Author Lexi Miles sparkles with an infectious laugh and unbinding enthusiasm that’s equally matched by her growing list of titles. Blogger, interviewer, noveller and hashtag host, her presence is everywhere. It’s an honor to have her here today. Welcome, Lexi!
It is commonly held that being happy is hard work, yet your upbeat personality and hilarious *giggles* shine through every tweet. How do you maintain your positivity?
Thanks so much for the warm compliment. I guess the simple answer is by focusing on the positive and being thankful for all the precious moments and gifts of life. No small thing is wasted on me. (giggles)
Your communications training undoubtedly assists you in getting your message out. What advice can you give novices in negotiating the labyrinth that is social media?
Sometimes social media—all the choices—can be overwhelming, so my best advice is to start with the one you do most often and then add more as you go. If you are trying to get the word out about your books then search your genre and get involved. What is nice is that it is okay to ask questions, to look at what grabs your attention to make sure that you are hitting the mark, do research, and above all else have FUN as you do it. The fun is so very important because that’s what attracts people to who and what you alone and uniquely can offer. The key here is to have a presence somewhere, that is your voice, so that people know what you have going on, have an idea of what reading your books will be like, and, one of the best parts, they have a way to get to know you personally.
Twitter #hashtag games. That’s how we met! Care to comment on the trend and what it could mean for writers, those starting out in particular.
Yes, you are right A.B. that is how we met! And it has been a fun friendship ever since! (giggles)
Having said that, I would love to chat about the #hastag games. These events are so much fun to be a part of and personally, they are one of the highlights of my week. So much so that I even co-host one every Tuesday with author Chloe Quinn called #FOODPARTY (please feel free to pop over to twitter for more details and to hang out with us and have fun).
Before I go further, you might be asking what are #hashtag games? To those who are unfamiliar, it is a writer event where authors are invited to share their work in accordance to the theme selected by the various hosts.
One that I would definitely suggest for new writers to take part in is #Thurds on Thursdays simply because it awesome, A.B. hosts it, and it is unlike any other event. Why? If the book is published it can also be a part of the game (unlike most that include WIP, works in progress, only) and that is great exposure. Ultimately what I am getting at here is it is like an international book convention on a weekly basis.
Ed-Thanks, Lexi. I love hosting #Thurds, and like you, #hashtag games are an integral part of my day. Promotions + friendship + fun. It’s a win, win!
In my opinion, for writers (especially newbies), all of the events are incredible to be a part of because they are one of the nicest ways to get to know people in the writer community, to find new readers, to find new reviewers, and for readers (which I also am) to find a new book to add to your collection on a weekly basis. Another thing that I love is that you get instant feedback on your work and that is all-around fun!
In your biography you credited your LIFE experiences for helping you develop as an author. Tell us specifically what that means to you.
What I mean by that is that living life in general has taught me so many things as a person and therefore professionally as an author. And each of those experiences means so much to me because ultimately they have made me who I am “exactly” today. The good, the bad, and the I know better and will not do that again. Ha!
Ed.- Ha! I can relate!
Name someone who inspires you.
I am inspired not by one person alone, but by anyone that goes after what they want with all that they have. I am inspired by those who love whole-heartedly and are kind to others. I am inspired by those who don’t see something as limiting but limitless. Those are the people that inspire me!
Your new romance, TOO MUCH TROUBLE, is coming out soon. Care to share the deets and maybe tease us with an excerpt?
Sure, just this once. (giggles) Just kidding, I’d love to do that!
I wrote this one because I was (and am still) a huge fan of the TV show “The Mentalist.” The idea came to me because I just thought, how fun would it be to write about a heroine whose brother was a smooth talking scoundrel like that and she was the one to always bail him out. Here’s the blurb.
Sela’s scam artist brother has gotten himself in trouble again. As usual she is left to clean up his mess. After a mediation, the only thing that she can do is to work off his debt by agreeing to be legal counsel on call for the family he scammed. Very reluctantly, since the guy she will be working directly for is as infuriating as he is sexy, she agrees to do it to make the whole thing go away. But this time has her brother’s serial nature of mistakes finally paid off for her in all the right ways?
As a California native, is it even possible to live in a cooler climate? (I’m dusting off my winter boots right now.)
(Giggling) In my opinion, no, I love my home. California is a fun place to be. The weather is amazing and the options here of things to do is vast. In any given direction it’s amusement parks, trips to museums, a chance to escape to the Sierra mountains (beautiful during wintery snow season or when warm and green), ranches, Japanese or Rose gardens, musicals, or lovely beaches. I am in heaven. But as awesome as it is here, I do love the snow (rarely have gotten up to the Sierra’s recently). So, please promise, when the time comes, to build me a snowman, make a snow angel, and toss around a few snowballs. (giggles)
Ed.- You got a deal. I’ll send pics!
What is one thing that you are looking forward to?
In the upcoming months I am going to be sharing a few new titles, making a few appearances, and the thing that has me doing cartwheels are the new book trailers that are on the way soon!
Ed. – Be sure and send those trailers our way.
How can someone contact you, buy your books, and do you have a newsletter?
You can get my books via my Amazon author page www.amazon.com/author/leximiles.
And yes, I have a newsletter for my VIP readers/friends and you can follow it and my other info and book clubs here: www.LexiMilesAuthor.com/follow-lexi.
Have I forgotten anything?
I think what you asked covered it. Such a nice, fresh, and wide scope. Thank you A.B. again for taking time out to do this! I really appreciate it.
Any time, doll. Let’s check out Lexi’s vast list of titles…
Dangerous Listings: A realtor named Piper rents out a listing and stumbles into a dangerous situation. She soon finds herself hold up with the ever sexy and mysterious Marko, and she’s not complaining. Is danger just the thing they need to kick off their sexy romance? (Vol 0.5 in the Sensual Protection series, proceeds Private Lessons)
Private Lessons: Dorian “Ryan” DeVain, a travel agent, gets tricked into taking much needed self-defense classes by her best friend Piper. She is apprehensive, even given the looming threat of her past, until she meets the ultra-sexy brown haired instructor Jimmy Jalin. Will there be sexy benefits included with his training? (Vol 1 of the Sensual Protection series)
Convince Me: Josephine Summers, a feisty red headed chef has just been blacklisted for declining her boss’ romantic advances. Determined for a fresh start Jo has a chance meeting with the dreamy lawyer with the penetrating blue eyes, Roger, who convinces her to become his live in chef. After that things really heat up. Is Jo going find it difficult to keep things strictly professional? (Vol 1 of Seductive Recipes Series)
Mix Matched: Maxi is a bartender at a bar that the mega-hot Wolf Crane owns. Wolf, off the clock, is known for giving romantic help to others so they find their romantic match. She gets the idea to have Wolf use his skills to help her until she can get him to realize that she is his perfect match. Can she sway him to see her daydream for them? (Vol 1 of the Happy Hour Series) (NANOWRIMO Nov 2015)
Click For More: Ariel Bowie, is in her late twenties and is a successful career focused clothing boutique chain owner. Ariel has been receiving a lot of pressure from the hens, ladies in her family, to wed—and to do it fast—because wedding is expected for the ladies in the Bowie family. With Ariel’s baby sister’s nuptials approaching, during a late night of rom-com watching, Ariel decides it is time to take action and list herself with the wed quick website Click for More. She comes across the oh-so-gorgeous dark haired businessman Cort Abbot, who too has his own reasons to wed, and soon she finds herself married to this sexy stranger and loving every minute of it. But some people aren’t as happy as she is about her new marriage. Will they cause problems in paradise, or will the couple find that some things are meant to last?
Out September 2016
#FoodParty: Cookbook that features recipes from the various romance novels. (Co-author Lexi Miles and Chloe Quinn)
Custom Fit: Sunni is one of the most sought after style consultants and is totally put off when her boss Zelina calls her into her office, as if Sunni is a newbie cub, and gives her an emergency assignment. Sunni’s protest comes to a halt when she realizes that she just got the assignment of a lifetime: dressing the ultra-sexy singer/actor Striker Clint for the entire holiday season. The only rule, to avoid termination, no romantic involvement with the client. But Striker is not just any client, Sunni has had it bad for him since she laid eyes on him in one of his earlier films. Are some rules made to be broken?
Focused On Love: A collection of emotionally stirring poems that are all about love: falling in love, passion, losing love, forever love.
What People will take away from anything I write: Love is worth it. All of the stories, that are coming soon or that are out, show challenges that couples face and how they evolve as individuals and couples because of them. I think that love makes us the best versions of ourselves. You know, the most courageous people that we can be because we know that we are loved and accepted deeply. In my opinion, romantic love, centers us and makes everything about life more vibrant and beautiful. Love, in many ways, is like that spice of a secret recipe in cooking that makes life taste better!
Journey to Publishing
When I was younger, the writing bug bit me when I did a writing project in elementary school where we got the assignment to create our own fresh stories in the vein of the different genres that we were studying: fairytales, tall tales, magic, and the others. I had always been creative—really creative—imagination running wild as I played with my Barbies, stuffed bears, and My Little Ponies. So, when it hit me that I not only got a chance to create and act out those ideas, but to also write them down to share the fun, over and over, anytime they were read, with others I was hooked! And to this day, I have continued to share them—and have not looked back.
Over the past several years I have actively been working on a number of romance books that are all just about at fruition and ready to be shared with avid romance readers or what I like to call rommies. Although they are all romance there is a broad scope from suspense romance to everyday life contemporary romance. My stories deal with intense subjects that cause the characters to peel back and share layers of themselves: the fire-hot passion of a couple, overcoming a challenge, learning some strength from examination, and always end with a HEA (happily ever after). Those are my favorite kind of books; naturally I write those tender, cute, and wild rides.
I write in a variety of flavors and call them the 4 flavors of Lexi. The scope is Sweet (mild romance with some heat), Fire (very sensual and sexy), Alarm (erotic), and Magic (romance with a bit of supernatural flare).
About the Author
Lexi Miles was born in northern California and has lived in various places in California and Nevada (Las Vegas and Reno). Tropical warm spots and out of the way ranches are Lexi’s favorite escapes. She has one sister, Cat. Presently she resides in California and is a proud pup mom of two mischievous Yorkies. They are handfuls and most definitely light up her life!
Cultivation of Lexi’s writing is attributed to a lot of reading, variety of writing contests, her college studies in communication, and her association and mentoring from professors, published authors, and editors. In addition, she credits the tool of LIFE in general as one of the key factors in the development of her writing. Lexi personally edited and consulted for various published novels as well.
Lexi embraces who she is and is a huge fan of positivity; accordingly, she loves to giggle and make others smile as often as she can. Lexi, has a deep interest in personal growth and is always open to learning new things that challenge her. On her off-time, she adores the chance to binge watch/read a good romance, mystery, suspense, or life stories in general. Whenever possible, Lexi tries to help others achieve their goals in life. Lexi strongly believes that life is an incredible gift and is to be enjoyed!
Lexi fell in LOVE with writing—head over heels in love—from the time that she could first hold a pen and she just never stopped falling. Lexi loves writing romance; she believes there is something extraordinary about the magic of love shared by a couple. Lexi is thrilled to pen that beauty of love on paper!
Fun Activities: Netflix binges, bubble baths, listen to music, (I am a singer), love Renaissance Fairs, adore the superhero genre, love taking my dogs for walks, working out, and adore cooking. One of my most favorite activities to do is bowling. I like to go bowling by myself and brainstorm book ideas as well as clear my head. I love pretty fragrances from Bath and Body Works and Vicki’s Secret!
Recent Random Activities: made chocolate chip brownies, grocery shopped, and revisited an old vision board of mine
Fun Facts: prefer lemonade or iced tea to any soda and I love to write at night
Most Excited About: My books are now offered in both ebook and print
Main Objective for Interview: to have people get to know me better, to have a bump up in readers, bump in newsletter follows so that I can connect more with readers, bump in reviews, for people to be acquainted with my author central page, and people talking about the books.
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