Stay-at-home mum lands book deal for online novel – a member of our site

A big well done from us here at, we are delighted with the success of Carmel, well deserved, The full story of Carmel`s book deal is set out below and details about her book.

Carmel Harrington self-published her book – ‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ – online late last year.

It got great reader reviews and won the Kindle People’s Book Award in March, attracting the attention of HarperCollins. They were so impressed by the moving story of a young single mother who gets cancer and is determined to live for her little son that they signed Mrs Harrington to a major deal for both digital and print books.

‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ will be published next month by HarperImpulse, the new HarperCollins digital romance imprint, and will then appear later this year as a Harper print title.

No financial details of the deal with HarperCollins have been released.

Mrs Harrington has lived in London and Dublin, where she worked with an American multinational as a marketing manager for 10 years.

“I enjoyed my job but it involved a lot of travel and long hours. It wasn’t really conducive to being the kind of mother I wanted to be,” she said.

“I am from Wexford and had always wanted to move home once I started afamily. So I traded in my corporate role to become a full-time mother to my children Amelia, who is three, and Nate, who is nearly two.

“I had always had an ambition to be an author and watched with interest the emergence of eBook self-publishing. So every night once the children went to bed I did my rewrites and this month last year ‘Beyond Graces Rainbow’ hit the virtual book shelves.

“I can hardly believe that I, a stay at home mother, have signed a contract with an international publisher of the calibre of HarperCollins.”

‘Sleep of Dreams’, Carmel’s second book, will be published at the end of the year.

Adopted from Irish Independent written by John Spain

About Beyond Grace’s Rainbow -more detail

Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, initially was self published and to my utmost joy did very well, winning the Kindle Book Awards in March 2013 and also listed as a Bord Gáis Energy Book Club recommended read.  The innovative and exciting new publisher HarperImpulse a division of HarperCollins Publishers have signed me and I am so excited that Beyond Graces Rainbow will be republished with them on on September 12th 2013.  I cannot wait to see where Grace and her friends go with the support and backing of such a wonderful team in HarperImpulse.

If you would like to pre-order your copy in advance, you can do so here!



About Beyond Grace’s Rainbow :-

Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is a poignant story about a young mother’s battle with cancer.  Single mother Grace Devlin faces what will be the biggest fight of her life and the stakes are high.  She cannot contemplate leaving her adorable little boy Jack all alone in the world.  Unfortunately for Grace her best chance of survival is to receive a bone marrow transplant, so she embarks on a heart breaking search for her biological parents, as she was adopted when a small baby.  This search will unravel a web of lies and deceit that has spanned over thirty years.

And just when she thinks life can get no more complicated, Jack’s father Liam is back in town full of remorse and he’s made it clear that he’s not leaving until he’s won her back.   Liam was the love of Grace’s life but can she trust him ever again? Helping Grace muddle her way through her cancer treatment and complicated love life are her friends – Tara, Sean, Abby, Tom and Gerry.  Tara is Grace’s cousin and is happily married to Sean but they are desperate for a baby of their own; Abby, Grace and Tara’s friend from college is single and looking for her one true love  which is proving difficult, whilst Tom would be happy if  his boyfriend Gerry for once didn’t max out their credit card!   Beyond Grace’s Rainbow will bring the reader into Graces world where friendship, courage, loyalty, laughter and above all love are abundant.   The story will bring you on an emotional journey with Grace and her friends that will have the reader both laughing and crying at the turn of a page.

Excerpt from Beyond Graces Rainbow

Grace was abruptly pulled back from her daydreaming by a demand from Gerry.  ‘Right Grace, I’m in suspenders here for too long!  Why are we all here?  Don’t tell me you’re preggers again!’ Gerry laughs.

‘Nah couldn’t be that Gerry, the sperm of the devil hasn’t been around for years now!’ Tara joked.
Tara was talking about Liam.  She never missed an opportunity to have a dig at him, never forgiving him for leaving Grace on her own.
‘Very funny Tara.  When are you going to stop laying into Liam?  He’s guilty of a lot of things, but sperm of the devil is going a bit far I think.  Remember he’s Jack’s Dad.’ Grace responded a bit sharply.
Seeing Tara’s hurt face made Grace feel instantly guilty for snapping at her.  She was only joking after all.  She smiled lamely to try to take the sting out.
‘Gerry is right thought.  I’ve put off telling you my news for long enough now.  I did get you guys around here for a reason.’ Making sure everyone had a full glass, Grace figured it was now or never.
‘No getting anything past you lot!  I’m not sure how to start.’ Grace faltered.  ‘This is harder than I thought.’
‘Are we talking ‘It could happen to you’ kind of news? Gerry interrupted with a smile.  ‘Nicholas Cage, Rosie Perez winning the lotto.  Nick gives half his winnings to a waitress played by Bridget Fonda.  Rosie goes frigging nuts!’ With every word Gerry’s voice had raised a pitch with excitement.
‘Jaysus Gerry, you don’t have to give a synopsis of every movie you quote – we have been to the cinema on occasion too you know!’ Tom quipped.
‘Fraid’ not, Gerry.  No lotto wins here.  No Nick Cage either for that matter!  I suppose it’s more of a Terms of Endearment moment actually.’  Grace responded.
Gerry loved it when his friends played along with him.  With a big grin he started his narrative.
‘Jack Nicholson, Shirley McClaine, Debra Winger.  God Jack was gorgeous in that movie.  As for Shirley, she was simply divine.  Can you guys remember that scene in the hospital? I swear I needed Valium because I was crying so much.’
And with that Gerry stopped.  The meaning of what Grace had just said hit him and for everyone else too.   Four pairs of eyes turned away from Gerry and looked at their friend.‘Right, I need you guys to be strong.  No tears, OK?’  They all nodded silently, so Grace continued.  ‘It’s a bit of a bitch, but I’ve got cancer.’ 

This was the first time that Grace’s friends had all been silent.   Tom found his voice first of all.  ‘Grace, this is one sick joke. Not even a good one.  See, nobody’s laughing.’ He gestured maniacally around the room.

Grace thought this was the first time she’d ever seen Tom look scared.
‘It’s not a joke though, is it?’ Abby asked Grace.
‘No pet.  It’s no joke.  Or at least if it is, the joke is on me.’ Grace answered softly.
Sean then spoke quietly.  ‘If you guys have any questions, I’ll answer them for you.’
Tara jumped up then, angrily pointing at Sean, barely able to get the words out, ‘You knew about this Sean? You knew and didn’t tell me.’


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