Tuesday, August 6, 2013

{ blog tour: frontline by alexandra richland - review, excerpt and giveaway }

Title: Frontline
Author: Alexandra Richland
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Romance
Cover designed by: F.S. Meurinne
ARC provided by Author

When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: a passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton's mansion the next night. 
Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton's favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

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My Thoughts on Frontline 

Heart-stopping.  Fast paced.  Can't turn the page fast enough.  Hold my breath suspense.  All of these describe Frontline by Alexandra Richland.

Sara Peters is a just-starting-out ER Nurse working her way through another long shift when billionaire Trenton Merrick wanders into her Emergency Room with with a slight head injury and turns he world upside down.

Who is Trenton Merrick?  That's what Sara wants to know.  He's handsome, charming and down right dangerous but she's sees something in he that has her agreeing to a date the next night.  From that moment on Sara and Trenton are back and forth in trying to understand the other and keep their heads above water.

Frontline had me from the get-go.  Everything about Trenton was fishy to Sara but she couldn't deny her attraction to him so she agreed to a dinner date.  Sara's not naive or a pushover, but everything about her and Trenton was a back and forth struggle and she's quickly in over her head and heart.  I really liked how Sara wasn't bowled over by who Trenton was and "celebrity status".  Sometimes she didn't make the best decisions in regards to him but she never tried to shift the blame or make excuses for those decisions.  She owned up to it and tried not to do it again.

Trenton was all over the place for me.  He wasn't used to someone not falling at his feet and he made one mistake after another with Sara.  Trenton was definitely an Alpha Male but crossed the line of protective to creepy (hello? traced phone calls) a lot in the beginning and blew poor Sara's mind.  When he was sweet he was a toothache but when he was bossy, he gave Umbridge a run for her money.  But it worked for me.  He tells Sara he's used to "thinking outside of the box" in his professional life and that doesn't stop at his personal either.  Perhaps because Trenton is a billionaire his mistakes seem more glaring  than your Average Joe but his heart is in the right place.

All of the romantic missteps between Sara and Trenton never prepared me for Frontline's conclusion.  Once Alexandra Richland hits the gas it's full speed until the end.  I found myself holding my breath through the very end and couldn't turn the page fast enough.  Sara and Trenton's lives are more intertwined than they ever knew and Sara finds she must trust Trenton with more than her heart.

Sara and Trenton are intriguing and are surrounded by wonderful secondary characters.  Trenton's bodyguards and lifelong friends Sean and Chris bring humor to some of the heavy scenes and Sara's friends Kelly and Denim have her back and keep her grounded.  I'd love to see more of their stories in the future as well.

I've been a fan of Alexandra Richland's previous writing but I was completely blown away by Frontline. She brings a wonderful mix of characters into her stories and weaves a tale of mystery and suspense.  The characters dialogue is laugh out loud at times and Sara's inner thoughts made me smile as well.  Frontline is for anyone who loves a story between two strong characters with danger and intrigue and great friends on the side.

Excerpt from "Frontline"

“I meant it when I said we need to cool our physical contact. We need to start fresh––a proper courtship with boundaries that get removed gradually as we get to know each other better. That’s the only way I’ll agree to see you again.”

Trenton looks amused as he shakes my hand. “Courtship?”

I giggle. “Okay, so it’s a little old-school. The bottom line is I’d like to get back to basics.”

Trenton cocks an eyebrow. “No touching at all?”

“No inappropriate groping, how about that?”

“So you want me to court you?” His blue eyes blaze.

I blush.

Trenton brushes his lips to my ear. “In that case, wait here.”

He darts out of the room and returns a few moments later. My heart melts when I see what he holds: one of the long-stemmed roses from the bouquet at the nurses’ station.

“This is my proper and honorable good-bye, Sara. And please accept my sincerest apologies for leaving so abruptly last night.” Trenton extends the rose to me.

With just one look, he makes me feel as though I’m the center of his world.

I accept the flower with a gracious smile.

Trenton takes my other hand and bows his head to place a soft kiss on my knuckles––a gesture far sweeter and meaningful than anything we’ve shared thus far. He peers up at me with those bedroom eyes, his lips brushing my skin.

“I look forward to courting you, Sara. Thank you for giving me another chance.”

His eyes linger on mine for a few heart-stopping moments. Then he drops my hand, sweeps past me, and exits the room.

I exhale a big gust of air as he slides the door shut and the curtain falls back into place. My heart feels empty and I’m left craving our next encounter. I just hope I didn’t make a mistake by trusting him again.

To celebrate the release of Frontline, Alexandra is giving away three packages Frontline as well as her earlier books Gilded Cage and Starlight.

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Interview with Alexandra Richland

Before we start, I would like to say thank you to The Novel Tease for approaching me for this interview.

1. What does Alexandra Richland do when she’s not writing?

As a registered nurse, I spend a lot of my time at the hospital, caring for pediatric patients. I also enjoying running, reading, and traveling.

2. How does your writing process look? Do you tend to write a standard number of words in regular sittings, or does inspiration hit you sporadically?

It varies. Sometimes when I’m in my “writing zone” I can write many pages in one sitting. If I feel emotionally connected to the scene/chapter, the words will come easily, and I can read them back the next day and desire to change only minor things. On other occasions, the process is more difficult, which tends to happen when I’m pressed for time. When this occurs, I will step away from the computer and go for a run, or just busy myself with other tasks. If I feel inspired to write later on that day, I will. If not, I don’t push it. Or if the interest is semi-there, I’ll write as much as I can, even if I might think it sucks, and then rewrite it at another time. Editing and rewriting are the easiest parts of the writing process for me. As long as I have a foundation, even in point form, I’m confident I can turn out something I’m very proud of. The scenes that come easiest to me are the ones I can visualize like a movie. Music also helps inspire emotion and assists in the writing process.

3. What inspired you to write Frontline?

The Starlight Trilogy is a very detailed Hollywood romance set in the 1950s. When I finished all three novels, I wanted to write a book with an entirely opposite tone – a modern thrill ride that kept the reader turning the pages, unable to put it down, with a lot of sexual tension, action, adventure, romance, and intrigue. As I was in the midst of nursing school at the time, I thought of a crazy thing that could potentially happen to a nurse while on the job and expanded on the idea, pushing the boundaries of my writing as well as character behavior and development. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

4. If you could describe Frontline in 3 words, what would they be?

Sexy. Exciting. Suspenseful.

5. Which character speaks the loudest?

Though he was never supposed to play such a significant role, Randall really surprised me as the book progressed. I relied on him more and more, as did the other characters, for his wisdom, insight, loyalty, and mysteriousness. I just finished writing an origin tale for Randall, as I was as curious about his background. I hope Frontline readers will be interested in him, too, after they finish the story. I'm very happy to be able to include Randall’s tale as part of the bonus material in the appendix of Frontline when it's published.

6. Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

My answer will depend on my mood. If I'm in the mood to shop, I can't think of a better pair to hit the town with than Kelly and Denim. Kelly would know where to get all the best deals on the most stylish clothes, while Denim would supply the most laughs and energy during the expedition. Chris and Sean are still very mysterious to me, but I’d definitely give them a call if I wanted people to go running with, or if I had a task that needed to be done requiring speed, efficiency, and stealth. They are men of many talents. If my life was in some kind of crisis and I needed a friend to listen to me and help me get through it, Sara would be ideal. As for Trenton, I don’t have as many scruples as Sara does, so he can pay off my student loan any day!

7. Will you have a new book coming out soon?

I have several. The second book in The Starlight Trilogy, Starbright, will most likely be out later this fall (2013), or very early next year (2014), with the third book in the trilogy, Stardust, following in the spring or summer of 2014. The Frontline sequel is already in the works. I'm also working on several short story collections to release in between my novels, as well as a brand new novel, separate from the Frontline series and The Starlight Trilogy, which I just started writing in recent weeks. I cannot say more at this time, but I’m very excited about it!

About The Author...

Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage.
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