Release Day (Good), Prejudice (Not) and a #Giveaway

When I posted an excerpt of The Rake’s Irish Lady a few days ago, I mentioned that this particular romance had a theme. Shades of college English class…urgh. I never did like picking apart and analyzing classics of fiction.

But prejudice is a common failure of humanity — as we see in the news every day — and the historical prejudice between England and Ireland, Catholic and Protestant, this group against that group against another group, kept eating away at me until I wrote a story about it. Bridget, the heroine, is half Irish/half English, and her loyalties are divided. Colin, the hero, is English through and through. The story takes place in 1804 — not long after the Irish rebellions of 1798 and 1803.

A grim subject for a romance? I don’t think so. The way to dispel prejudice is through love, so it couldn’t be a more appropriate topic for a love story.

I’d like to know what you think, and I’ll give a Kindle copy of The Rake’s Irish Lady to one lucky commenter.

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Widowed and lonely, Bridget O’Shaughnessy Black indulges herself in a night of pleasure. After all, she’s in disguise. And the baby girl? An unexpected blessing…until an old flame claims the child as his own to force Bridget to marry him.


Many women pursued Colin Warren, but only one climbed in his bedchamber window. When Bridget does it for the second time, she doesn’t have fun in mind. Colin is unfit to be a parent, and yet he has no choice but to acknowledge the little girl.


Circumstances force Bridget and Colin together, yet grave differences divide them. Can love bridge the chasm that keeps them apart?

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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

34 Responses

  1. Linda

    I don’t think it’s grim. Realistic & nice to read a HEA where love does conquers all!

    • Barbara Monajem

      That’s true, Linda — Love conquers all is a wonderful kind of happy ending. 🙂

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Christy. Yep, there’s something irresistible about a rake. Thanks!

  2. nitethyme

    This sounds like a really good story with a wonderful theme and lesson. The cover is very attractive. I loved the “climbed in his window”. Linda Nightingale

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Linda. It was fun writing the scene where she climbs in the rake’s window! 🙂

  3. dholcomb1

    Great theme–it’s very relevant even today with the differences some choose to make with Protestant v Catholic.

    Love the names you chose for your characters, too!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Denise. I wish it wasn’t a relevant theme today, but it certainly is!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Barb. I didn’t realize how strongly the theme ran through the book until I neared the end.. Writing is a strange process.

  4. josie

    Great premise, Barbara. The Catholic/Protestant conflict is, sadly, still a part Ireland.

    • Barbara Monajem

      This is so true and very saddening. I learned quite a bit about it when visiting Derry several years ago. I think perhaps that is when I was inspired to write a story about it.

    • Barbara Monajem

      LOL, I know! I wonder if there’s all kinds of symbolism in there that I don’t know about. 😉

  5. beppie2014

    Fascinating for me. I’m writing about the Irish/English about 10 years later–but the “quirk” in my series (4 full-length books, 2 novellas, and a 5th book to come out in January) is the complications of friendships and loyalty that form across the Great Rift of the general British contempt for the Irish and the even-more general hatred of the Irish for the British. I shall read your book with fascination–I’m buying it today! My books mostly take place in County Meath and Donegal.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Beppie, and thanks! So far I haven’t written anything that takes place in Ireland — it’s unfamiliar territory to me even though I’ve been there. I’m dying to go to Donegal sometime — it sounds so beautiful. 🙂

  6. BelleAmiAuthor

    I’ve always been fascinated with Irish history, the whole Protestant and Catholic dilemma, and even more so the ancient history of the land of leprechauns, so this one appeals to me. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Sue-Ellen Welfonder

    This sounds wonderful, Barbara! I’ve always wished for more Irish-set romances and have never understood why they are so few. Ireland is such a beautiful place, so ancient and with a treasure trove of legend and lore. So I’m thrilled to see this. Will grab a copy! 🙂

    Please leave me out of the drawing. Just saying hello.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Mary. Fortunately there’s quite a bit of humor sprinkled here and there.

  8. Glenda

    I’d say it is more realistic – and real life isn’t always happy-go-lucky. I like when real life events are reflected (and depicted) in fiction. 🙂 Congratulations on the release!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Glenda. I agree. A certain amount of realism adds depth to a story.

  9. Barbara Monajem

    And the winner is… Christy Dixon! Christy, I will email you about collecting your prize. Thanks for the comments, everyone. 🙂