26 August 2015

Blog Tour: Alexa Crushed by T.R. Cupak | Excerpt + Giveaway


Alexa Crushed
T.R. Cupak

Alexa Crushed #1

Published May 20th 2015

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Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.

Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.

Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.

In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town shortly after, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.

Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. But just as her feelings for her old friend begin to blossom, Ethan returns. Now Alexa must choose—the perfect boyfriend or the wild, thrilling bad boy. It’s a choice that changes her life forever.

About the Author

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T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the suburbs of a Bay Area city in California. She was the closet nerd who hid her love of reading and writing short stories and poetry when she was younger. Back then it wasn’t considered cool to be into those types of activities for pleasure, whereas today you have TV shows, movies and books that glamourize that being a nerd is actually cool.

T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He's their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.

T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn't keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed.

My Review

“Hi, Ethan. I’m Lexi.” I smiled and stuck my hand out for him to shake.

“Hey,” he said with a lopsided smirk on his face as he grabbed my hand to shake. He had a strong grip, and the second he touched my hand, I felt the heat rise to my cheeks again. Stop blushing, I told myself.

I snatched my hand back, wanting to smack the smirk right off his face but thinking better of it as I crossed the living room to where my parents were seated. My mom was watching me closely and had that all-knowing smile on her face, since she seemed to think I had a crush on hottie—oh, wait, I had a name now—Ethan.

I was sitting across from Ethan, trying to take in his model good looks on the sly without being noticed. His close proximity allowed me to see more clearly that his hair was dark brown with a hint of auburn, cut shorter on the sides than the top, with slight waves through it. His full, dark eyelashes enhanced his steel-gray eyes, which flickered with amusement. He was wearing a tight black T-shirt that showed off the lean, muscular build beneath. His faded boot-cut jeans were tight in the right places, and he was still wearing his riding boots. I let out a sigh and didn’t realize it was audible until all attention was focused on me.

“What was that, Alexa?” Dad asked.

“What? Huh? I didn’t say anything,” I said as my cheeks got hot again. I just wanted to die right there, right now.

Mom patted my knee as the conversation continued on after my embarrassing sigh. I was too scared to even look back at Ethan now, but I felt his eyes staring at my side profile. I should have just said, “Hi. Dorky preteen over here just wants to ogle over you.” Crap, Mom was right. I was crushing. What the hell?


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