Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spotlight on LAGAN LOVE by Peter Murphy

“If you know something about passion, and desire, and giving everything to live your dreams then leave your world behind for a while. Come with Janice to Dublin, in the mid-1980s when a better future beckoned and the past was restless, whispering in the shadows for the Old Ways.”
Thus begins the synopsis for author Peter Murphy’s latest fiction novel,Lagon-Love LAGAN LOVE. The author is touring blogdom through Nov. 23 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! featuring his 328-page literary release. 

Thanks to Peter and Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book!, I have 1 copy of LAGAN LOVE to giveaway to a lucky visitor who comments on this post between now and 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Oct. 22. Be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment, if it’s not included in your profile. 

Here’s the rest of the synopsis for LAGAN LOVE (Fiction Studio): “Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn’t hesitate. In their love, Aidan, Dublin’s rising poet, sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition.

Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize – a place in Ireland’s prospering future. She used to go out with Aidan, before he met Janice, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumours of church scandals. 

But after a few nights in Grogan’s, where Dublin’s bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it won’t matter as the ghosts of Aidan’s mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk. LAGAN LOVE is a sensuous story of love, lust and loss that will bring into question the cost we pay for our dreams.” 

Peter-Damien-MurphyAuthor Peter Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family was deported to Dublin, the Strumpet City. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for ‘The Wine and Gold’. He also played football (soccer) in secret! 

After that, Peter graduated and studied the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s corner and the bar staff; Paddy, Tommy and Sean. He financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London in such places as Cricklewood, Camden Town and Kilburn. 

Peter also tramped the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world. But his move to Canada changed all of that. He only came over for awhile – 30 years ago. He took a day job and played music in the bars at night until the demands of family life intervened. 

Having raised his children and packed them off to University, Peter answered the long ignored internal voice and began to write. He has no plans to make plans for the future and is happy to let things unfold as they do anyway. LAGAN LOVE is his first novel. 

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For more on Peter and his writing, visit his website at or his blog at You can also connect with him at Twitter at and on Facebook at

Here’s a delightful book trailer about LAGAN LOVE for your enjoyment. 

What are your thoughts on books that feature distant lands and folklore? Thanks so much for stopping by today. 


  1. Looks like an interesting book. Nice trailer, too. Thanks for the post.


  2. I absolutely love Ireland, and though I do consider a Celtic setting distant, it is not as distant for me as for you :) Dublin is my favourite capital, an incredibly charming town with wonderful people. (at)

  3. Sounds very interesting. I just love Ireland - been there twice - and I was reared by an Irish Grandmother, so I believe in ghosts! Your book sounds like it has a bit of time travel, or it is a virtual reality? I can't quite tell. :) Regardless, I love time travel and other types of mystical books. I hope I win!
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  4. Sounds like an intriguing story - thanks for the tip :)


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