Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Tour

Debra Erfert, author of the newly released romantic suspense novel, Relative Evil, tagged me for the “Meet My Character Blog Tour.” This is kind of the never-endingblog tour, as it will go on as long as there are authors and aspiring authors to play along.

After raising two Eagle Scout sons, Debra now spends her time writing and shooing her polydactyl cat away from her keyboard. She is also an award-winning artist, who stays indoors as much as she can in the summertime, to avoid the 100-degree plus temperatures in her Southwestern desert city. RELATIVE EVIL was released July 25th and can be purchased through Amazon HERE, from Smashwords HERE, and for your Barnes & Noble Nook from HERE.

It's my turn to answer the six questions that are being passed from one author to the next in this blog tour. Then I can tag two others to play. What fun! I will tell about a character from my American Civil War novel, Gone for a Soldier, which will be released on September 18.

Where does your story take place?
A great deal of the Civil War was fought in Virginia, and that's the setting of Gone for a Soldier, both on the battlefields and on the home front of the Shenandoah Valley.

What is the name of your character? Is he historical or fictional?
My character is Rulon Owen, the twenty-year-old eldest son of Rod and Julia Owen of the Owen Family Saga novels. He is totally fictional, although he's been in my head for a very long time, and feels like a son to me. He has already been a character in several of the Saga novels. Now readers have a chance to get to know him and his story better.

What should we know about him?
Rulon is headstrong, physical rather than cerebral, and a hard worker on the family farm outside Mount Jackson, Virginia. He's a horseman like his father. The two loves of his life are Mary Hilbrands--whom he can hardly wait to marry someday--and his country, Virginia.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
War erupts between the North and the South, the state of Virginia chooses to join the Confederacy, and Rulon wants to marry his sweetheart before he goes off to become a cavalry soldier, perhaps never to see her again. During the course of the war, he discovers that not all enemies wear the Union blue.

What is the personal goal of the character?
Rulon wants to defend his country, win the war, and get back home to Mary, despite the attacks of the Federal army, a lengthy bout with an illness that could rob him of virility, and a ruthless comrade who bears him a grudge.

When can we expect the book to be published?

The launch for Gone for a Soldier is September 18, but is taking pre-orders for the ebook here. Delivery will be made on September 10.

I’m tagging Betsy Love of, whose YA novel, The Penny Project will be officially launched September 6th; and Theresa Sneed of Theresa released her suspense novel, Escape, in July. Let's hear about your favorite characters, ladies!

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