Hi everyone!! We’re passed the halfway mark of our 30 Days,30 Authors event, so I hope you’re having a great time being introduced to some wonderful authors! Today’s author is Alexandra Warren, who personally is one of my favorites. I was first introduced to her as a blogger through her Bookworm Lodge site, but now, she’s a full-fledged author, penning wonderful books including Getting The Edge, The Pre-Game Ritual, her latest, The Real Deal, and her popular series, Attractions and Distractions (which I love!!). I really hope you all are able to check out this amazing author and add her books to your TBR list!
And now, Alexandra! 🙂
Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something year old Nebraska girl who enjoys teaching, blogging, traveling, and of course, writing. Contemporary Romance novellas are her absolute favorite to write as well as to read. With nine books under her belt, and more on the way, she is excited to see what 2016 will bring!
Learn more about Alexandra at www.actuallyitsalexandra.com
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I recently moved to Houston, TX. So I love just going out and exploring the city. What inspired you to become an author? 🙂
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I loved to read growing up. So as I got older, the more that I read, the more I became curious about if I could actually get behind the pen. Then with a push from an author friend, I ended up publishing my first book.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
It was so exciting! I wasn’t sure if anybody would buy it, or be willing to take a chance on it since I was a new author. But all it took were those first few five star reviews to come in for me to get hooked. 🙂
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Hopefully still writing! LOL. But I’d love to see a book or two of mine in a major bookstore.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author.
DO IT! It is a little nerve-wracking to take that leap, but I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.
“Coming to the stage. Our hometown favorite. Give it up for G. Griffey!”
What a stupid ass name…
I never understood why rappers couldn’t just go by their mama-given names, instead choosing to come up with dumb shit like G. Griffey.
The bass hit me dead in my chest, forcing me to put a hand over it. I still didn’t understand why Leilani was so pressed to get close to the stage as if either one of our washed-up asses knew who these young dudes were. I mean, you could tell they were young by the demographics of the crowd that surrounded us, most of ‘em being college kids. And since both of us were a solid three years removed, I knew we had no business being there, let alone being at the front of the stage.
“When I say G, ya’ll say Griffey. G…”
I looked over to Leilani who was all chanting along, hands in the air, eyes wide as she watched the performer on stage. I finally decided to take a peek myself and… damn.
- Griffey had it goin’ on.
His skin was maybe a shade or two darker than mine, but still qualified him for the lite-brite category. His hazel-green eyes twinkled under the lights from the stage, so much so that I wondered if they were colored contacts. And his lips were perfectly full, curling as he spit his lyrics to the crowd’s enjoyment.
No wonder Leilani’s ass wanted to get close to the stage.
I certainly couldn’t blame her now.
I mean, the way he commanded the stage was damn near hypnotizing. Before I knew it, I was singing along to the chorus that thankfully wasn’t about selling drugs, or shooting somebody though by this point I would’ve probably been singing along to that too.
- Griffey did a few more tracks that everyone in the building seemed to know before he quote-unquote, “slowed it down for the ladies”, eliciting all types of screams and squeals. The bass was still heavy, but the tempo was slow as he rapped a song about a bunch of freaky shit I could hardly stand to listen to. Not because I was offended, but because I was painfully turned on as his raspy voice flowed about eatin’ it up and beatin’ it up and, “not trickin’ but treatin’ it up.”
Surely his raps weren’t all talk.
I mean, everything else he rapped about had sounded realistic, so why would these songs be any different?
And it wasn’t only his words that were hypnotizing, it was his mannerisms; the way he used his massive hands to emphasize the point of caressing a woman’s shape and licking his lips to emphasize how much he enjoyed devouring a woman from top to bottom.
Damn, this dude is a problem.
Win Alexandra’s The Real Deal along with other books from each author participating through the Rafflecopter giveaway! Please click on the link below to enter:
Hi everyone!! I’m really excited to be a part of the Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books. This is my second year and it’s great to be able to share my favorite reads with you all.
I have three books that I really enjoyed reading. Here they are:
And why wouldn’t he be?
And he’s fresh off of a record-breaking second year of professional basketball with his whole career ahead of him.
So when he meets Kennedy while interviewing for a new stylist, of course he wastes no time going after her.
Until he finds out she’s engaged.
And even though he knows how wrong it is to be so damn attracted to a taken woman – has already learned his lesson when it comes to taken women – he can’t help but be drawn in by her captivating persona of innocence mixed with a hint mystery.
But when Kennedy finds herself in the same predicament, caught completely off-guard by Bryson’s charm and sex appeal, the line between attraction and distraction suddenly becomes a blur.
Who’s really the distracted one?
(Note: This book is a standalone, but features secondary characters from the Attractions & Distractions series as well as The PreGame Ritual with tiny spoilers.)
When 26 year old Reese accepts a position as a grad assistant, she has no idea an unpleasant encounter with a student will lead to the discovery of what she calls “the trifecta”: fine, intellectual, and a little bit rude – three qualities she finds irresistible in a man. She has no intention of doing anything with that discovery – nothing long term, at least. But everybody knows what happens to best laid plans.
Jason is a grown man. 28 years old, seasoned and scarred by his real-life experience in the world, he’s at Blakewood State University to finish his degree and move on. The last thing he’s interested in is the female population on campus… but sexy, infuriating Reese might be a notable exception.
This isn’t a story of opposites attract.
More like counterparts clash.
Neither of them is afraid to do battle, and neither is willing to back down. Love and war, win or lose… somebody’s gonna end up getting schooled.
It doesn’t have to be true, it just has to seem true. This is a code that Jakari Roberson lives by. He definitely applies this philosophy to his relationship with Qia. He loves her with all of his heart and treats her like a queen. There isn’t anything he won’t do for her. However, Jakari has a big secret that he has managed to keep hidden from Qia for the past 14 years. He has finally made the decision to change, but is it a little too late?
In Qia’s eyes she has the most loving, attentive, romantic, and faithful husband in the world. But, will the picture of her fairytale life shatter when she finds out what Jakari has really been up to? Will the love for her husband be enough to make her stay? Or, will his betrayal be enough to push her over the edge and into the arms of someone more deserving?
Take a journey with these high school sweethearts. It is certainly a long difficult one, but it will be well worth it if they can figure out what constitutes a marriage and if their marriage is really worth saving?
And here is one more:
Elise Thompson always has been the independent one of the Thompson siblings. She never worried about anything or anyone, expect when it comes down to her ex, Dante Wilson. Although she loves him, she can’t be with him, especially with all the issues the two has together.
When she meets Jared Crawford, she starts to see life in a different way. While he wants a relationship with her, Elise is holding back, mainly because of her feelings for Dante. But when issues start to arise between her and Jared and with the reappearance of her mother, she soon realizes what’s important and to live life for herself.
You can win all four of these books by entering into the Rafflecopter giveaway below. A winner will be announced at the end of the hop. Good luck!!
Hi everyone! I’m excited to be a part of the May I Suggest Blog Hop through Stuck In Books! With this blog hop, I will be showcasing a couple of books that I think are pretty amazing, but instead of suggesting a particular book, I will be suggesting book series!
The Hudson Series by Colby Taylor
One thing I love to read is a story about family and togetherness. No matter how many issues a family will have, at the end of the day, they will be there for each other, and this is what Colby Taylor’s The Hudson series have. Each book highlights a couple and explains the ups and downs they go through in their relationships. There are currently six books in the series, but there could be more to come in the future. For me, the stories can keep coming, because I am in love with this wonderful series!
Free Falling Series by Raven St. Pierre
I fell in love with this series from the first book, Gravity. Samantha and A.J. share such a special relationship and for me, I saw how much the two has grown together as a couple as well as individually throughout the series. Although they had their share of ups and downs, they found their way back to each other and the series wrapped up nicely in the final book, Today. Tomorrow. Always. I love this couple and hate that the series ended!
Attractions & Distractions by Alexandra Warren
This series is about a young woman discovering herself through her college years. I think we all have been in that stage where we discovered ourselves in college (well, I have anyway). This is one of the reasons why I love this series because it reminds me of when I was in college and the fun I had with my friends. Of course I had my share of tough decisions and heartbreak, but that what make life unpredictable. That what this series is all about. I can’t wait until the third book is released!
Love, Life, & Happiness Series by Sheena Binkley
I’m not sure if I should be showcasing my own series, but I had to include it since it falls under the same theme that all of these books share. With this series, it’s all about having a great bond and being there for each other through the good and bad times. Each book highlights a couple as they go through their journey to happiness. This is a feel good series that will not only make you think about your years in college, but also your very first love.
In Love With My Best Friend by Sheena Binkley
I couldn’t end this post without mentioning my other series, In Love With My Best Friend. This series also falls under the “family” theme. These four friends are not only that; they are also a tight-knit family. They celebrate their happy moments and help each other through their rough times. This series is the epitome of how long-lasting friendships should be and the love they all have for each other .
Now that I presented my favorite series, here is the giveaway that is associated with the hop. One lucky winner will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as well as an eBook copy of my very first book, In Love With My Best Friend. With the gift card, you can purchase one of the books above, or choose a book of your liking. The giveaway will end on May 15th, so make sure to enter soon!
Also, make sure to check out the other blogs that are participating in this great event:
Hi everyone!! I’m happy to be a part of this wonderful giveaway hop hosted by StuckInBooks. Since my time has been limited due to writing, I haven’t had a chance to read much; but when I do, I have been lucky enough to come across a couple of great reads.
Here are a few of those books:
Alexis + men = disaster. At least, that’s how it’s always been. Still, she’s easily tempted by her new surroundings at the University of California to put a foot forward into the dating pool; just not her best one. Relationships and situation-ships quickly become a balancing act as she tries to survive her freshman year.
Jaden is something like an “it guy”, but not by choice. He would much rather live a quiet, normal life exactly opposite of the one the media portrays. So when he meets Alexis by chance, he instantly falls for her beauty, charm, and… normalcy. But he learns very quickly that dealing with her is anything but normal.
Tyree isn’t a man of many words; he prefers action. When, sweet, sexy, naive Alexis Martin becomes a resident in his dorm, he can’t help trying his hand at getting with her, even if she is a freshman.
Attractions and Distractions will take you on a bumpy ride through the struggles and triumphs of finding love on the college scene.
Simone is a woman on a mission: Stop being boring, and fall in love.
That’s easier said than done with no prospects on the table… or under the table… or near the table. Her luck changes when fellow neighborhood business owner Roman Taylor walks through the door of her flower shop.
Roman is single, successful, and sexy — everything Simone is looking for to embark on a whirlwind summer romance with the potential to spark an everlasting love.
But things are never as “perfect” as they seem, and Simone — and Roman — have to decide if they’re willing to risk their hearts when things get a little messy in their pursuit of a crazy little thing called love.
After the surprise engagement party for Mina and Brock, Gabby and Slim found themselves involved in a night of passion. When Slim awakens and finds Gabby gone, he decides then that he deserves better. But can he stay away from Gabby?
Gabby is busy battling skeletons from her past while dealing with her strong feelings from Slim. Slim reminds her so much of her father, that she is a afraid to take a chance on what they feel. The treatment she watched her mother receive from her father was something she always said she wouldn’t tolerate. She knows she deserves better.
Watch as this love story unfolds to find out Who Truly Deserves Better…
At eighteen years old, Brooklyn Andrews is nothing more than a naive college student. Being the youngest of five and the only girl, she is sheltered from a lot of things that most girls her age experience, including boys. That is until she meets Dominic.
Dominic Roberts is a young, handsome business man who owns a profitable trucking company, along with his older brother, David. When the two meet it’s hard to deny the attraction that they have for one another and it doesn’t take long before they act on what they both feel. The only thing standing in their way besides Brooklyn’s brothers is Kennedi, Dominic’s fiancé.
Kennedi loves Dominic with all her heart, but Brooklyn is slowly making him rethink if marriage is what he really wants. Will Dominic drop his fiancé and make Brooklyn his number one or will she continue to be his little secret?
Giveaway: 3 winners will each receive one of the books above or a book of your choice ( eBook must be valued up to $2.99). This giveaway is only for individuals in the US.
After entering, make sure to check out the other blogs that are participating in the giveaway hop!
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Hi everyone! Two weeks ago, Lynn Lovegreen hosted me on her blog for the Writing Process Global Blog Hop. Today, I will be giving my take on what inspired me to write as well as host three authors. 🙂
What am I working on?
Currently, I’m getting ready to write the third book in the Something Just Ain’t Right series. I’m also working on re-releasing one of my previous stories, Our Love, as well as gearing up for a new series that is a spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness series.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is different from others of its genre because it provide diversity with the main characters. I love New Adult fiction, so when I began writing, I wanted to focus on characters that were not only strong minded, but also diverse. That was the concept I had in mind when I wrote the Love, Life, & Happiness series. Although there are starting to be more NA books that feature African-Americans characters, it’s very rare that you would encounter a book, let alone a series, in this genre that have predominately African-American characters.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I love to write in certain genres, especially romance and women’s fiction. I also like to step outside of the box, and that was what I did with my current series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I never thought about doing romantic suspense, but I didn’t want readers to see me only as a romance author. I want to be known for other areas of writing as well. That’s what make being a writer so great, because for me, I have the ability to explore many areas and to develop various characters.
How does my writing/creating process work?
Since I have an 8-year-old son, I usually do all of my writing late at night, when it’s just me and my computer. Music is very important with my writing process because it help create various scenes for my stories. I also create playlists for my stories, which describe my thoughts through a particular scene. There may be times when I would have to revise a scene or two and even go through several rounds of editing, but it’s all worth it once I receive the final result.
Please allow me to introduce you all to three new authors that will be continuing the blog hop. These authors are very talented and have wonderful stories available. Please check out their blogs or pages to learn more about them and their work. 🙂
Té Russ- Author of Love After War (Available now)
Growing up an introvert, Té Russ found solace in literary arts at an early age. She found reading to be a vehicle to broader horizons and writing a form of self-expression. She began writing love stories in her adolescent years as a way to expel her youthful thoughts of love into words. Since then she has gone from writing stories and thoughts of love in journals to attending college for journalism and falling in love, which has allowed those youthful words of love to blossom into a series of stories in her romance novels. Though she has an immense appreciation for the sheer smell that books collectively exert, she also has found balance to her introverted nature with adrenaline inducing activities. So if she does not have her nose pressed deeply into a book or her pen ticking through a pad, you may also find this mother of three jumping out of airplanes, cheering her husband on at the top of her lungs at MMA fights, buzzing down the interstate on the back of motorcycles, or kayaking.
To keep up with her writings and other things going on check out her pages:
Her Global Blog Hop Date: Wednesday, February 25th on her blog
Alexandra Warren: Author of Attractions & Distractions (Available Now)
Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something new author from the middle of the map, Nebraska. She enjoys writing young adult contemporary romance novels. With one book under her belt and another on the way, she is looking forward to what the rest of 2015 will bring. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time teaching preschool, traveling, blogging, reading, watching sports, and hanging out with family.
Purchase link: Attractions & Distractions: Freshman Year
Her Global Blog Hop Date: Saturday, March 7th on her blog
Alithea Elizabeth- Author of Love On The Track (Coming Soon)
“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist who does her best in her craft.”-Pattie LaBelle
Those are the words of the legendary Miss. Pattie LaBelle. She sees herself as a Diva in the music world; just like I see myself, Miss. Alithea Elizabeth, as an upcoming Diva in the literary world.
I was born and still do live in the beautiful island of The Bahamas, where I’m currently a student at The College of the Bahamas studying Secondary Education, specializing in History and Geography. I’m actively involved in my community as an Advisor with the Junior Achievement Bahamas. I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.
I was in love with writing from an early age, writing all over my mother’s walls. However, after being put in timeout a few times, my mother gave me a notebook and a pen. From that time, I have always been putting my pen to paper, writing short story about my family and friends or even about my family vacation. It wasn’t until 2012 when I decided to write my debut novel, Love On The Track. After a few setbacks I got discouraged, but thanks to supportive family and friends, I’m currently working on publishing my first book in the near future.
Writing is my passion…..
Her Global Blog Hop will be in May.