A Vested Interest - Book 1 of A Vested Interest series

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Dark Secrets - Book 2 of A Vested Interest series
No Secrets - Book 3 of A Vested Interest series
Stones, Stars and Solutions - Book 4 of A Vested Interest series
Leap of Faith - Book 5 of A Vested Interest series
Regret and Retribution - Book 6 of A Vested Interest series
Consequences - Book 7 of A Vested Interest series
Ashes to Ashes - Book 8 of A Vested Interest series
Dust to Dust - Book 9 of A Vested Interest series
Raging Storm - Book 1 of Blood of the Rainbow - an A Vested Interest prequel series
Roses and Regret - Book 2 of Blood of the Rainbow prequel series
Choice and Change - Book 3 of Blood of the Rainbow prequel series
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Donna Rigden

There's a lot of Shelia in Donna's character. Like Shelia, Donna has long dark hair, comes from the northern part of Louisiana and likes to laugh. Her idea of fun is to use water and ice - OK in a hot climate but 'Brrrr' in the UK. She's fascinated by science and the chemistry of life.

She was raised by her grandparents after her parents were killed in an 'accident' at a sewage plant.

Like Shelia, Donna gets caught out occasionally by the differences in language between the UK and USA. After 18 years both finally learnt that the passenger side of a car is on the left in the UK.

UK US equivalent US meaning of UK word/s
Boot (of a car) Trunk A type of shoe
'Knock you up' Wake you up Make you pregnant
Pastie A savoury pastry Tassel worn on stripper's nipple
Rubber Eraser Condom
Biscuit Cookie The English call an American biscuit a scone
Motorway Interstate  
Flat Apartment

Punctured 'tire' (In the UK that would be a tyre)

'Spotted dick' A current pudding A venereal disease
Midgie Gnat

Chocholate candy

Hash key (#) Number or pound key

A messy key

Pound (£) (Huh?) # or lb
Pet (Term of endearment esp. in North) Honey or other term of endearment An animal
Hall (Big house) Mansion Civic building - Town Hall

Of course Donna is totally mystified by the strong local dialect in use in Newcastle and Northumberland

Alcohol and Donna just don't mix. You might think it's impossible for someone to be drunk after drinking just half a glass of brandy but Donna, like Shelia has American Indian blood and has no tolerance of alcohol. Just half a pint of cider (10 oz) is enough to make Shelia badly affected.

We envisioned Donna would look something like Terry Farrell or Kristin Kreuk

 



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