My path toward publication had quite a few bumps. Sometimes I tripped over a tree limb and sometimes I got to stand under bright sunshine. Are there things I’d do differently than I did in years past? Absolutely. But I still consider myself lucky to be able to share my stories with readers everywhere.
Although I’d been writing for as long as I could remember, it wasn't until I got to college that I began thinking of actually pursuing publication. My best friend poked and prodded me in the direction of writing groups. She loved my writing and had great faith in me. With her support, I began approaching my writing as a second job that would eventually pay off. I entered my 1st writing contest and came in 3rd from the bottom of my category. But the constructive criticism stirred the fighter in me. I couldn’t give up. The following year I won the category with a new book. It was 2003. Although I got better with each book, it took me until 2011 to sign my 1st contract.
The interesting part is I submitted to that first publisher on a whim. A friend of mine mentioned her publisher was looking for stories set in foreign countries with a flair of the local culture. I've traveled quite a bit and she thought I’d be a perfect match. Turned out she was right. My latest release, Wake Me, is my 9th book (although not all of them are set in foreign countries) and I’m currently working on edits for #10. The job isn't always perfect, but nothing beats writing a story I love and being able to share it with the world.
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Her psychic dreams come true.
Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess.
Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.
Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there?
Alexa is giving THREE prizes throughout her Wake Me Blog Tour! Leave comments in any (or all!) of the tour stops and you will be in the running! So for this stop, what is something you worked hard to achieve and what kept you going?
The next tour stop: Kathleen's Place to Reflect
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.