Today, instead of a t-word Tuesday we have a book guest! Let’s learn about Lynda Kaye Frazier…
A little bit about me:
Well I’m an avid reader of romantic suspense and started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer writing. I grew up in Pennsylvania, but now live in Arkansas, surrounded by the Ozark Mountains where I get to enjoy the four seasons without a long, cold winter. Other than spending time with my wonderful family, my favorite things to do are writing, reading and listening to music, but my most favorite is going to the beach. Surf, sand and a good book, my stress relief.
* Where can readers find you?
Rescued from the Dark is a Romantic Suspense.
This is a story about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved, Mercedes Kingsley. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off on a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up, to save his country and bring Mercy back to him.
How do you come up with ideas? I know it’s a cliché but I dreamed about this story. The dream was so vivid that I woke up and wrote it down. That’s how Rescued from the Dark started. Every time I was stuck on a scene I would sleep on it and my characters would work it out in my dreams. I know strange, but I let my characters write the story.
What is the single most important part of writing for you? Watching my characters come to life on paper. Their personalities open up and they form bonds. They become part of my life until I finish their story.
What do you enjoy most about writing? I enjoy how relaxing it is. I lose the stress of the day as my fingers fly across the keyboard.
What do you enjoy most about life? The endless possibilities that are out there, if you just take the first step to go after them.
What did you learn from writing your first book? I learned that writing the book is the easy part. Making it a book worth publishing is the hard part, but most important part. I had no idea how to write when I finished my story and found out quickly after I sent it through a few critiques. I was humbled and forged ahead with workshops and classes on basic grammar and punctuation, something that is so important to making a book a success.
Would you consider self publishing? I might in the future but didn’t want to with my first book. I needed to know that a publisher would be willing to take a chance on me. Someone with no background in writing and no experience.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be? Pay closer attention in English class. I never knew how important grammar and punctuation would be to the adult me.
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book? My background is in the medical field so I use my knowledge in emergency scenes. I was a waitress at Hooters, I can see me using that experience. It was fun. J
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work? That they want more from me. I mark on my calendar when the next book comes out from one of my favorite authors. I want someone to mark on their calendar when my next book will be out.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing. Cindy Gerard and Suzanne Brockman. Love both them.
How long does it take you to write a book? I wrote my first full length novel in two months. But it took several more to perfect it for publishers. Writing the story is the easy part. Perfecting it takes the most time but it is time well spent.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I have a day job so my only time to write is in the evening. Usually after 7pm you will find me in front of my computer, writing or answering e-mails.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Love to watch movies and listen to music.
What does your family think of your writing? My family is my biggest support system. When I was discouraged they pushed me forward. I wouldn’t be here without them
Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!
I am working on two right now. Last Chance to Run, which is the second book in my Guardians of Hope series. (Rescued from the Dark was the first.) It follows a group of Special Ops and FBI agents who are sanctioned by the Government to perform rescues they aren’t able to perform.
The second is Saving JT. It’s a contemporary about a single Mother who must return home to the family that disowned her and the man that walked out on her to save her three year old son who has Leukemia.
Last Chance to Run:
What if you found out the daughter you buried was alive and being held captive by the man you thought you killed. Ron Daily, head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Department, races to save his daughter Tracy as she escapes from her captives on her Last Chance to Run.
This is a poignant story of strength, determination, and never ending love. Amy Wickers was a single mother struggling to juggle a full time job, college courses, and a very active three year old, JT. But her life came to a screeching halt the day the doctors gave her the heartbreaking news. Now she must return home to family that disowned her, and the man that walked out on her, to save the only one that mattered, JT.
Rescued from the Dark published through Black Opal Books, release date February 16, 2013
She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.
He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?
An explosion ricocheted behind Jason Michael’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head. The rush of panic consumed him. He struggled to move, tried to swallow, but nothing. His throat burned as the flames engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but couldn’t. Shit. He strained to make out the muffled voice, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end. He won. The flames dampened and his heartbeat slowed as the drums subsided, then the voice became clear.
“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”
In a split second, Jason sucked in a breath, causing stabbing pains to shoot through his chest. Every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. He arched his back, raising his chest up to pull in more air when his head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain ripped through his jaw, racing across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, intense burning set his face on fire. What the hell?
The slap against his cheek stung, and his eyes snapped open. He wrenched upright, hitting his head on the roof of the SUV. His gaze darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan.
Damn, that was close. Jason could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan and not Jason Michaels.
“You’re finally awake, my boy. We almost lost you,” Shaun cold, emotionless laugh caused Jason’s blood to boil. “You stopped breathing, I think. It’s hard to tell with this new stuff. I hope you’re not too injured. We’ve got work to do.”
Jason’s vision blurred, but his other senses were sharp. Shaun had known exactly what the drug would do and the burn in Jason’s throat was a harsh reminder. Shaun’s sarcastic tone spoke volumes to him. He was evil and did not play by anyone’s rules but his own. Jason had spent the last two months undercover, playing their games and doing their dirty work to buddy up tight to this family. He’d earned his spot with Thomas Flanagan, but his son Shaun had issues trusting anyone, even his own father.
Jason’s anger burned inside of him, but he couldn’t afford to make mistakes, not now. He was too close. It’s time to step it up, but first the drugs had to stop. He rubbed his aching jaw with one hand, clenching his other into a fist to hide his visible shaking. He had to get control of this game before he lost everything.