Alexa Land talks Salvation and Skye Blue ~ Interview and Giveaway!

I would like to thank Alexa Land for stopping by to Talk Salvation and to make a Special Announcement .  Check out Caroline’s review here.   There is also a really awesome giveaway, so stay tuned for that.

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Title: Salvation
Author: Alexa Land
Cover Artist: Alexa Land

Interview

Hi, thanks for interviewing me! This is only my second interview ever, so I’ll try not to run off in a panic. 🙂

The Prism Recommended Read, Salvation is your latest novel.  What can you tell us about it?

It’s a love story about two people who seem wildly different, but find their common ground. Trevor’s a quiet guy with little self-confidence, and he’s used to life letting him down. He falls for gorgeous, brooding Vincent, who’s entangled in the Mafia and carries a lot of secrets. People aren’t always what they appear to be on the surface, though.

In a genre that is about man on man loving how on earth did you come up with someone as iconic as Nana?

You know, I often wonder that myself! It started innocently enough. I introduced Dante’s grandmother in All In, and suddenly realized her huge comedic potential. At eighty, Nana’s gotten to a point in her life where she really doesn’t care what other people think, so she’s willing to say or do just about anything. From her first scene, where she made her future son-in-law bust her out of the hospital with a plastic Toy Story gun, she became the heart, soul and funny bone of this series.

Vincent was so misunderstood and I think he has ended up being my favourite character in the series.  Who is yours?

I just love Christopher Robin from In Pieces. Despite so much tragedy in his past, he remains optimistic and keeps trying to make a brighter future for himself. He embodies the belief that we can change our lives for the better.

Which book are you most proud of and why?

I’m most proud of In Pieces. That was the first time I let myself go a bit deeper with the characters and their back stories. It still has its funny parts, but it has a lot of heart too, I think.

If you couldn’t write what would you do?

Well, I’d be devastated, because this is my dream job! But if my writing dried up tomorrow, I’d love to try my hand at being a wildlife photographer. I’m one of those people that leaps out of the car with my camera and runs toward the wild alligator, rather than away from it. I literally did that when I visited Florida. It was awesome!

I can’t wait to read about Skye, how many books do you see the series having?

The series is open-ended, so I’ll continue writing it as long as people keep asking for more. I was joking with a couple of my readers that the characters can start having kids, and then the kids can grow up and I can write books about them, so it could go on forever! 🙂

What was the last book that you read that left you with a happy feeling?

Sweet Giordan, Please Remember by the lovely and talented Raine O’Tierney. She’s truly a gifted writer, not to mention a genuinely nice person, and her sweetness comes through in her writing!

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Believe that you’re good enough. The world is full of people who’ll tell you that you can’t succeed. Don’t be one of these people!

What is the nicest thing a reader has ever said to you via email or a review?

I’ve gotten some beautiful emails from my readers. One that stands out came from a young gay man who’s getting married this summer. He asked if he could use a couple lines from In Pieces in his marriage vows. He told me it was exactly what he wanted to say to his future husband, but he hadn’t known how to say it until he read my book. That just touched my heart.

Rapid Fire Time:

Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! Oh, and then some chocolate!
Love Story or Thriller? Love story every time!
Favorite Color? I’m all about blue (even before Skye) 🙂
Any Tattoos or piercings? Nope, but there’s still time! Maybe I’ll wait until I’m Nana’s age and then go completely crazy!
Tea of Coffee? Coffee! Lots and lots of coffee! Even as I’m drinking coffee, I’m wishing I had more coffee.
Morning or night? Night! Mornings should be illegal.

What are you working on?  What is next? 

I’m totally immersed in Skye Blue right now, the sixth book in my Firsts and Forever series. For the first time anywhere, I’m officially announcing the release date! Skye Blue will be out on August 1st! This one’s a fun ride, because Skye is such a free spirit. Oh man, and when he and Nana team up, watch out! We met Skye, a blue-haired art student working as a go-go dancer, briefly in Salvation. He’s trying to lose his virginity, but in the process of doing that, he just might find his HEA.
Here’s the very first look at the cover:

SKYEBLUE cover

Where can readers find more about you on the web?

They can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008216261875
On my blog: http://alexalandwrites.blogspot.com/
And on Twitter: @AlexaLandWrites

From the Publisher (Salvation):

Can two men from wildly different worlds prove to be each other’s salvation?

Trevor isn’t surprised that he’s a twenty-year-old virgin. He sees himself as skinny, clumsy, and shy, and is sure no one could possibly want him. Vincent Dombruso is about to prove him wrong.

Mysterious and troubled, Vincent masks a lot of secrets behind his handsome exterior. As the spark between them ignites, both men are surprised to find a kindred spirit in such an unexpected place. But Vincent’s Mafia ties and whatever he’s not telling Trevor could destroy their chances of a happily ever after.

Salvation is the fifth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: This erotic male/male romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes explicit language and graphic sex between two hot men.

About the Author

Alexa writes and independently published M/M romances. She was born in Southern California, and has been on a gradual northern migration ever since, having lived in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and now Oregon. She shares a little blue cottage with a cute kid and a standoffish cat.

Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Giveaway

Alexa has kindly offered a $20 Amazon Gift Card to 1 lucky commenter.  

Contest ends 13 June @ 11:59pm CST.  Must be 18 or older to win.  Void where prohibited.

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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80 thoughts on “Alexa Land talks Salvation and Skye Blue ~ Interview and Giveaway!

  1. ‘Salvation’ was such an amazing book. One of my friends wants to get into reading more m/m lit and this is the book I recommended to her to start with. Even though it’s the fifth in the series, it’s such a wonderful read. I laughed out loud more times than I can count, I teared up, and I fell in love with Trevor and Vincent. And the preview of ‘Skye Blue’ that was included already tells me that I’m going to be just as in love with that book as I have been with the rest. Thank you, Alexa, for letting us into your world and introducing us to all these wonderful characters!

  2. Thanks for the interview (and not running off in a panic 🙂 ) and the giveaway. New-to-me author and the series sounds interesting; just added the first book to my TBR list.

    jlf827 {at} icloud {dot} com

  3. Ohhhh what a great cover…August first is on my list of upcoming treats now. Great interview Brandilyn, although with your addiction I’m surprised it’s not a question of Tea , coffee or Dr. Pepper…:)

  4. Cannot wait to read Salvation and then Skye Blue. I absolutely love this series! I just finished Way Off Plan. I somehow managed to skip this one and read books 2-4 first. Alexa, Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway. I am excited to read that the series is open-ended as of now. I look forward to reading every single book that you bring us in this series. It’s a favorites of mine.

  5. I enjoyed your interview with Alexa. I look forward to reading Skye Blue. I still have to finish reading her other books in the Firsts and Forever series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Love the cover…and August is too far off.

    I totally agree with mornings. They should be outlawed.

  7. Bring on more Nana!
    I have to say that Gathering Storm is my personal favorite. What an unlikely paring but it worked! And all the facial hair jokes were hilarious!!!!
    Wonderful interview!

  8. After reading all of the forever series I am a Total team Hunter fan although I am a addict to this whole series and have read each book numerous times can’t wait for Skye and I would love to say to Alexa, that I am very grateful for her imagination and talent that have brought all of these characters into my life.

  9. He’s not a cute as the others, but I am LOVING the blue hair and those EYES. Alexa, you are my hero!!!!!!

  10. I can’t wait for Sky Blue!!! You are an amazingly talented writer and I love all your books. Keep them coming because I’m hooked. Great interview and awesome giveaway. P.S. Thank you for telling us the release date for Sky Blue, now I can stop checking Amazon everyday =)

  11. The entire series is amazing and hot! Nana is a hoot! My favorite so far is All In. I was introduced to Alexa via In Pieces then of course I went back and read from the start! I love each and everyone and fall more in love with characters with each book! Thank you for Alexa for the fabulous reads – can’t wait for Skye Blue and many many more!

  12. I started Way Off Plan last week and finished Salvation on Saturday. Love, love this series and absolutely can not wait to read Skye’s book. He is just so adorable although I’m not happy it looks like he got T arrested 🙂

  13. Looking forward to Skye Blue. I’ve read all of Alexis’s books, and In Pieces is my favorite too. I like the Tinder books a lot too.

  14. I have read the series twice, it is one of my favorite M/M reads. I have to say that Salvation with Trevor and Vincent are my very favorite and I so want a Nana of my own. Can’t wait for Skye’s story to get here and keep writing more and more books Alexa they are wonderful.

  15. Love love love the cover of Skye Blue! I always enjoy a good cover as I read awhile, sigh, look at the cover LOL I loved the whole series and can’t really say which is favorite! Just waiting on the release!

  16. Starting to read the series. Just got to Christopher Robin’s story and am loving it! Thanks for the giveaway.
    MHupp20032003(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. I love this series. I love Nana, she is such a hoot. But, I agree Christopher Robin was my favorite. Somehow with all I’ve read C.R’s story open my eyes even more. How these LGBT kids are disposable on our streets. Forced to do things no child should just to survive. My heart ached when I read his story.
    I want to help bring more awareness to these children forced to grow up too soon.

  18. I can’t wait to read Skye Blue- I love your series. I have to say my favorite so far is a tie between All In and Way off Plan. I just love the interactions between all of them and the background for each. And I am definitely marking down the release date for Skye Blue! Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. I love the cover of Skye blue. I love all these books. I think Vincent and Nana are my favorite characters. I can’t wait for many more books in this series…

  20. I can’t wait for Skye Blue. I am so in love with this series. I had read Gathering Storm a while ago & was looking for something else when I picked up In Pieces. I decided I needed to start at the beginning & I am so glad I did. I read all 5 books in 4 days. These are definite keepers & re reads. Thank you & don’t ever stop writing please.

  21. Great interview! I loved Salvation, and I have to say that Christopher Robin is my favorite in the series too! Can’t wait for August 1st! Skye Blue!!!

  22. What a great read! The whole series rocks and I will forever be thankful that I discovered Alexa. I started Salvation at 7pm and just finished reading it at 4am. I couldn’t put it down, and honestly, the whole series was like that for. Many sleepless nights, and so worth it. I laughed so hard at some parts my whole bed was shaking. I’m sure y’all know the parts I’m talking about! Anyway, thank you Alexa for sharing your gift with all of us. You are truly a very talented author.

  23. Great interview and series, as I only have started reading the First & Forever series and its nice to know that I have a few more books to read, although I totally agree with another commentator it has to stop reading once you have started reading one of Alexa’s books. thanks

  24. New author for me. The books sounds interesting and I’ve added it to my wishlist. I also plan to look up the authors other stories. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  25. I love your books and I am looking forward to the next one. Nana always makes me laugh. I wish everyone could have a Nana in their life.

  26. I love your books so much…. I only just discovered you when Kindle Alexander recommended us to like your page. And I have already read through each of your books twice. They really bring joy to my life!

  27. Salvation is next I. My to read list. I love Alexa but she knows this. And the fact that she responded to my facebook message was just awesome!

  28. Finally, I was able to get on here to comment, lol. Anyway, loved Salvation and can’t wait for more from this fabulous author!

  29. Yay for this contest! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and putting them down on assorted media so we can all be a part of the adventure of your writing!

    Jim

  30. Great interview. I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I have been seeing them all over and hearing good things about them.

  31. I love these books and I am so excited that Sky’s story is coming August 1. Alexa Land is one of my favorite authors!

  32. I will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of Skye’s story. I have re-read Salvation three times and I know I will revisit Trevor and Vincent’s story again and again. Each time I have read the next story in the series I insist it was better than the one before. This is putting my expectations for Skye Blue pretty high up there, but some how I just don’t think Alexa Land will disappoint 🙂 it certainly has not happened so far!

  33. I’ve read all the books, and love them. My favorite is also In Pieces. The quote at the beginning totally describes me and my life. “I live my life in pieces….I’m holding me together” Everyday that could change, the hope Christopher Robin has helps me.

  34. It was a good interview….why would you be hesitant about doing them. After all, you’re a writer. Piece of cake.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Skye and Nana get into and, of course, a touching love story.

  35. I can’t wait until August, Skye Blue on the 1st will offset my 58th birthday on the 6th lol, yep, still a kid at heart though! I read books today that take me back to when it was so hard to find gay fiction. I can’t wait to visit with all my favorite characters again, most of all Nana ( makes me think of my own grandmother who referred to my lover and I as gay homosexuals, but always with love! ) Also I loved In Pieces, if I had to pick a favorite of the series!

  36. There are so many great things that can be said for this series. We can’t help but fall in love with every character introduced. They become a part of your heart. Each book in this series just gets better! Thank you alexa for allowing us into your world. 😀

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