Today we welcome Alexandra Ivy to Romancing the Book as she and Laura Wright tour the blogosphere for the release of Bayou Heat II.
Jen: What age did you discover writing?
Alexandra: I actually came to writing from my love for theatre. I’ve always been a huge reader, but when I was younger I hoped to work on stage. After taking a playwriting class I realized I actually preferred to create my own characters rather than mimicking someone else’s. I worked on a play (that I would still love to finish), but my heart has always belonged to romance, so I swiftly turned my efforts to novels.
Jen: Are you a plotter or a panster?
Alexandra: A little of both. I try to have an overall outline, and I always know the beginning and the end, but sometimes the middle will take me in unexpected directions. I have to be much more careful since I’m writing an ongoing series. Each book is separate, but there’s an overall storyline that I have to consider.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Alexandra: I’ve learned over the years that I can never predict what the day will bring, so I get up early and do an hour to an hour and half of exercising. That way I don’t have an excuse not to do it later J Then I spend an hour or so on the computer answering email and updating my various sites. After that I go to my office (or Troll Hole as my sons call it) and I start writing. Occasionally poke my head out to do enough housework to stay ahead of disaster and prepare dinner, but I usually spend ten to twelve hours a day writing.
Jen: Who are your favorite authors?
Alexandra: This is such a hard question. I have sooooo many! My first love was Jane Austin. I think she’s always inspired the humor I put in my books, but at the same time I loved the dark, broody settings of Victoria Holt. What could be better than putting the two together in a paranormal romance? I’m also a huge fan of epic fantasies, so right now I’m finishing up the last book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan/Branden Sanderson.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Alexandra: Predatory (Sentinels): May 3rd
Darkness Avenged (Guardians of Eternity): May 28th
Talon/Xavier (Bayou Heat): July 9th
Bayou Noel (Bayou Heat): November
Born in Blood (Sentinels): January 2014
Thanks so very much for this opportunity to chat with your readers! I love the opportunity to connect with fellow book lovers!!
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Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.
The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred.
Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.
Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.
Bayon & Jean-Baptiste
Bayou Heat Series, #3 and #4
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The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.
Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.
Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she’s keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.
Bayou Heat II Tour Schedule
4/12- Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction
4/13- Book Lovin’ Mamas
4/13- Cocktails and Books
4/14- Paranormal Book Club
4/15- Page Flippers
4/15 – Writerspace Blog
4/16- Paranormal Haven
4/17- The Reading Cafe
4/18- All The Fun Starts After Dark
4/20- Under the Covers
4/21- Riverina Romantics
4/22- Urban Girl Reader
4/24- Close Encounters With The Night Kind
4/25- Romancing The Book
4/25- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My!
4/26- My Secret Romance
4/27- Salacious Reads
4/28- Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews
4/29- I Smell Sheep
4/30- Mimmi’s Musings
5/01- Alexx Mom Cat’s Gateway
5/02- Reading Between The Wines
5/03- Mad Hatter Reads
5/04- Bookin It Reviews
5/05- Date With A Book
5/06- Books, Books & More Books
5/06- Curling Up With A Good Book
5/07- The Jeep Diva
5/08- Night Owl Reviews