August 27, 2015

Alexa Crushed Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway
Welcome to my stop on the ALEXA CRUSHED blog tour! I have a great excerpt from the book to share with you today - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Alexa Crushed (Alexa #1)
Author: T.R. Cupak
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 20, 2015


Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.

Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.

Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.

In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town shortly after, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.

Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. But just as her feelings for her old friend begin to blossom, Ethan returns. Now Alexa must choose—the perfect boyfriend or the wild, thrilling bad boy. It’s a choice that changes her life forever.

Something changes in this moment between Devin and me. I’m not exactly sure where these sudden feelings come from, but I lunge at Devin quickly, crashing our mouths together. It’s not sexy or pretty; our teeth smack together clumsily at the first connection, but it only takes seconds for our tongues to find their rhythm. A low moan vibrates through Devin’s chest. I love the way his lips feel against mine. I remember loving how they felt two years ago but had to stop it. Tonight, I will not stop it, since I made the move. I know what you are thinking, that I’m a slut, but this, with Devin, is right and I need and want to keep feeling.
Devin moves to lay me back down on the bed. His body partially covers mine as our mouths make slow love to each other. My body tingles with each caress of his tongue. His hand rests on my hip. This kiss is mind-blowing. I’m lost in the passion and love that exudes off of Devin.
He pulls back, looking down into my eyes with a boyish grin playing across his lips. “Wow. I have waited for you to kiss me like that for so long,” Devin says through panted breaths.
“That was incredibly—I don’t even have a word to finish that compliment, Dev. Your kiss speaks volumes,” I say as I place a hand to his cheek. Devin turns his head slightly to kiss the inside of my palm, sending a shock straight to my heart.
The blue pools of Devin’s eyes darken just before he lowers his mouth to take mine again. I can’t help but compare the difference in the kisses between Devin and Ethan. Ethan’s kisses were demanding, devouring, and possessive. His were always as if he was staking claim on me, my mouth, and my body. Devin’s kisses are tender, gentle, and full of love. It is night and day and leaves me in a confused haze. I squeeze out the thoughts of Ethan so I can concentrate on the here and now. I want to accept Devin’s soft lips making me feel like I’m the only woman in the world for him.
I pull back to come up for air. Our breaths are pants of passion. Devin looks into my honey-brown eyes before asking, “Are you OK, Lex?”
“I’m perfect in this moment with you, Dev,” I answer honestly with a smile of admiration on my lips.
Devin smiles at my response, placing a kiss to my forehead as he pulls me into his arms. “It’s late, Lex. We should get some sleep. I have to get up early and take care of my errands.”
I snuggle into his chest, listening to his heartbeat. It’s comforting and eases any anxiety I felt earlier from the nightmare. I place a kiss to his bare chest. “Good night, Dev.” My eyes feel heavy as sleep drags me under.
T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the suburbs of a Bay Area city in California. She was the closet nerd who hid her love of reading and writing short stories and poetry when she was younger. Back then it wasn’t considered cool to be into those types of activities for pleasure, whereas today you have TV shows, movies and books that glamourize that being a nerd is actually cool.

T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He's their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.

T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn't keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed.
Tour Wide Giveaway:
(2) Can-be-signed paperback copies of the second edition of Alexa Crushed (US only)
(2) ebook copies with $5 Amazon gift cards (Open INT)



  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Thanks so much. I would love a copy.

  3. Awww, poor Devin. I want to give him a hug. (I hope he gets the girl)