Thursday, September 12, 2013

Guest Post: Randi Alexander

Please welcome Randi Alexander to the blog today. She has a new book out and some stuff to giveaway. Remember to answer her question in your comment for a chance to win!

Take it away Randi!

Randi Alexander is Un-Confusing Readers and Giving Away a Book and Swag

Thanks so much for hosting me today. I adore all your book reviews, and I’m always thrilled when you invite me back to guest blog...and ramble on about whatever’s in my head that day.

Today, it’s creating character names with the same first initial. For me, it’s especially relevant because I have a very difficult time sorting out people whose names begin with the same letter.

An example: I have three cousins—brothers—and they’re each married to a woman whose name starts with K. Kathy, Karen, and Kendra. For some reason, when we’re all together (at weddings and funerals,) I have a tough time spitting out their names. I found out that it’s due to my learning process. When I learn someone’s name, I visualize the first letter of their name superimposed on their face. So, at family events, I see the letter K on each of my cousin’s wives, but the rest of the name doesn’t pop into my brain.

Am I the only one, or do you have this too?

When I’m reading a book and the hero’s name is Trace and the villain’s name is Tag and the heroine’s best friend is Tina, oh my gosh, I get lost. The worst was when I read a friend’s manuscript and she had three M names, and two of them were Manny and Mindy. Yep, it was a slow, careful read for me.

Depending on how your brain functions, you may not have any problem with multiple-same-letter names, but for those of us who do, authors please take note. There are 26 letters in the alphabet. Let’s mix it up a little, please. Those of us who are alpha-challenged thank you!

After you read the name-confusion excerpt from Chase and Seduction (Book 1 of the Hot Country series) below, please leave a comment for your chance to win an ebook and a trading card and swag.

Book Blurb of Chase and Seduction: Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.

Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.

Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

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Chase and Seduction Excerpt:  
Reno sipped cautiously. The tequila wasn’t as rough on her throat as it had been in high school, and she took a few more swallows. Good God, what the heck was she doing? Standing in Chase’s trailer drinking tequila. The unreality of the situation made her dizzy. He was such a bad influence on her.

He took the glass, finished the tequila in one gulp, and set the empty on the table. “That wasn’t too terrible, was it?”

The last swallow went down wrong and she croaked, “No.” Her eyes watered and squinted as she cleared her throat.

Chase laughed then sobered. His fingers slid under her hair, caressing her neck softly. “You are a beautiful woman.”

She’d often been called “beautiful-but-healthy,” which referred to those extra forty pounds that made the difference between being a model, and being just plain Reno Linden. But she was comfortable with that. Mostly.

He ran his fingers up the back of her head. “Your hair is like satin. And I’ve never seen eyes that color. Amber.”

She tried to keep from grinning. “Reno.”

He laughed. “No, your eyes are amber.” Seconds slipped by before he tipped his head and brushed his lips over hers.

She closed her eyes and parted her lips to breathe in his essence. Tingles raced through her and her insides heated.

With a groan, his arm came around her waist, and he pulled her closer. His tongue danced with hers, the unexpectedly sweet taste of tequila and tobacco making her hungry for more of him. This was so much more overpowering than she’d ever expected, ever known.

Chase ended the kiss then pressed his lips to her temple and began swaying them in a slow dance. “You’re the one I’ve been looking for.” He sang quietly. “You’re the light behind that hidden door. Can’t figure out where you’ve been all my life, but I don’t wanna be without you anymore.”

Something melted inside her as he sang the song he’d dedicated to her from the stage. This was where she belonged, in his arms, where she fit perfectly. A lost puzzle piece at last finding its place.
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Head to my website to read the entire first chapter.

Do same-letter names confuse you, too? Leave a comment for your chance to win an E-copy of Double Her Fantasy plus a trading card and some fun swag.
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Thank you!
"Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied"

-Chase and Seduction is Book 1 of the Hot Country Series, and is available digitally at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and in paperback at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace


  1. Yes sometimes I find the same letter names confusing when I am reading, I find myself having to go back and reread parts of the story.

    1. Yay! I'm not the only one. Thanks, Jean, I appreciate the support. (Should we form a support group? LOL)

  2. Yes, Randi, that is confusing for me! Don't make the names similar like that, and don't make them something odd that I've never seen before (unless you also tell us how to pronounce it). For some reason I have to know that I'm pronouncing it correctly in my head when I read, and if I have no idea how to pronounce the name it drives me crazy! (No need to enter me for the giveaway since I already have the book.)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. It's always nice to hear from you. Yeah, the really confusing names get me, too. They make me stop and re-read. One I remember is the Scandinavian name Trygve. I had to look that one up.

  3. Sizzling! Have to het out my fan and fan my face just like a Southern Belle!

  4. That is so funny that you talk about similar sounding names. I encounter this so many times. Often times in my class I will have twins whose names are only 1 letter apart...This year I have a Darien and a Dorien. I get tongue tied all the time.


    1. That's so difficult, Mel, twins with similar names. Time to give them nicknames! Hahaha Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Congratulations, Jean MP! Using Randomizer . com, your comment was chosen the winner! Please contact me at Randi (at) RandiAlexander (dot) com to claim your prizes!

    Thanks everyone for joining in the conversation, and I'm greatly relieved that I'm not the only reader who has intermittent name confusion.

    Have a great weekend!