Sharon Pisacreta

Before the literary existence of D.E. Ireland and Sharon Farrow, I wrote for magazines and Leisure Books under the name I was born with: Sharon Pisacreta. During my time at Leisure, I had three novels and two novellas published; the last under the pen name ‘Cynthia Kirk’. After four books, my editor decided my Italian surname was too difficult for readers and booksellers to pronounce, hence the launch of the first of my pen names.

I left Leisure soon after to concentrate on magazine work, but when I returned to writing novels years later, I remembered the editorial advice to use a pseudonym. In 2013, I decided to collaborate with fellow author and friend Meg Mims to write the Eliza Doolittle/Henry Higgins mysteries. This required a new joint pen name: D.E. Ireland. Then, like a secret agent, it was soon time for me to take on another writing identity when I sold my Berry Basket cozy series to Kensington in 2015. Which brings us to my third pen name ‘Sharon Farrow’. I hope to keep this one for awhile . . . unless I decide to write horror next.

Books

Stolen Hearts

STOLEN HEARTS
April 1998
Mass Market Paperback – Leisure Books

Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Colorado Gold Rush, STOLEN HEARTS pairs a fortune hunting English aristocrat with a beautiful young fugitive from justice. On the eve of starting a new life, Mattie Crawford is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. She escapes to Colorado, but there is no safety in the Rockies. An accidental meeting with Cameron Lynch-Holmes leads to a passion that threatens her perilous freedom. She can’t bring herself to leave the English lord she now loves, but each moment she stays brings her capture – and a life in prison – one step closer.

“One of the best debut novels I’ve ever read.” –Mary Mansour, Read It Again Books

1996 Golden Heart Finalist, Best Historical Series
1999 Winner of Best First Book, Rising Star Contest

Featured as a debut author in the national B. Dalton book chain newsletter ‘Heart to Heart’.

STOLEN HEARTS sold as part of a six book package on the Home Shopping Network, May 1998

Blue Christmas

BLUE CHRISTMAS
Anthology by Sharon Pisacreta, Linda Jones, Amy Elizabeth Saunders, and Sandra Hill

“All Shook Up” Novella
November 1998, 1st edition; 2nd edition 2004.
Mass Market Paperback – Leisure Books

Memphis shakes, rattles and rolls as four couples find themselves all shook up and learn that with the right partner, any place is paradise. But there is a rhinestone-bedecked presence moving in the background, guiding their blue suede shoes on the path to passion, or is it simply their imaginations? One thing they know for sure: This jingle bell season rocks. And when it is time to open their gifts – and hearts – there won’t be a couple left who thinks that this was a Blue Christmas.

Over a year spent on the list of bestselling romance anthologies on Amazon

Number Three on the Coopersmith (Waldenbooks) List of Bestselling Romances the week it was released.

Voted one of the top romance anthologies of 1998 by the national organization ‘Booksellers That Care’

Magic and Moonlight

MAGIC AND MOONLIGHT
June 1999
Mass Market Paperback – Leisure Books

Schoolteacher Salome Hall will do anything to win her fiancé back, even if that means joining a traveling magic act. But her small-town upbringing hasn’t prepared her for the life of a performer, especially with Marco the Magnificent. She is also unprepared for the magician himself: Marc Cooper, the most dangerously virile man she’d ever seen – and the most endearing. At first Marc Cooper believes the prim and proper teacher’s request to be his assistant must be a joke. But the master of illusion can’t seem to make the stubborn schoolmarm disappear. Before long, he isn’t sure he wants to. And he has promised Salome to help her rejoin her former fiancé at the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. However the fair holds not only the promise of love, but a vengeful woman and a lethal bed of nails. Now Salome and Marc must survive the last performance if they want to enjoy a future filled with magic and moonlight.

Number 21 on Ingram’s Top 50 requested Fiction-Romance titles the Week of May 24, 1999

“Four Stars! Funny, daring, adventurous…A feel-good read.”–Romantic Times Magazine

“This story is a cunning mixture of history, magic, intrigue and passion.The characters weave their way into your heart and imagination.” –Old Book Barn Gazette

“A rollicking adventure on the vaudeville circuit that mixes in plenty of tender, stirring moments that will leave readers breathless. This is more than just a great romance…A superlative read from first page to last.” –Rendezvous Magazine

“Rich, colorful and gritty, MAGIC AND MOONLIGHT is a unique and absorbing read.” –Bookbug on the Web

“This engaging period romance is creative, entertaining, and highly recommended.” –Booklist

Masquerade

MASQUERADE
Anthology by Sharon Pisacreta, Linda Jones, Elaine Fox, and Katherine Deauxville

“Queen of the Night” Novella
September 1999
Mass Market Paperback – Leisure Books

Set in 1819 Venice amid the whirling decadence of Carnival, all forms of desire are unveiled. For four young Englishwomen attending the balls and traveling in the gondolas of post-Napoleonic Venice, nothing is unavailable–should one know where to look. Amongst the throngs are artists and seducers, nobles and thieves, and not all of them are what they appear. But in that frantic congress of people lurks something more than animal passion. Love, should one seek it out, can be found within this shadowy community of people–and as four beauties learn, all one need do is unmask it. However they must avoid the sinister presence of a mysterious man known as Count Dante first.

“Four Stars! Excitement, decadence, intrigue…Once you start MASQUERADE you can’t stop, start a story and all you want is more. Not for gentle readers, it’s a collection of passionate tales that will make you want to glide on the canals with Count Dante yourself.” –Romantic Times Magazine

The Lady and the Lion

THE LADY AND THE LION     (w.a. Cynthia Kirk)
April 2001
Mass Market Paperback – Leisure Books

Blaming herself for her husband’s death, archaeologist Charlotte Fairchild has given up her greatest love: Egypt. Then Dylan Pierce strides into her life. Reputed to be the infamous “Lion,” he is said to plunder Egyptian tombs and a woman’s virtue with the same disregard. Welshman Dylan Pierce disdains European women and their well-bred sensibilities. But there is nothing cold or uptight about Charlotte Fairchild. Dazzling and mysterious, she embodies everything he loves about Africa. However the English lady also proves as wild and dangerous as a desert whirlwind when an ancient treasure – and the murderous men who seek it – follow her to the streets of 1895 London.

“Four and a half stars!” –Romantic Times Magazine

“An excellent read with a wonderful cast of characters, plenty of suspense, action-packed adventure, sensual tension, and stimulating dialogue between a fiery heroine and an exciting hero.” –Rendezvous Magazine

‘The setting, dialogue and characters are well done. Ms. Kirk keeps the readers guessing as to whom they can trust. This book has found a home on the shelves of my bookcase to be read again in the future.’ –The Romance Journal

‘Cynthia Kirk has given us an enjoyable, entertaining story. A character-driven plot with the backdrop of ancient Egypt, plenty of romance, and a strong dose of laughter make THE LADY AND THE LION an excellent read.’ –Romance Reviews today

Short Stories

Anthology of short stories first published in EQMM.

Authors include Sharon Pisacreta, Lawrence Block, Ruth Rendell, Robert Barnard, and Simon Brett.

1991
Hardcover – Carroll & Graf. Edited by Eleanor Sullivan.

“A Taste For Foxglove” short story initially appeared in the mid-December 1989 issue of EQMM.

Theater

‘A Slow Night at Aldo’s’, a one-act play featured in the production LOST, LONELY AND VICIOUS: An Evening of Original Comedies, Spring 1990, Impact Studio Theater, 612 Eighth Ave., NYC