Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dare to Kiss Coloring Book + QA with S.B. Alexander

Dare to Kiss: Coloring Companion (Maxwell Brothers)
Adult coloring books have been a hot trend lately, and romance authors from Debbie Macomberto Sarah J. Maas have been getting in on the action. Now, S.B. Alexander, whose Dare to Love(Maxwell Series book three) came out last month, is diving into the game with a coloring book to introduce readers to her New Adult series. (from USA Today)

Her world destroyed.

He can save and heal her…

Only if she dares.

Trying to rebuild her life, seventeen-year-old Lacey Robinson moves from one coast to the other to start over. But the pain and devastation of her past can’t be left behind—not after a loss like that.

Starting over is always easier said than done…

When Lacey meets the brooding, sexy Kade Maxwell, he just might have the magic touch that awakens her feminine side, and a kiss that erases her worst nightmares.

As Lacey begins to heal, her dreams of playing baseball take a turn for the worse—a chauvinistic team captain has other plans. And when Kade comes face-to-face with a violent rival from his past, Lacey’s fears and pain resurface, threatening to destroy what they repaired. Together, they must dare to fight, so they can dare to find a future.


Author Bio:
S.B. Alexander’s passion for writing began when she read her first Stephen King novel, The Shining. Over the years she kept telling family and friends she was going to write a book. Fifteen years later, on the advice of a friend, she sat down and wrote her first novel. Two years later, she has published five novels with more to come. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult markets.

Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes three books, On the Edge of Humanity, On the Edge of Eternity, and On the Edge of Destiny, which have garnered high praise from readers. Dare to Kiss was the first book in her new adult series. The follow up, Dare to Dream, was released in 2015. Up next will be Dare to Love, releasing Feb. 16, 2016.

Alexander’s career has been colorful—a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.

Alexander currently works full time in corporate America and writes any chance she gets. She believes words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.
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Q&A:
How did the Maxwell Series begin?
The series was born out of my love for baseball, family and experiences in my life that have challenged me and shaped me into who I am today.
What will fans of Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream like about Dare to Love?
Dare to Love is based on Kelton Maxwell, brother to Kade, Kross and Kody. Out of the four brothers Kelton is quite cocky, brash, infallible and doesn’t think before he acts. He’s funny, sexy and always keeps his family and his values in the forefront. Fans who’ve read the series so far have a love/hate relationship with Kelton, and they’ll love getting in his head and will be surprised at some of the choices he makes.
Dare to Love steps away from the lives of Kade Maxwell and Lacey Robinson, whose dramatic love story dominated the pages of Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream. Was it your intention from the beginning to expand on the stories of other characters in the series?
The series is all about family and growing from tragedy. The main characters in the series have all been affected by something heartbreaking. From that, I want to take readers on a journey into each of their lives to show how they change and grow, how they help others and at the same time, how they overcome their issues to set a path in life.
You inserted a piece of your personal life, your experience with PTSD, into Dare to Kiss and Dare to Dream. Did any elements of your life sneak into Dare to Love?
The series itself has a lot of elements that I had and didn’t have growing up. And in Dare to Love, I didn’t have a cohesive family unit around me. I didn’t have parents who were open to love, which made it difficult for me to express emotions, and if I did, I always seemed to have gotten hurt by love.
After writing two Young Adult books, what inspired you to write New Adult fiction, and how was writing this genre different?
As a writer, when I’m drafting an outline for a story, I don’t think too much about the genre. I let the story unfold. But in both genres the characters are learning life in different states of their pre-teen, teenage or college age years. What I find different in one genre over the other is the character’s decision making. They might’ve learned from an experience in high school, but when faced with that same experience in college how will they react? Will they make the same decision or will they take a different path?
How do you balance your time between working full time and writing on the side?
I set a weekly goal for writing, and in between all the daily stuff I have going on, I write. I usually accomplish the goal I set, and if I don’t I make up for it somehow in the following week.
What’s next for you?
I still have planned three more books in the Maxwell Series, and the next one will be based on Kross Maxwell, the next triplet. However, I have a new series I’m outlining that will be based on a family that is not as cohesive as the Maxwell family. This new series will be a little darker and will have elements of mystery, romance and suspense. On top of that, I’m working on my fourth book in my vampire series.

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