Character Bio on Lia Cassidy…
I’m Lia Cassidy and I was born and raised in Ontario, Oregon, the heart sugar beet country. My Dad is a farmer and I feel lucky I grew up with my feet in the dirt, wriggling my toes in that warm, sandy soil. I didn’t really have much computer time because I loved being outdoors. I came from a large family and often dreamed of having one myself. When I rode my palomino horse, Goldy, bareback, I would throw my arms out at my sides, riding that rocking chair rhythm aboard my best friend. I never gave a thought that my life would turn out so horribly different and difficult. I look back on my wonderful growing up years, a loving set of parents, happy being in Nature, and shake my head. That’s all gone, now.
Maybe it started because I loved adventure. I joined the Army after graduating from high school. I was really great at mechanics and the Army didn’t waste my talents. I ended up being a mechanic in a motor pool at Bagram, Afghanistan. I was one of the very few women and worked mostly with men in that building. But I loved fixing things and I was very good at it. Two years into my enlistment, I was attacked by two men who worked with me. I had the duty that night and was alone in the huge building.
My father had taught me an Israeli fighting technique known as Krav maga. When they pushed me into a corner, wielding knives, threatening to kill me if I didn’t let them rape me, my terror turned to rage. I wasn’t going to lay down and let it happen,so I fought back. They weren’t expecting it. I still remember that terror-filled night like it was yesterday. Once they realized I wouldn’t capitulate? They tried to kill me because they knew if I escaped, I’d turn them in. Worse? To this day, my body bears the scars of their knives. My world was turned inside out. I try to hide the scars from others by the kind of clothes I wear, but I can’t conceal all of them. Men look at me, see the scars and turn away. I never knew what loneliness was until this life-changing incident happened.
I survived the assault, but barely. I left the Army and went to work for Delos, a global charity. I wanted to hide and try to heal. I was assigned to La Fortuna, Costa Rica, and became the manager for a Home School Foundation charity. The jungle beauty of this country, the kindness of the people, the loving children who didn’t care about my scars, were exactly what I needed to continue to heal.
But even here, where I hid and was happy, evil stalked me again. Dante Medina, the local drug lord who lived outside the village, attacked our small school and murdered the two teachers. His soldiers came after me, to kill me, but I escaped, running for the jungle. Tears ran down my face over the trauma of losing my two teacher friends. If I survived Medina’s soldiers tracking me down, what was left of my twenty-five year old life? Once, as a child I had dreamed of the man I would marry and how happy we would be. Children would be just another form of love between us. And since the attack? I no longer dream those dreams. And now, this demented monster who is going to hunt me down. Was there nowhere to hide?
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NOWHERE TO HIDE
Welcome to my new series, DELOS! Book 1, NOWHERE TO HIDE, introduces this romantic suspense series. It features Lia Cassidy and ex-SEAL, Cav Jordan. There is a FREE prologue, LAST CHANCE by Lindsay McKenna, so be sure to grab an ebook copy of it now!
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Meet each of the siblings of General Robert Culver, USAF, and his Turkish/Greek wife, Dilara Badem-Culver. Talia is first born. Dilara then has twins: Matt and Alexa. Even though their family is worth billions because the Turkish-American-Greek family owns the largest fleet of container ships in the world, these three siblings learn early on that service to one’s country and being patriotic, is expected of them.
Follow their stories after the two above introductory ones. Tangled Pursuit is Tal and Wyatt’s book, 11.11.2015. Forged in Fire is Matt and Dara’s book, 12.3.2015. Broken Dreams is Alexa and Gage’s book, 1.2.2016. Paperback/ebook. Sign up for my quarterly newsletter that brings you ongoing information about Delos and other series I’m writing. Exclusive info. A give-away. And more! www.lindsaymckenna.com.
Body image and body shaming are huge issues, especially for women. We are conditioned to be perfect and embarrassed if we aren’t. Times are changing,in large part due to our brave veterans showing us that life doesn’t end, it just changes. I like to think I can do that……move on and thrive, not just survive.
It would be hard because we’re raised to dislike things not perfect but I’d like to think my family would stick by me and help me survive. Sounds like a great book.
If I was so badly scarred I would probably retreat into myself on a personal level and find a job that requires little interaction with people.
You never truly know how you would handle a situation until you are in it, but we all, I’m sure, hope that we would handle it with pride, patience, intelligence and to be able to still be the strong individuals who we once were. At least, that’s what I would hope for, as I would hope it doesn’t crush my ability to be happy and to live and love my life to the fullest of my ability.
I really don’t know how I would cope. I know first hand how life can change in a blink of an eye after my husband had a heart attack and left him with a brain injury. My friend who had terrible scarring on her face from a condition she suffered said after the first couple of awful face pulling, nudging and name calling she said she got use to it because she was grateful to be alive and see her kids
I have a scar on my wrist, at first I tried to hide it. As I got older, a surgery left a scar across my neck, I realized then that my scars were not ugly, but a sign that I was a survivor. Older and wiser (?). Happily most people I meet don’t care about outward appearance, it’s what’s inside that counts.
Like Lia I fought back and the ass-hole is in a prison in Texas for LIFE! My Hubby just says that my scars are my Badges of Courage!
Love this, can´t wait for my chance to read!
I´d think, if it was through an attack like this, I´d wear them with pride, since I survived and came through. If they make others uncomfortable, that´s their loss. Any friend or man worth having, wouldn´t have trouble with the scars IMHO =)
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
PS since I´m an introvert IRL, I´d stay at home and never have to show the scars in public LOL