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The O'Brians


Escape to breathtaking Ireland in a story of passion, mystery, and suspense.

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The O'Brians 



Jude McLean Book Club in a Box

Book Club in a Box

Take your book club to the next level! In the box, you’ll get 8 copies of Escape, 8 bookmarks, 8 custom coasters, 8 tea books, 8 author cards, 8 discussion cards, and a menu with suggestions that will transport your party straight into the book. Add a Zoom call with Jude to boost your amusing escapade.

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The Journal - Jude's Essays

Pry that stick out of your you-know-what and join Jude in a bit of well-earned frivolity. Amusement is what brings color into a black and white life. Some call it a waste of time. They’re missing out. Jude has a wicked sense of humor and a big heart. The recess bell rang, and it’s time to play. 

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Jude McLean Essays
Jude McLean Recipes

Recipes from Escape

What is more drab than a dull meal? Nothing. Except for perhaps the birthday meal that Connor burned to the point that Darcie said it needed a carbon date to prove it had ever been food. Jude will bring you recipes from the books and helpful culinary tips, all laced with her humor to help ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen to you.

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Another Audiobook by Jude - Have You Got A Kitchen Table?

Isolation. Quarantine. Ever wonder what happens behind those closed doors? Jude found out and sometimes wishes she hadn’t! It’s incredible what people will say to a stranger over the phone. Kitchen Table is available everywhere audiobooks are sold. You can also listen to a podcast that features a selection of the stories from the book.

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Jude McLean Playlist

The O'Brians have a playlist on Spotify

Listen to the song selection Jude created to enhance your Escape. What is better than a great book? A playlist to accompany that wonderful book. These songs will immerse you into Darcie and Connor’s world. When “Sh-Boom” comes on, you will feel like you’re sitting in the vintage Cadillac with your head on Connor’s shoulder.

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the author

Jude McLean Author

I was a wife and writer at home when the Coronavirus hit. My husband was suddenly working from home, and I couldn’t get a minute’s peace while I wrote. I was going crazy and contemplated homicide. So I took a job as a contact tracer. The work took me away from Darcie and Connor, but at least it kept me out of prison. The job led me to write Have You Got A Kitchen Table? The Musings and Melancholy of a COVID-19 Contact Tracer. If you need a laugh pick up the audiobook!


Darcie’s story, Escape, was always playing on a constant loop in my head. Every day all day. I could hear her fear and Connor’s worry. And my personal favorite is Nan’s sarcasm. I can’t wait to finish her book, United. But Sondra, a loveable firecracker, and Simon, a lady killer who loves to not be in love, have impatiently waited their turn. Break Free is coming soon!


I'm an American of Irish descent. I never thought I would need to say that until a reader sent me a message asking what the weather was like in Ireland. I said, "Let me Google that for you." LOL. As I was saying, I hold a deep-rooted affinity to Ireland. So it was only natural that it be the setting of my first trilogy. Ireland has tattooed itself on my soul. It’s my second home. I can’t be there as much as I would like. This way, I can be there as often as I wish and bring my readers along for the ride.


In short, I let it rip and love every moment of it!





“Her rambling was interrupted by his lips brushing hers as he pulled her in for a leisurely kiss. She tasted like whiskey and chocolate and when he released her she was dizzy. It took her a minute to get her bearings. He liked that.” - Escape, Book One

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