It’s day four of Romantic Suspense week and today’s guest is Alexa Grace. Sit back and enjoy this little peek into Alexa’s newest release.
PROFILE OF TERROR by Alexa Grace
Series: Profile (# 2)
Release Date: May 12, 2014
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.
In this excerpt from PROFILE OF TERROR, ex-federal agent and profiler, Carly Stone is tasked with interviewing serial killer 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?”
One of my favorite scenes in PROFILE OF TERROR involves Kaitlyn and Gabe when someone is shooting at her house. This short excerpt may explain why it is a favorite.
Suddenly a small dot of red light appeared on the wall next to them.
“What is that?” asked Kaitlyn.
Recognizing it as the laser light from a gun, Gabe grabbed Kaitlyn out of her chair and hit the floor, landing on top of her.
“Ouch!” She squealed. “Okay, I get it. You’re into rough sex. But you’re killing my back. Besides that, I’m famished. Can’t we have pizza first?”
Gabe shifted, balancing his weight on his elbows, placed his hand over her mouth, and whispered, “Kaitlyn, that red light is from a laser mounted onto a gun. Someone is outside.”
“Oh, c’mon. You can think of a better reason to jump me than that.”
Shots rang out, shattering the window, as well as the china and wine glasses on the table, shooting splintered glass projectiles throughout the room and cutting Gabe’s back.
Now terrified, Kaitlyn tightened her arms around Gabe, clamping down like a vise grip, as her heart hammered against her chest.
“Damn it!” Gabe cursed. “I left my gun in the glove box in my truck.”
“Gun? I’ve got guns!” Kaitlyn pushed at him. “Get off me. They’re in my bedroom closet.”
Looking down at her, Gabe shook his head. “Why am I not surprised?”
“As much as I’m turned on by your buff, sexy body pressing against mine, if you could please roll off of me, I’ll get my guns.”
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USA Today Bestselling Author, 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 childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.
Author Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon’s Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural. 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.
She became a USA TODAY Best Selling Author for her participation in THE PERFECT TEN book set.
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 including her popular Deadly Series (DEADLY OFFERINGS, DEADLY RELATIONS, and DEADLY HOLIDAY.
Readers are describing her new 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. Alexa’s books are in ebook and print formats.
Alexa currently lives in Florida with her daughter and five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and communications with her street team and readers.