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Anyone for Seconds? Meet Frankie McCarthy, single mother to Ben and Carly, PR Guru and a woman who finds men who wear glasses irresistible. Enter Owen Byrne (Clark Kent minus the manky y-fronts). He’s sexy, dynamic and is everything a girl could wish for. The one fly in the ointment comes in the form of his difficult teenage daughter, Angelica (who was obviously named before she was able to criticise her father’s choice in girlfriends.) The path of true love never runs smooth but for Frankie and Owen the road is particularly treacherous (a minefield would be safer). Family crisis’s, interfering in laws (or is that outlaws?), random disasters, and a bittersweet tragedy all culminate to test their relationship whilst faces from the past threaten their family unit. Second chances don’t happen very often and when they do the advice is to grab them with both hands. The question is will Frankie and Owen have the courage to stand together when it matters most and become a family with 2.4 children or is that 3.6 children? Anyone for Seconds is the hilarious tale of what happens when two families join to make one brand new one! Published by Poolbeg Press, November 2009. A Format Paperback, €8.99.
Anyone for Me? Meet feisty fun-loving Ruby Ross – thirty four, mad red hair, mad (in general) adopted and searching for answers (most pressingly being precisely whose genes are responsible for the most unmanageable bonce in the country?). She’s impulsive, compulsive and unaware of what she’s about to unleash in her quest for the truth. Her journey will take her from the Tyrone village of Swiftstown to Belfast to the rolling hills of Donegal (where the scenery is lovely but the roads are bad and burst tyres are plenty.) Isobel Ross is larger than life, living in a picturesque cottage in Donegal in the grounds of an old manor house which has been turned into a hotel – but why are the new owners so keen to get rid of her? She’s harbouring secrets from the past and fiercely protective of her adopted daughter. Can she stop the wilful Ruby from opening a nasty can of worms or will the hand of fate intervene and give Ruby the answers she doesn’t expect or might not want. Throw in Ruby’s forthcoming nuptials to the lovely Luke, Frankie, her best friend and bling loving bridesmaid, a wedding planner called Gabriel who wears more make-up than the bride-to-be and a dusty box found in an attic which leaves many questions unanswered and you have a bewildered and rather ferocious Ruby asking is there….Anyone For Me? Published by Poolbeg Press, September 2010. Trade Paperback Format. €13.99.