The girl ended up being Tia Chalyse Bellensey and she had my full attention. While she hid in her culvert a handsome photographer by the name of Chase Channing had driven to his grandpa's mountain pasture to take pictures. His camera caught a wild pair of eyes staring at him through the tall grass. I won't give the whole story line away, except to say, we later met a character in the story who became vital to Tia's safety. We met him as Randulet Thibodeaux, AKA Rhames Tolliver.
Which was he? Randulet or Rhames? Darkness or light? Was he good or evil? Friend or foe? I wrested for a week with these questions before realizing Randulet Thibodeaux was, indeed, an uncommon hero with uncanny courage and character.
Randulet has reemerged in several of my novels: Pirate Moon, Ball Baby, and Mach 16, and through each of these adventures I wondered from which rough stone was he cut? So I took myself back to the beginning of this uncommon man, discovering a very uncommon boy who grew up doing ridiculously genius and stupid things. My readers love Randulet because the virtue of his heart shines brighter than the darkness of his "calling." He admits to being an old rat catcher, but to me he is a true "Diamond of the Quarter."
Read me. Read all I have written! I beckon you. Look for the new book in October.