Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kiss Me I'm Irish -- St.Patrick's Day Bloghop

Well at least for today I am. The words to the song – When Irish Eyes are Smiling – are tumbling around in my head. I wanted to change my blog to green for today - but I don't know how.

Who was St. Patrick? He was an actual saint, not a cute little leprechaun who sells breakfast cereal. It's been said that St. Patrick has the honour of being the most celebrated saint in the world. Why is that? Well one reason might be that the day signaled the lifting of the restrictions of Lent and one of those restrictions involved alcohol. So today was the first day – after a long dry period – to pop down to pub for a pint or two – or three – or maybe just a wee one before you head home.

Time for a couple of good clean Irish jokes. (answers at bottom of blog)
1. What's green and sit out on the lawn all summer?
2. In Ireland, what do you call a fake rock?
3. When is an Irish potato not Irish?
4. What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?

There – I've given you a bit of the backstory to St Patrick's Day and a couple of jokes to make you day brighter. And as I know you have a lot more blogs to read, I'll end this here with an old Irish drinking toast.

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be ever strong.
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devils knows you're dead.

Circles Interlocked - Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn't end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Mini Excerpt---
Five years - Julie hadn't seen or thought about him in all that time, and now in the middle of nowhere, he stood on the beach drying off from a swim. Droplets flew as Robert shook his hair. His black mane was shorter than the last time she saw him. The wet ends dripped water on his bare, muscular shoulders. Tricia, an old high school friend once said he had the body of a male stripper - time hadn't changed that.
She stepped back onto the beach path, transfixed by the sight of the one person she hated. Her repulsion and loathing of him ran so deep; she'd repressed all memories of him. She thought he'd loved her, and had taken a chance, opening up her heart and body to him. But, instead of returning her love, he proved himself worthy of the gutter from which he'd crawled.
Her body said run, but her feet refused to move as she watched a long-legged, svelte, golden blonde rise from the beach chair. She trickled her fingers down his rippled stomach. His voice floated across the sand. It was a calming sound, which had brought a smile to her face when he whispered words of love and passion in her ear.
Details she thought she'd long forgotten surged forward. She remembered the way his dark eyes smoldered with anger and his sly, innocent grin. His joyous laughter had made her feel the abandonment of a child frolicking in the year's first snowfall. She stepped backward onto the path, distancing herself from the lovers as the blonde undid the strings on her bathing suit top, and let it fall to the sand.

For a chance to win an ecopy of Circles Interlocked, leave your email and tell me leprechauns or elves?

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Grand Prize 1: Winner's Choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
Grand Prize 2: Winner's Choice of a $90 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Comment on as many blogs as you can. Here's the link to help you continue.

1. Paddy O'furniture
2. A Sham Rock
3. When it's a FRENCH fry
4. He gets wet


  1. Leprechauns all the way lol well them or Fairys :)
    Happy St. Patty's

    May the lilt of Irish laughter
    lighten every load.
    May the mist of Irish magic
    shorten every road...
    And may all your friends remember
    all the favours you are owed! Slainte

  2. I am going to have to go with elves they seem less scary to me lol!

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


  3. Leprechauns!
    I have a shirt for tomorrow that says "i'm not short I'm leprechaun size" :)

    Happy St. Patty's Day


  4. They jokes were cute :P

    I'm an elf fan, but leprechauns are fun too!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  5. Thanks for the jokes.
    I would go with the leprechauns.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. elf fan but leprecheum are interesting

    happy St Patrick 's Day

    all the best


  7. Alas even though I'm (mostly) Irish, it's always elves for me!

    Angela S Stone

  8. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!


  9. Elves all the way!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  10. Happy St Patrick's Day!

    We don't celebrate it much in my country, but what's not to like here ;)
    I'm all in favor of the beer. Especially Guinness.
    And four-leaf clovers bring luck.

    About the leprechauns or elves - I'm choosing elves. For all the money leprechauns carry I can't shake the mental association with leprosy



  11. Thanks for the little Irish snippets and fun jokes.


    Your book sound really good- poor gal, hope she gets her HEA (-;

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  12. Elves for me. I love Lord of the Rings.

    Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  13. Leprechauns!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  14. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

    Can I vote for Sidhe instead? :)
    Great post!

    Aine @ House Millar
    anya.millar @

  15. Leprechauns! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  16. Lephrechauns!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  17. I would have to go with Leprechauns (they are the ones with the pots of gold, lol).
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  18. Gotta be leprechauns! And not just the ones peddling cereal...

    Armand Rosamilia

  19. I like these jokes, especially the SHAM rock one :)


  20. Everytime I hear about leprechauns I think about those scary movies about the evil leprechauns that my kids use to watch. So I'll stick with elves.


  21. elves

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  22. Elves? Like lord of the Ring Elves...if so yes please!!! LOL
    Happy Saint Pattys Day!!

  23. Thank you for joining the Blog Hop! Elves but, not the short ones. ;)

    menina.iscrazy @

  24. Leprechauns for me. Thanks for the giveaway!


  25. Elves are more interesting to me. Awesome contest!

  26. leprechauns definately leprechauns!!

  27. Elves!!! I am thinking pointy ears!. Thanks for the jokes. Love the Paddy O Furniture. My son loved it.
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

  28. I'll go with the Leprechauns!

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson

  29. Leprechauns


  30. Aren't leprechauns and elves related, ummmm let's see elves then.


  31. thanks for the hop and have great st pat day i am going to call my little sister and then wish her a happy bd st pt dday

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  32. Leprechauns. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy St Patrick's Day.


  33. Despite the holiday, I have to pick elves. LOL
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.


  34. definitely elves, they look better. lol
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  35. Tough question- but, Leprechauns tend to scare me so I'm going with Elves:)


    sarah DOT setar AT gmail DOT com

  36. Definitely Elves!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  37. Elves

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  38. thanks for the laugh.

    mmarsmith at gmail dot com

  39. Happy St. Patrick's Day! This sounds like a great story. I would pick elves like Legolas from Lord of the Rings! Yummy! Thank you for the giveaway!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  40. Hi I would say Elves, I would love to read more. THanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

  41. Elves.

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  42. Thank you to everyone for commenting.