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Stressing Sammy from Sammy: Hero at Age Five by Mary L Schmidt @MaryLSchmidt #RLFblog #InspirationLet’s meet Sammy from Sammy: Hero at Age Five, a Juvenile Non-Fiction, by Mary L Schmidt. 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.

Sammy: Hero at Age Five by Mary L Schmidt

Genre Juvenile Non-Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): General

“Sammy: Hero at Age Five” is a book that breathes. It is a gallant saga of Sammy and his mother in battling cancer with incogitable courage and resolute determination. The story is a compelling, first-person narrative of the journey that Sammy and his mother undertook when cancer plagues Sammy. The story has Sammy, the child barely out of the toddler-stage, as the protagonist who gets affected with cancer but does not let it shred his substance, his spirit, his ebullience. The story is a slice of real life and it shines in its own glory of candor and courage. The story, with its impeccable sincerity, sets in the cascade of emotional pathways and the empathy is momentous and super-instant. The story does a mammoth job of air dropping the reader to a milieu in which the spirit of survivorship calls the shots, galloping courage sets the pace and unfolding of designs of destiny evokes the emotions. The child-like glee thickly layers the narrations of the mischiefs that Sammy and Gene (the brothers) indulged in. Their bond is profound and all scattered in the subtext, ‘two peas in a pod’ as the author sums up… the substance of the book is knitted with life-sized narration of events that induces a high-definition visual imagery, running on loop, giving a highway ride to the sensory nervous system. The incidents of childhood playfulness are peppered lavishly for the readers to know Sammy and his world before the pernicious designs of cancer came into existence. Yet, the sparkles of his eyes refused to bow down to the malicious intentions of cancer. The crisis is too real and crushing, with entire existence at stake. In the end the exposition is too powerful and surprising and Sammy’s heroic fight brings him perpetual glory like a soaring comet leaving a bright trail behind. He defeated bad guys, the cancer cells, and will continue to be a source of inspiration for millions of families who come across his life and the verve with which he lived it.

Stressing Sammy

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.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 3.5 then age 5

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Salina, Kansas

Profession: Preschooler

Ethnicity: Caucasion

What does your hero look like?

Mom would say, and I agree, that I am a sweet, blond towheaded little boy full of playfulness, and I’m loving and caring.

Who is the significant other in his life?

My mom and my big brother, Gene, and Jesus are the main characters in my life and my book.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

My brother, Gene, turned five today, and we had lots of fun eating his chocolate Superman birthday cake that mom baked, and new toys were all over the house. I think we tried to outdo each other with all the noise we made, and we loved having friends over to our house and enjoy the party.

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

I was wearing a huge smile, and having fun in the moment, fun in being a three-year-old little boy soon to be age four. I feel great today and I have no sign of any illness or disease at all! I love being a healthy and happy 3 ½ year old precocious little boy. My brother, Gene, and I have lots of energy after eating that cake mom baked. Mom took pictures of us during the party and I smiled big!

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

I sat next to my brother when we ate some birthday cake. Afterwards we ran around with the guests and played with toys and read new books. Everyone was smiling and laughing along with each other. All the guests had a good time, too. I was a little tornado running around just like my brother, Gene. We also rode around on our red Big Wheels in and out of our garage with the other kids.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

Apple Juice

How much drink is his usual?

One Cup

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?

I hid under the dining room table and I was quiet. I was waiting for my brother to walk by so I could jump up and scare him! I did just that very thing and Gene yelled out – I got him good. Then we started running and playing tag with each other and the other kids. Mom let us burn off all the energy we had and then things quieted down.

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?

Playing with the birthday boy – my brother Gene – was a large part of the afternoon. We both had friends at the party, and we played with the new toys. One friend read a book to Gene and me. We played together mostly, and with friends too.

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

No one fought.

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

I wasn’t tossed out of the party, but Mom closed the party down after two hours. She set a time limit and we had to stick to it. Mom was the boss.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Gene and I were still happy and smiling when Mom made us takes a bath that evening. Later, we went to bed with a new toy next laid next to us and I saw mom smile as she closed the door to our bedroom.

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?

(((At this point in the story, I am almost five and I was going to end up in the big hospital in Kansas City.)))

Mom took me to see yet another doctor who doctored ears, noses, and throats. Two days later, the doctor put tubes inside my ears. He had trouble getting the tube in my right ear to stay in place, and he didn’t take the time to find out why this was so. My cancer tumor could have been found if he had only looked. On follow-up visits all I was given was another antibiotic. My head hurt. I had a Big Head Hurt! I never told Mom that my head hurt though. Two weeks later, Mom was horrified to find the right side of my face drooping. The doctors could not tell her why this was, and she let them know that they better figure things out fast! All I did was see doctors for over six months! I was put into an ambulance for a trip to a bigger hospital. I was crying in pain and scared, and I wanted my Mom.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

The ambulance took me to the big hospital in Kansas City. I was scared the whole way there and Mom couldn’t be with me in the ambulance. Later, Mom came into my hospital room, and I knew then that she followed behind the ambulance. Mom just had to walk through a different entrance to get to me. I was scared and crying. My head and neck hurt bad. I had a big, bad head hurt! Finally, Mom took me back to the hospital in Salina, and they finally said I had cancer of my head and neck, and it spread to both lungs. It was Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma!

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

The doctors and nurses poked me and ran some tests. I had to have a Hickman placed in my chest so I could receive IV’s through it. I started chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After two weeks, my head didn’t hurt anymore! I was happy about that, but I missed my brother who was 230 miles away from Mom and me. Radiation was scary and Mom could not be with me when I received those treatments. One doctor told me that I had little cancer ghosts (bad guys) in my body that made me sick. He said the chemo and radiation were the good guys, and that they would kill the bad guys so I would get well. Ghostbusters was one of my favorite movies to watch, so I imagined how the good guys would go after the bad cancer ghosts. I’m just a little boy, just turned age five after four weeks in Kanas City. Mom helped me make things fun. I had birthday money to spend in a gift shop and Mom put me in a wheelchair and took me all over the big hospital.

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

One day I saw a little boy with no hair on his head, and I wondered if that would happen to me. I touched my head and I still had hair. I was curious about Mom because I would hear her talking to someone named God. I saw many kids in the hospital and some only had part of a leg! We all got to go to school on the hospital unit and my teacher was nice.

The next morning, Mom found my golden blonde hair all over my bed. I could tell she was crying and doing her best to hide it from me. I touched my head and knew I looked like the other kids on my hospital unit, but I never cried. I was going to be tough and hide my tears deep inside of me. Later that same day, Mom came back from the nurses’ desk and caught me trying to feed my goldfish some 7-up. I guess goldfish don’t drink what we drink. My goldfish found a new home, and that was okay with me.

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?

I did not want to be in the hospital any longer, and I wanted the doctor to give me all the good guys at once so I could go home. The outside of my neck felt like it was on fire, so Mom put Aquaphor on my skin. My radiation treatment caused my skin to burn and hurt. I was sick and could not eat for over seven months.

I woke up in the middle of the night a few days later. I was hungry and I wanted watermelon. I demanded watermelon. The patient refrigerator didn’t have any and the kitchen didn’t have any, so Mom told me she was going to find a store with watermelon, and she did just that! I ate half of the watermelon Mom brought back to me. I had watermelon juice all over me and I was grinning. I was a happy little boy right then and my tummy was full. That was my first taste of food in a long time.

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 in some way. What does he do?

The doctor came in to tell Mom that a biopsy (a tiny piece of tissue to look at) of my lung needed to be done. The surgery would not be done at this time though. They were talking about the good things, and the bad things that could happen during surgery. To do the biopsy, I would have open lung surgery. I was anxious and then I heard Mom praying for me to God. I decided it was time for me to get to know God! I never told Mom, but I did start talking with the Lord and I learned about Heaven. I think Mom didn’t tell me about Heaven because she was afraid that if she did, I would go to heaven and she would be sad.

The hospital had a lot of kids who were sick, I didn’t understand why so many kids were sick with cancer, and I wondered what God thought of this.

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?

The days started running together again, and I was tired of being here. I wanted to go home! My doctor said it was too early for me to go home. That evening, Mom and I spoke with my big brother, Gene, on the phone. I told my brother I wanted to come home for a visit, but the doctor had said no. Seven days later I got to go HOME! I had been in the hospital for 140 days, and now my doctor said I could go home! I got to go home! I was grinning about going home. Mom loaded her car with my things and a nurse helped her. By the time we got home, it was late and nighttime! Mom set up my IV stuff and got me on my TPN – my IV food. She waited until I fell asleep before unloading the rest of our things from her car. Gene was awake when we home, and after my sponge bath, I talked to everyone! I hugged Gene lots of times and we played and talked. I had to go back to the hospital four days later. Brother and I cried when Mom and I had to leave.

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?

The next day, I wasn’t allowed to drink anything, as I was going to have surgery on my lung. The plan was to do a biopsy on the one big spot in one lung. Mom still looked worried to me. I could just tell. Sometimes moms are not aware of kids picking up anxiety from them.

In the early afternoon, Mom went with me and the staff down to the surgery area. I started asking her lots of questions about surgery. There was a nurse, Mom, and me in the room outside the operating room. I told Mom that I remembered they were going into my right lung and that I would be in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) after the surgery.

Then I asked my her a Big Question. I looked into her eyes and asked her, “Am I going to die?” Mom was stunned. The nurse went quiet.

Mom finally told me no—I wasn’t going to die.

Then I asked, “Am I going to go to Heaven where Shane is?”

Mom finally told me, “Only if God really needs you right now.”

“I want to go to Heaven, Mom,” I said innocently. Then I repeated, “I want to go to Heaven, Mom.”

It took a while, but Mom finally replied, “We don’t always get what we want in life, so you might have to stay with Mom for a while.” Mom didn’t understand. I was tired of the pain and surgeries. She didn’t know I talked to Jesus a lot. She didn’t know what Heaven was like. But Jesus talked with me many times, and I knew Heaven was a wonderful place. I loved Jesus. Then they wheeled me into surgery.

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

I came through the surgery okay and I left ICU for the children’s unit. I was back in my old room! I heard Mom and a nurse talking, and the nurse told Mom that little Dot died today—she had cancer. Mom told her that God had another angel child in Heaven. Mom didn’t know this, but I already knew Dot was in Heaven because Jesus told me. We watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on TV before I went to sleep. Two weeks later, Mom gave me a huge surprise! She took me to Swope Park and the Kansas City Zoo! Mom put me in a zoo stroller since I wasn’t strong enough to walk the zoo hills. I got to ride a Shetland pony with a real saddle, and I fed a giraffe. Have you ever fed a giraffe? Do you know how tall they are? It was a Big Zoo and I had a lot of fun with Mom.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

A week later my heart started to beat fast! They kept me on a monitor, and I received packed red blood cells, too. My heart went up as high as 170. No one could figure out why, except maybe my chemo caused heart damage. The next day I stopped breathing for about 20 seconds. I kept doing this off and on, so Mom would shake my shoulder and I would breathe again. My nurse watched me a lot, also. I knew all of this because Mom told me about it. Respiratory Therapy drew blood gas (arterial blood) from my wrist, I never felt the needle and I didn’t wake up. I was taken to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), as I was not conscious. I stayed the same all day and all night the next night. Mom didn’t know it, but I was with Jesus. Jesus was helping me by giving my body and my head a break from my cancer battle. I rested with Jesus as he told me about my Big Battle yet to come. The next morning, I just sort of “woke up” for Mom. Jesus had helped me back into my body and I just opened my eyes and blinked at the bright lights of PICU. I turned my head and looked at Mom. She was so happy! By noon I was off oxygen and back in my room on 5D. None of my doctors or nurses had any idea why this episode happened, but I knew. I had to rest with Jesus before my Big Battle. I didn’t tell Mom about Jesus and my Big Battle.

Seven months after being diagnosed with cancer, I caught a germ and it got into my lungs. My Big Battle had begun. I was rushed to PICU, I kept thrashing around in bed like crazy from oxygen depletion, and they had a special oxygen mask on me that forced me to breathe. But my lungs were too damaged. Finally, platelets were flown in for me from Wichita, and they were given to me in a Big syringe while my doctor tried to intubate me with a special breathing tube. It took him two times and I was terrified. Then I was hooked up to a ventilator (a breathing machine). We had to wait for platelets first or I would have bled to death and gone to Heaven. Mom stayed with me the whole time all of this was going on. Mom was with me when I was intubated. My body was kept eating up all my packed red blood cells and platelets. My organs had been starved of oxygen for over ten hours yesterday. I was terrified and in pain.

 

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

I knew I wouldn’t win my Big Battle, and I also knew that I had to fight this battle because Jesus had told me so. I received bunches of blood, platelets, antibiotics, and more for fifteen days. Mom gave me sponge baths, and she put ointment in my eyes. She talked with me all the time and she read books to me. I couldn’t move because medicine was in me to keep me from pulling on tubes and wires.

On October 15, 1990, at 11:35 p.m. my heart stopped while Mom had her arms around me, as she held me the last fifteen minutes of my time on Earth. I was now in Heaven and with Jesus, and my Big Battle was over. Then Mom rocked my body in her arms for a good fifteen minutes.

Staff from the 5D nursing unit at KUMC drove 230 miles for my service. I meant that much to the nursing staff! The autopsy result came in and revealed that I was free of cancer. I had no cancer! I won my cancer battle! That is how I became a hero at age five!

Where to buy Sammy: Hero at Age Five

Publisher Fresh Ink Group and M Schmidt Productions
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NRV8CVY/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sammy-m-schmidt/1130900239?ean=9781947867291
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sammy-hero-at-age-five
iBooks https://books.apple.com/book/id1456008372

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Mary L Schmidt aka S Jackson is a retired registered nurse, winner of the Leora Stroup award in Nursing for academic excellence and community involvement, as well as graduating with high honors and inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has written 17 books and has been included in three anthologies. Many of her books have won international medals and awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a member of the Catholic Church, and has taught kindergarten Catechism; she has worked in various capacities for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son, Gene, is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored trips for high school music children. She loves all forms of art but mostly focuses on the visual arts; amateur photography, traditional, and graphic art as her health allows. Together with her husband, Michael, the like fish, read, play poker, travel adventures, and spending precious time with their grandchildren, Austin and Emma.
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Stressing Dylan Haynes from Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton @amberdaulton1 #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLet’s meet Dylan Haynes from Lyrical Embrace, a Romantic Suspense, by Amber Daulton. 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.

Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Stressing Dylan Haynes

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.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Willow Springs, Vermont

Profession: Music Teacher; Ex-Drummer for a rock band

Ethnicity: Caucasian

What does your hero look like? 

He’s about six feet tall with short, spiky brown hair and blue eyes. He keeps in good shape because he’s a volunteer firefighter, so he has to be quick when disaster strikes. He has a sexy red dragon tattoo on his left arm, and it twists around his biceps. Erica loves licking it!

Who is the significant other in his life? 

Erica Timberly is the perfect woman for him. She’s strong, beautiful, and stubborn, but vulnerable too. She’s an excellent violinist and loves music just as much as he does. After all the crap she’s gone through, she’s still trusting and kind. She loves with her whole heart, and Dylan is damn glad she picked him.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

When Dylan lived in New York City, he went to wild parties all the time. Nowadays, back home in Vermont, he doesn’t live and breathe that crazy lifestyle anymore. If he and Erica went to the city for a concert or to go clubbing, he would probably run into some old drinking buddies or hangers-on from when he was performing with his band, Fortune’s Glory. Under pressure, he’d go to the party and see people drinking, snorting drugs in the living room, or having sex in backrooms.

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

He wouldn’t be happy about it and would feel embarrassed in front of Erica. He used to enjoy wild parties like that and wouldn’t want Erica’s good opinion of him to change. He’d stand around, all stiff, and probably wouldn’t talk a lot.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

After a while, he’d try to mingle and make the best of a bad situation.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

He’d keep it simple—just beer. He had a drinking problem back in the day and wouldn’t want to get wasted on whiskey or vodka.

How much drink is his usual?

Just one or two bottles. He doesn’t drink everyday.

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?

Once he calmed down and started loosening up, he’d probably take Erica to a closet and make out with her. Even though he’s a reformed bad boy, he’s still a little naughty.

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

Dylan would try to stay out of it. If someone picked a fight with him and he couldn’t resolve it with words, he’d punch the hell out of the other guy.

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

He’s pretty responsible and levelheaded, so he’d be doing the tossing.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Dylan is a polite guy, so he’d hit the road at a decent hour.

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?

Dylan would try to stay calm and explain the situation.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

He’d investigate. He’s a volunteer fireman and a certified EMT, so it’s his job to help people.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

To help that person.

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

He’d rush in and break up the fight or assault.

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?

Dylan would keep fighting for as long and as hard as he could, even though he knew he would probably end up in the hospital.

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 in some way. What does he do?

He would talk in short, choppy sentences and swipe his hand through his hair, a lot.

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’d make suggestions but not take control of the situation because he wouldn’t want to embarrass the other guy. If lives were hanging in the balance, he would take over and do what had to be done, no matter what.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

He lived a wild, crazy hound dog life a few years earlier, but he grew sick of it. He didn’t like the person he was becoming, so he quit the band and moved back home. He’s changed a lot since then, and he’s proud of the person he is now. Thinking about that would help him relax him and focus on the situation at hand.

Where to buy Lyrical Embrace

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Stressing Aaron Belton from Passionate Destiny @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romance #paranormalromance #PNRLet’s meet Aaron Belton from Passionate Destiny, a paranormal erotic romance, by Dee S Knight. 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.

Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight

Genre Paranormal erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Margaret Amis-Hollings moves to an old house in Virginia, never suspecting a ghost has first dibs. Soon her life is intertwined with a soldier from long ago and with his descendant, Aaron. Living with a ghost is one thing. Dealing with Aaron is quite another. They share the present; they might share a past. Do they share a destiny?

Stressing Aaron Belton

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.
Please tell me about your hero.
Age: Mid-thirties
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Palmyra, Virginia
Profession: Former professor, now carpenter and historical restorer
Ethnicity: Southern gentleman
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
What does your hero look like?
Eyes were the darkest blue, hair the deepest black, teeth the whitest white. And straight. Over 6 feet, muscular due to hard work and not a gym. Dimples.
Who is the significant other in his life?
Margaret Amis-Hollings, new owner of River Peace.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Relaxed backyard barbecue, with all the fixings and beer to drink. He likes smaller groups with close friends and easy conversation.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He’ll spend some time playing with the children running around, stand around the grill with the guys and shoot the breeze, and later sprawl in a deck chair at the fire pit holding hands with Margaret. He’s casual and comfortable, but also ready to help out when needed.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He’ll mingle and mix. Even in more formal situations he wouldn’t be allof. He’s very comfortable with who he is.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Beer. And not a fancy foreign brand. He’ll try a local microbrewery, but his usual choice is simply a Sam Adams or a Bud.
How much drink is his usual?
Aaron cares too much for family and friends to drink much. He’d never take a chance on hurting anyone through word or action by drinking too much. He might have a couple of beers but he’s just as happy with sweet tea.
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 go to hide or to avoid anyone. And he wouldn’t go to drag someone back. He might go to check to be sure they’re okay—and in the case of youngsters, to be sure they aren’t getting ready to make trouble. ;)
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 definitely the guy others migrate to. He’s intelligent and with a good sense of humor. Aaron is generally a really great guy but in his mind he’s just normal.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
He’ll break it up. If the fight is verbal, he’ll try to calm things down by changing the subject. If the fight is physical, he’s big enough and strong enough to step in and force the combatants apart. At the kinds of parties he attends, there are often children around. Aaron wouldn’t put up with bad behavior around his kids or Margaret.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He would definitely do the tossing.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Nope, he’s a family man—and he was even before he met Margaret because he has parents and siblings nearby. He won’t stay late.

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 might be exasperated but he’ll be polite and rational. He’s a scientist and engineer and staying calm and rational is part of his personality.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
He rushes to discover the cause.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
Stopping the brutality.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He won’t hesitate to stop one person assaulting another. And if it’s a woman—or certainly a child—bearing the brunt of someone else’s anger, he’s likely to be a bit forceful when stopping the assaulter. Just to be sure he (she) stops acting badly, you understand.
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?
Aaron doesn’t just fight with his fists, he fights with his intelligence, too. So first he makes sure the person he’s tried to rescue is away. Then he might try a fast escape himself. He’s no fool. Staying to fight a battle he can’t win if the first victim is gone, if not smart.
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 in some way. What does he do?
He’s polite but not friendly. If things go too far he’ll be a bit terse and as soon as he can he’ll escape the situation.
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?
Aaron isn’t one to jump in and undermine someone else. If he can he’ll speak to the younger person privately or he’ll deal with things as best he can without making a scene. On the other hand, he won’t be taken advantage of by being in an awkward situation. If things pass the point of politeness, he’ll excuse himself.
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?
“It’s all mind over matter. Get the job done and then you can rest.”
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“You can do whatever you have to do.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Aaron has lived a pretty charmed life. He hasn’t had many upsets and no disasters that teach the hard lessons. But he recognizes that not all things are equal or fair. He changed his life in order to help make things as fair as possible for his family and community.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?
He’s a really good guy. Margaret describes him as looking like Superman and he kind of fits the mold. There are some genuinely good people in the world, and Aaron is one of them. But he’s still fun and interesting. And sexy ;)

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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.

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Genre: SciFi Romance
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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).

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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.

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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.
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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