Welcome to Rita’s Bower where readers gather to meet our favorite or soon-to-be favorite authors while sipping delicious drinks and savoring decadent treats. Serve yourself a plate and drink, settle back in a comfortable chair, prop up your feet, and welcome our guest author, Alexa Grace.
I am so pleased to interview Alexa. Her debut novel, Deadly Offerings, has consistently made the top thirty of Amazon's best seller list in romantic suspense. She has promised to share some hot details today, but first, let’s meet our guest.
Tell us a little about yourself, Alexa.
I've spent most of my career as a Training Director, helping others reach their true potential. All the while, I had this dream since childhood to write book after book.
How do you manage to fit writing into your busy schedule?
I view writing as my job, so I typically write from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, using an hour or two for getting the word out about my book.
Without giving away too much, Deadly Offerings is brimming with passion and suspense. I love stories in which the hero and heroine are at odds and these two certainly have a past. And the villain in Deadly Offerings goes beyond suspenseful to scary.
My heroine, Anne Mason is starting over after a messy and contentious divorce. She’s moved into Golden Acres, the wind farm left to her by her ex’s mother. She’s not at all pleased to learn that her new next-door neighbor is county prosecutor Michael Brandt — the same man who represented her ex in the court proceedings. Still, Anne feels safe in her new, Midwestern home. Then someone starts leaving dead bodies in her corn field as “gifts” to her.
As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it. The unsettling part of this for Anne is that she has no idea who would want to hurt her.
Michael Brandt may be the new County Prosecutor but he is also her ex-husband's attorney. He's the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?
Your book trailer for Deadly Offerings is amazing, well worth a visit to your webpage. Tell us about its production.
I really surprised myself when I created this video and my more technology savvy friends were amazed. I started the process by using PowerPoint to tell the story, then I added music, and a media software I'd never used. It was an adventure! It is posted on my webpage.
Deadly Offerings is your debut novel. Will it be part of a series?
Yes, Deadly Offerings is book one in the Deadly Trilogy.
Tell us about the second book in the Deadly Trilogy.
In Deadly Deception, readers will enter the disturbing world of illegal adoptions, baby trafficking and murder with new detective Lane Hansen and private investigator Frankie Douglas. Both were characters in Deadly Offerings.
Lane Hansen has a problem. He needs a woman to portray his wife in an undercover operation and the only females on his team are either very pregnant or who act like men and are built like linebackers. Then he remembers gorgeous P.I. Frankie Douglas — a woman who could take his breath away by her beauty and take him down in 2.5 seconds. Unfortunately, he’s the same woman he treated like a one night stand six months before. Frankie Douglas has a problem also. She wants to rid the world of one baby trafficking killer. The only way to do that is to partner with Lane Hanson, the man who disappeared from her life after a night of mind-blowing sex.
They’ve been warned! Getting personally involved with a partner can put cases and lives at risk. Going undercover as husband and wife, Lane and Frankie struggle to keep their relationship strictly professional as their sizzling passion threatens to burn out of control.
Deadly Deception is scheduled for release in June and will be available from Amazon.
What’s next for you after Deadly Deception?
The third book of the Deadly Trilogy is Deadly Relations which focuses on Jennifer Brennan and Blake Stone. In Deadly Relations, a serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. He hides behind a friendly face that inspires trust, a personality that is charming and persuasive, and a rage to kill. Detective Jennifer Brennan knows that the abduction of a loved one is the equivalent of a nuclear blast to a family. So when three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch, she vows to find the killer — or die trying. Detective Blake Stone has been looking for a woman like Jennifer Brennan his entire life. Now that he's found her, can he convince her to trust again?
In Deadly Relations, two detectives race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. It is the most important case of their careers — and it could be their last. The anticipated release date of Deadly Relations is November 2012.
Many multi-published authors in print and ebooks, even New York Times Bestselling authors, have self-published releases. Tell us about your decision to go self-published.
My journey started last March when the Sr. Director position I’d held for thirteen years was eliminated. At first I was devastated, and then I decided that life is like a bank account. Once you spend it, it’s gone.
My dream since childhood was to write book after book. So I poured myself into writing Deadly Offerings, my first book. The more I wrote, the more I got into the story and it felt wonderful.
I’d done a lot of Internet research about self-publishing and read articles about the top self-publishers and it inspired me so on December 27th I launched Deadly Offerings, which is available on Amazon.
How can readers contact/follow you?
When I hear from one of my readers, it makes my day and I always write back. Please contact me at Twitter and Facebook
Thank you, Alexa, for visiting. I encourage readers who haven’t read Deadly Offerings to add it to their to-be-read list. I look forward to reading the other books in the Deadly Trilogy as they are released.
Thank you very much for this interview opportunity.
You are welcome, Alexa. Drop by and visit anytime. The door to Rita’s Bower is always open. Happy reading, dear readers, until our next gathering.