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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A First Glimpse at the Characters of Shackled

Last week I handed over my final manuscript to my publisher.  That means that I can finally start talking about my second book Shackled.  I am so excited about this book.  The storyline is intense and the subject matter is crazy important. Okay, I’m going to stop before I give away too much.  Instead, I’m going to talk a little about the main characters. Drum roll Please.....

Meet Lucy.  Lucy is a sweetheart, an adorable, wide-eyed sweetheart. She’s been sheltered, growing up all of her life in a small town in Minnesota, so she is quick to trust people and slow to be unkind.  Her big blue eyes and naturally platinum blond hair typify her innocence and give her a classic beauty that is easy for everyone else to see but her.  She’s the girl that helps you pick up your books when you accidentally drop them.  She sees wonder in simple, every day things like the sunset or the waves rolling onto the beach.  Lucy is the kind of girlfriend a guy would be lucky to have, devoted, accommodating, and did I mention, naïve.

Then there’s Ryan.  Ryan is tall, brunette(the color of light brown sugar) and impeccably put together. If you looked up the word confidence in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Ryan next to the definition. This guy is so sharp that he probably irons his pajamas before he goes to bed, just in case anyone drops by in the night.  He is the student body president and the girls go weak in the knees every time he walks by….oh and did I mention; his family is loaded.  Yup, that’s right.  He drives a cherry red Mercedes to school every day.  However, behind the mansion doors Ryan has a unique family situation, which brings us to Ryan’s Father.

 Mark, Ryan’s dad is a head honcho in FBI, a real power player, with an emphasis on the word power.  Oops, spoiler danger! He is a mountain of a man, strong and broad, with striking silvery gray eyes that seem to look down your spine as you talk with him.  Everything about Mark is commanding, and he always seems to get what he wants, well almost always.

May- Ryan’s mother is a quiet, but critical character.  She is grace embodied. Her soft spoken demeaner and well bred charm comes through whether she making coffee in the kitchen or mingling with politicians and FBI agents at a formal affair. She grew up wealthy, although she has been separated from her family for years.  She has stunning auburn hair and the same captivating blue eyes that she passed onto her only son.  When you meet May for the first time, you can’t help but notice that behind those beautiful blue eyes, is pain brought on by a burdensome secret she is forced to carry alone.

And finally, we come to the last main character, Mason.  He is my favorite. Mason, is Ryan’s best friend, although the two are nothing alike.  He’s tall with warm brown eyes and rich dark brown hair that is always in need of a haircut.  Mason is a lot things, athletic, good at photography and unfortunately, also just like his best friend, in love with Lucy.  Throughout the book, it is easy to fall in love with Mason’s loyalty to his friends and his kind nature, not to mention his compelling eyes and Cheshire grin.

These are just the main characters.  At some point I have to control my compulsion to write large volumes of text, so I'm making myself stop here.  Next time, I’ll talk plot.  To read the first chapter of Shackled go to http://www.angelacarling.com/ and click on Angela's writing.  The first chapter will be under Shackled.  See ya!

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