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Wed
Nov 8 2017 1:30pm

How ’90s YA Taught Me to Love the Reformed Bad Boy

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Today we're thrilled to welcome Alexis Daria (Take the Lead) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. It's always fun to talk about how each of us came to romance, and Alexis is here today to talk about one of the aspects of romance that drew her in from the very beginning: the reformed bad boy! Thanks, Alexis!

Many romance readers remember their first taste of the genre. Maybe they found a book under their sister’s bed, or their mother left some on the nightstand, or their friend dragged them to the library. However, looking back further might reveal an interest in HEAs that started before that moment. Maybe that’s why finding that first romance novel was like uncovering a treasure, a feeling of, “Ah, this is what I’ve been looking for.” For me, 90s YA played a big role in setting me on the path toward reading romance.

My mother is an avid romance reader. When I was a kid, she’d read me the funny parts of the books she was reading, but told me I was too young to read them myself. (Thanks for the mixed messages, Mom.) When she found I’ll Be Seeing You (1996) by Lurlene McDaniel on the YA shelf in the bookstore, I suspect she was glad to discover a romance novel that was age-appropriate for her then-thirteen-year-old daughter. We both read and enjoyed it, although I can now see the problem with a story whose main conflict hinges on the girl thinking she’s too ugly for the boy. Nevertheless, encouraged by my interest, my mother brought home more Lurlene McDaniel titles for me to read.

Little did we know.

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Sun
Oct 1 2017 11:05am
Excerpt

Alexis Daria Excerpt: Take the Lead

Alexis Daria

Take the Lead: A Dance Off Novel by Alexis Daria

The first book in a sizzling duology about dancers who find love from #OwnVoice's Alexis Daria.

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He's handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.

Get a sneak peek at Alexis Daria's Take the Lead (available October 3, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

Gina Morales clutched the edge of her seat in a white-knuckled grip and prayed for a winter Olympian. A skier would be good, or a snowboarder, or better yet, a figure skater. Olympians were the holy grail of partners. If one of those awaited her when she landed, this whole harrowing journey would be worth it. Besides, what other kind of celebrity would be hanging out in the uncharted Alaskan wilderness?

Now she understood why her mother used the rosary in airplanes. It was to keep your hands busy so you didn’t chew off all your fingernails in nervous terror. Noted. Next time she was on a seaplane, she’d bring a rosary.

Gina gave her producer a side-eyed glare as he and the camera crew sorted out equipment. A seaplane. An honest-to-god seaplane. Painted bright yellow and blue with a tiny propeller stuck to the nose, cute little wings, and pontoons positioned underneath. It looked like a toy, not like something rational human beings who valued their lives should travel in. But here she was, flying in a tin can over a large body of water somewhere in Alaska, while the motor droned on like a monstrous mosquito and the faint scent of fuel tinged the air.

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