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Holding Pattern

Paperback Edition

Married on the rebound, air hostess Kay Martin, is shocked to discover her former lover, Captain Graham Pender, believed dead in a Colombo plane crash some years earlier, is alive and being held hostage in the Ceylonese jungle.

After being rescued, Graham returns to Ireland and flying, and meets up again with Kay on stopover in New York. They find they still love each other and, in the aftermath of a failed Cuban hijack out of Kennedy Airport, passions run high in the Miami Hotel and they become lovers. Their love affair and Graham's career end abruptly when he receives a summons to appear in the Colombo court to face terrorist charges.

Kay finding herself pregnant with Graham's child and fearing she will lose custody of her baby daughter if her husband learns the truth, loses hope in herself and Graham ever sharing a life together, and ends the relationship. When some years later the couple are thrown together again by the growing friendship between Kay's vivacious nine year old and the Pender family it seems there might be another chance of love but not without further setbacks, even tragedy.


'The book is filled with dozens of characters and seems to be based on real people in the writer's working life as an air hostess.'
4/5* Amazon Reviews

'Tulip. I liked the many details. The book is filled with dozens of characters and seems to be based on real people in the writer's working life as an air hostess. For someone born in 1968 it was also a revisiting of things of my past - the watching a video of a wedding with a whole group in pre Facebook days, the renting of a video in a shop, the discrimination of married women on the job, child custody given to one parent after a divorce. It is also the days before AIDS with crews merrily frolicking during layovers in New York. In my line of work I saw the last Tamil refugees-waves applying for asylum. It was interesting to read about the start of the conflict.'

'This is is a well written, fast moving and dramatic tale of love and intrigue in an Irish airline with unusual features.'
4/5* Amazon Reviews

'The relationship between the heroine, Kay, and her captain is reignited on the unexpected return from captivity by rebels in Ceylon following an air crash (having been presumed dead for four years.) This comes as a shock to many, not least his former wife and colleagues in the airline and dramatic consequences follow. A very enjoyable read.'

Like One of the Family

Paperback Edition

Claire Shannon, the child of a broken marriage, experiences happiness for the first time when drawn into the warmth of the McArdle's family circle. She shares their hopes and dreams, is included in all of their family outings. The mother is kindly and careful of her but the father abuses her and she becomes pregnant. Later, as consequences unfold, a double tragedy occurs in the family. In its aftermath she believes her childhood secret is buried and forgotten... until she falls in love with Terry, son of the man who abused her.

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'Tuomey wastes no time pushing the boundaries of the sensitivities of recent Irish social history'
Evening Herald

'This is a remarkable tale - although the book is primarily a love story, its theme is one of sexual abuse compounded by tragedy. All the ingredients of a best seller'
The Examiner

'Moving and memorable, this page-turner is one you will not be able to put down. Sensitive, powerfully written and one of the best books by an Irish author this year'
Alice Sheridan Commuting Times

Up Up and Away

Paperback Edition

She is a typical Irish beauty, a dark Rosaleen of poetic fancy but there the resemblance ends for Kay Martin is very much a girl of the sixties. Her ambition is to become an air hostess and when she gets her chance, in the words of her pragmatic Aunt Molly, she throws up her 'secure, pensionable job to go skiting off on planes.' Against the glamorous background of Celtic Airways is Kay's passionate love for Captain Graham Pender - a love that grows fiercer as the tensions surrounding them increase.

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'Since Tuomey was herself an air hostess, we can only presume that nude swims with devastatingly attractive pilots are the order of the day. Sexy and romantic, this is the perfect holiday read'
Image Magazine

'A gripping behind the scenes peek at the glamorous world of air hostesses and pilots - you won't notice time passing with this one'
Woman's Way

'The perfect airport book'
In Dublin

'A good all-round romance in mile-high territory'
RTE Guide

Writing about Flying

I like to bring flying into the novels I write and I have lots of books about flying on my shelves.

"Next one in Brussels, Nesta" ~ Minister Tom Kitt

In Baldonnel, for publicity purposes on the publication of my second novel 'Like One Of The Family' I had the thrill of sitting into the Marchetti SF260, the Air Corps' basic elementary trainer, and imagining what it would be like to fly it!


My reason for being there - my character, Terry McArdle was a cadet in the Air Corps and learned to fly the piston-engined Marchetti, before joining the Corps' Helicopter SAR team.