The Alex Chronicles: What My Friends Don't Know
by Tracy Reed
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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.”
“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.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
Interview with Tracy Reed
As a kid did you write or make up stories?
Yes, I did write stories, they weren’t that good, but they were good first attempt at writing.
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?
I don’t have a particular source for my character inspiration. I draw from a pool of resources. Someone might tell me a story or I'll see something in a magazine or while I’m out shopping or eating that grabs my attention. If the idea sticks, I’ll kick it around in my mind. Sometimes it gnaws at me and if it does, then I’ll try bringing it to life.
Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Most definitely. I make it a point to build realistic character traits into all of my characters. I want the reader to feel as if they are talking to or peeking in on one of their friends.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The inspiration for What My Friends Don’t Know, came because I wanted it to be sort of like Sex and the City, for Christians. I also, wanted to show people that Christians aren’t that much different from anyone else, when it comes to fashion, romance and their career choices. Unfortunately, there’s a stereotype about Christians or people that love God, that they don’t care about fashion or being attracted to the opposite sex. The reality is, people who love God, also have the same romantic challenges, appreciation for fashion, fine dining and the other finer things in life.
What is your favorite spot to write?
My favorite place to write is my bed. Unfortunately, my laptop died and I’ve been stuck at a desk. I hope to get a new laptop this year so I can go back to writing in my bed.
What advice would you give budding writers?
What advice would I give budding writers…good question. My advice is, write the book. Don't worry if it’s good or not, just write it. Next, don’t over think every little typo or missed grammatical error. Then, I highly suggest linking up with some sort of writing organization. I’m a member of RWA and it has been a tremendous resource for both information, friends and motivation. Lastly, read whatever you like…it’s the best way to improve your writing.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Tracy Reed will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.