St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop: Siamsa Time!

16 Mar

Welcome to my stop on your St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop! I’m thrilled to have you here!

My grandfather was Irish (my maiden name is Maher), and I’ve always been proud to have a bit of Irish in me.

I’d always wanted to try Irish step dancing, partly due to heritage, and partly because it just looks and sounds so very cool! A year ago on March 15 (oooooh, Beware the Ides of March), I blew out my knee during a taekwondo class. After surgery to replace the ACL and six months of rehab, I decided it was time for a new activity. After years of suggesting Irish dance as a mother/daughter activity to the Princess, she finally gave in, and we joined a school.

I’m not fantastic at it yet…still have a bit of trouble translating the steps from brain to feet! But it’s enormously fun and I only wish I’d started years ago. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I’ll be dancing in my first Siamsa (pronounced SHAMsuh, it’s basically a big Irish party), with hundreds of other dancers, musicians, and assorted folk turning out to celebrate the day when everyone can be Irish! How will you celebrate?

Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card from me, and to have a shot at one of the hop’s Grand Prizes: Your choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, or your choice of a $90 Amazon or B&N Gift Card!

Oh, before you go, here’s the recipe for my current contemporary romance, Mending Fences…

Take one reformed hotshot CEO playing rancher. Add one strong woman, an abuse survivor with a lot of secrets. Toss together for one searing kiss on Halloween, then separate. Fold in a slightly deformed pet bison who creates serendipity by accident.  Stir together. Add discoveries, revelations, angst, heartbreak, suspense, and generous helpings of both healing and sexual tension. Layer with family relationships and a secondary love story and simmer to a Happy Ever After.

Opening taste: Curran Shaw treasured his anonymity, but maintaining it required solitude. And the damned solitude was killing him.

Available in paperback and ebook.

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Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

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  
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/

63 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop: Siamsa Time!”

  1. acm05 March 16, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I would have thought Irish dancing would be hard on the knees since both feet are occasionally off the ground and landing would exert a lot of pressure. I guess not since you’re able to do it. Glad you found an activity that you find fun.

    Anne
    acm05atjuno.com

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      I’ve found that my ankles are more affected than my knees in dancing. The knee is strong though…amazing what a brand new ligament can do for you!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. vondasinclair March 16, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I’d love to learn Irish dancing too. It’s very cool that you got into that. I enjoyed your post and your story recipe!

  3. Lila Shaw March 16, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Good luck with your Siamsa! I love watching Irish dancing.

  4. KJJC March 16, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    How fun to be learning something that you’ve always wanted to do! Getting exercise in a way that you enjoy! So cool! Have a great time!!

  5. Linda Andrews March 16, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Enjoy your Siamsa! I wanted to learn how to Irish dance too. It seems like a lot of fun. Hope the knee is back to 100 percent.

  6. sharondc March 16, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Congrats on getting to do the Irish Step. I just don’t think I have the endurance for it.

    Happy St. Patty’s ! Slainte!!

  7. Krista March 16, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    That sounds like a lot of fun! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Krista
    theangrypollo{ AT }yahoo{DOT }com

  8. dreabecraft March 16, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    You’re braver then me I can’t dance to save my life lol. I hope you have tons of fun at your show.

    I will be going out with friends on saturday.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  9. ladyhawk101 March 16, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    My grandfather was from Dublin, because of that, I was able to enter the Rose of Tralie contest. I won it for my town.

    in that following year I had to officially open an Irish pub. That was the easy part the hard part was when the Irish dancers showed up and I asked to join in. Aghhhh how embarrassing. I did try my best though. lol

    Happy St Patrick’s day, Lucy

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Love that story of opening the pub and dancing! In my head, I can dance really well, but the feet don’t always process what the brain is telling them. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Janiera Eldridge (@LazenBeauty) March 16, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    prettyhaydengurl@yahoo.com

  11. Maria S(Pronounced Mariah) March 16, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I’ve always wanted to learnto dance but I have terrible knees not to mention awful coordination.

    Thanks fot the giveaway.
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  12. debbie March 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I would love to learn to dance like that. (My son does 3 different martial arts and has been hurt several times. I wish he would find a different hobby,too).
    Happy St. Patricks Day.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Debbie, none of my sons did martial arts, but one does parkour, which scares me to death, and another played football, breaking one arm and needing to rehab one knee as a result. I often wished they’d pick something safe, like painting, LOL. Thanks for commenting!

  13. sheba March 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Good luck with your Siamsa! and happy st patricks day.

  14. JeanP March 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    That sounds like a lot of fun, hope you have lots of fun at the Siamsa.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jean
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  15. Lioness March 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Enjoy the Siamsa :)

    cigam9 at gmail dot com

  16. VanillaOrchids March 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I have always liked dancing yet I didn’t really do much of it. I wished I’d have had the chance to take lessons. Ah well, best of luck at the Siamsa.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. savannah miller March 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    Happy Saint Patrick’s day!
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

  18. miki March 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    i love the music and the dance too but i can’t do either
    Happy St Patrick’s day and thanks you for this great giveaway

    all the best

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Hillary Curran March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I don’t really celebrate with anything special, just wearing green on the big day.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hillary
    hillacurr@gmail.com

  20. Joan March 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    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. The ‘wearing green or orange’, ‘corned beef and cabbage ‘ – today is first time I’m hearing about this. One thing that’s universal I think is a clover (especially four-leaf one) as a symbol of luck. I loved looking for them as a child.

    Joan

    0401romance[at]gmail[dot]com

  21. Na March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Mending Fences sounds like a great read. Like the CEO rancher :)

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Na! I really enjoyed writing the CEO rancher, so I hope readers love him as much as I do.

  22. bookattict March 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Mending Fences sounds like a fantastic read!
    I’ll be with friends doing an “Irish Whiskey Night”!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      Thanks for the comment! Enjoy the Irish Whiskey…cheers!

  23. Carrie March 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Thanks so much!

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  24. enyce122 March 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    I will celebrate by watching the St.Patrick’s day Parade!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. Lexie@BookBug March 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    I love Irish step dancing! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  26. Books For Me (@BooksForMe2) March 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Have fun dancing; sounds like you will have a blast!

    Nothing special going on here although we will probably do the traditional corned beef and cabbage!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  27. Carrie Ann Ryan March 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

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

    carrieannryanwrites(at)gmail.com

  28. Shelley Munro (@ShelleyMunro) March 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Good on you for trying something new, Lucy. Is your daughter enjoying it too?

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Shelley. My daughter loves dancing too, so it’s been a great activity for us.

  29. Ashley E March 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow, you’re brave. I don’t know that I could ever get myself up on a stage to do that, no matter how much I wanted too! Good luck at your first Siamsa!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Hi Ashley. It helps that there’s lots of us dancing. I think if I ever had to do a solo or very small group performance, I’d panic! Thanks for the luck!

  30. Desiree Reilly March 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    thank sor the hop and th en i am going to call my sister and wish her a happy bd
    and then go to a fair

  31. Natasha March 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  32. Jennifer Lowery March 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Your book sounds wonderful! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    jennyrlowery@yahoo.com

  33. catherine c March 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    my niece does irish step dancing…i love the costumes and how she wears her hair during her dance…i will be wearing green and celebrating at a local pub with some friends

    happy st patrick’s day!

  34. Lisa Walker March 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I would love to learn how to Irish dance!
    We are all dressing in green and going to my mom’s house for corned beef and cabbage.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  35. Juliana March 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I have no dancing ability! Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win!
    OceanAkers(at)aol(dot)com

  36. Erica Pike March 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m all hopped out, so I’ll just leave a quick happy St. Pat’s Day :)

    Erica

  37. Kathleen O'Donnell March 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I am Irish on my dad’s side of the family, he came from Donegal, and on my Mother’s side, I am Scotish, her father came from Glassgow..I took Scotish dancing instead of Irish Dancing… I admire you for doing this.. It is not easy, but rewardng.. I know a few steps, but not all the patterens..

    • Lucy Francis March 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Oh, I love the Highland dancing too! Our neighbor’s daughter did that for years, and I love to watch them perform at the Highland festivals. It is hard work, but it is so much fun!

  38. kym March 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I love to watch the Irish step dancing…it looks SO complicated !

    Happy St Pattys Day !

    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Shannon March 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Wow, I have just added Mending Fences to my TBR list. Thank you for that!

    Anyway, I have two left feet so even when I took ballroom dancing in college it was probably the hardest class ever for me. LOL

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

    • Lucy Francis March 17, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      Thanks for the lovely comment about Mending Fences, Shannon! That made my day!

      I’ve always loved ballroom dancing, but I was never any good at it. Maybe I’m just more determined to make dancing work now, LOL.

  40. LaTanya March 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I will be wearing a green top.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  41. Nikki March 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    congrads on getting to do the irish step! Awesome contest!! I hope you have a great Saint Patty’s Day!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

  42. Catherine Lee March 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    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

  43. lilblupixie March 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I married irish.Happy St. P[atricks Day

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  44. Joy Isley March 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Sounds like great fun. Enjoyed reading the comments.

  45. robin priddy March 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    your book sounds great. we will be going out to dinner saterday for my nephew’s birthday

  46. meninaiscrazy March 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop!

    menina.iscrazy @ yahoo.com

  47. Gena Robertson March 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

  48. Sue Sattler March 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    I was watching Riverdance the other night and my 3 grandkids, under the age of 5, were trying to dance like they were. I must say they did a much better job than I could have.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Lucy Francis March 17, 2012 at 12:03 am #

      Oh, I bet that was adorable to see, Sue! Riverdance is so infectious, it’s hard to sit still when you’re watching it.

  49. Krysykat March 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  50. Shadow March 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. jmesparza821 March 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Have a super nice St. Patrick’s Day.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  52. donnas1 March 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Happy St Patricks Day!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  53. JoAnne Weiss March 17, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    What a great teaser for Mending Fences. Looking forward to reading it.
    I love cowboys in a romance storyline.
    JoAnne
    jbcweiss AT sbcglobal DOT net

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