Monday, January 4, 2010

Introducing Katie O'Sullivan author of UNFOLDING THE SHADOWS

Greetings and Happy New Year! I’m Katie O’Sullivan, here to chat about my debut novel. I’m thrilled to be Hannah’s guest blogger today!

When I first decided to get serious about my writing, I joined the Romance Writers of America. Attending my very first chapter meeting, I felt intimidated and out of place with my first little manuscript in hand and a dream in my heart.

There was an empty seat next to Hannah, and she smiled at me as I sat down. She was very welcoming and down to earth as she introduced herself. She made me feel better about my decision to join this group.

As the meeting began, everyone took turns telling the latest news for the month. When it was her turn, Hannah whipped out several covers of new releases, foreign releases and re-releases… I had no idea who I’d been seated next to! I was both intimidated and impressed.

Someday I hope to have as many books to my credit as Hannah does. For now, I finally have one piece of cover art to show off. My debut novel Unfolding the Shadows was released as an e-book by Cerridwen Press in October 2009. It’s a tale of romantic suspense, with a reluctant psychic as my heroine. She has to come to terms with her gift and the secrets of her past in order to move forward with her life.

The back cover blurb about Unfolding the Shadows reads:

Jillian has worked hard to close the doors on her past and the psychic abilities that defined her youth. For sixteen years, she’s ignored the ghosts who still try to whisper to her. Even her controlling husband Kyle has no idea that his wife can talk to spirits. But on the day after Christmas, her great aunt’s car smashes head-on with a commuter train and Jillian finds herself on a collision course with ghosts who refuse to remain in the shadows any longer.

Long-hidden secrets are coming to light and Jillian’s life has to change to accommodate them. With the help of her friends and a substantial inheritance, she sets her life in a new direction, but Kyle’s not about to lose out on his share of Jillian’s inheritance—even if he has to kill her to get it.

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I’ve loved mysteries and suspense novels ever since reading my first Nancy Drew mystery. Poor Nancy never got much more than a tight embrace from dependable Ned Nickerson! Didn’t you always hope for more? At least one not-so-chaste kiss? It’s no surprise that my first novel is in the romantic suspense genre, with a few kisses thrown in for good measure.

When you add a touch of paranormal to the suspense and romance, I’ll stay up through the night to finish reading the book! Whether it’s a kilt-clad Highland hottie, a Louisiana vampire, or a ghost whisperer fighting for her life, I can’t sleep until I know there’s a happily-ever-after in store for the heroine. Especially on these cold winter nights, a good book can help heat things up!

What makes you stay up all night turning pages? Is it the emotions spilling off the page or the action and adventure of it all? Or is it simply the fact that a good book takes you away from everyday life, letting you inhabit an extraordinary new world?

Leave a comment and tell us what you’ve been reading that keeps you glued, either to your e-reader or to the printed page!

For more information about author Katie O’Sullivan, visit her website at To purchase a copy of Unfolding the Shadows from Cerridwen Press.


  1. Hi Katie! Happy new year! I bought my husband a Kindle for Christmas and now I can't wait to read your book! Looks like I might be using it more than he will....hee hee.

    In the past month I've finished two Dan Brown books - Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol. Any book that grabs me and takes me away from every day life I love - especially if I get to learn new things. I also like those "historical" novels - romances set in a certain time period.

    Have a great day Katie!


  2. Hi Katie and Hannah! Happy New Year! I am re-reading an old favorite Christine Feehan book, Dark Melody. I was crying this morning while reading it (I know, I'm a big baby). I'm a sucker for real romance...emotional, lusty love between the hero and heroine. That always keeps me glued to the page.

    Katie, I voted for your book on the Preditors and Editors poll.

  3. Hi Pam! You should check out some of Hannah's books for some historic passion! And I'm so psyched to hear you got a Kindle in your house- mine must have fallen off Santa's sleigh...

    Hi Penny- Happy New Year to you, and thanks for voting for my book! I'd already assumed you're a "sucker for romance" - who else could imagine a passion-filled tryst with Santa's son? LOL!

  4. Hi Katie! I so agree about Hannah. She's the most down to earth NY Times Best seller you could possibly wish to meet! Best of luck on your debut!

  5. Hello Katie and Hannah. Sounds like a great story, Katie! May you be blessed with many more.
    Bethany Cagle aka Brynna Curry/Brianna Roarke

  6. Congratulations on your first book. I hope it is the first of many.
    I get caught up in a books that have good characters, a plot that keeps you involved & wondering what will happen next, and I'm interested in details. I like historicals and want to learn as much as I can about the time, place, society, culture, etc of the time in which the story is placed.