An Interview with Lynda Kaye Frazier

Please help me welcome Lynda Kaye Frazier to my blog today. Lynda is going to be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky commentor, so be sure and leave her a comment.

rescued-200x300[1]_2Are you a full time writer or do you have a “day job”?

I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I have a great day job working for a group of Cardiologists and when I get home I start my second job, my writing. Life can’t get any better than that.

How did you get started writing?

I know it’s a cliché but I had a dream. It was so vivid that I woke up and wrote it down. I continued to have dreams and before I knew it I had a story developing and I began to keep a journal. After a few months I had a complete novel. It was amazing how the characters wrote the story in my dreams.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write Romantic Suspense. My mother was an avid reader and I would sneak her books in my room when I was a teenager. It’s the first genre I fell in love with.

How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

Rescued from the Dark is my first full length novel. I do have a short story that was published in October of 2012. Saving Angel is part of the Wild at Heart Anthology’s. These books were written for Turpentine Creek Animal refuge. It is a large animal rescue center in Eureka Springs Arkansas. All the proceeds for these books are donated to the center. A great cause and I was thrilled when my story was accepted.

Tell us about your current series/WIP.

Rescued from the Dark is the first book in my Guardians of Hope series. It is an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.

I am almost finished with the second book, Last Chance to Run and hope to have it published by the end of the year.

I also have a contemporary, Saving JT in the works and just finished outlining the remaining books in the Guardian’s series.

What is your next project and when will it be released?

My next project, after the Guardians series, is going to be a YA. I’ve never written one but have read quite a few that have tried to tackle the emotional aspect of teenage pregnancy. I felt since I lived it I would be able to give a first have look into the emotional roller coast ride, with a happy ending of course.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

So far all my stories have come from my dreams, or past experiences. I do have story outlines that I have made up while sitting in the food court of the mall just watching how the people interact. That is a lot of fun by putting a plot to all those facial expressions.

What is your writing routine once you start a book?

Once I have my characters and plot my book basically writes itself. I keep a tape recorder on me and when I get an idea I record it and feed it into my story when I get home. I am always working on my story weather it’s in front of the computer or recording a thought.

What went into the process? Writing, editing, cover design, formatting, etc. Share your ups and downs and how you went about it. If you used a service, can you share?

When I wrote me story it went pretty fast and I was so excited. I thought wow, how easy, then reality hit after a few critique rounds. I had a story but had no idea how to write. I took some tough advice and took classes and workshops on grammar, POV, punctuation ect, ect. I needed to go back to the basics. I then went back to my story and completely re-vamped it into a story an editor would love to read. It was a tough year but if you put the work into the basics than your story will have a better chance out there among the many others in your genre. I picked out the pictures and the background for my cover and my editor helped me design it. That was a lot of fun and I would tell anyone to try to be a big part of what is wrapped around you book. A cover can make, or brake a story.

What did you do to promote your work?

My book came out in February so I’ve been busy blogging, tweeting and being a guest on other author sites and also sending my story out for reviews. I am a newbie at this and not one to give advice. I read what other authors write and find what worked for them, and then I try it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that what I’m doing is working.

What was the hardest thing you’ve found in the process of self-publishing? What was the easiest part of self-publishing?

The hardest is not knowing where to start. I have no marketing experience and very little internet experience so what I’m trying is what I’ve gotten from other authors that have helped me with advice from what worked for them.

Tell us about yourself.

2747706_2I’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.
My information:

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. 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 a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.








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?

E-book 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.

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.

12 thoughts on “An Interview with Lynda Kaye Frazier

  1. Very nice interview, ladies!

    Lynda, my parents retired to Rogers, Arkansas so I’m well acquainted with Turpentine Creek. What you did for the refuge is so cool!

    Your book series sounds awesome. Best of luck with your sales!

    • Thanks Lynda and yes, Turpentine Creek is an amazing place. I loved helping them. Would even volunteer if it wasn’t so far away. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked the excerpt from my book.

  2. As much as your story is a romance, it’s a spy thriller, and you can’t lose with it. I think you have been very inventive with your characters and plot. I feel success is yours to claim.

    Good Luck!
    Loretta Moore

  3. Hi Lynda,

    I was so lucky to get an ARC of this new book. You will love the chemistry between Jason & Mercy. I love this book. There were so many times I was sitting on the edge, that I was screaming kick his butt and get it over with. lol I also laughed and cried with many of the events that took place in this book. I hope you all will take the time and read and enjoy it as much as I did.
    I wish nothing but many happy writing days to you Lynda. Good interview.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *