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Friday, December 21, 2012

Interview w/ Alexa Grace + giveaway! (open INT)


Welcome to day 21 of Authors for the Holidays! 

We've got a wonderful author, Alexa Grace, stopping by for a little chat today. Alexa writes some oh so yummy romantic suspense that'll keep you coming back for more :)

We're giving away a set of the trilogy today and don't forget to check out the buy links down below! 
Deadly Offerings (book 1) is *free* on both Nook & Kindle! Score!
But be sure to pick it up soon b/c it won't be free for long!

       



It's so nice to see you this morning Alexa :) Thanks for dropping by herding cats & burning soup to chat with us today!

I'm a huge fan of romantic suspense and have really been enjoying your Deadly Trilogy. For our followers who are just meeting you could you tell us a little about the trilogy as a whole and the type of men and women they'll meet?
Deadly Offerings - Book One - Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest living on a wind farm left to her by her ex's mother. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her! And how can she be falling in love with the hot attorney who represented her ex-husband in their divorce proceedings? 
Deadly Deception - Book Two- Enter the disturbing world of illegal adoptions, baby trafficking and murder with new detective Lane Hansen and private investigator Frankie Douglas.  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.  Can they keep passion in control long enough to take down two murderers? 
Deadly Relations - Book Three - Detective Jennifer Brennan, still haunted by her abduction five years before, devotes her life to serve and protect others. Love is the last thing on her mind, but will it find her after three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch and she vows to find the killer — or die trying.
Ack they all sound sooo good! What 6 fun/interesting facts do you think readers would get a kick out of knowing about the trilogy?
  • I did a boatload of research on wind farming before I wrote Deadly Offerings and even visited a few in Indiana where my book is set. 
  • The cat scene in Deadly Deception is very similar to what actually happened to one of my daughter's male friends.  When I decided to use something similar in the book, I bounced ideas off my daughter late in an International  Pancake House.  We were laughing so hard, our waitress asked us what was going on. We feared they were going to ask us to leave. 
  • I am super careful about anything that has to do with crime scenes and law        enforcement and have a fantastic subject matter expert who heads major crimes who literally reads every page of my books to make sure they are credible.   
  • The house on the cover in Deadly Holiday is a real home that belongs to my sister and her husband. *oooo very neat! Love that!*
  • In the original manuscript for Deadly Relations, I used real state parks. My niece read my manuscript and thought there were serial murders in the parks. She was so frightened she vowed never to hike in the parks again. That is when I decided to use fictional names for the parks. 
  • I celebrate with Chunky Monkey ice cream at the finish of each book. *nice!*
I always love talking heroes and whew yours knocked me off my feet. Especially Michael (I so want a real life him <g> ). Lane and Blake are pretty swoon-worthy too. Any particular men that inspired them? Do you have a favorite of your guys?
I once knew a man with a personality like Michael's in college.  I adored him and was crushed when his graduate studies ended and he moved several states away. 
Lane and Blake are figments of my imagination and have to be the hottest and nicest men on the planet.  I like my alpha men to have hearts as big as they are.
Ooooh yeah that's the perfect alpha hero! Speaking of things we love, we're big animal people here at herding cats and saw you have a pretty special writing team on your side. We'd love to hear about them :)
My daughter and I have a herd of five Miniature Schnauzers of various colors.  Three of them are rescues.  Each of them has a unique personality.  Millie, a salt and pepper, is unusually tall for a miniature so we call her our runway model. Juliet is 15 years old and is black with white markings that make her look as if she were wearing a bikini.  Starbucks is white, named after my favorite coffee, and is Mr. Congeniality. Starbucks is a rescue, but I don't know who rescued who.  It was love at first sight for both of us.  Peppy is blonde (if you can believe it), has a passport for Puerto Rico, and is the first Type B, laid-back Schnauzer I've ever met.  He is our only dog who allows himself to be used as a pillow at naptime by the other dogs.  Last but not least is Monty, who is black and built like a quarterback.  Monty dreams of being the alpha dog in our herd but that position is already taken.  
Awwww, so cute!! Okay, I'm a total holiday junkie so gotta ask... anything exciting planned for Christmas & New Years or traditions you're looking forward to?
I am spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's in Indiana this year with my family.  It's the first time in five years I've been able to do it and look forward to it.
How about a little...Lightning Round?
  • Oddest thing in your purse right now? Container of pepper spray in a pink camouflage lipstick case.
  • Craziest thing you've ever done? In college, my roommate and I kidnapped a dorm neighbor's goldfish, set him down on a plate, then posed above him with a knife and fork.  We then sent her the photo and demanded a ransom.  She came through with a large pizza the next night.
  • High heels or flip flops? I used to be a high heel girl, but now give in to comfort for my flatties.
  • Favorite word? Cool
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs - specifically Schnauzers 
  • Favorite ice cream flavor? Chunky Monkey by Ben & Jerry

Grab The Deadly Trilogy

Deadly Offerings (FREE):   Amazon   B&N   Smashwords
 Deadly Deception:                Amazon   B&N   Smashwords
  Deadly Relations:                 Amazon   B&N    Smashwords
 Deadly Holiday (novella):    Amazon    B&N    Smashwords

Box set of 1-3 (it's a steal at $4.99): Amazon   B&N


Alexa Grace's journey started 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 dream of writing books -- her dream since childhood. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Alexa earned two degrees from Indiana State University and currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America (national) as well as the Florida Chapter.


Find Alexa Online

Alexa's giving away 4 ebooks of her newest release, Deadly Holiday!! And we're adding in a box set of the Deadly Trilogy today just because we <3 her
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Leave Alexa some love and enter that Rafflecopter! 

[Hey yall! I just found out this AM that Alexa's been pretty sick the last few days so she hasn't been able to make it by to check on yall. I'm going to be working my way through answering any questions the best I can :) Lots of good "get better" thoughts going Alexa's way from us!]


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36 comments:

  1. I'm really glad your books exist in pdf on smashword ^^ so i could get the first book ( i won the 2 others yes but since it was kindle it didn't work for unfortunately)so thank you a lot for thinking about all your readers, i really appreciate

    i discovered romantic suspense in february and i really loved it so i'm really happy to have the opportunity to read yours soon ( after i finish my holday stories challenge^^)

    happy holidays

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  2. Oh I have to read these! For many reasons...because I am biased and any book based in my home state (Indiana) has to be awesome *giggles* and they sound great plus I love that you make sure that they are factual and as accurate as they can be! So cool that you are from here! As the saying goes from Indiana Beach..."There's more than corn in Indiana!" lol yup there is awesome authors!

    I hope yu have a safe trip and Happy Holidays!

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  3. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read, =)

    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Holidays!
    //Linda

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  4. I snapped up book 1 for my kindle
    it looked GOOD
    ok - the guy on the cover looked GOOD
    would LOVE to win & read!!
    Happy Holidays

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  5. I lost my poodle this year
    WHEN I get ready again I was considering a Schnauzer - since you have 5 I'm guessing you think they are a FABULOUS breed!!!

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  6. Got book 1 so I'm anxious to get started on this trilogy. Like the cover work for each one ;)
    lorih824@yahoo.com

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  7. I love the goldfish story, it is awesome! :) I also love dogs! I have a black lab named Daisey, She is much larger than a Schnauzer...but she is still cute, and she loves to cuddle(even though she nearly squishes you) ;) Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!! It will be great for an after Christmas, Christmas gift that will keep on giving! :)

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  8. I just realized I have DEADLY OFFERINGS on my Kindle. It's gonna be my next read. Can't wait to read the others!

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  9. Thanks for the fun interview, and I love the pics of your doggies. And I did also notice, that the men on your covers wear less and less, which is only good of course. But now I want to see the next cover!
    I've downloaded the first book, thank you.

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  10. Sounds great! And love your dogs!

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  11. Love this series!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

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  12. This series looks great Can't wait to check them out. Your dogs look really cute.

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  13. It sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I love Alexa; she writes rocking great books!

    What are you writing plans for next year? Can't wait to see what you have in store next for your readers!

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  15. Sounds like a great series. Need to add this to my tbr pile.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray
    elizabethgr@sbcglobal.net

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  16. Hi Alexa,
    This sounds like a great series, I'm definitely going to check them out. You've made it so easy with the first one being free, thanks!

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  17. Are these books scary or gory? I do like the book cover very much. Super sexy. What keeps you motivated?

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. Julianne- They aren't really gory or scary. It does have a serial killer involved but really it's not too bad. Nothing that would put you off your dinner. It's a good suspense/mystery with a little "people can be so creepy" mixed in if that makes sense.

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  18. Enjoyed the interview. The books' heroes sound yummy.

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  19. Great interview!! Thanks for sharing. Your Deadly Series
    sound very suspenseful and steamy. Can't wait to read them.

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  20. Okay.....now I have to read to find out about this cat scene! :D
    Reading this reminded me of my grandmother. She loved to read mysteries. Thinking back, I wonder if she read any romances with mystery in them. This series sounds really good and I've added you to my list. I'm going to have to look into Chunky Monkey ice cream too. I've never heard of it.

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  21. That was funny what you did with the goldfish - lol. Do you still have a picture of it? Thanks for the giveaway. I have your first book and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading the other books. Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I visited a shelter yesterday & saw a cute dog named Sheep, but no Schnauzer's.

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  23. I do enjoy romantic suspense, always make me thrill sometimes :)

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  24. This sounds great series, love remantic suspense genre.
    I was had download Deadly Offerings, ready to read them. Thank you for sharing :)

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  25. I have read Deadly Offering and I can say that it was great book to read (even my boyfriend picked up the book and read it as was well, he even enjoyed it too..)

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  26. I love your writing team! I'm a big animal person myself. Looking forward to reading your books.

    Adria
    Breath of Life Reviews

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  27. Love your creativity (including goldfish ransoming!), and how you created your stories! This trilogy sounds fantastic and I'll head over to check them out! Thanks for sharing and big kisses to your sweet little Schnauzers!

    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing!!

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  29. The trilogy is absolutely wonderful...I was hooked from page one and didn't want to put any of them down! If you love romance with on the edge of seat suspense, these books are must reads!
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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  30. Yay, a new romantic suspense author to check out. I downloaded the Deadly Offerings to read. Been slow going lately due to holidays and migraines but I will get to it soon. Great review and interview!

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  31. Oh I just got deadly offerings downloaded! the books sound great and the covers, I love the cover mmm

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  32. I'm very curious about this cat scene in Deadly Deceptions. Can't wait to read it!

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  33. Sounds like a great series. The covers are awesome!

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  34. I just got the first book and am looking forward to reading it!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  35. What a nice set of covers! Hmmm....
    lisakhutson @ cox. net

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