Paula Martin - Romance Author

My Novels

UPDATE: My novels were taken down from Amazon in mid-July 2017, pending transfer to a new publisher. They are gradually being uploaded again, so please bear with me.

They will all be available again soon at Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo and Nook. Click here for the link.  

Irish Novels - the 'Mist Na Mara' series

Now available again!

Come with me to the beautiful area of Connemara in the west of Ireland, and meet some unforgettable characters. 

Book 1: Irish Inheritance

First published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2014

Re-published by Tirgearr Publishing November 2017

Romance, family history, and conflict in County Galway 

English actress, Jenna Sutton, and American artist, Guy Sinclair, are thrown together when they find they've

jointly inherited a house on the west coast of Ireland. Neither knows their connection to their unknown benefactress, but they set about unravelling the intriguing tale of a 19th century love affair. 


Despite their personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements, Jenna and Guy feel their growing attraction.  


When local property agent, Eve Callaghan, appears to have her own agenda, friction builds over Jenna and Guy’s decision about the house and its contents.


Will their Irish inheritance being them together - or drive them apart?

"Paula's description of the scenery and charm of the Irish countryside is amazing but most of all, I love the story. What a great plot, characters and setting. Could not put it down."

 "I was hooked from the first page and felt that I was there with the hero and heroine. The intriguing story line is fascinating and I could not wait to find out what happened."



Book 2: Irish Intrigue


Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2015


Republished by Tirgearr Publishing November 2017


Romance and intrigue in Connemara


Actress Charley Hunter is forced back to Ireland to complete her filming of a TV drama series. She still hasn't come to terms with losing her husband there two years ago, so the last thing she expects is her instant attraction to the local veterinarian.


After Luke Sullivan's divorce, he vowed to concentrate on his two young children and his busy veterinary practice. Falling for Charley certainly wasn't in his plans.


While trying to find their way together, Luke is suddenly faced with a series of unexplained crises at his clinic, as well as his ex-wife filing for custody. And has Charley put his children in danger? Has she betrayed him? Can they reconcile their differences and find love?


"I felt that I was in Ireland because the descriptions were so vivid."


"Paula's characters are so well written you can't help but root and fall in love with them. A story so intriguing you never want it to end."


Book 3: Irish Secrets 

Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2016

Re-published by Tirgearr Publishing November 2017

Another novel of romance - and secrets - in Connemara

While working at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre, Kara Stewart embarks on a search for her mother’s birth parents; she’d been adopted in the 1960s by an American couple. Kara soon realises the task is not as simple as she’d anticipated when she’s meet with a wall of secrecy surrounding Irish baby adoptions. 

Ryan Brady is hiding the secret of his real identity, but when he offers to help Kara trace her Irish family, his attraction to her is undeniable.

As the mystery unravels, secrets drive a wedge, not only between Kara and her mother, but also between Kara and Ryan.

Can Kara and Ryan find a way to heal the rifts created by all these secrets and find love?

"The author's descriptions of the Irish landscape made you feel as if you were right there viewing it with the characters in the story."

"It was a great love story with twists and turns to keep the reader interested."


Book 4: Irish Deceptions

Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing March 2017

Republished by Tirgearr Publishing November 2017

After a devastating car accident which halts her career as a professional dancer, Ellie Vaughan relocates to beautiful Connemara in the west of Ireland, where she finds a new life teaching at the Mist Na Mara Arts Centre.


When she’s teamed up with Irish actor, Dan Nicholas, to work on a musical at the local school, they’re instantly attracted to each other. Their mutual attraction grows, until Ellie discovers Dan has deceived her. He, in turn, is angered by what he believes is her lack of honesty.


Deceptions mount as Ellie’s former dance partner and Dan’s ex-girlfriend add to the complications, and a thirteen-year-old schoolboy is hiding his own secret.


Can Ellie and Dan find a way to overcome all the obstacles that threaten their future together?


"It is an emotional and heart warming story that at times keeps you on the edge of your seat or gives you a lump in the throat" 

"Ms. Martin's scene setting is almost magical in the way she weaves in the detail and clarity behind every scene."


Book 5: Irish Shadows

Published by Tirgearr Publishing June 2018  

After a heart-breaking experience, Rose Finlay has vowed never to give another man a chance to hurt her - until Liam McKenna arrives at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre to organise an anniversary celebration event. Liam has his own reasons for not wanting to embark on a new relationship. But both fight the mutual magnetic attraction.

Shocks await them when Liam meets the boy his sister gave up for adoption twenty years earlier, and Rose's 'ex' makes contact with her thirteen-year-old son.

Rose then discovers a betrayal which has divided her family since the Irish Civil War in the 1920s.

Will Liam and Rose be able to resolve all the shadows from the past in order to find a future together?


Also Available Now

'Her Only Option'

First published by Whiskey Creek Press in November 2012

Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing April 2016

Re-published by Tirgearr Publishing May 2018

Winner of the 'Best Romance Novel' in the Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll 2012

'Chill With a Book' Readers' Award  March 2017 

'Her Only Option' is set in Egypt, mainly in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. It was inspired by the Nile Cruise I did in October 2010, when I visited so many wonderful ancient sites.

Neve Dalton loves her job as a tour guide on a River Nile cruise ship as much as she values her independence. She isn’t ready to settle down with her Egyptian boyfriend, despite his repeated proposals and his father’s desire to see him married.

Nor is she ready to meet Ross McAllister, a compelling and fascinating archaeologist. She struggles against her growing attraction to him until she can no longer ignore what her heart is telling her. This is the man who sets her soul on fire.

When she starts receiving cryptic messages, and Ross’s work in the famous Valley of the Kings is threatened, Neve has to make a heart-breaking and life-changing decision which she feels is her only option.

Can they discover whose enmity is forcing them apart before it's too late?


"Paula has penned a wonderful tale incorporating a unique story line, romance and just the right amount of conflict for her characters."


"Paula takes the reader to Egypt and gives one a good glimpse of what it would be like to visit. She describes the scenery and the heat so well! She also makes one feel like you are right there as a passenger on the cruise."


Other Novels awaiting republication:

'His Leading Lady'

First published by Whiskey Creek Press June 2011

Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing November 2014

Jess Harper's predictable life is turned upside down when she discovers that Lora, her twin sister, has disappeared.  It's just a week before rehearsals are due to start for a new West End musical in which Lora has the lead role.

Jess decides to pose as her sister in order to save Lora's career.  This brings her into close contact with arrogant theatre director Kyle Drummond. 

Attraction sparks between them but there's also evidence that he had been dating Lora.  So is Jess simply a substitute - in real life as well as in the show?  And what will happen when Lora eventually returns?

"His Leading Lady has a gripping cast of characters taking you on an emotional journey of sisterly love, betrayal and desire."

"Paula has brilliantly written a page turner that dives the reader head first into romance, intrigue and mystery, set in London's Theatrical West End."

'Fragrance of Violets'

First published by Whiskey Creek Press November 2011

Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing October 2015

'Fragrance of Violets' is set mainly in England's Lake District, a beautiful area which I know and love. The latter part of the story moves to London's theatre world and also to Paris.

The title is derived from a quotation by Mark Twain - "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it".

Abbey Seton distrusts men, especially Jack Tremayne who destroyed their friendship when they were teenagers. Ten years later, they meet again. Can they put the past behind them? Abbey has to forgive not only Jack, but also her father who deserted his family when she was young. Jack holds himself responsible for his fiancée’s death. He’s also hiding another secret which threatens the fragile resumption of their relationship. Will Abbey ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?

"A book you'll remember long after the last page has been turned."

"It's a page turner with a secret hanging over the couple's relationship."


'Changing the Future'


Published by Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing in May 2012

Also available as an audio download


Lisa Marshall is stunned when celebrated volcanologist Paul Hamilton comes back into her life at the college where she now teaches.


Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever.


However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son.


They can't change the past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future?


"I immediately identified with the characters and become engrossed in their lives and conflicts and from the first page on it was an easy, smooth and deeply satisfying read."


"Paula Martin created likeable, interesting characters who lead life like real people. You wanted their happy ending but she didn't make it easy for them to get there."


"Changing the Future pulled you into the drama and conflict when assumptions, jealousy, and stubbornness entered the picture taking what could have been a totally different outcome and giving it a different one by default."



'Dream of Paris'

Published by Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing February 2013

Anna Richards has a dream of going to live and study in Paris, but when Matthew Carlton comes into her life, her dream changes direction.

Attraction sparks between them, but Matt’s behaviour is strangely inconsistent. Anna is shocked when she discovers the reason and is sure there is no future for them.

Can Paris work its magic and make her dream come true?


"This romance feels warm and inviting from page one, as you get to know Anna, Matt, and the world they live in. Furthermore, this story is spiced up with both the charms of Paris and - even more effective for me - the unexpected twists back home."

P.S. UK readers who would like a signed paperback copy of any of my books, please send me a message via the 'Contact Me' page.

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