September 3, 2016

Stressing the Hero from Surrender, Coalition Mates book 4 a #scifiromance by @SM_fiction #RLFblog

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.

About the Book

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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September 2, 2016

Damaged by @_lisamowens #RLFblog #Contemporary #Romance

Today's featured book is Damaged by Lisa M. Owens.

About the Book

Title Damaged
Genre  Contemporary Romance
Author  Lisa M. Owens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Freedom isn’t free.
Staff Sergeant Austin Chandler learned this lesson well. Dealing with the devastating truth that his military career is over, he is discharged from the Marines and returns home from fighting the war in Afghanistan with battle scars he fears will never heal. But the truth is a bitter pill to swallow when he arrives at the airport and realizes his wife has abandoned him when he needed her the most. Broken in body as well as in spirit, Austin suffers not only from the slow-healing scars on his back, but also the wounds that her desertion has left on his troubled heart.
Until a chance encounter with a beautiful artist leaves him wondering if perhaps some things are meant to be. Trisha Morgan has secrets she is desperately wants to hide. With a troubled past and abandonment issues of her own, she fears love only leads to rejection and pain.
But can two wounded souls break through the battered barriers of each other’s hearts?

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About the Author

The writing bug bit Lisa M. Owens at an early age; she was writing short stories and poetry by the age of seven. At the age of eight, she entered a writing contest at her elementary school. About fifty books were written,but Lisa was one of the thirteen writers chosen whoreceived a certificate and the chance to meet Oklahoma writer Sandy Miller.
A former victim of domestic violence herself, Lisa worked at the courthouse for over seven years. Almost three of those years she worked on the Marriage License/Protective Order desk. She helped women file protective orders and worked closely with the staff and counselors at DVIS.
Frustrated with books that merely gloss over the subject of domestic violence, Lisa wanted to write a book that told the entire story. Her dream is for her words to help give someone the courage to leave an abusive relationship.
She resides in Oklahoma and has two children. This is her third published novel, and she is currently working on the second novel of this series. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
Lisa enjoys hearing from her readers.

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September 1, 2016

#Romance Lives Forever Top Bloggers @tinadonahue @sabrina_york #RLFblog

The Top Blogger for this month is Tina Donahue, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year in 2015 was Sabrina York, who won a year of free advertising for 2016.

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2 Carmen Stefanescu
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