Meet the Characters with Cynthia Owens

cynthia owens coverHello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters!  Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Cynthia Owens, and her characters from Deceptive Hearts. It’s a fantastic historical romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with heroine, Lydia Daniels, from Deceptive Hearts.

What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

I love the poetry of Keats and Lord Byron. There is little more relaxing on a cold, wintry evening than to sit by a blazing fire with a volume of poetry. It is both touching and soothing to the soul. She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies;/And all that’s best of dark and bright/Meet in her aspect and in her eyes. (Sighs) Could anyone fail to be moved by words such as those?

Do you like the way the book ended?

I love the way the book ended! I was so happy to finally be with my beloved Shane, with no shadow of doubt or fear, no dishonesty between us. To know – to really believe – that I was finally safe, as were all my family and my dear friends. To finally have a true home and family. It was truly happily ever after.

Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?

I do not think a sequel would be necessary for Shane and myself, because we are so very happy together at last. But I would not be averse to making guest appearances in other books. After all, Shane has four very handsome friends, and they, too, need to find love and contentment.

What is your greatest fear?

(Shivers and glances over her shoulder) I fear being hurt again. Even now, the terror never quite leaves my soul. In the dark of night, I still cry out from the nightmares. I still feel threatened. But the fear is lessening now, and one day, I pray it will be just a part of my past, never to be visited again.

What is your most prized possession?

My Derringer. That tiny, but powerful pistol has saved my life on more than one occasion. Why one night I was returning home from the Five Points district when a dirty, grubby young man accosted me. He grabbed my arm and demanded I go with him, until I waved the Derringer in his face. (A nod and a satisfied smile) I convinced him to let me go, but not before I gave him a dollar. He did seem very much in need.

What are you proudest of?

My home. I call it Safe Haven, and that’s just what it has become, a place where we can feel safe. No one will ever harm the residents of my Safe Haven.

What do you like most about where you live?

Every door and window is equipped with a sturdy lock. There is nothing more satisfying at the end of the day than turning the big brass key in the lock of the door and shutting out the world…and anyone who might think to do us harm.

What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?

My mother and father were not…happily married. I remember my father shouting at my mother…I remember hearing her sobs late at night. (A shiver) I remember that flat, smacking sound of a hard male hand against delicate female flesh… Oh, yes, I have vivid memories of my parents. But they are not good ones.

What is your most favorite memory?

Learning to shoot a gun. My…a very dear friend taught me how to shoot, and I became very good. Good enough to shoot the limb off a maple tree at one hundred yards. Good enough that I could easily defend myself, if necessary… And I have had the opportunity to do so…


Tag line for front cover: He’d vowed to protect those he loved – but can he protect the woman who came to mean everything to him?

…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

He survived war, and returned to devastation

A hero of the Irish Brigade, Shane MacDermott returned home to New York to find his family decimated and his world shattered.

She risks her life to save the people she loves

Lydia Daniels will risk anything to protect the women she shelters beneath the roof of her elegant Gramercy Park mansion—even if she has to trust the one man who can destroy her.

Shane and Lydia both hide secrets that could destroy them – and put their lives in jeopardy. Can their love overcome their carefully guarded deceptive hearts?


“We meet again.” Shane kept his voice quiet so as not to frighten Mary Kate any further. He let his gaze rest on her for a long silent moment. He’d learned long ago that a piercing stare would make the guilty guiltier. Kieran once told him his stare could cut right though a Reb line to the

plantation they were set to defend.

“So we do, Officer…?” Lydia let her sentence trail off, obviously hoping he would offer the information she sought.

Ah, no, my lovely one. Not yet.

He kept his gaze on her face. “May I ask what you are doing—here?” Satisfaction gripped him as her lashes flickered and her hands clutched the folds of her gown more tightly. “The Five Points is hardly a neighborhood for a gently-bred young woman such as yourself to be taking a stroll.”

Behind him, Mary Kate’s breath caught on a sob. But he couldn’t spare her a look. Not yet. “What business have you with this young lady, Mrs…?”

Her chin jerked up, her eyes snapping as she refused the bait. Reluctant admiration curled in the pit of his stomach. He watched in fascination as she moved to place a gentle hand on the girl’s shoulder. “It is all right, Mary Kate. I understand why you feel you cannot leave your father.” To Shane, she said defensively, “I offered Mary Kate a position in my household, officer. I thought it might improve her circumstances.”

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Meet Cynthia:cynthia owens pic

I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of  Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three. I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond. The first three books in The Claddagh Series, In Sunshine or in Shadow, Coming Home, and Playing For Keeps, are all available from Highland Press.Deceptive Hearts, the first book in The Wild Geese Series, has just been released, and Book II, Keeper of the Light, will soon be released from Highland Press.

I am a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero and our two teenaged children.

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Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!




26 thoughts on “Meet the Characters with Cynthia Owens

  1. Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for having Lydia and me here today. We’re both looking forward to meeting some of your readers!

  2. Thanks for the character interview and the spotlight on Deceptive Hearts. I love the cover and the excerpt was good!

    1. Hi Maria, glad you enjoyed the excerpt! I love the cover, too, it’s so distinctive! My publisher doe amazing covers! Thanks for visiting me here today!

    1. Hi sjmn60, glad you enjoyed Lydia’s interview. Personally, I’m not a big fan of guns, but it certainly seemed right for Lydia to have one. Thanks so much for visiting with me – and Lydia – today!

  3. Nice to meet you, Cynthia! You definitely have some fascinating ancestors. Lydia sounds like a strong, determined heroine. I enjoyed the excerpt and the interview and love the Irish connection you entwined with this and your other novels!

    1. Hi Mae Clair, nice to meet you, too! 🙂 I loved delving into my own history – much more interesting than having to remember the names and dates set down in a history textbook. I’m so pleased you like Lydia. As for the Irish connections, I’ve been in love with everything Irish for as long as I can remember, and I don’t think I could write a story without that connection! Thanks so much for the visit! 🙂

    1. Hi Melissa, it was my pleasure – and Lydia’s – to be here today. Glad you enjoyed the interview, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Delightful character interview, Cynthia. I enjoyed meeting Lydia. She seems like spunky, yet highly romantic woman. Best wishes with your books.

    1. Thank you, texasdruids, glad you enjoyed the interview. I’ve tried to give Lydia the daring spirit she needed to confront her demons. Thanks for the good wishes, and thanks for visiting! 🙂

    1. Liza, I love the cover too, I think it’s wonderfully distinctive! But then, I’ve loved ALL my covers. Highland Press does wonderful ones! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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