Inspiration

September 3, 2015

Irish Pub
Have you ever wondered what Jake’s Irish Pub looks like?

Many of you already know that the seed for the Callaghan Series was planted close to twenty years ago when I picked up a second job working nights and weekends at a local bar and restaurant. What you see here is a photo of a rendering of the real-life Pub that inspired Jake’s, circa 1890. The actual sketch was done by an extremely talented local artist who has done prints of several of the historic buildings in my area.

I’ve been a fan of her work for years, and when I explained that I was writing a book centered around an Irish family who owned and operated a similar Pub, she dug up the 30-year old print and hand-sketched in a few extras to make it a one-of-a-kind keepsake. It is now matted, framed, and proudly displayed in my home, right above my Callaghan books.

The trees are gone now, and the first and second-floor balconies have been enclosed with glass panels for year-round dining, but otherwise, it looks very much the same today as it did more than a hundred years ago. Like Jake’s, the real place has rich history and is still a favorite among the locals here.

News and Updates:
Now that the kids are back in school (translation: I have more than 5 consecutive, uninterrupted minutes), I’ll be spending a lot of time with Jack Callaghan and finishing up his story. I’m still hoping for a holiday release. (Cross your fingers. I would, but I need to type)

Celina Connelly (the first of the Connelly Cousins trilogy) is at the editor’s for her 3rd (and hopefully final) round, and her cover is being lovingly crafted. If all goes well, you will be able to meet her and her bad boy biker, Kyle McCullough, by the end of the month.

Also, I’ve started the ball rolling on getting the first book in my paranormal romantic comedy series (Mythic) out there, so stay tuned.

Getting back on track (and drinking lots of coffee in silence),
<3 Abbie

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