Warrior Spirit by Jean Carroll

 

ebook field kiss cover copyWARRIOR SPIRIT– Book 1 of The King of Ire­land series

Irish­man Blackie O’Brien led a sin­ful and self-destructive life of women, alco­hol and drugs. He was the best, win­ningest, cham­pion steeple­chase jockey in the his­tory of the sport until a near-fatal rac­ing acci­dent ended his career.

But this was no “acci­dent”- his ruth­less ex-agent, Mickey Reegan orches­trated the whole thing. It seems that the luck o’ the Irish has deserted Blackie once and for all.

And Blackie is no ordi­nary Irish­man. This lusty young man is the direct descen­dent of Brian Boru, the most influ­en­tial High king of Ire­land. If Ire­land still had a king, Blackie would be it.

Now, Blackie is a man with­out a career and with­out a kingdom.

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War­rior Spirit chron­i­cles Blackie’s jour­ney from the green val­leys of Ire­land to the priv­i­leged horse coun­try of Mid­dle­burg, Vir­ginia. As Blackie begins to despair over his future, in enters beau­ti­ful, young Meg, who brings her horses to Blackie’s fam­ily farm where he’s been recu­per­at­ing from the accident.

Their sex­ual chem­istry is immediate.

But Blackie’s fam­ily has other plans for him. They believe he’s dri­ven by the spirit of an ancient Irish war­rior and demand he find a place in Ireland’s polit­i­cal leadership.

From fight­ing off alco­holic temp­ta­tions, thwart­ing an attempted rape of Meg, and stop­ping thugs try­ing to take his life, Blackie leaps over one hur­dle after another. Will Blackie ulti­mately find the future he’s meant to have with the love of a good woman?

Will Blackie get a second chance to turn his life around?

Reviews:

by Saff –  Sep­tem­ber 7.2015 Thor­oughly enjoyed read­ing War­rior Spirit! Loved the story line. It was dif­fi­cult to put the book down once I started read­ing. Look­ing for­ward to the next book to see how the love story con­tin­ues. Thanks Jean Car­roll for rekin­dling my love of reading!!

I have seen this novel flour­ish from one of the first drafts into the final pub­li­ca­tion stages. It is a phe­nom­e­nal story that should not be missed! Jean Car­roll metic­u­lously blends fact with fic­tion into a seam­lessly invig­o­rat­ing tale that is sure to sur­pass the test of time. This is just the first install­ment of a series that is guar­an­teed to rein­vent and ignite a fresh move­ment in the genre and bring true story telling back to main­stream lit­er­a­ture. I feel blessed to have watched this project take off, and now that it is build­ing momen­tum, there is no stop­ping this story, or its author, from dom­i­nat­ing the scene! Such an incred­i­ble debut!   By Matt J.

 

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Biography
Carol-Rubright-150x150Hello Readers-
I started writing The King of Ireland series in 2008 when I had my second knee replaced. I was immobilized with ice on my knee for hours during the day and was, of course, bored to tears.
The “King’ story was something I had played with in my head for maybe twenty-five years.
Watching one more TV show, I decided to write it down. I wrote long-hand and quickly filled many yellow legal pads and kept on going. Luckily my sister-in-law was a very good typist, so I enlisted her help.
I made a lot of mistakes at first and along the way learned a great deal about the craft of writing and I’m still learning. I got a mountain of advice and help from agents, editors, contest judges, critique groups and friends. I found quickly that their was something called “word count” and it was frowned upon to have too much of it. So I had to pare my 300K word novel down to where somebody might look at it. Hence I now have a three book, one prequel novella series and might add more if my readers get invested in my characters.
I love my characters by the way and feel very close to them. I got highly insulted when a family member said Blackie just wasn’t her cup of tea!
I have a passion for horses just like my characters and have since I was a little girl and saw my first horse. Our property backed up to the Garrison Forest School for Girls in Maryland and they rode their horses through our woods.
I started riding when I was about eight years old and rode consistently until in my thirties and was lucky enough to have my own horse and pony for ten years. I did a lot of showing and did mostly jumping. Later I discovered dressage and became fascinated with it just like the main characters in my book.
I retired in 2010 and briefly before that I started riding again and it was glorious to on a horse once more. I’m retired from Johns Hopkins University where I worked for 27 years as an Electron Microscopist. I still work there part-time. The best thing is now I get to write full time and feel very blessed to be able to do so.

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