Part Two: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My First Book..sort of
Iâ€™m about to launch the prequel to my first born, The Alex Chroniclesâ€¦Girlfriends & Secrets. I talked about this little novelette last month in my post, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My First Book. You can sort of say this is part two to that post.
As I mentioned last month, this is the first book I wrote. When I wrote the book, I had aspirations of book tours, radio interviews and a fantasy of being on The View. Hey, if you donâ€™t dream big, youâ€™ll never get any where.
However, after I wrote the first three books in the series, it seemed the entire dynamic of the romance genre shifted. I credit or blame Fifty Shades of Grey. The protagonists or heroes were no longer just good looking men. They were now these incredible, super sexy males. Really, have you ever really seen a man with thighs that could bust a watermelonâ€¦thatâ€™s a line from one of my upcoming books. Or what about a man with hair like flaxen gold and a behind so tight a quarter could bounce off of it. Iâ€™ve been to the gym okay, Iâ€™ve been to a gym and around construction sites and Iâ€™ve yet to see a behind that tight. Take that back, I did see the season finale of â€œBallersâ€ and got a good look at The Rockâ€™s behind. Not to mention John Cena in â€œTrainwreckâ€, I think that tight-quarter-bouncing behind title could legitimately be applied to both of them.
As I was saying, the dynamic had changed. When I wrote the first draft of The Alex Chronicles, my protagonist was my version of very handsome. Did you catch that phrase, my version. See one of the things that tripped me up about the new descriptions in romance fiction, was taste. Every one has their version of whatâ€™s hot, sexy, handsome, unattractive [I didnâ€™t want to say ugly], cute, and the list goes on. This was a dilemma for me. What I liked physically, didnâ€™t always match up with what some of my readers liked.
Iâ€™ve read a lot of books the past couple of years. compared to the past, Iâ€™m breaking my own reading records. Apart from being very tall, most of the protagonists had largeâ€¦body parts and mesmerizing eyes, but it was their character that stood out. No matter how roguish, devious, freaking, sadistic, crazy or stupid, they are, deep down, they all have big hearts. And very, very, very, big wallets.
I had dinner with a friend and told her, I had to re-write The Alex Chronicles, because the protagonist wasnâ€™t rich enough. Let me clarify. When I wrote him, it was with the intention that he was rich. Well in the new romance world, it wasnâ€™t good enough for him to just be rich or a millionaire, he needed to be a billionaire. And he has to have a private plane, luxury yacht, mansion and penthouse apartment on top of his own buildingâ€¦is the new normal. When did this happen? And to make it worse, I saw a book that was touting the word Trillionaire. Come on people, let me catch up.
Which brings me to my series. When it was first written, the heroineâ€™s ex-husband was a decent level millionaire, but her new love interest was richer than the ex. When I did the rewrite, I made it a point not to mention how much heâ€™s worth. Instead, I elude to it by the gifts and things he does for her. Welcome to the new contemporary romance protagonist. Is it even possible that such a man exists? I choose to believe that somewhere thereâ€™s a woman living out one of my books. Iâ€™m open to living out my own romance novel. If anyone knows a tall dark chocolate billionaire in search of a petite curvy mocha wife, send him my way. Really, who better to live out one of my books then me.
So whatâ€™s The Alex Chronicles about? Itâ€™s the story of five best friends and a pact they made in college. It seems kind of childish that five grown women would still be beholden to something so silly. Thatâ€™s what one of their boyfriends said later in the series. But itâ€™s something that worked for themâ€¦when they were in college. Now that theyâ€™re adults and dealing with the day to day things of life, itâ€™s not so easy.
The Alex Chronicles: Girlfriends & Secrets will be out in October. Itâ€™s also my first perma free book. I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m going to say this, â€œIâ€™m glad have a free book.â€ Iâ€™ve been waiting for this opportunity. Offering this book free, is my major marketing step for this series. Iâ€™ll keep you posted on how my first born does. In the meantime, hereâ€™s the first chapter in the prequel:
who are weâ€¦
MY NAME IS ALEXANDRA SIMONE Miller and I am a fashion addict. Isnâ€™t that how they make you introduce yourself at those addiction anonymous support group meetings? At least thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve heard. I tried kicking the fashion habit, but itâ€™s a little difficult when there are so many talented dealers, I mean designers tempting me. I know somewhere there has to be a support group for people like me. I think it meets at Neiman’s or Barneys. I heard a rumor that if youâ€™re really bad they sentence you to aversion therapy at Bergdorfâ€™sâ€¦I wish.
If my girlfriends knew about my plans to elope with Jonathan they wouldnâ€™t be too surprised.
The Alex Chronicles Series will be starting in October
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