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Excerpt from Storms Book #2!

Alrighty Ladies and Gents!  I promised, you delivered!  Now that The Storm Inside is out and getting reviews, I am ready to release the first excerpt from the upcoming sequel.  (When I get to the magical 10 reviews on Amazon and Bn.com, I’ll release the new title!)

The second book is told from BOTH Eve AND Jake’s points of view and the following is from a Jake chapter.  It is raw and unedited, so please forgive typos, etc.  This is a work in progress!

Enjoy….

 

I’d done it all: flowers, dinner, wine, and a new movie.

But my guest of honor was missing.

“Jake?” her voice rang through the empty house.

“In here.” I called.

I’d given myself quite the lecture.  I was not going to be a controlling jerk.  I was going to give her time to explain.  I was going to be understanding.

“You’re home early… and sitting in the dark with a drink?  What happened?”  She set her bag down on the counter and peeled off her blazer.

It was funny how simple her outfit looked this morning, but now it seemed sexy.  Damn sexy.  Her top was unbuttoned to her breasts.  Her perfect breasts.  My sun necklace only drew my attention to them even more.  Her pants clung to her curves accentuating her amazingly sexy body.

Why did she have to look so hot in everything she wore?

“How long have you been sitting here?”

I glanced down at my watch, “An hour.  You didn’t answer your phone.”

Her eyes widened some more and she flipped her bag open, “I’ve had it on silent since the meeting started.  I’m so sorry.  I just assumed you were going to be busy all evening, too.”

“You didn’t answer your office phone either.”

She set her phone quietly on the counter and spun toward me.  “Jake, stop.  Whatever you’re thinking… just stop.”

“Eve, you always answer your phone.  Always.  What happened tonight?”  I desperately wanted her to have a simple and easy explanation that would make all of these ridiculous worries in my male pea-brain go away.

She put her balled-up fists on her hips and glared at me.  “Please, tell me how your day with Miss Sweet and Perfect went.”

“This is not about me, Eve.  I came home early to an empty house.”  She was not turning the tables on me.

“Then why aren’t you answering me?  Just because you came home on time doesn’t mean nothing happened during your day.”

“I have nothing to hide.  Unlike you, who seem to be hell bent on keeping your missing hours a f*cking secret!”

For a split second I saw fire in her eyes.  “You have lost your mind!  Do you really think so little of me?  Maybe I’ve got our marriage all wrong!”

She spun on her heel and stomped out of the room, but there was no way I was letting her out of there while we were still talking.  “Eve, get back in here.  We are not done talking.”

“F*ck off!” she yelled, stomping down the hallway.

“Hell no.  You are my wife and we having this discussion whether you like it or not.”

She slammed the library door in my face and turned the lock before I could get my hand on the knob.  It didn’t stop me from trying anyway.  I was too pissed to be calm and reasonable.  I jiggled the handle and beat my fist against the door.  “Eve, open the damn door.”

“F*ck. Off.” she yelled back and I heard the squeaky sound of her throwing herself on the leather couch.

I hit the door again and then rested my forehead against the cool surface.  I absolutely hated having a barrier of any kind between us.  It felt physically wrong on a good day, but when we were fighting I wanted to incinerate anything that kept me from her.

The fact she wouldn’t tell me what she was doing kept running through my head on a loop.  “Eve, I’m serious.  We need to talk.”

“And I need to calm down.  Go away, Jake.”

Calm down?  Calm down?  What in the hell did she have to calm down from?  She was the one who stayed late at work and didn’t answer her phone.  “If you don’t open this door I will go full-on Rhett Butler.  I will kick this door in and carry you up the stairs kicking and screaming.”  I’d been forced to watch that movie with Eve more times than I could count.

The lock clicked and the door opened.  “You are such a bastard sometimes.”

I let her walk back across the room while I let my anger simmer.  “I may be a bastard, but I love you.  There is nothing scarier than the idea of losing you.  Maybe I’m as asshole and I’m overreacting, but I’m your asshole.  I will overreact any time I damn well please when it comes to you.”

Her arms were crossed and there was a scowl on her face, but the corners of her lips turned up just a little.  “I hate when you get like this.  It feels like you don’t trust me.”

“I do trust you.  I trust you more than I’ve ever trusted anyone.  Doesn’t make me any less scared of losing you.  And it doesn’t automatically make me trust anyone else in the world.”

“Nothing happened, I swear.”

My heart was out of control.  It was beating wildly and I was pretty sure it might launch itself out of my chest.  “You could have lead with that.”

“You could have let me.”

“Ashley was weird today.”

Eve flushed a little, her blood pressure must have just skyrocketed up to my level.  “Weird how?”

“Apparently she thinks she knows me better than anyone else ever has or ever could.”

Eve shot up off the couch, marched right past me, and out of the library.  “Where are you going?” I asked as she grabbed her keys from the bowl by the door.

“I’m gonna kill her!”

Eve was hot when she was mad.  “Don’t leave.  You don’t need to kill her.”

She reached for the door handle just as I rushed forward and wrapped my arm around her waist, pulling her body back against mine.  The contact mixed with her scent set my senses on fire.

“Let me go!  I need to kick the crap out of her delicate ass!”

“No.” I whispered against the sensitive part of her ear.  “Don’t leave me.  I need you.”

“F*ck,” she sighed, relaxing back against me.

I took the keys from her hands and tossed them at the table (missing completely, I might add) while she pushed the door shut and locked it, keeping her palms flattened against the smooth surface.

“I want to rip out her throat.”

I smiled against the skin of her neck and flexed my fingers into the soft flesh of her hips.  “And that makes me love you even more.”

Gifts and Giveaways

Ok people, this is serious.  What are your favorite parts of The Storm Inside?

I’m asking because people are wondering about upcoming gifts and giveaways… which I have only put a little thought into.  I know what my favorite parts of the book are–but what are yours??  Let me know in the comments or through Facebook and Twitter so I can tailor some awesome prizes for you guys!

Thanks! xoxo

 

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Yesterday was a rough day.  Shiney object were very distracting.  I got about half as much done as I hoped.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s are my golden days: it is the only time during the week I get to think without anyone distracting me because both kids are in school.  From 9am-1pm I am in a panicked free for all to get as much done as possible.

And for some stupid reason I couldn’t stop thinking about movies.

Specifically, movies I watch over and over and over and NEVER get enough of.  Like A Knight’s Tale.  I will drop anything and watch the crap out of that movie!  My whole family loves it…. I mean, what’s not to love?  Knights, rock n roll, and a love story.  Oh, and dialogue so witty it is a permanent part of my family’s vocabulary.

So what else is on my list?

Spaceballs (I will never see this movie enough.  Never.)  The Empire Strikes Back (or really, any of the original trilogy, but Empire is my favorite). Ever After (best Cinderella movie adaptation ever).  The Replacements (Keanu Reeves and merry band of misfit football players… SOLD!). Speaking of Keanu… I have been known to stop and rewatch Speed from time to time.  The Man From Snowy River (because you can never get enough of a historic Australian coming of age love story with 80’s haircuts!).  Notting Hill (more witty dialogue and a good love story).  I’m seeing a trend here….

I’m sure there are others, but those are the ones that popped into my head first.

Which, of course, made me wonder about TV shows.  I’m just as bad about rewatching the same shows….

Little House on the Prairie.  I’ve probably seen every single (and I do mean every) episode at least a dozen times.  I wrote part of my master’s thesis to the DVD’s.  I cannot get enough of my Ingall’s and Wilder’s.  Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I know every episode by heart because I have seen every episode more times than I care to admit.  Also, how cool is it my kids walk around with computers they can talk to????? The world I wished I lived in as a kid is essentially the world my kids DO live in!  FRIENDS.  I don’t think I need to explain this one.  But they have always been my friends, no matter what.  Honorable Mention: The Cosby Show and Avonlea.

And, of course, that made me wonder about the books I read and reread. (Shiny objects!)  Books aren’t as convenient as movies and shows to turn on and leave playing in the background while life goes on, but I do have books I go back to over and over.  Sometimes it is just to read a chapter or two (get that quick fix of being back in the place where magic happened), other times I will sit and reread the crap out of that book.  And sometimes I just hold it in my hands, or stare at the cover (or title) on my kindle.  On Dublin Street is probably the one I go back to the most right now.  I can read a page, a chapter, or the whole book.  Doesn’t matter.  Just take me back to Joss and Braden and the apartment on Dublin Street!

All three Hunger Games are probably next on my list.  Nate even read parts of Catching Fire out loud to me when I was sick a few months ago (he’s a good man…) I was too sick to read, but not sick enough to just. pass. out.  And listening to Katniss Everdeen survive somehow made me feel like I might, too.

Every so often I pick a random chapter in Fifty Shades Darker and get a Christian Grey fix.

And then there is a random book from the 80’s called A Woman Without a Past.  I have reread it a dozen times.  It is a basic romance, nothing particularly different or special… but I love it.

So, today I’m hoping I don’t have shiny object syndrome and I get a bunch of stuff done.  I’m pushing The Storm Inside while finishing up the first draft on Storms 2.  Release week was truly special you guys, thank you so much for all the support.  I just want to write and tell stories, so every time one of you stops by and leaves a comment, likes a post on Facebook, or tweets with me on Twitter, it makes me feel a little more connected to the world of writers and readers.  This year has been one revelation after another.  Every time I walk into a reader-con or writer conference I am absolutely blown away by this community.  I had no idea I was missing an essential part of my life.  There are other people obsessed with reading and writing!!! I am not alone!!! It has been an amazing year.

SO! Leave me a comment on your favorite movie, tv show, or book and I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments to receive a free e-book copy of The Storm Inside.

For funsies, here is my favorite scene from The Storm Inside:

Ten years and I still had that same visceral response to Jake that I had the first time I met him all those years ago.

My reaction had been so intense and so different I had never forgotten a single moment of our first week together.  I’d never been boy crazy, in fact I was worried there was something wrong with me.

Everywhere I looked my friends were frantically losing their minds dating.  They had crushes and were losing their virginity… meanwhile all I could see were silly boys I’d rather not touch.

Then Jake walked into my life and everything changed.

I don’t know if it was love at first sight (I’m really not sure what the heck that means) but he took my breath away.  Everything else fell away and there was only his handsome, smiling face.  Then he looked at me and I saw that same shocked look in his eyes.  It was an instant connection and we were immediately drawn together like two magnets.  He was as blind to the people around us as I was.

We spent nearly every minute of the next week locked together in a quiet conversation that only made sense to us.  We talked about everything—it was the strangest thing.  Somehow in a single sitting we could move from movies to politics to religion; all while smiling and touching and caressing.  And the kissing… I thought kissing was a little bit gross until Jake kissed me.  Then I couldn’t get enough.

Every moment with my body pressed up against his was ecstasy.

Every moment we were apart was hell.

We’d known each other three days when he pulled back from a long, deep kiss and stared into my eyes.  I couldn’t breathe when he did that– I could see forever in his eyes.  A look of fear flashed across his face, he squinted his eyes just a little bit, and murmured a question.  “Are you seeing anyone else?”

Was I seeing anyone else?  Did anyone else exist?  “No,” I whispered.

Jake relaxed and melted against my body beneath his.  He swallowed and dipped his head down, tracing an invisible line up the skin of my throat.  His breath was warm as he whispered in my ear, “Be mine and no one else’s?”

It was the most terrifying and wonderful thing I had ever heard in my life.  I wanted Jake like I’d never wanted anything and hearing his frantic plea that I be his…

“And will you be mine?”

His grin split his face in two, “I already am.”

I kissed the soft spot on his cheek where his invisible dimple was peeking out, “Then yes.”

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The Storm Inside is Available NOW!!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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I am pleased and overwhelmed to announced my first full-length romance, The Storm Insidehas finally been released!!!!!  The story of Jake and Eve is very close to my heart, not only because they have lived inside my head for the last few months, but because they are loosely based on several lovely people I’ve had the privilege of knowing.  It is a story of the power of love and passion.  Those two things can give anyone the strength to overcome even the darkest and tallest obstacles.  I have seen some very impressive people do amazing things with their lives because they had the drive to survive and love in their heart.  Jake and Eve are an amalgamation of these people. I am constantly amazed by the things I’ve seen people accomplish with love by their side.  People with that kind of strength and drive almost invariably have a a passion inside them that burns brighter and harder than most others.  Jake and Eve are an intense couple who follow their passions, and as a result this book has a few HOT scenes.

You were warned!

I just couldn’t flinch away from seeing their passion through in every aspect of their lives.  I loved writing their story and I hope you enjoy getting to know them as well.  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  If you enjoy reading the book, please take a moment to leave a review on Amazon, BN, or Goodreads.

The Storm Inside is available TODAY on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and will be available in paperback very soon (my proof is in the mail!).  Follow the links below if you are interested in purchasing a copy.  Thank you!! xoxo

Amazon:

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Goodreads:

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Cover Reveal- The Storm Inside!

Cover Reveal- The Storm Inside!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I’m getting ready for a crazy awesome weekend, but before I get sucked into the fun, I wanted to share something kind of exciting! My COVER for The Storm Inside!! I kind of love it! The foreheads pressed together is a signature move of my main characters, Eve and Jake.  Thank you to Kari at www.covertocoverdesigns.com!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! xoxo

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18462164-the-storm-inside

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The Storm Inside~ Official Blurb!!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I’m excited to post the official blurb for The Storm Inside!  I’m giving away eArc’s this week, if you are interested in reading an advance copy please send me an email: alexisannebooks@gmail.com and I’ll shoot you a copy!! 

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“The only thing holding me back was my heart.  You know, the broken one.

It knew if Jake and I got back together we’d make our past relationship look like child’s play.  It would be a sweet footnote to this new, torrid love affair.  ‘Jake and Eve 2.0’ would be an uncontrolled explosion of sex and adoration.

Uncontrolled explosions were dangerous.  Everyone knew that.

And yet, I couldn’t seem to stop myself from playing with the matches…”  ~Eve

Loving someone and being in love aren’t always the same thing.

That’s what Eve Daniels is trying to come to terms with when Jake Spencer suddenly returns to her life after ten years of silence.  Haunted by a past he had no power to control, Jake left everyone and everything behind in hopes of saving Eve from his demons.  His one regret was breaking her heart. 

From the moment they reconnect, it is clear to Eve the passion, brilliance, and determination that first attracted her to Jake are stronger than ever.  So strong that fighting their pull seems useless.  But falling back in love isn’t as easy as letting the walls down.  Eve soon realizes the choices they’ve both made come with consequences.  Ones that will test how deep her love runs for a man living with a storm inside.

**This book is intended for readers 17+ due to explicit language and sexual situations.**

I will have an official COVER REVEAL coming later this week!!! xoxo

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