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An interview which shows the heroine under stress and how she would react.

Stressing Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #1) @karencino #RLFblog #Cozy #MysteryLet’s meet Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (A Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery), a Cozy Mystery, by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your latest book.

New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Book #1) by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery
Book heat level PG 17
After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazzo, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.
Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades earlier. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Stressing Connie Acosta

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.
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Baker
Ethnicity: White – Italian American
What does your heroine look like?
Connie is five foot four with shoulder length light brown hair and big brown eyes. She is average built, carrying around those extra fifteen pounds since she hit menopause.
Who is the significant other in her life?
She is currently dating Vic, one of the residents.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
It’s a dance with a DJ playing 1970’s disco music with a splash of 50’s and 60’s music.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
She enjoys the dance music but feels that there’s something else going on. When not dancing she stands arms folded surveying the room.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
She’ll remain aloof, not knowing her best friend’s friends, taking it all in.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
White wine!
How much drink is her usual?
Her limit is two glasses.
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?
To avoid someone.
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’s the friend that other’s latch onto since she’s the new lady in the community and remains mysterious to the residents.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
She’ll tell them exactly where to go. LoL
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
She’ll do the tossing if she sees seething that isn’t right, especially people who become intoxicated.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Connie is never the last to leave. Usually she’s the second person to go.

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’s not going to be happy at all. She’ll voice her feelings and tell them to do their job and find the cupric.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
The first thing she will do is turn to see where it is coming from and follow the scream.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
She need to do something.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She dials 011. If there’s no one around to help she’ll be right their to assist.
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?
COnnie will continue to help the person in distress.
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?
Besides rolling her eyes in disgust, she says hello, nice seeing you again and keeps on walking.
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?
COnnie will offer to give her a hand, trying her best to turn the situation into a positive ending.
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?
She tells herself that she’s living in the moment. Tomorrow will be better.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Don’t lose your cool.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
That yelling doesn’t get you anywhere.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your heroine?
Connie is down to earth. She was handed a couple of bad hands later in life. But she did get back on her feet and move on with her life.

Where to buy New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #1)

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079K3FLHY

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Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
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Stressing Tempe from Storm Crazy by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #ParanormalLet’s meet Tempest Pomeroy from Storm Crazy, a paranormal by Livia Quinn. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your latest book.

Storm Crazy by Livia Quinn

Genre Paranormal

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Welcome to Destiny, or should I say Middle Earth…

I’m Sheriff Jack Lang. After an exciting career as a Navy pilot, Destiny seemed like the perfect place to settle down – safe, sane and secure. But that ship sailed when I met Tempest Pomeroy – sexy redheaded mail lady and trouble magnet. Tempe never fails to test the limits of my patience or the law. Every time I think it’s the last straw, up pops another haystack.

My name is Tempest Pomeroy, and my human job is delivering the mail. I’m also a Paramortal like my family, or I’m supposed to be. If I didn’t have a few little talents, I’d think I was adopted. To say I was having a bad day would be like saying Katrina dropped a little rain on New Orleans. My brother’s genie bottle is missing, my mother’s AWOL, and the sheriff and my ex-lover are squaring off like yard dogs staking a claim over a poodle. I am no one’s poodle. I’ve denied my heritage for most of my life but all this chaos is a sign of my quickening Tempestaerie power.

Oh, and the sheriff? He thinks he’s settled in a normal, quaint small town—like Mayberry?! We’ll see how that turns out… Things better settle down soon, ’cause I’m about to go…Storm Crazy.

Stressing Tempe

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.

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Destiny, Louisiana

Profession: mail carrier and weather witch

Ethnicity: Paramortal

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Tempestaerie

What does your heroine look like?

Tempe is tan and fit, a redhead with rainbow streaks in her hair. Her eyes are sunny blue until she gets her weather dander up then they go stormy.

Who is the significant other in her life?

Jack Lang, is becoming her significant other, but he hasn’t seen her wild side yet.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.

The is being given by Jane Fortune, Destiny’s gossip columnist and 900 Psychic. It’s a ploy to get new fodder for her column.

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

Tempe did not want to be at Jane’s party so when Jane starts asking her about the dead body she found at the clubhouse, sparks fly from her fingertips.

Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Tempe isn’t really a mingler. She and her brother were abandoned by their parents when she was ten so she tends to stay to herself.

If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?

She’d love a shot of tequila but she learned her lesson – twice – this week, that Tempestaerie elements and alcohol don’t mix.

How much drink is her usual?

Ha! less than one is plenty to get her in trouble.

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?

To avoid someone, this time the hostess.

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?

Tempe would find Montana her bigger than life intimidating warrior friend to hang out with.

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

It depends on whether they are human or a supernatural since letting others see you use your powers is a no-no. But most likely Tempe would toss a lightning bolt at them, or call up a gust of wind to distract them.

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

Tempe’s a trouble magnet but not the kind to get thrown out. People understand why she’s having trouble

Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?

LOL, she’ll be looking for the first opportunity to get away.

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?

This happened and it didn’t go well. The sheriff didn’t believe her when she said she stepped over the dead body to steal her brother’s genie bottle from the locker. Ooops.

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

Tempe wouldn’t hesitate to jump in and help.

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’d fake it, pretend she was winning until she could gain an advantage, or outlast them.

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?

Something she didn’t want to do after having a shot of tequila. She kisses him.

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?

She raised her brother so she understands the mistakes young people make and would try to help them without making them feel like she’s taking over.

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?

Pain is just a state of mind. Deny, deny, deny.

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

“Whatever you do, stay calm. You’re about to go through your quickening.”

What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?

Even when things seemed hopeless and there was no one to turn to she managed to get herself and her little brother through a bad time and they came out okay.

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

Tempe’s like most of us, she’s just trying to protect the ones she loves and do the right thing but somehow things just keep happening and that dang sheriff keeps showing up at the worst possible time.

Where to buy Storm Crazy

Storm Crazy is #99cents – the last time for a while.

Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L02VHE0

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Growing up in DC, Livia tagged along with her Daddy to Redskins games and explored the rich history of our country, then she moved to the bayous of Louisiana where the weather and culture of this region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest and her military heroes. Livia’s many jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer are the conduit her characters have used to relate their stories to her. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! Down by the bayou she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.

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Stressing Miss Elizabeth Atwell from Only a Hero Will Do @alannalucas27 #RLFblog #genreA feisty heiress and a dashing ex-army captain working together to defeat dark forces threatening Britain’s monarchy. Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas

Defender of the realm…and his wary heart…

Stressing Miss Elizabeth Atwell

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.
Age: 26
Birthplace: England
Profession: spy (shh! don’t tell)
Ethnicity: British
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Being the daughter of a viscount, Elizabeth is no stranger to the elegant ballrooms of the ton, however even she finds Lady Caper’s soirées far too tedious and overcrowded. Despite the opulence of the environment, lovely music, and the company of her dear friend, Elizabeth is too focused on her mission to enjoy the evening.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Elizabeth does not want to be there, but is quite proficient at putting on a good show for the sake of propriety. None would suspect she’s only at the party to keep an eye on the man suspected of acts against the crown.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle, but always on the look for possible danger.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
She doesn’t drink.
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?
None of those ;-) It would be to receive a secret missive that needs to be decoded.
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 is the friend that others latch onto.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Depends on who is involved. She doesn’t want to giveaway her secret ;-)
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Of course not! She may be a spy, but she’s still a lady.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
If anything, Elizabeth leaves early.

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?
Elizabeth is not some simpering miss. She will defend herself and her actions.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Run and investigate.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
That Typhon- the elusive antagonist in Only a Hero Will Do- or one of his lackey’s has infiltrated the ton.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Pulls out her pocket pistol from her thigh holster and goes after the assailant.
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?
Never give up, that’s for certain! Perhaps restrategize a little and then rise to the occasion.
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 with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Miss Elizabeth Atwell is the daughter of a viscount and knows how to put on a good show for the sake of propriety.
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?
Take control, of course.
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 is your chance to prove that you do belong. You are a spy.”
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
I wouldn’t have asked you to be part of the Legion if I didn’t believe you were capable.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
Being told she would never have a place in a man’s world. She was going to prove every naysayer wrong.

Only a Hero Will Do

Captain Grant Alexander is an enigma in London society. Dashing and handsome, he coldly eschews marriage. But the ton knows nothing of his role in the Legion: to bring Typhon, the traitor who seeks to destroy the British monarchy, to justice.

When Grant is thrown together with fellow Legion member Elizabeth Atwell, he’s instantly beguiled yet exasperated by this beautiful viscount’s daughter. She has little interest in combing the marriage mart for a well-bred, well-heeled husband, but is adept at code-breaking and handling a bow and arrow. She also refuses to do as she is told, insisting she accompany Grant on his mission.

As Typhon continues to evade capture and dark forces are at work, Grant realizes he must act, not only to protect the realm but Elizabeth too…not to mention his heart, which is in danger of thawing every time she comes close…

Genre Historical romance- Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self-pub
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Only-Hero-Will-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B071LS5KSB

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Today we’re reading about NarrAy Jorlan from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure by Kayelle Allen. Tell us about your book.

He’s a professional thief. She’s a by-the-book army captain. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

Stressing NarrAy Jorlan

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.

Age: 28

Birthplace: Tarthian Empire

Profession: Captain in the All People’s Liberation Army (a rebel)

Ethnicity: Better (an addictive, enhanced human)

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.

NarrAy’s story starts out with her wearing a hot red party dress so she can fit in at a night club. She’s there undercover to meet and hire a professional thief. The place is crowded to the max.

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

She is not happy about being there and stands above the crowd on a hotel balcony, her arms crossed while she taps one foot.

Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

NarrAy is not shy, but because her kind is addictive, they are forbidden access in society. She stays away from crowds.

If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?

She’s too aware of her pheromones and how they affect others to risk getting drunk. She drinks something that looks alcoholic but isn’t.

How much drink is her usual?

She sometimes has a glass of wine with dinner. That’s it.

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?

She’s avoiding anyone and everyone. Not only is her kind forbidden to mingle with others, they are not allowed to touch anyone either.

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?

Others go stand beside her. She is the strong, silent type.

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

Physically, she is tiny. However, all she has to do is release her pheromones and anyone in the vicinity will go glassy-eyed and slack-jawed. She’s not afraid of anyone no matter how big they are. Literally, no one can touch her if she doesn’t want them to.

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

She would do the tossing.

Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?

She’s often the first to leave, unless she’s meeting someone on a covert mission or op.

Stressing NarrAy from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure #RLFblog #scifi #romance

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’s meek and demure and does not argue. However, she will not allow herself to be detained unjustly. It’s not something she’s proud of, but she can overpower with her pheromones and use her voice to control others. If she’s angry, the combination can kill.

How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?

She seeks backup if possible, but if she can’t, she will still investigate.

If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?

Protect the person. Then punish the assailant.

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

Take a second to assess the situation. She does not leap blindly into anything, but she’s quick to decide and once she has, she doesn’t pull back.

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?

NarrAy will use her pheromones and voice to take command of the situation. She avoids that if possible.

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 with him/her in some way. What does she do?

She gets stiff and formal, retreats behind a wall of polite iciness and waits for the person to leave. If it looks like they aren’t, she makes excuses for leaving and gets out of there.

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?

She comes alongside, talks to them, and if she outranks them (she’s a captain, after all) she will direct them as to how to fix the situation and proceed.

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?

Pain is fleeting. Honor is forever.

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

“Think, assess, and then act without regret.”

What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?

When her parents were killed and their belongings confiscated by the Tarthian Empress, she considered it the worst day of her life. From the moment she heard what had happened, she knew she had to take back what was stolen and honor her parents’ legacy. She reminded herself daily, sometimes hourly, that she would make them proud.

Where can we find your book online?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Genre: sci fi romance, romantic comedy, military sci fi
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Dani: Stressing the Heroine from Taunt @Eve_Dangerfield #RLFblog #thriller
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.

About Eve Dangerfield

Eve has loved romance novels since she first started swiping
her grandmother’s paperbacks at the age of fourteen. Now she writes her own
unapologetically sexy tales about complex women and
gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her
lovely sister and a rabbit named Billy.

About Taunt

Genre Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Thriller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daniel Schwartz never meant to uncover the apocalypse,
unfortunately for the Kiwi hacktivist, that’s exactly what happened. Yet while
it’s clear to her what she should do; cover it back up and get completely
smashed, the rest of the world doesn’t agree. A shady corporation places her in
a beachside prison where they promise to hold her until she agrees to talk.
Dani would be pretty annoyed if she weren’t:
a) Biologically incapable of being annoyed
b) Very intrigued by the men hired to guard her
c) Extremely hungover
John, Colt, and Seb have poured a lot of time and money into their private
security business the last thing they need is to waste six weeks babysitting a
hyperactive hippie. Sadly they’ve signed a shady but watertight contract. Each
of the three men finds himself drawn to the weird, pop-obsessed Daniel and she
to them. As they become entangled in each other’s lives Daniel is forced to answer
some big questions such as; how can you escape when there’s nowhere safe to go?
How can a commitmentphobe fall for not one, but three different men? And, most
importantly, should New Zealanders kick people who call them Hobbits? (Yes.)
Taunt is a heart-stopping erotic thriller; chock full of science, nail-biting
suspense, period jokes and good old fashioned lust.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a
party. Considering her story, describe the party.
The party would be an outdoors event hosted by Daniel’s
eco-terrorist organization Grassroots. It’s a chance to connect and unwind with
other members and there would be live music, plenty of food and drink and a
casual dress code.
How does the heroine
feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she
displaying that gives it away?
Daniel would be thrilled to attend, bouncing around trying
to talk with as many people as possible while trying to peer-pressure others
into getting loose and making mistakes. She never stops smiling or talking,
unless she’s kissing that is.
Is she more likely to
mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle. Daniel loves being around others and more often than
not, the center of attention.
If she drinks, what is
her drink of choice at this party?
Daniel doesn’t drink as her biochemistry doesn’t allow for
it. She is however, very partial to substances of dubious legality. Also weed.
How much drink is her
usual?
Weed. Or fruit juice in glasses that make it look like
alcohol.
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?
It would completely be to drag a shy friend, perhaps a
scientist or socially awkward programmer back into the fray. Once they’d been
brought back to the party she’d make it her personal mission to get them drunk
and laid.
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 is the friend that others latch onto; the bigger problem
can be maintaining her attention once you have it. Daniel is very distractible.
If someone picked a fight
at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Daniel is, by her own admission, a lover not a fighter. As
Grassroots is a pacifist organization it would be kind of weird for a fight to
get out of hand at one of their parties, but if it did Daniel would probably
dump punch/cake on the offender’s heads and tell them to stop or she’d leak
their information to the Feds.
Is the heroine the one
most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Tossed out. For sure. No questions asked.
Will she know when to
leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She will stay late as she possibly can (unless she picks
up). Being a nuisance is kind of Daniel’s wheelhouse.

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?
Lies her ass off, says whatever she thinks they want to hear
then escapes at the earliest possible opportunity.
How does the heroine react
to hearing a scream?
Runs towards the sound without thinking.
If she sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
What the actual fuck? Stop it you butthole!
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Runs towards them and tries to break them apart, unless she
knows she’ll likely be hurt and overpowered in which case she would call the
cops/throw something/ find an alternative plan of action.
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?
Fights as hard as she can for as long as she can, giving
everything she has.
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 with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Barrels into the awkwardness and tries to overwhelm the
person with the sheer force of her personality.
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?
Tact isn’t Daniel’s strong point. She would tell the person
straight up that they’re screwing the pooch and either suggest improvements or
conduct a mutiny to get the situation resolved another way.
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?
Daniel has a rare chemical disorder that affects her ability
to feel physical pain, however she is capable of feeling distressed. In those
moments she closes her eyes and tries to focus on happy memories from the past.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
She recalls John Blackwood, her lover, telling her to relax
and count her breaths, then she does it.

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Today’s featured book is Deceit and Devotion by Faye Hall. 

Author Bio

Murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under the Australian sun.
These are the stories of Faye Hall.
Her passion driven, mystery filled books are set in North Queensland, Australia during the development of the townships at the end of the 19th century.
Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.
Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.
These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.
Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on her own ancestors and their adventures when first migrating to Australia.
Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

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Title Deceit and Devotion
Genre Historical romance / Interracial romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
“I will pay you to sleep with my wife.”
Jarrah Miyan, a young half-caste aboriginal man, is supposed to seduce a white woman into an affair so her greed-driven husband can gain full control of her inheritance, including the rare collection of black opals she keeps under lock and key. When he walks into the study to meet the poor chit he’s to take advantage of, he expects to find an aging woman who smells of stale perfume and gin. Who he finds though is the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on—the same woman whose pale thighs had been wrapped around him just a few hours earlier as she’d begged him to give her pleasure.
After their night of passion together, Emily Holtz doubted she would ever see Jarrah again. To have him standing before her now, asking for employment at her cattle station, was not a situation she had prepared herself for. She agrees to hire him on one condition. He has to spy on her husband and get her the incriminating evidence she needs to apply for a divorce. She’s spent years in a miserable arranged marriage, and she’s desperate to escape. But her husband is a dangerous man, and he will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants.
As they begin to develop feelings for each other, Jarrah worries about what will happen when Emily discovers that he’s been working for both her and her husband. Not that they could ever really be together, as society would never accept that.
Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence.

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.
Jarrah would be being paid to attend and serve the wealthy guests alcohol.  He would also be required to ensure no fights broke out amongst the drinking guests.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Jarrah would be constantly on guard, knowing that he needed to remember his place as a worker.  He keeps his eyes lowered, knowing better than to try and look any guest in the eye.  His answers to any questions would be short and soft.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof? 
Jarrah would be forced to mingle but would take any opportunity to escape.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party? 
Jarrah isn’t allowed to drink.
How much drink is his usual?
Jarrah isn’t allowed to drink.
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?
Jarrah would be more inclined to want to hide, however he would welcome the chance to avoid his employer.
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 Emily Holtz was at the party then Jarrah would stay as close to her side as was possible, ignoring any others that were there.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
It would be Jarrah’s job to break up the fight, but he wouldn’t willingly get involved.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
As a half-caste aboriginal man, Jarrah wouldn’t be allowed to lay his hands on any wealthy white guest.  If he did then he would be tossed out on his ear or worse.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Jarrah would know 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?
Jarrah automatically tenses, knowing that he made an easy scapegoat for anyone making trouble.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
It fills him with dread, and Jarrah would automatically go and investigate.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
If it were men fighting, Jarrah would instantly think they were fighting over a woman and he shouldn’t interfere.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Jarrah would try to rescue them, though he would have to be mindful not to become involved.
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?
Jarrah would struggle to get the better of his opponent until he could make some kind of escape.
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 keeps his answers short and cold.  He doesn’t want to get involved.
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?
Carefully make suggestions to make the other person think they were his idea until the matter improves.
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?
Jarrah would remind himself that he was doing this for Emily, the lady he loves, and that he must survive and return to her to ensure her safety incase her husband tried to find her.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation? When Emily left her husband for Jarrah, she told him that she never saw his color; only him.  He remembered this in hoped that there were others who could look at him the same.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Jarrah learnt from an early age to depend on no one other than himself.  In a stressful situation he would fall back on his wits and independence until the situation improved.

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