Stressing the Hero from House of the Rising Son an LGBT urban fantasy romance by Trevann Rogers.
Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her stories incorporate an unquenchable addition to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.
About the Book
Title House of the Rising Son
Genre LGBT: Paranormal/Alternate Worlds
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Living After Midnight, Book 1
Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.
Alexander's future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who'd be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He's barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.
As Cheyenne's musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can't let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who's not sure if he's falling for the incubus or the rocker.
Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.
Warning: Contains hot were-tiger sex, a Thanksgiving celebration that makes the Inquisition look like a tea party, and an incubus who'll rock your world.
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.
Cheyenne's idea of a party is to play music all night to an appreciative crowd. Boy or girl, black or white, straight or gay—everyone is cool with him as long as they get off on his music. And his incubus nature makes sure that the vibe in the room is about love…and sex.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Cheyenne is always happy to show off his musical talent so he would perform at any party he attended. While performing he is flirty and provocative. He smiles, winks, licks his lips, moves his body sensually. Once he is out of the spotlight, his demeanor changes and he's just Chey.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Cheyenne is more than happy to talk to anyone who approaches him but he is not one to insert himself into other people's conversations. If people are dancing, he is more than comfortable joining the crowd on the floor.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Cheyenne isn't much of a drinker but will have the occasional Vodka Collins. Extra Cherries.
How much drink is his usual?
Cheyenne never wants to lose control so he would never drink enough to create a problem.
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?
Ah, Cheyenne would be most likely to take a friend, new or old, to those hiding places to enjoy each other's company on a more…personal level. He is an incubus after all.
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?
Because of his natural incubus sex appeal, others tend to latch on to him. His preference is one on one interaction.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
Cheyenne would try to make jokes to deescalate the situation but he isn't above fighting if he needs to. And he's good at it.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Who doesn't want an incubus at their party? So he would probably have to do the tossing.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Cheyenne would perform, enjoy the company of a few people, and then excuse himself. He knows it's best to leave people wanting more.
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?
Cheyenne always tries to use humor to get out of sticky situations. He would try to charm the authority figure into releasing him or not giving him a ticket.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
In Cheyenne's world, a scream would definitely get his attention. If it was a voice he knew, he would rush to help. But if it wasn't, he'd be more careful, suspicious of a trap set by one of his enemies.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
"Crap!" Cheyenne is a lover, not a fighter. But he would help someone he considered a victim.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Cheyenne would probably look around to see if anyone else was going to step up to help the person. He's always suspicious that traps are set for him.
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?
Cheyenne has lost many battles in his life, but he doesn't go down without a fight. He protects himself the best he can and doesn't back down. He'll fight until he physically cannot.
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?
Cheyenne would affect bravado and make sarcastic comments. It wouldn't help the situation—might even make it worse—but he would show the person he isn't afraid to face 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?
If Cheyenne isn't going to be hurt by the situation, and if it wouldn't lead to physical harm to the younger person, he would keep his mouth shut. The last thing he wants is to be in charge of someone else's life or well-being.
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 tells himself that "Not getting through" is not an option—his kids need him. Cheyenne believes he is self-sufficient and doesn't want to owe anyone for anything, and that includes accepting help. He will survive or fail based on his own merit and he will fight to the end.
What mentor's words come to mind in a bad situation?
Cheyenne's mother was human and encouraged her son to follow his dream, even when his father forbade it. He hears her saying, "You can do anything you set out to do, my beautiful boy. Your father's side gives you strength. I give you heart."
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Cheyenne's attitude, formed in his youth after his mother died, was that no one could be trusted, not even family. As an adult, he met people who proved to him that there are some people who love him and will stand with him against overwhelming odds.
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