Stressing Owen Strong from Lonely Eyes by Bernadette Jones @RomanceBJones #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseThere is an art to pursuit. A runaway on a storm-buffeted highway brings danger to Spencer, Co., in Bernadette Jones’ new romantic suspense, Lonely Eyes. Can Owen protect this young woman, or will her presence cause the death of one of his family?

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Lonely Eyes by Bernadette Jones

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

There is an art to pursuit.

Keira is running out of time. The handsome stranger with a dragon tattoo says he can keep her safe, but he doesn’t know the demons on her trail… Will her mysterious past lead her to escape, or drag her back to living hell?

Owen Strong has suffered tragedy, but he’s made a new family in Spencer, Colorado–one he will protect at all costs. When he finds determined Keira Hoa, she rouses more than just trouble. Looking into her lonely eyes, he sees that everyone’s in danger.

But she’s come to the right place. He’s the monster hunter.

Stressing Owen Strong

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 33

Gender: male

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Mechanic

What does your hero look like?

Huge. He’s always been large, at 6’2″ with broad shoulders and chest. He works out daily, because his past careers as a bounty hunter and MMA fighter made staying in shape essential.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Keira Hoa Thi. He found her on a storm buffeted highway. She’s in trouble and he vows to protect her.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

He’s at a house warming party after he and his friends have helped paint and move his buddy and wife into their new home. There will be beer, pizza and a lot of joking around.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

There will be moments where he relaxes against a wall and soaks in the camaraderie and comfort of knowing he has a chosen family.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

He will do a little of both. But his nature is to watch and guard those that are important to him so he will always be a touch alloof and on guard.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

He’ll have a beer or maybe a shot of whiskey, but he never allows himself too much. He really likes water and juice.

How much drink is his usual?

One or two.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

He choses his friends wisely. Most of them are hard-working and ex-military. They watch out for each other. If someone is having a problem, he’s in their space helping them out or setting them straight.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

He has his circle of friends and they all watch out for each other. They mingle equally.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

He will break it up and then set both parties down and get it straightened out.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

Definitely do the tossing.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Always knows when to leave.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Immediately starts strategizing his best response and plays to whatever will settle the situation quickly. He is a chameleon playing whatever part he needs to.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

Immediately moves to find the source and the reason. He is quick and quiet.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Assess the situation and the location. Could there be more assailants on the way? What are his best defensive strategies for the location?

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

Separates the combatants, then finds out who started it and why.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

Never give up. Think with your head, use your brawn to your advantage.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

Always aware of what is going on around him. He would see the person first and if he doesn’t want to be seen, he will disappear.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

He will always attempt to instruct and educate, but if there is danger involved he will take over.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

He trains in several martial arts and was a street fighter. Pain is part of life. He blanks it out.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

He’s relied on himself for a very long time. He has a ‘just do it’ attitude.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

Think it through and never give up.

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

He’s lost a lot of people he loved. Once he takes you on as his chosen family he will protect you with his life.

Where to buy Lonely Eyes

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JJL2BSR

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Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she’s called home: Texas, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts and now New York.
Books and music filled her life as she, her dad and two brothers traveled the country. She would sit in the back seat of the car (her older brother always got to ride shotgun), listening to the current music on the radio, looking out the window and spinning a story based on a phrase or word she’d heard in the lyrics. As you can imagine, traveling the country the music changed from state to state, as did the stories. To this day she loves all genres of music and books.
After a career in corporate writing, she’s finally decided to settled down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s is bringing her stories and characters to life. This is Bernadette’s third book in the Aspen Gold Series.
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