Need a Hero?
Welcome, Sue Moorcroft! Sue is kindly sharing Lucas Rose – and,
having read the excerpt, I’m left holding my breath!
First of all, we’re listing five facts so you can get a feel for him (I did say for him). Next is a brief excerpt showing our hero in action. Lastly, the pic! Does your hero want to come out to play? Send him on over!
FIVE FACTS about Lucas:
- Lucas Rose in my new book, The Wedding Proposal, thinks that right is right and wrong is wrong. Sometimes he’s wrong.
- He’s been in California, working as Uncle Simon’s business guru at his vineyard, Rose Wines, which produces affordable wines for the California cool kids. Are you Rose white, Rose red or Rose rosé?
- But he’s turned his hobby into his job and is working in Malta for the summer as a scuba divemaster. He’s living on Uncle Simon’s boat, the Shady Lady.
- He’s let his hair grow and spends a lot of time in board shorts and bare feet.
- He hasn’t seen Elle Jamieson for four years until she turns up to share his boat.
A brief EXCERPT showing our hero in action: Remember, heroic gestures come in many guises. He doesn’t necessarily have to swim an ocean or save the world. Little gestures can be just as heroic. But, in fact, as Lucas is a divemaster, Sue is showing him swimming the ocean!
Elle croaked, ‘We’ve got help to get him out of the water.’ Then she found herself surrounded by men, jostling for position, giving instructions, making suggestions, some in Maltese but also in English.
‘Is he breathing? Shouldn’t you be giving him air?’
Lucas didn’t relinquish control. He trod water as he caught his breath, keeping Charlie’s head above water while he assessed the crowd on the shore. ‘He wasn’t under long but he’s unconscious and he’s banged his head so I’m not taking any chances with his spine. Who’s on to the emergency services? Tell them we need an ambulance. Tell them that he’s weak and barely responsive. He’s received a head injury. No way of telling about spine. He’s breathing without help.’
‘Yes, yes, I tell them,’ called the woman with the phone.
‘In these temperatures he’s not going to get hypothermia in the next few minutes, even if he’s in shock, so I want to stabilise his spine before we get him out. I need something flat and firm to put under him.’
‘Inflated air bed?’ suggested someone, doubtfully. ‘I’ve got one on deck.’
‘Not rigid enough.’ Lucas was completely calm but he had to squeeze out words as his breathing allowed. ‘What about a plastic sunbed? Anyone got one of those on board?’
‘I’ll get one!’ a man’s voice called from the back of what was rapidly becoming a crowd.
While he rushed off, Lucas looked at the boats looming above him.
‘Can someone get more fenders and wedge them between these two and the side so we don’t get crushed?’
‘OK. Will do!’
Over the pounding of her blood in her ears, Elle was aware of other footsteps hurrying away. She kept her eyes fixed on Lucas as if she could keep him safely at the surface by sheer willpower. He was treading water mechanically and economically, totally in control of the emergency, assessing what was going on around him, pausing to look into his brother’s face, observing as fenders were wedged in to keep the Shady Lady and Fallen Star from sashaying suddenly up to
SYNOPSIS: Can a runaway bride stop running?
Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less from others. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon’s misguided attempts at matchmaking.
Forced to live in close proximity, it’s hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas’s wedding proposal ended everything they had. But then an unexpected phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle’s hidden past when it finally comes to light?
And finally, THE PIC!
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a competition judge and creative writing tutor.
Don’t miss her new book, The Wedding Proposal (Choc Lit): ebook August 2014, paperback 8 September 2014.
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Thank you so much for sharing, Sue. Um, where did you say the Shady Lady was moored?
Keep safe everyone!
Lots of love,