Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don't Know by Tracy Reed ♥ Fun Facts, Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (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 like to refer to my books by the heroine’s name. So for this series, it’s Alex. To be precise, it’s Alex One, for obvious reasons…there’s an Alex Two and Three.

This is the first book I wrote. That’s not true. My first book was the original version of this book. Since that first draft, it’s undergone several re-writes. There were so many, I lost count. I know it was a lot, because I have the drafts stacked up in the garage.

Looking back on those early drafts, I see the growth in my writing. Thank God. When I first wrote Alex One, it seemed appropriate and then something happened. A little series called, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was born. I never read the series, but I heard about it. However, I read a lot of books by authors that write what is known as steamy, sexy romance, and I realized my baby, wouldn’t stand a chance up against those books.

So I did a re-write, but it still wasn’t ready. I put the book down and did a dance with an agent, that didn’t last. During my time with the agent and them shopping it. I wrote another book, Generational Curse. Per my mother’s suggestion, I released that one first.

After the agent and parted ways, I re-read Alex One with a red pen in hand. When I was done, the story was better, but still not there. The characters read very young. I did a little reading and started maturing my characters and beefing up the kisses. When I was done, I had a book I liked. Oh yeah, once I re-wrote Alex One, Alex Two needed work. I just completed the initial re-write on Alex Two a couple of weeks ago and I really like it.

I still have most of the Alex One and Two drafts. I think they would be good for starting a fire.



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.”

“Excuse me?”

“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.”

      





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.



      


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47 comments :

  1. thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for posting and entering the contest.
      Tracy

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  2. What is the best joke that you heard recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hi Betty,
      I'm delighted you liked the post. Thank you for stopping by and posting.
      Tracy

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  4. What a great giveaway, please count me in :)

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    1. Hi Kirsten,
      Thank you for posting and entering the contest.
      Tracy

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    1. Hi Rita,
      I'm glad you like the excerpt. Thank you for stopping by and posting.
      Tracy

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  6. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Beth,
      I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for posting and entering the contest.
      Tracy

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  7. I am so excited to read this book. I have added it to my spring TBR list. My winter list is almost depleted. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Misty,
      I'm excited you want to add my book to your TBR list. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you for stopping by and posting.
      Tracy

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  8. Hi Joseph,
    Unfortunately, I haven't heard any good jokes lately. Do you have one you want to share? Thanks for posting and all the best to you in the contest.
    Tracy

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  9. Hi Mai,
    Who is my book hero? Very good question. I don't have one. Let me rephrase that. My book hero would have to be whoever the hero is of the book I'm currently reading or writing. Thank you for posting.
    Tracy

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  10. It's always tough to let all one's walls down. You are more likely to let someone who knows you well share your secrets--but it's never an easy thing to be vulnerable. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

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    1. Hi Elf,
      Thank you for stopping by and posting. I like your post.
      Tracy

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  11. Alex is lucky to have so many good friends. It sounds like they share all their secrets - well almost all of them. I'd like to read it and find out what they're hiding.

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne,
      Alex is very fortunate. She and her friends are more like sisters than friends. They share almost everything. The things they have kept from each other is interesting. The secrets are revealed throughout the series. I hope you enjoy it.

      Thank you for stopping by and posting.
      Tracy

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  12. Great,thanks for the post and giveaway :)

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    1. Hi Karla,
      Thank you for posting and entering the giveaway.
      Tracy

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  13. I love a book about friendships that are not always the frosting on the cake but more often the flour, sugar, eggs, butter-simple ingredients but without which there would be none.

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    1. Hi Jeanna,
      I love your comment. I hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for posting.
      Tracy

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    1. Hi Chiara,
      I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for posting.
      Tracy

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    1. Dovile,
      Thank you for posting and entering the giveaway.
      Tracy

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  16. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway. I appreciate the fact that you are writing unique Christian fiction.

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  17. Wonderful excerpt! It makes me want to read more! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Ree Dee,
      I apologize for the challenge you had entering the giveaway. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for posting and entering the giveaway.
      Tracy

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    1. Hi Dovile,
      Thanks for entering the giveaway.
      Tracy

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  19. I like the name of the heroine. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Beth,
      I'll let you in on a secret. I almost named the heroine Samantha. Thanks for following the tour and posting.
      Tracy

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  20. Hi Beth,
    Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for posting and entering the giveaway.
    Tracy

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  21. Love the synopsis. How do you choose your locations for your books?

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  22. We are like fairy tale endings. We just need to create our own, as we all are princesses.

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  23. When you were a child what Writer inspired you to become a writer yourself?

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  24. I really like the blurb. Books sounds in depth.

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  25. Do you have a friend a close to you as a sister? And does she know all your secrets? The series looks incredible and I can't wait to find out what those secrets are!

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