Sunday, September 25, 2011

Erin Quinn: Mists of Ireland

The Mists of Ireland series takes readers to Ireland to meet the families MacGrath and Ballagh.  For eons these two families have been entwined in love, jealousy and the mysticism surrounding an ancient tome called the Book of Fennore.  Entrenched in lore and superstition, this ancient Book wreaks havoc on humanity—but when it falls into the hands of the MacGraths and Ballaghs, it ignites powers within them that make them its most formidable enemy. 

Haunting Embrace, the final book in the Mists of Ireland series, is a time-travel love story that spans centuries and reveals the secrets behind the Book of Fennore’s creation.  Áedán Brady—once known as Brandubh, the most powerful druid of all time—has been trapped in the Book for millennia until Meaghan Ballagh enters his life and sets him free.  Meaghan is an empath who sees beyond the front Áedán presents to the honorable man he once was.  She believes that man still exists, though Áedán himself refuses to even admit to being human anymore.  While Áedán fights to hide the vulnerability Meaghan’s perceptions reveal, he discovers hidden depths inside Meaghan as well.  Her blood runs hot and inflames him.  The more he knows about her, the more he wants to know.  But then he senses the soul of another woman lurking beneath Meaghan’s skin…a woman who betrayed Áedán centuries ago and cursed him to spend eternity in the Book of Fennore.   

Now Áedán must decide if love and trust are stronger than fear and revenge or he will everything, including the one woman who was meant to be his.

Here’s a brief excerpt of a crucial moment when Áedán begins to put it all together.

Meaghan’s eyes widened as Áedán lowered his mouth to hers, but she didn’t turn away, nor did she push him away. He felt the pending rush of fate slam into him as his lips touched hers. Thoughts of the stolen moments on the cliffs that afternoon had all but consumed him. He’d craved the sensation of her arms clinging tight, the softness of her breasts crushed against the wall of his chest, her hips pressed to his. . . .

Now he felt like an anchored ship whipped by a storm that refused to let it idle securely at bay. He ripped free in a powerful surge, back­ing her to the wall, needing that solid surface to keep from hurling himself out to sea.

The eye of the storm was within him, the fury of it all around. It uprooted his convictions, his resentments, his foundation. For a thousand years, he’d loved Elan, despite her betrayal, despite her condemnation. For a thousand years, he’d hated her, bitterly tar­nished every memory, purposefully corroded every recollection until what he felt was a mordant collage of distorted untruths.

Meaghan made a soft sound that was so heartbreakingly familiar, so longed for, so desired that it made his knees buckle. She kissed him back with desperation, begging him with her lips to make Mickey and all the terror he represented go away. Áedán tried, even though he feared it might be futile.

He realized then that she might have once been the woman of his past, the woman who had destroyed him, but she was something else now. She was more . . . and less. Better . . . and worse. Different. Ex­citingly fresh, startlingly distinctive. She might flash glimpses of Elan’s eyes, but her scent, her lips . . . her kiss. Everything about Meaghan was unique.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today!  Have you heard about my Spread the Word contest?  (Click for details).   For more information about me and my books, go to .  I’d also love to give away an autographed copy of Haunting Warrior, the third book in the Mists of Ireland series to one lucky commenter…so talk to me!

***Sonali is the winner of Erin Quinn's copy of Haunting Warrior!  Sonali, please email me at with your full name and mailing address so we can get the prize in the mail to you.  Thanks to everyone else who commented!***


marybelle said...

I can only imagine the wonderful time you must have doing research for The Mists of Ireland series. Hard work I know, but still fascinating. The books look wonderful.

Laurie G said...

I found the whole background of the Mist of Ireland series to be quite intriguing! Were you raised on stories like this? Ireland usually appears to be surrounded by a foggy embrace, a protective shealth. Its mysteries self-contained.
My niece, Becca, was in Ireland recently for a wedding. She loved the green shod hills, rugged coastline and fine mist. She visited several pubs too!

Aedan working through his feelings for Meaghan and her mysterious link to Elan's past history with him. WOW!

I want to read this series. Best wishes Erin!

Virginia said...

I love books set in Ireland. I bet it was a lot of fun and hard work doing you reserch for these books. This series sounds like a fabulous read and I will be checking it out.


petite said...

Your books have left me spellbound. The locale which is mysterious yet compelling are wonderful. Best wishes.

Lil said...

What a tormented hero...that is quite the conflict you have set up for the main characters. Would love to see how it is resolved.

Erin Quinn said...

Hi Everyone--sorry I'm piping in so late! I was shopping-napped by my mom and a couple of friends. (I know, I know...torture, lol)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I've loved writing the Mists of Ireland series and even though this is the last planned book, I know I will be revisiting some of the characters and places I started here.

Jennifer Mathis said...

yeah im happy to hear the character will be continued

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I've been eye balling this series and author for some time. Seriously need to hit up the hubby or family for book money.

Modokker said...

I love this series Erin but you know that!!! I can't believe we're getting close to release day!!

Lisa B

Sonali said...

Lovely excerpt! It has inspired me to read the series.

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin, i love this series and cant wait to read this one.

Erin Quinn said...

Hi again and thanks so much for all of your comments! I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear "I love this series!" You guys made my whole day!!!!!

Glad you liked the excerpt. You can also read the first chapter on my website at

donnas said...

Great post! I just started the series and am loving it. Cant wait to read more.

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Desere said...

Absolutely riviting post !! So awesome I need to read this book the excerpt has me very very very interested !


Na said...

Hi Erin *waves*
I'm so glad to see you featured here. Haunting Warrior is on my wishlist and I am so glad for the chance to win it. I read Haunting Desire and it was awesome!

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