About No Safe Harbor (released October 1, 2012):
New York City, 1897
She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.
She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.
With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?
Excerpt from No Safe Harbor:
Rourke tore his focus from Angus and clapped it on Malcolm. Swallowing his anger, he forced himself to recall everything Cara had told him.
“She is a young lass, maybe twenty-one or -two. Traveled alone, which I thought odd, though she did make a couple friends while on board the ship. She said her parents are dead. Claimed to have left Ireland in search of a fresh start.”
“Eoghan Hamilton’s parents are both dead.” Clive Turner, Malcolm’s youngest son, leaned forward and placed both elbows on the table. “They died years ago, and I did hear it rumored that Hamilton has a sister.”
Several heads bobbed in agreement. Malcolm’s gaze, sharp as blue ice, fixed on Rourke. “What else?”
“She’s a northerner…from Derry. And she appeared to be looking for someone.”
At this, the men gathered around the table drew a collective breath. Malcolm leaned forward on his knuckles. Even old Angus’s brows rose with interest.
“She told you this?”
Rourke nodded and looked over at Malcolm. “She warrants watching, at least until I can figure out who she’s searching for.”
Malcolm’s eyes roved the faces of the assembled men. With each nod he moved on until he returned to Rourke. “We be in agreement, then. What do you intend?”
“She asked to be taken to a boardinghouse on Ashberry Street. I think I can find work nearby without drawing too much attention.”
Malcolm rubbed his hands together eagerly, an action Rourke well understood. Two years had passed since his father died. Two years ago that he and his kinsmen vowed revenge, and this was the first lead that offered more than a little promise.
“Take Hugh with you.”
Caught off guard, Rourke jerked around to stare at old Angus.
Angus’s grizzled head bobbed toward the eldest of his seven sons. “He’s a knack for this sort of thing. You’d do well to have him close.”
Rourke had seen firsthand the sort of “knack” Hugh O’Hurly was known for. He wanted him nowhere near Cara or the other boardinghouse residents. But to deny Angus…
Malcolm came to his rescue. “If it be true she was searching for someone on the island, there’s a good possibility she might return there. But the city is a large place. Best if we keep our men spread out and our ears open.” He chuckled. “This could be the chance we’ve been waiting for, lads. Fate has shined her bonnie face on us at last.”
Murmured approval drifted upward toward the ceiling, and with it, Rourke’s sigh of relief.
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Gallant ScoreSpirited, brave; nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing.
‘Hold the phone! Stop the presses! Off with his impostering orange head!’
How can he even have a gallant score after what I just read? Rourke’s loyalties may be torn, but trust me when I say his brilliant orangeness is well-earned. He repeatedly steps between Cara and danger, often without her knowledge. His willingness to shield her from the less-than-noble intentions of his kinsmen speaks volumes about what Rourke is made of. When it comes right down to it, Rourke is willing to sacrifice everything, even the love in his own heart, for Cara’s happiness.
Wounded ScoreRourke carries a backpack of guilt because of his father’s death. As a result, Rourke’s faith is shattered, and revenge becomes his driving force.
Softie ScoreRourke’s tender side is all for Cara, and it takes some doing to get there. But believe you me when I say- buckle up. Because at his core, Rourke is one tender guy.
Stupid StrikesI'm afraid I have to give him one. Even after Cara has told Rourke everything she knows, he continues to keep the truth from her. And we don’t like that very much, do we, Precious? No, indeed.
Swoon ScoreThere is plenty to swoon over here. If his rugged good looks and Irish charm aren’t enough, Rourke has more going for him. Even when circumstances force him to be less than truthful, Rourke strives to be a man of integrity. When the truth finally sets him free, it is a beautiful thing. If you still don’t believe me, I just have one more thing to say. Page 306. =)
Elizabeth Ludwig is the award-winning author of No Safe Harbor, Book One in the Edge of Freedom series. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit her at ElizabethLudwig.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elizabethludwig102.
The FHF Exclusive Directly from the AuthorRourke is the kind of hero women swoon over. He’s tall and handsome with raven black hair and deep blue eyes. While writing No Safe Harbor, I pictured Clive Owen, with his piercing blue eyes, as Rourke. One glance from those baby blues, and my poor heroine was head over heels...
Like any good hero, Rourke has various strengths and weaknesses. He’s stalwart and brave, loyal to a fault, and he would do anything for his family. Unfortunately, it is those very qualities that drive him to seek revenge...even at the expense of the woman he loves. Rourke is intrinsically opposed to lying, yet he finds himself resorting to subterfuge in order to protect the ones he loves. In the end, it’s these half-truths and deceptions that nearly drive Rourke and Cara apart and almost cost them their lives!
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Nancy here! Joy did a great job guest featuring. Please be sure and thank her for allowing me to get some much needed reading and craft study done without depriving you all of your hero-fix. =)
Joy W. Doering was born and raised in southwestern PA in a house of a thousand dreams. Her family moved to Montana in August 2003, where she eventually met and married her husband. They now have two beautiful daughters. Joy is often kidnapped by books, and loves every moment of it. But her very favorite heroes are the ones still trapped inside her imagination. She spends her free time studying the writing craft and working on her books. Her dream is to one day share her stories with the world, to the glory of God.