Friday, December 11, 2009

The Raven Saint hero - Captain Rafe Dubois

The winner from last week's drawing is Ashley Davis!!! Congratulations, Ashley, please send me your email address and/or your mailing address so I can send you the book.

This week, let's take an in-depth look at the hero in The Raven Saint, Captain Rafe Dubois.

Brief Description: Tall, well-built with jet black hair and dark, smoky eyes, Rafe Dubois has no trouble attracting les femmes. That is, until he comes across Mademoiselle Grace Westcott. The son of Henri Dubois, a rich planter on the French island of Saint Dominique, Rafe, at age 26, has already amassed a fortune of his own by hiring himself and his ragtag crew out as mercenaries to the highest bidder—performing whatever dirty deed is required of them, without question. But Rafe has an oddity that baffles both his men and Mademoiselle Grace. Instead of spending his wealth on himself, he gives most of it away to the poor and sick in Port-aux-Paix, his home town. In fact, it is his ultimate goal to build a hospital in the poverty-stricken port for those who cannot afford quality care. In truth, Rafe wants nothing more than to infuriate his father, a man who mistreated Rafe from birth and who committed the ultimate act of betrayal against his own son. I picture Rafe looking a lot like Orlando Bloom in the pirate movies. :-)

Strengths: Protective, Smart, Leader, Good heart, Intuitive, Risk taker
Weaknesses: Bitter, Arrogant, Rebellious, Loves Praise, Pessimist, Bad Temper

Inspiration: Rafe is the ultimate Bad Boy. And I love writing the bad boy! He’s rude, extremely macho, and arrogant. Yet he is a true leader, a commander who inspires others to follow him. He walks on the wild side and has a dangerous look about him. But inside, he’s a wounded warrior with a heart of gold. I think this is my favorite type of hero to write because bad boys are so deep, so passionate, and there’s a lot of stuff going on beneath the surface. Rafe has lived a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Those he trusted and loved the most stabbed him in the back. Consequently, he hates God and hates women. He has no self value, so he searches for it in the praises of others. Pretending to be altruistic, he is only satisfying his need for value and for revenge against his father—a father who has an outward appearance of piety that disgusts Rafe. Can you imagine the fireworks that are set off when Rafe meets the pious Grace Westcott?
If you would like to be entered in the drawing for The Raven Saint this week, please leave a comment about this post. (And don't forget to leave your email address--I had two people last week who left me no name and no way to contact them) If you entered last week, please enter again as I'm not going to bring those comments forward.
Thanks everyone!


  1. I think why I fall in love with your characters (more than just because they are hunks.:) is because you have such detailed backgrounds for them. You truly know these people, making them real to me! I am so excited for this book, you have no idea!

  2. Oh, I can't wait to meet Captain Rafe Dubois!! And I can't wait to see what happens when he meets Grace. :D I love reading about your characters...makes them seem even more real. :)

    sundaisy920 at gmail dot com

  3. Friday, December 11th, 2009,
    Hello again Marylu.
    I love the characters that you make up in your stories ... all with strengths/weaknesses that any one of us could possess, and identify with.
    I see already, that Rafe is "looking for love/praises" in all the wrong places; and yet deep inside ... he is a wounded bird.
    Grace Westcott is a "no-nonsense" type of woman ... and this should prove most interesting, to see how the story will unfold .... can hardly wait !!!
    Thanks Marylu !
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  4. I can't wait! Rafe and Grace? Sounds like a "can't miss adventure" on the high seas. Thats why I love your books. The characters are so real and raw, that they come to life. Please don't enter me in the giveaway:~)

    Love Y'all,

  5. Firework, ahoy! Rafe and Grace are going to have a fantastic story. I can't wait to dive in!


  6. I love Orlando Bloom (but don't all teen girls?)! I think this is going to be my favorite yet! You do not have to put my name in the drawing. Great description!

  7. Unfortunately, you can't hear my applause in a comment. But I applaud you raucously, Mrs Tyndall! This will be a great story. I can tell already just from these two characters. You have definitely increased my anticipation.

    Random Ruthie
    Scribe of the King

  8. Oh my! I am SOOOOO excited to read this book! I love all of your books so much, and this hero sounds like he's going to make this an intriguing read! Nice picture, by the way...I love Pirates of the Carribbean (the first one)! :) Thanks for another chance to win your book!


  9. It all sounds wonderful!!

  10. Please enter me. Would love to read this book! Thanks.

  11. Me, me, me!! Thanks!


  12. I like him already...even though he is a bad boy....
    please enter me!!!

    Rae byuel

  13. Of course there always has to be one tough dude in the crowd.

    He sounds fun.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. Oooh, the hunky, charming Bad Boy with a sword at his side - I'm swooning! Please enter me! :-)

  15. I think all bad boys have a soft spot in their hearts, but they put a mask on their emotions because of what happened to them in the past that caused them to mask themselves. I can't wait to meet Rafe and see how he will unmask himself to show his true heart.

  16. Interesting couple, the pious girl with the bad boy.. I like, I like!


  17. The characters of this book sound amazing! This book does prove science right on opposites attract. This is going to be a GREAT book along with the other 2.Thank You for giving us this opportunity to win this book.

  18. Sounds very interesting.Please put my name

  19. Hey!
    I was bumbed to hear that I didn't win the book!:( But, congrats to the one who did!:D Thanks for another chance to win the book! I can't wait to read it! I LOVE Pirates of the Caribbean! I'm very obsessed! And I'm obsessed with your books! So, to hear that there is a comparison with one of the characters, makes me even more excited! Please enter me in for another chance to win! Thank you!
    God Bless,
    Amber Minnehan

  20. Oh yes....this is going to be good! Cannot wait! :o)

  21. My excitment grows as I learn more of the story! Really want to read it!!!


  22. Whoa, you've got me hooked already, MaryLu! Can't wait for this one to come out. And I thought I liked Nathaniel Mason and Kent Carlton!! It seems like Rafe is going to take the prize for interesting fireworks! So when is the debut date?

    Oh, yes, my email is

  23. "A wounded warrior with a heart of gold"...just the man I seek!

    Please enter my name in the drawing. I am a new follower and subscriber.

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  24. Hello from Romania ,
    please read the blog – My heart His words – at Humbled and convicted , my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!
    I love you blog,
    sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  25. Man now I can't wait even more until this book comes out now!!

  26. It's so agonizing only getting bits and pieces of a novel at a time--I can't wait to read the whole thing!


  27. I love bad boys too. That is the reason I love your books and Julie Lessman's. They are so deep and you really get to know the characters and grow with them! Please don't enter me in the contest, though. I just wanted to let you know. :D

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve started a new blog. Its called Christian Book Giveaways and will be dedicated to posts about current Christian book giveaways (duh) ;). I will find giveaways and post about them, but if you would like me to post about your giveaways (free) just go here:

    It is a great way to help new people hear about your giveaways, and only takes a few minutes to get me the info. :D

    Here is the link to my new blog’s main page:

  28. The book is sounding more interesting with each post. Please include me in the giveaway. It's going to be interesting to see how you worked everything out. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

  29. I can't wait to read about Rafe Dubois. He sounds intriguing. Pease enter me:

  30. ohh he sounds absolutelly delicious!!
    i cant waita for this book!
    poor Grace, she'll never know what hit her!

  31. And he looks just like a wet Orlando Bloom...hmm... :)

    amy at backseatwriter dot com

  32. Sounds wonderful!!! Thanks for the opportunity to read this masterpiece.


  33. Aww, the hero Captain Rafe Dubois sounds like an AWESOME character. You are so detailed with your characters and their backgrounds, MaryLu. I love to know what happened to them and what brings them to where they are. You make them seem so human with their strengths, weaknesses, and feelings. That helps bring your stories to life. Although, so many things make your stories seem real.
    You have no idea how exited I am to get this book and finally read it! This might be my favorite yet, I LOVE Grace and now I love Rafe. They are going to have an interesting adventure together. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to possibly win The Raven Saint MaryLu! God Bless you!

  34. This sounds like it's going to be such a fun read. And yum, an Orlando Bloom-type hunk! Makes me giddy! LOL

  35. I've loved every book I've ever read by you, and I'm sure this one will be no different. It sure won't be difficult imagining Rafe Dubois looking like Orlando Bloom!!

    orca0024 at yahoo dot com

  36. I loved the first two ~ and well... the idea of Orlando Bloom can't hurt my longing for the 3rd one at all. lol

    I think there is something about these three sisters. They have a certain strength about them that is both unique to each one, and yet binds them together as family as well. Each has some part of herself that needs to be fulfilled and overcome and I love how you write them as complex and 3 dimensional. Their "heroes" have all been equally fascinating. I know this third book will be a great read.

    Please enter me.


  37. Sounds awesome. please enter me:

  38. I found your giveaway through Carman's Blog and I'm so glad I did!! I would love to be entered to win.

  39. Thanks for the post about the Rafe, "bad boy." I am looking forward to hear how it turns out in the end. Please enter me into the drawing this week.
    Amanda Lewis

  40. hi my name is Raquel and I would LOVE to be in this give away to win this book! Carman told me she sent me! Thanks Carman!
    Here's my e-mail: rockelly555[at]yahoo[dot]com

  41. I must read this book! I found a link to this promo on Carman's site!