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In real life I'm a mother, wife and solicitor and live in Northern Ireland.

I've always been an avid reader and studied English Lit to A-level but had to develop more practical writing skills for my career.

In 2010 I picked up the laptop and started writing a novel. That's how the writing addiction and the dream life began. The one where I can imagine I'm a writer. It led to two novels, the opening of a third, short stories and a blog.

I'll read most genre, am happy to do read swaps and always try to acknowledge and return a read. If I have missed you out please remind me. I'm here to improve my writing so please do not spam me requesting that I read your MS unless you are prepared to offer a read swap.

The Glass House is complete, apart from the never ending editing and was chosen by the Authonomy Editors as One To Watch in March 2014.

Twisted Truth was complete but is going through a rewrite to cut the teenage chapters and change it to third person. It has a new title - Finding Us - with a new element to the story.

Can find me on twitter as: lmc_ni
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lesa.clarke.37

I blog at http://ciaracassidychatter.blogspot.co.uk/, with novel extracts, short stories and photographs from around Northern Ireland.

favourite books

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusack
The Island - Victoria Hislop
The Ice Cream Girls - Dorothy Koomson
The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy - Fiona Neill
Too many books to list them all but other authors I've read a lot from include Colin Bateman, Freya North and Marian Keyes.

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The Glass House

Ciara Cassidy

Her sanctuary and workplace. When a blackmailer finds a use for it, what secrets will Caitlin's glass house cultivate?

Restoring her Victorian glass house, growing her horticultural business and rescuing her crumbling home force Caitlin Maguire into accepting a job offer. As the presenter of a gardening show she thinks she has found a solution to her money worries.

Caitlin's sister, Niamh, is busy revamping her new husband's house. He might be twice her age but he has given her the financial security she has never had. When her step-daughter, Ellie, is expelled from boarding school letting her move in is a price Niamh must pay. After all, what trouble could an eighteen year-old girl give them?

In a village in Northern Ireland, three women are about to discover how far people will go in the pursuit of money.


Finding Us

Ciara Cassidy

Charlotte mourned Mark. She thought she'd buried her past, with their lost love, but some secrets want to be found.

Charlotte's a workaholic solicitor with a phobia to commitment. Her best-friend's pregnancy is a surprise but it brings a bigger shock into Charlotte's life; Mark Porter, her first and only love. He disappeared fourteen years ago and now he wants a second chance. Charlotte's tempted but she has a secret to protect and finding each other could risk revealing it.

Faced with her past and the possibility of losing her best friend, Charlotte will have to decide if love is worth the risk or a pain she doesn't want to remember.


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I wrote 4 hours ago

Hi Jane, i spotted this on the romance and chick lit lists so stopped by for a read. I like the idea of the story - there's the fun of the Greek island and the intrigue of what happened to Pan and her son Christos, the appeal of a romance looming. From the early chapters I read I think there ... view book

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WFCG and RCG Review Robert, I read the 10 chapters uploaded for this review. Title and pitches: The reason for the title is not immediately apparent but is reminiscent of a traditional romance. The first question in the SP seems a little redundant - marriage is supposed to be about loyalty. Th... view book

I wrote 6 hours ago

Catherine, I have read all posted and these stories are a delight. My kids are older than they intended audience but I still think they would get a giggle out of them and I would be more than happy to buy them for my younger nephew and nieces. I'd love to see what illustrations you have plann... view book

I wrote 4 days ago

Hi Emily, I like romance and chick lit so stopped by for a read. The premise of the story sounds interesting. I got my first mobile phone in 1997 and do remember trying to exist without one and the joy of phone boxes. I think for the genre it works well that you introduced Kip and had the... view book

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Hi Aliya, I read 3 chapters for this review. I like the title and am intrigued to understand more about it. The pitch suggests romance and mystery.The Sp telling me this is a girl hints at YA to me. You've chosen to write in the present tense, which I think is very difficult to maintain and... view book

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