Character Spotlight: Brogan

mona lisa brogan portraitThe release date of my novella Mona Lisa is twenty days away! Can you believe it? In honor of the occasion here’s a sneak peek into the life of my leading man, Brogan.


Brogan Shay is twenty-one years old. He was born on the tenth of November 1779 and grew up in the small seaside town of Carlingford on the Northeastern coast of Ireland.

Brogan works with his father and three brothers at the family blacksmith shop where they work hard to make a living and service the town’s metalworking needs.

Brogan was engaged to marry his childhood sweetheart, Alannah Sheenan. However, she died from an influenza outbreak two years ago and left Brogan to try to pick up the shattered pieces of his life.

Brogan is a handsome, hard-working man and many women would be glad to take him as their husband. However, Brogan’s heart still aches from losing Alannah and isn’t ready to love again.

But whether he’s ready or not, there’s one woman who seems to be able to stir up his heart like no one else can. Love is the farthest thing from his mind, however, as he matches wits with Mona McLeod.

“His blue eyes twinkled. They always twinkled and it annoyed Mona because they always seemed to be laughing at her.”

Any other woman would have found his teasing wit charming, but not Mona. It only serves to get her ire up. It seems as if they’re destined to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and carry on the feud.

The McLeod’s and the Shay’s have been feuding for over a hundred years and the bad blood between the families shows no signs of diminishing any time soon. The families are as divided now as they ever were.

That is, until Mona and Brogan’s relationship begins to transform from animosity to attraction. Before they know it, they’ve fallen in love and find themselves in a secret romance, but are they fighting forces that are larger than their love? Will their love survive the battlefield of a century-old feud? And will they survive when life seems determined to destroy them?

Find out what happens:

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