Meet Beast

Last week for #MondayBlogs, I introduced you all to Elizabeth Ashton, the heroine in my upcoming novel, HEMLOCK VEILS. I thought since these characters will be released to the public soon, I would do another post, this time introducing the hero. So everyone, meet Henry Clayton:
Henry Clayton's inspiration: Joe Manganiello

1. Is he a fictional or historical person?

Like Elizabeth, Henry is fictional. Though I feel that doesn't really need to be pointed out.

2. When and where is the story set?

As explained in Elizabeth's character post, the story is set in our current time, in a small forest town, Hemlock Veils (a fictional place), located in Mt. Hood National Forest about an hour southeast of Portland, Oregon.

3. What should we know about him?

There are lots of layers to Henry. And the discovery of some of those layers is part of the surprise of the story. But what you should know about Henry is that he isn't what he presents himself to be. He has about three alter-egos. And for most his life--which has been a long one--he has been hiding who he really is. Though he hides it well, he is selfless and full of heart. But he has lost hope in himself and accepted that he will always be cursed. And worse, that he will always deserve it. Which is where Elizabeth comes in.

Henry owns most the town of Hemlock Veils, as did his father before him.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

For Henry, Elizabeth is his main conflict. At least in the beginning. He doesn't want her in his town, throwing things off. But when that changes, his main conflict is himself. Learning to accept himself, love himself (and allow himself to be loved by Elizabeth), and most of all, forgive himself.

Also, it wouldn't be paranormal without the conflict of an evil enchantress (that's not really true). After all, she is what ultimately messed up his life. Now he and Elizabeth have to find a way to defeat her.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Henry's personal goal is to protect the things and people he loves--even from himself--while still keeping his cold-hearted reputation. Eventually, his main goal becomes protecting Elizabeth. First from himself, then from the same evil that hunts him.

6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?

As I mentioned in Elizabeth's post, this doesn't really need to be answered! But here is HEMLOCK VEIL's Goodreads page.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

Again, you all know this, but it will be released from Swoon Romance on NOVEMBER 25! 


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