Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Breaking Roman by Alexis James @alexisjames27 @XpressoTours

Breaking Roman
Alexis James
(The Moran Family #3)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

They call me Romeo.

I love romancing women, and I’m good at it.

Too bad it is all a ruse.

Roman, the youngest of the three Moran brothers, is the only one who has ever believed in true love. Too bad his one special person barely acknowledges his existence.

Sabrina Morris spends her days running the HR Department of The Moran Group, and her nights corralling her teenage daughter. She doesn’t have time for love. She’s heard the stories, but Roman is not at all what she expects him to be. His gentle nature catches her completely off-guard. She doesn’t expect to be attracted to him, and she certainly doesn’t expect him to be equally drawn to her. But can she see past his Romeo fa├žade and allow the warm, loving man into her life?

Guest post:

"What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?"

For me, the research actually begins the moment I get the idea for the story and the characters. I research EVERYTHING. Depending on the subject matter of the book, I will do extensive research. For example, I have a story coming up about date rape. I spent many hours online researching information about that painful subject.

A book I’m still working on about a veteran with PTSD has been a tough work in progress for a few years. I’ve watched documentaries on the subject, seen different news programs that focus on the healing of our veterans, and I plan to speak with a few veterans directly before putting my final touches on that book. Especially when I’m tackling an extremely painful subject, it’s important to get it right. It would be an insult to the survivors to fluff it up and make it look pretty simply for the sake of creating a story.

Setting is very important, so I’ll spend time researching the city the story is set in. Fictional towns are much easier to write about, but I like setting my stories in real places. I research each character’s home/apartment, and spend time on real estate sites finding the perfect home for each of the characters. I craft together my character’s history, with pictures and information to help bring them to life.

Each character’s job is researched as well, and I’ve been known to interrogate my husband for details on things like plumbing and construction. I once spent an entire evening reading a book on welding. Currently, he’s helping me learn all about the sport of golf. We’re heading to a golf course soon, so I can ask him a thousand questions while I watch the sport in action.

Yes, I write fiction, but it’s important to me to get the basic facts and understanding of everything I’m writing about. If I’m stumped (say I want the character to be an electrician and I know nothing about it), I’ll change that part of the story and find something else I feel more confident writing about. The love story at heart is really the same for all romance novels. It’s the particulars about each one (character flaws, background, setting) that make each book stand on its own.

The research portion of any book is my favorite. Bringing my characters and their stories to life is a thrill like none other. Creating a fictional world with beautiful characters is a treat, but creating a real world with real life problems and solutions is what I strive for. Our characters are not really any different than we are…they’re just prettier! 

Author Bio:
Alexis James lives on the beautiful Central California coast. When she’s not spending time with her hubby of almost 30 years or her amazing kids, you can find her tapping away on the computer. She loves reading, spending time with family, reading, camping, reading….and writing too! She enjoys a good date night, an inexpensive glass of wine, and any story that can make her smile and/or cry.

Alexis’s first novel, “Losing Faith”, was released in September 2014. Her second novel, “Loving Emma”, is a standalone, though it does feature some characters from “Losing Faith”.

She invites you to visit her author pages on Facebook and Goodreads, and her website: alexisjamesauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@alexisjames27) or you can email her at: alexisjamesauthor@gmail.com.