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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Inspirations Behind Brothers of Theta Delta Theta with Kianna Alexander of Back to Your Love + #Giveaway




THE REAL LIFE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BROTHERS OF TDT


As a student in college at St. Augustine’s College (now University), I spent my sophomore year living in the Honor’s Ladies dormitory: Delany Hall. The building’s position in the center of campus allowed me a view of the main lawn from my front window. My desk was sitting right beneath the window, and while studying, I often looked out on the lawn. The focal point of the lawn was the “plots,” which were concrete blocks positioned in the grass. Each plot was painted with the symbols and colors of the corresponding fraternity or sorority. They were commemorative of past graduates in those organizations, but also served as gathering spots for current students who were members.

I had a great vantage point to watch things unfold on the plots. I was close enough that if the weather was warm, and I opened my window, I could even hear the conversations. I saw so many moments unfolding before me: step show practice, general goofing off, new members being welcomed onto the plots for the first time. I saw the fliers passed out on campus for the activities and community service projects they were participating in. All of this unfolded in front of me, while I took breaks from cramming my brain with World History and Geography.

I didn’t pledge, mainly because I was sort of a loner in college. I was super introspective; still am now. And I was still under the vestiges of my high school awkwardness. Still, it was pretty easy for me to see the importance of Greek culture to campus life. It wasn’t until after college that I saw the lifelong kinship shared by the members of these organizations, a discovery that made me somewhat regretful of my decision not to pledge.

In coming up with the TDT series, I thought of the young brothers I saw hanging out on the fraternity plots all those years ago, and wondered what kind of men they turned out to be; who they became after graduation. Many of them I’ve lost touch with, some I never knew that well to begin with. But in creating the heroes for this series, I imagined those young brothers as I hope they turned out: successful, kind, and community-minded. Without even knowing it, the young men and women on the plots inspired me, and here I am, years later, writing about them.





30612674Back to Your Love 
(Brothers of Theta Delta Theta #1)
by Kianna Alexander
Paperback,  352 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492646989
First in a mainstream contemporary romance series featuring successful, tight-knit former fraternity brothers from Kianna Alexander.

What would you give for a second chance?

Xavier Whitted has a lot on his plate. As a hardworking businessman, mentor to troubled teens, and aspiring politician in his Southern hometown, the daily demands never let up. A weekend at the beach for his best friend's wedding is exactly what he needs. What he doesn't need is to run into the woman who broke his heart ten years ago.

Imani Grant is more beautiful, confident and intelligent than ever, and their connection is still sizzling. But Imani harbors a secret that could destroy both their blossoming careers. She knows she has to keep her distance, but Xavier is determined to win back her heart--consequences be damned.


About the Author:
Like any good Southern belle, Kianna Alexander wears many hats: loving wife, doting mama, advice-dispensing sister, and gabbing girlfriend. She's a voracious reader, history nerd and craft fanatic. Kianna lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and a collection of well-loved vintage 80's Barbie dolls. http://authorkiannaalexander.com/ 




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2 comments:

jodi marinich said...

Kianna is a new author for me....

Maureen said...

What an interesting source of inspiration for the heroes.