July 9, 2015

Areus from The Red King by @katehillromance #RLFblog #erotic

Kate Hill shares details about the creation of Areus in the book The Red King.

About the Book

Title The Red King
Genre Erotic Fantasy Romance
Author Kate Hill
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Torn from her beloved convent home, Delia is forced to marry Areus of Lortia. The contract states she must deliver an heir within a year or the marriage can be annulled. Delia vows to control her fate by ensuring there will be no child--until she is mesmerized by Areus, the proud, virile warrior king.
Areus agrees to marry Delia to gain her father's army to continue his fight against Hypatios, the mad prince of Zaltana. He doesn't expect to fall in love with a convent-reared mouse, but from the first, Delia rouses his lust and touches his heart.
Their life together hangs in the balance as the war with Zaltana advances and Areus discovers Hypatios is far more than just his sworn enemy.

Introducing Areus

This interview is designed to tell readers about your hero or heroine. Answer the questions as an author talking about the character. There's a chance at the end for your hero or heroine to answer a few questions about you.
Name: Areus
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Zaltana - His mother was a prisoner there at the time of his birth.
Profession: Warrior King
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Areus is six feet two inches tall with a lean, athletic build. He has mid-length ginger hair and green eyes. He wears a neatly trimmed beard and has many battle scars on his body.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Delia, Princess of Prem.
Tell us about this character, please.
Delia was reared in a convent and she expected to spend the rest of her life there. Areus agreed to marry her to gain access to her father's army and to get an heir. Delia had no desire to marry and she thinks the worst of Areus before meeting him. She is a skilled healer and a compassionate person.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
His voice is soft, but also a bit raspy.
How educated is this character?
As the King of Lortia, Areus is well educated and a highly trained warrior.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
Areus was born to royalty, but in Lortia, even kings work hard on a daily basis. He's inclined to spend money on good armor, weapons and horses, but he's not generally frivolous. It's important to Areus that all his people, no matter what their station, live comfortably. He has set up community houses throughout Lortia so that less fortunate people have access to adequate food, clothing and shelter.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most want it to be, and why?
As a child, Areus was very close to his mother, but she died tragically. He has missed her greatly and since her death he has been unable to share his softer emotions with others. This question is fitting because he does get his wish to see her again, but unfortunately their meeting isn't the happy reunion it should be.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Before Areus was born, his mother was kidnapped and attacked by the King of Zaltana as a way to strike at his father. Everyone knew the old King of Lortia loved his wife very much and his enemies used it against him. Areus fears that they might do the same to him if his great love for Delia becomes obvious. Because of this, he fears for her safety.
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
His greatest hope is to ensure that his kingdom is safe from Zaltana once and for all. He wants his people to thrive and be happy. In his personal life, he wants to be with Delia and have a family with her.
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw?
He is overly concerned with showing weakness, but in fairness to him he has reason. Areus was taught from a young age that a king must bury his softer emotions or else risk losing everything. He has become so adept at hiding his emotions and placing duty before everything, that he nearly loses the woman he loves.
How does your character handle challenges?
Areus meets all challenges head on. He's resilient and stubborn to a fault and those characteristics have enabled him to keep his kingdom safe from the warlike Zaltanians who wish to conquer it.
What is your hero's breaking point?
Areus has endured many personal losses, hard battles and nearly fatal injuries, but the one thing that drives him to the edge is the thought of losing Delia.
How does your character express disappointment?
If Areus is disappointed in you, he tells you outright and with little concern for your feelings. He's hard on himself and doesn't consider treating others differently.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I'm the King of Lortia, therefore my story would be of interest.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she hadn't disclosed so many of my deepest secrets and emotions. Such things are meant to be private, especially for a king.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
My adversary, Hypatios, the mad prince of Zaltana. Though he nearly killed me on two occasions, I have a certain admiration for him. He's a skilled warrior and our lives are entwined, regardless of whether we like it. I believe my writer is working on his story as we speak, so you will be reading more about Hypatios.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She enjoys angst and romance. She could have elaborated on my tactical skills and my day to day political duties, but instead she chose to explore what goes on in my bed chamber and exploit my raw emotions. And they say warrior kings are cruel. 
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Indeed there is. Madam, I hope you're as ruthless with Hypatios in his story as you were with me in mine.

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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 enjoys hearing from readers and she can be contacted at katehill@sprintmail.com. Kate also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

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  1. How fun that I'm on your Compelling Beasts blog today and you are here. :) Thanks for sharing your story world with us!

  2. Thank you very much for having me here, Kayelle, and also for stopping by Compelling Beasts with your bad boy Pietas!


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