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Lady Faith Westcott has turned her back on God and on man. Having witnessed the hypocrisy in the Church of England, her older sister's abuse at the hand of her husband, and her own mother's untimely death in childbirth, Faith has determined never to marry and to gain enough wealth so she and her two sisters will never have to depend on man or God again. To that end, though a lady by day, she becomes a pirate by night and begins her sordid career off Portsmouth when she attacks and plunders a merchant ship commanded by the young Dajon Waite.
Humiliated at being defeated by a pirate and a woman no less, Dajon returns home without cargo and ship, and his father expels him from the family merchant business. After a brief sojourn into debased society, Dajon rejoins the Royal Navy, where he finds comfort in the strict rules and redemption through his service to others. Three years later, he is sent to the frontier outpost of Charles Town, South Carolina to deal with the pirate problem. There, he connects with his mentor and old friend, Admiral Westcott, who has just arrived with his three daughters. Much to Dajon's utter dismay, Admiral Westcott, who is being called away to Spain, asks Dajon to be temporary guardian of his three lovely daughters. One of the ladies seems familiar to him, a striking redhead who immediately sends his heart thumping.
Faith recognizes Captain Waite as the buffoon whose ship she plundered off Portsmouth. Yet, he appears no longer the fool, but instead a tall, handsome and commanding naval officer. Despite her immediate attraction to him, she labels him the enemy, but sparks are guaranteed to fly during the next few months when independent, headstrong and rebellious Faith falls in love with God-fearing honorable, rule-following Dajon-especially when Faith continues her pirating off the Carolina coast while her father is away. Will Dajon catch her? And what will this man of honor and duty do when he does?
What Others are Saying
Tyndall deftly balances perilous high-seas adventure with a satisfying romance. Her feisty, devil-may-care heroine fights for what she wants and is a character readers will root for. A great start to what looks to be a fun series. (Chandra McNeil Romantic Times)
MaryLu Tyndall returns to the Caribbean with a story that may be her best yet. Cutlasses clash and hearts collide in this captivating tale of adventure, love and redemption....MaryLu's dialogue sparkles as the romantic tension between Dajon and Faith escalates in a captivating yet never unseemly manner....If you love a spirited tale with vibrant characters, vivid scenery and a solid message of God's love, The Red Siren is the perfect escape! There is no doubt this will be a story I will read again and again. (Rel Relzreviewz.com)
Definitely a book that will not disappoint—highly recommended! (Armchair Interviews)
This is a bold and unusual plot for an inspirational romance. Although the story is over-written (for example, emotions will jump to various extremes several times on the same page) and the plot details are unbelievable (just how, exactly, does Fiath get her treasure trove off the ship and past all the ruffians on the way to her hiding spot in the forest?) these details will not bother those readers who enjoy a good yarn with a spirited heroine and charming hero. (NANCY ATWELL HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 2009-05-01) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
The Red Siren” is, simply put, a rollicking good read, liberally sprinkled with daring heroes and heroines, dastardly villains, heaving bosoms and an occasional fainting spell, told in a never preachy, yet faith-inspiring style. by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views
Conflict bounces off every page, and Ms. Tyndall’s characters are so realistic that you’ll cry for them and cheer for them. Vickie McDonough - Title Trakk
The Red Siren will join my shelf of favorites. I fell in love with the characters, was entirely gripped by the action, gleefully ignored all outside intrusions as the climax unfolded (even though dinner really needed cooked), and finished it with a smile on my face. Roseanne White, Christian Reviews
The Main Characters
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.
Brief Description: With dark brown hair, a rugged face and blue eyes the color of the sky, Dajon presents a handsome figure donned in his British Navy uniform. A large man for his day, his deep commanding voice and authoritative manner invoke obedience among his crew. Yet beneath his commanding and strict exterior, Dajon possesses the chivalrous heart of a true romantic and a love for God that outweighs everything else. Whenever I think of Dajon, a picture of the British actor, Richard Armitage, comes to mind. Dark and strong, but with a hint of playfulness on his face.
Strengths: Chivalrous, Possesses Integrity, Honorable, Loyal, Brave
Weaknesses: Inflexible, Rigid, Stubborn, Inhibited, Guilt-ridden
Quirks: Though Dajon prides himself on his crisp, clean appearance as a navy officer, he cannot keep one rebellious strand of his hair from incessantly escaping his queue. Beads of sweat appear on his forehead when he is angry or annoyed.
Inspiration: Dajon is the perfect example of someone trying to make up for a wicked past by following a set of rules. Instead of accepting God's forgiveness and grace, Dajon believes he must pay penance for past sins by doing as many good works as he can. Hence, he joins the British Navy to protect and care for his fellow Englishmen. In addition, he believes that in order to avoid future mistakes, one must adhere to every rule thrust upon them by both God and man. This combines to make Dajon a very disciplined, pious, and unyielding man who is neither happy, nor at peace with the life he has chosen. I often battle myself with the idea of free grace and forgiveness. It seems too easy, doesn't it? I feel like I should somehow earn God's forgiveness. Otherwise it doesn't seem real. So, I really enjoyed writing Dajon's story, especially when he falls in love with wild, rebellious Faith.