I’d like to welcome Alexa Grace author of the of Deadly trilogy. I’m pleased you could make it today to share your stories.

Nina: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Alexa: My journey started 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 dream of writing books–a childhood dream. My focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

I earned two degrees from Indiana State University and currently live in Florida. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America National as well as the Florida Chapter.

The first two books in my Deadly series have consistently been listed on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense Books. My newest book, Deadly Relations is now in the top 10 of Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense Books.

I was recently named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to me in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

My writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, I am fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers. You can keep up with me on my website, facebook and twitter. You’re also welcome to check out and join my street team.

Nina: Please tell us about your newest book.
Alexa: Deadly Relations, the third book of the Deadly Trilogy, was published on September 21. Here is a brief description of the plot.

In Deadly Relations, a serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. Concealed behind a friendly and trustworthy face, no one knows he has a rage to kill he can’t control — until it’s too late.

Detective Jennifer Brennan, still haunted by her abduction five years before, devotes her life to serve and protect others. So when three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch, she vows to find the killer — or die trying.

A personal relationship with her partner, Detective Blake Stone, would be career suicide. But the connection Jennifer has with him is nothing short of electric. Working with Blake daily and denying her attraction is hard. But when he moves in to protect her, resisting him becomes pure torture.

As they fight temptation, two detectives race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. It is the most important case of their careers. It could be their last.

Available from:
Amazon U.S.
Amazon U.K.
Smashwords

Nina: What can we expect from you in the future?
My next book Profile of Evil will be published in the spring of 2013. It is the first book of the Profile Trilogy. Here is a brief description of the plot.

Carly Stone is a brilliant FBI agent who’s seen more than her share of evil. Leaving the agency, she becomes a consultant for Indiana County Sheriff Brody Chase. He needs her help to catch a savage killer who is luring teenaged girls to their death in the handsome sheriff’s community.
The two are determined to stop a dangerous predator before he takes another life — at any cost.

Nina: How can we find out more about your books?
Alexa: Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception and Deadly Relations are sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, Diesel and more. Deadly Offerings is FREE on Amazon.

Please enjoy this EXCERPT from Deadly Relations:
Jennifer left the Sugar Creek Cafe, where she’d filled her thermos with hot coffee. She walked down Main Street toward the county sheriff’s building, where Catherine Thomas’s latest search efforts were being organized. March had been fickle thus far, alternating between unseasonably warm or frigid weather. Today, it was chilly, so she tightened the belt on her coat and lifted her collar as she walked against the wind that whipped her hair about, stinging her face and eyes. Though she’d never admit it, she was exhausted and had averaged around four hours of sleep per night since Catherine went missing. When she wasn’t in her car searching for Catherine, she was sitting in front of her computer using the methods Frankie had taught her to look for a missing person. Her cousin, Frankie, was a private investigator with an expertise in technology, and Jennifer had worked for Frankie prior to going to the Police Academy. But Frankie’s sure-fire methods hadn’t worked to find Catherine.

One look at the gray clouds overhead confirmed what the TV weather guy had said. There was a chance of rain today. At least, she hoped it was just rain. If the temperature dipped below thirty-two degrees, there was a good chance they’d get freezing rain, or what people called “black ice.” That made the roads treacherous to drive, let alone search for a missing person.

The majority of the businesses in the historic downtown area were located on Main Street for six blocks or more. Most of the buildings had been built a hundred or so years before. They’d been preserved by massive renovations and modernization as time went on.

The wind was playing havoc with Catherine Thomas’s missing posters, which peppered the trees and light posts. Lining the inside of nearly every shop or restaurant window was the poster for the world to see, with the silent prayer that someone would find her. Fred and Julie Thomas worked tirelessly to get the word out about Catherine’s disappearance.

Jennifer gritted her teeth as she thought about Catherine. She’d been abducted. Though there was no evidence, she was sure of it. Catherine had been taken against her will, just as Jennifer had been taken years before. The girl was looking forward to going to the police academy. She was not a runaway. There was no way Jennifer would believe Catherine left on her own volition. She had an ominous feeling that time had run out, and their chances of finding Catherine alive were nil. Catherine’s parents hadn’t lost hope of finding her alive, but Jennifer had. She knew the more time that elapsed, the less likely they would find Catherine alive. Like most detectives, Jennifer knew that time and again when they didn’t find the missing person within forty-eight hours, it was likely the person was dead.

It was Thursday and Catherine had been missing for five days — a time period painfully realized by every member of the county sheriff department. The staff took it personally. The sheriff, each of his officers, and all the admins wore a yellow arm band that matched the yellow ribbon tied around a huge oak tree in the Thomas’s front yard. People don’t go missing on their turf, on their watch.

So much time had elapsed that most of the sheriff’s team had lost hope that Catherine was alive, just as Jennifer had. The sense of loss made them more determined to find her body so they could focus on what happened to her. While there was a lot of information they’d gain by finding a dead body in terms of prosecuting a killer, there was a lot more satisfaction in finding the missing alive.

Fear ran rampant, as was evident by increased calls to the station. Paranoid citizens were reporting suspicious strangers, or strange noises outside their homes. High school girls, much to their distress, found themselves with early curfews and increased parental surveillance. Local restaurants were filled with anxious chatter about Catherine, and gossip ran rampant. People were angry, too, firing blame at the county sheriff’s office for not finding Catherine.

For the first time since Jennifer could remember, people were locking their doors at nights and leaving on their outside lights. The quiet street she lived on was usually dim at nightfall, with only a few street lamps to light the way. Since Catherine went missing, the street was flooded bright by house, porch, and garage lights.
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Reader question:  In Deadly Relations, three young women are abducted by a serial killer.  What is the most frightening thing that’s ever happened to you?

21 Responses to Graced with an Interview

  • It’s amazing how great things can happen when something bad occurs. Congrats on all the success. The books sound riviting. I’m adding to my TBB list.

  • Very nice interview and loved the excerpt.

  • Lovely interview, ladies. And Alexa, way to make lemonade!

  • Re: Reader Question: My most frightening experience was when the Alfred Murrah building was bombed in 1995. I worked on the 13th floor in a building that sat “cater-cornered” to the Murrah building. Our building swayed three feeet, shook and vibrated in an ear-splitting roar. Ceiling tiles fell to the floor, people screamed. I found out there are three kinds of responses in an emergency. 1. There are those who run to the scene; 2. There are those who run from the scene and 3. There are those who don’t run at all–they freeze in place and go into shock.

    We were fortunated to be located where we were. We had no serious injuries, but going through a terror like that makes you feel violated. Like someting was taken from you. For me, it was innocence. The belief that something like this could happen right in the middle of downtown Oklahoma City. Because of that, we will not forget.

    • Oh, Gail, I can’t even imagine living through something so scary. But you’re right about how you classify people, I never really thought about it before. I tend to be one of those mvoing away from scary situations, nostly because there’s nothing I can do to help. With my disability I’d just be in the way.

      And with all the turmoil in the world it makes us all aware of how fragile our lives truly are. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing.

    • Wow, I am so sorry you had to go through all of that! How awful!

  • I was working retail in small store and a guy came in…I happened to be alone in the store that day! He acted like he was looking around, I could tell something was off, he tried to rob me! Thank god there were several cops that came in the store regularly, one happened to walk in that day!! He tried to run but didn’t get away! I have never been so scared,prayed so hard or been so thankful I don’t think!
    Now for the Deadly Trilogy I absolutely love the series, not only does it keep you on the edge of you seat but its funny and romantic as well! I had a hard time putting all 3 books down! I would recommend reading these books, they are great! I can’t wait for Alexa’s new book to come out!

    • Allyson – Oh how scary for you! And how fortunate the police officer came in at that time. It’s amazing how things work out the way they should.

      Wow, that’s quite an endorsement for Alexa’s books. I’m currently reading the first book. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

  • Nothing as scary as either of the other responders; I couldn’t imagine either of those.

    My scary moment was a few years ago, during a camping trip we got turn around during a hike & were lost for what felt like forever; in reality it was only about an hour. I just kept waiting for the crazies to locate us & drag us off to their one room cabin in the woods – for dinner.

    • Heather – I couldn’t either. But I wouldn’t want to be in your situation either. Being lost in the woods had to be frightening … all those horrible scenarios you see on tv that don’t turn out well would have been running through my mind. Glad it turned out all right for you.

  • I had a retail experience, too. I was managing a big box store when I guy who claimed he had a gun demanded cash. It was quite a night.

    Lovely interview. Thanks for the excerpt.

  • So can’t wait until I have time to read this one. LOVE the trilogy 🙂

    I’ve been very lucky to not have anything too frightening happen to me. My biggest scare was probably when I was driving through the mountains on a car trip and bad a near miss with a tractor trailer.

    • Anna – Those tractor trailers are pretty scary when they come into your lane. I drive a little car and it’s happened to me on more than one occassion. I think they can’t see me.

      This book definitely sounds like another winner in the trilogy.

  • I decided to add another story which fits in with the themes in the Deadly Trilogy.

    I was going to night school after working a stressful 8-hour day and I was always pretty fried by 10:30 p.m. when classes were over. My husband gave me strict orders to ALWAYS check the back seats when I got in the car. I spouted, “Yeah, yeah…nothing’s going to happen to me. If someone takes me, they’ll just let me go when they get me in the light, anyway.”

    The next class night as I trudged out to my car, I muttered to myself, cursing the cold north wind, the project I had due at work the next day, the kid’s latest capers and my general lot in life. I opened the car door, got in and leaned forward to start the car. Suddenly, a black hooded man popped up from the floorboard behind the driver’s seat and grabbed me. I was so scared, I couldn’t even scream. I squeaked.

    Once he scraped me off the ceiling of the car, I realized it was my husband—teaching me a lesson. He made his point…one in which I am very glad was only to teach.

    All it takes is one unguarded moment when our minds are somewhere else for an attacker to seize his moment of opportunity.

    • Gail – I’ve seen just enough scary movies to always check the backseat. It is amazing what one moment of inattention can bring us. I’m glad in your case it was just your husband.

  • LOVE the Deadly Trilogy! It has great suspense, passion and humor! The scariest thing that ever happened to me was when I was a small child visiting my uncle at his farm. A neighbor child and I got locked in a room and we were afraid we would never get out…I remember feeling petrified and it was my first experience of feeling claustraphobic, as if the walls were closing in and confining!

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    • Booksie – It’s amazing how a room with plenty of space becomes claustrophic when there’s a locked door involved.

      I do love humor with my romance. Alexa’s stories have just the right balance.

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