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Author Spotlight: Ciar Cullen

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by

Ciar (KEE-er) Cullen hails from Baltimore, Maryland. She started her academic life as a theater major, but when she learned she couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag she turned to archaeology, another love. She earned her degree at Indiana University, summered on digs in Greece and England, landed a gig in New Jersey, and eventually went into nonfiction publishing. Her third career is as a bureaucrat at a university. She is married to a photographer and has two cats. Eventually she hopes to retire to a small cabin, with the same husband and more cats.

Ciar is not one of those authors who dreamt of writing since childhood. She took up virtual pen on a dare in mid-life and forgot to stop. She loves reading just about anything, but especially nonfiction. Some of her favorite novelists are Mark Twain, E.L. Doctorow, Roger Zelazney, and yes, Nora Roberts. When she¹s not reading or writing, she loves to knit, to study all things Major League Baseball, and to jog.

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Books by Ciar Cullen

Steamside Chronicles

Steamside Chronicles

Emily Fenwick, formerly with the NYPD, is now the reluctant defender of 1890 New York. Unfortunately for Emily, who hates “the creepy stuff”, she ignored her inner voice, went to a carnival in Central Park, and entered a Victorian tent in hopes a psychic would have some encouraging news about her woefully boring love life. The guarantee she received of meeting a tall, dark, and handsome stranger comes with a huge catch – he lives in an alternate dimension of the past.Jack Pettigrew leads a quirky band of lost souls in a battle to save New York circa 1890. Nightmares have come alive and threaten to terrorize a fragile era. Jack leads the “punks,” who have been sucked back in time through a vortex. Each has a fleeting memory of their own death–or near death–and must determine for themselves why they have been chosen for this mission. Is Steamside their Purgatory? Could an Egyptian obelisk in Central Park be the cause of the time rift, or is Emily herself to blame for the goblins, zombies, and other nightmarish scenes plaguing them?If the Punks want to return to 2010, they must ensure there’s going to be an 1891. If they conclude they’re really ghosts, then it might be time to party like it’s 1999.

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The Egyptian Demon's Keeper

The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper

Love—it’s the real thing. And complicated as hell…Archeologist Eliza Schneider assumes her meeting with an exotic stranger in the Egyptian desert was a heat-induced hallucination…until he materializes in New York. She has to give the tall, handsome Egyptian high marks for originality with his pick-up line: they’re fated to save the world together. The master/servant thing goes a long way toward sweeping her off her feet, but it’s easier to believe he’s just another in her long line of poor romantic choices.Kasdeya, the Fifth Satan, waited eons for his Keeper to find her way to his tomb amongst the ancient ruins. He only has a limited time to convince Eliza that her role is critical to help defeat the loathsome Deumos, a female demon who has laid her claim to bearing his child—a child that will bring down mortals.Trouble is, Eliza doesn’t even believe Kasdeya is real. If he can’t convince her he isn’t an illusion—and neither is their love—Deumos will win.

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Lords of Ch'i

Lords of Ch’i

Lord Jetre conquers a war-torn land, but struggles with his lust for the enemy and to hold on to his oath of celibacy. Jetre Arnaud rules Wood clan with an iron fist and an unflinching will, but he cherishes a secret dream to restore war-scorched Isla to a Republic. The end of Jets ten-year oath of celibacy draws near, and the proud Wood Elf struggles with the choice of mate he must make. As the oath has denied Jet sexual release, so has his life denied him affection. Jet pushes the loneliness down, satisfying himself with power. With clan skirmishes and assassinations escalating, the time is at hand to act decisively against the nearest enemiesEarth and Metal clans. Silver SanMartin, sister to the assassinated Lord of Metal clan, seeks vengeance against the vile coward who murdered her brother. An assassin by training, Silver makes a feigned attempt on the life of Jetre, hoping instead to enlist his help in vengeance on her brothers killer. Steeled for the possibility of death, she tracks Jetre on a cold night in her home city of Belanor. Jetre fights a growing interest in Silverhis oath of chastity about to end, her presence and beauty tempt him daily. He reads her thoughts, her heartthat she fights her lust for him, and he takes advantage. Jetre uses his forthcoming mating as an excuse to practice his fledgling erotic skills on Silver without breaking his oath. Only when the two relinquish their fears and admit their feelings for one another can Jetre find the real power to conquer Isla and accept love.

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Mayan Secrets

Mayan Secrets

Passion and danger on a collision course with the Mayan Underworld…If you found an antique journal with the map to the Mayan Underworld, would you follow it? If you’re Tyre “Indiana” Rasmussen, you would. Tyre’s reputation for unorthodox treasure hunting is matched only by his reputation for breaking hearts.The ever-professional Troya Twamley is determined to get her hands on the secret journal of a great explorer, even if that means joining forces with the sexy renegade and his oddball crew.Tyre and Troya think they’re about to discover an ancient treasure, but instead find a horror that might end their torrid affair-and their lives.

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Mayan Nights

Mayan Nights

Deep in the Mayan jungle, a brooding archaeologist searches for the lost tomb of a Jaguar King, but finds more danger and erotic passion than in his wildest fantasies. Deep in the wilds of the Yucatan jungle among the Mayan ruins lays the tomb of Shield Jaguar, once King of Pacal. Professor SinJin Twaine is a dark mysterious man, a renowned archaeologist who has spent years looking for the tomb. And at long last, he seems to have succeeded. Tamara Martin jumped at the chance to work with SinJin, jokingly known as the Ivy League Beast. Expecting a white haired, eccentric old man, Tam isn’t prepared for the sexy, compelling, complicated young man she’s been hired to assist. As the pair uncover the secrets of the tomb, the “curse of Pacal” seems to be more truth than legend-is the enemy sabotaging the dig real, or otherworldly? Tam and SinJin fight their hopeless attraction for one another in a battle of words and wits, until Shield Jaguar himself unites the couple from his eternal vantage point.

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Lillian Holmes and The Leap...

Lillian Holmes & the Leaping Man

At the cusp of the twentieth century, an heiress turned detective enters a world of deception and danger and must learn to trust her nemesis with both her life and her love.Tormented by a tragic past, Miss Lillian Holmes nonetheless found the strength to go on, to become the greatest female detective of her time. To make her uncle proud. Except…he was not truly her uncle. Sherlock was a fictional character, and Lil was less a true detective than a sheltered twenty-six year old heiress with taste for mystery…and morphine. But then she saw him. Leaping from her neighbor’s second-story window, a beautiful stranger. With the recent murders plaguing Baltimore, here was a chance to
reveal the truth.Except, the Leaping Man was far more than he seemed. A wanton creature of darkness, an entry point to a realm of deception and evil, and to a Truth she had waited countless years to uncover, he would threaten far more than Lillian’s life. He would take both her heart and soul. And she would rejoice in it.

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Love's Alchemy

Love’s Alchemy

She holds the key to unlock his past–or unleash hell.

Sidra Patmos has the ability to see the real underbelly of lower Manhattan–a horrifying world where wraiths, demons and a few quirky mortals battle for supremacy. Desperate, she seeks out a paranormal researcher to tell her why her life is a waking nightmare.

Instead of answers, her meeting with the dark and irresistible Van Barlowe unleashes a chain of events far more dangerous than her blackest visions. And a desire she can barely manage to hold at arm’s length.

After three desperate centuries, Van has finally found the Alchemist–Sidra. Somewhere locked deep inside her lies the knowledge that will rescue his family from ruin. The only way to reawaken her abilities is to hold his enemies at bay long enough to convince her to step through the mists of time.

Redemption waits there, and a timeless bond ignited by the undeniable pull between them. The missing ingredient: Sidra’s willingness to risk that Van’s attraction runs deeper than sexual chemistry.

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Private Dancer

Private Dancer

Book One of the Mayan Epilogues: At the end of time and deep in the Mayan jungle, a Sergeant’s cold heart is melted by an enchanting recruit.

After “The End,” Sergeant Cliff Roman’s rag-tag unit trudges in the sweltering heat on a pointless mission. One in three people worldwide has already died of the virus, but troops are sent to likely hotspots to collect biological samples.

In the shadows of Mayan ruins, Private Dustin Huang is a fish out of water, drafted into hell. A skilled, artful ballet dancer, Dustin finds a little solace in the enticing form of his Sergeant.

Death itself seems to stalk the unit as they near the purported entrance of Xibalba, the Mayan Underworld. But a royal presence from antiquity intervenes to help save the mortals and usher in the next cycle for humanity. What mysterious force pushes Cliff and Dustin together?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

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Unholy Vows

Unholy Vows

An erotica writer pens a tale of medieval lust and suspense to catch the interest of the man of her dreams. With her New Age shop Raven’s Cave making money, Jennifer knows that she will be able to keep her beach home where she had lived with her ex-husband. But the victory feels hollow, the house no longer a home as a new divorcee. She secretly desires her ex’s younger foster brother, Shawn. With Shawn’s annual visit imminent, Jennifer doesn’t want to let her attraction to him become obvious. Shawn has concealed his own deep feelings for her, as he thinks he is just a dull scientist and not worthy of her affection. But when he reads an erotic romance written by Jennifer, Shawn wonders if she has experienced or just fantasized about any of the sexual situations. When Shawn finishes reading Jennifer’s story, he wonders if the character of Simon could possibly be based on him. He feels certain Jennifer doesn’t perceive him this way, but it would be his dream-come-true if she did care for him like Gwyneth cares for Simon. Will Shawn find the perfect words to express his true feelings for Jennifer when the opportunity arises?

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The Princes of Anfall (Prin...

The Princes of Anfall (#1)

The greatest Elven Wizard fights to free Anfall of an ancient evil, and fights his love for the woman destined to marry his brother. In the ancient, enchanted land of Anfall, wizards are dying out just when they are most needed to defend their world. Kasmarin is the Prince Adept, a warrior wizard who has selflessly taken on the responsibility to defend the kingdom with his magic. He is bound by his sense of honor and by tradition, and bound by his oath to find a gifted woman to marry the King. Lauren Emory, a New Yorker, crosses to Anfall to search for her brother, Tim. Pegged as the perfect match for the King, Kasmarin kidnaps her for his brother. A second brother, Sennsarin, tutors Lauren in her magic as the band risks all to rescue Tim Emory. Humor and danger mix in this classic romantic fantasy with a theme of star-crossed lovers.

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The Dark Prince of Anfall (...

The Dark Prince of Anfall (#2)

The bad boy Elf of Anfall shifts his way into a Texas Ranger’s heart. Princes of Anfall Book 2 Prince Senn of Anfall has earned his rep as the player in the family-until one woman, a Great Lander, brings him to his knees. Tara, one of only two gifted shapeshifters left in Anfall, is all Senn craves. Though he could do without her don’t-mess-with-Texas attitude.

A newcomer to Anfall, Tara has a lot on her plate as she hides from her abusive husband, learns the truth of her heritage and deals with the sparks that fly between her and Senn as he helps her explore her shapeshifting gifts.

But before they can give in fully to the mutual temptation, the Spirit has predestined a little more work for the royals of Anfall and their friend Tim Emory. Senn, Tara and their companions Tim and Luke must rescue little brother Palin from a new evil. And the ultimate dysfunctional family must face their inner demons as well.

It’s business as usual in Anfall-sex, misunderstandings, magic, danger and a whole lotta love.

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The Egyptian Demon's Daughter

The Egyptian Demon’s Daughter

Guess who’s coming to dinner–fangs and all?

Professor Nefertari Smith, daughter of the Fifth Satan, may have just met her match. And, evidently, he’s a stalker.

Though she takes great pains to hide her immortal “condition,” it didn’t stop intensely handsome DNA researcher Jasper Grayson from finding his way to her door. If Mr. Tall-dark-and-handsome learns of her demon heritage, he may expose her family to notoriety they can’t afford.

Jasper isn’t looking for a test subject. He’s looking for a life partner who can last more than a few paltry decades–an essential quality for a vampire’s mate. Tari’s genetic profile excites him in more ways than one. He just needs another sample of her DNA to be sure she is his match. And he knows a highly pleasurable way to get it.

One kiss, and suddenly the haze of lust makes it hard to remember the warning about vampires and other immortals. But soon the consequences of their union are all too clear. Tari’s immortality is draining away–along with her life.

The only way to save her is to face her father with the truth…and pray the Fifth Satan is in a good mood

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The Shopgirl and the Vampire

The Shopgirl and the Vampire

At the cusp of the 19th century, a penniless lass learns her dashing guardian angel is actually a blood-sucking devil.

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Three Nights in Greece

Three Nights in Greece

When Layla Swann signs onto a case to catch an antiquities thief in Greece, she has no idea that she’s in for the three nights of her life! Her new boss, sexy Irishman Kevin Conlin, may only need Layla to pose as his lover, but Layla has other ideas. Kevin Conlin can’t believe his poor choice of agents. Layla is everything he’s longed for in a woman, but she’s completely off limits. Three nights alone in a romantic setting isn’t helping either calm their intense desires. When they finally give in to their passion, a bullet cuts their romance short?and their only chance for real happiness..

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The Prince’s Bride

The Prince’s Bride

Sexy young knight Sir Geoffrey’s holy vision of the True Cross sends him questing after a virgin, a unicorn, a sacred scroll, and a cursed island. Rita is a plump, poor peasant who speaks with the finder of lost things, St. Anthony. She hasn’t been a virgin for quite a while, so she’s thrilled to win the hand of Sir Geoffrey, and more so since Geoff delights in introducing her to his sexual peccadilloes, including a generous night of brotherly sharing.

It comes as a shock to learn that Geoff’s vision includes his own martyrdom! Is Geoffrey’s vision the result of insanity, or is St. Anthony leading him to something priceless? Only Rita has the power to save her husband, with some help from her heavenly friends.

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Key West Magic

Key West Magic

Key West. An island of green on turquoise waters, populated with poets, artists, drifters, Jimmy Buffet fansand the most stubborn ghosts imaginable. When psychic and all-around sexy Irishman Trent Light takes on the challenge to ghost-bust Calloway House, he encounters something more than your normal, haunted-to-the-rafters inn. He butts heads with the spirit of Emily, a flapper with a sordid past. Emily’s guardian angel won’t let her cross to the other side until the infamous “Hemingway Mystery” is solveda mystery Emily caused during her own lifetime. Trent locks horns with another stubborn woman, inn owner and Key West newcomer Julie Calloway. Frustrated that the sexy Julie isn’t satisfied with being just his lover, yet unable to leave nor to commit to her, Trent is at his wits’ end. And then there’s that sentient Parrot that won’t shut up. It’s a tough assignment, but Trent and Julie steam up the tropics as they try to solve the mysteries of Key West, of love, and of redemption.

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Fish Out of Water

Fish Out of Water

“Love another swing and a miss? Not this time. ”

At thirty-five, baseball star Eric Fisher is washed up. He thought a vacation to his private island getaway would clear his head, help him accept the simple fact that his career is flagging. He was wrong.

In the middle of a solitary afternoon on the beach with a bucket of beer, a woman emerges from the ocean. She s pretty, with a body built for the bikini she s almost wearing. She smells like the giant fish she s dragging through the sand. And she s crying.

Caren McCabe is livid. Fish species are disappearing fast, no thanks to rich Hollywood types who buy up rare island habitats like St. Andres. Worse, her boat has just capsized, taking with it the bulk of her research and any hope of getting tenure.

It takes a hurricane to bring them to speaking terms. As the winds howl, they have a meeting of minds and hearts neither of them anticipated. Just as things heat up, though, the full moon forces Caren to answer the sea s siren call and assume her true form. A form that no mortal man must ever see much less be allowed to love.

Warning: Contains two wary, wounded hearts with an ocean-sized obstacle to forever love. Who knew love could overcome it by sprouting fins and a tail? Readers are asked to refrain from feeding the sharks.

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The Biggest Kahuna

The Biggest Kahuna

Nikkie thought she was running from all of her problems when she left her two-timing husband and came to an island paradise. A change of pace is just what she needed. Maui sure is different–hot and steamy, just like the men. Especially Shark, who is mysterious, sexy and says he’s a god. Too bad Nikki’s a little man-shy after that nasty divorce. Kal may be out of her league, but he looks awfully good on a surfboard and even better when he’s close to her. It’s been a long time since Kal, aka Shark, has been worshipped. Even longer since he thought about actually getting serious with a woman. A few generations longer, to be exact. Now Nikkie is making him change his mind, reminding him how lonely it is to be immortal. Too bad she’s the one who has to decide if sacrificing herself to become his mate would be worth it.

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 Wizard of Time

Wizard of Time

Wizard of Time Ciar Cullen The sexiest, most powerful wizard alive is screwing up royally Time and magic and all of Castle Borough depend on Trevor Rains, but he’s blinded by his sexual obsession with a local sorceress. Morgan is deeply in love with her childhood friend, but Trevor is proving to be a love ’em and leave ’em mage. And his pet lizard Gideon is furious-when is Trevor going to fix magic and the spell that will make Gideon a dragon? At the Castle, King Artimer is smitten with the sexy siren sent to loosen him up. But Tessa Rains doesn’t expect the gorgeous ruler to turn the tables on her when she pulls out all the accoutrements of love-ropes, whips and chains.

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Out of My League

Out of My League

A sexy LAPD detective helps heat up the Mayan Riviera and the nervous actress who hires him to be her acting partner. Lucy St. Johns wonders if Jack’s passion is real or an act? And Jack wants to know if the supermodel is simply out of his league…

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