Love & Redemption

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by Suzanne D. Williams

Of all the characters I’ve created, Michael O’Fallen is my favorite, and I think no matter how many books I write, he’ll retain a special place in my heart.

Maybe it’s his personality. He’s sensitive, tender-hearted, and very protective of those he loves. He’s a bit of a jokester and loves to laugh. Maybe it’s his talent. With an angelic voice gifted to him by his mother, he makes women swoon.

Or maybe it’s just that I’ve lived his life for an entire year. I’ve seen him survive tragedy and hardship, watched his children grow up. Met his friends. Attended weddings, funerals, and parades with him. Enjoyed concerts with him and his children performing. My life has revolved around his life.

I’ve also learned from him, much of it unplanned. Initially, I made him Irish because he grew up in 19th century New York, where the Irish had a strong influence. What I didn’t realize was how Irish he would become. I’ve delved into Irish Gaelic (with the help of people way smarter than me), learning how the Irish language developed there, where the Irish lived, what jobs they held, how politics and religion influenced their lives.

I studied their music, what songs were popular and what songs we think of as Irish which didn’t exist in his day (That was surprising). I found an Irishman named John McCormack who popularized Irish music in the early 20th century and watched videos of his performances. I read proverbs, uncovered superstitions, and relished Irish love poems.

But most of all, Michael O’Fallen taught me that a great story, a story you love, a story that takes readers to a place in history they’ve never been with people in history they might have met, is worth the time, trouble, and heartache of every hour of writing. Michael is, for me, the reason I started reading historical fiction.

I heard a statement recently. “Your book is a product, not your right leg.” That statement is helpful to me. As a writer, you come up against all types of people, some positive and some negative. Some extremely hurtful. Some incredibly great. And you learn to let things fall where they may. This book is no exception to that rule. Yet in my mind, this book isn’t so much a piece of my leg as it is a piece of my heart. If one reader sees that and appreciates it then I have succeeded.

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day and the release of Love & Redemption, book #1 in The Florida Irish series, one person (in the contiguous United States) will win a paperback copy. Simply leave me a comment with your email address. Tell me something Irish or explain what you like about historical fiction. Next Monday, I’ll pick a winner.

Best wishes and God bless. Or as Michael would say, “Le dea-ghuí. Go mbeannaí Dia thú.”



Take a trip into the past and fall in love with an Irishman.

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Love & Redemption (The Florida Irish) (Volume 1)

Michael O’Fallen simply wants to survive. A poor Irish boy living in post-Civil War New York, the events of one horrible night send him running-far south to unsettled Florida and an unplanned marriage with a girl he doesn’t know.

Now, he must protect her from the lust and greed of evil men and figure out how to make their escape. Will the dangers and perils they face tear their marriage apart? Or will he finally find true Love & Redemption?

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Suzanne-900Suzanne D. Williams is a native Floridian, wife, mother, photographer, and writer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.


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  1. A fantastic cover design Suzanne! Congrats on that!

  2. This is going to be a great read!

  3. Cherie Kasper

     /  March 19, 2013

    I would love to win one of your books, love reading and being introduced to new authors, new to me anyway. The others are right, is is a great cover.

  4. Shirley Culpepper

     /  March 19, 2013

    I am excited to read this book.

  5. Julie Barbaree

     /  March 20, 2013

    I have a fascination with anything Irish or Amish (strange mix, hunh?) I feel I was born in the wrong era. When I read historical or Amish fiction, I feel I am truly living!

  6. Margie Childs

     /  March 21, 2013

    Congrats, Suzanne on what looks to be a great book. I already bought it and am looking forward to reading it. I will look forward to the rest of the series.

  7. I love Historical Fiction because the author can take me to a place I wanted to know more about but didn’t live in that era or place, and then live out a life of someone within that time-set. I love reading Historical Fiction – Learn and Love.
    Thank you for the chance at this opportunity.

  8. I am interested in the story line – why he runs so far then gets married. Was it really so hard for women back then that they had to be protected from evil and lusting men. Such a hard circumstance. I look forward to seeing how this situation ends with Love and redemption or a falter and two people torn apart.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Well, women had less rights then and were less likely to be solitary and independent as they are today. That said, the storyline is possible given that era, but probably not common. It did, after all, come from my imagination. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for entering!

  9. Cindi Altman

     /  March 24, 2013

    I love reading books from this time period. Makes me grateful that I was born later in life.



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