Monday, December 1, 2008

The Red Siren month!

In January, my first book, The Red Siren, in the new series, Charles Towne Belles, releases and in honor I'm giving away 5 free advanced copies! Every Monday in December, I'll post something about The Red Siren. All you need to do is leave a comment (please leave your email address too!) And at the end of every week (Sunday), I'll draw a name. The winner will be announced each Monday. Sound good?

Today, I'm introducing you to Miss Faith Westcott, the heroine of the story.

Brief Description: Faith is tall for a woman and of medium build. She likes to wear her fiery red hair unfettered in long curls down her back. (that is until her father reprimands her for the impropriety). Her dark auburn eyes are full of life and determination. She has a cluster of freckles atop her nose that are the only mark on her otherwise creamy skin. She carries herself with a confidence and superiority that deter most suitors. That is, until Captain Dajon Waite crosses her path.
I love this picture. It reminds me so much of what Faith would look like. Wild, red hair, tempered by a hint on innocence in her pose, yet those eyes: filled with sorrow, yet such strength and determination!

Strengths: Bravery, Boldness, Loyalty, Dedication,
Weaknesses: Stubborn, rebellious, anti-man and anti-god

Quirks: Faith constantly throws her hands to her hips in an act of superiority. The freckles on top of her nose darken when she is angry or frightened.

Inspiration: Faith has every quality which a female pirate needs in order to be successful: Audacity, fortitude, and the ability to command an unruly crew. I loved writing her character because she possesses the wit, courage, and boldness that I only dream of possessing! She’s the kind of woman other women look up to as a role-model (except the pirating part): Fiercely loyal to family, dependable, smart, a woman who takes charge and does what needs to be done, instead of sitting back and waiting for a man to rescue her. She has lofty goals and a purpose for everything she does. But instead of using her strengths for good, she uses them to become a pirate. Wounded by a series of tragedies that have struck her family, she turns her back on God and on the rules of society and seeks other ways to complete the mission of caring for her sisters handed down to her by her mother on her deathbed.
What qualities does Faith possess that you can relate to or that you admire? And what qualities make you cringe? Do you know anyone like Faith?


  1. Oh, Oh, Oh, I cannot wait to read this book! Faith sounds like she is really a strong woman! Sounds so awesome!!! So I have a question, how long ago did you finish this book? Or I guess I just wanted to know how long it takes from the time that you finish writing the book until the time it gets put on the market?
    Email -
    I'm up for the drawing! OF COURSE!!! :o) Thank you!

  2. I was so excited about the sneak preview of Faith that I forgot to answer your questions.
    What qualities does Faith possess that you can relate to or that you admire? Her boldness. She sounds like a very confident young woman who doesn't really care what others think of her. I'm that way in some ways.
    And what qualities make you cringe? Her anti-man and anti-god problem. She's going to be a bitter old woman if she keeps those ideals.
    Do you know anyone like Faith? I know many women who posses some or many of her qualities, but I can't think of any off-hand who possess all of them.

  3. I love that she is is taking care of her sisters. She seems like she'll bite the head off of anyone who hurt them!
    I'd love to win this book!

  4. Faith sounds like a great character for God to show a miracle through! I like that she is courageous and confident. I can picture her with head held high with an attitude as tempestuous as the stormy seas! I really would like to see her gain humility, though. What a testimony her life could be!
    Also, thank you for the chance to win this book!

  5. Sorry! Here is my e-mail address:

    Thanks again!

  6. Wow! Faith seems like someone you would want on your side and not against you. She has some great qualities along with some that may lead her to depend on herself rather than rely on the Lord. I can't wait to see what kind of adventures and obstacles Faith will have to overcome.


  7. Wow! I know Faith is going to be my favorite of all your heroines!
    To answer your questions:
    I can definitely relate to being brave, loyal, stubborn, and rebellious. I am all of those things, and these traits can be good or bad. I also admire boldness and dedication, things I wish I had more of. Being anti-god of course makes me cringe. I don't know anyone exactly like Faith, because everyone is different. I definitely know some strong women though!

    I really really really can't wait to read The Red Siren!!! Thanks for the chance to win : )

  8. Definitely looking forward to reading it! I started it on NetGalley, but I'm not much of a PDF reader. I cannot wait for my review copy to come! (no need to enter me- just wanted to share my excitement about the story!)

  9. I SOO want to read this one!! I love your other books!! PLEASE enter me!!!

    Rae Byuel

  10. Oh, I'm so glad you posted on Facebook, drawing me here. I can't wait to read this book!!

    For me--the whole "waiting to be rescued" made me cringe. LOL But I love Faith's audacity.

    Sorry...hehe...don't know any pirates. :-P Audacious girls--absolutely. LOL

    Hugs, MaryLu!

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  12. Congratulations on the upcoming release of this first book in your new series. The Red Siren sounds like a wonderful read!


  13. This definitely sounds good, MaryLu! I admire that Faith is "Fiercely loyal to family, dependable, smart, a woman who takes charge and does what needs to be done . . ." And I can't wait to meet Captain Dajon. What a name!

    Congratulations on this new series; I would love to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  14. This book sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it. I think teh characteristic about the heroine I admire most is her loyalty to her family, but I would cringe a bit that she felt she had to be a pirate to help them.

    Please enter me in the contest: