Dare to Kiss by S.B.Alexander-guest post

Author’s personal experience with PTSD leads to New Adult novel
S.B. Alexander releasing first book in new romance series this September
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Author S.B. Alexander has drawn on a childhood experience and her love
of baseball to inspire her New Adult fiction romance, Dare to Kiss (September 30, 2014).
Dare to Kiss is the story of Lacey Robinson, whose two loves are baseball and her family. When her
mother and sister are killed in a home invasion, Lacey’s baseball dreams die with them. The tragedy
seeps into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder, her psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the things that she
loved to do. For Lacey, that’s baseball. She moves across the country with two goals—to overcome her
PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with
complications—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team. Her life is further
complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a magical
touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares. But getting involved
with him may be dangerous when Kade’s arch-nemesis returns to town to settle a vendetta.
“The story developed from something that happened to me when I was a child,” Alexander said. “And
from that experience the story unfolded. The message in the story: With the right help and people
around you, a person might be able to overcome PTSD. I’m not saying they will, but taking the right
steps can certainly help to heal some of the symptoms associated with PTSD. I will never get the image
of my experience out of my head, but I’m not afraid anymore.”
Dare to Kiss is the first book in The Maxwell Series. Alexander has also written a thrilling young adult
series, Vampire SEALS, which has drawn praise from fans across the world.
Alexander is a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor. She currently
works as a corporate sales manager, but is always looking for her next story, character or scenery.
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Author Biography:


S. B. Alexander’s passion for writing began when she read her first Stephen King novel, The Shining.
Over the years she kept telling family and friends she was going to write a book. Fifteen years later, on
the advice of a friend, she sat down and wrote her first novel. One year later, she published two novels
with three more slotted for release. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult
markets.
Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes two books, On the Edge of Humanity, and On the
Edge of Eternity, which have garnered high praise from readers. Dare to Kiss is the first book in her
new adult series.
Alexander’s career has been colorful—a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college
professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox.
She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.
She currently works full time in Corporate America and writes any chance she gets.
She believes words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that
tell a great story.

Praise for S.B. Alexander’s:
Vampire SEALS series
Via Amazon.com…
“I couldn’t put this book down. When my Kindle wasn’t available, I used the app on my phone to continue
reading. I thought the characters were captivating. I loved the storyline. When I finished reading the book it left
me wanting more. I can’t wait for the second book. Way to go… S.B. Alexander!” –TracyHope
“I’ve read tons of vampire books over the years, ever since the Anne Rice days. I thought I’d seen every possible
configuration of vampire abilities and appearance, but I was wrong. Ms. Alexander added just enough of a
unique twist to typical vampire convention to make her story world fresh, without heaping all kinds of
unnecessary crazy on top. I don’t usually read YA and it was a pleasant surprise to find myself truly engaged
and invested in the characters. I will definitely read the next book in this series.” –Julie Jaret
“Great book S.B. Alexander! This novel was tough to put down. Tremendous job of character development. The
author immerses us into a different world and it feels quite believable!
I always feel a sign of a great book is that it leaves us wanting more. That was the case with this wonderful book.
Thanks S.B.” — Joseph D. Rigter
“I love reading and could not put this series down. I love the chemistry between Webb and Jo. I enjoyed the first
and could not wait until book 2 came out and now I’m anticipating the 3rd book! I can’t wait!!!” –Frances T. Leon
“I am an avid reader who was reading Agatha Christi, Helen McGinnis and Dick Francis before I turned 10. I
can’t imagine a day without a book. This series has me admiring S.B.Alexander greatly. Characters, plot,
creativity and absolute genius are here to be enjoyed. I love fantasy but usually read with a certain level of
tolerance for frequent lack of grammar, character development. This series read like the best. I will be eagerly
awaiting more.” –Mms

Book Details
E-book ISBN: 978-0-9887762-4-1
Print ISBN: 978-0-9887762-5-8
Page Count: 340
New Adult Fiction, Romance
September 30, 2014


Besides her family, Lacey Robinson’s only other love is
baseball. She’s on top of the world when Arizona State
University approaches her to discuss a scholarship. To be the
first girl ever to grace a college boys’ team is beyond what she
has ever dreamed.
Her fastball is impeccable, her curveball equally as good, and
her slider annihilates anyone who dares to step in the batter’s
box. But fate has its own way of throwing curveballs. When she
looses her mother and sister to a home invasion, baseball and
her dreams die with them. Tragedy has a way of seeping deep
into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and
blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, her
psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the
things that she loved to do, and for Lacey that is baseball.
After a move clear across the country, only two things matter to Lacey—overcome her PTSD and make
Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with obstacles—the captain,
Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team.
Her life is further complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy
who has a magical touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares.
But getting involved with him may be dangerous when Kade’s archenemy returns to town to settle a
vendetta.
To complicate matters, her PTSD has taken a turn for the worse. She has to find a way to heal
otherwise she may not have a chance at anything in life, especially love.

Q&A with S.B. Alexander
Where did you get the idea for the plot of Dare to Kiss?
Growing up, I was an active little girl in just about every sport. But the one that captured my
heart was baseball. I loved everything about the sport. Since girls couldn’t play, I wanted to create a
world where they did. I also wanted to show that no matter what you’ve been through, surrounding
yourself with the things you love to do and the people you love can help to overcome the nightmares
and grief in your life. It has for me.
Noting your love of baseball, is the character of Lacey modeled after you?
When I started writing Dare to Kiss, I had a feisty character in mind for Lacey Robinson. But as
I continued to write, Lacey’s personality turned out to be so much more. She’s strong, determined and
lovable. She has weaknesses that get in her way, but her determination is what shapes her. Part of her is
modeled after me. But I was never feisty growing up. I was actually a shy kid.
After writing two Young Adult books, what inspired you to write New Adult fiction and how was
writing this genre different?
I didn’t think too much about the genre. I wanted to get the story down on paper. As it unfolded
it just happened to fit into the New Adult genre, although as I was writing Dare to Kiss I found I had a
little more freedom to detail the romance element.
How do you balance your time between working full time and writing on the side?
I travel quite frequently for my job, and in doing so, I find a snippet of time on an airplane or at
night in a hotel room. I also dedicate at least one day on the weekends to writing.
Without any spoilers of course, what can we expect from the next book in the series?
Dare to Dream is the next book in the series, and I’m so excited to finish it. Readers will be
able to get into Kade’s head to see his thoughts and more of his life. The tension between Kade and his
enemy will also play a part in Dare to Dream. Lacey will have more to worry about when the question
about who killed her family takes center stage, creating more suspense and intrigue.

Dare to Kiss has two underlying themes. One is baseball, but the other is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD develops following a traumatic event. Most people associate PTSD with military personnel who are affected by what they experienced in battle. However, any shattering event can trigger the symptoms for PTSD, especially when the situation feels uncontrollable and leaves one stuck and feeling hopeless and helpless.

The protagonist, Lacey Robinson, is dealing with severe symptoms of PTSD after finding her mom and sister’s dead bodies. She has outbursts of anger, nightmares, depression, hopelessness, panic attacks, anxiety and triggers that cause her to blackout. I had a similar experience when I was a kid. However, not to the extent of Lacey’s situation, but it was a traumatic event, nonetheless.

When I was five-years-old, my dad had picked me up for the weekend, and we were going to spend it at his best friends house. I was so excited to see his best friend that I tore out of the car and ran into the house. When I did I found the man, who my dad loved dearly, dead in such a way that I will never get that image out of my mind. After that day I had nightmares, bedwetting problems, and fears that monsters were sleeping under my bed. I’d been so traumatized that the nightmares followed me into my adult life. Plus, I was constantly looking over my shoulder, thinking someone was going to do the same thing to me.

It took me a long time to get over my nightmares. I was ten before I stopped wetting the bed. When I look back on that part of my life, I didn’t really begin to heal until I was in my twenties. Growing up, my family didn’t talk about feelings or know how to deal with a traumatic event. In fact, my dad had a rough time himself.

A lot of what I went through spills into Dare to Kiss. Writing the story has helped me even more deal with my own demons. As Lacey strives to fulfill her dream of playing baseball, she too learns how to deal with her trauma. She tries to hide behind her feisty attitude, which I did as a kid, too. But deep down she has a big heart and wants nothing more than to erase the nightmares and the demons that lurk within.

Healing from PTSD is a gradual and ongoing process. The memories and vision of the trauma don’t disappear. They may fade, but they will always be there. I know mine still are, but I’m not afraid anymore.

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