Welcome Alyssa Alexander ~ Guest Blog Post

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InBedWithASpyER: Welcome to Embracing Romance, Alyssa, and congratulations on the release of IN BED WITH A SPY. To get us started, tell us the first thing you would like us to know about you.


The first thing I’d like you’d to know about me? I love romance, bacon, high heels, hot baths, yoga and naps. That’s me, boiled down to the basics!


ER: Your series tagline is great: An elite group of spies prowl the ballrooms of the ton and the alleyways of London. They are well-trained, dangerous, and deadly. What happens when they fall in love? What inspired you to write a series about spies?

I have always loved suspense and spy stories. As much as I love romance, IAlyssa Alexander love to pair it with danger because I believe that when the going gets tough, a person’s true nature comes out. What better way to bring to people two people together than facing adversity? Plus, spies are just…sneaky fun.


ER: Romance readers love their heroes. Tell us a little about the hero of IN BED WITH A SPY.

Angel is gorgeous, golden, and troubled—and he has a vulnerable side that only comes out in his music. It’s an aspect of him I hadn’t planned on writing when I started the book, but then one day as I was going over his backstory, that part of his character just clicked. He has the soul of a musician.


iStock_000000219600SmallER: Do you have any unique writing habits? A little routine you follow before you get started?

I like to write to music. Typically, each book has its own playlist. As soon as I pop those headphones in my creative muse starts to whisper in my ear. I’ve found that if I use the same writing trigger every day, it becomes a habit. My brain simply falls into the habit and I can write more easily.


ER: Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I’m a pantser, to my everlasting regret. I love the epiphanies and subconscious connections that happen when I pants my way through a manuscript, but I think I end up deleting and rewriting a lot because of it. Still, that’s my method and it works for me, so I’m not going to knock it!


ER: Because you write historicals, a lot of research is obviously involved. Is that something you enjoy? Do you get sidetracked by the research?

I love research, and yes, I absolutely get sidetracked. I cannot tell you howbooks often I’ve left my manuscript to research a small detail and then don’t return for an hour—maybe two. That’s not an efficient way to write, however, so I’ve devised a method that keeps me from being too distracted. Unless it is integral to the plot, I don’t research while I’m writing. I place a comment box in the manuscript that says “verify”. Then, during the editing process, I look up whatever fact I need to verify. Whether I had the detail correct or need to edit it, I’ll mark the date I looked it up and the web or book reference, including page number. That way I know I’ve completed the research, but I don’t distract myself on something like gorgeous evening gowns from 1811 or what herbs are a natural cough suppressant.


ER: We would love to hear about your road to publication. Was it a long, winding one, or something along the lines of a walk in the park?

It was a little of each, actually. I’ve wanted to write since I was in elementary school. I even dabbled with my first full length novel (still unfinished) in middle school. But I didn’t start seriously pursuing writing until I was older. Once I made a serious commitment, which was in 2008, the road was twisting and winding with as many ups and downs as there were straightaways. There were rejections and rewrites and more rejections, and then finally THE CALL. But I’m very lucky to have supportive critique partners and an amazing husband to help me navigate those ups and downs.

Of course, I couldn’t get Mr. Alexander on the phone on the day I sold, so by the time I reached him a couple of hours later, I was almost hysterical with pent-up excitement. He’ll never live that down—but he did come home with a bottle of wine and an awesome pair of leather boots as a First Sale present, so I suppose he’s forgiven.


ER: What’s next for Alyssa Alexander? Will you continue writing historicals or something different?

Definitely historicals for awhile! I have more stories to tell in the A Spy In The Ton series, and more ideas after that. I love the time period between 1780 to 1825, so I intend to stay there for awhile. After that, who knows!


Without giving it any thought, Alyssa, answer the Fast Five Questions with one word.

  1. Favorite animal? Cat
  2. Favorite vacation spot? A tropical resort
  3. Favorite food? Bacon
  4. Least favorite food? Raw broccoli *shudder*
  5. Favorite holiday? Patrick’s Day! First, I’m Irish (though my family ancestry is of the orange variety). Plus, leprechauns visit our house and leave green presents. Sometimes they leave green food, too, so it’s lots of fun!

And since we left off on holidays, tell me, Dear Reader, what is your favorite holiday, and why!


Alyssa AlexanderBio:  Alyssa Alexander is the author of THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, which garnered 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times and has been nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by Romantic Times. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, releases December 2, and received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times as well as a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. She is a Google-Fu aficionado, lives with entirely too many cats, and is grateful every day for the wonderful Mr. Alexander and her small boy-child, Biscuit, who often wears a knight-in-shining-armor costume.   Connect with Alyssa ~  Facebook    |    Twitter    |    Website



“You’re very good, my dear. I almost believed you. But it’s not a kiss that will bring you to my townhouse.” He bared his teeth in a semblance of a grin. “It’s murder.”

Her eyes went wide. Her lips fell open on a puff of air. “I don’t know what you mean.”

“I think you do.” He captured her wrists. With one swift jerk he turned her around and twisted her arms behind her.

“Stop it. Let me free.” She bucked, but he held her wrists tight.

He pressed forward, crowding her, so that his chest touched her back. The vulnerable nape of her neck was in front of him, and though the need to taste her skin was an intense craving, he denied himself the pleasure. In seconds he’d pulled a fine, tightly woven cord from beneath his coat—an easy item to conceal if one knew how. In another few seconds, she was satisfactorily bound.

He spun her around. With her arms bound behind her, a pair of ripe breasts were pushed forward. That gorgeous flesh swelled high and proud above her gown. Damn if he didn’t want her. Still.

“We have some business to attend to this evening.” He reached into his pocket, then lifted his cupped palm. The medallion lay in the center.

Her lashes swept up toward his face, then down to his palm again.

He knew he had her.

“Where did you find it?” She surged forward, stumbled, righted herself. “Let me go.”

“No. I was quite taken in by your charms the other night, my dear. But then I found the medallion and suddenly your charms were not quite as appealing.” He dropped the medallion back into his pocket. Her eyes followed the movement. “I’ve already arranged for a message to be delivered to your family that you’ve been taken ill and returned to Fairchild House—”

He didn’t expect her foot to hit his bollocks full force.

He fell to his knees, then propped himself on one shaking arm. “Son of a—” He coughed. Swallowed.  Incapacitated by the crushing ache, he struggled against the urge to retch. His arm gave way and he hit the floor shoulder first. A groan erupted from his throat.

Then she was on the floor beside him, twisting, wriggling that erotic body over him. Her bound hands fluttered around his sides, found his pockets. Fingers groped for the medallion, limited in their movements by the cord, but no less crafty.

He should have seen that tactic coming. Instead, he was lying on the carpet and trying desperately not to vomit. Fighting nausea, he rolled away and onto his hands and knees. He was still faster than a bound assassin, thank the fates.

“Bloody hell, woman.” He was lucky she hadn’t found his knife.

“Give me the medallion.” She scrabbled away from him, hampered by her skirts and boundInBedWithASpy hands. With a clumsy lurch she rose to her knees.

She isn’t running, his mind whispered. She’s fighting.

He expected nothing less of an assassin.

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If you’re playing ‘Romantic Pursuit’ your question:

What did Alyssa’s husband buy her to celebrate her first sale?


But don’t forget to answer Alyssa’s Question in the comments below: What is your favorite holiday and why?  

***One random commenter will win a copy of IN BED WITH A SPY***


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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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29 Responses

  1. laurieg72

    My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. Less stressful because you don’t have to buy gifts, the weath r is usually nice, you can have a picnic outside, lots of summer activities; biking, walking and swimming to entertain people and spectacular free fireworks at the end of the night.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Oh, that’s a great one! We have a 4th of July tradition with friends (they live on a lake) that always ends with fireworks over the water. What a great holiday, Laurie!

  2. Susan Gorman

    Easter is my favorite holiday.
    After months of snow and ice, I love to see the colored eggs and Easter baskets.
    And tulips!

  3. ginaconkle2013

    Hi Alyssa,
    My favorite holiday is Christmas: the lights, the festive cheer, the gifts…all fun. My favorite time of year is spring because of the flowers. I love tulips and gerbera daisies. You’d think I’d say Easter is my favorite holiday, right? I have your books on my Nook (well, the kindle app on my Nook), and I look forward to reading them soon! Congratulations!!

  4. Patricia WIssore

    My favorite has to be Christmas. I started my Christmas music on Pandora in late September. I drove my family nuts! I love the cold and the colors!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I didn’t start the music until we got our tree, which was Thanksgiving weekend, but I thought about it! I was feeling festive early this year!

  5. allybroadfield

    Welcome to Embracing Romance, Alyssa! It’s difficult to choose a favorite holiday, but I have to go with Christmas. I love the cold, the juxtaposition of evergreens against the white snow, the happiness it brings…I could go on and on. But it’s not the same now that I live in Texas where it’s usually warm and more likely to rain than snow. I’m off to get your book right now!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Thanks for having me, Ally! And I agree on the evergreens and snow. Especially when you see them over a field, all those fluffy bits of snow clinging to green. But I have to say, I’m a warm girl. Maybe we should trade places for the holidays, like that movie with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz! (Name escapes me right now).

  6. Collette Cameron

    Oh, that cover is fabulous!! I’ve always loved Christmas the best. I think it’s a combination of anticipation and preparation. I always go all out decorating and baking, and love the way the house smells. My mini dachsie thinks all the ornaments are for her to play with.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Hi Collette! I love that cover too! 🙂 Funny about your mini dachsie, I woke the first morning after decorating and found all the ornaments on the bottom foot of the tree had been sacrificed as kitty toys!

  7. Sandra Owens

    Welcome to Embracing Romance, Alyssa. Love your cover! My favorite holiday is Christmas— love Christmas trees, being with family, and really, really love presents. 😀

  8. Diane Burton

    I am so glad there will be more spy books. Yay! My fav holiday is Thanksgiving. Celebrating with family means so much. Plus I was married on Thanksgiving Day so that makes it extra special.

  9. Glenda

    My favorite holiday is Christmas – once I’m done with my shopping I can relax and enjoy decorating, baking, eating, and spending time with family. Loved the excerpt! 🙂

  10. JoannaM

    I love the cover of this book. So sensual but it also give the heroine that hint of “you mess with me, I have a weapon and I know how to use it!” LOL
    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It always brings my family together and there are lots for food to share!

  11. melissakeir

    Congrats on your latest book. Angel sounds like an.. angel! 🙂 I loved the way you described how the hero meets the heroine. They are made for each other! All the best!