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Darlin' Irish: Texas Devlins, Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Lyn Horner
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Book Description

Psychics in the Old West? Yup! Say howdy to Lyn Horner’s Texas Devlins, whose hidden talents lead them across prairies and mountains, into the land of cowboys and Indians, with consequences not even a Druid seer could predict.

Darlin' Irish is the first volume in Horner's trilogy. Set in 1872, this book blends epic adventure and sizzling romance set ablaze by flashes of psychic power. Jessie Devlin, a daughter of Irish immigrants and a survivor of the Great Chicago Fire, is descended from the “Old Ones,” her mother’s name for their Irish Celtic Druid ancestors. Gifted with an ability to look into the future, Jessie dreams again and again of an unknown man who rescues her from the jaws of death. A prophetic vision convinces her the man is real and sends her west in search of him, but has her gift betrayed her? Will her quest lead to happiness or into a deadly trap?

Captain David Taylor may be the man Jessie seeks. A Texan exiled from home after fighting for "the wrong side" in the Civil War, David is returning to his frontier post when he meets Jessie in Omaha's train depot. He’s entranced by her beauty but has no taste for her firecracker temper. She brings to mind a ghost from his past who he'd rather forget.

As the pair journey westward via the country's first transcontinental railroad, their clashing personalities war with a fiery attraction they can't easily ignore. Violence dogs their path along the rails and explodes amid the mountainous beauty of Mormon Utah. Whether love will triumph in their tumultuous game of hearts or be destroyed by a madman is a question that hangs in the balance until the shattering conclusion on the broad Texas plains.

Also look for Dashing Druid, volume 2 in the Texas Druids series. It stars Tye Devlin, Jessie's older brother. Set against a backdrop of Texas ranch life, an iconic cattle drive and feuding families, the tale delves into Tye's painful empathic ability and the impact it has upon his life and those he loves.


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About the Author

Lyn Horner resides in Texas with her husband and several beloved cats. Trained in the visual arts, Horner worked as a fashion illustrator and later as an art instructor for Art Instruction Schools (famous for their "Draw Me" heads.) After quitting work to raise her children, she took up writing as a creative outlet. This hobby grew into a love of historical research and the crafting of passionate romances based upon that research. The author says, "Writing a book is much like putting together a really big jigsaw puzzle. It requires endless patience and stubborn determination to see your ideas come to life, and once hooked on the process, you're forever addicted." A member of Romance Writers of America, Yellow Rose Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Horner is the author of DARLIN’ DRUID, the award winning first book in her Texas Druids trilogy. This western saga features three uniquely gifted siblings, descendents of ancient Irish Druids. DASHING DRUID, book two in the series, is now available, and the third book is "under construction". In addition, a novella titled WHITE WITCH serves as a prelude to the trilogy. Currently available exclusively on amazon.com, this work of historical fiction depicts the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as seen through the eyes of a clairvoyant young woman who “saw” the catastrophic fire weeks before the first spark ignited. The author knows such a psychic power truly exists, having experienced prophetic dreams herself. Horner has also published a memoir titled SIX CATS IN MY KITCHEN. Six special cats are the headline-grabbing stars, but the book also touches upon subjects such as grieving the loss of loved ones, living with a disability, and coping with major life changes. It's liberally illustrated with photos. Lyn invites you to visit her on the web. http://texasdruids.com http://texasdruids.blogspot.com/ http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Lyn-Horner/161787403863487 https://twitter.com/#!/TexasDruids She is also a contributing author at: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com where she has written a series of how-to articles about Publishing With Amazon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Lyn Horner; 1 edition (23 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASNDES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lyn Horner resides in Texas with her husband and an ever-changing band of cantankerous, beloved cats. Trained in the visual arts, Lyn first worked as a fashion illustrator and later as an art instructor for Art Instruction Schools (famous for their "Draw Me" heads.) After quitting work to raise her children, she took up writing as a creative outlet. This hobby grew into a love of historical research and the crafting of passionate romances based on that research.

The author says, "Writing a book is much like putting together a really big jigsaw puzzle. It requires endless patience and stubborn determination to see your ideas come to life. Once hooked on the process, you're forever addicted."

A member of Romance Writers of America and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Lyn is a former vice president of North Texas Romance Writers. In November 2010, Lyn launched DARLIN' DRUID and has recently released DASHING DRUID, the second book in her TEXAS DRUIDS trilogy. These epic western romances feature a trio of uniquely gifted siblings. Descended from legendary Irish Druids, each possesses a special psychic power that influences their lives. The author knows such powers truly exists, having experienced prophetic dreams herself.

Lyn has also published a memoir titled SIX CATS IN MY KITCHEN. Six special cats are the headline-grabbing stars, but the book also touches upon subjects such as grieving the loss of loved ones, living with a disability, and coping with major life changes. It's liberally illustrated with photos.

Lyn invites you to visit her home page at http://texasdruids.com/ or her other blog site: http://texasdruids.blogspot.com/
She is also a guest blogger at: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/ where she has written a series of how-to articles about Publishing With Amazon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darlin' Druid 30 Jan. 2012
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
My natural tendency is to shy away from both historical and western genres. "Darlin' Druid" combines both, along with a touch of something else, either supernatural or paranormal, depending on how you define these. I know why I have this tendency. It's because I don't think I'll be able to relate to a story so far removed from my own life and experiences. Yet I consistently find when I venture into new genres that the human experience, regardless of differences in time, geography, or even worlds, is often enough the same to draw me in. That was what I found in "Darlin' Druids."

In her bio, the author says she enjoys the historical research for her books. Although I'm not a history buff, through education and reading I've picked up a lot of the history of the time and areas where this novel takes place (primarily Chicago, Utah, and Texas) and the historical elements, including many subtle touches, all ring true. Another thing that will often throw me in a story that takes place in areas I'm familiar with is if they get a geographical detail wrong. Horner obviously did her research here, too.

All of this would be for naught if there weren't a good story here, but there is. It blends a compelling romantic story line, and all that implies, with a coming-of-age story line for the heroine, Jessie, and to a lesser degree, for the hero, David. Jessie's prophetic visions, which give "Darlin' Druid" its supernatural twist, serve as a plot device, by foreshadowing and also driving Jessie's decisions. Fans of historical romance and possibly even those who are into westerns, sans romance, should find much to like in "Darlin' Druid."

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, and again Wow !! 28 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was fantastic !! An absolutely wonderful read. The feisty, firey Irish gal and the hottie soldier. What a powerful combination these two were, I did not want the book to finish. Highly, highly recommended.
I was given this book for an honest review, and it was my absolute pleasure to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darlin' Druid 27 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have already read the novella (White Witch) prequel to this and was intrigued by Jessie and Ty and where the storyline would take them.

I was not disappointed with this fast-paced and punchy romance novel - more of the romance, less on the paranormal. Jessie is a strong-willed individual who is prepared to make her own life and more importantly to actually work for it. David is an army officer who has a family rift due to the Civil War. Jessie has had a vision that David is the one for her and goes looking for him, expecting moonlight and roses. What she gets is something different!

I will definitely be getting Dashing Druid.
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