Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Profile of Terror" by Alexa Grace

Profile of Terror
(The Profile Trilogy Book 2)
by Alexa Grace

Profile of Terror is the second book in Alexa Grace's Profile Trilogy. Also available: Profile of Evil. Coming soon: Profile of Fear.

Profile of Terror is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

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.

Book Video

At one in the morning, the dark sky was illuminated by a full moon as they drove on a country road, trees hanging overhead like skeletal arms, nearly touching their vehicle.  Driving slowly, they made periodic stops, for only the perfect place would do.
Approaching a bridge over a deep ravine with a wide creek, the van stopped.  Both got out and circled to the back of the white utility van, where they pulled out a young woman's body, already stiffening with rigor mortis.  They carried her to the edge of the road, where they set down her corpse, gave it a push, and sent it rolling down the ravine until it landed on the rocky creek bed below.  Hands on hips, they waited and watched the body at rest, as if they expected it to magically come to life and run away.
"I wonder how long it will take the cops to find this one." The driver chuckled as he followed his passenger to the back of the van.
"Good question.  The one last winter wasn't found until the spring thaw."  He flipped through a stack of magnetic business signs he'd collected in the back of the vehicle.  Choosing one, he slapped it on the side of the van and climbed inside.
"So how many magnetic signs do we have now?"
"Fifteen or so.  We've got signs for plumbing, locksmithing, house painting, and general repair businesses. Think we need more?"
"No." He shook his head.  "You did a good job stealing those.  Even if we have an eye witness tonight, they'll describe a business truck, complete with a name and phone number the cops will use to try to track down their suspects. Too bad it will be a dead end.  Any time we can toy with the cops is a good time."
"Agreed," he said, as a slow, evil smile spread across his handsome face.
Devan Roth glanced at his twin brother, Evan, sitting in the passenger seat, and thought about how much Evan craved his praise.  He'd used that need to his advantage their entire lives.  It wasn't that Devan didn't love his twin.  He did, but he loved manipulating him more.  Although Evan had a higher intelligence level than Devan ever dreamed of reaching, Evan's adoration for his twin was his weak spot.  And if there was anything that Devan could identify from a mile away, it was someone else's weakness.  That's what made Devan the leader.
From early childhood, he could get Evan to do absolutely anything he wanted.  Devan invented the "Double Dare" game when the twins were twelve; he double-dared Evan to jump off the second-story roof. Evan leaped, and broke both his legs.  But he never told their parents that Devan had dared him to do it.  His loyalty to his twin outweighed the pain he suffered that summer.
The Double Dare game continued.  Early on, they stole and killed their neighbors' pets, and then moved on to peeping in windows in the neighborhood and videotaping the event so they could relive the thrill later.  Now they were abducting and killing prostitutes, then disposing of their bodies in remote areas surrounding Indianapolis.

Featured Review
The novel is well paced, starting off with psychopathic twins disposing of the body of a young prostitute, complaining that it was `too easy' and needing a bigger thrill. So they up the ante, abducting and murdering a young coed, who happens to be the ex-girlfriend of the Sheriff's brother, Gabe, making him the number one suspect in her murder.
From there, it is non-stop action as Sheriff Brody Chase attempts to clear his brother of any connection with the murder of the coed, while trying to identify and stop the psychopaths.
Add Jim Ryder, a former deputy sheriff and a serial killer on whom the previous novel Profile of Evil is based and almost impossible pressure is put on Brody Chase to stop these killers and get Ryder to trial.
Ms. Grace weaves intriguing tales based on a core group of protagonists, the first of whom are introduced in her first book, Deadly Offerings and builds through The Deadly Trilogy and in The Profile Trilogy.
You don't have to read the books in order, but getting to know the characters as they are introduced and the interaction is part of the reader's overall satisfaction.
Ms. Grace is the Queen of Police Procedural novels. She knows how to frame out the story lines and fill the plots with unexpected twists and turns that have kept this reader up most of the night because the books are too good to put down until finished. The reader also can always expect a love story or two and some hot, searing love scenes.
Profile of Terror is no exception. In fact, it is the best book yet among the books in Ms. Grace's two trilogies.

About the Author
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.
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 (FREE), 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.
Profile of Evil, the first book of The Profile Trilogy 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.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Profile of Terror (US only) and a $25 Amazon gift card (international).