Vacation, Irish Author, and Giveaway

I’m posting September’s announcement a bit early since I’m going on vacation soon. I’m so excited! I’ll tell you more about it when I return. And I just returned from a quick trip to Dublin. Oh my, I loved the city. Good beers, great people, wonderful architecture, exciting history and home to so many authors.  It’s safe to say I fell in love with the city.

Can you name this Irish author?


Leave your answer in the comments section.

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And now for the giveaway. I didn’t want to forget to post the kickoff for September’s giveaway since the books are fab and all of the authors are amazing. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

September Giveaway Covers






avalonSome cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon’s demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

By turns jubilant and deeply moving, Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.


e3142-nc3A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


people of foxwickWar threatens Foxwick on all sides.

The dreaded Shadowlands gains more souls. From the shrouded trees in Greymist Forest to the arid Blackden Barrens, monsters roam in search of their next victim. Sirens lure ships beneath Merrilea Sea. In cold and snowy Wintermill, royals plot to claim Foxwick as their own, even if they must use dragons and sorcery. Marriage between Foxwick’s king and Lochhollow’s princess creates a perilous alliance. Although brave Valdale will come to Foxwick’s aid, the cost may be more than a true friend can stomach.

Set over a hundred years, these seventeen fantasy short stories explore the people, creatures, and lands in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick.


Dangled Carat Hilary GrossmanFor every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him…..For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice….

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy….

meet Hilary….

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship–why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready–and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.


confessions-of-a-paris-party-girl-coverWhen newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.




Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Thanks so much to all the authors for their generosity.

And here’s a clue to where I’m heading.

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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25 Responses to Vacation, Irish Author, and Giveaway

  1. vinnieh says:

    Hope you enjoy your vacation. I must say sorry for not being on here more.

  2. Ha! I’ve got it!! It’s James Joyce :). Have a great vacay my friend.

  3. The statue? James Joyce and Oscar Wilde are the two who come to mind. It doesn’t look like Oscar Wilde… 🙂
    Have a great vacation!

  4. bocafrau says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and hopefully, one day I will. And the author statue is James Joyce if I’m not mistaken… Enjoy your vacation!!!

  5. Nick Wilford says:

    I’m honoured to be included alongside these great authors! Thanks again. I thought the statue looked a bit like Terry Pratchett – including hat – but I just realised he isn’t Irish, so my guess is James Joyce. Have a great holiday!

  6. New York! That’s quite a trip. You’re going to have a fun adventure.

  7. Nice! You’re going to have a blast! Enjoy your vacation!! Hugs, Eva

  8. Pat Hatt says:

    NY is an awesome place to see, enjoyed my vacation there years ago. sure you’ll have a great time.

  9. I love these covers.

    We were supposed to go to NYC this summer but didn’t get to. If that’s where you’re going, have fun for me too. 😉

  10. lexacain says:

    Have a great trip! I hope you enjoy NYC as much as I did when I lived there! I’ll be plugging the giveaway on my Friday Freebie post on the 4th.

  11. T.F.Walsh says:

    Enjoy your holiday… sounds great:) I so have to go back to NYC as there is just too much to see.

    Some great books here:)

  12. Beth Ann says:

    Enjoy your trip!!!! Great giveaway as always! Thanks!

  13. Colline says:

    New York City! Exciting! Have a wonderful trip TB.

  14. Have an awesome vacation! I’d love to visit Dublin one day. Fantastic giveaway. I’ve read Cherie’s and Nick’s books and loved them. 🙂

  15. cleemckenzie says:

    That is indeed Mr. Joyce of literary fame! How dashing he looks.

  16. Sherry Ellis says:

    Enjoy your trip! I’ve read Avalon. That’s a good book.

  17. Well, dang. I was gonna say that’s a statue of James Joyce, but lots of others beat me to it. Then again, we could all be wrong… 🙂

    I see you have another fine group of books up for grabs this month. As for that first one, which says something in the blurb about it being for anyone who’s ever been obsessively in love with a pet… isn’t that pretty much all of us?

    Have a super vacation!

  18. I can’t think of who that’s a statue of. Enjoy your trip! These are great books listed. I’ve read several of them.

  19. Oh man… Joyce. I tried, I really TRIED to read Ulysses. I failed. Enjoy your trip.

  20. James Joyce. Isn’t Dublin amazing? Hope you had a pint of Guinness, and got in a visit to the Dead Zoo. So wonderful, it merits more than one visit!

  21. cheriereich says:

    No clue about the statue. I hope you have an amazing vacation! What a great giveaway! Thank you so much for including my short story collection in it. 🙂

  22. Have a beautiful vacation TB!

  23. Denise Covey says:

    Enjoy your trip to Dublin! Lots of great beer and lovely friendly people! A very generous giveaway. I actually entered and have my fingers crossed!

  24. The Guat says:

    Woooo-hoooo! Coming stateside are you? Is it US Open time? Glad you’re making your way to the States hope you have a great one, maybe you’ll run into Lame Adventures and discover cool pubs 🙂

  25. Pingback: Guest Post: Why Novellas are Great by Nick Wilford | Making My Mark

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