May McGoldrick

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Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick have spent their lives gathering material for their novels. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, and Jim, who has a Ph.D. in sixteenth-century British literature, wrote their first full-length novel, a historical romance, in 1994. Since then, Jim and Nikoo have written twenty-seven novels and two works of nonfiction, under the names May McGoldrick & Jan Coffey.

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Q. What inspired you to become an author?
We’ve always been writers and readers! Nikoo used to write stories for her grade school friends. After high school, being very good at math and sciences, she was encouraged to go to engineering school. After all, that was where the JOBS were. So she did…and tucked away her love of writing (in a safe spot) in favor of her immediate responsibilities. Later on, writing took a backseat to paying a mortgage and raising a family. She never lost her love of storytelling, though.
Jim wrote poetry and ‘007’ skits for the other kids in the neighborhood. He later became an English major and at least tried to stay in touch with his desire to write. In fact, after finishing college he wrote a screenplay that almost sold to Robert Redford’s production company. But real life again interfered with dreams as he pursued a career in a submarine shipyard before going back to school and getting his PhD some ten years later.
Q. When and how did you meet?
We met in 1979. Nikoo was six, and Jim was thirty-something. (Just kidding… Jim was in his early twenties.) One morning, after a wild storm had ravaged the New England shoreline, Nikoo was out walking along the seawall in Stonington, Connecticut, and came upon a young man (early twenties… honest!) who was trying to salvage a battered small boat that had washed up on the rocks. Jim needed help dragging the boat up over the seawall and across the salt marsh. Anyway, by the time the two had secured the boat on higher ground, a spark had ignited between them…or rather, between us. So it was instant electricity… and Jim’s been chasing Nikoo ever since! This is the story we like to tell about how we met. It isn’t true, but we like to tell it anyway. And as far as the truth about our ages, we’re really only four years apart.
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Trust Me Once
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,740. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
What she needs to stay alive— is someone she can trust. Attorney Sarah Rand returns home from abroad to discover that she is a dead woman. In shocked disbelief she realizes the murder victim mistakenly identified as her was really her best friend. No one knows that Sarah is still alive—except the killers still hunting her down.
Fourth Victim
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,200. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Two decades ago, one adult and three children miraculously escaped a deadly New Mexico cult. The aftermath shocked the nation. But now it appears that none of them will escape…
Twice Burned
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,550. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A man awaits execution for a murder he did not commit... A woman returns to a place of scandal and death to save her brother . . . A small town's simmering secrets are about to ignite in a blaze of suspicion and deadly retribution . . .
The Janus Effect
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,790. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Peace and War, Friend and Foe, Life and Death… A Perilous Journey Home! From the National Best Selling Author The Janus Effect Winner of Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction!
The Puppet Master
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,210. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Four Victims. One Criminal Mastermind. Four seemingly disparate lives are beginning to unravel...and one person is holding the strings.
Road Kill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,920. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When a small-town photographer discovers crime scene photos mixed in with her work—pictures of slayings that have not yet been discovered—she finds herself at the center of a police investigation and the target of a killer’s obsession.
Cross Wired
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,690. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
They were all bright, well-liked and socially responsible kids—the last students on earth who would smuggle guns into high school.
Silent Waters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,180. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Drawing on fifteen years of submarine-building experience, Jan Coffey crafts a military thriller that will keep any reader turning the pages… A nuclear submarine cuts silently through the waters of the North Atlantic, commandeered by two-dozen armed terrorists. The target: New York City.
Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 47,420. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds offers strategies and techniques for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction.
Tropical Kiss
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,650. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A summer in Aruba, on the beach, in the sun–what else could a girl want? A summer romance, of course!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,930. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
FROM THE AUTHOR OF TROPICAL KISS! A Girl…A Guy… Killian knows all about vampires and aliens. They’re not real. But when a handsome swimmer climbs into her storm-tossed boat an hour from her summer destination, the worlds of fantasy and reality suddenly collide…
Omid's Shadow
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 89,640. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2011 by May McGoldrick. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Semi-finalist in general fiction Two women are caught up in revolutions thirty years apart, but it is a third woman—the woman that connects them—that carries the scars of loss that time has not healed. Weaving together the past and the present, two storylines tell the life of Omid, the daughter of one revolutionary and the mother of another.


Secret Vows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 239,620. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In our continuing effort to make our previously published work available to new readers, we have put together this edition of the award winning novels The Promise and The Rebel. They contain the stories of two women who have made secret vows…and the two men who love them.
Thanksgiving in Connecticut
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,120. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A novella Paige Coleman has stayed away from Stonington ever since being mortified by ‘viral’ YouTube video that captured her in the buff at the top of a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport. Now, four years later, Paige decides that the time has come to face up to her past when her quirky, eighty-six year old grandmother throws the mother of all Thanksgivings.
Dreams of Destiny
Series: Scottish Dream Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,590. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
The Final book to Dream Trilogy Gwyneth Douglas has a scandalous secret: she's a novelist. Somehow, a blackmailer discovers her occupation, and Gwyneth decides that the only way to protect herself is to elope with a fortune-hunting baronet. But when David Pennington learns of her plans, he literally refuses to leave her side.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,830. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In America for the last ten years, Rebecca Neville has raised her young charge as if he were her own son. But now, his father-the Earl of Stanmore-has learned of his fate and sends for him from England. Rebecca must do everything in her power to keep her promise to the boy's dead mother-and keep her heart sa
Tess and the Highlander
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,500. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Tess Lindsay has spent most of her life on the remote Isle of May, uncertain of her identity. Raised by the two sole inhabitants of the island, she is left to fend for herself after their deaths, until a stranger washes ashore in a storm. Tess pulls him from the surf, not knowing that in saving the Highlander she is saving herself.

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