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I’ve been fortunate enough to be getting some great reviews on Goodreads. To celebrate this fact, I’ve decided to put up 3 signed copies of The Reluctant Prophet for a Goodreads Giveaway. Some lucky soul will have the chance to win a book and signed postcards. There’s only nine days left before the competition closes, so if you like your fantasy dark and a little bitter, follow the link and enter for a chance of a freebie! Good luck readers!


The Reluctant Prophet by Gillian O'Rourke 

There’s none so blind as she who can see . . .

Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it.

Haunted by the dark man of her father’s warnings, and unable to see her own destiny, Esther is betrayed by those sworn to protect her. With eyes newly open to the harsh realities of her world, she embarks on a path that diverges from the plan the Gods have laid out. Now she must choose between sacrificing her own heart’s blood, and risking a future that will turn the lands against each other in bloody war.

The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.


Artwork from Evelinn Enoksen for The Reluctant Prophet

I have been feeling very blessed of late and this week has been a spectacular one for me. The multi-talented, Evelinn Enoksen, an artist and author from Norway, has been busy working on some amazing artwork inspired by, The Reluctant Prophet. The work leaves me speechless, something that doesn’t often happen to me. The work speaks for itself and I am delighted to share the scenes painted by her adept hands! Thank you Evelinn!

If you’d like to check out more artwork from this amazing woman, check out Evelinn’s website!


Esther and Hadrian

Esther and Hadrian 3


Broderick 1

Esther and Lo

Esther and LO

Esther and Darius

Esther and Darius

Book Launch Party

Friday 4th October was a very exciting day. The evening heralded the launch party for my book, The Reluctant Prophet (despite the fact its been released a month). To be honest, I was a nervous wreck, with the typical thoughts of, ‘Oh God, no one’s going to turn up’ to ‘No one will buy the book.’ I forgot that I have fabulous family and friends and they quickly reminded me that everything was going to be just fine! The party was held in Cunningham’s Bar, in Kildare in their lovely upstairs room. A big thank you to Rachel and the staff of Cunningham’s for having set the room up so thoughtfully, with the table and stage for the book signings. And a big thank you to family who popped over from Scotland, as well as friends who attended. Especially, Mary, Charlotte and Karen, for the decorations and the wonderful cake!

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1 – The room set up for the launch. 2 – Karen of Love Sew Much (and great friend) sitting with the cake she made.

3 – The amazing cake. One layer chocolate, one lemon and one choc/biscuit cake. Yum Yum!

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1 – Me and the books!  2 – Friend Mary modelling the tote bag! 3 – Friends Charlotte and Peter getting their books signed.



Release Day!

Today is a very special day and I am very excited to tell the world that my debut fantasy novel, The Reluctant Prophet, has been released! I feel very lucky and fortunate to have had this opportunity and it is something I have dreamt about for a long time. I need to thank everyone who has had their part in supporting me throughout; family, friends, Grimbold Books (Kristell Ink), (and you all know who you are if I’ve missed anyone) and I would like to express to all of you my everlasting gratitude! Thank you.


It can now be purchased here:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Reluctant-Prophet-ebook/dp/B00EX6BC5O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378062851&sr=1-1&keywords=the+reluctant+prophet+gillian

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reluctant-Prophet-Gillian-ORourke/dp/1909845183/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378043538&sr=1-1&keywords=the+reluctant+prophet

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353111

Wizard’s Tower: http://www.wizardstowerbooks.com/products/the-reluctant-prophet-gillian-orourke

Excerpt from The Reluctant Prophet

Things are getting very exciting now and it won’t be long until my debut novel is available! Just to whet the appetite, I’ve posted an excerpt from the first chapter for everyone to look at. Hopefully it captures your imagination and interest. Press the link below to read the excerpt.

The Reluctant Prophet – Excerpt from Chapter One


Book Cover Reveal

It’s an exciting time when you start talking about ideas for the cover of your book.  And for me, being so fortunate that I had some say in it.  The delightful Sammy HK Smith of Kristell Ink, seemed to be in a similar vein of thinking when we were discussing the same for my forthcoming novel, The Reluctant Prophet.

The ideas were brought to the lovely Evelinn Enoksen, an artist and author in her own right.  The very talented Evelinn came back with the amazing piece of artwork shown below.  Ken Dawson, another creative genius, came up with the idea for the fonts.

With that short and sweet introduction, I am very excited and happy to share with you the cover for The Reluctant Prophet!


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These are the other fab covers for the fab authors of Kristell Ink.  We make a pretty bunch, don’t we?