Are you excited? I am! Kindle Alexander is here today to talk about her latest, hot-off-the-presses release Always. This is a HUGE book tour that you don’t want to miss! There’s also an awesome Scavenger Hunt and some pretty cool prize baskets up for grabs! You have to check it out!
Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn’t even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton’s life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
Hello Kindle! Welcome to my blog and thank you for answering my
nosy, discerning, questions! First, please tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of stories you like to write. Would you say there is an underlying theme behind your stories?
First off I’d like to thank you for letting us be here with you today. Kindle Alexander is a writing team; actually we are best friends, live in the same town and met through our children’s sports activities.
Well, there is absolutely no underlying theme …unless you call hot guy on guy action with deep seeded, soul igniting love a theme.
What part of the world do you call home? Can you tell us a little about where you grew up and where you live now?
We live in the suburbs of Dallas not too far from where we grew up. I’m sure you’ve all seen the TV show Dallas and caught a few episodes of the TV reality show Big Rich Texas – well our lives are exactly like that ….ten gallon hats, big hair, cowboy boots and the home of the thirty thousand dollar millionaires. Nah, not really, we live in a quiet little town outside of Dallas.
How long have you been writing? Did you write as a child or is it something you developed a passion for later in life?
We started writing about five years ago, so we started writing much, much later in life…. the passion we feel is about our boys and their stories, not about the writing.
What gave you the courage to submit your first story to a publisher?
We were just too dumb to know we needed courage, and should have been intimidated.
I see you write M/M fiction. Would you characterize your stories as M/M romance, erotica, or something in between?
*Nods* All of the above…
What draws you to the M/M genre? Have you written in other genres?
We got our start in fan fiction. It’s a long and complicated answer so let’s just say it’s surprising to be here. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. If you would have told us we would be writing in the M/M genre 5 years ago we would have laughed at you. We didn’t even know it existed. But once we found it we were completely hooked. And now it’s the only thing that exists in our world.
City Girl or Country Mouse—and why?
Little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll – lol! Nah, depends on the day and my mood. Today I’m a country mouse. Saturday, I might be a city girl.
“Writers should write what they know.” What does this statement mean to you as an author?
Absolutely nothing! If you write a school text book or a manual you should probably know what you’re writing about. Hahahaha! Just joking. I know a lot of those people who write text books don’t know what they are talking about either!
Are you a panster or a plotter? Do you outline extensively or write your story as you go along?
We talk about it and talk about it and then outline it and if the characters want something changed along the way…we change it.
What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?
Sleep and quiet.
Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created? Why does this character resonate with you?
We have two and all our stories start off as these two boys, and then evolve.
Of the stories you’ve written, which one do you like the most? Which one would you recommend a new reader begin with?
We can’t choose just one, remember all of our stories start off as these two boys that live in our heads. If you’re new to M/M start with Texas Pride, If you’re into sex go with Double Full. If you’re into intrigue The Current Between Us has it. If you like sweet romance read Up In Arms. If you like something that stays with you and pulls at your heartstrings then Always is the book for you. (We hope!)
What are the three most important things in your life—the things you can’t do without?
Lindt Sea Salt chocolate truffles, Starbucks Carmel Macchiato, Lindt Key Lime Truffles
If you could have one super power or magical element from popular science fiction movies or literature, what would it be and why?
The ability to time travel. That way I could go back and fix everything I screwed up.
Do you see your writing as a hobby or is it your goal to be a full time writer at some point in the future?
Writing keeps me sane so wherever that falls then that’s the answer.
What advice would you give to someone who aspires to be a published author?
Just do it!
Most authors admit to feeling uncomfortable with the degree of self-promotion necessary to be successful. Are there some aspects of social media and self-promotion that make you more comfortable than others? Are there some you avoid like the plague?
Completely comfortable in all forms of social media.
How often does your real life experience figure into your story telling? Do you base characters or stories on your actual experiences?
I cannot talk my husband into kissing the neighbor man no matter how hard I try.
Research: love it or hate it?
I love it! My writing partner hates it!
Editing: love it or hate it?
I find it very interesting. My writing partner HATES it with a passion!
How much do you think that a good blurb and good cover art figure into the success of a story?
Have you ever been intimidated by reviews?
We try not to read the negative reviews. You can’t make people like your book if they don’t. Everyone has different tastes and sometimes we aren’t their cup of tea.
Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, do you find what you listen to influences the story at all?
Sometimes and I have no idea if music influences the story. That’s a really good question. I’ve never even considered this. I’ll have to be more observant next time I write. 🙂 (I can tell you one thing that influences writing, that’s hot male models!)
Do you miss your characters when you come to the end of their story? Do you find ways to write sequels for them or do you become entranced with a new set?
My writing partner says editing has a way of beating the characters out of you.
What are your writing goals for 2014? Your personal goals?
We have three maybe four books we would like to put out in the next year. And out personal goals are to stay around that long.
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Scavenger Hunt Rules US ONLY PLEASE**
Each day 1 blog will showcase 1 of the above photos somewhere in their blog posts. Your job in order to win 1 or 2 prizes is to successfully find the picture and collect all 13 photos and tell me which blog showcased them. 1 blog per day ONLY will have the photo. You need to successfully have all 13 photos with blogs in order to be entered to winner the prize. There will be 2 winners: 1 winner will receive a gift basket that is all things Italian and the other winner will receive a gift basket that is all things naughty! Happy hunting! Bonus Prize: If you can answer a question about one of the graphic you will win a custom Rubick Cube with everything Kindle Alexander on it…..
Note: Not every blog in the tour will have a hidden photo–but at least one blog each day of the tour will have a hidden picture for you to identify–so make sure you check out the other blog posts each day!
Question: What is the reason behind picking the Rubick’s Cube as a graphic and bonus
prize in the Scavenger Hunt?
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