Guest Author: Josie Riviera and Oh Danny Boy

Josie Riviera is a repeat guest at Four Foxes, One Hound, telling us about her sweet summer romance. Today, she’s got the perfect offering for St. Pat’s Day! The title comes from one of my favorite ballads, Danny Boy, and the book just happens to be on sale! More about that later, but for now, here’s Josie to tell us about the impetus for her series of Irish romances.


Several years ago, I began writing Irish romances when my daughter moved to Ireland to study at a university in Londonderry/Derry Ireland. A dear friend of my family lived there, and my daughter loved the city when we visited in the summer after she had graduated from high school.

She majored in dance.

Therefore, I owe a great deal to the beautiful city of Londonderry/Derry, Ireland. I’ve had the privilege to visit many times since, and consider it my second home. The city has been an inspiration for several of my books.

Why does the city have 2 names?

Protestants call the city Londonderry, which is what you will see on the maps. Roman Catholics, who include the city council majority, eliminate London from the name and call the city Derry.

I set Oh Danny Boy in the fictional town of Farthing, set against the backdrops of never-ending rain, a coffee shop, and a dance studio.

Although this book is a sweet romance, the subjects I’ve tackled in the book are difficult. In fact, the opening scene is disturbing, and based on a real-life event my daughter witnessed in Ireland. The names have been changed in my book, and thankfully, no one was hurt.

On Danny Boy is on a 99 cent Kindle Countdown from March 12-18. (U.S. Residents only.)
It is my hope that you will feel like you’ve been transported to Ireland and will love and laugh along with the heroine and hero–Clara and Danny.

I’ve written several other sweet “Irish” romances, that are all standalone books. They include:


A Chocolate-Box Irish Wedding


Irish Hearts, the entire boxed set of all 4 books, is here:


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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12 Responses to Guest Author: Josie Riviera and Oh Danny Boy

  1. Welcome back, Josie! I would love to get to Ireland. (I just found that a part of my Irish roots can be traced back to Ulster.) How fortunate for your daughter to be able to study there and have Mom visit!
    I wish you continued success.

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  2. Josie says:

    Thank you for featuring me today. Oh Danny Boy is one of my favorite songs, and my narrator for my audiobook is from Dublin, Ireland. I love her Irish brogue.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      You’re very welcome! I’ve always loved the song, too. How wonderful to find a narrator who knows the setting so well!


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Just ordered the sale copy of Danny Boy. [BTW, I totally love that melody]
    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland… it seems so beautiful.
    Yet, I’ve also long been fascinated with its anguished history — specifically some of the horrors (like Irish citizens being sold as slaves, and the devastation of the potato famine years). I won’t go into the long-standing political turmoil, except to say it must be quite a challenge to navigate those highly-charged societal waters.


    • Josie says:

      Hi Jeff,
      First, a sincere thank you for your support, and I hope you love my sweet Irish romance. Ireland is indeed, beautiful. And you are correct about the long-standing political turmoil.

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  4. How fortunate for you (and her) that your daughter got to study in Ireland and that you were able to visit her often. ..I’ve always longed to visit the country too. I don’t have this book of yours, so I’m off to remedy that oversight! Continued best!!

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    • Josie says:

      Thank you, Barbara. Your support is so appreciated, and I hope you love Oh Danny Boy. Take a listen to the free audiobook sampler. My narrator is from Dublin, and I love her Irish brogue. Ireland is gorgeous, although the winters are often cold and rainy. My husband and I love to visit our daughter during the summer, though.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Hi, Josie. I’ve long enjoyed books set in Ireland. I just bout Oh Danny Boy, and can’t wait to read it.


  6. Alicia Dean says:

    Love the premise and what a bargain! I would absolutely love to visit Ireland. You are very lucky! (No pun intended :)). Congrats and best wishes!


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