WooHoo we have Kindle Alexander with us today dear friends… haha, how exciting is that!!! We have the Pre-Release Review of their new book Always due for release on the 11th March PLUS… Last month we asked you if you had any questions for Kindle and the response was just amazing, so thank you to everyone that left a question. We have tried to fit in as many as possible and combined a few that will hopefully give you the answers you wanted. AND …Kindle will also be gifting one lucky reader a $25 Amazon Gift card… so grab a coffee and stick around for a while… you have lots to get through.
Always by Kindle Alexander
Title ~ Always
Author ~ Kindle Alexander
Genre ~ M/M Romance
Expected Release ~ 11th March 2014
Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Born to a prestigious political family, Avery Adams plays as hard as he works. The gorgeous, charismatic attorney is used to getting what he wants, even the frequent one-night stands that earn him his well-deserved playboy reputation. When some of the most prominent men in politics suggest he run for senate, Avery decides the time has come to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. With a strategy in place and the campaign wheels rolling, Avery is ready to jump on the legislative fast track, full steam ahead. But no amount of planning prepares him for the handsome, uptight restaurateur who might derail his political future.
Easy isn't even in the top thousand words to describe Kane Dalton's life after his father, a devout southern Baptist minister, kicks him out of the family home for questioning his sexual orientation. Despite all the rotten tomatoes life throws his way, Kane makes something of himself. Between owning a thriving upscale Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and managing his long-term boyfriend, his plate is full. He struggles to get past the teachings of his childhood to fully accept his sexuality and rid himself of the doubts brought on by his religious upbringing. The last thing he needs is the yummy, sophisticated, blond-haired distraction sitting at table thirty-four.
Well, after just finishing Always by Kindle Alexander… I am totally drained, a little shell shocked, with the whole red, puffy eye look going on, because I cried buckets!!! OMG! Kindle Alexander ripped the heart from my chest before lovingly putting me back together. That ending!!! …and I will say nothing further on the conclusion of this book because it’s perfect and needs to be experienced first hand… just know that you need tissues… lots of them!
Always is an incredibly moving and heartfelt journey… A lifetime of happiness is all we can ever hope for, and to be able to share it with someone you love, well, that’s the stuff of dreams. This book is escapism at it best, it’s that happily ever after we all yearn for, a love story pure and simple and one that will without doubt melt your heart, beautifully executed and poignantly delivered with such love and care by Kindle Alexander it was like being enveloped in your favourite snuggly blanket.
There is no angst in this book, no misunderstandings for the sake of it, Avery and Kane are perfect for each other and Always is all about the love and romance, a connection and bond so deep that they can barely breath without each other. And Kindle makes no apologies for it in the writing, as if to say… “Hell, I’m going to write a love story that is soppy and romantic and it will melt your heart, but do you know what… that’s good and we’re going to make a bloody good job of it too.” …and do you know what, they did!
The start of this book was the total hook for me, it has impact and opens on the present day with Avery about to go into surgery for a heart condition. What becomes immediately apparent is the love these two men have for each other and the life bond they have formed over the last forty years… I was drawn in by Avery and Kane, wanting to know their lives and how they got there, and reminiscing in the waiting room of the hospital with his daughter Amber… Kane tells us their story.
Kane is a Restaurateur and Avery a Lawyer with political ambitions, both men are professional and confident, sure of themselves and their abilities, both using a persona to convey that confidence to the world… Yet, in each others company they become adolescent teenagers with the whole tummy tingling, sweat inducing, tongue-tied-flustered thing going on, with no control over their bodies reactions or the sizzling electricity that arcs between them. Both of them are as confused as fuck as to what’s going on, but the intensity and raw passion of it is something neither of them can restrain, unable even to recognise their own feelings for what they are… yet knowing it is something so much more than mere physical attraction.
I am no fan of insta love, I am usually all about the angst and drama, get my blood pumping and adrenaline going and I’m happy, but sometimes a book or an author comes along and does it right. I had no eye rolling moments here, why? you might ask, well I’ll tell you… it’s all about the writing and the believability factor, and Kindle makes me believe these two men are soul mates, destined to be together. The story itself, as I explained is escapism, is it believable, no, it’s fiction and it can be whatever it wants to be… but their love is never in question! I was like their cheerleader on the side lines, encouraging them every step of the way, whooping at every milestone in their lives. So many times we read a book, so invested in the characters, we want to know of their lives beyond that HEA… How did their lives turn out? Is it a love that lasts a lifetime? You become desperate and make up your own scenarios… but with Kane and Avery, well, we get to live a lifetime with them… and now I want to cry again!!!
Kane and Avery’s story is just beautiful, there are some great secondary characters, namely Paulie who will also worm his way into your heart. It’s funny and quirky, you will both laugh and cry, there are plenty of aww moments and a few where you would like to do some serious damage… that would be Kane’s hypocritical bigoted family. The sex as always with Kindle is plentiful and HOT!!! and I could go on and on about this book, but do you know what… the synopsis does a pretty good job of telling you what the book is about, any more than that and you would miss out on enjoying the first hand experience for yourselves and I really don’t want to spoil that for you. But be assured Kindle Alexander fans will love this book, they have delivered what I would call a true romance that even those readers like me, that can be a bit sceptical at times will love… be assured there is nothing cheesy or too saccharine about Always, it’s just the perfect love story!
Reader Q & A with Kindle Alexander
Huge Welcome Kindle from us all here at SSBR and also all of the very lovely readers that have left you some AMAZING questions, we have lots to get through so we’ll just crack on with a Great question from Northerngirl_2013 and Shandra Torbett as I am sure there are a few readers out there that might not be aware of the fact that Kindle Alexander is actually a writing partnership, so …how does your writing partnership work and do you each write one MC or do you each write a chapter?
Great question! No one has ever asked this before. High five you two! We are different than anything I’ve seen before. Actually my writing partner is different. I’m the normal one… (waiting for the slap in the back of my head!)
We actually had a great friendship before we started writing. We read together and you know how hard it is to find people as passionate as you are at reading. When we started writing, neither of us came to this with an ego. We are fully vested in the idea that the teamwork we create turns out a better story in the end.
From the beginning, we talk it all out. I tend to create the written outlines and put together the base. She is super good at the description. The true answer is that we just write all over each other until we have created a solid, one voice.
Mrsmac and Jen would like to know… How much time do you spend actively writing every day? Do you both manage to work to a schedule? And how long does it take you to complete a book?
Haahahahahahahahahahahahaha – our family has started making it hard to have an exact time to sit down and write regularly. And each book is a little different. Double Full took about a month. Always took about eight months. We spend a large part of each day talking about the stories, but the writing seems more concentrated. When it happens, it’s intense and fast for the most part. Always was the hardest thing to write. It took a long time. We worked on many other projects while writing Always, because it needed to sit and breathe, if that makes any sense.
Haha… Laurie P and Kim Talbot want to know if you are you a plotters or a pantsers?
I’m wearing pants. My writing partner doesn’t like to wear clothing especially when she drinks. (Plotter)
In a society where the internet seems to have become a part of our life’s blood, this is a great question from Andrea Minier… How much of your time is spent on marketing and social media and does it help or hinder your writing process?
All of social media? Let me preface this by saying I have a lifelong work experience in Marketing, Sales and Advertising – remember that when I answer this question honestly. I love social media. I love how it has introduced me to so many people who read the same books I do. The concepts of social media are so perfect to me. From an advertising standpoint, it’s a remarkable tool to get your message out at little financial cost, but in return, that takes time. Not just time on the sites, but also in collecting engaging content – you cant just be there, that’s not enough. I’m lucky, I can generally pull from the crazy people in my life. I spend approximately five to six hours a day online. I can’t say that hinders the writing process at all. I see it as a necessary step in accomplishing goals.
A popular question and one I’d like to know too, is about your love and passion for the M/M genre… What made you both chose to write in the M/M genre as opposed to M/F or M/F/M? Do your friends understand your passion for M/M? And would you ever consider writing in another genre?
Cherthib, cindy refel, Jodi Marinich, Fay, Jbst, Jenni LovesBooks, Carrie, Marcy Meyer, Cara O, Michelle Willms, Donna Fulford
This is a terrible answer, but it’s the truth. As readers, we fell in love with two gay vampires. Neither of us had really ever read gay fiction before. What got us started writing… the honest answer and the one I’m stalling to answer... the author separated the two males and took them a different direct from their original beginning. We fell in love with them together, it broke our hearts that they weren’t going to be together. Through finding fan fiction we played around and wrote and kept them together. It was the start of everything.
I like this question from Teena3940 …If you were writing a book about your life/lives what would be the title?
Mine: 1) You are Dumb. You are so Dumb. 2) You Don’t Know What You Think You Know 3) Tie your Tubes Early, the Wee is like a Faucet, it Leaks.
WP: 1) The Benefits of Xanax from Birth
We laughed and laughed over this.
The love for your characters is just amazing and there are a lot of our readers that would like to know how you bring such life to them and their stories, do you base your characters on people you know? How do the idea’s come to you and do you need to do much research? …and I think everyone wants you to expand on those sex scenes!
Denise Ellis, angel90249. Bobbie Walker, Stacu Gragg, daciab08, Susan Haase, Angi Johnston, Sabrina Taylor, Heather Briskorn, Sara Henke, Lesley Routledge, Dawn Brunt, Steph2012, Sarah P, BookLover, Cindi Barber, Donna Fultheford.
Our characters are generally those first two guys we played in Fan Fiction. It’s like playing dress-up – you know, Nurse Barbie, Pilot Barbie, Mommy Barbie. So for us, that means when one story stops, we get to start over and they get to meet again, and again, and again. We definitely pull from real life. Every story we have written is something familiar to us in our lives. All of the occupations and interest are reasonably well known to us. Either we did them, experienced them or a family member has somewhere along the way.
The problem is that I’ve never been a superhot gay man.
BookLover, KellyMae Helfrich, Tiffany Callan and Brenda Wheeler, would like to know how do you get into the minds of your characters and decide who to run with? Is there a character that has been a little tricky or difficult for you where you couldn’t quite figure him out yourself, or get in his head? And do they talk to you at night?
I think the bigger question is: How do we get these two out of our heads? We are so afraid when we get older, and sit in our nursing homes, that we think these two were real live participants in our lives. We are truly worried about this. My WP worries about going into surgery, and those few minutes during recovering where you babble about random stuff – she’s afraid of what story she will shock the nurses with and insist it’s absolutely true.
These two talk to us all of the time. And they have for years. Isn’t that crazy?
Love this question from Meganmoffat, especially as I like dark reads myself… Do you think you will write anything considered taboo?
You know, I think at some point in life that gay fiction was considered taboo. You just never know. I can say that I walked into a situation where people were flipping out at a computer screen that showed intense porn pictures. Everyone was covering their eyes, yelling, shocked… It was nothing to me anymore and all I could think was that they needed to be spending more time in Facebook groups.
Steph F, Cathy Lasky and Janice are interested in when you realised you wanted to become writers? …and what the influence/inspiration was behind it?
I think we answered this above. The short answer even sounds more terrible. We started writing when we thought an author messed up her characters. ISNT THAT TERRIBLE TO SAY? I would die if someone said that about my characters.
A lot of authors use music as inspiration, Kassandra and Kim Turner would like to know if the same is true for you and if so, do you have soundtracks for your books?
I’m a mother of three, I like silence – the quieter the better. My WP listens to music as she writes. For Always, she went old school. She loves loud intense music – Linkin Park, Godsmack, Dope, but she also went Lifehouse, deep love songs. She likes noise. Lots and lots and lots and lots of noise. Did I say lots?
Oooh, I think this is a difficult question to ask authors to choose between their babies but Kassandra Johnson, Misty Luh, Shawna, Jennifer Thompson and Lain Gruver want to know… Out of all the books you have written thus far, which is your favourite and why? …and do you plan to write any sequels?
It’s shocking to us that anyone likes our books. They were all designed to be standalones. Now as we write, secondary characters are making their presence know. I don’t know if a secondary character really makes a “sequel”, but there will be some of that in the future.
We wouldn’t have said this two months ago, but we both feel Always is the favourite and will be for sometime. It’s a love story like no other.
Love this question, Maggie and H.B. would like to know who you would most like to write a story with and why?
We’ve talked with Sandrine about writing together, also Susan. I think Sara York would be someone that comes to mind. She is truly such an amazing person. She’s good inside and out, and then factor in her excellent writing – we might not be able to keep up with her. And now that I’ve said that, I think of Nicole Edwards that way too. Oh now the authors are just popping into my head. There are so many. Who do you think we should write with?
Another popular question… we all seem to want to know what you like to read, so …What authors are a one click for you? …and do you have a favourite book/series/characters?
Mameo’s Angels, LadyDi77, Gabrielle Lee, Jenn F, Jen CW, Rita, Brandi Gillilan, Karen, Carrie, Natasna Jiggetts, Latona Ale, and Leslie Rodriguez.
I don’t like this question because there are so many authors I one click and I always leave someone out. I generally follow that top 100 gay fiction romance authors list on Amazon. I don’t buy randomly from my Kindle anyone, I dig through that list on my computer.
Here’s another problem I have with answering this question. Now that I write, I’ve met lots of authors. I’ve had to clean my rose colored glasses too often lately. That has affected my buying patterns. I tend to buy from genuinely nice people/authors. Being nice and reasonably respectful is important in my day to day life, so I like to support those that have that same basic belief. See? It makes it hard to answer this question.
Let me ask this, who do you all find as great authors, and recommended reads?
Aww… we all have one, MaryJoan Fryer would like to know… What is your favourite movie of all time?
MJ Fryer, is that your name? I loaded you on my Kindle last night! With all honesty, I can tell you Gravity is NOT my favourite movie. My writing partner likes a Knight’s Tale.
What is your favourite book from childhood? …that’s a question from Wendy Hoffman.
Can childhood be Junior High? I loved Forever by Judy Bloom. It started me in romance. WP says Nancy Drew.
Teresa Blomander wants to know if you are you a cat or dog people?
Total dog person. That litter box is too much for me.
I have so many, so it would be hard for me to choose! But Stacey would like to know what your favourite quote is from one of your books?
Don’t think this is lame! True love will stand the test of time… Always.
Lastly and this is a question from all Kindle Alexander fans… What is up next for you and do you have books already planned out? And when is Full Disclosure due for release?
Always comes out March 11 (maybe the 10th – we’ll see) and I’ve worried over this one. You guys need to email me what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full Disclosure is next, and that’s scheduled for the summer. I think Denise will hit me if TP 2 doesn’t come out in the fall. And then I’m thinking that a secondary character from Always might need writing. He was a surprise to us, but he’s strong I think.
Thank you so much Kindle we ALWAYS love having you pop in and really appreciate you taking the time to answer our readers questions.
I love you guys. Thank you for letting us be here today and for these awesome questions. I didn’t go in and thank each person individually because I wanted to answer the questions, instead of just thank you for posting them... This was incredibly fun. Thank you Monique for putting this together. I know it was a lot of work. AND a big CONGRATULATIONS on the size of your wonderful blog. SO DESERVED!
About Kindle Alexander
Best Selling, and newly award winning (whooo hooo!) Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next! Happily married with too many children, and dogs, living in the suburbs of Dallas.
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