Friday, January 31, 2014

Coming Home Again…

By Alexa Bourne

I joined the Decadent Publishing team in November 2011. Since then I’ve had loads of fun seeing my books get published, meeting great people and learning so much. When I first joined, the stories I wrote were set in the UK. Why? Because it is my happy place. When my day gets tough, I close my eyes and imagine myself roaming the Highlands of Scotland or walking across the bridge in Sunderland, England. I think of eating English Mars Bars and having scones. I think of hearing bagpipes and enjoying a pint in the local pub. With all these great visions, it was no wonder why I set my books there.
Then, I decided to venture out into the world. A couple of my latest books were set in my home state of Rhode Island. A couple more I’ll be writing this year are set in other countries. I’m a traveler and I love sharing details of my vacation locations in my manuscripts. I like to give people the chance to learn about different cultures and a chance to picture in their minds somewhere they may never have been.

My latest release, BROKEN ROAD, brings me back to my fictional Scottish Highland village. I’ve spent so much time “out of the UK” that when I started working on this story, it felt like coming home. I reacquainted myself with the characters, since some of them are related and some are good friends. Indeed, it felt like I was catching up with old friends. I immersed myself in the community details so I could share them with you and also to remind myself why I love writing stories set in the UK. I have other countries to explore, both in my real world and in my books, but I think I’ll return to the UK often. Why? Because it will always be my happy place.

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?

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.
“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.”
“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,

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1 comment:

Teri Riggs said...

I loved Ian and Cat. Finished their story in one evening.