Monday, October 20, 2014

Alexa Bourne will make your dreams come true!

Cate: Please welcome Alexa Bourne to my special Halloween celebration. Alexa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Alexa: Thanks for having me, Cate! I’m a middle school teacher by day and a writer by nights, weekends and all school holidays. I’ve been writing forever and published since 2012. I write mostly romantic suspense but I also have a few contemporary books as well. My favorite things to do when I’m not working on a story or grading papers, are to watch soccer, travel, read and think about exercising.

Cate: You're one busy woman! Haha, I think about exercising too. Maybe it's a writer thing, lol. What do you love most about Halloween?
Alexa: I love giving out candy, especially to the little kids who get so excited. I love seeing their cute costumes, too.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Alexa: I used to go out Trick or Treating with my cousin, who is quite a bit younger than I am. I loved getting to spend time with him.

Cate: Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain? 
Alexa: Yes, actually. I was having a medical procedure done just before my 7th birthday. It required me to be awake and stay still for a long time. There was a man who sat on my left side wearing scrubs and his glasses, and he talked to me. He kept me calm and helped me stay still. No one was able to answer when we asked who it was, not the hospital staff nor my own doctor.

Cate: Aw, your guardian angel. :) What frightens you the most?
Alexa: Clowns. After watching the movie for Stephen King’s It (as a college sophomore), I can’t even look at a clown anymore.

Cate: They are creepy *shudders* Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Alexa: I have been on ghost tours before. I went on one in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was amazing and creepy. Then I also went on an unofficial tour with some other authors at the Menger Hotel when I was in San Antonio for the Wild Wicked Weekend conference. I didn’t see any ghosts on either tour.

Cate: I never catch sight of any on ghost tours, either, but they are fun. :) Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Alexa: I don’t have ANY recipes! I’m not the cook of the family. J

Cate: Lucky you! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Alexa: Wake Me is a romantic suspense set in Austin, Texas. I’m very excited because it’s my first venture into anything with paranormal elements. Also, it’s the first book in my Hidden Destiny series, where a main character from each book will have some paranormal ability he or she must learn to accept.

Cate: Gorgeous cover! Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Alexa: Sure! 

Her psychic dreams come true.
Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess.

Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.

Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there? 

The buzz around her head grew louder as more students joined the crowd. Yellow tape secured the crime scene several yards away, but limbs still stuck over the cement edge of the water fountain.
A guy in plain clothes ducked under the tape and ventured toward them. A gold shield hung from his belt. “Can anybody tell me what happened?”
“She can!” a male voice from behind called out.
Hoping to take attention off herself, Sarah joined the other students in whirling around to see who the guy meant. Several voices rushed toward the man, accosting him with different versions of the crime. Sarah floated through the sea of people, away from the crowd.
For the nine months, she’d lived in Austin, she’d never mentioned a word about her so-called psychic gift. Almost a full year had passed. She’d started to think she would be normal again.
But a brand-new dream reminded her she would always be different.
Heading toward the street, she picked up her steps. Don’t look back. You’ve done enough damage. 
“Miss! Hey, wait up!”
“Damn.” She slowed her feet. No point in trying to run. She’d look guilty of something then the cops would have a reason to haul her off the school campus in cuffs.
Turning, she came face-to-face with the striking plain-clothes cop. “I’m Detective Cordell with Austin Police.” He stood at least six inches taller than she, his jet-black hair sheared in a standard cut for police. The bulk of his chest stretched the material of his short-sleeved dress shirt. With dark eyes and sexy confidence, he was all sorts of captivating. If he hadn’t been such a threat to her freedom, she might even have called him handsome. “Do you have a minute? I’d like to ask you some questions.”
There died his charm.

Wake Me is available from:

Cate: Love it. What inspired you to write about the theme?
Alexa:  The characters from the Hidden Destiny series have lived in my head for over a decade. When I first wrote their stories, only Wake Me had a paranormal element. Plus, I was still a new writer and I really couldn’t do the stories justice yet. So I kept the manuscripts and decided to “retell” the stories when I became a better writer. This past spring I decided it was time to tackle the series again and with some brainstorming help from my students, we came up with many of the details for the series. (Just a note: I talk to my students about the writing process and my writer duties in general terms. I don’t share my pen name or my book titles with them…at least not until they are 18!)

Cate: Very cool! Anything else you’d like to share?
Alexa: I invite readers to learn more about me and my books. Come visit my website!

Cate: Woot, you guys are so lucky - Alexa has a giveaway for you!
Alexa: I’m happy to giveaway a Wake Me treat! I have a beautiful dream catcher my best friend made, some other cool stuff, and I might be persuaded to throw in some Halloween candy, too!

Cate: Fun! Don't forget to leave your email address, everyone. 
Thanks for joining in the Halloween fun, Alexa!


dolorah said...

I was disappointed with the movie IT, but the book scared me to death.

And I actually do exercise like, once a month.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

How many people are afraid of clowns? Maybe I should ask how many aren't? Congrats on your book, Alexa.

Jean M said...

I have always wanted to go on a ghost tour. The ones that interest me the most are too expensive.

Anne said...

I was very surprised when I became an adult about how excited I became to give out candy. I loved getting it, but to voluntarily give it away?!? I've had about 10 trick or treaters in the last 12 years and I think it's so sad (and strange cause there's lots of kids where I've lived). I also miss how excited and proud the smaller kids are about their costumes, boys even more so than girls most of the time.

Janice Hougland said...

Ghosts! I've not seen one or experienced the effects of being near one. I just don't know if I'd be scared...but I'd like to experience it at least once all the same. :-) In the meantime, I like to read about them and dreams and psychic abilities with my romance. Kinda exciting!

Alexa said...

Dolorah, I've never read the book. Too scary, I'm sure!

Susan, EXACTLY! & thanks for the congrats!

Jean, I hear ya. I've seen some crazy prices for them.

Anne, I agree with you about it being so sad that not too many do the trick-or-treating.

Janice, I think I'd be absolutely terrified if I saw one!

Thanks, everyone for commenting!

servant to Christ said...

I was terrified of clowns! Scary stuff.
I went on a ghost tour in Charleston, SC. It was a jail that housed serial killers. Thankfully I didn't see anything. However, on a ghost tour in St Augustine, my niece's friend got a picture that clearly shows the upper torso and face of what we have argued is either and American Indian or a Soldier. I was there but didn't see anything. She didn't either. But the picture really shows it plainly.

Alexa said...

Oooooh, creepy!