Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alexa Bourne Spills the Beans

Hi Alexa! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book.

Thanks for having me!

Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
I think for this time of year I’ll have some mulled wine.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Spending an entire day on the couch with a good book and a bag of peanut M&Ms.

Favorite quote? 
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
LOL! I’m not sharing those details even if you paid me!

Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)? 
Out of those choices, I’d take Beethoven. Honestly, though, I love all music except jazz and opera. I respect jazz musicians and opera singers, but the music just grates on my nerves.

Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
Music absolutely influences my writing. I used to buy a new CD every time I started a new book, but that got expensive! So then I just started choosing a specific theme song for each book and I’d play around with songs and make lists on my iTunes. All of my books so far have been set in the UK so I listened to a lot of Celtic music or bagpipe music while I wrote those. 

Which of your characters would you most/least want to hang out with, and why?
What an awesome question! I would have to say I’d love to hang out with Meggie MacDougall. She’s the heroine in SILENT SURRENDER, but she and her brothers own the pub in my fictional Highland village of Glenhalish (where 3 of my 5 books are set). Meggie is the gossip queen there so she’d have lots of information to share!

While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned? 
I’m not in charge. The characters are. Anytime I’ve tried to change sections of the story or the characters instead of listening to them, they let me know they don’t like those ideas by shutting down my brain and locking me into writer’s block.

They can be devious that way! Where can readers find out more about you?
They can visit my website, which I JUST had redone! While visiting the site, stop by the Cuan MacDougall Pub, where Meggie will give you the latest gossip!

Please share a book blurb and/or excerpt!

Take-charge bodyguard Colin Munro believes working for the International Protective Network will be the perfect occupation for him. Unfortunately, his trial assignment is protecting a woman who has no intention of blindly following orders. Aye, he’ll bring the bonnie lass in line because there’s no way he’ll allow her to ruin his chance of securing his dream job.

Physically and emotionally scarred during her stint as a US soldier, Joanna Grainger wants nothing more 
than to enjoy life. New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh marks the beginning of her transformation. But when 
she witnesses a crime no one believes occurred, her plans come to a screeching halt. To make matters worse, 
her sexy but headstrong bodyguard has no compassion for her or the victim. 

As danger hunts them through the city during one of the busiest time of the year, Joanna must convince Colin she’s a worthy partner. But first, can she convince herself?

Thanks for spilling the beans today, Alexa!

Thanks so much for having me!


In honor of the holidays and my New Year’s romantic suspense story, SIMPLE TREASURES, I’ll choose one commenter to receive a UK gift! Please leave your email address and I’ll choose the winner tomorrow Saturday morning!


Teri Riggs said...

Great interview and I love the books. Alexa, if you ever get that lunch lined up with Meggie, you'll have to invite me!

ps. Cate I really love your website picture banner.The colors, the tattoos, every little detail. Awesome!

Alexa said...

Thanks, Teri! I'll keep you in mind when Meggie and I get together! :P

Yolanda Renee said...

I agree, the characters lead the story, and if I try to lead them, my bad.

Wishing you all the best, and yes, I'm leaving my email address - I love a great romance!

Alexa said...

Thanks for stopping by, Yolanda!

Alexa said...

Teri, email me ( and I'll send a gift your way!

Yolanda, I'm also sending you something.

Thank you both for visiting!