Thursday, August 28, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP ~ Interview with Will & Alex ~ WITHOUT YOU by Kelly Elliott


Alex and Will have spent months keeping their relationship hidden from their families. Getting caught prematurely causes them to admit their love for each other to their parents.

One decision made by Alex's father changes her entire world, shattering her plans for the future. Alex always thought Will was the very air she breathed, but life has a way of causing doubts for the one thing she thought was absolute…their love.

Can Will's promise to Alex be enough for her to hold on to or will she find herself moving down a different path that she never imagined for herself?

Without You is book one in the Love Wanted in Texas series.

I would like to welcome Alex and Will today.  They have graciously agreed to sit down with Naughty and Nice Book Blog.  I am feeling a little déjà vu here.  I can’t believe it has been 18 years since we have sat down with your parents.  All of them have visited the blog and sat in the hot seat a time or two. 

I promise, we will take it easy on you today.  We won’t ask too many embarrassing questions.

If you were given a do over, would the two of you have told your parents about your relationship?

Alex: I’m not sure. Probably.
Will: I’m with Lex on this one.

When did the two of you first realize that you had feelings for each other?

Laughing Alex looks over to Will. I think I was around ten years old. I think it really hit me when we were around sixteen or so. The feelings I had for Will were just so much stronger.

Will smiles at Alex and takes her hand. I know for a fact it was around ten. She dropped Emma on the ground and I picked her up and gave her back to her and she smiled at me differently then she ever had before. I think she stole my heart that day.

Alex, can you honestly say, that because of your father making you go to the University of Texas that made doubt your relationship with Will?

Alex shrugs her shoulders. I’m sure that played some role in it. I think there many factors involved. I was scared, uncertain, doubtful about many things.

Looking back on the decision that your father made for you to attend the University of Texas, do you understand why he wanted you to be open to the idea of leaving Mason and seeing what else is out there?

Alex: Yes. I think in some way it helped me to grow up a bit more. Would I have liked for none of what happened to have not happened. Yes, but the past is the past and best left there.

I am sorry to bring this up, I am sure he is a sore subject for both of you, but there are a few things I would like to ask about the Blake situation.

Alex, do you think you had feelings for Blake or was it just that someone was showing you the attention that Will did, when Will wasn’t there to?

Alex: I knew deep down inside I never had any feelings for Blake. He was different from Will. He was there…if that makes sense.

Will, I have to say, my heart broke for you when you stumbled upon Alex and Blake in the hallway at Alex’s dorm.  Why didn’t you stay and let Alex explain herself?  Alex has never given you a reason to doubt her love for you in the past.

Will: Emotions tend to play really hard on your heart. Sometimes you don’t stop to listen to your head…you follow your heart instead.

Alex, after Blake sexually assaulted you, you found it hard to be intimate with Will after that.  How are you handling things now?  Do you ever have any set backs?

Alex: No, I don’t have any setbacks. I keep my feelings open and honest with Will one hundred percent of the time and if I feel like I need to talk to someone, I do. My parents have been amazing pillars of strength for me as well as Will.

Now that the two of you both experienced situations where you both reacted without knowing all of the facts, has that helped you communicate better in your relationship?

Laughing they both shake their head.

Alex: I think our communication with each other is just what it needs to be. Neither one of hides anything.

Will: And if we are feeling off, we simply talk to each other. Advice from our parents right there.

We’re gonna get a little personal now.
Are the two of you still having unprotected sex?

Alex: Gesh, Heather. Go for the throat. I do believe my parents might read this interview.

Will: I’m pleading the fifth.

Then I take your silence as an admittance.

How do you foresee your future now that the two of you are both attending Texas A&M?

Alex: I think we are both focused on getting our degrees. Will would like to graduate early, he’s ready to take on the ranch with Luke. I’m not going to put any stress on myself. I want to work hard at school, yet I also want to enjoy it.

Will: My mom and dad were both telling us last night that these years will go by faster than high school. I’m with Alex. School first, but I also want to spend as much time with our friends as we can.

Do you think going through what the two of you have, it has made your relationship stronger?

Looking at each other Will smiles warmly at Alex.
Will: Yes.

Will, I have to give you props for your proposal.  You went above and beyond.  Can I ask where you got that idea from?

Will: I learned from the best, my father. I’ve seen the way he treats my mother and I’ve always admired how he treats her just like his nickname for her. Princess.

Were you nervous to ask Alex’s father, Gunner for his approval to marry Alex?

Will: Do you know Gunner at all? Hell yeah I was a nervous wreck.

This question is directed to both Will and Alex.
Do you find it hard to not take sides with Luke and Libby?

Alex and Will both roll their eyes and say together, “Yes”

Will, I know Luke is your best friend and the two of you are close as brothers, how do you separate your friendship with Luke, and how his actions continuously hurt your sister, Libby.

Will: I’ve seen both sides of Luke. I think people will be surprised when they learn more about Luke. He is not what he seems. I see how he loves my sister, but is just to afraid to admit it. Do I like that his fear hurts my sister? No, but it’s their life, not mine. I have to let them find their own way.

Will, Libby seems like a very forgiving person, do you think Libby will continue to forgive Luke or reach her breaking point and completely move on?

Will shrugs his shoulders. Only Libby knows the answer to that.

Knowing what you know about Luke and his sexual activities, are you comfortable with him having feelings for your sister? 

Will: It’s not like he has whored around. He’s been with two girls. Do I agree with some of the things he had done, no, but again. His life. Not mine. If I had to pick someone for my sister it would be my best friend.

If, and I say that word loosely, Luke was to grow a set of balls and tell Libby how he feels, would you be OK with that?  Do you think Luke is worthy of Libby’s love?  Is Luke good enough for Libby?  I know he is your best friend, but when it comes to siblings, trust and loyalty speaks volumes.

Will: Again, you’ve only seen one side of Luke. I think your thoughts on him will differ come next year. Yes I think he is very worthy of Libby’s love, as she is his.

Do the two of you think Colt and Lauren will get their shit together and be honest with their feelings?

Alex: I’m not touching that with a ten foot pole.

Ok, we always played this game with your parents.  Since it is just the two of you, and we don’t have everyone here, I want you to tell me 5 things about each other that we do not know.  Usually we have a room full of cast members, and they all share, so today, we are doing things a little differently.  5 things that we do not know about the other person.

Let’s start with Alex.

Alex takes in a deep breath and slowly blows it out as she looks up and thinks. Hmm…five things about me. Okay let’s see. I’m terrified of fish. I don’t like French fries, 3-D movies make me sick, I don’t really swim all that great, I have to wear socks all the except when wearing flip flops. I hate walking in my bare feet.

Will laughs and slaps his hands together. Here we go. I eat onions like they are apples, broccoli makes me gag when I look at it, I have to sleep naked, running is my obsession now, I make a killer homemade mac and cheese.

I would like to thank the two of you for stopping by.  See, I told you it wouldn't be that bad.  No one was hurt and you are both leaving the stage unscathed.

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I heard a knock on my bedroom door, and I flew up out of bed. I threw open the door, hoping to see Will.

“Libby…” I walked back to my bed and sat down. The tears began falling again. “Please tell me where he is.”

Will hadn’t come home for Thanksgiving break, and no one knew where he was, not even Luke.
She walked up to me and dropped to sit on the floor. “I swear to you, Alex, I don’t know. We’ve all been trying to call him. My parents are so worried about him.”

“He wouldn’t let me explain.” I cried harder as I put my hands up to my face.

“Alex, I have to ask you something, and you have to be honest with me. I talked to Grace.”

I dropped my hands and looked her in the face. “What did Grace tell you?”

“The truth—that you’ve been spending a lot of time with this Blake guy. Do you have feelings for him, Alex?”

“No! Well, yes…I mean, no. Damn it!” I shouted as I stood up.

Spinning around, I looked at Libby. “I don’t know. I don’t have feelings for him like I have for Will, but something is there. I just keep hearing these voices in my head. I don’t know what to do, Libby. I love Will. I want Will, but when I’m around Blake, I…I want…”


The tears were pouring down my face. “I don’t think so. Sometimes, Will sends me these text messages. They drive me insane with lust, and then I’ll see Blake, and I get these weird feelings. I’m not sure if I’m just missing Will, or if I…if I…”

“If you have feelings for Blake.”


I looked up and saw my father standing there. This was his fault. It was his damn voice in my head that I’d kept listening to.

“This is your fault,” I said.

My father looked shocked. “Excuse me?”

“You made me go to UT when you knew I wanted to go to A&M. I hate UT! I hate it! If I had been with Will at A&M, none of this would have happened. I hate you!” I pushed past my father and ran down the stairs.

“Alexandra Eryn! You stop right now!” my mother called out.

I ran past Colt and out the back door. I needed to find Will. I needed to get fresh air.
I ran into the barn, and Banjo poked his head out of his stall. I grabbed a lead rope, and then I walked into his stall, clipped it on, and led him out. I jumped up on him and began riding him bareback. I let Banjo lead the way as I sobbed and fought to catch my breath.

I wasn’t sure how long I had been out riding Banjo. I just sat on him, feeling numb. When he made his way to the river, I jumped off and stood there. I watched him graze on the grass. I dropped his lead, and I walked over to a tree. I slowly slid down it and stared out at the river. I had no tears left.

I leaned my head back and replayed the whole thing over again in my head. I thought of every single thing Will had heard and how it must have sounded to him.

I closed my eyes and whispered, “Will, please come back to me. Please.”

I felt something hitting my boot, and I opened my eyes to see Banjo. I smiled and looked up at my giant beauty. “I can always count on you, boy. Isn’t that right?”

He began bobbing his head up and down, and I let out a giggle.

I stood up and began running my hands along his side and back. “Oh, Banjo, I really messed things up.” I buried my face into my horse and softly cried.

“Alex? You feel like company?”

I looked up and saw my father. I walked over to him, and he pulled me into his arms. I completely fell apart. My legs gave out on me, and we both slowly hit the ground. He pulled me onto his lap and held me while I cried.

“Alex, please don’t cry, baby.”

“Daddy, he’s gone. He left me.”

He began rocking me while I attempted to settle down.

“Shh…baby girl. Please, please don’t be upset.”

I pulled back and looked into my father’s eyes. “I didn’t…I didn’t mean it when I said…when I said I hated you. Daddy, I didn’t mean it.”

He pulled me back into him. “I know, Alex. I know.”

“I love him, Daddy. I love him so much, and I hurt him so bad.”

He pulled back and placed his finger under my chin. “Alex, from what I understand, Will didn’t give you a chance to explain. Just give him time to cool down, sweetheart.”

I tried to smile. “Daddy, I kept hearing your voice over and over in my head. I tried liking UT, Daddy.

Author Bio:

Kelly is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Stay connected with Kelly Elliott:

Twitter: @author_kelly







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1 comment:

  1. Loved the interview! Will and Alex are so cute together!