Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Would you break the law to protect the woman you love from a killer?
Constance Dunbar is desperate to discover who killed her sister. Her plea for help is ignored by the local police, so she advertises for a private investigator. Seamus Tynedale answers the ad, and she immediately recognizes him as the friendly stranger whose arms held her so tenderly as she wept after her sister’s death.
Seamus longed to be reunited with the dark-haired beauty who’d kissed him in the churchyard. When he ends up working for her as a private investigator, he knows that his position as a police constable needs to remain a secret due to her mistrust of the department.
As Seamus hunts for the murderer, he finds himself lured into a den of secrets and lies tracing back eighteen years to Ireland, and it all seems to be connected to Constance. Seamus delves into Constance’s past, hoping to understand the secrets she’s so intent on keeping hidden. What he finds is a passion that ignites his heart and captivates his senses.
When Constance’s life comes under threat, Seamus has to choose between following the law and protecting the woman he loves from a killer. Will he be able to safeguard Constance, or will he lose her to the evil that seems to have followed her to Australia?
Stressing Seamus Tynedale
Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.
Please tell me about your hero.
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
What does your hero look like?
Red Hair, Green eyes, Slender build and Average height.
Who is the significant other in his life?
A dark haired beauty with an hourglass figure named Constance.
The Hero’s Relaxed Side
This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
It would be very quiet and traditional. Perhaps just a few friends sharing some Irish whiskey whilst reminiscing about their hometown and the friends they’d lost.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Seamus would be very uncomfortable as he’s distanced himself from people for so long.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
How much drink is his usual?
Only a small glass or two. Not a heavy drinker at all.
The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Probably to hide, but if Constance has also left the party then he’d follow her just to sneak some time alone.
Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?
He’d stay by Constance’s side.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
He would try to break it up, but would only throw punches if Constance was in danger.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Despite his small stature, he can handle himself quite well so he’d be doing the tossing in an attempt to keep the peace.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He’d be one of the first to leave.
The Hero’s Stressed Out Side
How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?
He is a police officer so provided it’s not his senior Constable pulling him aside, he would be fine.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
It would trigger his protective instinct and he’d run to see if he could help.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
To risk life and limb to save them.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He’s not much of a fighter, but he’d swing enough punches until the aggressor was distracted.
This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?
He fights until the victim has found there way to safety no matter the cost.
The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?
He’s very aloof and short in his responses and leaves as soon as he’s able.
Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
Seamus would try to give advice and steer them in the right direction.
The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
He’d remind himself of his duty and the price so many of his kinsmen had paid for his freedom.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
He’s quoted in the book as telling one character to “remember the brave man you once were.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Seamus has lost his family and he is constantly reminded of the sacrifice they made so he could start a new life in Australia.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?
Seamus is loosely based on my Great Grandfather who was a policeman both in Ireland and when he migrated to Australia during the same time Carnal Transgression is set.