Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Giveaway Hop!

Hello, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I'm going to be participating in the "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Giveaway hop, held by Kilt and Keeley, the fansite dedicated to the fantastic-awesome-sauce Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. Basically, in honor of Saint Patrick's Day, and the Keeley Brothers' heritage, their asking blogs to host a giveaway hop, talking about either something Irish, or kissing! I chose to go the Irish route, because of my lovely family.  

I don't know if I can adequately express how I feel about Ireland. I have never been there, although I've always wanted to go. I grew up surrounded by Irish music, and feel a tug in my heart every time I hear it. I've always felt that I know so much about my heritage, but have only recently seen how much more there is to learn. It's a part of me I love and cherish, and will be proud of for all my life. I decided to talk about some of my favorite Irish things including:

My Favorite Irish Songs
1. Ciara by Luka Bloom (I think that was a given)
2. The Parting Glass by Shaun Davey
3. Rip the Calico by the Bothy Band

My Favorite Irish Movies
1. The Commitments (Contains a serious amount of swearing...but fantastic music)
2. Waking Ned Devine
3. The Secret of Ronan Inish 

My Favorite Books with Irish Heritage
1. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (OBVIOUSLY)
2. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
3. Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready (Main character and I share the same name!)

I also decided to thrown in a bit of random facts that pertain to me and my Irish-ness! 

Some Random Irish Facts about Myself and My Family
1. My mother and I often Irish dance around in our dining room.
2. Both my mother and my grandparents were born (the latter raised) in Dublin, Ireland.
3. I'm visiting Ireland (hopefully) this coming September. Planning on taking a trip to Newgrange!
4. My grandparents were friends of The Clancy Brothers. They still have a picture of my uncle, as a baby, being held by Liam Clancy.
5. My grandfather wrote a book on Irish churches and monasteries, and has a thesis bound at Trinity College.
6. I know all of two words in Gaelic. One of them is cheers, the other is a swear word.
7. My name, Ciara, is translated to "black" in Gaelic. (So, I guess I know three words!)
8. The basketball team The Boston Celtics say their name wrong (okay, not a fact about me, but something that bothers me deeply).
9. When I was younger, when ever my aunts would come to Canada from Ireland they would bring me something with my name on it because that was the only place where there were things monogrammed with "Ciara".
10. Last year was the first year I ever did something for Saint Patrick's Day.

(Actually, though)
Okay, time for the giveaway! Now, I've never held a giveaway here on the blog (or ever, actually) so I'm going to keep this very simple. The winner (who will be chosen by will receive a paperback copy of Shade, the novel that started it all, AND a copy of My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent, another awesome book that features Celtic mythology! Here are some rules!
  • Up for grabs: paperback copies of Shade (Shade #1) and My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1)!
  • This giveaway is open from now until Monday, March 19th at 11:59EST
  • Open where ever the Book Depository ships to
  • Must be over 13 years of age to enter
  • To enter, comment on the blog, and you MUST check back here on Tuesday! 
  • *optional* In your comment, tell me something you love about Ireland!
  • Please DON'T write your email in the comments!
  • The winner will have 24hrs to respond, otherwise I will be forced to choose another winner!
  • You don't need to be a blog follower to participate (although, if you are YOU'RE AWESOME) just make a comment!
Want to hear one of the best parts of this giveaway? If you win, you'll be entered to win the LAST SHINE ARC. Yeppers! You heard right! Jeri Smith-Ready, author extraordinaire and fellow Irish gal, is giving away her last ARC copy of Shine, the final book in the Shade trilogy. So, enter away! Good luck! And be sure to check out all the other blogs on the giveaway hop, and their awesome prizes!

"I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all." 

Slainte. Erin Go Braugh. And Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

-Ciara who is lost at midnight 


  1. I do do these blog hop, good opportunity to meet new people and good books. And win prizes of course! Happy St. Patrick's day!!

  2. I would love to win these two GREAT books!!! J loved them both and would love a chance to own them! One thing I love about Ireland is kilts. I think they're really cool although I have not seen that many. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Also, new follower :D

  3. OMG!! I think I've just had a heart-attack reading about this giveaway!! Such a fantastic prize, what an awesome first giveaway! :D

    Let's see, what I love about Ireland are it's landscapes, they seemed gotten out of a fantasy book, they are so incredibly beautiful and breathtaking.

  4. Can you teach me the Gaelic swear word you know?

  5. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :) And LOL at Tine's comment above, hahaha.

  6. Happy St Patrick's day

    Thanks you soso much for this wonderful giveaway, my birthday was yesterday so if i won it would be a great late birthday present and i so much want to discover both this serie... oh my thanks you again for this great opportunity
    all the best

    ps: i love the traditional music of ireland

  7. Shade has gotten so much love through the YAMM tourney, I'd love a chance to read it! Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway!

  8. OOh thanks for sharing all the fun irish info : ) I love all the gorgeous land and castles and things like that in Ireland that I would love to go see. I also like Riverdance and Michael Flatley of course : )

  9. Love Shade so much and I've heard great things about the Soul Screamers series, thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :)) Oh, and one thing I love about Ireland..... the accents!

  11. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the giveaway. I love the castles and countryside in Ireland....oh and the accents!

  12. Happy St. Patrick's Day1 Thanks for the giveaway. I love the movie The Commitments too. I used to listen to the soundtrack all the time.

  13. Than you for the fantastic giveaway, I'd love to read Shade and My Soul to Take. :)
    New GFC follower.
    I love the irish accent, the lucky charms and their beer. :P
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  14. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Very beautiful post and thank you for the great giveaway!

  15. Happy St. Patty's Day! My favorite thing about Ireland is Irish coffee and Irish Soda bread!

  16. My favorite thing about Ireland is the scenery and the folklore. I really hope I can visit someday. :]

  17. This is a great giveaway. Thank you!

    One thing I really like about Ireland is the Irish mythology and stories. They are great.

  18. Fantastic giveaway!! I think your connection to your Irish roots is amazing! I'm not Irish (AT ALL), and I have always spent St. Patrick's Day wishing I were. I really love all the Irish folklore and the mystery surrounding Ireland, and I love learning more and seeing pictures of the beautiful countryside.

  19. I really like the band The Corrs :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  20. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    I love the Irish mythology :)

  21. Happy belated St. Patty's day!!

    OHH count me in for this! hehe :)

    I've never been Ireland before, however, I've seen many pictures of their beautiful landscapes and would definitely love to visit someday!

    Thanks for the chance! :)

  22. I would LOVE to win this! My sister is a huge fan I really want to read these books. I love the landscape in Ireland AND I am a sucker for accents, but I love all the historical aspect of Ireland like the castles and folklore! I hope that I can visit one day!

  23. How awesome! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hmm.. I love the colour green! and Irish accents! :) (and the occasional alcoholic beverage of Irish car bombs) :P


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