Friday Favoruites #10: Alexi Lawless00:00
Today's guest at my Author Spotlight post is Ms Alexi Lawless, author of the romantic suspense series Complicated Creatures. You can read my reivews of Part One and Part Two. If you are curious, you can the first book, Complicaed Creatures: Part I which is currently free on Amazon.
Miami—hands down. It’s humid hot, sensual, gorgeous, a bit deviant and extremely diverse. I feel totally at home there. It’s a tantalizing combination of refuge and retreat. I used to run away there for long weekends back when I was a corporate raider. I still recall those moments of respite fondly.
Favorite Food & Drink:
Sushi and bourbon, though never together. I can eat my weight in fish. If you told me I could never eat red meat again, I’d eventually get over it after a lot of pouting and moaning. But if you denied me fish, I’d go apesh*t, I kid you not.
As for drink… it’s no secret I’m a bourbon girl. This evolution came about after years of consuming more than my fair share of vodka martinis at rowdy bars and chic eateries. But the more I started writing, the more I craved something slow and easy—a lovely, unfurling burn late at night, just me and my pages. Thus the late-in-life love affair with a full-flavored, handmade sour mash. I highly recommend Willett or Four Roses if you’re hankering for a try.
I’m a big fan of indies and I mean that for musicians, artists and writers. People who are brave enough to go out and make art, music or write books without huge signing packages are incredibly inspiring to me. I’d go to concerts, art shows or download books from indies all day long if I could. That said, I’ll share some of my favorites. I can’t write without music, so you’re listening to some killer bands who have really influenced me while I was writing Goddess Rising:
Favorite Movie/TV Series:
My current addiction is Penny Dreadful. Their screen-writers are fantastic, the casting is impeccable and the special effects are phenomenal for a TV series. Combining some of the best-known fictional characters of our nightmares into Victorian England is pretty darn brilliant. And Ethan Chandler’s character is no hardship to look at either (*wink).
I had a pretty significant foot surgery a couple years back and was stuck in a space bootie for a couple months losing my mind. A friend suggested I pick up boxing for cardio since I could just stand still and work a bag or pads and still get a pretty good workout. Mind you, I’d never hit anything in my life, but I found a passion for it. When the space bootie came off and I could move around again, I discovered I was pretty decent at boxing. Subsequently, I added a lot of fighting scenes to the first Complicated Creatures book as I was learning the same moves I gave Jack in his bout with Vic Vidal. Thankfully, I’ve never been KO’d.Wish me luck.
Top 5 Books of All Time:
1. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice: I fell in love with this woman at 13. I knew immediately I wanted to be a writer. It just took me a few decades to get there!
2. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts: Because one word: EPIC
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner: One of the greatest writers who ever lived, hands down.
4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: Say what you will about the movie, but this book is one helluva inspiring personal journey.
5. My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros: Nobody captures the painfully beautiful and often funny way we humans fall in love like this lady.
Author Bio and Links
ALEXI LAWLESS.Corporate Runaway. Novelist. Wanderer. Bourbon Drinker.
...and Now: Amazon Top 100 Best Seller
It's simple really: I wanted heroines who were strong, powerful women in charge of their kingdoms, dreams, and destinies. So I began to write characters I wanted to read, and as soon as I opened that Pandora's Box-- well, it became a passion. The kind you quit your 9-5 to devote your life to. The kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night to write. I hope you enjoy these characters as much as I enjoy writing their stories.
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Check out the exclusive cover reveal of Alexi Lawless' latest book, Goddess Rising, which is the prequel to her Complicated Creatures series. It releases in a few days and tells the story of Samantha (and Wes) in their college years before we meet them in Complicated Creatures.
She’s a bad-ass. He’s a bad-boy. One photograph changes everything.
Samantha’s been living in the shadow of her father all her life. But now she’s got plans of her own… and they don’t involve the university’s resident walking one-night stand.
When Samantha Wyatt finally gets out from under her father’s thumb, she’s got her mind set on one thing: making a name for herself that’s got absolutely nothing to do with her dad. But when she meets the incredibly distracting and utterly relentless Wesley Elliott, she realizes there may be more to life than good grades.
Wesley’s the undisputed king of easy-come, easy-go—until a beautiful, mysterious girl walks right past his camera… and the photograph he takes of her becomes an obsession.
But Samantha’s no one-night-stand and she’s definitely not a typical college girl. She’s fierce, driven and completely focused on winning the Ranger Challenge, one of the toughest military competitions ever created. Wes finds himself in unfamiliar territory—busting his ass to keep up with her and discovering the extent of his own talents in the process.
Goddess Rising is a coming of age novel unlike any you've ever read, and it will leave you questioning: Who says you have to do what you’re told?
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Don't forget to stop by next week when my guest at Friday Favourites will be the all-around fabulous romantic author and academic, Ms Laura Florand!