The Alex Chronicles:
What My Friends Don’t Know
by Tracy Reed
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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Alexandra “Alex” Miller and her best friends are more like sisters. They live by the code that a good girlfriend will stick by you and be honest with you not matter what.
They’ve been friends over twenty years and have seen each other through marriage, divorce, broken engagement, death and other minor crisis. But it’s the secrets they’ve failed to trust each other with. Each of them is holding on to a secret they believe could destroy not only their reputation, but their friendship as well.
Alex and her best friends, Chloe, Taylor, Kendell and Dionne all long for one thing, a happy ending. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve discovered, not everyone gets the fairytale happy ending they want, but the reality life has orchestrated for them.
I couldn’t move. That was the most uncomfortable experience I’ve ever had, much worse than my first pelvic exam. In fact, right about now, those stirrups are looking pretty good, because that would distract me from all the memories that brief encounter resurrected. It’s been over twenty years and he still makes my stomach jump.
“Who was that man?” Bas asked.
I couldn’t dance around his question like I did last night. “Uhm…did I ever tell you how I got the money to start my business?”
“Does it have anything to do with the couple we just met?”
“It has everything to do with them.” I took a deep breath and continued. “My girlfriends know about Jonathan, but only a handful of people know about Terrence.”
“Come on, let’s sit down.” He guided me back to the club chairs, we sat down and I stared out the window.
“I spent the summer before my junior year and my junior year of college working at Motif Magazine in Paris. The short version, Terrence and I met at the Louvre. We were both trying to see the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, so was everyone else. Instead, we spent the afternoon exploring the museum and by closing time, we were in love. He was in Paris working for his father’s company.”
“That’s your ex?”
“Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to be married and no one know?” He looked perplexed. “Let me answer it for you. Yes.”
“Towards the end of summer we were hooked at the hip. We spent all of our free time together. Instead of going home for the holidays, I stayed in Paris and spent them with Terrence. Spring came and the air was filled with love. He proposed and two weeks after Valentine’s Day we got married. When his parents found out, they came over and yanked him out of our apartment. The last time I saw him was that morning.”
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Room With Books!
Please tell us about yourself. Did you always want to be a writer? Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No I did not grow up wanting to be a writer. I am like my reader. I love God, fashion and cute guys. I also, like reading romance.
When I was little, I wanted to be an actress. However, I don’t particularly, like speaking in front of large groups.
How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?
It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been seriously writing since 2004. I remember the year, because that was the year I got an iMAC.
Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?
Yes. I own www.thepinkduchess.com, a lingerie site for curvy women.
How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?
Would you sacrifice your relationship with your best friend for a chance at love with her ex?
Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I considered myself a writer, after my first short story was published.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took me much longer than I expected to publish my first book. Including the set backs [two crashed hard drives and a busted jump drive], I think it took me approximately three years.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?
There are quite a few variables that make up that answer. It depends on the project. My second published book, The Good Girl, was written in approximately two weeks. What My Friends Don’t Know, took a little longer…a few months, almost a year. The re-write, was a couple of months.
What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
What can you expect from me in the future…more books. Just kidding. I like this no-name genre…it’s exciting. I like reading romantic comedy, but I’m not sure I can write a good one. I am however, considering doing a romantic suspense. It’s another of my favorite genres.
Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?
My favorite character is always the heroine of the book I’m currently writing.
What is your routine for writing?
I don’t really have a writing routine. I write a rough draft, then I review it and make some minor changes, then it’s on to another project. I need to let a little time pass before reading it for a rough edit. After the rough edit, it’s on to another draft and a possibly hand it over to my mother. She’s my toughest critic. Once she finishes, I do another round of edits based on her comments and then it’s off to the beta readers. Once they finish, I review their comments and then it’s sent to the editor. Once she finishes it, I review her comments and then it’s off to the formatter. While the formatter has it, I’m working on the print version. Sometimes the editing can take longer than writing the book.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It depends. Sometimes the title dictates the story. And others, the story is built around the title.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?
No. I don’t implant any secrets. There might be some things I’m slow to reveal. I wouldn’t say there are hidden morals. I think I’m pretty up front with the message.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
For my reading pleasure, I like hardcover books. I like how they look on the book shelf and feel in my hands.
What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?
I’m ashamed to answer this question, because I don’t have a favorite book.
Do you read all the reviews of your books?
I know I shouldn’t, but I do read the reviews.
That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions?
What is your favorite food? I don’t really have a favorite food. I’m a foodie, so I enjoy trying new foods. If I was forced to make a decision, I’d say, pizza, mac and cheese, the perfect bacon cheese burger, brownies with nuts or chocolate chip walnut cookies.
Who is your favorite singer or group? I don’t have a favorite singer or group. However, I recently discovered a few artists I like: Andra Day, Morgan James, Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Esperanza Spalding
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is pink.
What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? What is my ideal getaway vacation? If it’s warm weather, a beautiful resort with hot guys serving me drinks. If it’s cold, drop m in Europe. I love Paris.
What final words would you offer to our readers?
What final words would I like to offer your readers…buy my book. Smile.
Thank you for spending time at Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with your book. I hope you will come back again!
I am a single Christian woman who loves God, Fashion and Cute Guys. Not all women who write Christian fiction will admit to that.
The subjects I write about are considered taboo in Christian fiction. If you want to read about Christians dealing with unrequited love, apprehension to give love another chance, arranged marriages, physical attraction, divorce, annulment, controlling their urges, infidelity, abortion, dating younger men, being a single mother, slipping up and sleeping with your estranged ex, standing up for yourself, being honest about not liking your in-laws, still being attracted to your ex, battling postpartum depression, having challenges in your walk with Christ or if you aren’t too proud to admit you sometimes get angry and yell at God, then you’re in the right place.
The people that read my books have a thing for designer clothes and accessories and aren’t ashamed to admit it. To them a cute Christian guy on their arm is the finish to the perfect outfit. Sort of like lipstick, you don’t have to have it, but it sure makes you feel prettier when you do.
Tracy Reed will be awarding a $10 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.