Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Broken Road


My latest book, Broken Road, is the story of Catriona MacGregor and Ian MacKenzie. Both are secondary characters in other books. Ian, an international bodyguard, has played a part in my romantic suspense novella trilogy. Catriona, a school employee in my fictional Scottish Highland village, supported the characters in my other contemporary stories. I hadn't planned to connect the two series, but Ian and Cat kept giving me hints. I was trying to write Cat's story with the hero readers and I expected her to end up with, but Ian kept stopping by to give input I never asked for. I ignored him, but soon Cat refused to do what I told her. I mean, yes, I had most of the books set in Scotland, but merging the romantic suspense and contemporary series linked? I didn't want to do it. Readers might not want that. Cat, Ian and I were at a standstill and “writer's block” began to have a whole new meaning for me.

Eventually, I had no choice but to give in. Even the hero I wanted Cat to have refused to work with me, so I finally, reluctantly gave Ian and Cat's story a try. Am I happy I did? Absolutely. I think Broken Road ended up being the perfect story for the two of them. I've good comments from readers about how sweet and spicy the story is. I'm thrilled with the connection between the romantic suspense and contemporary books because now, when I return to the Highlands with a new story (which I have no doubt I will do), I can feel comfortable about interchanging any of the characters. Ultimately, I need to listen to my characters regardless of my own plans. Clearly they know what's better for them and me. If you read Broken Road, I hope you agree.

BROKEN ROAD

Catriona MacGregor leads a quiet life, working in the local school of Glenhalish, Scotland and spending time with close friends. She’s content to sit back and be an observer of the life around her. But all that changes when a recently deceased family friend leaves her a flat in Edinburgh and challenges her to spread her wings.

With his work as an international bodyguard, Ian MacKenzie has no time for a serious, committed relationship. Yet when he comes home to Glenhalish for a visit and to clear his mind, he is drawn to down-to-earth Cat. The more time they spend together, the more he wants her.
Though they agreed to a friends-with-benefits arrangement, Cat soon discovers exactly what she wants for herself and it involves all of Ian—body, mind and soul. Their connection ambushes Ian. He’s not ready for the intensity they share.

Can this Highland lassie steer her lad back onto the right path to a love that will last a lifetime?

Excerpt:
Cat sat at one of the foldaway tables and sipped her wine. A pleasant breeze rolled off the loch and made the candlelight shimmer. So much laughter and chatter whooshed round her, and again her heart hung heavy. Could she give up all she had here for a new life in Edinburgh? Did she have the courage to try? What if Fiona had been wrong in her will and given Cat more credit than she truly deserved?
Ian marched toward her, pulled her glass from her hand, and set it on the table. “Come.” With a firm but gentle grip, he tugged her out of the chair.
Where?”
“I need you to save me.” He whirled her round and pulled her close to his hard-muscled body. She pressed her palms to his chest. The heat under her fingers shot straight into her center. He wrapped his arms round her waist and eased them onto the dance floor in time to the slow rhythm of the music.
Cat laughed. “You, a big, braw lad, need me, a wee lass, to rescue you? I find that hard to believe.” But, she was ever so grateful for whatever sent him to her. They’d always been friendly with each other, sort of like her relationship with Ewan, except…not.
He spun her round so she could see the other side of the dance floor. “See those lasses flirting with the MacDougall brothers?”
Women with tight clothes and high-pitched laughs dangled over the makeshift bar. “What about them?”
“Two of them are trying to lay claim to me.”
“And?”
“I don’t do romantic relationships.”
“What?” Handsome, smart, strong. He had it all.

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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, www.alexabourne.com.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Alexa! Sounds like another fantastic story. I love the contemporary Scottish setting of your books--something for contemporary readers like I am. The historicals are fine, but I am definitely a fan of yours! Good luck with "Broken Road."

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