Isaac Collins is our hero. He's dark and brooding with a shady past. He's been a Civil War soldier, a hired gun, and a cowboy.
This is the model for Isaac. He doesn't look very cowboyish, but the face and hair were what I was going for.
|I don't know who this guy is, but he's the model for Isaac|
Beth Caldwell is the heroine. She's a gambler's widow who has settled down in Palmer, Nevada to make a life for herself following her husband's death. She's feisty and independent. She works as a midwife.
|Again, I have no idea who this is, but she's always been my model for Beth|
Clay Dearborn is the antagonist. He's the local cattle baron who wants Beth's land, and who's managed to place the blame on Isaac for a stagecoach robbery and murder of the passengers. Clay's not a nice man.
Although Frank's dead, he plays a large part in Beth's past. He was her first love. He was a gambler and card sharp--smooth, charismatic, clever. In this pic NPH isn't dressed in period clothes, he's still how I imagine Frank.
Silas Devol is a gambler from Frank and Beth's past who shows up to collect on a debt Frank owed him. I imagine him as squatter and rounder than this, but this pic is good for the overall character.
Gil Dawson is the sheriff who's pretty much in Clay Dearborn's back pocket.
Because she knows what it's like to be an outsider, Beth has taken in some of the misfit women in town who don't fit anywhere else. Daisy is an ex-prostitute. She'll be the heroine of book three.
Lydia is the school teacher who was abandoned at the alter. She'll be the heroine of book two.
Nellie is a Paiute woman was raped by a white man and left pregnant. She'll be the heroine of book four.
|Nellie Howling Wolf|
That's it! Those are the major players, some of whom will be back in book two (which releases in October, btw).