Fourteen years and a pandemic later…

It is my firm belief that all great love stories start with a spark of madness. I know mine did. My relationship with my husband was like a volcano – for years it burned so slowly and silently no one knew it was there, until one day when it erupted and the hot lava consumed everything in its path. Except there was nothing destructive about our love. All we had was a burning desire to be together. But since many people were opposed to that idea, we did the only thing we could so that everyone would leave us alone: we eloped and got married.

output_IT5Cf3Was it crazy? Definitely. Impulsive? Hell, yeah! Was it wrong? Not by a long shot. It was the best decision we ever made, and the proof is that on April 15th we celebrated our 14th marriage anniversary. We didn’t actually realize we were soulmates when we said our timid YES fourteen years ago, but now we know we were born to be together.

I see a lot of couples going nuts because they’re quarantined together, and I have a confession to make (please don’t hate me!): my hubby and I love it! We enjoy every moment spent together, we find ways to accommodate each other’s schedule, and when one wants to do something relaxing that the other doesn’t care for, we simply go our separate ways and give each other some space. Neither of us are very sociable creatures, and we always prefer each other’s company, so the pandemic didn’t change our lifestyle as much as it did for others.

The only thing that I regret is not being able to go ahead with our plans for this year’s anniversary. My husband is a great fan of André Rieu, and I wanted to surprise him earlier this year with tickets to a concert. But then the coronavirus happened, proving to us once more how much life can change in a month, or in a week, or even in a second.

I woke up a little sad the morning of our anniversary, but when I told my husband why I was sad, he said the only thing that matters is that we’re together and we’re healthy. That alone makes us blessed. I confess I felt ashamed of my shallowness. Here I was, pouting because we couldn’t go to a restaurant, or a concert, while people all over the world were taking their last breaths, defeated by a war with this invisible enemy.

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Husband and wife, fighting on the front line together.  

This was only one of the many precious lessons I learn every day from the wonderful man I share my life with – to treasure every moment, to be more patient, to appreciate the small things and find joy in everything.

What many people don’t understand is that marriage is hard work, but sharing your life with the right person is the most beautiful and rewarding thing. Not because of social status, not because of any obligations, but because finding true love as is rare and precious as an exotic flower. And in that spirit, you don’t need only to discover that flower, you need to take care of it every day, to help it grow and thrive.

I’m sad for all those who don’t get to experience the wonderful, ultimate fulfillment of growing old with the person you love. Loneliness is hard, whether it is by choice or by fate. Not many people are willing to give as much as they get in a relationship. Not many people realize how much – or how little – they have to offer, and have unrealistic expectations from their partners. They don’t know how to be tolerant, how to be altruistic, how to love and be loved. Some think they are entitled to a lot, others are willing to give much more than they receive and end up abandoning themselves completely to someone who doesn’t want or deserve it.

It’s crazy that such a simple but fragile balance leads to so many broken lives. All I can say from my own experience is that not everyone is cut out for marriage, and not everyone wants it. If I’ve learned a valuable lesson it’s that before you make your demands you have to make sure you’re ready to give as good as you get. But not like in a bargain. Like in a partnership. Like in a two-piece puzzle that you want to be part of for the rest of your life.

Be happy, and be loved! ❤

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A different kind of celebration. Happy 14th anniversary to us! 

Binge on The McKenna Curse

I don’t know about you, but age and pre-existing conditions have made a virtual prisoner of me for the last nine weeks since I went in self-isolation, so I have sought virtual ways of entertaining myself. Movies, streaming television series, books. How ironic that I had scheduled a 5 book series of novels with a hundred year old curse as its center for this very new normal time. That phrase “new normal” makes me clench my teeth. I want my old normal back and realize I may never get it. I fear we’ve been cursed by this virus. Which makes me seek more new virtual entertainment.

If you’re doing the same, let me tell you about The McKenna Curse. These are McKenna second cousins to the McKennas in The McKenna Legacy. They were previously published a decade ago. My editor made them part of the Legacy because the series was so well read. Only these McKennas don’t have a loving grandmother leaving them her legacy of love and danger. These McKennas are cursed to lose their true loves permanently.

I spent months rewriting and updating and creating new covers for the series. In doing so, I fell in love with these McKennas all over again. It’s amazing how much I forgot about my stories. After all, I hadn’t read them in a decade or more. I even had to guess who the villains were.

So, if you’re looking for a new binge-read series, know that all 5 books are on pre-order now. Actually today is publishing day for Stealing Thunder, and another book will be published every two weeks through July 7.

http://getbook.at/TheMcKennaCurse

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

Stealing Thunder (The McKenna Curse 1) 99c pre-order price
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) $1.99 pre-order price
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) $2.99 pre-order price
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) $3.99
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) $3.99
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?

Please leave a comment about how you are getting through this crisis, and I will give you a free read from another series.

Happy reading,

Patricia Rosemoor