Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don't Know by Tracy Reed - $10 Gift Card Giveaway

Alexandra “Alex” Miller and her best friends are more like sisters.  They live by the code that a good girlfriend will stick by you and be honest with you not matter what.

They’ve been friends over twenty years and have seen each other through marriage, divorce, broken engagement, death and other minor crisis.  But it’s the secrets they’ve failed to trust each other with.   Each of them is holding on to a secret they believe could destroy not only their reputation, but their friendship as well.

Alex and her best friends, Chloe, Taylor, Kendell and Dionne all long for one thing, a happy ending.  As they’ve gotten older, they’ve discovered, not everyone gets the fairytale happy ending they want, but the reality life has orchestrated for them.

I couldn’t move. That was the most uncomfortable experience I’ve ever had, much worse than my first pelvic exam.  In fact, right about now, those stirrups are looking pretty good, because that would distract me from all the memories that brief encounter resurrected.  It’s been over twenty years and he still makes my stomach jump.

“Who was that man?”  Bas asked.

I couldn’t dance around his question like I did last night. “Uhm...did I ever tell you how I got the money to start my business?”

“Does it have anything to do with the couple we just met?”

“It has everything to do with them.”  I took a deep breath and continued.  “My girlfriends know about Jonathan, but only a handful of people know about Terrence.”

“Come on, let’s sit down.”  He guided me back to the club chairs, we sat down and I stared out the window.

“I spent the summer before my junior year and my junior year of college working at Motif Magazine in Paris.  The short version, Terrence and I met at the Louvre.  We were both trying to see the Mona Lisa.  Unfortunately, so was everyone else.  Instead, we spent the afternoon exploring the museum and by closing time, we were in love.  He was in Paris working for his father’s company.”

“That’s your ex?”

“Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to be married and no one know?”  He looked perplexed.  “Let me answer it for you.  Yes.”

“Excuse me?”

“Towards the end of summer we were hooked at the hip.  We spent all of our free time together.  Instead of going home for the holidays, I stayed in Paris and spent them with Terrence.  Spring came and the air was filled with love.   He proposed and two weeks after Valentine’s Day we got married.  When his parents found out, they came over and yanked him out of our apartment.  The last time I saw him was that morning.”

Character development - How do you develop your characters and make them different?

How do I develop my characters?  This is a great question for which I have no pat answer.  Smile. 

I’m not going to make myself sound deep, philosophical or artistic and say I go into some long drawn out research process developing my characters.  What usually happens is, a name or a situation catches my attention.  Or I’ll see someone while I’m out and think, what is their story. 

Most of my characters are Christians, so more than likely they have some flaw or a past that is very colorful.  For me, the more flawed, the better.  In What My Friends Don’t Know, Alex’s professional background, is loosely based on mine.  The Dionne character and her husband’s public relations company is from my short stint in PR.  I draw from what’s around me.

As for what the characters look like, I keep boards on Pinterest for reference.  I pick a few images to get a collage of the character’s exterior.  Once I get in to writing, I set up a Pinterest board for the characters and pin images based on their personality.  If you view the boards for The Alex Series, you’ll notice each girl has a board as well as one of the male characters.  Each board has things that pertain to their fashion style, home, work, hobbies, etc.  At some point, I’ll actually make a bible for all of my characters.

For me, if I over think every detail of my character, it will slow me down in the writing process.  I like discovering things about my babies as I write.  It may not be the most effective way of working, but it’s what works for me. 

Thank you for hosting me today.

I am a single Christian woman who loves God, Fashion and Cute Guys. Not all women who write Christian fiction will admit to that.

The subjects I write about are considered taboo in Christian fiction. If you want to read about Christians dealing with unrequited love, apprehension to give love another chance, arranged marriages, physical attraction, divorce, annulment, controlling their urges, infidelity, abortion, dating younger men, being a single mother, slipping up and sleeping with your estranged ex, standing up for yourself, being honest about not liking your in-laws, still being attracted to your ex, battling postpartum depression, having challenges in your walk with Christ or if you aren't too proud to admit you sometimes get angry and yell at God, then you're in the right place.

The people that read my books have a thing for designer clothes and accessories and aren't ashamed to admit it. To them a cute Christian guy on their arm is the finish to the perfect outfit. Sort of like lipstick, you don't have to have it, but it sure makes you feel prettier when you do.


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  1. thank you for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for posting and entering the giveaway.

  2. Great excerpt,thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Karla,
      Thank you for following the tour and posting. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  3. Thanks for hosting me today. I'm looking forward to spending the day with you and your readers.

  4. Thank you for the terrific post and great giveaway!

    1. Hi Betty,
      Thanks for following the tour and posting. All the best in the giveaway.

  5. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.

    1. Hi Bridgett,
      I'm glad you liked the excerpt. Thanks for posting.

  6. I enjoyed reading the Guest Post! Thank you for sharing.