Character Sketch: Naidenne Grinager Davidson

Naidenne was most requested to be featured as this month’s Character Sketch.

If you want to know more about the background of a character in any of my books, be sure to leave your request in a comment. I will be featuring one character sketch on this blog each month, as long as there is interest.

Character Name:  Born Naidenne Grinager. (Introduced in Seadrift) Married Rev. Scott Davidson (…and Something Blue)

Role in Story: Naidenne is Bunny Elder’s first friend when she moves to Bannoch, OR (Seadrift, Something Blue). She is the main character in The First Ladies Club, the first book of that series.

Occupation: Real estate agent/owner of property management company. Also runs a local crafts boutique in a corner of her real estate office.

dream-of-curlsPhysical Description: Naidenne, in her early forties, is almost six feet tall, slim and attractive, with riotous curly red-gold hair she struggles to tame.  Until meeting Bunny and getting a little help with her style, Naidenne dressed as inconspicuously as possible in a uniform of straight dark skirts and business-like shirts and jackets. She tried to control her frustratingly independent hair by skewering it into a knot on the top of her head. Once Bunny convinced Naidenne of her model-like beauty, she discovered her own sense of style, shook out her glorious hair and left the dowdy wardrobe behind. These changes soon caught the attention of Scott and resulted in their marriage.

Personality: Modest and unassuming. Although capable and assertive in her business life, Naidenne’s childhood left her scarred and emotionally insecure. Meeting and marrying Scott has changed that. She has blossomed into a confident and kind wife and mother.

Habits/Mannerisms: Unusually for such a tall woman, Naidenne has excellent posture. She is invariably kind and compassionate.

Background: Naidenne, an only child, was raised in various small towns in Oklahoma by parents who were both Pentecostal preachers. She enjoyed a life centered on the rousing church services until she was thirteen, when a painful experience with the visiting evangelist during a revival meeting turned her away from the church and made her distrust all clergy. Because of their lack of support at this time, she is now estranged from her parents. Meeting Bunny, and falling in love with Scott, allowed her to get over her earlier trauma and begin to find her way back to God.

Internal Conflicts: She has residual issues of confidence and trust from that early episode. Being the tallest girl in school made her want to disappear in social settings, but she has overcome those feelings, for the most part. It is important to Naidenne to raise her small daughter, Talitha Joy, with a healthy self-image, so she strives to model that.

External Conflicts: Naidenne is kidnapped and assaulted in The First Ladies Club. She must escape from her attacker, an escaped convict. In the other books where she appears she has only normal relationship issues with her sister-in-law, Rosamund, church members, and the other wives in the First Ladies Club, but thanks to her generous nature, these never grow to the level of conflicts.

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Seadrift to be included in New Spring Bundle

I’m excited to say that “Seadrift” is being included in a Spring Fling bundle of cozy, romantic seadriftmysteries, along with a dozen other full-length novels by best-selling and award-winning authors.

Look for this great ebook deal  in early Spring. These inexpensive bundles are a super way to get acquainted with your new favorite authors.

Keep watching for the announcement when it becomes available.

Seadrift – the prologue

 

Prologue

 Waves explode furiously against the shore, clawing at the sand, as they are dragged back into seachestthe roiling sea.

Shells, sea creatures and refuse swept up from the ocean floor dash helplessly against rocky outcroppings, before being sucked back into the maelstrom.

Lightning sparks the crests of the waves, as the tempest moves on, reluctantly releasing its hold, and the frenzied surf’s passion wanes.

Ripples slide back down the beach, lacking the strength to carry their burden of flotsam with them.

Moonlight reveals kelp, broken planks and detritus littering the shore anseaweedd befouling the tide pools.

A tangle of seaweed and debris bobs gently in the foam.

Small ivory fingers curl up from the tangle, as though still seeking the comforting clasp of a guiding hand.

Seadrift, Book Three in the Bunny Elder Adventure Series

After her Italian adventure, Bunny is determined to learn who she is outside the roles of pastor’s wife and younger sister.

She loved the Oregon coast when her late husband’s ministry took them there for a few years, so she decides to strike out on her own and see if she can make a living as a free-lance writer.

She rents a quiet cabin near the imaginary coastal village, Bannoch-by-the-Sea, and begins sending out pitches to local periodicals and businesses. She joins a local church, where she is just becoming established, when a chance discovery while beach combing leads Bunny into yet another life-threatening situation.

While dodging human traffickers bent on retrieving the little sea chest Bunny found, she builds relationships with new friends and finds depths of strength she scarcely knew she had.

Thoughts of what might have been with Max finally begin to fade.

In this book we meet Ellery, Bunny’s great-niece, a student at Seattle University, and take a step outside the middle-aged viewpoint of the earlier books.

Like Bunny, I lived in parsonages on the coast of Oregon and Washington and I enjoyed revisiting some of my favorite places with her in this book.

Bannoch, entirely fictional, is very loosely based on Bandon, OR.

Through the lives of Bannoch Community Fellowship Pastor Scott Davidson and his sister, Rosamund, we get a tiny peek into parsonage life.

Although Hollow, book one in the series, is a true mystery, with a definite whodunnit, Vain Pursuits, and Seadrift fall more into the thriller/adventure category, leading me to change the series title from Bunny Elder Mysteries to Bunny Elder Adventures. One reviewer described the series as “Nancy Drew for Grown-ups.” While I’m not as prolific as Carolyn Keene, I am flattered by the comparison.