Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Haven’t you heard? Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Or so it seems, judging by that sea of green clothing as everyone gets into the act.

Here in my city (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), the preferred place to be on March 17 is the Lunar Rogue Pub. It has everything you could possibly want in a pub. Over 200 whiskies, an excellent selection of wines, and just about anything you could want on tap. And on St. Patrick’s Day, it has Celtic music and green beer! Yes, it’s the place to be. For everyone but me. LOL! It tends to be a little too busy (okay, jammed!) for my tastes on the big day.

But any day of the year, the Lunar Rogue is my absolute favorite pub in the world. They have the best nachos anywhere, and the peeps are great. Special shout out to Michelle and Marianne! You guys are the shiz!

Speaking of Fredericton, I’ve actually written a series of romantic suspense books – my Serve and Protect series – set right here. Here’s a blurb for the first book in that series, Guarding Suzannah:

Criminal defense attorney Suzannah Phelps is the bane of the Fredericton police department (they call her She-Rex for her habit of shredding cops in the witness box). She is currently being stalked, but is reluctant to report it to the police, whom she half suspects of being the perpetrators. But when Detective John (Quigg) Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her, at considerable risk to his career. They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and he’s burning to do the same in the bedroom. When the danger escalates, he has the perfect excuse to pose as her boyfriend, but the closer they get, the more the lines between pretense and reality blur.

In honor of this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop, I am giving away an electronic copy of Guarding Suzannah to a winner to be drawn from those who comment on this blog. In addition to the book (in the ebook format of the winner’s choice), the winner will also receive a $10-gift certificate to the online bookstore of their choice.

And here’s the best part — your comment on this blog (and every other stop on this blog hop) — gives you a crack at two grand prizes. One winner will receive his or her choice of a Kindle Fire or a Nook Color! A second winner will score a $90-gift certificateΒ  from his or her choice of Amazon or B&N. The more stops on the blog hop you make (leaving a comment at each, of course!), the more chances you have to win. Up to 120 of them!

So … have at it! Leave a comment. Tell me what you do on St. Patrick’s Day, or tell me about your favorite pub (Irish or otherwise), or just say, “Hey, I’d really love to win your book and snag that gift certificate!” On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s all good.

Last but not least, here is the list of other sites on the Blog Hop. Have fun and good luck!

Name Link
Carrie Ann Ryan www.carrieannryan.blogspot.com
Lia Davis www.authorliadavis.com/blog/
Jesse Kimmel – Freeman http://bellanottethebook.weebly.com/blog.html
Heather Thurmeier heatherthurmeier.com
Gem Savid www.gemsivad.com/blog/
Emily Cale www.emilycale.blogspot.com
Kharisma Rhayne www.kharismarhayne.com
Megan Slayer http://theauthormeganslayer.blogspot.com/
Wendi Zwaduk wendizwaduk.blogspot.com/
Marie Dees mariedees.com
Cassandra Carr http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress
Cynthia Woolf www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
Sandra Bunio Sandrabunino.com
Vannessa Kelly/VK Sykes vanessakellyauthor.com/vanessa-blog/
Tracy Sumner tracysumner.com/blog
Lousia Bacio louisabacio.blogspot.com
Kacey Hammell http://kaceyhammellkreations.blogspot.com/p/st-patricks-day-blog-hop.html
Casia Major caseamajor.wordpress.com/
Eliza Gayle www.elizagayle.net/blog
Natasha Blackthorne http://natashablackthorneblog.blogspot.com/
Allison Merritt havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com
Sandra Sookoo sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/st-pattys-day-blog-hop-its-not-easy-being-green/
Tara Lain taralain.blogspot.com
Lila Shaw http://lilashaw.com/2012/03/16/st-patricks-day-blog-hop/
Dianne Hartsock diannehartsock.wordpress.com/my-blog/
Ella Jade http://www.ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com/
Bella Street http://www.bellastreetwrites.blogspot.com/
In a Dream Beyond inadreambeyond.blogspot.com
Jessica E. Subject markofthestars.com
H.D. Tomson www.hdthomson.com
A Girl with a Computer http://www.agirlwithacomputer.blogspot.com/
Dakota Trace alittlebitofnaughty.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Draven www.stephaniedraven.com
Welcome to the Island (DX lux) welcome-to-the-island-of-dxluc.blogspot.com/
Chrisinte Quintessence christineleovlealand-author.blogspot.com/
Tommy Bull Qutntessence http://bullprotettoremurdermysteries.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Queen www.StephanieQueen.com
Leigth Ellwod leighwantsfood.blogspot.com
Linda Andrews http://lindaandrews.wordpress.com/
Lizze Star – Starry words starrwords.blogspot.com
K.E. Saxon www.kesaxon.blogspot.com
Skye Warren skyewarren.com/blog
Veronica Scott veronicascott.wordpress.com/
Lissa Matthews lissamatthews.com/blog
Life is a First Draft (Rebecca Clark) rebeccajclark.blogspot.com
Keta Diablo ketaskeep.blogspot.com
Victoria Adams victoriaadams.blogspot.com/
Daryl Devore myeroticnotions.blogspot.com/
Adriana Kraft adrianakraft.com/blog
Kaye Manro kayemanro.blogspot.com
Amber Kallyn amberkallyn.wordpress.com
Romance Book Club (Joyce) blog.romance-book-club.com/2012/01/st-patrick-day-bloghop-gift-card.html
A Writers (Kathryn Blake) kathrynrblake.blogspot.com/
Pippa Jay pippajay.blogspot.com/
Erica Pike eripike.blogspot.com
Diane Alberts dianealberts.com
Michael Mandrake tabooindeed.blogspot.com
Nikki Brandyberry nikkibrandyberry.wordpress.com/
Gabrielle Bissett gbisset.blogspot.com/
Tamaria Soana tamariasoana.blogspot.com/
Katey Hawthorn www.kateyhawthorne.com/
She Likes it Verbal (Sarah Bella) http://shelikesitverbal.com/blog/
Ranea Rose www.ranaerose.blogspot.com
Selah Janel www.selahjanel.wordpress.com
Zilah Anderson http://zillahanderson.wordpress.com/
Cari Quinn cariquinn.blogspot.com
Briana Courtney brinacourtney.blogspot.com
Jorja Lovett jorja-lovett.blogspot.com/
Get Intimate with History (Anna Markland) http://annamarklandromanceauthor.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Lynne jenniferlynne.com.au/blog
Breathless Press www.breathlessblog.com/
Stephanie Haefner http://www.stephaniehaefnerthewriter.com/
Lisa Kumar lisakumar.blogspot.com/
Close Encounters (Nikki) http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/
Liana Brooks www.lianabrooks.com
Tory Michaels www.torymichaels.com
Best Erotica (Jemma) best-erotica-books.blogspot.com
Wendy Smith http://www.wendysmithbooks.blogspot.com/
SL Carpenter slcarpenter.blogspot.com/
Day Dreaming daydrmzzz.blogspot.com/
The Ebook Reviewers (Viari Rose) http://theebookreviewers.blogspot.com/
Dark Haven Book Reviews http://www.darkhavenbookreviews.com/
BooksAreCool www.booksarecool.com
DC Juris dcjuris.blogspot.com/
Roz Lee www.authorrozlee.blogspot.com
Le Ann Sontheimer Murphy http://leeannsontheimermurphywriterauthor.blogspot.com/
Realmantic Moments http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com/
Angela Stone http://www.angelastone.ca/blog-3
Brea Essex breaessex.wordpress.com
Writing Utopia, One Word at a Time
Beth-Ann Mason http://www.bethannmason.com/st-patricks-day-its-all-about-the-tradition/
Jennifer Lowery http://jenniferloweryauthor.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/st-patricks-day-blog-hop/
Harlies Books harliebooks.blogspot.com
Modern Mythic Romance http://www.sherifredricks.com/apps/blog/
JM Madden jmmadden.blogspot.com/
Lucy Francis www.lucyfrancis.net
Jennfier Probst www.jenniferprobst.com
Aine Massie apmassie.com
Vickie Taylor www.VickieTaylor.com
The Regeny Inkwell http://theregencyinkwell.wordpress.com/
A Diamond in the Dark www.akmarshall.com
Michele Hart http://michelehart.blogspot.com/
Vicki Batman vickibatman.blogspot.com
Kristine Cayne http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/
Norah Wilson http://norahwilsonwrites.com/wordpress/
Angelique Armae http://angeliquearmae.blogspot.com/
Lisa Mondello www.lisamondello.blogspot.com
JL Oiler www.joiler.weebly.com
Linda Frazier lyndafrazier.blogspot.com
Stacy Juba stacyjuba.com/blog/blog/
Liz Crowe www.brewingpassion.com
Heaven Oshey http://theworldofheavenoshey.blogspot.com/
Patricia Green www.patriciagreenbooks.com
Cat Kalen www.catkalen.com/blog/
Madeline Sloane www.madelinesloane.com/
Jenna Jaxon jennajaxon.wordpress.com
Dianne Ventta www.diannevenetta.com
The Jeep Diva www.thejeepdiva.com/
Margay Leah Justice margayleahjustice.blogspot.com
Leia Shaw www.leiashaw.blogspot.com
JoAnne Kenrick www.joannekenrick.com
Rose Gordon http://rosesromanceramblings.wordpress.com/

85 Responses to “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!”

  • Anne:

    Who wouldn’t want to win one of those grand prizes or any of the individual blog prizes?

    For this non-Irish gal the big day is all about the corned beef and cabbage. I’ve bought three because they freeze well. I need my fix about every 3 months.


  • Norah:

    Oh, gosh, yes! My M-I-L used to make the BEST corned beef and cabbage. I would never even attempt it after having had Rita’s. Hey, I should check out the diners on St. Pat\s day to see if anyone is serving it….
    Thanks for the comment, Anne, and GOOD LUCK!

  • Sheba:

    Wow, there are a lot of names on this blog tour.I am going to have to chack out some of these and see what books they have out. happy St. Patrick’s Day. i just wear green so i don’t get pinched.

    • Norah:

      LOL, Sheba! Excellent reason to rock the green. πŸ™‚
      Good luck! There are so many prizes to be won, you’ll surely wind up with something!

  • Maria Pronounced Mariah:

    I don’t normally do anything for st. Patty’s day but this year I willbe going to my daughters soccer games and a bridal shower…i wonder if sheintentionally planned it on st patty’s day?

    Thanks for the chance!

    • Norah:

      Oh, wow, a bridal shower on St. Paddy’s! I can see green drinks, cupcakes with shamrocks. LOL.
      Good luck, Maria! (and I pronounced that correctly, mentally, as I typed it) ,-)

  • I try to wear a dulled down green or just a little on St.Patties day so that I don’t look like a huge walking bugger lol.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


    • Norah:

      Okay, that should have come with a spew alert. I might have been drinking my coffee. πŸ™‚ And I confess, I tend to wear just a bit o’ green myself. I used to work with a guy (very handsome lawyer!) who was devastated to learn one St. Paddy’s Day that his wife had donated his green suit to charity.

  • debbie:

    I am making a nice meal, corned beef and cabbage, homemade potato bread and irish creme brownies. I will be wearing green and enjoying the day.
    Happy St. Patricks Day.

  • Norah:

    Irish creme brownies? You really do it up right, Debbie! And potato bread … yum! (It’s 4 pm here and the comments are making me hungry!)
    Good luck in the many, many draws, Debbie!

  • AnnaM.:

    Hi! I don’t go pubbing. But I will cook up the corned beef and cabbage and read Irish myths to my part Irish kiddos.

    Thanks for participating!
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

    • Norah:

      Okay, I NEED some good corned beef and cabbage. Might have to try my hand at it myself. Thanks for commenting, Anna and Jean!

      Lexie, I used to go out to the pubs, but now I avoid them on the really busy, celebratory days. I don’t have the stamina I used to have. ,-)

      Good luck to all with the draws!

  • JeanP:

    Usually just cook up some corned beef and cabbage, we don’t really celebrate any other way. Husband won’t wear green, but I usually do.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  • Lexie@BookBug:

    I’m a St. Patrick’s Day party pooper. I ALWAYS forget to wear green!
    Anyway, happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  • Savannah Miller:

    For St. Patrick’s day me and my kids wear green and make cupcakes with green icing and little shamrock sprinkles πŸ™‚ I’m part Irish so I want to make sure my kids know that part of their heritage they are only 4 and 1 now so when they get older I might do something bigger then just cupcakes.
    thanks for the chance to win

  • Lioness:

    I like to wear green πŸ˜€
    And do homework, apparently T_T

    cigam9 at gmail dot com

  • I’m looking at my closet, wondering if I have anything green to wear tomorrow. I know I have beer in the fridge, so I should be good! I’ll raise a glass (or bottle) to all the lovely bloggers in this tour. What a wonderful idea.

    Happy St. Pat’s!

    • Norah:

      With that very Irish sounding name, I would think you could find something green in that closet. ,-) Thanks for dropping by, Kate. You rock.

  • Honestly, I don’t do anything special except for maybe wearing some green. πŸ™‚ So … Hey, I’d really love to win your book and snag that gift certificate! LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


  • Elizabeth (BookAttict):

    Some friends & I have “Irish Whiskey Night”!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • miki:

    Thanks youa lot for your generosity. Tomorrow i will wear green and read a book about an irish character or set in ireland but also celebrate my birthday ( it’s today but things went bad so it will be celebrated tomorrow ( like often)

    all the best and Happy St Patrick’s day


  • Na:

    Thank you for the chance to read Guarding Suzannah. I’m wearing a green sweater now so I hope I’m channeling luck.


  • Joan:

    We don’t celebrate St. Patric Day in my country, so I don’t have anything personal to share. My knowledge comes from TV relations from other countries and is limited to drinking and singing people wearing funny hats. I think for most it’s just an excuse to get drunk. However I like the other symbol of Ireland – clover. A four-leaf clover brings luck. I loved looking for them as a child.



    • Norah:

      LOL, Joan! I suspect you’re right about the enthusiasm for celebrating the day, even among the non-Irish. ,-)
      Good luck!

  • Hillary Curran:

    I don’t really do anything special, just wear green.

    I’d love to win your book and the GC!

    Thanks for the chance to win, great giveaway!


  • Hey, I’d really love to win your book and snag that gift certificate!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!
    Thanks for hopping with me today!


  • We don’t celebrate the day here in Iceland, though I kind of wish we did. It seems like so much fun.


  • Hey!!! I’m as French as they come but my husband is a mix of Scottish and Irish, so I’ll be sure to wear green tomorrow. I hadn’t decided what to make for dinner but all that talk about corned beef and cabbage made me hungry for some. πŸ™‚

    I’d love to win all the above – but I won’t be greedy and will just settle for… hummm… I already read Guarding Suzannah, and I have a Kindle, so the $90 gift certificate from Amazon would be awesome :))

    Thanks for the chance to win.


    • Norah:

      Good luck, Renee-Ann! You’ve been such a wonderful booster. Thank you for reading Guarding Suzannah! Can’t wait to hear what you think.

  • Ashley E:

    I don’t do anything special for St. Patrick’s Day aside from wearing green. And I have never been to a pub. So I guess I’ll settle for: I’d love to win your book and the gift certificate (and the Kindle too if you don’t mind), so pick me! πŸ˜€


  • Norah! I had no idea you were Canadian. I’m from Montreal, so not that far away. I can’t wait to read your series and I’m thrilled to find another writer with books set in Canada. Yay! Happy St. Patrick’s Day πŸ˜€

    • Norah:

      And I had no idea you were in Montreal! Cool. I’m going to have to take a very close look at your books. Love those Canadian settings. ,-)

  • Lisa Walker:

    My favorite is going to my mom’s house for corned beef and cabbage!
    Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Juliana:

    I am making corned beef and hash this year! Fun!

  • Shannon:

    So I am really going to have to go with “Hey, I’d really love to win your book and snag that gift certificate!” I know, pathetic. I mean I love Irish food – banger and mash is a go-to comfort food, but I can’t do Corned Beef. I’m not positive the Irish still do Corned Beef, now it’s just legend….

    Anyway thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  • kym:

    Dont do anything special here for the holiday, I will be going shopping tomorrow πŸ™‚ Have my 25th class reunion coming up..

    Happy St Pattys Day !


  • Catherine Lee:

    I desperately avoid the crowds. I will wear green & my shamrock pin. Tonight, I made corned beef reubens for dinner. I might have a beer…but it won’t be green. It will be amber.

    Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  • LaTanya:

    Hey, I’d really love to win your book and snag that gift certificate!

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • wanda flanagan:

    We always go somewhere special its our wedding anniversary 18 years tomorrow


  • Nikki:

    Favorite tradition is baking green cupcakes..lol..with my 2 year old!!Awesome contest!! I hope you have a great Saint Patty’s Day!!

  • Menina.iscrazy:

    Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop!

    menina.iscrazy @ yahoo.com

  • cathy m:

    Party time tomorrow as my twin boys turn 29.

    Caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • Norah:

      Oh, wow, birthday on St. Paddy’s for your twins. They sure knew how to pick a lucky day. Happy birthday to them!

  • Gena Robertson:

    Would love to win your book πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson

  • Sue Sattler:

    Great giveaway!


  • Krysykat:

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  • Juana Esparza:

    We don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but we do wear green.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


    • Norah:

      I think that’s probably what most of us do. It was ingrained in me in school, I think. πŸ™‚ Good luck, Juana.

  • Shadow:

    Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • allyson brann:

    I am just wearing green this year. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Of course I would love to win your book,your books are great!;)

  • donnas:

    I wear green, but thats about it.

    Happy St Patricks Day!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Norah:

    Thanks for commenting, Donnas. And good luck. I’m about to make the draw….

  • Norah:

    And the winner – thanks to random number generation – is Lisa Walker! Congratulations! I’ll be in touch about what format you’d like for the book and what online bookstore your prefer for the $10 GC.

    I understand from the blog hop organizer that the winner of the Kindle Fire or Nook Color was Melissa L (I don’t believe she commented here) and Shadow (who did comment here!). Congratulations on winning the grand prizes!

    Thank you all for participating! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Doris McKay:

    Hi Norah, very nice blog here, as usual I’m always late, Doris

  • nata:

    I listen to celtic music
    childrensbook13 at aol dot com

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