11 January 2014

Gregory, Amy: Alex’s Destiney

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Title: Alex’s Destiny (Racing to Love #4)

Author:Amy Gregory

Genre:Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date: November 1, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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Alex's Destiny Book 4

Her destiny was written for her, long before she was ever born. She embraced it, wanting nothing more than to give everything within her back to the sport in which she was considered royalty. Her family’s legacy would live on, revered by all. And she thrived on the long work days she spent teaching at the academy her blood was tied to. Alexandra Sterling needed that dirt track as much as she needed her next breath.

That same track was the one that drew in a young student years before. Alex had given her heart away the day they met, knowing that he belonged to only her. For years she’d waited, knowing without a single doubt that he’d make her his when the time was right.

But…she’d never asked Dallas if he felt the same way.

Her hurt leaves her vulnerable, her days dark and her instincts dulled. After one night of hell, Alex is lost. Her world is crumbling around her, and without her lifeline and best friend beside her anymore, there’s nothing to keep her from sinking with it.

Dallas Hunter is a pro rider on the motocross circuit, following in the footsteps of his father Eli. For Dallas, it’s always been Alex, but he’s kept his feelings locked away out of fear, his love for their family, his biggest obstacle.

One short and chilling phone call to her puts him on high alert. Knowing something is terribly wrong sends him racing across the country, back home, back to her. But what he finds almost kills him.

Now he’s watching her slip away right before his very eyes. Figuring out how to help Alex before it’s too late, might turn out to be harder than any race he’s ever ridden. And he has to do it with his team and sponsors screaming at him from the other side, trying to pull him back to the world he’s dedicated his entire life to.

Dallas knows he has to help his best friend, the woman he loves…and do it without tearing his family apart.

Other books in this series: Carter’s Treasure #1, Brody’s Love #1.5 (novella), Jesse’s Soul #2, Eli’s Honor #3

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Character Inspiration – Alex & Dallas

Alexandra Noland Sterling;

Since this is a series, I knew of these two characters long before this book was written. I knew Alex first, but fell in love with both of these people when they were kids in Eli’s Honor. I have been asked over and over many times if I thought this entire story line out and how I came up with the twists. The answer is an honest—no. No planning, no plotting, nothing. I simply write or type, whichever is most convenient at the time and the story unfolds before me.

Alexandra – Alex was so easy. I’d fallen in love with Molly. She’s so strong, it wouldn’t be realistic that her daughter wouldn’t be as well. I know from experience when raising kids around adults and older children, they are quite comfortable being around them on a daily basis. You have to consider her grandfather as well, James Noland is a huge kid with an even bigger heart, and a little girl with long golden-blonde curls and big blue eyes is his pride and joy. Naturally his spunk, added in with some from her mother, it rubbed off on little Alex. While Carter is quieter, sweet and protective, Molly is outgoing and fun-loving. The best of both worlds, and the hardest to protect.

Another thing about children is, they have an innate sense about them when it comes to reading people, and while she’d been raised around adults, teens and the academy, she was drawn immediately to Dallas. Though he was shy about it, the feeling was mutual. I knew I wanted them to carry on, they couldn’t just grow up and “remain friends”, it was too obvious how deep their love ran. Of course it would have some obstacles to work out, how do you go from one book when they’re children to adults and in love? Especially when there is a decent age gap between the two. Again that unfolded as I typed. I wanted Dallas to be likable, even well-loved by readers, but he had to be realistic, he had to be a “man”—forgive me, but come on, they don’t always think things through. 😀  He was really tormented by two opposing sides, but if he would have just talked to someone, his father, either of his uncles, mother, somebody, all of his worry would have vanished. But men aren’t like that. And Alex, had she mentioned something about her instincts, the weird happenings, maybe things wouldn’t have gotten so bad, but then again—her stubbornness kicked in. She didn’t want to need anyone.

A lot of Dallas’s personality was already laid out in Eli’s Honor. He was loyal to a fault, hard-working, quiet, cute as could be with his surfer boy looks given to the amount of time he spent outdoors. He grew up way too fast as a young boy, making him appreciative of everything he was given through Eli’s love and friendship and ultimately as he became Eli’s son. I didn’t want that to go away, I didn’t want what I loved about him, what Alex loved about him to dissipate because his mother was no longer in constant worry regarding money. He turned out exactly perfect in my opinion. The men in his life had raised him to be fiercely protective, honorable and loving. Perfect for Alex.

The hardest part of the entire story to write were the last two words…THE END.  Even if this is the only book you’ve read, they’ve been such an integral part of my world for over two years. Five stories in all, then a sixth with Carter’s brother book, these people became so real. There is more to that story for another time, but this was personal, this world was real to me. Not just on paper. Some of the stories, the little snippets here and there, well…let’s just say, I’ve done my share of camping at racetracks.

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About the Author:

author pic colorWhen asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

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