A warm love bytes welcome to author R.D Hero joining us today on their Riptide Publishing blog tour for release “Wet Heat”.
Hello! I’m R.D. Hero, the author of Wet Heat, a book about werewolf menopause, nefarious alphas, and party-boy omegas. I’d like to thank the blogs hosting this tour. Follow along to read more about the world and characters of Wet Heat!
The Older Omega and Changing Your Mind
As a fan of the A/B/O trope, I’ve read quite a bit. And it’s safe to say—the omega main character is usually young, or at least younger than the alpha. He’s sweet, a little naive, and plucky. He’s seduced by the experienced alpha, and lives happily ever after. Which is great, I enjoy these stories! And I’m not on a mission to subvert anything.
But boy, I do like them older omegas.
Lee, the omega in Wet Heat, has been around the block. He’s more than a bit jaded. He definitely doesn’t want kids (or “pups,” as the shifters call them). But he’s not unhappy. He likes his bachelor lifestyle and isn’t looking to change it.
This wealth of experience goes hand-in-hand with the younger Alpha—a wet-behind-the-ears, growing-into-his-paws type who wants to prove himself. We’ve probably all seen the sexy, mature and dominant alpha in shifter books. But was he always that way? Or did he have an awkward pimple-faced period like the rest of us? Cain, the alpha in Wet Heat, may be past his teen years (in fact, he’s 32), but he’s definitely still inexperienced. He’s never felt the “alpha” urges, and has always kept himself apart from his world’s social mores. He doesn’t want to be ruled by biology.
The thing about ABO—biology is inherently a part of the trope. I wanted to write characters who both made decisions against their biology, but who also felt comfortable accepting other facets if acceptance would make them happier. I’m a strong proponent of being able to change your mind. So, there’s a mix: Lee’s nephew Shane, a free-wheeling young college student, doesn’t want a monogamous relationship at the moment, but that could always change too. Lee will never want children, but he might change his stance on mating.
Because Lee is older, he thinks he knows everything about himself and what he wants. Add that with the fact that he’s always wanted something opposite of what society dictates—and you get a slightly mullish character. He’s used to fighting against the current with no support. I wanted Cain to be a breath of fresh air for Lee, to be that “one” who could change his mind. And vice versa.
So yes, there is a special “one” narrative to Wet Heat. For someone as stubborn as Lee, and someone as apathetic as Cain… there were probably only one or two people in the world who could break through to them anyway.
About Wet Heat
Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.
After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.
Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.
About R. D. Hero
R.D. Hero bombed out of art school. After that, she admitted writing might be the best course of action, and hopped to it. She likes writing about people who shouldn’t fall in love, which she’s been doing for about eight years. Starting with online serial fiction, R.D. developed her favorite tropes and dynamics, writing what she wanted to read.
Aside from that, she loves spicy food, boxer dogs, camping, and photography.
To celebrate the release of Wet Heat, R. D. is giving away $15 in Riptide Publishing credit. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 25, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!