Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Excerpt and Giveaway Twisted Views: Fate's Companion (The Lexi Series, #1.5) by T. Gephart

Release Date: December 10th, 2013


Twisted Views delves deeper into the world of Lexi Reed, the feisty, career driven heroine from A Twist of Fate. This companion novella gives us additional information, backstories and insights of the main players told to us by the characters themselves.

A Twist of Fate pulled us effortlessly into the world of Lexi Reed - the feisty, smart, sexy and career driven PR manager whose world was turned upside down when she met and began representing her favourite rock band, Power Station. This opportunity of a lifetime not only capitulated Lexi into a new and exciting world but onto a hot and steamy path with Alex Stone, the band's lead guitarist. Their passion simmered as they tired to maintain their secret relationship, leaving both Alex and Lexi wanting more than the "no strings, sex only" agreement they had negotiated. Hearts and rules were broken as Lexi learned the hard way, you can't negotiate with emotions, least of all love.

In this companion novella, we get to examine what has happened behind the scenes from different perspectives, told to us by the characters themselves. Through the eyes of Alex and others we get a clearer view of how Lexi's arrival affects not only dynamics of the band but their personal relationships with her and each other. We get to know the main players more intimately as we are given access to interviews and personal accounts, learning not only about them and what makes them tick but how their world has changed since Lexi's arrival.

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Lexi is a successful PR manager for a multinational firm, based in Melbourne, Australia. She is an energetic and impulsive soul whose passions sometimes control her life. Through a twist of fate she is chosen to represent a famous client, catapulting her into a new life in New York – fulfilling her in a way that she had never imagined.

When Lexi meets Alex, sparks fly. Their chemistry is explosive and they can’t get enough of each other. Her role as the PR manager for his band, Power Station, means that they have to keep their arrangement secret and this proves to be a complication for both of them.

The story follows the twists and turns of six months in Lexi’s life, exploring the complicated rules she creates to govern her relationships and the friends that help her realize that life is more fun when you throw out the rulebook and that love is a major part of being happy.

Lexi is in uncharted territory as her steady relationship with Alex develops. Their passion shows no signs of waning, but the road is by no means easy. While Lexi loves Alex, she struggles to retain her individual identity while being a partner in a high profile relationship.

On her first international tour as Power Station’s publicist and Alex’s official girlfriend, Lexi is initiated into the crazy lifestyle of life of a rock-star.

Despite all the pressure, Lexi realises that their relationship is worth fighting for and she no longer wants to be alone. In order for her to move forward with Alex she needs to reconcile her past and exorcise some demons that she thought were best forgotten.

Is their love strong enough to survive the tests that family, distance and time provide?


I levelled my anger as best I could as I entered the hospital. Mike had recovered enough to be moved from ICU to a private room and I knew that’s where I would find James. After the obligatory security third degree, I entered his room. Mike was sitting up in bed watching TV. Alex stood with his back against the wall busily texting and James stood when I entered. “Hey Lexi” He greeted me with his usual warm hug. 

“Hello James.” My cold tone was not lost on him. 

“Hey is everything alright? You sound a little off?” He cautiously inquired. 

“Well now, that depends on your definition, doesn’t it?” I snapped back. Alex looked up from his phone and Mike turned down the TV. 

“Lex, whatever it is....I’m sure it can be resolved... did Chris chew you out?” James tried to settle me. 

“No Chris was fine; I actually can relate to her a lot, she doesn’t have time for bullshit and nor do I.” 

“Then, what is it?” James asked. There was a quiet but deliberate tap on the door. “Lexi, just calm down... let me get this and we’ll work through whatever has pissed you off” James turned and opened the door. Sol Rossum strode in. His eyes darkened when he met my unrelenting gaze. I spoke before he could paint his own picture of our meeting. 

“Great, it seems that all the important people are here so we can continue this conversation.” I looked around the room at all of these men. Who did they think they were? And, more importantly, who did they think I was? “Here is the personal confidentiality agreement you required me to sign.” I reached into my bag and thrust it at James. “I’m sure you will see that I have agreed to all your terms and conditions and have made no amendments. I can assure you that this insurance is both unnecessary and unwarranted as I have not nor do I intend to speak with anyone regarding my dealings and or relationship with any of you. I suggest you either trust me or we end both our personal and professional affiliation right now.” Next I took the cheque and tore it in half. “As for your generous compensation I can also assure you that I have never nor will I ever be anyone’s WHORE so do NOT treat me like one,” I barked. 

Alex and James exchanged questioning glances “What personal agreement?” James asked; Mike’s monitor became more animated, clearly showing his anxiety over the situation. 

Sol interjected “Ms Reed, there is no need to get upset, no one is calling you a whore. Clearly you misread the documents or have not understood them. Perhaps you would like me to go through them with you.” His condescending tone insulted me further. 

“Oh I understand perfectly Asshole. I can see your posturing a mile away. I have been in this game a lot longer than you think. This is where you whip out your dick to show me how BIG it is... like that is supposed to intimate me.” I looked each one of them in the eye before continuing. “Let me inform you Gentlemen that while I do not have a cock, I have bigger balls than the lot of you combined.” I faced James head on. “So you need to deal with me directly from now on because I will not speak to this disrespectful motherfucker any longer, and if this doesn’t suit you - then you can go fuck yourself. The whole lot of you can GO FUCK YOURSELVES.” My disappointment at this insulting behaviour of my idols was fuelling my anger and I knew I was being over the top but I just couldn’t stop.

“Lexi, I didn’t know... this isn’t from us... Sol?! What the fuck man??” James was clearly confused about how this had played out but was quickly catching up. He grabbed my arm to try and hinder my exit. 

“Let her go James, this is for your own protection... I’m only looking out for you.” Sol commanded. I wrenched my arm from James’ grasp and flung open the door. 

“Lexi no, please don’t leave,” Mike begged. It was too late, I was committed and I couldn’t back down. I strode purposely down the hall to the elevator and pressed the down button. C’mon you piece of shit... Open the door. It took a minute before its silver doors opened to allow my refuge. I was safely inside and the doors were closing when Alex’s hand seized the door, prying it back open. 

“Alex, Fuck off... I’m not interested in anything you have to say nor do I want to go back into that room,” I growled. 

“Oh, I’m not here to say anything or try and convince you to come back.” Alex insisted. He entered the elevator, reached across and pressed B. The elevator started its descent. He turned to me and breathed in my ear “I’ve never seen anyone speak to James like that. In fact I’ve never seen anyone speak like that full stop.” His breath tickled my neck. “You think you can give me a ride back to my hotel?” He moved in closer so that his lips were almost resting on my ear. I could feel my skin prickle and the anger filling my body was morphing into a different kind of arousal. The doors flew open as we reached our destination. 

“Fine. Just don’t talk to me. I don’t need to be appeased right now.” I groaned, still too angry to give into desire – especially in a hospital elevator. Alex nodded and followed me as I strode through the basement car park to my car. 

“This piece of shit car is yours?” Alex blurted out. 

“What happened to you not talking to me? Are you trying to piss me off even further? Yes this is mine and it’s not a piece of shit!” I scolded. As the anger grew inside me, so did my arousal. Just being in his presence sent waves of electricity through me, but being with him now while I was so emotional, it was like a red flag to a bull. I wanted to fling him across the hood of my car and fuck the aggression out of my system. 

We climbed into the car and I slammed it in reverse, skidding out of the parking spot. “Lexi, I’d really like to not die,” Alex laughed. 

“Shut it... no talking!” I snapped. I exited the car park and sped onto the road. The car responded to my abuse, fishtailing slightly into traffic. Alex didn’t flinch, his hands rested in his lap. 

“Just so you know... we had no knowledge of the agreement...” 

“I said shut up. I don’t need to be handled,” I cursed. With each kilometre my fever rose higher, my Civic having to bear the brunt of it, as I manoeuvred it agilely across the road. Alex sat silent but relaxed, his eyes surveying the landscape as it passed by in a blur. 

I purposely chose the back entrance to the hotel, I knew the paparazzi and fans would be camped out at the front and I didn’t trust myself to deal with either of them given my current state. I pulled into the undercover garage and parked close the service entrance. Alex gave me a sideward glance as my grip tightened on the steering wheel. He reached across me and grabbed the keys from my ignition, my car stalling into submission. 

“What the fuck are you doing?” I demanded. 

“I’ve followed your rules Lexi, now you will follow mine. You will hear me out. We can do this the easy way or the hard way... You choose. I imagine both will have its benefits” He smirked. Damn he was hot! 

“Fine... what is it that you want to say” I pouted. 

“Not here” He said opening his door and stepping out “Hear me out and then you can leave if you like, I won’t stop you.” I grabbed my handbag and my phone before I slammed my door as I exited the car, demonstrating that I wasn’t happy with his rules, but at least I was still listening. Alex followed, flicking my central locking and alarm on before joining me beside the rear entrance to the Crown Towers hotel. 

A note from the author:
I am an independent author from Melbourne, Australia my debut novel was released August 27th, 2013. Tired of not being able to identify with the current leading ladies portrayed in the fiction I was reading I set out to create a story with a strong, independent and confident young woman. The story is fast paced and follows Lexi Reed a smart, sassy brunette who dominates in her chosen career field while still being sexy and feminine. She pulls no punches, isn't afraid to kick some butt, boasts a spectacular designer wardrobe and has a major weakness for shoes. A Twist of Fate is book 1 in the three part Lexi series and was released August 27th. Book two - A Leap of Faith was released October 1st with Book 3- A Time for Hope scheduled for release January 2014. I am also currently writing a novella/companion book "Twisted Views : Fate's Companion which will be December 10th. (Pre Sale available on ibooks)

About the author:
T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary.

They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate.

She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

T self-published her first two novels through Smashwords, is currently writing a novella and the third and final book in the Lexi Trilogy.

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Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful cover! I want this book. The dark cover with blue coupe it's amazing.

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