Gib and the Tibbar
Galactic Defenders Series
A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.
Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.
With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?
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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.
Age: approx. 24 Earth years
Birthplace: planet Mingo
Profession: Galactic Defender, part of Hotel squad
The Hero’s Relaxed Side
This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
The hero is actually at a celebration banquet during part of the story, but let’s assume this other party is one where he’s not working as a Defender. Because Gib is a Galactic Defender, the only time he gets to leave the Galactic Alliance carrier ship is when he is on a mission. So, if he’s at a party, it would be in the Defender lounge on the carrier. It would be to celebrate the end of a successful mission, and those in attendance would all be other Defenders. Now, the Defenders consist of multiple species from around the universe, though no one from Earth. At least not at this point in the series.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Because his squad is still fairly new compared to many of the others, he likely wasn’t part of the successful mission. He would be leaning against the wall somewhere talking to another squad mate about they find it unfair that they don’t get sent on the good missions. While his words would show his frustration with the Alliance, and his jealousy of the older Defenders, inside he would be full of admiration for the more experienced squads.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Unless called over by one of the more experienced Defenders, he would stick to those in his squad and others whom he trained with.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
The Defenders have to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, so there is no drinking of alcoholic beverages on the carrier. But, as you will learn in Gib and the Tibbar, it can happen while they are on a mission.
How much drink is his usual?
If he is on duty, or has a rotation coming up, he will not drink. Though, if he does not have to worry about being on duty, he will drink enough to get a good buzz. Never to the point of blacking out.
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?
In the carrier, he would either go back to his room which he shares with a squad mate. Or, he’d go to the training room to run a simulation. He wouldn’t go to either place to hide, but if he was exhausted, he’d go to his quarters. If he wanted to avoid someone, he’d go to the training room.
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?
Gib is usually the friend that others latch onto. They like to complain about the unfairness of the Alliance to him, especially Zair.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
Unless it was someone he knew well, he would not get involved. There are plenty of other Defenders to control their own squad mates and friends.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
In his squad, he’d be the one who does the tossing. He can read minds unless someone blocks him. But when someone is angry, they don’t hide their thoughts as well. He’d be able to sense the upcoming conflict before any fists were thrown.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He always knows when to leave, though with all the thoughts flying around at a party, he’d likely leave early just to clear his mind, or put up his own block.
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?
Although he would be calm about it, he would not accept blame for something he didn’t do. He would calmly explain the situation and what really happened.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
If he was on a mission, he would ready his weapon and head immediately to the source of the scream if he wasn’t already occupied.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
He would immediately want to help them.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
If not otherwise occupied, he would assess the situation while rushing to them.
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?
He would fight until the very end, hoping another Defender came to help him out.
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 with him/her in some way. What does he do?
Gib would slowly sneak farther and farther away from the person until he found an excuse or opportunity to leave.
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?
This usually doesn’t happen as Gib is one of the younger Defenders, but if it did, he’s the type who would casually and privately suggest alternative ways to handle the situation. If that didn’t work, he would simply take over rather than put his life and the lives of others in danger.
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?
When he enrolled in Defender training, he knew pain, injury, and even death could result. He would push through it because he knows that his actions save lives.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“You can’t save everyone, but even if you save one being from the Erebus, it’s worth it.” – What his squadron leader tells all of the members
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
All of the lessons he learned during training as a Galactic Defender get him through each and every mission, whether fighting the Erebus, or simply interacting with the natives of the planet he is on.
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Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Each story in the anthology varies, but I believe the highest rating would be R – Restricted
Genre: Sci Fi Romance
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Jessica E Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter. Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.
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