I had the pleaser to have Katharine E. Hamilton and Claron here already, and the reasons why I loved Claron’s story are the same ones I have to stand by the entire Series and its collection that released in June.
The Siblings O’Rifcan Series (Books 1- 5 Boxed Set) by Katharine E. Hamilton are Clean Contemporary Romances.
family. Five incredible stories.
Tossing her belongings into a suitcase and escaping heartbreak seemed like the best idea for Rhea Conners. She’d simply travel across the ocean to visit her grandfather in Ireland and heal. Then she’d come back. Simple. But what she doesn’t expect is to find solace and healing in the form of the O’Rifcan family. One member in particular: Claron.
Claron enjoyed his life farming the land his grandparents gifted him. He lived his life quietly and contentedly, until Rhea arrived. He’d steered clear of relationships and entanglements since his last heartbreak, but something about Roland’s granddaughter twists him up inside. Something about Rhea has him rethinking his life of solitude.
Two hearts. One chance. Can Rhea and Claron overcome past hurts to make a new beginning?
Charm, beauty, and the promise of a new adventure had Heidi Rustler eagerly flying across the ocean to visit her best friend, Rhea Conners. Heidi needed a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a little excitement, and that is the promise that awaited her in Ireland. However, Rhea’s stories of the incredible family she’d come to know intrigued Heidi the most. Particularly the stories of Riley O’Rifcan.
Riley loved his life. He spent his days traveling for work, loving on his family, and flirting with feminine faces. He never once thought about settling down. Until Heidi. The bold and beautiful woman from Texas stampeded into his world and challenged his commitment-free and easy-going lifestyle.
Two hearts. One chance. Can Heidi and Riley recognize their opportunity for a new and different kind of adventure?
Beautiful, flirtatious, and charming are just a few of the words that describe Layla O’Rifcan, and she is proud of them. She enjoys the art of flirting and entangling the hearts of handsome men with her own. But with her eyes set upon starting her new business, she might just miss the one man that could change her life for the better.
Delaney Hawkins loves his job. Yes, he may work too much, but he is happy with the direction his life is headed. All until he meets Layla O’Rifcan. The spunky O’Rifcan sister who bewitches him from the start has him trying to balance work with what he hopes to be a budding relationship.
Two hearts. One chance. Can Layla and Delaney set aside their work and ambition to take a chance on love?
Strong, sweet, and beautiful not only describes Chloe O’Rifcan but also the flowers she works with. As her brother’s wedding approaches, Chloe finds herself neck deep in wedding planning and projects that require the help of a dear friend.
Conor McCarthy is one of the closest friends to the O’Rifcan family, but he’s also a talented carpenter hopping from one project to the next. But when Chloe asks him to build an archway for a wedding prop, Conor finds himself working hand in hand with the youngest sister, and he can’t help but be impressed by Chloe’s skill and her sweet heart.
Two Hearts. One Chance. Can Chloe and Conor progress from family friends to more?
Grit, determination, and independence had Piper O’Beirne setting her roots in Galway. The successful manager of one of the hottest pubs in the city, she never dreamed of moving or starting over. Until Murphy.
Murphy O’Rifcan loved his work. He spent all his time grooming his pub to be the best in County Clare. However, the hectic demands of the pub had him looking for help from the one person he knew he could trust, but the one person he knew did not want to move to Castlebrook. He found his professional pursuit of Piper twisted along the way and he wished Piper would accept the job for other reasons. Him.
Two Hearts. One Chance. Can Piper and Murphy learn to work together at the pub and in love?
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About the Author
Katharine E. Hamilton graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and uses her knack for research in all her stories. She is a Southern Belle with a pinch of sass, and when she is not writing she can be found chasing around her toddler son, driving around the ranch, or baking delicacies for local parties and events. Katharine currently resides on a ranch in South Texas where the skies and rivers, in all their beauty, rejuvenate the soul.
Hi Katherine, and thank you for coming back!
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hi there! I’m Katharine. I’ve been writing for around 11 years, published for 10. My first book released in 2009 and I’ve been at it since with a total of 16 books published, 2 box sets published, and four audiobooks produced… working on the fifth. The time has flown by. But that’s what happens when you’re having fun, right?
I started writing while in college in between class and work. I’d hide away in my apartment and type away for a few hours. I never thought I would do anything with those words, but over the years they continued to develop into more than just a hobby. I started publishing in 2009 with children’s books. I wanted to learn the business and get my feet wet and I thought children’s books would allow me to do that. I published 3 children’s books and then realized I wanted to expand into writing fiction novels for adults. In 2015, I took one of my many manuscripts that was hidden away in a spiral notebook and in a file on my computer and rewrote and modified the rough draft that was there… this manuscript would be shaped into The Unfading Lands, which kicked off my first adult fiction novel and first series. In 2015, that book would allow me to leave my current job and focus on writing full time. It’s been a blast ever since. I write multi-genre. Fantasy, Sweet Romance, Children’s… I’m working on a Historical Fiction Fantasy book, and Action/Thriller… thankfully my readers tend to jump on board with whatever my imagination fancies.
How to find time to write as a parent?
My writing schedule has changed over the last few years due to having my first kiddo. He’s now three, and I think any parent can tell you that a three-year-old keeps your hands full. Thankfully, I am able to modify my writing schedule around naptimes, early mornings, late nights, etc. But I do have A LOT of early mornings. I find it easier to work then than late at night… because again… three-year-old… at night, I’m TIRED! Haha. But I try not to pressure myself too much. I am loving this season in my life, and though I may not be able to write as much as I would like, I don’t want to miss out on my time with my son. He’s awesome, and his joy is contagious, which makes setting aside my writing an easy choice to make. It also makes those early, quiet mornings more productive because I am trying to cram as much productivity into my limited time frame.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I’ve always wanted to see my Unfading Lands Series turned into a movie, but not sure if that one will ever come to fruition. Despite my hopes for that one, I have been contacted about film/television possibilities for Montgomery House. At this point, who knows??? BUT I will say, I would LOVE to see any of them transformed into film, especially The Unfading Lands or The Siblings O’Rifcan Series.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love Ireland. I love the language; I love the sense of magic and wonder Ireland invokes in people… I loved the idea of creating a large family that just brings out the best in one another while also having those fun, annoying, or frustrating family dynamics that tend to develop as well. I also loved the idea of merging two cultures together. In Claron, Rhea is American and finds herself in this small town in County Clare, and while she is trying to learn her way around, she’s also trying to learn and understand the O’Rifcan family and all their quirks.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Each character’s profession is inspired by someone I know or something exclusive to the area in which the book takes place. Claron is a dairy farmer/farmer based on knowledge I gleaned and interviewed from my grandparents. Riley is an architect based on my brother who, despite choosing a different career path, grew up wanting to be an architect and allowed me to pick his brain. Layla is an entrepreneur that wants to start her own business with bath salts, lotions, candles, etc. My mom creates these things, and her eagerness to start her own business is just that nature in myself. I’ve always wanted to work for myself (which now I do) and create fun places people can come together. Chloe is a florist, based on a good friend of mine in Houston, Texas, who is a phenomenal florist. Sherrill lent her expertise to Chloe for me. And Murphy owns the local pub. And though I do not have a friend who manages a pub, I drew his personality from several of my friends that are close to me. He’s the friendly face and clever mind that are needed to handle people and also charm them. He’s a fun character as well.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The characters. Each character has their own distinct personality. And at times, one character would just seem to pop in and take over the story. I let them lead me. I love the family dynamics. I love the various personalities and the love of family.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would probably choose Riley or Murphy. Though I do love Claron as well. But with Riley you could expect an adventure of some sort. And with Murphy, you could expect a TON of fun. So those two would be my top choices.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
It’s how Murphy ended up with his own book. That was not the original plan, but his character sort of evolved and became a reader favorite, and people were asking me about his story. So he got his own book. Whenever he was in a scene, he just seemed to take it over in a great way. He was charming and funny… and he somehow navigated his way to his own book.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This is the box set of all five of the Siblings O’Rifcan stories. It’s in Kindle Unlimited. It’s fun and fresh. And the characters are so much fun. My goal is for readers to not only fall in love with the characters, but with the community of Castlebrook and with Ireland in general.
What book do you think everyone should read?
This list could be super long, but I’ll narrow it down…
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Bellewether by Susannah Kearsely (or anything by her to be honest…Winter Sea… holy cow, it’s amazing)
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Research is important in any book. My research varies. If I can go to a location I want to write about, I will. If I can’t, then I travel there via the internet and look at anything from local newspapers, to Google Earth, to interviewing locals via email, etc. I love talking with people who have been to a certain location and getting their firsthand experiences. But depending on the genre, sort of depends on the type of research required. My historical fiction fantasy manuscript has taken me down several different research avenues from locations to American history to literature. I’ve been researching for about a year for that one and have just started mapping out the story with my research. I plan for that one to be published in 2020, but again, that depends on if I feel like I have enough research.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I have several books going at once. It prevents me from having writer’s block. If I need a break from one manuscript, I’ll take one, but will work on another. Productivity is important. And it keeps the creative juices flowing.
A day in the life of the author?
I wake up around 4:30 or 5:00 AM. I fix a hot tea and take it to my desk. Let my Chihuahua, Tulip, outside. Then comes my Catahoula, Cash, and he goes outside. I then sit at my desk. Check my advertising and marketing results from the day before and update my tracking spreadsheets. Check my email and website notifications. Then I start writing. Then once my son wakes up, work is halted for a bit, and I may have another sit down around his naptime. But other than that… I try to knock it out in the morning while my house is quiet. Once my husband and son are awake, it’s almost impossible for me to sit and focus.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not getting the manuscript finished. Stop focusing on the editing. Stop focusing on the marketing or formatting… just get it written. THEN you can focus on the rest. Some writers get overwhelmed thinking of the task ahead of them, they forget the first step, and that is finishing the manuscript.
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