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Something different here is coming your way With a special Guest post I'm sharing today. Michelle Dunne is the author and her guest post shares The background to the heroine of her book and what she dares. A story that sounds like a fascinating read And one that I feel I now need! Read about it and what she has to say Then maybe you'll also feel the same way! I've also shared more about the author and book At which you're also invited to look....
Lindsey Ryan’s character was inspired by some of the amazing women that I served in the Irish army with. Not the “ball-buster” or “harassed/downtrodden” characters that tend to be portrayed over and over again – but the ordinary woman who choses the life of a soldier.
Following an illustrious 13 year career as an infantry soldier and Peacekeeper with the UN, Lindsey’s life takes a drastic turn during a patrol near the Syrian border, when a child sets off an explosive device, killing two and seriously injuring Lindsey. Those patrolling that stretch of road with her that day were more than just her colleagues. They were her friends; her brothers. They were the nearest thing to family that she had and none of their lives would ever be the same again. Lindsey blamed herself for that, just as each member of the team did and now, the only thing she knew to do to survive was walk away from them completely. Losing herself to PTSD was one thing, but she wasn’t about to drag anyone else down with her.
It’s now four years later and Lindsey is starting over again. She’s the reluctant owner of a café which happens to be two doors up from a brothel, where trafficked women are in a hell of their own. None of the people in her new life know about her past, or the fact that she’s dealing with everything that PTSD can possibly throw at her and she’s doing it alone. She didn’t need them to know that she’d seen one of her best friends shot in the head while he tended to her broken body and she certainly didn’t need any of them seeing the scars, visible or otherwise, left behind from that day in Syria. They didn’t know that she was a soldier. Lindsey is happy to be underestimated. She feels that’s the only real strength she has left.
The only one who really knows what she’s become is her service dog, Frank; a seven year old German shepherd who’d walk through fire for her and received the same love in return. But even Frank wasn’t able to stop Lindsey from putting herself in harm’s way every chance she got. She inflicted physical punishment upon herself every chance she got and a part of her almost hoped someone else would come along and end it all for her. She doesn’t feel she deserves a so called “better life”. They were meant for people who were dealt a bad hand through no fault of their own, like the migrants that she was now trying to help. They deserved so much better and the soldier in her refused to stand back and watch the injustices that were served up to them. Without drawing attention to herself, Lindsey will stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves, all the while trying to protect her solitary existence. This new role in life was possibly the only thing keeping her from dying, by her own hand or someone else’s.
Lindsey Ryan is strong, yet flawed. She engages in sex with strangers as nothing more than a distraction. Though un-afraid of anyone living, she’s terrified by what she sees in her sleep and of the major cracks appearing in her once sharp mind. A born soldier with no choice now but to carve a new place in a world that seems to have no real idea what to do with someone like her.
After reading this about Lindsay, I now need A copy of this book for me to read! Thank you for writing this and enabling me To post it so that others can see.
A migrant crisis. A corrupt harbour town.
Who will stand for those who have become invisible to the rest of the world?
People have become one of the world’s most valuable commodities. Trafficked on the promise of a new life only to be hidden away as modern day slaves. When Lena, a raped and badly beaten Syrian woman, literally falls into Lindsey Ryan’s life, she’s left with no choice but to find her part in this new war and play it as best she can.
But before she can work out a safe plan to get Lena away from her very own hell at the hands of Patrick Adebayo, Lindsey hears of an unconscious child being smuggled into Patrick’s building just two doors up. Despite having Patrick’s unwanted attention, she has to help the child and get Lena to safety regardless of the cost. In doing so, she finds herself face to face with the worst of humanity.
Added to her own private battle with PTSD, former soldier Lindsey Ryan is in a race against time and must once again fight for her life. But if she fails to protect those around her, what if anything, will that life be worth?
Born and raised in the harbour town of Cobh, Co Cork, Michelle joined the Irish army at the age of 18, where she went from recruit, to infantry soldier, to Peacekeeper with the UN, to instructor back home in Ireland.
During her time in Lebanon, she got to experience first hand the camaraderie between soldiers and the sense of humour that got them all through some frightening situations. She also got to experience how ordinary families tried to live in conflict zones and these experiences have inspired so much of her work to date.
The Invisible is Michelle’s fourth book, but the second in The Lindsey Ryan series, following on from While Nobody is Watching, which is currently in development for television and inspired by her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within army ranks.