Speechless: Delayed

Hey there, Ryders!

I know several of you have asked about Speechless, and it’s unfortunately been delayed.

This is a very dark book, touching on subjects close to my heart and past experiences. My own psychological state has been deteriorating since last fall due to some lifestyle changes. This January, I sought out the assistance of trained professionals.

Unfortunately, the first person I worked with was rather… not what I needed. They insisted on telling me I didn’t have prior diagnosed conditions, and put other conditions on me that I do not, in fact, have. This sent me on an emotional spiral, as I was told I have the same disorder as an abusive family member.

I wasn’t entirely satisfied, but wasn’t sure if I was in denial, or actually have bipolar (manic depressive) disorder. I went to a different location and had a full psych workup done, adding about three new diagnosis to the list 😅 Thankfully, I do not share the same disorder as the family member, which was a huge relief. They wanted to start medication, which I was on board with, as I was rapidly spiraling out of control.

Meds come with their own killer adjustment periods, lasting weeks. I’ve finally settled on basically only taking anxiety pills on an as-needed basis, as I’m very sensitive to most psychological drugs.

To any who may be concerned,I have not ever and hopefully never will self-harm. However, manic states are super stressful and exhausting when I can’t break myself out of them. One thing that’s impossible during these states?


Especially as the book’s themes are so dark, Blaise’s chapters are especially difficult for me to write. I have to be in a very steady, solid space for me to be vulnerable enough to convincingly write Blaise, to really bring her personality through despite her traumas.

As far as the writing itself goes, I’m outlined up through Chapter 36, and it’s still not complete! I have written up through Chapter 27, and my beta team is combing through it as we speak. We’re currently sitting at just under 60,000 words, so this book is also turning out to be longer than expected.

I’m not going to promise a new deadline, as the pandemic comes with its own set of struggles. But for those of my Ryders whose brains work like mine, I will say this: my desk is clean, my writing app is open, and all the procrastinating organization has been completed.
It’s go time ❤

PS: I have also managed to write a short featuring Grayson and Tobias, which I’m very much considering making canon. My betas are clamoring for them to get their own book, which wasn’t really the plan, but once I figure out how to distribute it to you all, that’ll be hitting inboxes here soon ❤

PSS: For those of you with Apple Music, I’d also love to share one of the albums I listen to while writing Speechless.

Allll the updates!

Hey there, Ryders!

I know I’ve been quiet for a while, and I apologize. I missed September’s Steamy and kind of fell off the face of the earth for a bit. Truth was, I just couldn’t write Tobias with a female; he’s gay, and no amount of me saying “It’s non-canon!” was convincing him to touch a woman. So. There’s that.

Otherwise, it’s been a stressful fall for me. Health issues, NaNoWriMo (that crazy time of year where we try to write a novel in a month), and having to say goodbye to my emotional support dog, Cooper, all conspired against me. Therapy is happening, and I finally feel like I’m getting back to where I need to be. Seriously. My therapist is a magical unicorn, and I’ve only seen her once, but the results are hard to argue with.

Mental health, y’all. Don’t neglect it.

Now that I’m finally managing to be productive again, I’d like to share my next project with you. It’s called Speechless, and it’s a dark contemporary romantic suspense. No paranormal this time around, but definitely all the wonderful dark things, with trigger warnings aplenty. It follows the story of Blaise, a woman kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking to save her sister, and a former SEAL whose mission it is to bring down the trafficking ring that led to his own sister’s death. Two people, motivated by family, finding each other in the worst scenario possible.

And guys. He can sing. *Fans self.*

My beta readers are fired up for this one so far, though I’m still very much in the writing process for it. I’ve set a release date of March 28th for it, and the cover is already done. We’re going all-out though, so stay tuned for a cover release party and ARC copy availability. It’s available for preorder now, or you can add it to your Goodreads shelf to keep track of it with your other TBRs.

Conflict of Victory is live!

At long last, book four of the Panthera Chronicles is finally here! I’ve affectionately dubbed this one my ‘road trip’ novel and, researching all the neat places the crew got to go was a blast and certainly added some destinations to my bucket list. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy, get one now!

Conflict of Interest is an enemies to lovers romance continuing where Troy and Andi’s story left off. There’s an assassin on the loose, and the only way Andi truly gets her life back is if the half-Tigress is eliminated. Fate weaves a twisted web, however, and Eli must step carefully to ensure the future of his people.

The Lions, once their greatest enemies, are now their fastest allies.

If you’re new to the series, or need to catch up, I’ll be putting the rest of the books on sale sometime this weekend once everything at Amazon catches up behind the scenes. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for details and links.

Moving on from the new release, I’m taking a brief break from Panthera-land and playing with a dark new contemporary romance. The working title is Speechless, and I came up with the idea because, as a survivor of sexual assault, the new song from Disney’s Aladdin really resonated with something in me. I wanted to write a piece other survivors could relate to, a novel that really goes into the psychological effects of that type of abuse and showing how, no matter how dark the night may seem, a new dawn is only a few hours away.

There will be trigger warnings for this book, but if dark romance is your jam, then I’ve got a heaping helping coming your way before the end of the year. After that, we’ll return to Panther-land with book five, Wrong Side of the Bars featuring Sasha and Lita. There’s a preview of the first chapter of their story at the end of Conflict of Interest, so be sure to pick up your copy today.

The last item on the news update is: Paperbacks! Previously, only A Queen’s Trust was available in paperback. I’m waiting on the final cover proofs from the artist and then I’ll have the rest of the paperbacks uploaded and available in September. Exciting!

Don’t forget that subscribers to my newsletter, The Ryder’s Digest, get free steamy short stories every month. Vote for your favorites today!

Introducing: Steamy Tuesdays

Starting in July, I’m trying something new. I love writing (obviously) and one of my favorite side projects is putting together pairings that wouldn’t typically appear anywhere else in the series. That’s right, we’re talking non-canon pairings over here. I have two so far; one of which is a freebie for signing up for my newsletter. The other one won’t make much sense to anyone else until Chase’s books are out, so I’ll hold it in reserve for a bit.

Still, I really enjoy working on these projects, and my beta team loves getting to read these little snippets, too. So, I’ve decided to make it even MORE fun by inviting you, my readers, to pick who gets put together in the pairings! I’m a firm believer in love for all, and as these pairings are most certainly NOT canon, there are no gender restrictions on your pairing choices.

Every month, I send out two newsletters to keep you guys up to date on what’s going on over here in author-ville. The first email each month will include a link to a poll – this is how you choose which characters will be in that month’s mashup! If you want to see a character listed for voting, feel free to shoot me an email at alexa@alexaryder.com and I’ll be happy to see about adding them to the lists. The second email contains your custom-designed smutty short story.

If you need more reasons to sign up for my newsletter, The Ryder’s Digest, I also mail out deleted scenes, or scenes that I wish could have made it into the books, but it simply wasn’t practical to do so. I also do character interviews and share snippets from my super-secret Series Bibles, too, so that’s always nifty. Add in my currently reading lists, and the Digest really is the best way to keep up with exclusive news and content.

I’ll catch you guys for the next update in July!

XOXO – Alexa

Exciting things coming soon!

Hey there, Ryders! Alexa here with another update.

The first three books of the Panthera Chronicles are now available at a discounted rate as part of a box set! I always love making box sets: this one has over 243,000 words to keep you satisfied. This set contains all of Troy and Andi’s story, and will get you prepared for the series as it continues on. Politics, sexy times, and assassins, galore!

Work is progressing on Eli’s book, Conflict of Interest. I haven’t revealed the cover yet, but the header picture gives you a pretty good hint at what we’re looking at. My beta readers have really been enjoying this one, and this is by far the book that’s been the most fun for me to write in my career as an author. Counting my fantasy pen name, this will also be my tenth book written total, so it feels rather special to me as I enter the double digits.

We have a release date! On or around August 31st, depending on Amazon, you all shall have a book! And it’s a steamy one, guys. Honestly. These two are horn dogs in all the best ways. I’m barely half-way done with the book yet and there’s already been… uh… five steamy scenes so far? I can’t wait to share it with you.

While we’re here, I can share Conflict of Interest’s blurb with you. When I reveal the cover, I’ll share an excerpt or two as well.

It’s not every day you’re given a second chance, and Eli isn’t about to waste his.

Born the second child of the Panthera ruling family, his sole duty is to protect his sister and her reign. So far, he’s done a piss-poor job of it, but all of that’s about to change. Eli’s been handed a way to track his sister’s would-be assassin and he’ll follow her anywhere, even into the forbidden Human territories. 

The penalty for trespassing? Death.

Brenna serves her brother and their Pride as spákona, though the Lioness considers her visions of the future a curse, not a gift. If it weren’t for a vision that linked her Pride’s survival with that of their age-old enemies, the Panthers, she wouldn’t bother with the lesser cats at all. But even her foresight can miss things, and when her brother orders her to join the team hunting Andi’s assassin, Brenna finds there’s more to lose than just her life on this trip.

The Pantheran prince hunts not only a killer, but Brenna’s heart.

After Conflict of Interest, I have a few ideas of where to go next. We could head over to the Pride’s lands and start the Leonis books, we could continue in Panthera to Sasha and Lita’s book, or maybe work both ways, with a novella starring Tobias coming out. Who doesn’t love a silver fox?

Either way, I’m hoping for another release in November, but life being what it is, who knows? I’ll be temporarily moving from part time at my day job to full time to cover a co-worker’s maternity leave, so busy times are afoot! What an exciting time to be alive.



Back in the swing of things

Howdy, folks!

So, my last post let you know what was coming up for me, schedule wise. I mentioned needing to have a surgery done, and all the things.

Well, make that two, because a complication from the first surgery nearly wiped me out. Thank -heavens- I wasn’t home alone when it happened. I couldn’t move, and I couldn’t get to my phone to call 911. Things could have ended very differently for me, I’m afraid. Without going into too many details, this second surgery nearly quadrupled my recovery time. I couldn’t even think about writing for about a month afterwards. I was too busy trying to figure out what normal life was and strengthening my core back up enough that I could walk without a cane again. Fun stuff. Let’s not do that again though, shall we?

So, with a month’s delay, Lesser Victory has finally released today! I’ll give you all a moment to cheer.

-crickets chirp-

Ahem. Moving on! Eli’s book is up next, because plot reasons. Go read Lesser Victory to find out why. It’s free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, after all. We should see that book out here in August of this year, and then we’re bound for the Pride lands… well, the lands of Chase’s Pride, anyway.

For anyone keeping track at home, Kyla the Great Dane puppy is officially five months old and weighs in at around 75 pounds. Sheesh! She is the best cuddler, though, and has the sweetest way ever to wake me up. Velvet kisses on either my ear or foot, whatever she can reach. Seeing as she’s already taller than me on her hind legs, that’s… pretty much everything!

I’ll catch you around for the next blog update.

XOXO – Alexa

All the Things

Hey there, Ryders!

So. I promised you the next book here in March. I figured I’d go ahead and let you know what’s going on in my neck of the woods.

My adorable Great Dane puppy, Kyla.

First of all, I brought home this adorable distraction January 28th. Everyone that has met her has assured me it most certainly is a crime to attempt to get up, write, or work when this little angel has fallen asleep in my lap. It’s not my fault. Honest. Super cute. Much soft. Like velvet.

Ahem. Right.

In any event, last week was a really trying week. I had a surgery scheduled for March 12th, but changing jobs and insurance hassles and everything being what they are, I was in jeopardy of not only having to reschedule my surgery but perhaps changing doctors and not getting approved for said surgery in the first place by a different doctor. Cue massive levels of stress. I was going to work on that on Monday.

Then my sink sprung a leak and flooded my house with about an inch of water. Did I mention that last week was really rough? There’s nothing like pulling out your silverware drawer and setting it on your table and just watching the water drip out of it to throw you into full-on despair. It took me three days, but my house is nice and dry and back to normal. I think water parks are forever ruined for me now, though.

I wrangled with the insurance gods Thursday, and won. Huzzah!

Then, Friday happened. Friday, I found out my mother, whom I share a number of health issues with, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We’re waiting on results to come back, but we’ve caught it early; they’re only thinking Stage 1 or 2. And yes, Stage gets capitalized, because Cancer sucks. But my mom’s a fighter, so I’m sure we’ll get through this.

Needless to say, stress is the #1 killer of creativity, and cleaning up after a house-training puppy doesn’t make one feel very sexy, so I’m now dreadfully behind on Lesser Victory, the last book of Troy and Andi. However, I do have pretties for you to look at!

The surgery I’m having is pretty invasive, and I’m going back to work sooner than I really should, because, you know, money is helpful to feed a growing Great Dane puppy. I’m not really sure what it’s going to do for my writing schedule. I’m planning on starting back up again about five days after surgery, which is the time I should be weaned off of the pain meds if all goes well. Writing while intoxicated is not good writing, darlings.

With luck, I should finish writing Lesser Victory in March, which will line us up for April publication. The first five chapters have already been through my editor, who plans on editing in chunks as I get them to her. That’ll lessen the amount of work, and, therefore, time required after I finally type ‘The End.’

After that, I’ll give you guys a choice: do you want to see book 1 of the Leonis Chronicles, following Chase and his Pride, or would you rather see Eli’s book? I can’t quite say who his partner is yet, because you guys haven’t met her. She makes her debut in Lesser Victory, and spoilas! Let me know in the comments below, or shoot me an email or some love on Facebook.

PS: I’ve already written the first chapter of the Leonis Chronicles. The first book doesn’t have a title yet, but that’s semantics ^-~

T-1 Month and Counting!

We have 25 days to go until launch, and that means I’m getting pretty excited! Work is progressing on book three, so all of Troy and Andi’s story will be available for you in the month of February. Exciting! A Queen’s Trust will also be featured on a book blitz through Xpresso Book Tours, so keep your eyes open for that, as well. If you have a book blog and would like to sign up, click here.

Status report wise, A Queen’s Trust is fully edited and formatted and uploaded for preorder. Royal F*ckup, book 2, is fully written, with edits to be completed next week. Formatting is a breeze, then it’ll be up and ready. Lesser Victory is still very much in the production stages, but coming right along.

For those of you wanting a taste of Troy and Andi, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 23 of A Queen’s Trust: