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Alice Raine: A FREE chapter just for you!

Alice Raine (2)

As book 2 of my new Revealed series has just come out I thought it might be fun to write a little prologue to go with the series to help you get to know a little about our heroine, Allie. This wasn’t included in Unmasked (book 1), so it’s an officially a FREE chapter just for you! Enjoy 

Alice x

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Snowed In

Prologue

Something was ringing. And ringing. And ringing. Groaning I rolled over in my cosy duvet den and rammed the heel of my hand down on the alarm clock beside my bed, but it was still ringing. What the heck? Usually a swift whack with my hand did the job, but apparently not today. Blinking my bleary eyes I pushed myself upright and fumbled around in the dark until I found the switch to my lamp. Illuminating my bedroom in the soft glow I picked up the alarm clock and stared at it in puzzlement. It was the school holidays today so it wasn’t even set to go off, but it was still ringing … after a few long, slow blinks my brain became marginally more alert and I finally realised that the alarm in my hand wasn’t the source of the noise. The cheerful trumpeting sound that was driving me crazy was actually my mobile phone.

Glancing at the alarm in my hand I frowned, it was 5:34am, who the heck would be calling me at this time? Slamming the alarm down I slithered from the bed, cursed as my feet hit the cold wooden floor, and then looked around for my phone. Conveniently I saw that it was on the dresser by the door right next to where I dumped my slippers the night before. Crossing the room I simultaneously shoved my feet into my warm furry slippers whilst grabbing my phone, clicking ‘answer’ and then lifting it to my ear.

‘…ello?’ My voice was dry and gruff from sleep and barely audible, so I cleared my throat and tried again. ‘Hello?’

There was a symphony of wet, spluttered coughs down the line which caused me to grimace and hold the phone away from my ear before I finally heard someone speaking. ‘Allie?’ Crikey, I recognised the voice as Sarah my best friend, but she sounded even rougher than I had a minute ago.

Shivering I pulled my dressing gown down from the back of the door. ‘Sarah?’ I asked with a frown as I shrugged my arms into the sleeves of the cosy fleece.

‘Yeah, hi Allie.’ She croaked.

‘Blimey you sound rougher than a badgers arse.’ I commented as I made my way through the chilly house towards the kitchen. Brushing my hand along the frigid radiator I grimaced – it was so early the heating hadn’t even come on. Sarah better have a seriously good reason for calling this early.

‘I need a huge favour, Allie.’ My best friend whispered in a low gravelly tone which sounded more suited to a porn star than my best friend.

Propping the phone between my shoulder and my ear I clicked the kettle on and lifted down a mug from the cupboard. ‘I kinda guessed that much, you know, seeing as it’s still practically the middle of the night and you’re calling me. Come on then, what’s up?’

‘I’m really sick.’ More coughing resonated down the line, ‘I was wondering if there was any chance you could cover a shift for me today?’ I was a primary school teacher, Sarah a house cleaner; they aren’t exactly interchangeable careers are they? As if sensing my hesitation Sarah spoke again, ‘Please Allie, I can’t lose this job. I just can’t.’ she begged with a sneeze. Besides the owner of the house is hotness personified.’

Cough, cough, snifffff.

‘He’s sex on legs. You’ll love it. You’ll love him.’

Closing my eyes I stood for a second, literally able to see my plan of a day spent Christmas shopping disappearing before my very eyes. ‘Please?’ she added beseechingly as I felt my resolve crumbling.

‘I don’t know, Sarah, I’m not exactly a professional, am I?’ I argued weakly, knowing full well that I was going to end up doing this bloody job for her in the end regardless of what I said now.

‘It doesn’t matter, it’s just a quick clean round and knock up a casserole. The owners away anyway.’

My eyebrows shot up and an ironic smile quirked my lip, ‘A second ago you were trying to tempt me with the hot owner, but now you’re saying he won’t even be there!’

There was silence at the end of the line, then a wet sniffle which made me roll my eyes. Sighing heavily I shook my head, ‘Go on then, give me the bloody address.’ I acquiesced reluctantly.

‘Oh my god! Allie! Thank you so much!’ Sniff, sniff, cough. ‘If you … come over I’ll give … you the key.’ Her words were broken up by such loud wheezes and coughs I could almost feel the germs permeating through the phone line and held it away from my ear in disgust.

‘Fine. I’ll be over in an hour.’ I replied with a huff. ‘Hot man or not, you owe me big time for this Sarah.’

*****

To find out if Allie does meet the ‘hot house owner’, read the full story in ‘Unmasked’, book 1 of my new Revealed series which can be  found on Amazon now for just 99p!just99

Alice Raine: Series comparison, Untwisted vs. Revealed

I love my readers, each and every one of you. Quite simply, you are the reason that I get to do what I love for a living, so a huge thanks for reading, and supporting me on my writing journey. This blog post is for you.

Alice x

Untwisted vs Revealed

As the build-up began to the release of my new Revealed series I started getting lots of questions on my Facebook page about the new series: “Is it similar to the Untwisted series?”, “Are the characters the same?”, “I loved your last series, is the new one them same genre?” I won’t be able to answer them all, but hopefully in this blog I’m going to address five of the main ones that I have received. I’ll also give you a teaser to whet your appetite for the 21st November release date.

Whilst I really hope that my new series will be as well received as the last one, I have made the deliberate effort to change the style just a little bit. Don’t panic, it’s still saucy, but the overall effect is perhaps just a little more light-hearted. It would be a bit boring if it was exactly the same as the last one, wouldn’t it?

Reader question: Is the new series a similar genre to the last one?

 Yes. Although I enjoy writing a variety of genres; youth paranormal, comedy, and romance to name just a few, for the new series I have stuck to erotic romance. It’s a perhaps a little lighter in tone, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of brooding, possessive alpha males around.

Reader Question: What is the theme of the new series?

I like to try and balance my books with a mixture of light and darker themes, and this new series is no different. Without wanting to give too much away, the general themes are love, romance, and the development of hope and trust. The darker, edgier themes are still present, but it would give the story away if I told you exactly what they are, so I’ll just say that there will be plenty of tension, and back stories containing angst, insecurities, and traumatic life events to give the plot some spice.

 Reader Question: I loved the fact that the Untwisted series had a British theme. Are the new books still set in London?

London is one of my true loves, I was born there, and have recently moved back to the area after many years living up North. I really enjoyed using it as the backdrop to the Untwisted series but I’ve decided to branch out a bit this time, so in the new Revealed series we start in the UK, but then venture across the pond to America. More specifically, Los Angeles. I’ve kept some of my British theme by having several strong English characters though.

Reader question: Does the new series feature the Jackson brothers?

The short answer is no, this series is completely fresh, with new settings, plots, and characters. Don’t panic if you were hoping for more from the Jackson boys though, because after this series I’m planning on a series linked to Untwisted, which will be set in Club Twist.

I don’t want to give too much away about the new characters, as there are a few surprises in book one that I don’t want to spoil, but here’s what I can tell you about the Revealed series characters …

Like the Untwisted series, I have decided to feature four main characters, two male, and two female. I enjoy the challenge of writing several intertwining relationships within one story, but more than that, I feel that this strategy allows readers to really immerse themselves into the thoughts and feelings of the characters. For me, it’s all about connection, I want the reader to feel connected and invested in the characters. It would be rather intimate to be a fly on the wall during a personal chat between best friends, wouldn’t it? So I use this approach within these new books, developing two female leads with a strong friendship bond, Allie and Caitlin, who frequently discuss their issues in confidence, thus letting the reader slip inside their personal world as if they too are part of the book.

Reader Question: Have you visited all the places in your books?

As a rule I try to set my books in places that I know, or have visited, so that I can attempt to covey the sights, sounds, smells and feelings accurately to the reader, but obviously this is not always possible.

Using Los Angeles as setting this time had its difficulties, an airfare was out of the question, so I had to rely on my memories of the place from when I was there in 2001. Obviously a sprawling metropolis like LA will have changed significantly in the time since I was there, so I topped up my personal knowledge with several days of internet research. I had a fantastic time putting together a file of road maps, hostel locations, pictures, restaurant menus, cocktail bars and so much more, and hope that this knowledge will make the read far more ‘real’ for the reader.

I hope that has whetted your appetite for the news series!

Alice xx

Small teaser from Unmasked, book 1 of my new Revealed series

This scene occurs just after the female lead, Allie, has become stuck in the countryside in heavy snow.

Allie

‘I’m not having your frozen corpse on my conscience. This is my spare room – dry off, warm up,Unmasked and when it’s safe to leave, you can. Not before. No more ridiculous stubbornness, and no more unnecessary risks. Understand?’ This stranger was actually rather imposing, I realised, as I took in his huge frame and steely eyes again. God, he was really tall. His tone and wide-legged stance didn’t really leave any room for refusal, not unless I wanted to get into a slanging match with him which I would no doubt lose. Besides, this warm, dry bedroom was an infinitely better option than my freezing cold car, so, being sensible for once in my life, I licked my lips and nodded cautiously.

‘I’ll turn your car off and lock it. The water supply here is fine because my pipes have frost protection so shower if you like, there are clean towels in the en-suite. I’ve left a hot drink for you,’ he informed me briskly, indicating to the bedside table where I now noticed a mug was sitting. Unable to look away from him for long, I left the drink untouched and turned my gaze back, predictably finding his eyes still on me.

He assessed me for several long moments, as that strange tension seemed to fill the space between us again just like it had when we first met. It felt like static electricity was bouncing between us as the hairs on my arms went into overdrive and stood to attention. Considering how he’d insulted and practically manhandled me earlier, I was still undeniably attracted to this man, and as a result I was now finding it quite hard to breathe as he just stood there, all tall and foreboding and staring at me in silence.

Surely it wasn’t normal for two people to just stare at each other like this? The stupid thing was, I was staring back too, but I simply couldn’t seem to drag my eyes away from him. It certainly seemed to break most of the rules of how to act in polite company, but then again, he wasn’t looking away either, so at least it wasn’t just me who seemed affected by the situation. And I really was affected. My heart was fluttering, I felt shaky, warm, and even a bit sick from the tumbling of my stomach. It was like I’d lost all control over my own body.

He was magnificent. A prime example of masculinity if ever I had seen one. But then he broke me from my wandering thoughts by making a sudden strange, dismissive grunt, spinning on his heel, and leaving. My eyebrows practically rose into my hairline. Charming. He didn’t say another word, just left me sat on the bed blinking at the now-closed door.

 

About Alice…

Where to start? I’m really a lot more boring and normal than my books might suggest. It 11174737_1583028105309777_2903921655150587639_omay disappoint some to know that I’ve never had an illicit affair with a domineering pianist, nor have I ever met or dated a man who frequented certain seedy clubs in London. I have however always had an overactive imagination, which may in part explain where my stories come from!

I was born and raised in London, and as such it holds a special place in my heart and is often used as a setting within my books. Some of my best times have been spent with friends wandering the markets of Camden or sipping beers in Covent Garden.

When I was eighteen I moved to Manchester to study, where I ended up living for over ten years. Originally I qualified as an archaeologist, but I soon realised that jobs in that sector were minimal and decided to put my enthusiasm to use by becoming a teacher. I taught for over seven years, but now I mostly spend my days engaging my wildly over active imagination by writing. I’ve lived in Manchester, Muscat (Oman) and briefly in France, but currently I’m in the process of moving back to London, a very exciting prospect for me. Where ever I find myself I live with my ever suffering, but hugely supportive husband, and our rescued street dog Ralph.

Connect with Alice:

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Twitter: @AliceRaine1

Website: www.aliceraineauthor.com

Book 1 of my new Revealed series – Unmasked – is out on the 21st of November. You can find pre-order links here: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

#1 Tickled Pink by Christina Jones

Accent Press takes 10% of the Top 100 Amazon Romance Chart!

Accent Press have 11 books in the Top 100 of the Amazon Romance Chart this month; that’s over 10% of the overall chart. There’s 3 in the top 10 and we’ve even bagged the number 1 slot with Christina Jones’ Tickled Pink! We’re not ones to blow our own trumpet, but we think that’s not bad for a small independent publisher!

As the Contemporary Women’s Fiction editor at Accent Press, I have to say that I feel  privileged to have worked on so many incredible titles. Thank you so, so much to all the authors who’ve made this possible, and here’s to our continued success!

Cat Camacho x

 

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