Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!
Sure now and isn’t tomorrow St. Paddy’s Day? What better time to talk about my romantic historical series The McCoys?
The McCoys of County Tipperary weren’t nobility, not Quinton McCoy’s branch, at least. His family was descended from the Scottish Clan Mackay who in turn traced their lineage from the royal House of Moray.
Descendants of Vikings interbreeding with Celts and producing people called Gall Gaeil or foreign Gaels, the McCoys were a feisty lot always spoiling for a fight, though often with a habit of choosing the wrong side to champion. During the first war of Scottish independence, one branch of the family lost their lands. Being warriors, they didn’t sit around and bewail the fact, however. Instead, they turned their love of battle into a vocation, becoming galloglasses (mercenaries), traveling across the sea to Ireland where they hired out to fight for the Uí Néills at the battle of Calmeirge, when that clan wiped out the McLoughlins to rule the western half of Ulster.
After that, most of the McCoys travelled south to lands they were granted in County Tipperary where they beat their claymores into plowshares and went from being warriors to landowners. Though no longer titled, they led the lives of near-nobility, settling down to raising families though a good many became notorious as lovers of both their own women as well as other men’s.
The Clan McCoy was well-liked, and as landed gentry, looked up to in that part of the country. Soon, however, most of the land was lost through various wastrel gambling habits, and quite a few got themselves killed for proving to be better lovers than fighters. A nobleman favored by the English became the landholder of most of what had been the McCoy estates, but the family was so established in the country, they were still looked to in settling disputes and caring for the tenant farmers.
That was how Callum McCoy became the steward for the then landlord, and after him, his son, Aloysius, and now his grandson Quinton is estate agent for the current lord.
The McCoys tells the story of Quinton and his four children and his grandsons.
Donal – The Honest Rake leads the life of a young gentleman of leisure until his father decides it’s time he marry. The last thing he wants is a wife, for it will interfere with his secret life, that of a rake who can have any woman he wants. Why should he settle for only one?
Colins – The Good McCoy Lad, always does what’s right…until he meets the Honorable Fiona. Suddenly Colin wants to do everything that’s wrong. Fiona is only too glad to help, but his newly-found rebellious nature may go too far.
Padraig – The family Bad Boy. Padraig inherited all the McCoy bad traits, forcing his family to pay him to leave home and never return. The young scoundrel does the only thing he can…The Man from Tipperary heads West, to America and the land of gunslingers and pioneers.
Quill – Being The Cttle Baron’s Kid isn’t easy since everyone treats you like you’re still in knee-pants even when you’re man-grown. Quill McCoy has to prove he’s an adult, even if it means revealing his secret to the woman he loves and losing her forever. (picture #4)
Liam – The Sunday Man seems to have inherited nothing from his father and everything from his black sheep uncle. Like Padraig, he never denies what he is, however. He’s rich, handsome, and women don’t care what he does for a living, until he returns to Ireland and meets the one woman he wants but can’t have.
John Fox and Quinn Nordin are The Lost Sons, a Lakota Soux running from his heritage, an English orphan trying to find his. They meet, become friends, and are brought by life and circumstance into the McCoy family circle where events reveal some unbelievable secrets.
Bridget – When the only McCoy daughter marries, her new husband remains indifferent. She knows Eamonn loves her, so why won’t he admit it? Bridget has a few tricks up her innocent sleeves, however, and The Determined Bride will make Eamonn O’Neill beg for her love before she’s finished. (picture #7)
The series is published by Class Act Books.
Paperbacks are available from the publisher’s website, www.classactbooks.com
eBooks/Kindle available at amazon.com:
The Honest Rake – https://www.amazon.com/Honest-Rake-McCoy-Book-ebook/dp/B01BRPZVX2/
The Good McCoy Lad – https://www.amazon.com/Good-McCoy-Lad-McCoys-Book-ebook/dp/B01CZFVPAG/
The Man from Tipperary – https://www.amazon.com/Man-Tipperary-McCoys-Book-ebook/dp/B01E9RKP4U/
The Cattle Baron’s Kid – https://www.amazon.com/Cattle-Barons-Kid-McCoys-Book-ebook/dp/B01FOLGVJI/
The Sunday Man – https://www.amazon.com/Sunday-Man-McCoy-Book-ebook/dp/B01H2O3PEO/
The Determined Bride – https://www.amazon.com/Determined-Bride-McCoys-Book-ebook/dp/B01KED1J70/
Have a great weekend!
Toni V. Sweeney