(Alexa Crushed #1)
Publication date: May 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.
Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.
Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.
In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town shortly after, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.
Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. But just as her feelings for her old friend begin to blossom, Ethan returns. Now Alexa must choose—the perfect boyfriend or the wild, thrilling bad boy. It’s a choice that changes her life forever.
The perks of being a writer.
Alexa Crushed is my debut novel so I am still getting my feet wet with writing and everything else that goes with publishing a book. For a self-published Indie author one of the perks that I am enjoying is that I set my own deadlines. I don’t have someone barking at me to hurry up and finish a project. When a writer is rushed you will only get subpar creativity from them, which in turn disappoints the fans. We rely on you to fall in love our stories that we write and I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about publisher deadlines, just my own.
Another perk that I have not got to enjoy just yet is traveling. A lot of authors that I admire have traveled the world for research and for book signings. I cannot wait to join that crowd. Next year I will get my feet wet and will be traveling to Mississippi, Florida and Arizona. First stop, Biloxi to check out and author event as a fan, not as a signing author. Although I went to my first ever event just recently in San Francisco as a fan, I am beyond excited to attend Biloxi and to meet my awesome PA in person as well as getting to hang with a couple of seasoned authors who can give me the behind the scenes of what to expect when I do my first signing in Florida (FATE). I have actually been to south Florida but never have I been to northern Florida. That should be interesting since the culture is different between the two regions. Arizona will finish out my traveling for next year where I will be signing for the Naughty in the West event. You know that’s going to be a blast. I mean, come on, it has the word naughty in the title.
I am an avid reader as well so meeting authors I read or finding new ones to read goes hand in hand with the traveling perk. And yes, I may actually fangirl and embarrass myself but hey, we are all there for the same reason. We love books.
Lastly, a very personal perk to being a writer is that it’s my escape from my every day chaos. I find salvation in writing someone else’s story for others to read. It fills me with a sense of accomplishment and when people actually love my words, I just can’t help but to happy dance.
T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He’s their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.
T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn’t keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed.
- 2 can-be-signed paperback copies of the second edition of Alexa Crushed (US only)
- 2 e-book copies w/ $5 amazon cards (INTL)