Abandoned Memories will be released on July 1st, but every Friday this month, I'll be giving you a sneak peek at the story and characters and giving away one free copy (That's 4 chances to win!!)
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So let's get started. Today we will learn about our heroine.
Angeline Moore (AKA Clarissa Paine)
Brief Description: At only twenty years old, Angeline has endured enough horror and heartache to fill a lifetime. When her father was murdered, she was sent to live with an abusive uncle but was soon forced out onto the streets. Starving and cold, she trusted a woman who took her under her care, only to discover that she’d been thrust into a life of unimaginable disgrace. Running from the law for another crime, Angeline joins Colonel Wallace’s expedition to Brazil, hoping to hide her past and start a new life. And maybe even become a lady again. If only there weren’t two colonists on the journey who she’d met before. One is a man she is sure recognizes her, and the other is a hypocrite preacher who stirs her heart like no other. However, because everyone she has ever loved has betrayed her, she trusts no one. She doesn’t want to depend on anyone every again, especially God, whom she believes has let down as well. Angeline is a true beauty. Petite, curvaceous with long russet-colored hair and eyes the color of violets, she attracts her share of male attention, yet she shuns them all. She doesn’t need a man. She can take care of herself. And she carries around a pistol to prove it! Insecure, emotionally wounded, and plagued with nightmares, you don’t want to cross this lady, or you may discover a dragon lurks beneath her angelic exterior
Strengths: Courageous, Kind, Persevering
Weaknesses: Insecure, wounded, defensive, untrusting
Quirks: Angeline hates being touched by men and will often shirk away from any affection. She carries around a pistol to defend herself and bites her lip when she is nervous. Her most prized possession is a ring her father gave her on his death bed. To her, it represents home and love and safety—all the things she lost when he died.
Inspiration: Angeline is the type of woman other women tend to hate. She’s beautiful, gets lots of male attention, and seemingly has low morals. Women tend to steer clear of her because they fear she’ll steal their boyfriends or husbands. Hence, she ends up with very few girlfriends and her only male friends use her for her physical appearance. Yet, how often do we judge women like this? Raise our noses in the air and walk on the other side of the street without peeling back the layers and seeing what’s beneath? Often you’ll find years of tragedy and abuse and a heart so filled with sorrow and shame that she no longer wants to live. That is Angeline. She feels dirty and worthless, even to the point of trying to kill herself more than once. To the outside world, she seems to have it all together, to be strong and independent and tough. But inside, she’s a whimpering little girl who only wants to be loved and feel safe again.
So, perhaps most of us CANNOT relate to Angeline's past, but I think so many people can relate to feelings of unworthiness and the need to be loved and fit in.
What qualities of Angeline's endear her to you and what qualities would make you steer far away from her?
Answer the question and leave your email please and I'll choose a winner next Friday. !!
Have a great weekend!!