Hello and welcome to my day on The Missing Hours Blog Tour. I am excited to be introducing you all to Selena Cole, the main character in The Missing Hours.
The Missing Hours is being published on 21st April 2016 by Century.
One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.
A woman returns
Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.
What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?
‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?
My five star review of The Missing Hours is here. It is easily one of my favourites of 2016!
Character profile: Dr Selena Cole
Occupation: Founder of The Cole Group
Selena Cole was born Selena Harper to parents Francesca & Lucas, in the small town of Padstow on the Cornish coast. With her father moving through the ranks of the British Army, Selena and her older sister, Astrid, spent the majority of her childhood moving throughout the UK and Europe, before finally returning to Cornwall in her early teens. Lucas Harper retired as a Major and contented himself with a protracted retirement of fishing and woodworks. Francesca set up a small but popular tea room, which she ran single handedly until her death fifteen years later.
Selena would tell you that her childhood was a contented one. That whilst she and her sister were not terribly close, thanks to a ten year age gap, they were nonetheless friends. Selena was a quiet, studious child, tending to spurn socialising in favour of more solitary pursuits, reading, swimming. She had one or two close friendships, but on the whole kept herself to herself.
Selena early on displayed signs of a quiet intelligence and incisive mind. It was that intelligence that led to her gaining a first in psychology from Bristol University, further propelling her on to completing a degree in trauma psychology at the university of Liverpool.
It was whilst working as a trauma psychologist that Selena met Ed Cole. Ed had returned from a tour of duty in Basra minus a leg, and following a protracted recovery and eventual discharge from the rehabilitation centre, they began to date, marrying a little over a year later.
The idea for the Cole Group was born out of family tragedy, when Selena’s nephew Gabriel disappeared. Having successfully located the boy and negotiated his return to his mother, Astrid, Selena realised that her future lay outside of the clinical setting and together she and Ed founded their own boutique Kidnap & Ransom firm. Their beginnings were modest, small jobs in which the scope for earning was decidedly limited. However, Selena quickly began to display a skill for evaluating the psychological mindsets of kidnappers (both groups and individuals), thereby allowing the Cole Group to develop negotiation strategies designed to return the hostage as quickly and as safely as possible. With Ed’s experience, the partnership quickly became one which was highly sought after and, within a couple of years, the Cole Group had become the K&R consultancy firm of choice for a large number of insurance providers.
The Cole Group latterly expanded, taking on a sizeable number of employees, including Orla Britten (nee Cole) in an administrative capacity, her husband Seth and Beck Chambers as K&R operatives.
Originally based in Canary Wharf in London, following the birth of their children, Ed and Selena decided to adopt a more managerial role and thereby reduce the amount of time each of them spent in high risk countries. They ultimately moved with their two daughters (Heather and Tara) to a small town on the outskirts of Hereford.
It was here that they were living when tragedy struck, and Ed Cole fell victim to a terrorist attack in Brazil. Life changed dramatically for Selena and her two girls. Now a widow, each day became a challenge of balancing running a business with caring for two grief stricken children, as she herself mourned.
In many ways, Selena Cole is a paradox. She is an attractive woman, whose looks are often the last thing that people notice about her. She is fiercely intelligent, has the determination and will to go where others will not. She can also be extremely charming and persuasive. Perhaps the best way to describe Selena Cole is to say that no matter how well you believe you know her, there always remains far more beneath the surface than you could ever imagine. Do not underestimate just what she is capable of.
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The Missing Hours is available on Amazon from 21st April 2016 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780894678
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