Inaugural Post by Alyssa Alexander!

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Alyssa AlexanderThere are many things to say on this first day of 2015, as well as the first day yours truly has been unleashed upon Embracing Romance. I begin with a great, big, huge, and (as my kidlet would say) GINORMOUS thank you to the wonderful ladies of Embracing Romance for allowing me to join their ranks! They have been warm and welcoming to this newbie!

Second, I must wish all of you a Happy New Year! I won’t ask about resolutions (I always break mine), and I won’t ask about your 2014 (mine didn’t involve the 15 lost pounds or winning lottery ticket I’d hoped for). But I will wish you all the best for 2015. I believe in hope and change, and carrying on all the joys and wonders of 2014 into 2015. And I do, absolutely, believe in celebrating life and love. So Happy New Year to all of you!

The third item today is more a litany of items. On this day, my first day as part of Embracing Romance, I’d love to tell you a little of myself, recap 2014 and give you a glimpse into 2015. If I bore you entirely, feel free to refresh the page. The boring-ness won’t change, but it might give you a change of scene!

  1. 20141230_201029I am in love with Jamie Fraser. Don’t tell Mr. Alexander! My enabling mother-in-law even bought me the entire Outlander series for Christmas, and I can’t wait to start book #2!
  2. I write Regency-era historical romantic suspense, where love is always combined with a bit of adventure. My current series, A Spy In The Ton, includes smugglers, assassins, spies and other nefarious individuals.
  3. I rid my house of spiders by way of the smush-and-flush method. That is, smush them with tissue and flush them down the toilet, so they are double dead. Mr. Alexander, however, has decided we must be nice to spiders and bought me a Spider CatcherSpider Catcher for Christmas. This way I could release them into the wild rather than commit spider-cide. Pretty sure we’re not seeing eye to eye on that issue. (P.S. Not joking. See picture.)
  4. I clean my house once a month, just before the cleaning lady arrives. I know. It’s insane.
  5. I sometimes brainstorm using colored Post-It Notes. The various colors represent the arcs of the hero, 10647074_692093487545791_2880491094914293989_nthe heroine, the suspense and the romance. My Wall O’ Plot is not to be confused with actual plotting, however, which would involve making sense of the Post-It Notes.
  6. I can eat an entire family size bag of cheddar and sour cream potato chips…in one sitting. Not saying I do this regularly, only saying that I have.
  7. My January 2014 debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times, was a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, and was nominated for Best First Historical for 2014!The Smuggler Wore Silk
  8. I like asparagus, turnips, gold beets, leeks and Brussels sprouts, but abhor, loathe and detest raw broccoli. *shudder* Mr. Alexander and I don’t see eye to eye on that one either, as he’ll just grab a hunk of it when he’s hungry. Who does that?
  9. Hot yoga is my favorite method of exercise, though it doesn’t fit in my schedule of day job, writing and parenting a 6-year-old. Instead, I sometimes run (a.k.a. pathetically half-jog/half-walk) on the dirt road I live on. Isn’t it pretty?
  10. I am utterly, completely, and wonderfully enamored of anything resembling romance. I 1477576_548592255229249_778348453_ncry watching An Affair To Remember, Bad Boys, Outlander, NCIS and Hallmark commercials—remember the one from the ‘80s with the older brother who was late for Christmas? He walked in when the little brother was singing O Holy Night. *sniff* Gets me every time.
  11. I wear wool socks and slippers all year round and hate air conditioning. I have cold toes!
    My recent December release, IN BED WITH A SPY, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times, a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, and was nominated for best cover by Romantic Times for December In Bed With A Spy2014!
  12. My favorite foods are bacon, bacon, bacon and potato chips. My sister-in-law even gave me a bacon bowl for Christmas! I have also had in my possession a bacon calendar, bacon mints, and a bacon air freshener.



There you go! Random bits about me, probably more than you’d like. Stayed tuned in 2015 for more stories from the A Spy In The Ton series! Now I’m going to leave you with a question, and it’s not about bacon. It’s about broccoli. Is there any method of cooking it—aside from dousing it in Cheese Whiz—that makes broccoli even relatively palatable? Because my doctor says it’s full of Vitamin C or iron or something, and I should eat it. But I can barely manage it. Blech!

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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.” You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at

20 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    Welcome, Alyssa! Forget the broccoli and eat some other green veg instead, such as kale, collards, mustard or turnip greens. I don’t mind stir-fried broccoli (half-cooked, NOT soggy) but it’s really easy to get sick of it.

    That spider catcher is awesome! I always, always try to save spiders–I even fed a pet one that had a web in the kitchen window for a while. It was fun to throw cockroaches at its web and watch it scurry over and wrap them up. (Yup, that’s the honest truth. We had a cockroach infestation at the time, so it seemed pretty serendipitous to have a resident spider.)

    I absolutely love Regency romantic suspense, so I’m going to hop on over to Amazon and get one of your books.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      You know, I have never tried kale or collards! Might have to put that on the list.

      And that is funny about the spider and cockroaches! I suppose if you’re going to have a pet spider, he might as well be useful–sort of like having a mouser, right?

  2. jessicajefferson

    Omg! I do something very similar with post-it’s! It’s something I did at the old day job and now that I’m writing, I just carried it over.

    It’s great to meet you!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Glad to meet a fellow post-it plotter! Sometimes it helps, and sometimes I feel like I wasted a few hours, depending on how the story is going. Either way, though, it looks pretty on my wall. 🙂

  3. Sandra Owens

    Welcome, Alyssa! I’m laughing so hard over your husband giving you a spider catcher for a Christmas gift. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  4. Collette Cameron

    I’m laughing so hard about the spider catcher! I loathe spiders and hubby isn’t much braver than I about catching them. We do not put the outside!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I’m telling you, the smush-and-flush method is a guaranteed winner. One time as a kid I simply smushed a spider and then put it in the garbage, but it lived and crawled out again. Gave me the heebie jeebies–hence step two of the removal process. But that spider catcher works great! We actually needed it yesterday, and the whole household had a good laugh as we chased the spider around and then let him go.

  5. ginaconkle2013

    Hi Alyssa,
    Welcome and Happy New Year! I’m with Barbara on the veggies: I love lacinato kale and spinach (actually I like broccoli too). Your enabling mother-in-law made me laugh. 🙂 I have yet to read any of the Outlander books, though I have the first one. I fell in love with the TV series. It was pretty much “Clear the decks and leave me alone” on Saturday night. But, my true weakness is History Channel’s ‘Vikings.’ Season 3 debuts Feb. 19th and I’m counting down the days. The other show I love: AMC’s ‘Turn’ based on the Culpepper spy ring (the first organized spies in the US). There’s romance, adventure, and intrigue which sounds right up your alley. Congratulations on the accolades for your latest book. You’re onto something good with this series.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      You know, I have not had a chance to watch Vikings, actually! I keep hearing good things about it, but just haven’t had a chance to get started on it. As for the Outlander books, I listened to the audiobook of the first one, which was AMAZING. So now I have to read them all! I was absolutely hooked on the show.

      As for Turn…That sounds exactly like something I’d want to see! Off to see if I can’t get it on Netflix!

  6. Ally Broadfield

    So good to have you here, Alyssa! I’m afraid I like the spiders, because they eat the other insects, and we have a lot of those in Texas (I’m originally from Michigan also, so I’m a fish out of water here!). I’m jealous that you get to read the Outlander books for the first time. I wish there was a way to selectively erase memories so I could read some of my favorite books for the first time again. Happy New Year!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Hey, Ally! You’d be surprised how many people say the same about Outlander! And, I agree about erasing those memories. There’s something magic about really falling into a book for the first time!

  7. JoannaM

    I want that spider catcher! Not really,no, but I do. It’s just I loathe spiders, probably as much as you do raw broccoli and I have to get rid of them if I see one but I also feel guilty of killing them! I used to step on the darn things until I was told their eggs stick to the soles of shoes so I never go near them without a tissue, and then down Flushville they go but only because in afraid they’ll reproduce if indeed they were carrying eggs LOL I don’t mind them if they are out in they are in their natural habitat but stay the hack out of my house! Ha! … On another note, I think I’m the only one in my family that actually enjoys raw broccoli 🙂
    Oooh, and have you seen The Musketeers on BBC America? Like Turn, another favorite show of mine, it has action and romance, plus leather, honor, and one of the greatest team of sword fighters I’ve seen in a long time , if not ever!
    Nice to meet you!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Honestly, the spider catcher was probably the best present I’ve ever received from Mr. A! And, truthfully, it’s rather fun to use. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Joanna!!

  8. hollybushbooks

    Glad to have you with us, Alyssa! Bacon? Sour Cream and Cheddar chips? Asparagus? We may be related because I love all of that and hate spiders too!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      What’s not to like about all of the above, right?? My favorite is asparagus flash-boiled with just butter, salt and pepper, but not over done so it’s stringy. Grilled with garlic and EVOO is good too!

      • hollybushbooks

        I steam asparagus and keep it in my fridge that way I can heat it up with butter, salt & pepper, love it that way, or cut it up cold for on my salads.

        And bacon? – there’s not really much else to say. It is perfect.