Inkwell Guest: Leslie Wright and The Power Couple

Hi, gang. Today I’m pleased to host author Leslie Wright. She’s here to talk about The Power Couple. Hope you’ll stick around and say hi!

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Michelle! I appreciate it!

There’s always been something irresistible about curling up on the couch with a book, especially one with romantic elements. Don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of fiction, but there has always been a special place in my heart for a good romance. The novel doesn’t have to be a typical romance either—guy meets girl, girl plays hard to get, they can’t resist each other and get busy, fall in love, and live happily ever after. It can be a thriller, historical fiction, Sci-Fi…anything as long as it has some sort of romantic relationship—a HOT couple scorching the pages.

It’s been this way since I was a child. I’ve always been drawn to, what I call, the Power Couple:

  • Fred and Wilma Flintstone (Yabadabadoo!)
  • James and Florida Evans from Good Times (Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em)
  • Danny and Sandy from Grease (what can I say, I love musical romances)
  • Heathcliff and Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show (how can I not love these two?)
  • Jason Morgan and Elizabeth Webber (yes, I love General Hospital and I’m a card carrying Liason fan!)
  • Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert from A Different World (Baby Please!)
  • Galeno and Hester Vachon (Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. I LOVE this book)
  • Will and Jada Smith (in my mind, they will never separate)
  • And now…Alejandro and Alexa Martinez, my Power Couple in Basement Level Five: Never Scared.

A Power Couple, as defined by Wikipedia, is one that is popular or financially secure. I’m going to go a step further with this because I believe the couple doesn’t have to be wealthy to fit in this category. My main requirement is they should love each other above all else and be willing to do anything so that their love will survive. Oh, and they have to look good together (I’m all about the visual). I love Power Couples because they intrigue me and I’m fascinated by their lives. I’m touched by the love they have for each other. I find myself rooting for them, whether real or fictional. I imagined my own relationships being similar to theirs (yes, I was a dork when I was younger). I wanted my very own Jason Morgan.

So when I sat down to write Basement, I wanted to create my very own Super Power Couple. I think I did with Alexa and Dro. I even gave them one of those crazy nicknames like “Brangelina”—I call them DroLex!

DroLex love each other unconditionally (and have since they were children). Check. They are both attractive and powerful in their own right. Check. They have each other’s back. Check. They’ll kill you if you threaten their family (literally). Check. Although they can buy each other the world, they both agree it wouldn’t be worth it if they didn’t have each other. Check.

Alexa and Dro are one of those couples that I feel can overcome all the odds. And believe me; the odds are stacked against them. It is my hope that readers will identify with them and root with them like I do.

Basement Level Five: Never Scared will debut April 28, 2012.

Blurb: Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security—contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and—most of all—the adrenaline rush.

Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice—is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet proof glass?

About L. R. Wright: I’m a devoted wife of many years and mother to 3 wonderful children who inspire and motivate me to follow my dreams. In addition to writing, I love romance novels, fine wine, and hanging out with my friends and family. I crunch numbers for a living, and plan events for fun.

Twitter: @LWrightAuthor

By Michelle

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