24 Jul 2017

Breaking Roman by Alexis James

Breaking Roman
Alexis James
(The Moran Family #3)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
They call me Romeo.
I love romancing women, and I’m good at it.
Too bad it is all a ruse.
Roman, the youngest of the three Moran brothers, is the only one who has ever believed in true love. Too bad his one special person barely acknowledges his existence.
Sabrina Morris spends her days running the HR Department of The Moran Group, and her nights corralling her teenage daughter. She doesn’t have time for love. She’s heard the stories, but Roman is not at all what she expects him to be. His gentle nature catches her completely off-guard. She doesn’t expect to be attracted to him, and she certainly doesn’t expect him to be equally drawn to her. But can she see past his Romeo façade and allow the warm, loving man into her life?

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
“Breaking Roman” is the 3rd in The Moran Family series about 5 siblings.
Roman, the youngest of the three brothers, is a sweet, kind man who is nicknamed “Romeo” because he’s always on the hunt for his next great love. What no one realizes is that behind that façade of who they perceive him to be, he’s really just a man with a big crush on someone who never even looks twice at him. He fell hard for Sabrina when she began working at his company a few years back, and even though he’s attempted to get to know her, she is completely disinterested.
Sabrina Morris is a busy single mom who spends her days running the HR Department and her nights corralling her teenage daughter. She’s heard all about the “Romeo” of the Moran Family, a man she finds as intimidating as she does attractive. His gentle nature catches her off-guard and the kindness he shows to her and her daughter makes her realize there’s much more to him than the man she perceives him be.

What inspired you to write it?
The original idea for the series began with Cruz’s book. At the time, I had no idea I’d write novels on each of his siblings. The inspiration for Cruz’s story came from a news report I heard one night. A man had fallen asleep at the wheel and the occupants of the car were killed. I found myself wondering (repeatedly, I might add) how someone could live with themselves having done something like that, and how crippling the guilt must be. I knew I wanted Cruz to come from a large family, but as the story developed so too did each of his siblings and their distinct personalities. For Roman, I wanted him to be the sweet brother (Cruz and Marco are both arrogant Alphas). I wanted him to have a big heart and not be afraid of love, as his brothers had been. The “Romeo” persona was something that just developed as part of the writing process.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
That was my designer, Kari Ayasha. When we first talked about the series, I had only a few requirements. I didn’t want full faces on the covers (I prefer the reader to form their own “picture” of the characters), and I wanted each one in the series to “fit” with the rest. Because of his job, I wanted Roman’s cover to display a man with thick, ripped muscles. She’s done a beautiful job of bringing my “family” to life.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
For Roman, I have no idea. I have a few pictures of models that I used for inspiration, but no one definitive. For Sabrina, I could totally see Naomi Watts playing her. She’s a sleek, beautiful blonde, who projects resilience and innocence.

Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
A 5-part series. This is book 3. Each book can be read as a stand-alone though.

Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there?
It is set in Miami, Florida. I chose that location because I wanted the story to have a tropical, balmy, exotic feel. I’ve never been to Miami, so it was a lot of fun researching the area and watching live feeds of the beach.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
I’ve always been a reader of romance, so it was only natural I’d write about it. I adore a good love story! I love the triumph-over-tragedy and characters who have to work hard to make their relationship work.

What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always liked the idea of writing (since taking a high school creative writing class), and in my early 30’s I sat down with a spiral notebook and penned my first novel. I had 2 small children at the time and writing gave me something to call my own. Actually publishing my work and calling myself an author didn’t happen without a nudge from my husband (about a decade after I’d written that first story). He encouraged me to give self-publishing a try, and I’ve never looked back since.

How do you come up with character names?

I love that part of the process! I search baby name sites for character names. Sometimes, I’ll hear a name on TV that I like, but usually I search until something jumps out at me. For the Moran family, it was important to the history of the book that each character have Spanish-sounding names (their mother is from Spain). I spent a lot of time on those names, researching their meanings, and making sure all 5 worked well together.

Do you struggle to come up with book titles? Do they come before, during or after you've written your book?
Sometimes I struggle with titles. For the first 3 books of this series, the titles came during the writing process. For the final 2 of the series, I was still struggling with them long after I’d finished writing the manuscript. I have a book that I’ll release sometime next year that I still don’t have a definitive title for. Each book has its own different challenges and struggles, that’s for sure.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
Just one??? This is painful. I’m an obsessive reader (always have been). I suppose I’ll say the “Little House” books from my childhood, because they really fostered my love of reading. Recently though, one of my favorites (I’ve read it twice and plan on reading it again soon) is “Split”, by JB Salsbury.

Who, or what, inspires you?

My family inspires me….to live my dream, to keep doing what I’m doing, and to never give up. Writing inspiration comes from a variety of places…questions about a particular subject that I find myself asking, certain songs or types of music I might be listening to, other writers and the stories they craft. Sometimes the inspiration can be something as simple as a hike out with my husband, which did inspire an entire novel I plan to release next year.

Where is your favourite place to write?
In bed. My husband gave me this adorable pink/white lap desk that I use when I write there. It’s a nice quiet space (comfortable too).

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
This is tough. I really enjoyed “Me Before You”. I loved Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Lu.

Name two of your favourite authors.
Colleen Hoover and JB Salsbury.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

When I was 16, I was in a beauty pageant.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
LOL! Talk about boring!!! Who would want to see a movie about me?! Melissa McCarthy, I suppose. She’d give my story a lot of humor…and make it worth watching!

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I’m a short distance away from the ocean (less than 30 minutes).

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing; publishing a few books each year and growing my relationship with readers. I have 3 books scheduled for release next year and 3 for the following year as well, with much more to come.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
I want to see Italy. My husband and I are hoping to take a trip there in a few years to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

Favourite myth / fairytale?
I don’t have one.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a marine biologist, but once I realized how much schooling was required for that job, I reconsidered. I also had high-hopes of being a singer.

Author Bio:
Alexis James lives on the beautiful Central California coast. When she’s not spending time with her hubby of almost 30 years or her amazing kids, you can find her tapping away on the computer. She loves reading, spending time with family, reading, camping, reading….and writing too! She enjoys a good date night, an inexpensive glass of wine, and any story that can make her smile and/or cry.
Alexis’s first novel, “Losing Faith”, was released in September 2014. Her second novel, “Loving Emma”, is a standalone, though it does feature some characters from “Losing Faith”.
She invites you to visit her author pages on Facebook and Goodreads, and her website: alexisjamesauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@alexisjames27) or you can email her at: alexisjamesauthor@gmail.com.



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