Athena Charles

By Ayesha Court

Draft 1 Posted Date: 2/18/2014

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Former FBI agent Athena Charles, and daughter Lucy, are recovering from her husband William Carter’s death and her resulting miscarriage. After a year of mourning and fruitless investigation into William’s hit-and-run killing, Athena’s business partner, James Pike, lures her back to work in tony Middleburg, Virginia to create a skin serum business’s security plan. Simple and lucrative, just what the doctor ordered. But things get complicated when the Native Naturals owners, local plastic surgeon, Dr. Phillip Madison and Tappahannock Indian healer, Rachel Eagle, receive an anonymous death threat. And then Lucy is threatened too, forcing Athena to reluctantly send her daughter into hiding with her ex-British Army nanny, Eloise Wysdome, and wealthy mother-in-law, Jackie Carter. Meanwhile someone is killing elderly victims and making it seem like accidents. What they have in common: All witnessed Phillip’s birth. Seeking answers, Athena meets Pierre Devereaux, the French ex-special forces bodyguard protecting the Tappahannock tribal chief, Warren Miles. From whom? Athena is attracted to Pierre but Warren Miles is hiding something. And why is the governor of Virginia, Thornton Harris, Middleburg’s chief of police, Peter Chamberlain, and a new neighbor, video game mogul Vera Grayle, spending so much time on the Tappahannock reservation? When Lucy is kidnapped, Athena must untangle the web of deception and rescue her daughter. And woe betide anyone who gets between this mother and her child.

About the Author:

Ayesha Court wanted to be a writer by the age of six but couldn’t figure out how to make a living at it so she became a journalist. She received her BA from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins and an MA from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Fifteen years ago, she found herself back in the Washington DC area again as a reporter and editor for USA TODAY. But when it came time to start a family, she went freelance and began her first novel, “Athena Charles” in between diaper changes, stories about other authors and celebrities and renovating three homes. Like Athena Charles, she sleeps when she can and drinks a lot of coffee when she can't.

Author's Note:

I'm looking for feedback, especially regarding the voice of the protagonist. I've also used close 3rd person point of view to get into the head of other characters and would like to hear if it works or if it is confusing.

Requested feedback Criteria: Overall Feedback, Voice, Character Development, Pacing, Setting

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