Meet a single mother & a sheriff in
A Promise to Protect
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her–or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago–out of his head.
When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. When Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task–protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers.
But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever?
Introducing Leigh & Ben
Brief physical description:
Leigh Somerall is 5’6” , quite a bit shorter than Ben Logan’s 6’2”, but she isn’t someone he wants to tangle with…at least not in a negative way. She has straight dark chestnut hair, cut at chin length, and has emerald green eyes.
Like I said Ben Logan is tall and muscular. He works out and wants his deputies to do the same. He has almost black eyes and mother’s Italian coloring along with short, black hair. Think Misha Collins from the Supernatural series.
As I wrote A Promise to Protect this photo of Keira Knightley just said Leigh Somerall. And when I wrote the first book Shadows of the Past, Misha Collins was Sheriff Ben Logan.
Strengths and weaknesses:
For almost ten years, Leigh has been on her own, raising her son as she put herself through medical school. She’s an independent and very disciplined over-achiever who loves her son. Sometimes she comes across as stubborn, at least Ben thinks so.
Life has taught her not to trust people and this makes her want to control every situation she’s in, much to Ben Logan’s chagrin.
Compassionate, loyal, trustworthy—almost sounds like the Boy Scout he was. And like Leigh, he’s stubborn and likes to be in control. Guess that’s why they butt heads so much. But he’s very much the protector—he wants to protect her and TJ and his town as well.
Quirk (if any)
While Leigh doesn’t have any quirks unless being a perfectionist counts, but Ben has panic attacks when he’s thrown into situations with kids TJ’s age.
Your inspiration for the character:
Ben Logan was the hero of my very first book (that will never see the light of day). Then when I wrote Shadows of the Past, he ended up being a secondary character. He hadn’t changed much from that original book (that will never see the light of day), and I wondered why he never married. When I asked him, it seems some girl broke his heart when he was in college, and Leigh was born. Let me give you the back cover copy:
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But when Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever?
Background to the story
In the Book One of the Logan Point series, I introduced Ben Logan as the acting sheriff of Bradford County after his dad had been shot. I knew I wanted to tell Ben’s story, and how he was driven to find his dad’s shooter. Then I met Leigh as I dug into Ben’s past and decided to bring her home to Logan Point, and while I was at it, I might as well put her in the crosshairs of a murderer. I loved writing their story.
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