Aug 12, 2013

In the Spotlight -Alanea Alder!

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Alanea loves reading almost as much as she loves writing and can be found at any given moment either in front of the computer lost in her own world or on the couch with her iPad reading some of her favorite authors. She believes that love truly conquers all and that everyone no matter what, deserves a chance at that love and a place they can call home.

Fate Knows Best
Kindred of Arkadia 1

Rebecca Morgan thinks she knows what she wants out of life, until her life plan goes to hell in a handbasket. Now she is out looking for adventure. She just doesn’t expect to discover a shifter-only town and one six-foot-eight, grumpy, bear-shifting sheriff named Aleksander Arkadion.

Aleksander Arkadion only wants to date shifter females after working a brutal homicide case that has him returning to the shifter-only town of his youth. Which is why is he curious to discover a human in town and shocked when he realizes the tiny woman is his mate.

As the attraction between them grows, Aleks realizes that he can’t stay away from the petite female, but the realization may come too late. Although her body was never in any danger, he may have destroyed her heart by pushing her away. Now he has to convince his mate he really does want her while keeping her safe from rogue hyenas bent on taking her.


“Aleks, hey, buddy,” Liam said lazily.

“Hey, asshole,” Aleks replied sounding distracted.

“I just wanted to call and let you know that you’ll be picking up Rebecca at my house for your date.” Liam waited. Three, two, one and… He held the phone away from his ear at the roar.

“What the hell is she doing at your house, cat!” Aleks roared. Liam smiled. He was making this too easy.

“Well at the moment her luscious little self is in my shower and wait, yes, I smell coconuts. She’s bathing.” He held the phone away from his ear again at the roar, unaware that everyone had stopped what they were doing to listen.

“If you so much as lay one finger on her, cat, I will rip you apart.” Aleks growled.

“What was that, Rebecca, you need help getting into your dress? Don’t worry, kitten, I’m coming. Sorry, Aleks, have to run. Toodles.” He stayed on the line long enough for one last roar to come through before disconnecting the line.

He turned around whistling and saw everyone staring.

“What?” he asked

“Aleks Arkadion is going to kill you,” Ashby said, white as a sheet.

“No he isn’t. If he didn’t kill me for wrecking his Charger, he won’t kill me now,” he said sitting down on the sofa. He reached over and grabbed a magazine and started to flip through the pages.

“That was you?” Rian asked, his eyes wide.

Liam just chuckled.

* * * *

“Aleks. Can’t. Breathe,” Liam said as Aleks’s hand squeezed his throat.

 Aleks was surprised at the lack of interference he was getting from the pride. They just shrugged their shoulders.

“Ashby told him you were going to kill him,” Rian said.

“Where is Ashby?” Aleks asked, his hand still around Liam’s throat.

“He’s upstairs finishing Rebecca’s hair. Nicholas did her makeup. She put in a lot of effort for you, bear, so you better not fuck this up,” Rian said, his arms crossed.

Aleks raised an eyebrow. The pride seemed to be more protective of Rebecca than their Alpha, whom he had pinned to the wall by the throat.

“Oh for God’s sake, Aleks, let him go! You’ll upset Rebecca and ruin your evening before it begins,” Kate said, coming down the stairs. Aleks immediately dropped Liam.

“Kate, why are you here?” he asked.

“Why would I miss the opportunity for actual girl time? We don’t have much of that at the pack,” she said, swiping a piece of chocolate.

Aleks opened his mouth to say something when the door upstairs opened and Rebecca appeared at the top of the stairs. Her scent hit his nose, and he felt his chest constrict. How could he have possibly thought he could stay away from her? She made her way down the stairs with Nicholas and Ashby following behind her. She moved gracefully, and when she got to the bottom of the stairs, he got the full effect of the dress. It had tiny spaghetti straps that seemed to accent her shoulders. The black dress only seemed to display her creamy skin to its every advantage. The lone slit up one side was nearly his undoing. He didn’t realize he was growling until Liam hit him in the ribs. Rebecca just blushed and smiled at him.

“Ready?” he asked, holding out a slightly trembling hand. She nodded and moved forward, taking his hand.

“Goodnight, everyone, thank you, for everything,” she said, smiling at the room.

“Have her back before midnight, young man,” Liam said, standing in front of the pair.

“Out of the way, cat,” Aleks muttered. Rebecca stepped forward and gave him a hug.

Aleks growled. She ignored him.

“Goodnight, Liam.” She kissed his cheek. Aleks growled again.

“I’m serious though, if you don’t want to go back to the bed-and-breakfast we made up a guest room for you. That’s where Sebastian has been hiding. I let Leona know you may be staying here,” Liam said, smiling down at her.

“Watch him for me?” she asked. Liam nodded.

“Who’s Sebastain?” Aleks asked. Rebecca waved.

“Goodnight, everyone.” She started walking toward the door.

“Who’s Sebastian?” Aleks asked again walking out the door with his arm around her waist.

The Inside Scoop

Q. Thinking back on your first book, is there anything you would have done differently?

A. I probably would have elaborated a bit more with the ending.

Q. Has your perspective on the writing process changed since you became published?

A. Yes! I have realized that in order to write books you have to sit down and write. I’ve also learned that promoting and networking may be more important than the writing. As a good friend told me, you may have the world’s best book, but if no one knows about it, you’ll never be successful.

Q. Do you work best on a deadline, or do you need freedom from time constraints?

A. I work on a deadline that I create for myself, but don’t beat myself up if I don’t make it. I still work a full time job so I know that sometimes life happens.

Q. Is there a word or phrase you catch yourself overusing?

A. And then…

Q. How do you know you’ve written a good book?

A. When I can’t wait to re-read it for edits.

Q. How do you keep your characters and stories organized?

A. I have an excel spreadsheet divided up by group. It has helped a lot.

Q. Are you a Swooper (write first, edit later,) a Basher (edit each sentence as you go,) or both?

A. I’m a Swooper!- the only exception is when I come back to writing and I re-read the last few pages to get back into the story, then I edit as I read.
Q. What is the one thing you must have to be able to write?

A. I comfy chair and coffee/tea/red hots/candy.

Q. Did you have any bad habits when you began writing? How did you correct those habits?

A. I tended to head hop a bit. I’m working hard to avoid that now. I sometimes put the person’s name of the point of view at the top of the page. That has helped a bit.

Q. What are you currently working on? How is it different from other books you’ve written?

A. I’m working on an Arkadian book. It’s different in that there is no antagonist.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written that you would like to try some day? Why have you avoided it in the past?

A. I’d love to try writing a paranormal mystery. I just haven’t had time to get to it.

Q. Do you have any rituals, habits, or superstitions about your writing?

A. I always reach for Red Hots candies when I get stuck.

Q. What types of scenes are your favorite to write?

A. I love the funny scenes. The crazier the characters the more fun.

Q. When and where can readers look forward to seeing you this year?

A. I’m actually taking a while to myself to really establish myself as a writer. I probably won’t get to any conventions until mid to late 2014.

Q. Do you feel there is anything the market is oversaturated with right now?

A. No, but that’s only because I don’t think you can ever have too many books…ever.

Q. How do you feel about the term “Mommy Porn”?

A. Personally I don’t like the term. I think it belittles the books that it is meant to represent. No matter what a person may think the word ‘porn’ carries a negative stigma, I would never want that anywhere near my writing. I take the time to make sure that if you took out the sex scenes out of my novels you would still have a good book.

Q. Do you prefer to write 1st or 3rd Person POV? Why?

A. I currently write in 3rd person, but would like to try a 1st person. 3rd person does help to keep me separate from how my characters would react.

Q. What do you feel are the most important aspects to a good romance?

A. That moment when one character realizes that the other person is their future.

Q. Are you always in the driver’s seat? Or do your characters drag you along for the ride?

A. I am not only dragged along for the ride, but they don’t care if they drag me through hedges, mud puddles or briar patches.

Q. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

A. Starting. The first ten thousand words are the hardest for me, but once events start happening it’s easy for me to get the story out.

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