The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day and Movies

Welcome to the Romance Studio’s St. Patrick’s Day blog hop. When you’ve caught your breath after reading my post, click on the logo to go to the TRS page and the other participating authors.

I don’t know about you, but I love all the movies associated with St. Patrick’s Day—except the scary ones, that is. Every year we watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People (with a super young Sean Connery), and the Disney movie Luck of the Irish, which I loved because the boy hero starts calling his father Da and we get treated to Henry Gibson as a leprechaun and some nice Irish dancing. I love the Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, a sort of Romeo and Juliet story starring Randy Quaid. A movie I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing is the 1948 version of the Luck of the Irish with Tyrone Power and Anne Baxter. Here’s the summary: Steven is a newspaper reporter who visits Ireland and meets a beautiful woman named Nora and a leprechaun who has lost his pot of gold. Steven returns the gold to the leprechaun who, in an attempt to repay him, follows him to the States disguised as his manservant. Shenanigans ensue. Doesn’t’ it sound intriguing?

Of course, my two all-time favorites are Finian’s Rainbow—Fred Astaire’s last movie, featuring the lovely Petula Clark and such memorable hits as How are Things in Glocca Mora, which is really a beautiful song despite all the jokes—and the Quiet Man. Not only was that a classic John Wayne, but I loved the portrayal of Irish culture and the clash with American ways.

How about you? Tell me about your favorite Paddy day movie and why! Don’t forget to leave your email in the comment to be eligible to win a copy of one of my six books. Here are blurbs for all of them, and you can click on the covers in the sidebar for more information.

Lost in His Arms
In an era electric with possibility and peril Chloe Gray, political writer, and Michael Keller, CIA troubleshooter, meet under curiously conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more between them than physical attraction. Chloe's professional detachment from the dramatic world events of the 1990s—a disintegrating USSR, Middle East peace talks, and Vietnam's reemergence on the world stage—dissolves as their love affair intensifies.

Michael appears and disappears at unpredictable moments, leaving her limp and lovelorn. Is he using her or protecting her? In her quest for answers, she is yanked into the dangerous world of Michael's work—in Washington, DC, in France, and in Spain. Looking for safe harbor (for her emotions? or her body?), she submits to the advances of a dashing French diplomat. Will she embrace the luxury and comfort of Emile and his chateau or the romance of international intrigue with Michael?

Lost and Found
What do you do when David, your husband of a year, ups and disappears? If you’re Rose Culloden, a beautiful, wealthy woman in her forties who had despaired of finding happiness, you do anything to find him. The trail takes you first to the North Woods of Maine, then to Florida, and back again to western Maine. Along the way you meet James Stewart—a Maine guide—who vividly highlights the contrast between a real man and your delicate Harvard professor of a husband. Loyal to your marriage despite your powerful attraction to James, it takes the dramatic discovery that David is not just vicious and venal, but insane, to free your heart for true love.

Losers Keepers
Dagne Lonegan, aka Dear Philomena, advice dispenser extraordinaire, hoped that spending a year on the Eastern Shore island of Chincoteague to write her novel would clear her sinuses, if not her heart, of any feelings for Jack Andrews, erstwhile lover and long-time jerk. It’s just her luck that her first week on the island she’s in the right place at the right time to be involved with a murder. Only she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, the murderer doesn’t know she doesn’t know. Strange and dangerous things begin happening to her, interfering with her new romance with Tom Ellis, the handsome manager of the National Wildlife Refuge. Complications ensue when her Jack arrives to take charge of the murder investigation.

Will Dagne stick with the tall, cool glass of a Ranger or fall back into the arms of her first tempestuous passion?

Miranda Cabot lost all interest in love after her husband Edward crashed into the Potomac River rocks called the Three Sisters. Her sister Honor likewise prefers her tower and her writing. Not so the third sister Sybil, who longs for romance with a dashing Frenchman. She advertises for said hero on Craig’s List and is rewarded with the Chevalier du Bon Arnaque, who comes to Washington from Strasbourg on unidentified business.

Miranda and Honor believe the Chevalier is a crook and ask their neighbors Dieter Heiliger and his grandson Corey, to act as chaperones. With three beautiful, strong-willed women in a house filled with three handsome, virile men, the inevitable result is an intricate web of jealousy, sex, and intrigue. Who will end up with whom, and will the Three Sisters take another life as the legend calls for?

Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders (an Old Town Romance)
Waiting out the rain, Milo Everhart takes stock of her widowhood and the handsome man standing in the door to the bar. Little does she know she will meet that man again and again under both passionate and terrifying circumstances.

Tristram Brody waits for his date, too conscious of the beautiful woman sitting by the door. Little does he know that she will hate him for trying to destroy her beloved art center, and even suspect him of murder. Nor that she will be drawn inevitably into his arms.

Little does either of them suspect they will be embroiled in not one, but two murders, in which the fate of the Torpedo Factory, an art center housed in an old munitions factory on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, will be decided.

Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine (a Sarasota Romance)
When Tessa Diamond rescues a baby pufferfish from a hungry seagull, her good deed leads her into a shady world of smuggling, Russian gangsters, and coded messages. She confronts murder, attempted ravishment, parrots, sea turtles and big fish, only to encounter blossoming romances at every turn, including one of her own.

She is torn between Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, and Dugan Trevally, sexy and dangerous, but before she can drop her longstanding opposition to marriage and accept her true love, she must face the possibility that one of them could be a thief, and even a murderer.


Crystal Benedict said...

I don't really have a favorite ST. Patrick's day movie. I'll have to check out those you listed.

My favorite thing about St. Patrick's Day is Green. I love green so what a great reason to wear a lot of it


Melissa Keir said...

Like Crystal, I don't have a favorite St. Patrick's Day movie but I've seen that Disney one. What a cute movie!

St. Patrick's Day for me is about the food! I'm a foodie and I love that we get to celebrate our holidays with food.


VampedChik said...

I always end up watching the horror movie Leprachaun. I've loved that movie ever since I was really little. I know weird child. :) I adore Warwick Davis so I kinda root for the Leprachaun. But I also thing Luck of the Irish is soo cute. I've watched that one alot too. Oh and The Boondock Saints. I really could watch that movie any day. :)

M. S. Spencer said...

Irish soda bread; shepherd's pie--yum! I'm not a fan of Guinness but an Irish coffee would not be refused!

Jeanne M said...

My favorite St. Patrick's Day movie is Waking Ned Devine! It's comical movie about the small Irish town of Tulaigh, whose residents tries to cash in a lottery ticket of the winner.

Hum, now that I think about it even does sound like some of the antics you read about in the newspaper or hear on the news today after they pick a winner for the lottery!

M. S. Spencer said...

Ooh I'd forgotten about that one Jean, very funny! Off subject, but do you remember The Trouble with Harry? M. S.