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

Stressing Cass McKay from Undone by Livia Quinn.

Author Bio

Livia Quinn is a DC native who lives on the bayou in Louisiana. She met her hero, Cass McKay, while listening to Jesse Cook’s “Breathing Below Surface” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me if You Don’t”. When I turned down a narrow street there he was, in the flesh leaning against the wall of Elektra’s shop (well, a store on the corner on my route, actually but still,) all tawny and golden, asking for my help to get his woman back. I could tell he was desperate so… what else could I do? Undone was born.

About the Book

Title Undone (A Sexy Romantic Adventure)
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Livia Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Aussie gem hunter Cass McKay appears unexpectedly on Elektra’s design shop doorway, her reasons for sending him away a year ago suddenly seem…complicated, their passion for each other and the secret, intricately entwined.
One year ago on the eve of Carnival, Elektra broke their engagement after the “Blood” opal was stolen. No one steals from Cass, especially not when it cost him the woman he loved.
Elektra’s reason for breaking their engagement has now come back to bite her. Cass intends to return to Brazil, putting himself in danger to retrieve her opal, in hopes that Elektra will give their relationship another chance.
Staying out of Cass’ bed isn’t an option if she’s going to keep him safe, but coming clean might make things worse. Elektra is walking a tightrope between desire and deceit, and the truth will endanger not only their love, but their lives.

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.
A pleasant crowd of friends and family, couples sharing good food, drink and dancing to the Latin beats, from the slow sultry rumba and tango to the lively salsa
How does the hero feel about being at this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He loves these people and especially the woman he hasn’t seen in a year. He’s banking on the atmosphere and the music to draw her in. He cues the music and begins to dance, his hips and eyes telling her the slow deliberate steps of their favorite dance how he feels.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Oh, Cass is a mingler, an extrovert who is well-liked and at home in two countries, Brazil and Australia. He tries to remain aloof with Elektra but the beat of the music is making him crazy. Hopefully, she’s not unaffected.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Cass isn’t one to over indulge. But tonight he’s intoxicated by her presence and he goes a bit too far.
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?
When Elektra runs in the heat of the dance, he knows where to find her. And there’s hell to pay. He’s determined to make her admit her feelings but she’s well aware of the cost of giving in after all this time.

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?
Cass is an even-tempered guy who has no trouble talking his way in or out of situations.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
Well, like a hero. He would act before considering the danger to himself.
What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
If he can get the opal back and Elektra back in his arms, his world will be right again.

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Stressing the Heroine from Been Searching for You by Nicole Evelina.

Author Bio

Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.   
Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction.  Been Searching for You, her contemporary romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.
Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association.

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Title: Been Searching for You
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG-13
Annabeth is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates. In fact, she’s been writing to hers each year on her birthday since she was 16.
Now, at 34, she’s still holding out hope of finding Mr. Right even though he’d be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust, thanks to a traumatic experience years before that’s left her unable to commit.
When Annabeth meets a handsome literature professor named Alex on her 34th birthday, she thinks her quest may finally be at an end. Things don’t quite go as planned, so Annabeth resolves to do everything she can over the next year to find the unknown recipient of her letters.  But blind dates, Meetup events and online singles sites have nothing on what fate has in store for her when a co-worker unexpectedly quits and Annabeth finds herself working in close quarters with both Alex and her long ago ex, Nick. Fighting her attraction to one and loathing for the other, Annabeth is forced to face all of her old insecurities while keeping an eye on a scheming frienemy who may derail her hopes and dreams.
Written in the tradition of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kim Gruenfelder’s A Total Waste of Makeup, and Melissa Pimental’s Love By The Book, this romantic comedy shows that love on the sweet side can exist for the modern girl, if only she’s willing to trust herself and search hard enough.
Been Searching for You was the winner of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.

Stressing The Heroine

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.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Annabeth actually attends a party in the second scene of the book. It’s a celebration of Chicago’s top singles and she’s there to support her best-frienemy, Mia, who is one of the honorees. It’s a swanky affair at the Drake Hotel downtown, with white table cloths, champagne, roses, and guests in chic finery.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
It’s her 34th birthday and she’s feeling down and a little bitter because she’s single yet AGAIN in addition to being a year older. She crosses her arms and scowls. But when she spies a handsome stranger talking with her other best friend, Miles, all that changes. She’s interested and more than a little nervous, wiping sweaty palms on her dress and drinking a little more for liquid courage.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
She’s shy, so she sticks with the people she knows.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
She likes to drink. Tonight she’s enjoying champagne.
How much drink is her usual?
She can have three before being drunk, but she usually tries to stay around two when she’s in public. At home, all bets are off and she drinks as much as she wants.
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?
Annabeth is an introvert, so she’d be there to hide. When she’s had too much of Mia, which happens easily and often given Mia’s larger-than-life personality, Annabeth will go get some fresh air to clear her head and put her attitude right again. Mia would be the one to drag her back to the party.
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 sticks with the group she came with unless someone particularly catches her interest, as Alex does.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
If it was someone she knew, she would try to break it up before it came to blows and even if it did, she’d get between the opponents. If it was a stranger, she’d stay out of it and probably snark about it with Mia.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
No, Annabeth would likely be the first to leave. Mia would be the one to be tossed out.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Same answer as above.

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?
Annabeth is a rule follower. She’d be so nervous and upset even if she was innocent because she doesn’t like to be called out. However, as we see in a scene where her boss blames her for the behavior of a subordinate, she will fight back if she feels gravely wronged and that doing so upheld the idea of fairness.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Depends on the kind of scream. If it’s a call for help, her first reaction would probably be to go give aid. If she felt like that would put her in danger, she’d call the cops. If it was a horror movie scream, she’d run the other way – girlfriend ain’t stupid. If it was a love scene kind of scream, she’d roll her eyes and make a grossed out face. She’s probably heard that from Mia enough times to last the rest of her life.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
“Oh my God! Is that really happening?”
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She’d look around for help or go for her phone to call the cops if it was a violent situation. Filming it would never cross her mind.
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 stick with them to the bitter end unless they do something to cross her. She’s very loyal.
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?
Ha, this actually happens in the book. The person from her past is her ex, Nick. I won’t say how they have to interact because it’s a little bit of a spoiler, but she does her best to remain calm and professional, even though on the inside she’s screaming, shouting and crying. But that only lasts so long. When this situation is a repeat one, she eventually loses her cool and tells him off.
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?
This kind of happens in the book as well, although Annabeth isn’t yet directly involved. In the book, she just rolls her eyes and lets the person, Jenna, do what she’s going to do. If Annabeth had been Jenna’s boss or somehow otherwise directly involved, she would have tried to teach her ways to improve what she’s doing and be a mentor. You kind of see this a little in her working with Nick, where she is much more corrective of him than he deserves, although she still managers to hand him his butt on a plate.
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?
See below.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Her father’s. She’s very much a daddy’s little girl. He’d remind her how special she is and how strong she is and that she can triumph over anything.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
That no matter what happens, her family will always be there for her. She’s very close to her parents and sister, so she’s had ample opportunity to feel their love and support.

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Stressing the Heroine from Feasting With the Enemy by Kate Hill.

Author Bio

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

About the Book

Title Scarlet Nights 3: Feasting With the Enemy
Genre Erotic Vampire Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

After more than a century sharing a bed and fighting at each other’s backs, vampire warriors Blair and May have forged an unbreakable bond.
Now the mysterious New Reign is seeking additional members. Their philosophy–recruit or destroy. Using mind manipulation, they stir up dark memories from the past to tempt Blair and May into killing each other.
Given the chance to resurrect his murdered first wife and children, will Blair now sacrifice the woman he loves–his wife and blood child, May?Stressing The Heroine

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.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
The party is located at the Cock and the Pussy Willow, an exclusive vampire club in London. It’s a masquerade party and takes place in the lounge section of the club. May and her husband, Blair, are dressed in 1920s attire that they have actually kept in storage from that era.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
May is enjoying herself immensely. Many of her and Blair’s old friends are at the party and she is spending time, relaxing on one of the couches or dancing with Blair.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
May enjoys mingling with her friends. She likes to have fun, but she doesn’t feel the need to be the center of attention. She’ll dance and share jokes, but won’t make a spectacle of herself.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
Like most vampires, she has a taste for blood-laced wine.
How much drink is her usual?
She’ll have one or two. Neither May nor Blair drink to excess.
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’s to share some private moments with her husband, Blair. They’ve been hanging around the Cock and the Pussy Willow for so many decades that they know the best hiding spots.
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 and Blair are quite close and will probably be together for most of the party. They’ll also spend time with their friends, in particular the club’s owner, Daria, and Blair’s blood father, Hamilton. Typically, May isn’t the sort to latch on to others.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
It depends on who’s involved. She might jump in to help or she might ignore it completely.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Again, it depends. If she and Blair get into an argument, Daria might toss them both out.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
May not only will know when to leave, but she and Blair will might say goodnight early, depending on their plans or if they get called away on duty.

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?
May is a warrior in the battle against evil vampires, so usually she and Blair are the authority figures. Daria rules the vampire warriors of London, so if she called May out, May would be respectful, but she wouldn’t be shy about explaining her side of the story. It’s happened many times before.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
May’s first instinct is to investigate. She’s always prepared to handle a potentially dangerous situation.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
Stop the fight and find out what’s going on.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She’ll most likely do what crosses her mind and step in, especially if she sees a vampire attacking a human.
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?
May won’t go down without a fight. She’ll do her best to hold them off while sending out a telepathic call for backup. Hopefully Blair, Daria or another warrior will be nearby to help.
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?
The leader of the New Reign is someone she never wants to meet again, but if she does, she’ll stand her ground and use the psychic skills she has learned from Blair, Disdain and her other mentors to prevent him from manipulating her mind.
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’ll do her best to help them because not too long ago (at least by vampire standards), she was the overzealous novice in need of help. May will attempt to be discreet at first, taking the person aside, if possible, to offer advice. If they refuse, she might let them get into trouble so they’ll learn from their own mistakes, or if it’s a dangerous situation, she’ll overrule their decisions and do what she must to keep people safe.
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 happened recently when May suffered a gunshot wound. It wasn’t serious, but painful. She continued fighting and managed to subdue her enemy. She told herself to rely on her training, not to mention she had a personal grudge against this person that made her refuse to give in.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
She has had several excellent mentors, so it would depend on the exact situation. If faced with the leader of the New Reign, she’ll most likely rely on the teachings of Disdain, however.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
When she first met Blair, she was a victim of the way society treated lower class women during that era. Blair taught her how to defend herself and that she could do just about anything she put her mind to. It’s that lesson that has not only helped her survive many difficult situations, but has also saved Blair’s life on several occasions.

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Stressing the Heroine from Hometown Heartache by M.J. Schiller.

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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 romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
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 Heroine

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.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Chloe is at an office cocktail party. She works for a large real estate agency so there are big-time clients here, brokers, other realtors, bankers, etc.It’s in the boss’ posh penthouse apartment, white furniture, waiters with trays of champagne, everyone’s dressed up.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
She is totally at home, working the crowd. Mostly the men in the crowd. Only a few of the women will even talk to her. She moves with ease, throws her head back and laughs, does a lot of touching.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle. Definitely mingle.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
She like champagne or wine or mixed drinks, the more lethal the better.
How much drink is her usual?
6-8
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 is more than likely sneaking off to be with a man in private.
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 would be floating from man to man, but if anyone was troubled, she would try to talk to them. Although outwardly into playing games, under the surface she is a very sympathetic and compassionate woman.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Chloe would feel very uncomfortable if a fight broke out and would probably cut out.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
She would be more likely to be tossed. Either by a jealous female or, if she’s really snockered and getting out of control, the host/hostess.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She would probably be one of the earlier departees, leaving with someone she didn’t come with.

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?
It depends on the night. She would either be meek and mild (she doesn’t really like confrontation) or mouthy. Actually, she’d probably try to flirt with the cops, if they were male.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Terrifies her.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
She would freeze up, thinking back to all the times she was scared growing up. She would want to run away.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She would go berserk trying to help them. She could not let it go on.
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?
Emotionally buckles in for the ride. She’s been here before, knows the pain, know that she will survive.
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?
This actually happens in the book when she runs into Nash. She withdraws within. Hopes to avoid any authentic interaction, but can fake her way through for a short time.
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 would step in to help and kindly explain to the younger person what she was doing and why. She would reassure them that she would have reacted the way they did when she was younger.
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?
I’ve been here before. I can take it. No one will destroy me.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
She would be thinking of things Nash’s mom said to her. Or perhaps her dad.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
Surviving her past is what gets her through.

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Stressing the Heroine from Masquerade with a Marquess a regency romance by Cerise Deland.
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Cerise DeLand loves to cook, hates to dust, lives to travel—and write! She is the author of #1 bestselling Regencies starring fab.u.lous lords and the sassy ladies they adore.
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Title  Masquerade with a Marquess
Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Sophia di Contini risks her life to sail to England alone and slip into the homes of those she suspects stole priceless treasures from her family during the wars. Discovered by Victor Cameron, she agrees to search for her art his way even though she’ll live in his house, yearn for his touch, pine for his kisses….
Five years ago, Victor had to give up Sophia. Now he vows to keep her near him and to protect her from men who would destroy her. He’ll help her find her precious art even if he risks the chance she’ll steal his heart away…again.
Stressing The Heroine
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, or how she handles stress.
The Heroine’s Relaxed Side
This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Once Sophia was a spy working with a network of Italian patriots who wanted their country rid of the tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte. At a party years later in England, she understands exactly why each person has decided to attend. She understands their body language, what they say without words. She knows who is there to snare whom in their trap. She zeroes in on who she herself wants to engage…or lure…or trap. And why.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Sophia goes to a masquerade ball, attired in a seductive costume resembling a Greek goddess. Although she’s not interested in conquering any man, she’s devoted to her own purpose, her own goal. She’s quick to assess who’s there, her eyes darting about the crowd, noting those who may have clues to the treasure she really seeks. She quick, silent, intent upon finding only one item.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
To appear as if she has truly been invited, she knows she’ll have to speak to a few ladies and gentlemen. After all, because she wears a masque, no one will really know her identity nor learn it. But accomplishing her goal will mean she must remain aloof, gay but blithely unattached to anyone.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
While she adores a good red vino like those from her native Tuscany, she sips a bit of champagne. She’s careful, you see, to keep her mind as clear as her purpose.
How much drink is her usual?
Ah, but it is true that Sophia can drink many a man under the table. She’s done it often. To great success. In fact, during the wars, she learned many an elusive fact about Napoleon’s troop movements from his inebriated officers.
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 snatches the right moment to disappear and search the mansion for the treasures she seeks. Off to the lord of the manor’s library and study, she quickly discovers precisely what she suspected he’d hidden. The very piece she seeks. She sighs, claps her hands, delighted at finding her prize.
But another man has followed her. Entered the room. Sneering at her, he has nothing good on his mind. In fact, she remembers him well, the cad. And when he advances on her and threatens her, she’s surprised but ready to defend herself. And then…
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 shocked when another man emerges from the shadows. This time, it is the very man she has wished to ignore. The one man who has always made her heart pound and her girlish hopes of love and peace and family revive.But she has consistently learned for more than five long years, that such redemption is not in the cards for her. Not now. Not ever. Not even if Victor helps her escape this other terrible man. Not even if Victor is the only man she’s ever hoped to see again.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
As Victor Cameron comes forward to threaten her nemesis, she takes comfort in his actions but knows she will have to escape him, too.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
And so, before any more people enter the library, before anyone attempts to throw her out because after all, she is uninvited, she tries to escapes Victor too. Without her prize, the very item she sought.
But Victor who has searched London for her for so many weeks refuses to let her go. She’ll come home with him, he declares. There he will protect her and even save her from herself. And after he hears her explanation of what she really seeks, he declares he will help her.
His way.
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Stressing the Heroine from Heartbreak Homestead (Hearts of the
Outback bk 2) a rural suspense romance by Susanne Bellamy.

Author Bio

Born and raised in Toowoomba, Susanne is an Australian author
of contemporary, rural, and suspense romances set in exciting and often exotic locations,
and in Australia. She adores travel with her husband, both at home and overseas,
and weaves stories around the settings and people she encounters.
Her heroes have to be pretty special to live up to her real life
hero. He saved her life then married her.
Susanne is a member of the RWA and was a finalist in their 2011
Emerald Award. She placed third in the 2015 Pan Macmillan short story competition
with ‘Chez Romeo’. Mentoring aspiring writers, and working as a freelance editor
keeps her off the street! She loves connecting with readers and fellow writers.
Feed her a good single malt whisky and you’re a friend for life.

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Title Heartbreak Homestead (Hearts of the Outback bk 2)
Genre Rural romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
After her brother’s death, the last thing Lizzy Wilmot wants
to do is to return to her family’s property but Alex Carter, his former business
partner, needs her help to locate some missing files. Alex doesn’t trust Lizzy and
the feeling is mutual but when they find themselves back at the homestead in the
midst of a bitter custody battle for Lizzy’s baby nephew, sparks begin to fly.
Who is trying to harm Lizzy?
Can they both learn that trust will overcome heartbreak?
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.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a
party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Lizzy Wilmot-Carter loves barbecues and casual get-togethers
with friends. Having taken on the care of her orphaned baby nephew, she now chooses
functions that are child-friendly. There will be wine and beer and impromptu dancing,
especially if Alex Carter is near.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party,
and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Amongst friends, Lizzy leaves aside her social mask, although
she feels a powerful need to temper the attraction she feels to her ‘husband for
six months’. Their sexual chemistry sizzles and she turns towards Alex, standing
close but gripping her wine glass to stop herself grabbing him.
Is she more likely to
mingle or remain aloof?
Lizzy mingles and enjoys both light-hearted banter and deep and
meaningful discussions. She has many acquaintances but just a few close friends
from work, and she prefers small parties with the latter.
If she drinks, what is
her drink of choice at this party?
White wine in hot weather, red in the winter.
How much drink is her
usual?
While Lizzy is an extrovert and a queen bee, she is also a team
leader in the SES (State Emergency Service) and has a strong sense of responsibility.
She doesn’t drink to excess in case she is called out to an emergency.
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?
Before the death of her brother and taking on the care of her
baby nephew, Lizzy would have sussed out assignation spots. Now, she is more likely
to rescue a friend who has had too much to drink, or play hide-and-seek with friends’
young children.
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?
Lizzy draws others to her. Pre-Alex, she would be the one others
latched onto. Now, she and Alex are drawn to one another, but Lizzy is also very
good at getting a party going.
If someone picked a
fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
She would throw a jug of cold water over them before using her
sharp wit and getting the party back on track. But it would be a brave or foolhardy
person to start anything when Lizzy is around!
Is the heroine the
one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the
tossing?
Control is important to Lizzy, essential given her childhood,
so if anyone is going to be tossed out, Lizzy will be doing the tossing.
Will she know when to
leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Lizzy will know when to leave. If she stays on, it will be to
help clear up and have a one to one chat.

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 will calmly explain in a factual way, and maybe pull out
her SES badge to show what she was doing there.
How does the heroine
react to hearing a scream?
Level-headed and capable, a scream would galvanize Lizzy into
action. She belongs to that (approx) 5% of people who are able to assess and act.
This is why she’s a team leader with the SES.
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
“Pile of sh*t” attacking someone weaker or more vulnerable.
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She will call for help on her phone, which is always accessible,
as she goes 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?
Lizzy will help anyway, but she will lessen the odds against
her any way she can. Even if it means playing ‘dirty’.
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?
Inconvenient emotions will be hidden behind an indifferent facade
and she’ll employ her wit and sarcasm, if necessary, to show the world she can’t
be touched or hurt in any way.
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?
Unless it’s life-threatening, Lizzy will offer ‘suggestions’
in a way that allows the younger one to fix the situation while saving face. Afterwards,
she’ll have a quiet chat with them so they learn from their experiences. Unless
the person is a total dropkick, in which case Lizzy will flay them and put them
in their place. Suffering fools is not one of Lizzy’s methods.
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?
“Just five more minutes and I can…(whatever is needed).”
She understands mental toughness and, knowing pain is finite, she reminds herself
that she has the will and the mental strength to get through anything. After all,
nothing can be as bad as some moments in her childhood.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
Johnno, her SES leader: “Assess danger before acting.”
What lesson from her
past gets her through a stressful situation?
Don’t show anyone how much they can hurt you, physically or mentally.
Hide emotion and always keep control.

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