Hey there snowflakes! Guess who's come back with bookish news? Today I'm hosting author Alexa Grace and her book called Profile of Evil. Up to now, I haven't posted about this kind of books - a combination between mystery and suspense, but Profile of Evil sounds truly appealing, so I though that I really need to share it with you.
The Profile Series
Publisher: Golden Publishing
Number of pages: 324
Cover Artist: Christy Carlyle
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours
As the body count increases, Sheriff Brody Chase realizes there is a monster living in his county and using it as a dump site.
A missing girl…
A missing girl…
Alison is a lonely, abused and bullied thirteen-year-old who has no idea her online heart throb is a serial killer.
Time is running out…
A life hangs in the balance, and the profiler and sheriff rush to stop the most terrifying killer of their careers.
I began my writing journey in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position I'd held for thirteen years was eliminated during my company's reorganization. Losing my job gave me the time I never could spare in my hectic corporate life to realize my dream of writing book after book.
I wrote Deadly Offerings and published it on Christmas Day 2011 as a gift to myself. The positive responses to this book were amazing and I felt I was doing what I was meant to do. (Note: Deadly Offerings is now free and my gift to readers on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and more.)
2. How would you describe your life since you have become a writer?
When I leave for work now, I pass a couple of rooms in my home as I head to my office. I put in six to eight hours a day writing or marketing my books. In May of this year, I hired my daughter, Melissa, as my author assistant. She has a degree in Journalism and is taking over a lot of the marketing aspects of my job so I can spend more time actually writing.
I love this life and wish I'd been able to become a professional writer sooner.
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
I have always had a vivid imagination. I think of a possible plot then play the "what if game" with myself. Since my books include crimes and crime scenes, I play this game quite a lot.
4. Tell us about Profile of Evil.
In Profile of Evil, 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, who needs her profiling skills to catch an online sex predator luring preteen girls to their deaths in his county.
An undeniable attraction forms between the sheriff and his profiler, and they are unsure of how they feel about that. She's in Indiana to do a job. That's all. Once the killer is captured, she'll head home to Florida. They both vow to end the job with their hearts intact. But will the heat between them prove impossible to ignore?
As the body count increases, can the predator be stopped before he kills again? A life hangs in the balance, and the two rush to stop the most terrifying killer of their careers — and time is running out.
Profile of Evil is available on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords and more.
One thing I love about writing is that I can share with readers the "movies" that play in my head. In Profile of Evil, I loved creating characters like Brody, Carly, Allison and the serial killer that come to life on the pages of the book. They are characters my readers will care about, root for or fear.
6. Which actress would you like to see playing (your main character)?
Actresses Michelle Monaghan or Alexandra Daddario would be good candidates for playing Carly Stone in a movie version of Profile of Evil.
7. How much time do you spend doing research for your books?
My research time compared to actual writing time is probably 60/40 with forty percent of my time devoted to research.
I did more research for Profile of Evil than I've done for all of my other books. I studied the psychological aspects of sexual sadists and serial killers, organized vs. unorganized serial killers, forensic computer technology, profiling, preferred targets of online sexual predators, and more. Add to this list Indiana criminal law, since the book's setting is Indiana.
9. Who are your favourite authors of all time?
I love reading books by James Patterson, Alison Brennan, Ann Rule, Kathryn Casey, Laura Griffin, and others. I try to stick to the thriller or romantic suspense genre, but I have always been a fan of true crime.
10. What do you think most characterizes your writing?
I've always loved suspense movies and books that have me on the edge of my seat. My goal is to create the same kind of experience for my readers. I want them to be "hooked" from the first page and on the edge of their seat until the end.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. Write an entertaining, interesting book that will grab your readers from the first page. Don't stop there. Invest in a professional editor and cover designer to make sure your first impression is the best you can provide.
12. Finally, is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Early in my journey, I pledged to stay close to my readers and listen to them. What I am hearing from them (loud and clear) is that they want to continue to hear about the characters introduced to them in the Deadly series. So in the Profile Series, some of those characters will pop in and out.
I had no idea that I would enjoy hearing from readers as much as I do. An email from one of them has the potential to make my day.
I hope my readers realize how much it means to me that they enjoy my books and tell me about it. My readers are amazing.
Brody pulled up in front of a two-story gray house in a nice neighborhood with palm trees lining the streets. Flicking on the interior car light, he checked the address he'd been given. It was the correct address, so he parked his rental car in the driveway. There were lights on inside the house, which was encouraging, for he had a critical need to talk to the resident.
Impatiently, he rang the doorbell several times, and then pounded his fist against the front door. Damn it. He had not come all the way from Indiana to Florida to miss talking with this guy. He had to be home. Brody desperately needed his help before another teenage girl lost her life. Sheriff Tim Brennan had written to him about how good this guy was, and if Brennan recommended him, he had to be excellent. Brody hammered at the door again, before peeking through the front window. There was no one inside, but from his position he could see open sliding glass doors leading to the backyard.
From the side yard, he opened the iron gate to the back of the house. The second he entered the backyard, he noticed a woman diving into an Olympic-sized pool. Transfixed, he watched her as she swam to the far end of the pool, and then kicked-off to swim to the other end, this time on her back. Her naked body, slick from the water, glowed in the moonlight. The tiny glittering lights surrounding the pool made her look ethereal as she sliced through the water.
He should do the gentlemanly thing and leave, but he couldn't move. His frozen legs seemed attached to the ground. He could barely breathe as she lifted herself out of the water. With long black hair as shiny as glass, she had an athletic build, with full, uplifted breasts, curved hips and endless legs. His jeans grew tighter as his arousal strained against the zipper.
Moving to a deck chair, she wrapped a white towel around her body—then picked up a serious-looking handgun that she aimed at his chest.
"I don't know who you are or why you're in my yard, but I've got a little secret I'd like to share with you," she began. "In the past two years, I've shot two men. Neither man is here to talk about it."
Brody stiffened as a wave of apprehension hit him full-force. He'd been shot before, remembered it well, and had no desire to repeat the experience. He cleared his throat and said, "I apologize if I frightened you. I pounded on the front door, but no one answered."
"That doesn't tell me who you are and why you're here," she returned, assuming one of the best shooting stances he'd ever seen.
He hesitated for a second, and then responded, "I'm Sheriff Brody Chase from Morel, Indiana, in Shawnee County. I'm here to see Carl Stone."
She quirked her eyebrow questioningly, and asked, "Who told you Carl Stone lived here?"
"A fellow Indiana county sheriff gave me the name and address in an email. Tim Brennan's his name," he replied.
She slowly lowered the gun. "Sounds like Sheriff Brennan made a typo. It's Carly Stone that you're looking for. Why do you want to talk to me?"
"You're Tim's consultant?" Brody asked, with an element of surprise in his voice.
"My brother, Blake Stone, is a detective on Tim's team. Last year, he and his wife, Jennifer, did all the work to track down a serial killer. I just gave them a kind of psychological road map."
"I need to talk to you," Brody said as he moved closer.
She held up a hand. "Not here. There's an IHOP Restaurant down the road. I'll meet you there in an hour."
About the 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. In 2013, 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.
Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations are listed in e-retailer's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books. Deadly Offerings has not left the top ten bestselling free mystery romance and police procedural books since 2011.
Deadly Holiday, published in November 2012, is her holiday-themed romantic suspense novella, featuring all her Deadly Trilogy characters.
Alexa Grace's book Deadly Relations is included in the bestselling book set The Perfect Ten along with Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Nancy Naigle, Andrienne Giordano, Misty Evans, Sandy Blair, Mary Buckham, Tonya Kappes and Micah Caipa.
Profile of Evil, the first book of the Profile Series was published in May 2013. Profile of Terror was released in May 2014 and Profile of Fear will be released in 2015.
Earning two degrees from Indiana State University, Alexa currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.