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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Christine Amsden



Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Stolen Dreams is the fourth and final volume in the Cassie Scot series – the tale of a woman born into a family of sorcerers but with no magic of her own. It's hard to talk about Stolen Dreams without talking about the series as a whole, because the four books come together to tell a complete story. (In other words – read them in order or beware!)  There is magic, mystery, and romance, but at the heart of it all is Cassie who must learn that you don't have to be the most powerful person around to be a hero. We all have our gifts.

Are you a mom? If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes! I have an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. They have been my inspiration since they were born. And actually, though there have been ups and downs, overall I think I have been more productive with the kids than I was before having them. I tried writing “full time” for about a year before I had my son and to tell you the truth, staying home to write was a lonely existence. Creative work isn't like other kinds of work; the more time you have to spend on it doesn't necessarily equate to more productivity. Quality time is more important, and when the kids entered my life they gave me balance. (Okay, newborns are nuts. Don't try to write with newborns. But that doesn't last long!)

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

I'm sure all of it comes from my own experiences to some degree or another. It all comes out of my head! But every once in a while, yes, there is a specific tie. In the third book of the Cassie Scot series, Mind Games, I wrote a scene in which Cassie visits an extremist church and is given a hard time for her family connections and being a witch. If you substitute the word “Catholic” for “witch,” this scene came straight from my own memory.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Yes. You don't have to be “special” to do good in this world. We each have unique gifts to share.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I'm legally blind. I'm drafting my answers in 36-point font right now. I'm also an editor (yes, a blind editor). I'm very good at it, once I blow things up a bit.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

Chocolate is my guilty pleasure. I also enjoy playing games, lately D&D.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The Time Traveller's Wife – Great idea, terrible execution. I could have done it better. :)

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

The story is over for Cassie, but two of her friends got too big for footnotes in her series and are getting single-volume spin-offs of their own. Madison's Song is finished and undergoing editorial review. It should be available in 2015. Kaitlin's Tale is a work in progress. After that … I don't know. I'll just have to wait for inspiration.

What book are you reading now?

Under the Dome by Stephen King. I binged hard on the first series of the TV show with the same name – watched all 13 episodes in 4 days – and got curious about where it came from. It's a long book (it's Stephen King), but at not quite halfway through, I'm tentatively thinking that the show's writers should have stuck a little more closely to the book. Which is saying something, since I enjoyed the show!


Thanks so much for having me here today. I'll be around for questions, or you can e-mail me at christine.amsden@yahoo.com

Stolen Dreams
Cassie Scot
Book 4
Christine Amsden

Genre: Urban fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, new adult

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Date of Publication: June 25, 2014 (ebook)
October 15, 2014 (paperback)

ISBN:  978-1-60619-281-8
ASIN: Coming soon

Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 84,000

Cover Artist: Ural Akyutz

Book Description:

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own?

Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

Excerpt (From Chapter 7)

            “I–” My cell phone rang, saving me the challenge of coming up with a plausible lie. I answered without checking the caller ID. “Hello?”
            “Cassie, dear, how are you and my grandson getting along?” It was Abigail. I had the volume turned up loud enough that Evan could hear. His eyes widened, and he stepped closer. Too close, but I pretended the proximity didn’t affect me in the slightest.
            “Abigail, where are you? What are you doing?”
            “You know the answer to that question, Cassie. And as much as I’d love to give you and Evan a chance to work through more of your issues, I find I have a selfish last request.”
            My heart squeezed. “What?”
            “I don’t want to die alone.” The words were a bare whisper, but both Evan and I heard.
            “Where are you?”
            “At the overlook around back. Hurry.” The call ended.
            “What did she mean?” Evan asked. “What do you know?”
            I was already on my way out the front door, Evan right on my heals. To simplify matters, and to get to her as soon as possible, I decided to give him as much of the truth as I could. “She says someone has to die, and if it’s not her, then it’s going to be your parents.”
            “What? When did she say that?”
            “In snatches for a week, but most of it earlier tonight, right before I came over.” I was out the door now, heading around back up the paved path wide enough for Abigail’s wheelchair to navigate.
            To my immense relief, Evan didn’t question me further. He followed me for a few paces, then rushed ahead, moving too quickly for me to keep up even when I broke into a run.
            She had her chair parked at the top of the hill, overlooking the lake below and a spectacular sunset above. Either I had never seen colors so vibrant before, or I had never paid proper attention. It was as if the heavens were saying farewell.
            My father was nowhere in sight. I had half expected to see him there, and managed a sigh of relief when I didn’t. It was short lived, though.
            Evan knelt in front of his grandmother, holding her right hand in his. When I arrived, I sank to the paved earth at her other side, taking her left hand in mine. The skin was papery thin and so frail I feared it would flake away.
            “Thank you.” She didn’t look at either one of us, and her voice was whisper-thin.
            “You don’t have to die,” Evan said. “There has to be another way out. How are you going to die?”
            “I-I don’t know. I can’t see past my own death. It’s made things... difficult these past few months.”
            “Then how do you know you’re doing the right thing?” I asked. Demanded might be a better word. “How do you know your death will prevent anything?”
            “I didn’t have long to live anyway. My heart is weak, and.... I don’t want to talk about it. Please. I don’t have long. Talk to me about something nice.” There was a hitch in her voice that told me no matter how she had prepared for this moment, she wasn’t ready to die. That realization, more than anything else, brought the first tears to my eyes.
            “Don’t cry for me. I’ll be all right. My husband’s been gone these many years now, and I’ve been alone.”
            I felt Evan’s free hand take mine, and I didn’t even think about yanking it away. For once, his touch didn’t feel anything except comforting. He needed it. I needed it. And so it was.
            “Did you like my invitations?” Abigail asked.
            “Why did you send them?” Evan asked.
            “I don’t suppose you two would consider it a dying woman’s last request?” she asked.
            “Nice try,” I said.
            Evan didn’t say anything, although I became more aware of his hand holding mine.
            “Seriously,” Abigail said, “will you at least talk to one another? Really talk?”
            I closed my eyes, swallowed hard, and nodded. The request was at least as manipulative as the first because she knew I couldn’t deny this one. It was too reasonable.
            “Good.” She squeezed my hand.
            That’s when her house exploded.



About the Author:

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Glimpse of Darkness by Nicole Delacroix


Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, my mother is a German national and my father was in the US military.  My father was military so we moved around a great deal, and making friends for me was difficult.  So my mother bought me a diary when I was 10 and I would scribble in it all the time. From that point on, I learned to live in my head and write everything down, so I guess I owe my mother for making me into a writer.  I currently have the one publication in Paranormal/Fantasy, but I’ve completed a second submission in the Non-Fiction/Humor genre .

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Glimpse of Darkness is book 1 of a planned 4 book series that will follow the main characters, Daniel and Charlie, all over the world in a search for her missing father and her missing birthright.  Without giving too much away, there will be twists and turns along the way as well as an alternative history to some interesting events in history.  I’ve flushed out the story from beginning to end long before I began working on the first book, so I know exactly what will happen in each volume of the series and I know where the story ultimately ends.  My only “up in the air” item is that I was toying with the idea of making it a trilogy instead of 4 full books, so the number of volumes may change, but the story remains the same.

Are you a mom?

I am not currently a mom, although I’d love to be a mom.  I am going to be a new Auntie very soon, and I’m sure I’ll be more obnoxious than the mommy J

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Ha!  I wish, I’d love to be half angel, but I’m more like half devil… okay more than half.  But to answer your question, no I don’t think there was any one event in my own life that inspired the story.  I think I was just interested in angels and the way we view them and started thinking of how I could say what I wanted to in an entertaining way. 

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I have a deep passion for the subject that I write about, and I hope that comes through in my writing.  I love my characters; they are more like family than made up people in my head.  I like the fact that my main character is a strong female character, she doesn’t know it, but she is.  Also I’ve incorporated real places that I’ve had the honor of visiting or living in/near into my story, so I hope the love I have for these places comes across in my story.   I’d like to think that my own personal thoughts about how, as a species, we tend to misinterpret too many things would help my readers think about how they view the world and hopefully see some things in a new light.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a pretty honest person and I have a habit of oversharing.  Not sure that anyone would be particularly surprised by that.  Also, I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind, possess a large vocabulary, and am fluent in pith, sarcasm, double entendres and profanity – and I’m not afraid to use them.   I’m also in love with everything British, especially Graham Norton’s talk show.  I’m probably a bit of an over-sharer since I’m working on a project to see how brave everyday people are where I’ve devised a very in-depth and personal survey, so I’ve actually answered 50 of the most excruciatingly personal questions known to mankind on my website.  (More information than anyone would ever want on me)

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I'm an avid reader (what writer isn't?) and I try to read a book a week.  I'm also a huge Sci-Fi fan, so anytime there is a new SciFi movie out, I'll be first in line (Can't wait for the new Star Wars!).  Other than that, I work a full time job as an IT Professional and am excited that I'm going to be an Aunt very soon.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

50 Shades of Grey series – I don’t write romance, but I was disappointed by parts of that series and I would love to revamp it.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I’m lucky to have a best friend that constantly challenges me, she’s challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and write a horror/ghost story.  Not my genre for writing, but I love the stories and it’s forcing me to flex those writing chops.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I would love to be an angel.  Especially having the abilities that I give to my angels, that would be so much fun.  I think I’m a bit of an oddball, as I tend to like the periphery characters more than the main characters.  For me, my favorite character is a tie between Fifi and Mo, they are so very distinctly different characters and their backstories were the most interesting to write.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

It actually is part of a series.  Glimpse of Darkness is book 1 of a planned 4 book series that will follow the main characters, Daniel and Charlie, all over the world in a search for her missing father and her missing birthright.  Without giving too much away, there will be twists and turns along the way as well as an alternative history to some interesting events in history.  I’ve flushed out the story from beginning to end long before I began working on the first book, so I know exactly what will happen in each volume of the series and I know where the story ultimately ends.  My only “up in the air” item is that I was toying with the idea of making it a trilogy instead of 4 full books, so the number of volumes may change, but the story remains the same.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’m currently working on several things.  I’m focused on book two – the sequel to Glimpse – which is titled Blind Horizon.  In addition, I kick around a ghost/horror story and a World War II story I’ve been formulating.  My pet project is a non-fiction book that focuses on bravery, tentatively titled How Brave Are You?  I’ve finished that book and am currently shopping around literary agents.

What book are you reading now?

Currently I’m reading several books, mostly for review.  Slapshot of Love by Gary Pearson, The Haunting of Wolfe Haven by Debbie Heaton, The Birth of Death by Joseph Macolino and The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel.

What is in your to read pile?

Jason Jones Voyages of the White Skull, Bev Stout Secrets of the Realm, and Sariah Wilson The Ugly Stepsister Strikes BackAll three are really interesting new voices.

Glimpse of Darkness
Volume 1: Chronicles of the Cursed
Nicole Delacroix

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

ISBN: 1497335930 
ISBN: 978-1497335936
ASIN: B00JWUOMIU

Number of pages: 367
Word Count: 68183

Cover Artist: Javier Charro

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Book Description:

Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers' disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she's soon to find out that this stranger isn't what he appears. He's about to throw Charlie's entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers' incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she's ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he's the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

Excerpt:

Daniel finally turned to her and acknowledged that she was there. "You've guessed right. We are just ahead of the cannery and yes we are going to catch a cannery truck. There is a shipment leaving in about 15 minutes that will come this way.  When they come this way the pack will delay the driver so we can sneak onto the back of the truck. What I need you to do is wait until I give the signal to go and then run to the back of the truck quickly and quietly without drawing any attention. It's imperative that the driver does not know we're on the truck.  He can never see us if he does this whole thing will fall apart.  Do you understand?" Charlie nodded, she didn't like the plan, but she would do what Daniel asked of her. 

"We will stay in the back of the truck until they get to Washington state and then we can make our way from there. But it's very important that until we make it out of town and on the highway that you don't say or think anything. Focus on your music, keep your eyes closed and try not to listen. If you hear something make sure it doesn't break your concentration Charlie, it's very important. I can't block you and both our lives depend on you keeping quiet. I know you're tired and upset and I haven't been very forthcoming, but we're almost out of here. You've had your life in my hands up to now and the only way I can return the trust is to tell you that my life is in your hands until we make it out of town. All you have to do is focus on the music in your head; can you do that for me?"

Charlie felt the gravity of his words and hoped that she could come through for him.  She would definitely try her very best to do exactly what he wanted her to do.  She had managed to grab her ear buds when they were leaving the cabin, she figured she could dig those out and put them in. They weren't completely noise canceling but when she had them in she found it easier to focus.  Besides she could put her MP3 player on and the music could just play helping her focus even more.

Daniel started to look a little relieved that she was taking his words to heart and coming up with the best solutions to keep them both safe. He relaxed his grip on her hand a little letting her know that he understood what she was thinking and was on board with her plan.
They hadn't been sitting very long when they heard the unmistakable rumble of the oversized cannery truck in the distance. She figured they had about 5 minutes before the truck made it to where they were hiding. Her adrenaline was pumping and her tiredness eased up and she was on pins and needles waiting for the truck to make it around the curve.
It seemed like forever before the truck lights showed on the horizon meaning that the truck was about 3 minutes away.  Daniel looked focused on what was going on and the pack was on edge as well. It was clear a plan was in play but Charlie was clueless as to what exactly it was. All she knew was her part in it, pay attention get to the back of the truck without being seen.
It wasn't long before the noisy truck was making its way around the curve and picking up speed.  Charlie started to let her doubts creep in, how were they going to be able to jump on a moving vehicle. When without warning the answer to her unspoken question showed itself. The missing pack members were corralling a wild black bear on the other side of the road. It was clear by their behavior that they were going to push the bear into the road in front of the truck about 30 feet ahead of where Charlie and Daniel were hiding.

Charlie started to worry that the bear would make it across the road before the truck could make it, when the rest of the pack moved into action. They ran up to intercept the bear and block it onto the road, there was no escape as the truck barreled down on the bear. Since the curve in the road had hid the bear, the truck slammed into the poor animal. As soon as they heard the tires squeal, Daniel pulled Charlie up and they both ran to the back of the truck. Daniel quickly cut the seal on the truck as the wolves started howling loudly.  Sound cover to pull up the door so they could jump in, the pack had thought of everything. 

Only Charlie worried that the bear may have damaged the truck too much for it to continue its journey, but she didn't have to wait long as she heard the bear growl and the pack disperse and the unmistakable sound of the cab door closing. Soon enough her fear was squashed as the truck lurched into movement. Charlie dug out her MP3 player and ear buds and started listening to music.  She had her classical mix playing David Garrett so she was instantly lost in the music. 



About the Author: 

Nicole Delacroix was born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father. Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it's little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in scriptwriting she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She's fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.






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Two in the Afternoon
A Day of Pleasure
Book 2
Cora Cade

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Samhain
Date of Publication:  July 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-61922-298-4
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Word Count: 26,000

Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Book Description:

When it comes to hand-to-heart combat, no hold is barred.

Molly Ryan survived one attack, and she’s not about to be a sitting duck for another. With her attacker harassing her from his jail cell, she packs up her life in Chicago, follows her Delta Force brother to North Carolina and gets work in a pub.
Men in uniform are definitely off her menu, but her boss’s friend, Army Ranger Callum Eversman, is one hot hunk she’d like to sample.

Home on a two-week furlough, Cal has agreed to watch over Molly as a favor to fellow Ranger Noah Harper. Accomplishing his mission without her noticing? That’s going to be tough, as any idiot can see their sparks of attraction from a mile away.

Despite her hands-off-military-men policy, Molly is tempted to indulge, just this once, in a no-strings-attached fling. No dating, no kissy face, no hearts involved. But when her past threatens her future, there’s only one man to turn to. The one who’ll risk everything—body, heart, and soul—to protect her.

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Copyright © 2014 Cora Cade
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Propping her bare feet on the edge of the ancient desk, Molly Ryan took a well-deserved pull of her beer. Before dropping her head back to ease the tension in her shoulders she closed her aching eyes and sighed heavily. It was nearly two in the afternoon, which meant she’d been locked in the pub’s office for roughly six hours, getting caught up on the weekly invoicing, payroll and upcoming supply orders.

The office had no window to enjoy the lake view, but she knew it was a glorious, sunny summer day. It was well worth the sacrifice of her Sunday off to know that she’d put a major dent in her work week, though. With Noah and Tennyson off on their honeymoon for the next two weeks, they’d left Molly in charge of more than just her normal duties.
Managing a busy pub like the Drunken Duck was enough work, but taking on Noah’s responsibilities as owner added a little more tension to her shoulders. To be fair, it was a challenge she was more than up for. Noah had left his brother, Chris, as her second in command for the duration, giving plenty of help.

She heard the service door open down the hall. Undoubtedly it was Chris to check in with her. He had a normal work week as an architect and helped out in the evenings and weekends as needed. He was likely stopping after seeing her sporty red coupe in the empty parking lot.

“Hey, Mr. Sexy Pants, I’m in the office. Bring me another beer on your way!” She couldn’t help teasing him. He’d spent the previous night fighting off advances from Lexie, his latest crazy chick, as Tenn would call her. At one point Lexie had cornered Chris next to the bar, put a slim hand down the front of his tuxedo pants, and called him Mr. Sexy Pants loud enough for half the bar to hear. Watching Chris turn ten shades of red while attempting to pull the tenacious girl’s hand from his pants had caused Molly to fall off her bar stool in hysterical laughter. Even after landing squarely on her ass and spilling her scotch down the front of her bridesmaid dress, effectively ruining it, she still couldn’t stop laughing.

As the office door opened behind her, she pushed off from the desk. The movement sent the chair whirling around, making the tiny room spin in a quick half turn.

“Hey… Oh.” Well, that wasn’t Chris standing in her doorway. Where Chris was leanly muscled, this guy looked like a hulking linebacker, with heavily muscled arms and a chest broad enough to block the sun. He had a black duffel bag slung over one shoulder, exposing the underside of a thick biceps and a heavy tribal tattoo ending at the elbow.

Intensity pulsed off of him. Light mocha skin, a smoothly shaved head, and steely gray eyes, he exuded a quiet watchfulness that was at odds with his stern demeanor. He had an obvious perpetual scowl set on his face. A face, upon closer inspection, that had a full mouth and broad features and a light scar running across his left cheek, just under the eye.

He watched her watching him, and no one spoke for a moment. Molly belatedly realized she was sitting in front of a ridiculously hot stranger in her pajamas. Not even her cute pajamas. When she’d rolled out of bed after a night of just a little too much scotch and not enough sleep, she hadn’t even considered running into anyone. Her apartment was three blocks away, the pub was closed every Sunday, and most of the town was also recovering from Noah and Tenn’s wedding reception.

Who was this guy, and where had he come from? And could she keep him?

If the vixen in black pajama bottoms with pink skulls was Noah’s new bride, then Cal was in a lot of trouble. It went against his code to covet a fellow soldier’s woman. But he was hard-pressed to take his eyes off the petite beauty with a shock of unruly auburn hair and a full, pouty mouth. She darted her tongue across a lush bottom lip, causing his libido to stand at attention.

It was well past time to stop cataloging every attribute of the woman before him, especially if she was Noah’s. “I’m looking for Noah Harper. Is he around?”

“Noah?” She shook her head, as if clearing it, before going on. “He’s not in, but I’m the manager of the Drunken Duck. Can I help you?”


It was relief, first and foremost, that washed over him. Cal was grateful he’d had a chance to speak with Noah earlier in the week. Molly wasn’t Noah’s wife, but the woman he was here to look after.

About the Author:

Nestled away in a small town in Ohio, I spend my days adding delicious books to my library, snuggling with my four rotten dogs, and debating the finer points of life with the dear husband.

When I'm not tucked away with a book you can be find me tapping away at my laptop.   With coffee.  And my iPod.


Website:  www.coracade.com




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Monday, July 28, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Alexa Grace


Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I began my writing journey as Alexa Grace in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position I'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. I finally had the time to pursue my childhood dream of writing books. My focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels including my popular Deadly Series (DEADLY OFFERINGS, DEADLY RELATIONS DEADLY RELATIONS, and DEADLY HOLIDAY.  I became a USA Today Bestselling Author in 2013.
Readers are describing my new romantic suspense Profile Series (PROFILE OF EVIL and PROFILE OF TERROR) as "edge of your seat reading from page one to the end".  PROFILE OF FEAR is coming in 2015.  My books are in ebook and print formats.

I currently live in Florida with my daughter and five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues.   As a writer, I am fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and communicating with my street team and readers.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My new release PROFILE OF TERROR, Book Two in my Profile Series, is a thrill ride of non-stop suspense with a healthy dose of passion and a pinch of humor.  Here's a short book description.

A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history.  The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level.  The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?
Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her.  But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated.  His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn't need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims.  He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture.  When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.
Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.

Are you a mom?
Yes, I have a daughter, Melissa, and I have five Miniature Schnauzer fur-kids.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Nope.  My daughter is an adult and she works as my author assistant.  By taking care of the marketing, etc., she enables me to spend more time writing.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I hope I am successful in communicating that women need to take measures to make sure they are safe at all times.   In DEADLY DECEPTION, my character, Frankie Douglas, teaches a women's self-defense class.  Her message in this scene is the importance of the 'leave-me-the-hell-alone' body language” when women are out alone in public.  Here is another lesson Frankie taught: 
"Another woman asked, "What if the worst happens and you are the victim of a carjacker?"
"For one thing, you don't consider yourself a victim — ever.  Right?  My best girlfriend was abducted last year and she did what I'd do if it happened to me.  She was scared, but she kept her wits about her.  She was driving and knew she was protected by a seat belt as well as an airbag.  Her attacker was in the backseat pressing a gun to her cheek and wasn’t protected by either.  She rammed her SUV into a large tree.  The impact sent her attacker flying over the seat into the dash and knocking him unconscious long enough for her to escape."

In PROFILE OF TERROR, character Carly Stone teaches Frankie's self-defense course since Frankie has just given birth. Carly teaches how critical it is for women to be acutely aware of their surroundings at all time.  Here is a scene from the book:
"A woman sitting next to Kaitlyn raised her hand.  Carly recognized her as a waitress from Mollie's café.  "I've heard that jerks who attack women look for certain things before they make their move.  Is that true?"
"Yes." Carly said, nodding her head.  "Just like predators in the wild, human predators have a mental process for choosing their victims.  One of the things they favor is women wearing a ponytail or braid because it can be easily grabbed.  Clothing on women that predators prefer are short skirts, which can be easy for them to remove or push up, or anything with straps, like a camisole, that can be cut." 
Carly turned to write on the whiteboard behind her with a black marker.  She wrote "Don't look like a victim."  Facing the class again, she was pleased to see most of the women taking notes.
"When you are out in public, don't look like a victim.  Try to stay in areas with more people, and walk with a purpose, with confidence.  Predators go after the weak, so make sure your facial expression says, 'Don't mess with me.'"
On the whiteboard, Carly wrote "Always be aware of your surroundings." 
"That means don't allow technology to distract you.  One thing I hate to see is a woman jogging, listening to her iPod, seemingly lost in the music.  Please don't do this.  Pay attention at all times to what is going on around you.  Don't talk on your cell or listen to your iPod when you're alone in a public place.  Do a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree assessment.  Know who is in your immediate vicinity at all times."
The waitress raised her hand to ask another question.  "I usually get off work late at night.  Would you please talk a bit about car safety?"
"Absolutely," Carly said.  "Predators target places where you park your car, during the daytime as well as at night.  One thing you should do to proactively protect yourself is to have your keys in your hand."  She picked up her own keys.  "I like to thread each key between my fingers like this, so my keys become a weapon if needed.  Take out your keys and try this."

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

The sexual sadist, serial killer, Jim Ryder in both Profile of Evil and PROFILE OF TERROR has been the most challenging to write because his character required so much research.  I was determined that his character, behaviors, and actions be credible so I researched by learning the behaviors and motivations of sexual sadist serial killers, reading books written by profilers, discussing scenes with my subject matter experts, and doing extensive Internet research.   This research was also needed so I could write an accurate profile for my profiler, former FBI agent, Carly Stone, character.
In this excerpt from PROFILE OF TERROR, Carly is tasked by the FBI with interviewing Jim Ryder and get him into a dialog about his personality, background, and development.  The information is useful for the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit to understand when and why he started killing.
"Let's start by talking a bit about your childhood.  What was it like?  Where did you grow up?"
"Seriously?  Are you trying to shrink me?" 
"Not at all," Carly insisted, meeting him eye-to-eye.
"Fine. I grew up in a small town in Ohio.  My dad was a high school principal, and Mom was a nurse.  Is that what you wanted to know?"
"No kidding," Carly said. "I heard you and your sister, Erin, grew up in Francis, Utah, as a member of the Dawson family.  Your father was the town drunk, and your mother was a weak-willed woman who did nothing to protect her children from his beatings."
Ryder looked as if she'd slapped him across the face.  He stared fiercely at her from across the table.
"So let's start over.  Tell me about your childhood."
Ryder exploded.  "What the **** does my childhood have to do with the additional victims I agreed to talk about?"
In her calmest, most soothing voice, Carly said, "It would really help me to understand your side of things if you'd give me some information about your background.  I just want to get to know you better before we move on to the subject of additional victims."
A suggestion of annoyance mixed with distrust hovered in his eyes as he spoke.  "I grew up in Francis, Utah.  Yeah, my father was the town drunk.  He was a mean, merciless man who took pleasure in beating up his family, among other things."
"What other things?"     

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

I am in the research phase of my next book PROFILE OF FEAR (Book #3 of the Profile Series) to be released in 2015.  The book involves human trafficking so I am reading a lot of information on how traffickers operate.  The information is interesting but terrifying at the same time. 


What book are you reading now?

I am reading James Patterson's new book INVISIBLE which has to be his most chilling stand-alone book ever.  FBI research analyst, Emmy Dockery finds the link between hundreds of unsolved murder cases — but no one will believe her.  Add her ex, field agent Books Bookman and the two races against time to catch the prolific killer.  Lots of suspense and twists and turns.  My kind of book.

What is in your to read pile?

Waiting for me in my TBR pile are:
  • THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts
  • SHIVER by Karen Robards
  • KILL SHOT by Lilianna Hart
  • RAZING KAYNE by Julieanne Reeves


Profile of Terror
Profile Series
Book Two
Alexa Grace

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Golden Publishing, L.L.C.

Date of Publication: May 2014

ISBN-10: 0985593962
ISBN-13: 978-0-9855939-6-4
ASIN: B00KAMWA7Y

Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 80,583

Cover Artist:  Christy Carlyle of Gilded Heart Design

Book Description:

A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history.  The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level.  The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?

Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her.  But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated.  His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn't need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims.  He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture.  When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.

Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.

Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/wZKSJmrHrRM   

Available at   Amazon US  Amazon UK  Amazon CA   Amazon AU   BN


Excerpt #3
At one in the morning, the dark sky was illuminated by a full moon as they drove on a country road, trees hanging overhead like skeletal arms, nearly touching their vehicle.  Driving slowly, they made periodic stops, for only the perfect place would do.
Approaching a bridge over a deep ravine with a wide creek, the van stopped.  Both got out and circled to the back of the white utility van, where they pulled out a young woman's body, already stiffening with rigor mortis.  They carried her to the edge of the road, where they set down her corpse, gave it a push, and sent it rolling down the ravine until it landed on the rocky creek bed below.  Hands on hips, they waited and watched the body at rest, as if they expected it to magically come to life and run away.
"I wonder how long it will take the cops to find this one." The driver chuckled as he followed his passenger to the back of the van.
"Good question.  The one last winter wasn't found until the spring thaw."  He flipped through a stack of magnetic business signs he'd collected in the back of the vehicle.  Choosing one, he slapped it on the side of the van and climbed inside.
"So how many magnetic signs do we have now?"
"Fifteen or so.  We've got signs for plumbing, locksmithing, house painting, and general repair businesses. Think we need more?"
"No." He shook his head.  "You did a good job stealing those.  Even if we have an eye witness tonight, they'll describe a business truck, complete with a name and phone number the cops will use to try to track down their suspects. Too bad it will be a dead end.  Any time we can toy with the cops is a good time."
"Agreed," he said, as a slow, evil smile spread across his handsome face.
Devan Roth glanced at his twin brother, Evan, sitting in the passenger seat, and thought about how much Evan craved his praise.  He'd used that need to his advantage their entire lives.  It wasn't that Devan didn't love his twin.  He did, but he loved manipulating him more.  Although Evan had a higher intelligence level than Devan ever dreamed of reaching, Evan's adoration for his twin was his weak spot.  And if there was anything that Devan could identify from a mile away, it was someone else's weakness.  That's what made Devan the leader.
From early childhood, he could get Evan to do absolutely anything he wanted.  Devan invented the "Double Dare" game when the twins were twelve; he double-dared Evan to jump off the second-story roof. Evan leaped, and broke both his legs.  But he never told their parents that Devan had dared him to do it.  His loyalty to his twin outweighed the pain he suffered that summer.
The Double Dare game continued.  Early on, they stole and killed their neighbors' pets, and then moved on to peeping in windows in the neighborhood and videotaping the event so they could relive the thrill later.  Now they were abducting and killing prostitutes, then disposing of their bodies in remote areas surrounding Indianapolis.

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Alexa Grace began her writing journey in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural.  In 2013, she was named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations are listed in e-retailer's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books.  Deadly Offerings has not left the top ten bestselling free mystery romance and police procedural books since 2011.

Deadly Holiday, published in November 2012, is her holiday-themed romantic suspense novella, featuring all her Deadly Trilogy characters.

Alexa Grace's book Deadly Relations is included in the bestselling book set The Perfect Ten along with Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Nancy Naigle, Andrienne Giordano, Misty Evans, Sandy Blair, Mary Buckham, Tonya Kappes and Micah Caipa.

Profile of Evil, the first book of the Profile Series was published in May 2013. Profile of Terror was released in May 2014  and Profile of Fear will be released in 2015.

Earning two degrees from Indiana State University, Alexa currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

You can visit her website at - http://www.alexa-grace.net/

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