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Tender Misdemeanors by Alana Lorens
When Caryn Orlane joined the Bureau of Land Management, she never dreamed she’d fall for a man on the wrong side of the law–or that it would cost her so much. Tender Misdemeanors
Genre romantic suspense, cop romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Saving the forests may be the death of them
Caryn Orlane has law enforcement in her blood; her father was a cop, and his father, too. She’s a federal agent in northwest Montana, protecting the old forests and keeping the peace.
Levi Bradshaw also believes in protecting the forests, but has a very different MO. He’s the leader of a group of eco-warriors, determined to save the trees of the Bitterroot by legal–and illegal–means.
When they meet in the woods at gunpoint, their encounter ignites a spark of interest, despite operating on opposite sides of the law. When their worlds turn on them, they only grow closer. If they don’t work together, can either survive?
Stressing Caryn Orlane
Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.
Please tell me about your heroine.
Profession: Law enforcement officer for the federal Bureau of Land Management in Kalispell, MT
What does your heroine look like?
Approximately 5’7″, shoulder-length blonde hair, green eyes, physically fit, prefers dressing casually
Who is the significant other in her life?
When we begin, it’s a green iguana named Niabi. But when she meets Levi Bradshaw at gunpoint, he becomes the one man for her.
The Heroine’s Relaxed Side
This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
She’s not much of a party girl, but she agrees to help Levi host a fund-raising party to save the forests. She makes sure there’s enough food, liquor and baskets to collect donations from the cast of wealthy contributors. Levi’s home is beautiful and a great setting to remind people how much the wild is necessary even to our modern lives.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Of course, at the moment, she’s in disgrace with her own Bureau department because she’s even seeing him, so she’s mostly trying to stay out of sight and not see anyone from her office. Or really anyone she knows. She’s not ashamed to be with Levi, but she’s painfully aware of the conflicting loyalties she holds.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Definitely aloof. SO aloof. She spends part of the night in the pantry alone with Niabi.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
A glass of good wine.
How much drink is her usual?
Just enough to feel a bit warm. She values her mind and control too much to get totally wasted.
The heroine 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?
Definitely to avoid people she knows.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She’d likely hover around a few close friends–she’s no social butterfly.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
It depends. If it’s something to do with her, she’d handle it herself. If it had nothing to do with her, she’d probably stay on the fringes and watch until it got out of control. Then she’s perfectly trained to step in and take charge.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
She’d do the tossing.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Well, she’s currently living there, so I guess she’d have to stay late….
The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side
How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
She gets hot, fast, and argues her point until she’s out of breath, even though she’s a cop herself.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Her adrenaline would spike, and she’d be ready for action.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
Stopping the assault.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Pull out her gun and stop it.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
She jumps in anyway, because she’s committed herself to making the save.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does she do?
She’d withdraw a bit, but probably be sarcastic if she must interact with this person.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
As someone who’s had a rowdy younger sister all her life, she’d likely take over somewhat diplomatically, but practically, to achieve the correct outcome.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
“This can’t stop you. You’ve got to take care of yourself, and then we’re going to take care of whoever did this to you.”
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Her father’s. He was a cop before her, and she always wanted to please him. Unfortunately, his advice almost always comes to her in terms of how he’d be disappointed by whatever she’s done.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
The fact that she tried out to be FBI, but flubbed the final exams. She still went on to be an enforcement officer, and she’d survived just fine.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your heroine?
That even though she’s not warm and fuzzy, that she still has the capacity for love and longing, and she would lay her life on the life for anyone who deserves it.
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Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, she loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. One of her novellas, That Girl’s The One I Love, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter, who is the youngest of her seven children, three crotchety cats, and four kittens of various ages.
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