I have always been a dreamer. As a child I tripped the fine line between reality and fantasy with ease. Books were magical vehicles put together out of paper, ink, and paste with the sole purpose of transporting me to worlds afar. I became a frequent flyer. When I was eight years old, I submitted my first story to a well known New York Publishing house. How I wish I still had that rejection letter. Somehow, it did not discourage me at all. Inspired by a belief in a happy ending and a passion for lyrical prose, I now write full length, contemporary romantic fiction. My goal is to write a story that can make my readers laugh, cry and end up wanting more. I wrote Butterfly for you. I hope you enjoy it. I live at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with my husband, our three horses and Maggie the Cairn terrier.
Butterfly is a delghtful romance that will get you and keep you interested after the first few pages. It's characters are free spirited, romantic and funny. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. The ending is perfect and will make you laugh. I can't wait to read the next books in the trilogy. Way to go Clare!!
Magical music, Irish lore, fairies, and so much more lure the reader into Flannery Sloane's world. The youngest of the Sloane siblings, she tries the patience of both her sister Kerry and her brother Tynan with her free-spirit attitude and her habitual tardiness. However, when she picks up her fiddle, all is forgiven. She owns the room when she plays. She charms the listeners with the music and lifts their spirits with her Irish wit. No one would ever know her heart cries out to her dead Da and Ma and for her misty, green homeland. As she meets the world head on in Boston and Hunter Kincade appears on the scene, her life becomes even more emotion driven and complex.
Hunter Kincade, captivated by Flann's music and her mischievous pixie look, thinks a short-term relationship with her might ease a need that abides deep inside him. Wealthy, successful, yet, still the outcast in his dysfunctional family, he seeks something that seems out of his reach. The women in his life warped his view of all women making him shy of long-term commitments. He has no idea of the challenge to come as he pursues the sprite-like Flannery who truly believes "If I let a man get in my heart, I lose my music, my soul, my everything".
The musical imagery in BUTTERFLY makes the story sing with magic that encompasses the senses of the reader. It reveals sadness, joy, hope, and deep, hidden needs--physical, spiritual, and emotional.
The secondary characters, the humor, and the family secrets of both Flann's and KIncade's family add dimensions to the story that make it come alive.
Clare Austin gives the reader a "once upon a time" story in a modern setting with modern characters but with a hint of magic that "comes from the ancient forests of Erin".Read more ›
I couldn't put this book down. Austin's characters are so real I'll never forget them. The writing is fresh with delightful Irish idioms and similes and metaphors that had me laughing or saying, "Aww." The heroine and hero both believe love only brings pain, and Austin does an amazing job of proving them wrong.