FINALIST: NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS (Anthology Category)
When your heart speaks, will you listen?
Once upon a time, three beloved storytellers—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ciji Ware along with Diana Dempsey and Kate Moore—wondered what would happen if a magical ring fell into a woman’s hands—along with the urgent instruction that she learn its lesson in seven days or forever lose its wisdom.
Who will take up the ring’s challenge? Who will pass it by, even if her heart’s deepest desire hangs in the balance?
This trio of romantic and inspiring tales imagines the lives of three San Francisco women transformed by the iconic Claddagh ring—the timeless Irish symbol of love, friendship, and fidelity worn not only by Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace, but by scores of citizens and firefighters who fought their last battle in New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11.
"What a heartwarming tale! These three novellas about a life-changing Claddagh ring ooze magic and romance. I'm not even Irish and I loved it." - Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "That Summer Night"
“Three compelling and beautifully written novellas by Ware, Dempsey, and Moore that will leave your heart in San Francisco in ways you never imagined. Brava!” - Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of "The Summer Wind"
“Bestselling authors Ciji Ware, Diana Dempsey, and Kate Moore, have concocted a delicious anthology that features talented women, love, a magical ring, and San Francisco. I read straight through and I hope the ring continues its travels into new stories!” – Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of "Sometimes a Rogue"
"What an ingenious, entertaining and utterly romantic anthology of novellas—a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for grownups. Ciji Ware, Diana Dempsey and Kate Moore have teamed up to spin tales of a beautiful Irish ring whose magical powers bring wisdom, truth and love to three different women at important crossroads in their lives. I only wish I were one of the ring's lucky recipients! A terrific read." - Jane Heller, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
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About the Author
In addition to the novella “The Ring of Kerry Hannigan,” Ciji Ware is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels and two nonfiction works. She is the daughter, niece, and descendant of writers (including William Ware, author of the historical romance Zenobia, 1836; Henry Ware, author of On the Formation of the Christian Character, 1831), so the writing profession is just part of the "family business." Among her many accolades, she has been honored with the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence and a Romantic Times Award for Best Fictionalized Biography for Island of the Swans, and as a result of that book, was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), a tribute she treasures. In 2012, she was a finalist in the prestigious WILLA (Cather) Literary Award for A Race to Splendor. Ware is also an Emmy-award winning television producer, former radio and TV on-air broadcaster for KABC in Los Angeles, as well as a print and online journalist. She received a BA in History from Harvard University and has the distinction of being the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as the President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide. The author lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be contacted at www.cijiware.com.
Diana Dempsey traded in an Emmy-winning career in TV news to write fast, fun romantic fiction. Her debut novel, FALLING STAR, was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the members of Romance Writers of America. It centers on the personal and professional travails—and eventual triumphs—of a primetime anchorwoman. TO CATCH THE MOON, a Romantic Times Top Pick, combines a murder mystery with a love triangle. TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN goes behind the glossy veneer of a Napa Valley winery to find forbidden love, intrigue, and betrayal. CHASING VENUS is a romantic suspense about Annie Rowell, who discovers that being a best-selling novelist can be a killer ... Since Diana enjoys the occasional well-executed murder, she's launched a cozy mystery series. MS AMERICA AND THE OFFING ON OAHU introduces beauty queen and budding sleuth Happy Pennington, who must clear her name when her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the pageant finale. The ongoing installments are MS AMERICA AND THE VILLAINY IN VEGAS, MS AMERICA AND THE MAYHEM IN MIAMI, and MS AMERICA AND THE WHOOPSIE IN WINONA. In her dozen years in television news, the former Diana Koricke played every on-air role from network correspondent to local news anchor. She reported for NBC News from New York, Tokyo, and Burbank, and substitute anchored such broadcasts as Sunrise, Today, and NBC Nightly News. In addition, she was a morning anchor for KTTV 11 Fox News in Los Angeles. She started her broadcast career with the Financial News Network. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York - Go, Bills! - Diana is a graduate of Harvard University and the winner of a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship. She enjoyed stints overseas in Belgium, the U.K., and Japan, and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and a West Highland White Terrier, not necessarily in that order. Diana loves to hear from readers! Visit www.DianaDempsey.com to email Diana, and sign up to her mailing list to hear first about her new releases. Also join her on Facebook at Diana Dempsey Books and follow her on Twitter at Diana_Dempsey.
Hi, I’m Kate Moore. Whether you’re visiting this site as a reader, fellow writer, scholar, or friend, welcome. I’d love to hear from you about books, writing, or teaching at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve lived most of my life along the California coast. That experience has made me a jeans-wearing, toes in wet-sand, married to a surfer, fog-loving weather wimp, with a hint of East Coast polish from spending my college years in Boston. Family history connects me to Irish and English immigrants, Cornish miners, gold prospectors, and adventurers who sailed around Cape Horn bound for San Francisco. When I’m not reading, writing, teaching, or brainstorming, I walk in the redwoods; feed birds; collect books, apples and leaves; watch the tele-novellas on Spanish-language TV; and immerse myself in all things English. My favorite food groups are butter, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and red wine. My early literary influences were The Little Engine That Could, The Little Red Hen, and Winnie the Pooh. Austen, Heyer, Chaucer, and Homer came later and inspired me to put that first plot on paper. My heroes are honorable, virile outsiders with some grand ambition. My heroines are practical princesses, who drive those edgy loners into love with good sense and good sex. My family and friends offer endless support and humor. My children are my best works, and my husband is my favorite hero. Thank you for visiting. Please drop in again.
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