Please welcome my fellow Romance Troupe member, Lynda Kaye Frazier!
Lynda Kaye Frazier spends her days working for a group of Cardiologists doing ultrasounds, then each evening she’s in front of her computer working on her next story. She grew up in Pennsylvania, but now lives in Arkansas where she enjoys the four seasons without a long, cold winter. She’s an avid reader of romantic suspense, which is the genre that she writes. Other than spending time with her family she enjoys writing, reading, going to the movies, listening to music, and—her most favorite—going to the beach. Surf, sand and a good book-her stress relief.
Did you always want to be an author?
I know it’s a cliché but my writing started with a dream 2 years ago and hasn’t stopped since then.
What made you choose to write romance?
I love Romantic Suspense. Who wouldn’t fall in love with special Ops and Navy Seals. They can rescue me any day.
What is your favorite part of being a writer/author?
I love how my story writes itself. I wake up with a scene or a story idea in my head.
Tell us a little about your book. What inspired you to write it?
I had a vivid dream about an FBI agent saving a girl from a dark room. It began the next morning and two months later I had a full length novel.
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?
This is a teaser...
He had to get her out of there, but with all the drugs in her system, would she even remember who he was?
Mercy was lying on the bed. Even in the dim light, he could tell she was pale. Her clothes were wrinkled and her shirt caked with what they forced her to eat. From the looks of the room she fought hard. Damn, he needed to get her out before the drugs took her from him.
“Mercy, wake up. Come on, open your eyes.” Nothing. She didn’t move. Okay, she’s not going to like this. “You need to wake up and take a shower, so let’s get both done at the same time.”
He took the chair into the shower and turned it on then went back to the bed. He picked up Mercy, and placed her under the fine mist of cold water. Just what she needed. He held her in the chair as the water flowed over her head, soaking her hair and drizzling down her shoulders. His back was pelted by the spray as he knelt in front of her, but he didn’t care. He shook her shoulders, and she stirred.
“Good, Mercy. Come on, open your eyes.” He struggled to hold her slippery, wet body in the chair. The T-shirt was soaked and her thin bra could not hide the effects of the cold water. He clenched his jaw tight at the thought of never being able to touch her, love her. She has to remember him, remember them. She struggled against his hold as she started to wake. “I’m not letting you up until you open your eyes. Come on, look at me.”
Her eyes flew open. They were filled will fear and confusion as she frantically searched the room. Then her head dropped and their eyes met and he knew.
EXCERPT: (This is from the first Chapter)
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.
Do you plot and outline or do you just write? Plotter or Pantser?
Pantser, all the way. I tried to be a plotter but me characters took over.
Can you tell us about the process of getting your first book published?
I submitted my story to three publishers and I received re-write and re-submit from all three. I did and Black Opal Books sent me an e-mail two days after they got it. I was so excited. My many months of workshops and critique groups paid off.
What advice would you give new authors?
Never give up. You will get your feelings hurt and rejection letters but each one should be a building block to make you a stronger writer. Have a strong support group and most important a strong critique group. They will help you mold your story into one a publisher will fall in love with.
What have you learned about the business?
It’s very competitive and you need to stay on top of all the changes in the market. Be active and you will build respect and a lot of readers who will anxiously wait for your next book to come out.
Do you have another book in the works?
Yes. Rescued from the Dark is the first book in a series of eight. It takes you through the lives of a group of FBI, Navy Seals and Special Ops men who work for the Guardians of Hope. A rescue group that takes on missions our government can’t or won’t. My next one is called Last Chance to Run.
What do you like to do in your free time, besides read and write of course?
Love to go to the movies and to the beach. My family and I go to the movies every weekend. Boy do I miss drive-ins. I am so showing my age there.
Where do you dream of going on vacation?
To any beach. I love the ocean and collect sand from every beach I go to.
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
Cookies or cake? Cannot choose, they are both my favorite
Pizza or hamburger? Hamburger loaded with everything even jalapenos
Beer, Wine, or mixed drink? I’m a wine kind of girl.
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