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Category Archives: Stressing the Hero

An interview which shows the hero under stress and how he would react.

Today we’re reading about Gib from Gib and the Tibbar in Pets in Space 2 by Jessica E Subject. Tell us about your book.

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?

About the anthology:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

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Stressing Gib

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
Ethnicity/Species: Mingot

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.
Where can we find your book online?
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
Amazon: http://bit.ly/EmbraceTheRomance
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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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Stressing Orol from Dark Flight @CynthiaSax #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceToday we’re reading about Orol from Dark Flight by Cynthia Sax. Tell us about your book.

His mission. His challenge. His forever.

Orol, the Refuge’s second-in-command, has been given what he believes is a simple mission—escort two human females to the settlement. The winged warrior arrives at the meeting site to find one of the females missing and the other aiming a gun at his head. To rescue the first, he must capture the second. Once he has Rhea in his talons, however, he realizes he never wants to let her go.

Her enemy. Her captor. Her everything.

Rhea doesn’t trust anyone. She certainly doesn’t follow commands issued by a gorgeous flying male with glittering eyes, a beautiful face, and a seductive touch. Orol is dominant, edged with darkness, and determined to find her sister. Rhea will do anything to prevent that, even if it means playing sensual games of submission with her powerful enemy, seducing him into forgetting everything except her.

Dark Flight is a stand-alone Sci Fi Romance set in a gritty, dark world.

Stressing Orol

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: Many, MANY human lifespans
Birthplace: In a Humanoid Alliance laboratory
Profession: Genetically designed to kill
Ethnicity: Half Human, Half Oberon Flying Death
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Modified Humanoid

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Orol is surrounded by the top warriors in the universe. There’s a melee. The last being standing wins. They’re given their choice of any blade. Orol chooses to use his talons.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Orol LOVES to fight and is excited to be at this party. His talons are extended. His wings are spread. He will keep his feet on the floor to give the other party-goers a chance.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He searches out beings to fight, giving each of them a rough time before engaging.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
He seldom drinks and never when he’s fighting.
How much drink is his usual?
During breaks,he sips any beverage he’s given, taunting other party-goers.
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?
Orol goes there to avoid Scales, a friend of his. He has agreed to never fight him.
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 prefers to fight alone but will compete with friends for the most kills.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
This party is one big fight and Orol is right in the middle of it.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He’s not leaving until he wants to leave and he won’t want to leave until all of the fighting is done.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
When the fighting is done, he’s leaving.

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?
Orol will make a joke and walk away.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
Orol will fly to investigate.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
Protect.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Stand between the abuser and his victim, using his body to shield the victim.
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?
Orol calls Balvan or one of his other brethren for help. If help doesn’t come, well, he’s a warrior. All warriors eventually die in battle. He has accepted that.
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?
He makes jokes and acts as though there was never any conflict between them.
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?
As long as the situation won’t kill anyone, he lets the being bungle things. Sometimes you need to fall on your a$$ to learn how to stand on your feet.
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 has been through worse…. And, unfortunately, he has.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Kralj is the closest Orol has to a mentor.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Every situation is survivable.

Where can we find your book online?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Genre: SciFi Romance
Publisher: Indie
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Stressing the Hero from Dating an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders.

Author Bio

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor, because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing).

About the Book

Title: Dating an Alien Pop Star
Genre: Scifi Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she’s kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.
Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…
Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

Stressing The Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Griffin goes to many parties, because of being a famous pop star when he’s here on Earth, so I can definitely imagine him at a posh afterparty for some kind of music awards! It would be dimly-lit, well catered, packed with booze, and very, very lush and luxurious.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Excited to be in a room with famous faces he recognizes from his time studying Earth’s culture. A little nervous. Probably a little drunk. He would be twitchy and fluttery, but definitely smiling. And trying to watch what everyone is doing, so he doesn’t miss anything!
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle, for sure. In fact, he’d want to be the life of the party.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Champagne. He loves champagne, and never realizes how much is too much until it’s too late.
How much drink is his usual?
Two glasses, at which time he’s buzzed and flushed, and probably giggly.
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?
Griffin would want to drag his best friend Dev out into the party. Dev is a bit more reserved in groups of strangers, so he’d probably sit out most of the craziness. Griffin would want to make him join the fun!
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?
Griffin usually latches onto one person, namely his best friend Dev, but he would still be able to pay plenty of attention to any and everyone around him. He has a capacity for paying attention to many people at once, even while holding Dev close like a safety blanket.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
Griffin would most likely step in if he saw something happen that he deemed unjust or unfair. He’s empathetic and has a strong sense of morals when it comes to people getting bullied or mistreated, and he isn’t afraid to use his alien “powers” on Earth people if needed.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Griffin wouldn’t toss anyone out of a party, but here on Earth, he wouldn’t be tossed out either. He’s too famous for that. But on some other planet? He’s been tossed out of a few places, sure…
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Griffin will leave whenever he damn well pleases. He’s a pop star, thank you very much, so his timing is always perfect.

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?
Griffin was raised as a prince on his home planet, and many times over his life, he’s been in danger. His first reaction to an authority pulling him aside is to believe that they are protecting him. If, however, he found out that he was being blamed for something he didn’t do, on Earth, he would remind the police that he is a famous pop star and insist on being released immediately.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
Griffin would perk up if he thought someone was in danger. He has empathetic healing abilities, so he reacts strongly to someone who is in pain or in need of help.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
“How can I help this person?”
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Runs right into the fray, potentially getting himself in a dangerous situation, given he is slender and on the petite size, and not much help in a physical fight.
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?
Gathers all of his energy together and focuses it on one last burst of power… this will either get him out of trouble or cause him to self destruct, but either way, it should stop the bad guy.
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?
Confronts them before they can say anything, and tries to act as brave and confident as possible. He probably fails.
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?
Griffin wouldn’t pay much attention to age in a situation like that. If someone is doing a bad job, he would try to step in and help, regardless of their age. He is not an alpha male, though, so his version of stepping in would involve suggestions and offers to help, rather than forcing his way in.
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?
Griffin would remind himself of the people he loves most, and how much they need him. He would also think of his mother, who he lost as a child, and what would make her most proud of him to do.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“There is always kindness. You can always find strength in kindness,” Griffin’s mother’s words.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Griffin remembers that his Mum had grace and dignity in the face of challenges, and he strives to be like her when he faces similar situations.

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Stressing the Hero from Surrender, Coalition Mates book 4 by Sarah Marsh. 

Author Bio

Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She’s been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she’d read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own.
Sarah’s also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weaknesses are animals of any kind…she even loves the ones that wake you up at four in the morning because they can almost see the bottom of their food dish.
When it comes to life in general she’s a big believer that laughter is the best medicine and that there’s no such thing as too much love, which is why she’s such a sucker for a happy ending.

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Title: Surrender, Coalition Mates book 4
Genre: science fiction romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Surrender: Coalition Mates 4
Seduce me with words.
Inspire me with passion.
Blind me with longing.
Break me with need.
Bind me with love
Sally Owens was content to spend her life hiding in plain sight, as long as no one got too close or tried to wrestle the reigns away from her that is…
When she goes out for a night on the town to troll for the new Mr. Right Now, getting kidnapped and shipped out into space was NOT what she had in mind. But above all else Sally is a survivor and she soon comes up with a plan to thrive in this new world.
Arkenon Quinn, Courtesan Guild Master on the planet of Sirus, is informed that one of the new human refugees wants to join the Courtesan Guild and he was of course curious. However, when he meets the audacious and beautiful Sally he finds himself signing up to be the one to mentor her against his better judgement. What he could never have anticipated was how quickly this fascinating creature would steal his heart and force him to do something he’s never had to do before- chase a female.
Will Sally’s painful past keep her from finding a future with the man who’s like no other she’s ever met? Or will she have the strength to place her body and soul in Arkenon’s extremely capable hands?

Stressing The Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Any party that the Courtesan Guild on Sirus throws is a lavish affair, some are hedonistic while others are centered on traditions and formalities, depending on the occasion.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
As the Guild Master it’s not only part of Arkenon’s job to put others at ease in any situation, but as he had taken over this position from his father before him, it’s also a large part of who he is and how he was raised. He has been trained to be in full control of his body language and is a master at only giving away what he intends to.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Ark would be mingling with everyone in attendance, always charming and alluring, making each guest feel welcome and cherished.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
At home with his friends he enjoys a nice cold ale, but at a formal Guild event he would sip on fine liquor.
How much drink is his usual?
Ark never drinks enough that he would be intoxicated; his need for control is too precise for that.
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?
Never one to hide from anything, if he is seeking out a hiding place then it would most likely be to coax out the person who is there.
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?
Arkenon’s magnetism and charismatic personality ensures that he always has admirers flocking to him.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
Diplomatically if he can, most likely charming the aggressive party goer into distraction and diffusing the situation.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
No one tosses a Master Courtesan out of a party. ;-)
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He stays long enough to do his duty.

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?
He is a formidable diplomat, he would calmly explain the misunderstanding and be respectful of the authorities.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
Ark is used to being responsible for a huge community of people, he would no doubt investigate to see if he could be of assistance.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
Outrage, he cannot abide any kind of abuse.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He would immediately interfere on behalf of the victim.
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?
If he must sacrifice himself to rescue someone, he would.
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?
Arkenon will always try to be polite and professional if he can, but he is no pushover, he will speak his mind if he must and send the unwanted person on their way.
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?
Before he became Guild Master he spent years teaching others the skills required to become Courtesans in the Guild, so he knows how to assist and guide without undermining someones confidence or coming across overbearing.
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?
Pain is relative, it will pass, but the lessons it imparts will always remain.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“There was never such a foolish thing done in love, which love could not undo.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
His father taught him to always be in control of his own reactions, to think first, and act second.

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Stressing the Hero from The Scottish Diamond by Helena Fairfax.

Author Bio

Helena Fairfax writes engaging contemporary romances featuring heroines she’d love to have as a friend and heroes she’s secretly in love with. Her first novel, The Silk Romance, was a contender for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme Award and a runner-up in the Global Ebook Awards. She was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize in 2014.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.

About the Book

Title The Scottish Diamond
Genre Romantic Suspense Novella
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
What do you do when it seems you can’t trust anyone…even the man you love?
When Lizzie Smith starts rehearsing Macbeth with her theatre group in Edinburgh, she’s convinced the witches’ spells are the cause of a run of terrible luck. Lizzie’s bodyguard boyfriend, Léon, is mysteriously turned down for every job he applies for, until he’s finally offered the job of guarding “The Scottish Diamond,” a fabulous jewel from the country of Montverrier.
But the diamond’s previous guard in Edinburgh Castle has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. The Scottish Diamond has a history of intrigue and bloody murder, and Lizzie is plagued by nightmares in which Macbeth’s witches are warning her of danger. “Fair is foul and foul is fair…”
Then Lizzie discovers she’s being followed through the streets of Edinburgh, and it seems her worst fears are about to be realised…
The Scottish Diamond is a standalone story. Lizzie and Léon first met in the romantic suspense novella Palace of Deception, which is set in the Mediterranean country of Montverrier.

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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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Léon Bressac is a bodyguard. He’s been invited to a glittering party at the Palace of Montverrier and is supposed to be off-duty, but he’s concerned about the safety of the heroine, Lizzie, who is acting the part of the princess.
How does the hero feel about being at this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He wishes he could relax and mingle with the others but he’s on the alert for danger. He stays at the edge of the grand ballroom where he has the best view of what’s going on.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He remains aloof. His poor background in Italy also means he doesn’t feel totally comfortable socializing with the wealthy. He finds their conversation shallow.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Léon is half-Italian and he loves red wine but has stuck to soft drinks at the party in order to keep a clear head.
How much drink is his usual?
He doesn’t usually drink a lot but when he’s off work and spending time in his house on the Italian coast, he feels more relaxed and likes a few glasses of Italian red wine.
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?
It’s because he needs to know who is a friend and who is a foe, and where people are at all times.
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’s the sort of man others latch onto.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
He’s a trained bodyguard and so he’d be aware trouble was brewing before it started and would intervene before it got out of hand.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
The one that does the tossing!
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He leaves when Lizzie leaves and he knows she’s safe.

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?
The hero has a troubled background and has been in trouble with the law. If he’s pulled over by the police he keeps quiet and says as little as possible.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
He runs toward the danger and hopes it isn’t the heroine screaming.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
That he should step in and break it up.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Grabs hold of the guy doing the beating.
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?
The only time Léon ever panics is when he thinks Lizzie may leave him. If he thinks he’s over his head in a rescue situation he stays calm, takes a step back, and thinks things through with cold logic. He’s a patient man and he’ll wait for the right opportunity. If it doesn’t come he just defends himself as best he can.
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?
Léon runs into a few guys from his troubled past in The Scottish Diamond. He finds it hard to escape his background but he tries to speak to them in a way that shows he’s strong enough not to be dragged back down.
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?
Great question. Léon has sympathy for young hot-heads – he was one himself. He talks to the guy in a calm way that avoids confrontation and lets the younger guy take the credit for his advice.
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?
In order to get through, he imagines himself with the heroine in the future, on the other side of his troubles, and the image keeps him strong.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“Ask not for smaller problems but for broader shoulders.” (Old proverb)
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
I can’t say too much without revealing a twist in the end of The Scottish Diamond but Léon has learned the hard way that you should always choose the right path over the easy path.

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Stressing the Hero from The Gazillionaire and the Virgin a BDSM erotic romance by Lisabet Sarai. 

Author Bio

Lisabet Sarai occasionally tackles other genres, but BDSM will always be her first love. Every one of her nine novels includes some element of power exchange, while her D/s short stories range from mildly kinky to intensely perverse.

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Title The Gazillionaire and the Virgin
Genre  Contemporary BDSM Erotic Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):  R
When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rachel Zelinsky meets reclusive genius Theo Moore, she finds him strangely compelling. Theo is both arrogant and socially awkward, but he has an aura of power that speaks to Rachel’s carefully-hidden submissive side. Disturbed and aroused, she tries to focus on her original objective—a deal to incorporate his Artificial Intelligence software into her company’s popular virtual world. Rachel’s not a woman who lets pleasure interfere with business, but for some reason, she can’t resist Theo’s geeky appeal.
Theo Moore can’t be bought. His past battles with poverty make him deeply suspicious of the billionaire CEO. Still, with her voluptuous curves and brilliant mind, Rachel embodies his ultimate sexual fantasy. Too bad his knowledge about sex derives from extensive research and a stash of kinky porn rather than real-world experience.
That doesn’t bother Rachel, however. In his bed—in his arms—in his bonds—she discovers the bliss of total surrender. Rachel may be Theo’s first lover, but Theo is Rachel’s first true Master—and the first man to truly touch her heart. It seems that love may harmonize their differing goals and values, until Rachel’s unwitting violation of Theo’s trust threatens to tear them apart forever.

Stressing the Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Theo actually does attend a party in the book, a fund-raising event for his technology charity Code in the Hood (CIH) that’s organized by the heroine, Rachel Zelinsky. The event takes place at the Computer History Museum, a real museum in Silicon Valley. There’s an open bar, a buffet, a band playing soft rock, and lots of technology executives with cash to burn milling around.
He’s anything but relaxed, though!
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He’d rather be almost anywhere else. He parks himself at a table in the corner and fidgets with the CIH brochures stacked up in the center, at least until Rachel drags him out to socialize with potential donors.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He’d much rather remain aloof, but Rachel won’t let him. However, once he gets started talking about the charity which is his personal passion, his nervousness disappears.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
At this party he has his first taste of champagne. And he likes it very much!
How much drink is his usual?
Theo hardly ever drinks. Once he tastes the champagne, though, he wants more.
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?
Theo would love to hide. Crowds and strangers make him terribly anxious.
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 hangs on to Rachel for dear life. She’s the only person he knows at the party, and the only one who can keep him from panicking.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
If you asked Theo this question in the abstract, he’d tell you that he’d run and hide. In fact, he’d probably try to break up the fight, then possibly freak out afterward.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He’s not likely to get tossed out. He’s generally pretty mild-mannered. It’s pretty difficult to imagine him tossing anyone else out, though physically he could manage this.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He’d rather not be there at all, so he’d probably leave as soon as he could slip away.

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?
He will try to reason with the cops. He might get sarcastic. If he’s not successful in convincing them to release him, he’ll probably sulk.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
His first reaction will be to try and discover who screamed, and why. If he believes someone is being hurt, he’ll temporarily forget his self-consciousness
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
He wonders what was going on, and why.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
In fact, he probably wades into the fray, trying to pull the assailant off the victim. Later, he won’t believe he’s done this.
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?
When Theo can’t utilize his physical skills to implement the rescue, he’ll fall back on his intellectual abilities. He’ll try to figure out some way to trick his opponents, or to sneak away.
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?
He becomes very stiff and formal. He keep his words to a minimum, saying only what is absolutely necessary.
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’s surprisingly bossy, giving instructions and perhaps getting a bit impatient if the person in charge doesn’t obey. He might resort to sarcasm or ridicule.
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 thinks about the safety and comfort of his home, and how good it will feel to finally arrive there.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“Don’t underestimate yourself. Expect to succeed.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
He remembers how he saved Rachel from a cyber-assault. That reminds him how powerful he really is.

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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.

Author Bio

M.J. Schiller is a lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-year-old and three eighteen-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon. 

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Title Hometown Heartache
Genre Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):
PG13
Nash is trying to
make a name for himself in the art world…
But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned
to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking
about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late
to win back her love?
Chloe has finally
found a way to leave her past behind her…
But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How
can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back
together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking
herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew
before?
If this chance
meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.
Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the
shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be
reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

Stressing The Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a
party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Nash would enjoy a big party, but would prefer just hanging
with his family and a few friends.
How does the hero
feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying
that gives it away?
When he’s with his family, he’s relaxed. He would be sitting
on the couch, one arm resting on the top, with his back in the corner, totally
engaged in the conversation he is having, turned toward the speaker, one leg up
on the couch a little. He is an artist and so his conversation would be thoughtful,
cerebral, intelligent. But Nash was also an athlete in high school so he is
strong and physically fit and could talk sports. He would avoid politics unless
it was a subject he was particularly passionate about. He was popular in high
school, but not Mr. Popularity. He is a stand up guy, someone you could count
on in a crisis.
Is he more likely to mingle
or remain aloof?
With family he’d mingle. At a bigger party he would mingle
some, but would limit it to a handful of people.
If he drinks, what is
his drink of choice at this party?
Beer, craft or otherwise. Prefers a basic beer.
How much drink is his
usual?
Depends on the night and how long he is out. On average,
three or four.
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 wouldn’t hide or avoid someone, at least not for long. If
someone went missing, though, he’d know where to find them because he’d
understand that desire. He may bring them back to the party or stay and talk
with them there.
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?
If he gets involved in a conversation with someone, he
doesn’t feel the need to leave it in order to talk to everyone. He’d rather
miss out on saying hi to someone than miss out on a good conversation, although
he’d regret not getting to talk to everyone a little.
If someone picked a fight
at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
He would try to negotiate the situation, but if he needed
to, he’d be fine with throwing someone out if they were making trouble.
Is the hero the one most
likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He’d be the tosser, not the tossee.
Will he know when to leave,
or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He will know when to leave, but will stay late and help
clean up.

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?
He’s pretty calm about it, believes that it will all work
out, that the cops will be reasonable and listen to him.
How does the hero react
to hearing a scream?
Nash would go to find out who was in trouble and try to help
them. He’d take along his brothers if he thought he needed to.
If he sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
I need to step in and help this person.
If he sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He steps in to defend 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?
Takes it like a man.
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?
His jaw would be tight and conversation would be clipped.
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 would let them try to handle the situation themselves,
but if they gave a sign of needing help he’s be there to do his best to handle
it.
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?
I’ve just got to hang on and get through this.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
He’d probably think of something his mom told him. He looks
up to her a lot. It probably would be along the lines of “walk a mile in
someone’s shoes.” He would try to see things from their viewpoint.
What lesson from his
past gets him through a stressful situation?
His time without Chloe was the worst period in his life. He
would tell himself if he could get through that, he could get through anything.

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Stressing the Hero from Outside The Lines a contemporary romance by Beth Rhodes.  

Author Bio

Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother, friend, and lover. She lives with her Army husband and their six children at the base of the mountains in Colorado. She loves the cold, coffee, camping, and sunshine.
Her stories are full of life, family, and love. You can find her reading just about any genre of romance, but her favorites are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. She wants a book that makes her heart pound and her pulse race.
Beth is a member of Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Writers, Colorado Romance Writers, and International Thriller Writers. She is signed with Entangled Publishing and Boroughs Publishing Group.

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Title: Outside The Lines
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
For the first time in her life, good-girl Maria Rodriguez throws aside caution for an all-consuming desire. She wants freedom from rules and her family looking over her shoulder. She wants the love she’s only ever dreamed of. But then that love walks away. Jaded bachelor David March doesn’t believe in love. His fling with the pretty Hispanic woman from California is as close to feeling as he wants to get. Now, he’s back home, burying himself in work and trying to forget.
Shortly after he leaves, Maria finds out she’s pregnant. Her first leap into freedom results in a life-changing consequence. She knows she has to find him. But what she finds is not what she expects. David is not the down-to-earth man he portrayed. And the love she remembers has been replaced by cold calculation and contracts. He lied to her once. Can she trust that a marriage agreement will bring back the love they once shared?
Go to a place where stoic German meets colorful, vibrant, sexy Hispanic in this contemporary romance set in a small town outside Burlington, Vermont… in the heart of winter, love can happen!

Stressing The Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Once again, the old biddies of Lynnbrooke have fru-frued up the old town hall for the yearly charity ball. Equal parts twine and white netting-like shit hung from every beam. There were old mason jars on every table with stones and green baby’s breath flowers. And he only knew that because Mrs. Kraus had spent the last two days putting them together in his typically unused dining room. For the town, he reminded himself…for the business.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
David is obligated, yet he does love his town and he would do anything for his grandfather.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
A little of both!
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Scotch, MadRiver
How much drink is his usual?
Just one, unless he’s alone.
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 goes to hide but he drags Maria with him so he can enjoy a moment of quiet with her.
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 doesn’t latch onto friends, nor do people latch onto him. He’s been the rich kid and unapproachable his whole life…until Maria.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
David looks out for the underdogs and for friends.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He does the tossing.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He’ll stay to help Mrs. Kraus clean up.

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?
He’ll keep his cool on the outside, but he burns hot on the inside over injustice.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
David wouldn’t just jump in unless it was pretty obvious someone needed help.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
To stop it.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He steps in to break things up.
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?
If it’s a fight, he just keeps fighting. If it’s…say, wrestling a black bear or surviving a dip into the frigid water of the Winooski River to pull someone out, he’ll do what he has to.
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?
He clams up. He avoided his mother for a long time, and even as his story starts, he’s standoffish, if not a wee bit rude.
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 takes the direction handed to him and then does what he wants to do. He can be a bit harsh that way, especially in the business world.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
His grandfather had a huge impact on his life, and though David faltered through most of his twenties, he always remembers how his grandfather taught him that fighting wasn’t always the best answer.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Learning that he can survive anything.

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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.

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Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.
An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.
A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

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Title Stealing Hope
Genre erotic paranormal romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The apocalypse has come and gone. 
Those who survived learned to adapt. 
Dragons awaken to once again reign over the skies. 
Upon eruption of a volcano, Ari awakens to a changed world, and a knowing that his dragon’s mate is near. He saves her twice—once as a dragon, and again as a man—and wins her confidence. 
Hope cried out, moaning, “just change me with pleasure?” 
Hope is restless and unfulfilled until she meets Ari, the man of her fantasies. The sensual tension between them heightens with every touch. When their passion explodes, Hope gets pulled into the dragon’s mating ritual…and into a world of erotic sensation she never dreamed existed but now cannot live without. The dragon binds his mate to him with a ritual that shows Hope her true nature in this humorous erotic romance. 

Stressing The Hero

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.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a
party. Considering his story, describe the party.
This would definitely be a hunting party. Survival is the
main goal.
How does the hero
feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying
that gives it away?
Ari is a bit impatient having to hunt as a human. If he was
to go as his dragon, he’d be done and back in a quarter of the time. He checks
over the weapons he is using, perhaps a bit more diligently than the men around
him.
Is he more likely to mingle
or remain aloof?
Ari would remain aloof, if he can manage it he’ll change to
make hunting easier as long as he wouldn’t be found out. He has no desire to
become hunted.
If he drinks, what is
his drink of choice at this party?
Water is his drink of choice at the hunting party.
How much drink is his
usual?
Ari will have a drink with his meal. Dragons don’t really
indulge in anything that could expose them to humans.
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?
Ari will go there to indulge his curiosity to see if
anything is hidden there, and to scope out the territory.
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?
Ari draws others to him.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero
going to handle it?
Ari would step in to stop it.
Is the hero the one most
likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Ari would be the one doing the tossing.
Will he know when to leave,
or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Ari will stay until the goal of the party is done.

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?
Ari would grit his teeth and listen then try to explain.
How does the hero react
to hearing a scream?
Ari runs toward it.
If he sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
That he has to stop it.
If he sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Ari steps in to stop it.
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?
Ari does what he thinks is right, even if he gets his butt
kicked.
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?
Ari keeps the contact to a minimum to accomplish what must
be done.
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?
Ari will try to assist him or her, doing his best to correct
it. He will step in to correct it if he has no choice and only if someone will
be hurt.
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’s a dragon, he can do anything.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
Give it time, it will pass.
What lesson from his
past gets him through a stressful situation?
The knowledge that no matter what, he has his family to
stand behind him.

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