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Meet Author Cynthia Owens

Please welcome author Cynthia Owens to Historical Heartbeats. She will give away an autographed print copy of Deceptive Hearts or Keeper of the Light to a commenter.


My Dark Rose


Please tell us about your latest or upcoming release. Do you have a review you could share with us?

My Dark Rose is the third book in my Wild Geese Series.

…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

He was the lucky one…

Dary Greely is the only one of his brothers and sisters to survive the hunger in Ireland and the coffin ship to America. He was the one whose parents made a bit of money, the one who emerged from the war virtually unscathed. He was the lucky one…but when the war ended, his luck ran out.

She was burdened by too many responsibilities…

Róisín Donavan is an Irish girl who lives in a Five Points tenement room. She dreams of a future as a great diva and sings Irish songs at Paddy Ryan’s Pub. But her stubborn Irish pride won’t allow her to abandon her family, even if it means sacrificing everything for them.

Can Dary make Róisín see her true worth? Can Róisín heal the festering wounds that tear at Dary’s soul? And can love truly mend their grieving hearts?

What inspired this story?

My hero, Dary Greely, inspired this story. He’s one of five friends who met as boys on a coffin ship fleeing famished Ireland in 1847. He and the other “Wild Geese” grew up in New York’s Five Points and fought together in the American Civil War. Dary, who made appearances in the first two books of the series, is the easy-going member of the group. He’s the nice guy, everyone’s friend, always supportive. I think I fell a little in love with Dary myself – not least because he bears a striking resemblance to Liam Neeson!

What is the story behind the story?

Dary has always been the lucky one. He was the only one of his brothers and sisters to survive the coffin ship. His father made money. He went to college. And he returned from the war virtually unscathed. But that’s when his luck changed.

Why do you write romance (or other genre)?

I love romance and falling in love. I love exploring the different ways characters fall in love. Falling in love is magic, whether it’s for the first time or the fiftieth. It’s always unique. It’s always there to take your breath away, and to bring a sting of tears to your eyes.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Ireland!!! I’ve dreamed of Ireland forever, and when I visited in 2009, it was everything I could have dreamed of and more! The mists were softer, the skies were ever-changing, the rainbows seemed endless. The castles were breathtaking—and that’s saying a lot for someone who’s been afraid of heights her whole life, yet fearlessly climbed the battlements of Dunguaire Castle just to experience the incredible views. I loved everything about the Emerald Isle, and I can’t wait to return!

Which element of story creation is your favorite? (Characters, settings, plots, etc.?)

I love creating characters who come to life for me. I adore it when I get to know them well enough that they trust me with their back story. And of course, the best thing is when they start telling me their love story. I sometimes feel I’m channeling these characters, that they are living, breathing people who lived in another place and time.

What inspires you? What motivates you?

Again, Ireland! The people, the history, the soft mist that hangs over everything like a warm, comforting shawl. Ireland in the Nineteenth Century was such a volatile place, so full of tragedy and hardship, yet the Irish never lost their hope for a brighter future. That strength and determination is what I try to instill in my characters. As for motivation, the best motivation is my readers. It never fails to thrill me when I get a comment from a reader who’s enjoyed one of my stories.

Please tell us about your other books (if you have others published).


In Sunshine or in Shadow (The Claddagh Series I)

Siobhan Desmond will do anything to keep the tattered remains of her family alive, even if it means working for the new landlord – a darkly handsome stranger with secrets in his eyes and pain in his smile. As she watches her village return to life and begin to thrive under Rory O’Brien’s care, she comes to understand his true nature and soon finds herself falling under his dangerously sensual spell.

As danger ignites all around them, Rory and Siobhan fight to right the wrongs of the past – and protect their newfound love.


Coming Home (The Claddagh Series II)

A woman’s love is strong, more powerful than all the ghosts in Ireland..”

Daughter of an Irish village girl, step-daughter of the landlord, Ashleen O’Brien has lived between two very different worlds. But after a year in America, she yearns to return to the green land that is her heart’s home.

War and betrayal have taken everything from Cavan Callaghan – his home, his family, and the woman he loved. A hero of the Irish Brigade at Antietem, he’s searching for the family he never knew.

Love and deception await Cavan and Ashleen along those emerald shores, as the ghosts of a past that can never quite be forgotten rise to threaten their newfound happiness.


Playing For Keeps(The Claddagh Series III)

He fled life in the shadows for a life in the limelight

Never as dutiful as his older brother, Lucas was a thinker, and a dreamer of dreams. When tragedy overtook his family, he fled to the bright lights of the stage. Can he make the Shannon Theatre Troupe a success – or is he doomed to once again be “the other son?”

She sought the past she barely remembered.

Mary Kathryn O’Brien returns to the genteel world her mother left behind – but can Irish Katie ever truly hope to belong? Or will old wounds and new rivalries destroy the threads of family forever?

Lucas and Katie must battle prejudice and buried secrets before they can learn to trust each other. Is their love just a brief intermission, or are they Playing For Keeps?


Deceptive Hearts (Wild Geese I)

…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

He survived war, and returned to devastation

A hero of the Irish Brigade, Shane MacDermott returned home to New York to find his family decimated and his world shattered.

She risks her life to save the people she loves

Lydia Daniels will risk anything to protect the women she shelters beneath the roof of her elegant Gramercy Park mansion—even if she has to trust the one man who can destroy her.

Shane and Lydia both harbor secrets that could destroy them – and put their lives in jeopardy. Can their love overcome their carefully guarded deceptive hearts?


Keeper of the Light (Wild Geese II)

…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

She was everything he despised…but he didn’t know it

Cathal Donnelly washed up on the shores of an Atlantic island one stormy night, with no memory of who he was or why he was there. But is his lovely rescuer his salvation…or his doom?

She dreamed of a very different life

Laura Bainbridge has spent her entire life on tiny Turtle Island, but she dreams of a Season in London and a presentation to the Queen. Can a handsome Irish stranger with a golden tongue and a disturbing past change her heart and convince her to stay?

As Cathal’s memory slowly returns, both he and Laura must come to grips with his painful past…and fight for a future free of hatred and loss.


Cynthia Owens


Cynthia’s Bio. I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of  Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.  I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure.

I am a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero and our two teenaged children.


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