March 8, 2016

Stressing the Hero: Outside The Lines #contemporary @BethRhodes99 #RLFblog

Stressing the Hero from Outside The Lines a contemporary romance by Beth Rhodes.  

Author Bio

Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother, friend, and lover. She lives with her Army husband and their six children at the base of the mountains in Colorado. She loves the cold, coffee, camping, and sunshine.
Her stories are full of life, family, and love. You can find her reading just about any genre of romance, but her favorites are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. She wants a book that makes her heart pound and her pulse race.
Beth is a member of Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Writers, Colorado Romance Writers, and International Thriller Writers. She is signed with Entangled Publishing and Boroughs Publishing Group.

About the Book

Title: Outside The Lines
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
For the first time in her life, good-girl Maria Rodriguez throws aside caution for an all-consuming desire. She wants freedom from rules and her family looking over her shoulder. She wants the love she’s only ever dreamed of. But then that love walks away. Jaded bachelor David March doesn't believe in love. His fling with the pretty Hispanic woman from California is as close to feeling as he wants to get. Now, he’s back home, burying himself in work and trying to forget.
Shortly after he leaves, Maria finds out she’s pregnant. Her first leap into freedom results in a life-changing consequence. She knows she has to find him. But what she finds is not what she expects. David is not the down-to-earth man he portrayed. And the love she remembers has been replaced by cold calculation and contracts. He lied to her once. Can she trust that a marriage agreement will bring back the love they once shared?
Go to a place where stoic German meets colorful, vibrant, sexy Hispanic in this contemporary romance set in a small town outside Burlington, Vermont... in the heart of winter, love can happen!

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.
Once again, the old biddies of Lynnbrooke have fru-frued up the old town hall for the yearly charity ball. Equal parts twine and white netting-like shit hung from every beam. There were old mason jars on every table with stones and green baby’s breath flowers. And he only knew that because Mrs. Kraus had spent the last two days putting them together in his typically unused dining room. For the town, he reminded himself…for the business.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
David is obligated, yet he does love his town and he would do anything for his grandfather.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
A little of both!
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Scotch, MadRiver
How much drink is his usual?
Just one, unless he’s alone.
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 goes to hide but he drags Maria with him so he can enjoy a moment of quiet with her.
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 doesn’t latch onto friends, nor do people latch onto him. He’s been the rich kid and unapproachable his whole life…until Maria.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
David looks out for the underdogs and for friends.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He does the tossing.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
He’ll stay to help Mrs. Kraus clean up.

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’ll keep his cool on the outside, but he burns hot on the inside over injustice.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
David wouldn’t just jump in unless it was pretty obvious someone needed help.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
To stop it.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He steps in to break things up.
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 it’s a fight, he just keeps fighting. If it’s…say, wrestling a black bear or surviving a dip into the frigid water of the Winooski River to pull someone out, he’ll do what he has to.
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 clams up. He avoided his mother for a long time, and even as his story starts, he’s standoffish, if not a wee bit rude.
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 takes the direction handed to him and then does what he wants to do. He can be a bit harsh that way, especially in the business world.
What mentor's words come to mind in a bad situation?
His grandfather had a huge impact on his life, and though David faltered through most of his twenties, he always remembers how his grandfather taught him that fighting wasn’t always the best answer.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Learning that he can survive anything.

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  1. These questions were so much fun to answer!!
    Thanks for having me. I can't wait for next time. :D

  2. They're great questions and David comes across as a fantastic character - it's how we deal under stress that really shows who we are!

  3. I enjoyed reading this book. Great questions and answers.

  4. Love this little insight into David! Thanks for sharing.


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