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Character Study- Renée

A blogging friend of mine likes to do an introduction to her characters before the release of her books, so I thought I’d do one today.

Image by Shahid Shafiq from Pixabay

Renée Thomas is the most serious and oldest at twenty-one. Her sister, Izzy- Elizabeth Mae Thomas- is two and a half years younger. She’s the moody, intense one of the family. Last, but not least, is their brother Benjamin. At nearly twelve years younger than Renée, Ben is the baby they love to spoil.

As children, Renée and Izzy did everything together, climbing trees, biking, sharing clothes, and secrets. But the night of Renée’s high school graduation and Izzy’s sixteenth birthday, that changed.

Renée is betrayed by her long-time boyfriend, Simon, her sister suddenly hates her guts, and she witnesses her father’s suicide.

Unable to handle the terrible chain of events, Renée leaves town, heading to California and her accepted application to UC Berkeley.

Two years later it’s Renée’s mom who is gone and she is forced to return to face her demons.

Two years later

The town looks the same as when I left for college. The Welcome to Smuggler’s Cove, pop. 7562, sign bows with the weight of the old town’s worries on its aged wooden frame. God, I’m glad I escaped.

My second-hand SUV chugs up the hill and over the bridge. Chinook, the river named after the salmon who travel hundreds of miles to spawn in its muddy brown water, gurgles over the rocks far below. Giant rubber tubes in a rainbow of colors filled with laughing teens dot the surface. I’d joined them many times to get away from the oppression at home.

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

Home.

It’s been nearly two years since I left and would’ve been longer if I had my choice. Hard on the heels of guilt come the ever-ready tears. Fact is, while I soaked up the west coast sunshine and campus life, my little sister had taken over the reins of the house, getting my brother to school, paying the bills, and caring for Mom.

This is the story of two sisters torn apart by unspeakable horror and brought together by tragedy. Can family ties overcome the pain of betrayal?

Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book 1

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3R41NWF

International: https://books2read.com/Letting-Go-Defiant-Sisters

TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61269995-letting-go–the-defiant-sisters-book-1

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/letting-go-the-defiant-sisters-book1-the-defiant-sisters-duet-by-jacquie-biggar

A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.

 When life gives you lemons…

Izzy

Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.

Renée

The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer. Instead, it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve made.

My sister hates me. My little brother barely knows me. And Simon… is engaged.

None of it matters- or so I tell myself. I’m here to make amends and face a past haunted by regret.

As long as I can convince myself to stay.

Letting Go is a young adult romance dealing with tragedy, restitution, and love in all its aspects. The story relates to sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

Loyalty: When it’s both Unforgettable and Romantic

The Newest Unforgettable Romance Collection

Today is Release Day! The TWENTY-SEVENTH collection of Unforgettable Romances by The Authors’ Billboard is available now. Take a sneak peek at the NINE romantic suspense novels included in this dynamic set by some of your favorite USA Today, New York Times, and award-winning ladies.

Mimi Barbour:

Agent Jennie hates only one man. The same guy who comes back into her and her daughter’s life and rips it apart. How can she allow him the power… how can she not?

Left by the boy she loves, alone, pregnant, and terrified, she survives with help from her beloved Baba – grandmother – from the old county.

Her daughter, Lisa, grows up searching for the man her mother refuses to discuss. Unwilling to stop, she finally gets her wish. White Supremacists, botched undercover operations, and an out-of-control rapist overwhelm them: How the hell can things get worse?
Except… they do.


Susanne Matthews:

Jacob and Lilith join forces to end a sociopath’s killing spree and find the missing children.

Everyone has secrets. FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe joins forces with former cult member Jacob Andrews to stop a monster on a killing-kidnapping spree. When Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, can Jacob set aside his own rage to save the woman he’s come to love?


Rebecca York

Was Sara Delaney a murder suspect or a would-be victim?

Alex Shane’s special assignment plunged him and Sara Delaney into a vortex of murder and deception. Or were they playing for opposite teams?


Mona Risk:

The spirited princess didn’t look for trouble, but it had found her. Again.

A murder at Harvard in the co-ed student building has all the students scared. Who will be the next victim? Is there anyone the incognito princess can trust?


Taylor Lee:

She’s a go-it-alone detective. He’s a psychiatrist and FBI profiler. A serial killer brings them together. In more ways than one.

Deacon Walsh has more degrees than any one man should. A former special ops physician, psychiatrist and now FBI profiler, the stunning Black agent has spent a year tracking the serial killer of four Colorado girls. Unfortunately, in addition to being brilliant, Deacon is also charming. And to Tyra Stone’s dismay, as accomplished a lover as he is an agent.


Nancy Radke:

They always kill the bodyguard first. Can he stay alive long enough to protect her?

The Golden Legacy inheritance is expected to make Keely a very rich woman. Hired by her father as a bodyguard, Tripp Richards finds himself the new target as he tries to keep her alive. To complicate matters, an old man appears who claims to be her real father. Which man is really Keely’s father and who is trying to kill her?


J. L. Campbell:

Is Corra an innocent victim or does she deserve payback?

While on vacation, Corra Bingham almost drowns during what appears to be a random attack. The policeman who saves her appoints himself as her bodyguard, but when the attempts on her life continue, Phillip Denham wonders what she’s involved in and how to prevent her from ending up on a slab in the morgue.


Dani Haviland:

Brought together by their love of vintage motorcycles, Luke and Holly have more than an out-of-tune carburetor to deal with. The town’s leggy crime boss, Tanya, wants revenge for being spurned.

The prodigal son returns to his old job at a repair shop and finds himself attracted to Holly, the new bookkeeper. She’s attractive, deaf, a whiz at anything mechanical, and also the target of Tanya, the new crook in town. Can Luke and his new friend Benji run interference between the feuding females?


Tamara Ferguson

Will a Second Chance be enough?

Growing up together in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, Ashley Mitchum and Brian O’Neill have been at odds for years. Conniving and sometimes cruel when she doesn’t get her way, Ashley is someone Brian doesn’t want to feel attracted to. The dynamic of their relationship suddenly changes when they share a haunting kiss just before Ashley leaves for college and Brian enters the army. Ten years later, the two are fatefully reunited in Crystal Rock. Will unveiling their families’ dark secrets heal two wounded hearts?

Unforgettable Loyalty: Craving and Devotion

Only 99cents for NINE stories or FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Enchanted by Vikings #RachelleAyala @Mimisgang1 #mgtab

 

Everywhere I turn there’s a new movie, television series, video game, heavy metal bands, even costume-partygoers celebrating this ancient culture that hailed from the icy regions of Northern Europe.

Why are modern men and women of the twenty-first century so enchanted by Vikings? Perhaps it is a yearning to return to what we believe to be a simpler life, one that was in touch with nature and the elements of raw survival. Or it’s the fascination of muscled and bearded men who were too wild to be tamed. Or the glory of a warlike society, where valor, honor, and bravery were highly regarded. Possibly, it’s their reputation for brutality and slaughter and the fear they engendered on their raids. Although to be fair, the Romans, Assyrians, Mongols, Iroquois, British and all other human groups were no less brutal. Or it could be the love affair we have with their gods and goddesses and the stories they told that have been passed down to us. Their antics, their cavorting, their origin stories, and their views concerning fate and the afterlife and the finality of Ragnarok.

The Norsemen did not call themselves Vikings, and a lot of the stories have become romanticized as time went by. They get made and remade into operas, movies, novels, symphonies, plays, and video games, and the characters are invented and changed. Even a Norseman’s appearance has been creatively embellished. For example, they didn’t wear horned helmets as they were commonly depicted, and we don’t truly know how they wore their hair and beards, or whether they were as heavily tattooed as movies and popular culture now depict them. From Wagner to Marvel, everyone has their own appropriation of Norse culture, mythology, legends, and stories.

For me, I like the Norse mythology–from the world tree to the serpent surrounding the world, and stories of the various gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves, and other creatures in their pantheon. The stories and myths vary with the teller, and indeed the gods take on shapes of birds, totem animals, or even other gods as they scheme and plot for either power or entertainment. The Norse were also fatalistic, believing in norns who have woven the strands of their lives before they were born. The fatalism extended to Ragnarok, the end of the world or at least the end of most of their prominent gods. No one could stop what was foretold. It happened exactly as predicted. It was a horrible ending, and yet, some minor characters survived, but nothing is recorded or survived to our day. What happened after Ragnarok will always remain a mystery or even better, we’re free to invent our own endings or new beginnings.

I did just that with Red Hexed: Ruby where a modern-day woman in San Francisco comes face to face with a Viking in search of a berserker sword. She’s drawn into his quest to stop Ragnarok when he asks her to impersonate Hella, the goddess of death. Along the way, they get tangled up with Odin, Loki, Freya, Hella, and Surt while a shapeshifting horsefly turned cockatoo leads or misleads them while inadvertently playing matchmaker. [Check it out for 99c release week special].

Recovering from Surgery

For those who spent a great deal of time on your computer, especially typing for hours, then you probably know the pain of carpal tunnel. Two years ago, I had my left hand fixed, and I’m glad that I did. About two months ago, I decided it was time to get my right hand done as it was numb most of the day and ached at night, even with a brace on.

So for those two months, I wrote hard. I finished four books so that I was ahead of the game, and could take the time off to recover. On November 4th, I had surgery on my right hand, and three hours after I left my house, I was home to recover.

I’m not a very patient person, so making myself not do much for a couple of weeks has been hard, but the stitches come out on Tuesday, and my hand is doing pretty good. I make sure not to overdo it, and only work for short periods of time. This blog is the longest thing I have written since my surgery.

Another week or so, and I should be able to type for a period of time without to much pain, and hopefully get back to work soon!

Before I went into my recovery break, I made sure to finish up these projects!

Angelina (Blue Blood Returns Series, Book 4)

Steamy Paranormal Romance with a gritty and suspenseful plot. Released November 11th

This series is a spin-off from the My Blood Runs Blue Series

Mission: Courage (Rise Again Warrior Series, Book 4)

The fourth book in the Award Winning Series, Rise Again Warrior, releases on November 30th!

Mission: Courage

After years in the Army, Gianna Roberts is detached and unsure of herself and her future. When a chain reaction occurs, she finds herself falling into the deep, dark, den of demons called alcohol.

With Gianna physically self-destructing with her abusive addiction, she’s unable to care for herself and her son. The day that Nate Hardy takes a stool beside her at the bar, is the day her life might change.

Nate is not a stranger to addiction and has been battling with it himself for five years. His job is to find servicemen and women and bring them back to Rise Again Warrior for help.

Behind the wire, a fragile relationship will grow. Nate will help Gianna find the courage to face sobriety, but will it be at the cost of his own?

Join us for another emotional, intense, heartbreaking, and realistic story of hope, despair, addiction, and PTSD inside the wire of the Rise Again Warrior Complex.

https://stacyeaton.com/rise-again-warrior-series/

Unexpected Ties (The Unexpected Series, Book 6)

Unexpected Ties releases on January 14th

What happens when the woman you desire asks for your trust?

Jake Taite, the owner of Safety Zone Security, is brash and quick to lose his cool. When he finds out his father is dying, Jake needs to figure out a way to let his father know he’ll be fine after he’s gone.

Alice is far from the girl next door and is never afraid to voice her opinion, especially when it comes to her boss. If only he could trust her enough to let her in.

While on a trip to Las Vegas, Jake has an idea, but can Alice handle the unexpected ties thrust on her? Will Jake be able to deal with the ties she wants to put on him?

Cara (Loving a Winston Series, Book 1)

The first book in the new Loving a Winson Series is written and going through edits! The release date is March 11th on Amazon!