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Celtic Storms (Celtic Steel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Delaney Rhodes , A. McConnell , Kim Killion
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Celtic Storms

is a mystical phenomenon!

Best Book of February, 2012, GoodReads

"This is more than just a love story. It is a story that will connect the reader through time. This story has well-developed characters, an amazing plot
and is well written." ~ S. Welker

"… it's obvious that Ms. Rhodes has spent a great deal of time and energy researching this particularly tumultuous time in the history of Ireland." ~
M. Bryce

Celtic Storms

Darina O'Malley watched the sun set in the bay from the great tower in O'Malley castle - saying a silent prayer for her cousin Kyra and hoping the message
that was delivered to the MacCahan's did not spell sudden doom for her and her people. If what her Uncle Ruarc had told her was true, she was to be married
to a stranger in less than five days and her world would turn upside down.

The realization that her clan held secrets which could destroy them forever chilled her blood. Who was this son of a Laird she was betrothed to and how
would he react when he learned the truth?

Steel Series - Other Books in the Series - coming soon!

Celtic Shores, Book 2 - May, 2012, GoodReads #25 Best Book of May 2012

Celtic Stars, Book 3 - August, 2012

Celtic Skies, Book 4 - October, 2012

Celtic Sun, Book 5 - December, 2012

"Celtic Storms, Book 1 in the Celtic Steel Series, explores the captivating lives of fifteenth century Irish Celts and their quest for dominance in an
ancient land full of magic, murder and mayhem."

Editorial Reviews



5 STARS Great start for a new author. This author has a story to tell - and we should listen. ~ PJ Barton

5 STARS "I thoroughly enjoyed Celtic Storms and am way past anticipating the second in the series. I have read historical romance for over twenty years and the way the author transformed the genre and included paranormal elements (witchcraft, ESP, druidism, shape-shifting, etc.) was impressive." A. Johnstone

5 STARS I couldn't put this book down - and I can't wait for the next in the series. Combines all the best of highlander romance with a paranormal twist that will leave you breathless! ~ J. Thompson

5 STARS "An EXCELLENT beginning to what is sure to become a best selling series. Celtic Storms wonderfully and seamlessly crosses the genres of romance, historical fiction and paranormal adventure. I can't wait for the next one!" ~ C. Chase

"A fantasy novel with strong female characters."
"An intriguing work of science fiction and romance."
"A vivid trip through history with witches and wizards."

From the Back Cover

What do a medieval highland warrior, champion falconer, arch-druid, pagan witch, rogue priest and shape-shifter have in common? Celtic Storms explores the captivating lives of fifteenth century Irish Celts and their quest for dominance in an ancient land full of magic, murder and mayhem.

Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470018926
  • Publisher: DR Publishing; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074WTEHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
108 of 129 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs an editor! February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am reading this and have found many grammatical errors. "Waste" for "waist", "he" instead of "him", etc. Also, in the scene where Darina bursts in on Kyra in the bathtub, it says, 'I'll let you get dressed, then we will talk, Kyra,' and with that Kyra left." Darina is the one who left.

I haven't finished the book and am not sure if I will. I cannot stand this type of error when I read. Am I too picky? I don't think so. I think the majority of readers are that picky. I am interested in the story, but this distracts from it so much.

Update: Waste for waist, bare for bear... Please get a new editor. :)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished February 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This reads like an incomplete early draft rushed into publication. Were you behind in meeting the deadline? It would have been better if you waited to complete the story first.

Celtic Steel is listed as the first book in a series of five in the Celtic Storms Series, so there must be more, however the author did not seem to know where to end this book or to start with the next. It doesn't end with a cliff-hanger, as the author has such a momentum built, you go right over the cliff into an abyss with nothing to hang on to.

We are cheated with the wedding and the wedding night - it is told to us in a ridiculous flash back, during a public interrogation. All good romance stories give the reader the wedding and the romance and the... well, you know.

The use of Flash-back is too gimmicky in this story. While trying to introduce too many 'main characters' in this first book, everything is told in flash-back. Some of the characters' back stories could either be moved to a later book, or been told in a Prolouge to get us up to speed. Tell the story, we will read it.

Spelling, grammar, syntax and 'remaining in the speech of the period and location' need more follow-up and consistency. The setting and time period is rife with legend, as well as fact and colorful language for the author to build upon. The story has some pretty good bones and many interesting characters. I am a fan of strong female leads, in non-stereotypical roles. This story just needs proper editing and knitting of perhaps the five books into maybe three.

I hope the author will re-work this, have it properly edited, and re-release it as a completed trilogy or series. I am having a difficult time getting started on a new book, as I feel I haven't yet finished this one. I do want more.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's just....bad. June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really do hate to give bad reviews, but I can't in good conscience let the glowing reviews of this book go unchallenged. Except for the basic story which COULD have been very good, there is nothing about this book to recommend it. It's confusing. It jumps around so much that I never felt connected with any of the characters...good grief, there are too many of them!...nor do I give a whip about a single one of them. As someone else mentioned, the main character's studder was annoying and not even remotely endearing. In fact, neither of the "main" characters were in any way endearing. I say "main" because, well, when reading this there are so very many "main" characters that one is not really quite sure who the main "main" characters ARE.=)

Oh, and if you are reading this hoping for a romantic story, look elsewhere. Unless you think two people having relations in a bath tub with zero lead up, zero relationship, and no meaningful dialog is...uh...romantic. Yeah, me either.

Now, having said this, I am going to attempt to read the second book to see if it gets any better. It was free on my kindle so no harm, no foul. The basic background story is a good one, it's the telling of it that is very badly done. Perhaps the second book will redeem the first, though I am seriously doubtful.

Update: Later today (haha)
I grabbed a cool drink, and my Kindle with Celtic Storms Book 2 installed on it, and went out to sit by the pool. I got perhaps 4 chapters into the story and wanted to toss the book into the deep end. It was like rereading Bk 1, but with very poorly written (not to mention...deadly dull) detail added. Arg. Boooooooring. I have a feeling that this author will get better with time, but until she does so, I will be reading elsewhere.

Needless to say, I will not be finishing book 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline January 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy Celtic romance novels. The story line here is great but it jumps between clans too much without enough of a start/stop. Also the person that transferred this book to digital format made numerous errors with punctuation causing me to have to re-read sections for correct interpretation. All in all a good book being it was free to download to my kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has me panting for more. July 1, 2012
By Wanda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Now for those who may not know, I am not a fan of romance, at all. I try to avoid it if I can. But this book, with the basic premise romance got my attention. Not the romance, the human frailty of the main male character, the strong personality of the main female character, the rich and fragrant backdrop against which the story plays off had me turn page after page. Fragrant? Yes, fragrant, one can almost smell the rivers, the sea, the horses, the dampness of the castle etc. All served to add substance to a story which already had me enthralled.
The characters are richly portrayed, the story is told with enough sub plots to keep me entertained and wondering what will happen next, the basic love story soon becomes the sub plot. So who would love this book, romance lovers and abhorrers of romance will all enjoy this book. I loved the fact that the mail was not a perfect specimen in every way, for that matter, the main female is not perfect in every way either. I loved the fact that their humanity adds so much to their characters that you mentally go and name and associate them with people you know or knew.
Considering that it is a love story that had me so enthralled, I cannot help but give it an 8 * pant review rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Undecided
Interesting. This book was published by the author. Different format. Not a bad read.
Published 10 days ago by flickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Linda K. Barker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you like this genere
I enjoyed reading this book.
Published 25 days ago by Venus2471
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book I hope to get book #3
very good book I hope to get book #3
Published 26 days ago by Mary Kazmarek
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
twisted story with good plot, characters are very interesting and story had original type setting. The catalyst to the story is very interesting
Published 2 months ago by PBuckner
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
This story was okay. I didn't get very far in this story. The plot was okay. It just didn't grab my attention.
Published 2 months ago by sunflower
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, but lots of loose ends.
Enjoyed the story and there were lots of good set ups, but the book just ended and there were a lot of loose ends that were never tied together. Book needs and editor.
Published 2 months ago by BonnieBlue
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
I do not mean for this to sound overly critical and I hope it will be a help to the author. It is an interesting story and has some interesting characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rogina Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars so badly written
So badly edited.
passed =/= past
waste =/= waist
sited = /= sighted
dissuaded =/= dissipated (that one doesn't even make sense on any level)
Just because... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Stein
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Incomplete Book, Incomplete Series
The book is fun to read with a new twist on the paranormal but don't expect to purchase the next two available books and have a full book yet. Read more
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More About the Author

Delaney Rhodes is an Top Selling fiction author. Her first novel, Celtic Storms, was voted #3 Best Books of February, 2012 by Good Reads. Her second novel, Celtic Shores, was voted #25 Best Books of May, 2012 by Good Reads, and was also placed as a recommended read by Books for Men in the science fiction category. Her third book, Celtic Skies was voted #27 Best Books of August, 2012. Each of her novels have enjoyed lengthy stays in the Amazon TOP TEN Best Sellers categories in the historical romance, fantasy and/or paranormal genres.

In addition to her Celtic Steel series, Delaney Rhodes has released Vampire Dental, Veneers - a novella set in her hometown of Houston, TX which is a new take on the popular vampire genre. Additional installments are expected in 2013.

Delaney Rhodes is a native Texan by birth, and is of Irish and English descent. She is a Graduate with Double Majors from The University of Houston; in Law and Writing. She has two teenage daughters, and is married to an entrepreneurial Husband. Three of her favorite people, are her three neurotic rescued Russian Blue cats; Sebastian, Sasha, and Sissy. Her family would not be complete without "13″, an adopted Bearded Dragon.

Besides her writing and family - Ms. Rhodes is active in many charitable organizations that benefit animals and children, both through volunteering and fundraising.

Ms. Rhodes' writing was prompted and inspired by many hours of research and study into her Irish and Celtic family lineage and heritage. Many of the stories you will find in the chapters of her writings were birthed while striving to connect with those that had walked these paths and lived before her.

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