Friday, October 11, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Alexa Bourne

My guest is author Alexa Bourne. Her book, Fractured Paradise, is a romantic suspense novella and was released on November 3rd, 2012. It was nominated for Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller of 2012 by the Love Romances Café.

Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?
I did have several manuscripts finished before I sold. I used to submit them to agents and editors whenever I thought they were ready. I also submitted them to countless contests.
Been there & done that. What is your writing routine like?
LOLOL! There is no routine. I’m a teacher in my “real world” so my schedule often changes. I write when I can.
What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
I love researching promotional opportunities. I mostly do interviews, comment on other people’s blogs, tweet and keep busy on facebook. I also run contests every once in a while and my best friend makes many of my promotional items such as bookmarks, cards, magnets, etc. I’m always looking for new ways to promote my books and my genres.
Promotion is important, even if you would rather just write. Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I am a member of Romance Writer of America and several of the RWA chapters: Kiss of Death (Suspense chapter), Austin RWA, and Celtic Hearts RW. I absolutely believe they’ve helped. I’ve made some great friends, learned so much about the craft of writing and the business, and I feel I have so much support with every new angle of writing I come across.
Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
If you really feel, in your heart, that writing is for you then don’t give up.  Even on my most difficult writing day or when I’m overwhelmed with promotional obligations, being an author is still the best job I could ever have. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.  
Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) I’ve lived in 5 states: RI, MA, TX, NV, AZ
2) I love to sing and I’m pretty good.
3) I wanted to be a music major until I took my first music class in college and barely passed.

Technical analyst Rachel Grant arrives in Sunderland intent on tidying up her grandmother’s cottage, but the disaster she discovers requires more than a gentle sweep of a dust rag. Determined to please the most important person in her life, she trades her computer keyboard for a hammer and nails to make the repairs. She doesn’t count on the chilly reception from the locals who want to claim Nan’s home as their own.

Tour guide Aidan Camden wants to buy the cottage. He’s determined to acquire the property no matter how attractive he finds the current occupant. However, when tragedy strikes, throwing them both into a tailspin, he discovers he wants more than the house. He longs for the sexy American as well. Can Aidan put his own ghosts to rest in time to save the woman who’s claimed his heart?


“A bit of a disappointment, I expect.” A rich, deep voice with a twinge of an English accent drifted from behind her.

She whirled around. Her hair whipped against her cheeks and made her wish for the hundredth time today she hadn’t packed all her hair clips.

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you.”

The stranger paused beside the edge of the clearing, and her heart stuttered. Although no one would mistake him for a Hollywood leading man, this guy could command attention by stepping into a room. Or onto an island.

“That’s okay. You didn’t.” She permitted her gaze to wander over him.

He kept his hands stuffed into the front pockets of faded jeans. The wind tore at his gray long-sleeved shirt, outlining the contours of a well-defined chest. Unruly light brown hair touched his collar. High cheekbones accented his deep-set eyes. Not friendly eyes, but no threat lay behind them either, at least none she could uncover.

He pulled a hand from his pocket and held it out. “Aidan Camden of Dawson Tours, your neighbor from across the water.” He tipped his head toward the way he’d come.

Camden. His name sounded familiar, but why? She shook his hand with a hint of hesitation. “Rachel Grant.”

His fingers warmed her skin, his grip strong and confident. Awareness trailed along her arm. Then again, it could be the accent that made her skin tingle. British accents never failed to stir her emotions.

A trace of a smile danced on his lips. “Aye, the American.”

Huh. “You know of me?”

A low rumble of laughter slipped from his mouth, the sound relaxing her from deep within. “Word travels fast here. I saw you paddling your way out.”

Paddling? No, he’d seen her fighting with the oars. Until today, she’d never set foot on a boat, much less held an oar. But she would consider swimming across the Atlantic Ocean if it would make Nan happy.

“Tell me, Mr. Camden, are you in the habit of following foreigners?”

“No, lass, but you’re all the talk of the Roker area. The mighty Grant descendant, come to see about selling the family cottage.”


Author Alexa Bourne

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere.

When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, so visit her web page, hang out at her blog, follow her on Twitter or drop her a note at!

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