Thursday, March 20, 2014

I’ve loved reading and watching suspense stories...

Congratulations to "Janie", the winner in Alexa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I’ve loved reading and watching suspense stories for as long as I can remember. International intrigue, car chases, shootouts, explosions, betrayals-I love all of it…as long as I’m not the one in the dangerous situation.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know a thing about danger and intrigue. I haven’t had anyone try to kill me or try to blow me up. I haven’t uncovered some conspiracy plot nor have I had big, burly men in dark clothes try to “teach me a lesson.” And honestly, I’d be the worst person to rely on in a crisis. No, I don’t start screaming and running up and down hallways, but I do look for more qualified people to be the responsible adults in any “dangerous” situation. I get too afraid to do something wrong, to hurt myself or cause someone else pain. My brain does not function under immediate pressure so I’d never think quickly enough to come to someone’s defense. I need time to reflect and analyze a situation before I make a decision so being any type of first responder would NOT be the job for me.

So how do I write my suspense characters and scenes then? I give my characters the reactions I wish I had. I make them as talented and quick-thinking as I’d like to be in their frightening situations. This way I get to live vicariously through them, and in some small way, I get to be the one to save the day.

What about you? Are you good in a crisis or would you stay out of the spotlight and let someone else take the lead? Leave a comment below and be in the running for a romantic suspense prize!

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website,

Unable to protect her mother from her father as a child, Devin McQueen has made it her mission as an adult to protect as many abused women and children as she can. The rare moments she’s not consumed with work as a victims’ advocate, she limits her involvements to safe, predictable men….until she meets bounty hunter Grady Cooper. He is big, bold, brash, and has no problem speaking his mind.

Growing up in a broken home, Grady realized early on that good deeds had a price.  To survive, he learned to weigh every decision by what he could gain. Unfortunately, the successful, solitary life he’s worked so hard to create spins out of control when demons from his past shake his confidence. His boss has given him one last chance—bring in Devin’s latest client quickly, and quietly and maybe he’ll still have a job. It didn’t sound unreasonable until he met Devin.

 Suddenly, Grady must make a decision: save his career or follow his heart?

If Grady Cooper had any hope of salvaging his professional reputation, he needed to charm Devin McQueen into giving him what she’d never given any other man. 
He tucked his keys into his cargo shorts, stared up at the five-story office building and cursed the humidity. 

And his dilemma. 

Needing anyone was bad enough. Being forced to rely on a complete stranger to help prove he wasn’t a menace to society was as appealing as the Red Sox using his head for batting practice. If she refused to help him, he’d lose his job for sure. 

“That’s not going to happen,” he whispered. He’d do whatever he had to, promise her the world even, to get himself out of this mess and restore his reputation. By the time she realized he had no intention of honoring his pledge, he’d be a free man and he could get back to chasing the bad guys instead of being labeled one. 

Whatever it took. 

He pushed the glass door open and flew up the stairs two at a time to the third floor. As he walked down the hallway, he glanced at the business names on the doors: law offices, non-profit offices, save the bleeding heart offices. Rooms of people he’d probably chased a bail jumper for at one time or another. 

Loud thumps filtered into the hallway from somewhere up ahead. 

The hairs on the back of his neck stood up. Trade rule number one: Always expect the worst. Still, the noises could have been any number of things: a fallen chair, a muffled voicemail message, boxes of printer paper being dropped. It could have been nothing connected to this woman. 

As he got closer to the door with Soul Survivors carved on it, the name of McQueen’s business, the noises got louder. Glass shattered. A series of thumps passed from behind the door. A woman’s voice flew through the walls like a high-pitched war cry.

What if someone wanted Devin McQueen even more than Grady did? 

Too bad. He had to put his own needs first. 

Adrenaline pushed him. He turned the doorknob. 

Damn it. Locked. 

He shoved his shoulder against the wooden door. It budged. Barely. Inside, more glass broke. A male voice growled through a string of swear words. 

Whoever stood on the other side of this door could not have her. 

Grady gritted his teeth and jammed his shoulder against the door again. This time, it flew open and hurled him into the office. 

Silence reigned across the room. With his shoulder throbbing, he scanned the scene. One upended chair, one thug cradling his nuts, the other, older one, bleeding from his nose and one wild-eyed woman in the center of it all. The bleeding man had his arms wrapped around the woman’s chest, crushing her…assets under his forearms. 

Grady bit back a grin. If this was Devin McQueen, then some of the rumors were true. She could hold her own. But now she didn’t need to. “What’s the matter, guys? Couldn’t find anyone your own size to pick on?”

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Have you ever read a book that surpassed all of your expectations?  My favorite genre is romantic suspense so I’m very picky when it comes to reading them and then reviewing them.  Yes, I read them all the time but most don’t make the blog when it comes to reviewing.  For me, the hero needs to be NOT over the top Alpha and the heroine can not be TSTL.  She must be able to take care of herself and not depend on a man to help her every single time she gets in a jam.

That’s what is such a joy when I starting read Grady and Devin’s book.  The opening scene sets the tone for the characters, the plot and more importantly their relationship.  Devin can definitely hold her own and Grady only helped when needed.  He didn’t take over and make Devin feel helpless.  *sigh*  If anything, that one scene lets the reader know that Grady and Devin are equals and more.  With just that one scene, I fell in love and I’m still in love.
Grady is a not so tough bounty hunter looking for one of Devin’s domestic abuse victims that he needs to bring in.  One problem, Devin is trying to protect her from her husband that wants her dead.  She knows too much and would bring his downfall in the end.  Devin and Grady butt heads from the beginning in regards to this but it makes for some dramatic and intense scenes with them.

Without spoiling the book, both Grady and Devin are dealing with different forms of abuse that they experienced in their childhoods.  Their abuse has defined them in a way but it didn’t overtake their lives.  They both grew from it and continue to grow in the book.  Grady especially with his half brother, Scotty.  I would have liked to have read more about Scotty but hopefully, Ms. Bourne has a book in mind for him.  ;)

Liar, Liar is an extremely fast paced, intense book that will have you have on the edge of your seat throughout.  In fact, I’m still trying to catch my breath and this is a good thing.  I don’t like my romantic suspense that has slow parts.  I don’t want the action to stop but I also don’t like it to take away from the romance aspect either.  Ms. Bourne balanced both expertly and I can’t wait to read what she has next in the romantic suspense genre., 1/1/14 5 out of 5 Harlies and Highly Recommended

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST March 21st. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I am one of those people who will deal with whatever I have to if I am the only person around but I would definitely be more comfortable helping rather than leading in an emergency situation.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  2. Did you see the clip of the LA TV anchors when the earthquake hit? They dove under the desk ... that would be me! I tend to panic rather than act. If I were in a book, I would be the too stupid to live character. But I LOVE kick a$$ heroines!!

  3. Oops, email is trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  4. ~ If you'd asked me this question before my 2 month old baby required CPR I would have answered that I couldn't handle dealing with an emergency like this. --But when he actually stopped breathing and required CPR those old high school Resusci-Annie classes paid off. I called 911 and began what I could remember about infant CPR. The police arrived before the paramedics and they took over until the ambulace was there . . . which is when I lost control. It's amazing how your mind can take over and work the emergency when it *has* to; but as soon as you are no longer in charge you lose it. :)

    You are a new author for me, Alexa, and I look forward to reading your books!! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.


  5. I surprised myself on staying calm during two situations... I got through them and did what needed to be done... it was after they were all over that I let myself cry and shake.

  6. I would like to think I would be good during a crisis, but I would probably just step aside and let others take the lead.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  7. Thank you all for stopping by! I really appreciate you "playing".

    TrishJ, I love kick-arse heroines, too. I think I figured mine were, but just not always in the traditional sense.

    Kimberly, how scary! I hope your son is doing well now! And I hope I become one of your "go-to" authors someday!

    Colleen, yes, I agree that after the "tragedy" is when we let go of our emotions.

    Jane, you and I can hide out together!

  8. a little of both

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. It would depend on the type of crisis.

    jtcgc ay yahoo dot com

  10. Congrats to Alexa on the new release! I hope that I would be good in a crisis. I'm a doer but I have an excellent flight instinct :) But... I would also love someone else more experienced to take charge. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I think that I am better in a crisis. You just have to handle it.

    The book looks great!

  12. I'm like you as far as my reading and movie preference: action, intrigue, danger, adventure! It makes the stories so much more exciting I think. And what am I like in an emergency or critical/dangerous situation? I'm usually cool as can be during the scary part--not before and not after. Something in me kicks in when I need it most...and I count myself quite fortunate for that reaction! It's happened to me in a car on the road and it's happened to me when my children were swimming...and I was quite cool during, but not afterwards! Thanks for asking.

  13. I am very good in a crisis, but even though I may lead, I would not want the spotlight.


  14. Dang, I see a bunch of you are WAAAAAAY better in a crisis than I am! Well, that's what makes the world go round- those of us who hide and those of you who take care of what must be done. :)

  15. I think it depends on the crisis...if it involves my kids, I am really able to step up and take charge. Anything else though and I defer to others!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  16. I love romantic suspense but staying calm in the face of murder and other violent type crimes would take me over the edge. I am in the medical field so that kind of crisis I can handle...I would love to win, thank you for the chance...

  17. Congrats! Liar Liar sounds great! My kind of story.

    I would step in and handle a crisis. If it were an intruder with a gun, I might need help, but in another situation, I'd handle it. I'm an emergency room nurse. We thrive in crisis situations.

  18. Hi Alexa,
    I am one to jump in, in a crisis. I even worked for a Crisis Center And Hospice for over 25 years.

  19. Thanks, everyone! Our winner has been chosen and I've contacted her, BUT don't worry! Since you commented somewhere along my blog tour (which ends Wed), you'll still be in the running for other prizes! Come join us at the other places if you want, find out more about the book, and increase your chances of winning!