I was delighted to contribute MARRYING MOLLY to DEAR SANTA: A CHRISTMAS WISH, because I had a specific story in mind that fit perfectly with the theme. It was one I wanted to do from the time I created The McKenna Curse series.

June 22, 1919
Donal McKenna,
Ye might have found happiness with another woman, but yer progeny will pay for this betrayal of me. I call on my faerie blood and my powers as a witch to give yers only sorrow in love, for should they act on their feelings, they will put their loved ones in mortal danger.
So be it,
Sheelin O’Keefe

When I started, I didn’t know how many McKenna Curse stories I was going to write, but I always knew I wanted to write one that would (hopefully) end the curse for my lovers. The question was HOW???

What if Sheelin O’Keefe didn’t know she was pregnant with Donal McKenna’s child when she cursed his progeny? That would mean she cursed her own descendants, as well. She died knowing the heartache she’d caused her own loved ones as well as herself.

Then 100 years later, along comes Molly Kavanaugh, a fourth generation O’Keefe-McKenna. A community college English teacher by day, a brand new romance author by night, Molly heads for Ireland just before Christmas to plot her next book, then learns her brother just lost his wife—her best friend—to the curse. Molly heads for Sheelin’s grave and connects with her great-great grandmother’s spirit, promising she will end the curse but…

“Tell me how!”
The answering whisper in Molly’s mind made her heart pound.
The curse will be broken only when a McKenna man marries an O’Keefe woman he loves more than life itself.

And when Molly gets back to Chicago and has her motherless niece write a letter to Santa, Brigid makes her write one, as well.

Dear Santa,
Please let me meet a McKenna man who will help me end Sheelin O’Keefe’s horrible curse on both our families.
Molly Kavanaugh

That’s how my story launches. Shockingly, Detective Reilly McKenna shows up at the door only an hour later. Molly is convinced that Santa—or perhaps Sheelin herself—sent her a McKenna man. But did Reilly believe in curses and would he marry her to end one?


Stealing Thunder (The McKenna Curse 1)
Nothing can stop Tiernan McKenna from rescuing Ella Thunder, fearful of tapping into her shaman abilities, even as evil begins to spread. But when Tiernan realizes he loves Ella, will the curse claim her?

Freeing Grace (The McKenna Curse 2)
Grace Broussard shut down her psychic visions and vowed never to trust another man until she meets New Orleans P.I. Declan McKenna. Every touch ignites a powerful passion between them, making Declan wonder if he can save the woman he loves.

Resisting Siobhan (The McKenna Curse 3)
Widow Siobhan McKenna pushed Clay Salazar away to save him and married another man. With their connection severed, she thinks his life should be safe if he works to help stop the attacks on her ranch. Or will the McKenna curse claim another victim?

Defending Hailey (The McKenna Curse 4)
Bryce McKenna needs a wife to secure a business deal–and childhood friend Hailey Wright marries him for the money to save her brother’s life. Hailey is drawn to solve an old mystery, but will her pursuing ghosts lead to the curse or salvation?

Guarding Cat (The McKenna Curse 5)
Horse trainer Aidan McKenna dreams about breeder Cat Clarke, but he knows the dangers of falling in love. When Cat’s missing stable manager turns up dead, they have more to lose than races. Can Aidan defeat the curse to save the woman of his dreams?

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About Patricia Rosemoor

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor has had 99 novels, 8 publishers and more than 7 million books in print. Patricia writes dangerous love, romantic suspense or paranormal romantic thrillers. Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Website: Facebook: Dangerous Love Newsletter sign up:


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