When I write a dedication of a book to someone I take some time to think about who the book "belongs" to other than the readers, which I hope that readers know any book I write is always dedicated to them. However, there is always one or two people who I dedicate a book to because they played an important part in having the book come to life. Sometimes the person playing that role may not even be aware of the part they've played.
With my new thriller COVERT REICH out next week, I wanted to post on today's blog who I am dedicating the book to and why. There are two Alex's in my life that this book "belongs" to. The first Alex is my son. If you read yesterday's blog then it's kind of obvious as to why I would dedicate the book to him. The other Alex who I am dedicating COVERT REICH to is actually a friend I met on twitter (of all places). Alex Johnston started following me a few months back. He e-mailed me to let me know how much he enjoyed the A.K. Alexander books. He was also a huge help in providing me with a push to get this book done. If you have read some of the blogs over the past few months then you know it hasn't been easy in my world lately. I had some stuff happen within our family, and then I received some major reamage on both DADDY'S HOME and MOMMY, MAY I? from readers who wrote some real nasty reviews on amazon. To my chagrin when I read over the reviews, I realized that I had uploaded first draft versions of those two manuscripts for Kindle. BIG OOPS! Anyway, the reviews and all the other stuff that went down kind of took the wind out of my sails and made me doubt if I should be writing at all. However, my friend Alex Johnston wrote me and insisted I keep going. He told all of his family and friends to read my stuff, and he Tweets my work all the time. I figured that if I had even just one reader who loved the work as much as Alex does then I am good. I will keep on writing. So, for his kindness to a writer he doesn't even really know and because I feel as if I have met a kindred soul who lives across the pond, this book is dedicated to him. Thank You, Alex, for lifting me up right when I needed it.
P.S. As promised, here is the back cover copy of COVERT REICH. Come back tomorrow and read the first chapter.
Young, homeless, pregnant minority women and their unborn infants are dying in the emergency rooms in East Los Angeles…
When three pregnant, homeless women die within a week of one another inside the emergency room of County Hospital in East Los Angeles, Dr. Kelly Morales begins to question why and how. When Dr. Morales attempts to question her colleague pathologist Dr. Jake Hamilton he becomes agitated and obviously anxious at her questions. Hours later Dr. Hamilton is murdered.
A cryptic e-mail is sent to journalist Georgia (Gem) Michaels insisting she look into the brutal slaying of a San Diego County family in 2008 that was chalked up to The Mexican Cartel. The e-mail also insists she keeps an eye on her neighbor. At first, Gem thinks the e-mail is nothing but a joke, but her gut tells her that maybe checking out her handsome but odd neighbor is worth her time.
Terrorized and brutalized chemist Dr. Ryan Horner is being held against his will. He knows that if he does not do the bidding of a group who call themselves The Brotherhood that the lives of his wife and children are at grave risk.
In a race against good versus true evil, Dr. Kelly Morales, Gem Michaels, Dr. Ryan Horner, and Detective Tony Pazzini search to uncover the truth and expose it behind the deaths and murders that make up Project Covert Reich.