Saturday, February 7, 2015

Interview and Giveaway with Alexis D. Craig

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

I’m Alexis D Craig on paper (and according to my parents), but Lexie in my regular life, and I write romance. There’s something about falling in love that I find magical, and I enjoy writing about it.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. 

The Ex File is a hot romantic suspense liberally dipped in comedy. Two old friends reconnect, and not everyone is as pleased about it as they are. The consequences of being happy can be varied and violent, as Sean and Ellie find out. Sometimes, when the past comes knocking, it’s best to just lock the door and hide.

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

Definitely. I love bringing people into my life into my little microcosms. I never do it without permission, but I do have fun with that aspect of my writing. Josh and Dane in The Ex File have foundations in very real people in my life.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you? 

I am a bona fide Hello Kitty addict, to the point where I have Boba Fett Hello Kitty tattooed on my ankle.

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

I love ghost hunting, and I am a crafting fiend. I have as many hobbies as I do digits, and I take as much joy in those as I do writing. I love to bead, paint, draw occasionally, and take great pride in my Craftastic Pinterest board. So far everything I’ve done from there has been rock awesome. I also love to ride my bike along the Canal in downtown Indy. The view is wonderful and I’m determined to do 20 miles in a stretch and befriend the ducks. So far, the ducks do not appreciate my efforts.

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

The Ex File is Book 1 in my Behind the Blue Line series. Sean, Ellie, and their friends were so much fun to write, that I didn’t feel like stopping at just one. Book 2, coming May 23rd, 2015, is titled Dead and Disorderly and focusses on Nico Verrazzano, a detective friend of Sean’s you meet in their story, and the tiny little hurricane with the turquoise streaked hair, Nahia Wellington. She’s nothing like any other woman he’d ever encountered and quickly becomes everything he’d ever want.

Put together by her meddlesome best friend (and Nico’s partner), Nigel, Nahia’s suspicious of the immediate spark between them. She’s not one for love at first sight, but she also knows better than to ignore the Universe when it takes out a billboard to get her attention.
Together they are drawn into a case involving a haunted house with a tragic past that hits closer to home than either one of them expect.

It’s all fun and games until the walls start bleeding.

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

Dead and Disorderly, Book Two in the Behind the Blue Line Series is due out May 23rd, and a separate romantic suspense standalone entitled Bulletproof Princess is due out August 8th. I also have a RomCom I just finished called No Such Thing, but I don’t have a release date for that as of yet.

The Ex File
Behind the Blue Line Series
Book 1
Alexis D Craig

Genre: Erotic Suspense, Police Procedural, Hot Romance

Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Date of Publication: 2/7/2015


Number of pages: 148
Word Count: 59,931

Cover Artist: Laura Hidalgo of BookFabulous Designs

Book Description:

Second Chances Can Be Lethal

Narcotics Officer, Sean O’Leary is bitter after a messy divorce that has reinforced his solitary nature, leaving him only with his dog and a sword collection. He could never imagine that  his former best friend may be the only woman to bring happiness into his lonely life.

Ellie Gardner knows loss; especially after she was banished from her best friend/crush's life by his jealous wife. Although the regret of walking away from the love of her life still stung, a chance encounter with Sean may change everything.

When Ellie and Sean reconnect, they could never expect it'd be in such an explosive way, leaving them both to gain the fulfillment of their 'what if's.

Finding love is hard enough without the past breathing down their necks, especially when said past has no intention of letting go. When Sean's ex, Pia Mastriani returns, Ellie must face her nemesis' relentless tactics to get Sean back, including eliminating Ellie if necessary.

Sean and Ellie’s relationship is put to the test but will they fare well while they go rummaging through The Ex File?

Excerpt 2:

Tempting fate, he cupped her cheek, heartened when she didn’t turn away from him. “I may be a lot of things,” he started, “but I’m not that kind of bastard. That much I can promise.”
“But you didn’t call.” Her voice was small, full of confusion and accusation even as she hooked her fingers through his belt loops.
Sean rested his forehead against hers, feeling the heat of her whiskey breath against his lips. “You said you were going to call me right before you ran out the door the other morning.” He hoped that by showing the parity of their situations, it would make her feel better.
“I didn’t run.” Ellie tilted her head back to look him in the eye, “I walked, with dignity and great haste.” She held a straight face for only a moment before breaking into a quiet chuckle.
He could feel himself grinning like an idiot. He nuzzled his nose against hers. “Fine, you left with great haste.”
She turned her face away and mumbled something that sounded like, “I didn’t know what else to do.”
“Eleanor,” he purred as he placed a finger under chin and turned her face to his. She looked… scared? Ashamed? It was several shades of emotion at once, and he wanted nothing more than to hug her as tight as he could to make them go away. “El. You know what I did last week?” She shook her head. He licked his lips and laughed slightly. “I arrested a couple hookers, did some buys. Hung out with Guinness. Went a little nuts on eBay for a couple antique swords. It’s an exciting life I lead, huh?”
Ellie’s eyes fell from his to his lips, finally landing on his chest. “I’m sorry for doubting you.”
Sean threaded his fingers through her hair as he pressed a gentle kiss to her forehead. “No, don’t apologize. We’re both kinda new at this.” When she looked back up at him, she looked like she was about to cry. That wouldn’t do at all. He brushed his lips across hers, pleased to see the surprise in her eyes. “We’ll work it out.”
She reached up and tucked his bangs behind his ear, her fingertips igniting little sparks against his skin as she trailed them down his neck to his shoulder. “I’m sure we will.” When she arched up into him as she kissed him, he knew the heaven he’d experienced the other night hadn’t been imagined. Her fingers wound in his hair, the way her breath caught when he bit her neck, her leg hooked around his, damn, he hadn’t realized how much he’d missed this.
The knock at the door broke them apart for only a second. She looked at the door, and the clock on the stove, before pulling him tight against her again. “Wrong house. They’ll figure it out.” 
That was all the permission to continue he needed, grabbing her by the waist and lifting her onto the counter. Stepping between her legs, he dropped his hand to her knee, moving it slowly up her thigh and dragged her dress with it. Ellie tugged at the collar and sleeves of his button down shirt, until he stopped only long enough to toss it into the living room over the half-wall.
He framed her face in his hands and peppered her lips with tiny kisses and nibbles as she wrapped her legs around his waist and pressed herself as close to him as she could be while still dressed.

The banging on the front door recommenced, this time with the familiar timber of a cop on a mission. “Eleanor Gardner. Open the door now or I’m coming in there.”

About the Author:

Alexis is a writer with a couple of day jobs. Working for two different police agencies, it's a juggling act to find time to write.

She is also an aunt, godmother, avid cyclist, serial hobbyist, ghost hunter, and collector of stray animals. Her husband is a loving, patient man.

The author of Imminent Danger, Undercover Seduction, and Give Me Shelter with Lachesis Press, and she has three more novels coming out in 2015, The Ex File on February 7th, Dead and Disorderly on May 23rd, and Bulletproof Princess on August 8th from Hot Ink Press.


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