Thanks for inviting me, Patrick, and Dana for a visit today! Neither expected to find a hook-up in The Problem with Paddy, but their imaginations aren’t nearly as productive as mine. Their story is available now at most major e-retailers and kicks off the paranormal Shrew & Company series – five romances, one overarching plot. I’ll just get out of the way and let them talk now.
Hero- Tell me about yourself? What is your occupation? Why? What are your strengths & weaknesses?
My name’s Patrick O’Dwyer. People call me “Pat” and sometimes “Paddy.” In fact, “Paddy’s” is the name of my pub, but I don’t generally respond to that name. I’m ornery that way. I’m a pub owner and spend most of my days keeping my kitchen manager upright. I own a pub because it’s in my blood, I guess. My da had one back in Ireland. When I left there, I figured I’d do the same. It’s all I knew.
Strengths? Well, now. I’m great at reading people. I’d have to be to be bartender, right? People always want to use me like some kind of therapist…and I listen, as long as they keep drinking.
Weaknesses? Delegation. Can’t do it.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Sitting on the floor of my da’s pub office reading a dirty magazine.
Just kidding. Nobody really “reads” those.
What do you like about Dana?
She’s so feckin’ cute. (Don’t tell her I said that. She’d probably reconfigure my family jewels with one of her knees.)
What CD is in your CD player right now?
The original cast recording from Riverdance.
No, actually I’m not. I haven’t actually used my CD player since I moved to the U.S. Never bothered taking that disc out. Pretty sure it was my ex’s.
Heroine- Tell me about yourself? What is your occupation? Strengths, weaknesses?
My name is Dana Slade. I’m a Mutant-American thanks to a botched research study. Yeah, I’m bitter about it. Caused me to lose my job. I was a police detective, but apparently Durham PD doesn’t like it when their officers have warped DNA. The experiment nearly killed me, but I landed on my feet. I use my enhanced abilities now as a private eye/security consultant.
My biggest strength is my tenacity. I never give up. It’s why I had the highest solved case rate in the department when I was there. My biggest weakness is probably *mumbles* my mouth.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Watching my granddaddy clean his Ruger.
Is there anything about Patrick you would consider a flaw?
He’s pretty laidback, but if you manage to annoy him, that brogue is downright indecipherable. It hardly rates as English.
What is it that you want out of life?
Believe it or not, I wouldn’t mind settling down and having a kid or two. Assuming I still can. Crap. I need to call the mutant doc.
Has life handed you any major disappointments?
If you had an unexpected free day, what would you do with it?
Nice long bath and a box of wine.
The thing about being a mutant shrew is that alcohol doesn’t have much effect against my metabolism. Being drunk is a distant memory. At best, I can take the edge off, but that’s about it.
About The Problem with Paddy (Shrew & Company No. 1)
Pub owner Patrick O’Dwyer disappears right before his pub’s locally-famous Saint Paddy’s Day 5K race. His staff suspects foul play and engages Durham’s surliest private eye to find him.
Dana Slade is a former police detective who got canned after a botched research study warped her DNA. She’s a Mutant-American, and none too pleased about it. Her special gifts, unique as they are, hardly make up for her nearly losing her life to an untested drug. If anything, they remind her to never trust a sweet-talking man ever again. It was her ex who signed her up for the study.
She takes the case. Within three hours, she locates Mr. O’Dwyer in a Great Smoky Mountains cabin. He’s not only hiding. He’s keeping a secret.
Patrick is enamored of the straight-shooting Dana, and knows not to bother trying to tame the shrew. In fact, he likes her attitude almost as much as he likes her curves. For the first time in three years, Dana thinks she might be able to let her guard down, but that changes when Patrick drags himself home beat up and covered in mud. Apparently, there’s a feud raging in the mountains and he’s right in the middle of it.
As good as he makes her feel, the charming bartender could make her life even more complicated than it already is. Just her luck that the Irishman would come with a heap of baggage instead of a pot of gold.
This paranormal romance novella is available now at All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
To learn more about Holley Trent’s Shrew series or see what other literary shenanigans she’s cooking up, visit her online at holleytrent.com. She writes sassy Southern romances and the occasional fantasy. She tweets under the handle @HolleyTrent.