote long-hand and quickly filled many yel­low legal pads and kept on going. Luck­ily my sister-in-law was a very good typ­ist, so I enlisted her help.

I made a lot of mis­takes at first and along the way learned a great deal about the craft of writ­ing and I’m still learn­ing. I got a moun­tain of advice and help from agents, edi­tors, con­test judges, cri­tique groups and friends. I found quickly that their was some­thing called “word count” and it was frowned upon to have too much of it. So I had to pare my 300K word novel down to where some­body might look at it. Hence I now have a three book, one novella series and might add more if my read­ers get invested in my characters.

 

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