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                                                                                         also known as alexandra allred

Alexandra Allred was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for her sport ... but that was just the beginning. After making the first ever women's US Bobsled team, Allred turned to adventure writing and never looked back ... until she discovered fiction!  *Be careful ... if you say it, she'll write it down*

  The summer and fall of 2015 will prove to be very busy with new books coming out! Keep watch, keep reading, and keep the light on ... the reading lamp, that is.

Books, Books, Books


Books are available on Amazon.com, Next Chapter Publishing or participating bookstores. Oh, and if you like a book ... please review it.  Authors love reviews (ahem ... good ones!)

Roadkill

When dead prostitutes begin to appear along the rural roads of Ohio, Allie Lindell cannot stay away despite the odds-- the odds being her badge-toting sister; her partner, who only wants Allie to stay home and out of harm's way; and two little girls in full potty-training and tantrum-throwing modes. But when an old friend from The Columbus Dispatch calls with an intriguing job opportunity, Allie can't turn her away, Allie breaks all kinds of promises to track the killer, heat up a cold case, and discover what happened to a fallen police officer. As she navigates the backstreets of Columbus, following pimps, prostitutes, sullen teenagers, and seedy gamblers, the only thing more complicated is remembering all her aliases. Enlisting the help of her neighbor, and with the annoying voice of Snow White drumming through her head, Allie and her newly found sidekick will have you falling in love with this wonderful cast of modern heroines with day-to-day problems. Gay, straight, sleek and sexy, or rumpled and ragged-no matter how much they bicker, they're a mighty force when they all come together. Heigh Ho! Roadkill is the first in a series in which a former journalist and at-home mom discovers she has a knack for investigating murders. While she longs for the crazy deadlines and adult conversations, she also wants to stay home and care for her babies. With Disney tunes, tantrums, and potty-training woes on her mind, Allie Lindell must learn to juggle the highs and lows of her family and a career she never knew she always wanted. This is the funny, sometimes aggravating, ultimately heartwarming story of a woman trying to give everything to her kids, keep the love of her partner, and not lose herself in the process.

Publish date: August 2013 

**Also available on Kobo, iTunes and www.thenextchapterpublishing.com 

 


White Trash

“White trash” can be found in any small, rural town in the U.S. But when Thia Franks returns to her home of Granby, Texas, the very place to which she had vowed she’d never return, Granby’s worst and best elements force the new single mother to face both her past and her destiny. At first, it seems that nothing has changed: Chester Kennedy’s goats continue to run rampant through the town, Officer Tina Wolfe stands accused of racial profiling the growing Hispanic community, Thia’s gun-wielding neighbor believes a squirrel has it in for her, and the town’s local newspaper owner prints only what she believes the citizens should know. But when a young black man – an upstanding and popular citizen of the small, east-central Texas town – is brutally murdered, everything changes. Everyone is being watched. Everyone is being judged. White Trash is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that also serves as a bitter social commentary on American hypocrisies and prejudices. As Thia comes to terms with the murder and the small police department works the biggest who-dun-it in Granby history, a startling underworld of domestic abuse, gunrunning, drug use, illicit sex, and child molestation is revealed. While the murder is horrendous and some of the citizens of Granby are appalling, many stand up for what is right, and the total package is endearing. You’ll want to read White Trash more than once to capture all of the tale’s insights – as it neatly summarizes the reality of every American small town, peopled with neighbors you can’t get away from, you can’t stop talking about, and you may not want to leave.

Publish date: June 2013    **Also available on Kobo, iTunes, and www.thenextchapterpublishing.com 


Damaged Goods

When Joanna Lucas moves to a small town to escape a scandal and a scoundrel, she finds herself in trouble again when she befriends a stripper-turned-Mormon, a one-legged woman thanks to a loose tiger, and a dirty-minded troublemaker with a love of inane questions, and they take on an industrial town. Erin Brockovich has nothing on these ladies! Prepare to laugh out loud and cheer them on as they set out to right a terrible wrong . . . no matter how outlandish things get.

Publish date: September 2012

Available on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and www.thenextchapterpublishing.com 

Winner of the IPPY AWARD


Swingman

It was a bike ride that forever changed Captain Marshall Allen's life. Seven years later, a very similar bike ride would do the same for magazine editor Alexandra Allred. While many believed it was destiny that Alex would take a bike route that would lead her to tell Marshall's extraordinary story, it soon became clear that Marshall was also meant to help Alex. Marshall was a pioneer in the fire department, becoming the first black fire fighter in Salt Lake County. Alex was a pioneer in the sports world, becoming the first U.S. women's bobsled champion. But where Marshall was from very humble beginnings, once abused in the foster care system, Alex was the daughter of a U.S. Diplomat. They were worlds apart. Neither had any idea how much trouble was brewing ...
This is the story of an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic fire fighter and a former national athlete turned writer and how they changed local and national policies, took on the good 'ol boy network and the "Big Boys" at the US Capitol. Swingman: What a Difference A Decade Makes is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that chronicles the last ten years of their lives, their faith (or once lack thereof) and their own personal fires. If you believe in miracles, if you believe you can fight city hall, if you believe in overcoming insurmountable obstacles, this is the book for you! Prepare to be inspired by the indomitable spirit of both Captain Marshall Allen and his friend Alexandra Allred.

Publish date: October 2010 

*NOW BEING REPRINTED UNDER NEW TITLE AND COVER

Available on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and www.nextchapterpublishing.com 

Swingman the DVD is the winner of two national and two international humanitarian awards, including Film of the Year at the Multicultural Film Festival, Los Angeles.


Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sport

Originally published as The Quiet Storm (Masters Press, 1998), this book has been completely revised and rewritten to include the sports and athletes that have become more prominent in the last five years. The growth in popularity of women's sports has been a long time coming. Many, many women have worked very hard behind the scenes to make today's professional and gold-medal winning Olympic teams a reality. But this book is about more than just the female athletes, it's about their relationships with each other, their families, their children. It is about the frustration of having to fight to have the same opportunities that male athletes have always had. It is about getting into the boys' club without wanting to be one of the boys. It celebrates women's strengths, humor and honor and the way women's participation in sports can positively influence girls and boys.

Publish date: September 2000

Available on Amazon

Winner of the Amelia Bloomer Award with honorary mentions from the Women's Sports Foundation, Girls United, Winter Sports for Girls


Entering the Mother Zone

More than 100 celebrity and athlete moms share their problems and advice for coping with the demands of work, personal health and fitness and a family. When Bobsledder Alex Powe-Allred was writing The Quiet Storm: A Celebration of Women in Sports (Masters Press, 1998), she found that one subject kept more women talking than any others: their children. Who watched her children when she trained? How did she get back in shape after having a baby? How much did she train when she was pregnant? And what about Valerie Still, did she train when she was pregnant? Is it true that one of the U.S. Women Soccer team members brought her baby on the road with the team when they were training for the 1996 Olympics? And then Powe-Allred realized that if these women wanted to know how everybody else coped, well... so would the rest of us. As Valerie Still herself said, "There ought to be a club for female athletes who are mothers."

That's what this book is, the locker room banter of a club for mothers. "Here's what happened to me and how I coped with it." Topics covered include training, breastfeeding, scheduling, diet, coping... all the things you always wondered if anyone else did or didn't do. You are no longer alone; this book is your exclusive guest pass to The Mother Zone.

Publish date: September 2000

Available on Amazon

Winner of iParenting Award, "Parent of the Year," Working Women Unite Award


Atticus Weaver and His Triumphant Leap

Wheelchair-bound Atticus helps clear his bully's name and discovers why his mother named him after Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.

This book is perfect for the reluctant reader as the style and engaging plot deal with peer rivalry, mystery, and strong friendships.

Summitt Books, 2003

Available on Amazon

Winner of children and middle school awards, international companion to To Kill a Mockingbird


My Gaza

Ahmy and Binny are neighbors, yet a world of differences separates them. They are caught in the middle of a deep-rooted war in the Middle East. Yet when Ahmy crosses the wall that divides their villages, he and Binny come to realize that they may not be so different after all. But in the midst of suicide bombings and funerals of children, will they be seen as peaceful heroes by their people -- or traitors? Many of us have watched scenes on the nightly news showing fighting among people from a faraway place. We soon understand that this is what seems to be an endless conflict between two groups of people trying to share the same small country. We see youths throwing rocks, soldiers shooting back, and a constant refrain that each side is retaliating for what the other did yesterday or last month or 60 years ago. The place is Israel, and the issue is how people called the Palestinians will share the land of Israel with, of course, the Israelis. But why is that so hard to solve? What are Occupied Territories? The West Bank of what? And what in the world is the Gaza Strip? Why are they fighting, and how will the conflict ever be resolved? My Gaza, though fiction, is based on real events and real dialogue. This fast-paced, action-packed book is for hi/lo readers from Middle School to adults designed to educate and entertain and answer many of the seemingly impossible questions that have plagued politicians for decades. Maybe you can come up with the solution...

Publish Date: January 2003, Summitt Books

Available on Amazon

Renamed My Gaza from Crossing the Line

 


The Code                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Publish date: 2002

Available on Amazon