Category Archives: Donal agus Jimmy

102 years ago in the North Atlantic

titanic_factsThe Titanic had left Southampton, touched at Queensland, and was steaming across the North Atlantic. Reports of ice were coming in, the air temperatures were dropping toward the freezing mark, driving the passengers indoors, though down in the bowels of the ship the black gang toiled in the inferno of the coal holds and furnace rooms.

The Titanic, the Pride of Belfast, was on her maiden voyage. We know how the ship’s story ends, but what of the men who built her and made her run? Donal’s Jimmy left on the ship, intending to get a look at America.

Donal73The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…

In a political climate turned volatile, Jimmy fears he’ll have to choose sides. He’d do anything to keep his Donal safe, even emigrating. Will shoveling coal on the ship nicknamed The Pride of Belfast make a new beginning for them, or the end?

Find this story as ebook or print at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Barnes and Noble.

Read an excerpt.

Happy ending, I promise. One reason for the 5 star review at Speak Its Name.

 

Been Working Hard!

It’s the last day of Dean’s workshop, and my brain is now full to overflowing on how to run Indesign and news and ways of the publishing business. I have gone a whole week and opened Photoshop once. How weird is that? I expected to LIVE on that program.

Nuh uh.

But looky! I has art now for the upcoming print release of Donal agus Jimmy! Still formatting the interior, but the outside, aside from that small matter of how wide the spine will be, is done. Much as I love the story’s current face, my harsh taskmaster reminded me that if I didn’t do my own, I wouldn’t learn how, and spatted my hand for doing a back cover and spine without the front. Le sigh.

Donal7 Donal72 Donal73The theory is that these line up neatly one-two-three, which happens everywhere but here because I can’t get rid of the spaces. It’s well after midnight and my brain shorted out a good hour ago.

The inside is fun–one little tweak of the tracking control and whole lines of text organize themselves.

Where’s that button for the rest of my life?

Donal agus Jimmy–the boys from Belfast are back!

In the ongoing reorganization of my back-list, a lot of books are getting new faces, new ISBNs, and in one case, a new name. This story was originally part of a particular line that was themed with colors, which unfortunately made for a clunky title. That’s been tidied up, and everyone who’s looked at covers with me for the last few days has been given a sneak preview.

So my Irishmen are back! Find them at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Rainbow eBooks for now, and more as time goes on.

Donal agus Jimmy

The best jobs in 1911 Belfast are in the shipyards, but Donal Gallagher’s pay packet at Harland and Wolff doesn’t stretch far enough. He needs someone to share his rented room; fellow ship-builder Jimmy Healy’s bright smile and need for lodgings inspire Donal to offer. But how will he sleep, lying scant feet away from Jimmy? It seems Jimmy’s a restless sleeper, too, lying so near to Donal…

In a political climate turned volatile, Jimmy fears he’ll have to choose sides. He’d do anything to keep his Donal safe, even emigrating. Will shoveling coal on the ship nicknamed The Pride of Belfast make a new beginning for them, or the end?

Another wonderful cover! Now it’s even harder to decide!

And just when I got this post up, Jared comes up with another idea!

And here’s what they look like in thumbnail.

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Help! I can’t decide!

One of the lovelier problems one can have is too many good choices. I’m fighting exactly that. Trying to pick the cover for Donal agus Jimmy is wearing out my decider, so I’m putting my choices where I can see them side by side in full size and in thumbnail, because I can’t keep dithering. Both are by Jared Rackler, who does his best to translate my handwavings into art.

And here’s what they look like in thumbnail.

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For those of you thinking “Haven’t I seen this before?” the answer is “possibly.” But did you read it? You’ll get another chance. Republication date TBA when I decide on a cover!