Basement Level 5: Never Scared, by L.R. Wright
L.R. Wright joins us today to talk about her debut novel, Basement Level 5: Never Scared.
Welcome to my blog today. Tell us what type of stories you write. Do you read in the same genre?
I write romantic Women’s Fiction, romantic suspense, and AA contemporary romance. I definitely read what I write, but I like to read other genres as well. I don’t write mystery, but I love a good cozy mystery and I’ve recently started reading paranormal romance.
Tell us about your debut novel.
Blurb: Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security—contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and—most of all—the adrenaline rush.
Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice—is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass?
What’s the story behind your book?
Actually, it’s pretty cliche. I had a vivid dream about the characters escaping to an underground lair, five floors underground. The strange part is that I continued to dream of these people for a week. Everyone I shared the dream with, encouraged me to write the book. Years later, I finally put it down on paper.
That sounds like a fast-paced, riveting read. Do you have an excerpt to share?
Whoever was trying to kill her didn’t know her very well, or they’d have sent enough men to do the job…
As Alexa neared the street, a shadowy figure turned into the alley. She froze. The sun had already gone down, so she wasn’t sure if he’d noticed her. Cautiously, she slipped behind a trashcan and leaned against the wall of the store.
“Did you see her?” a male voice asked.
“No, I didn’t,” responded another man. “I checked the whole store. She’s nowhere in sight.”
“How did she slip past us?”
“I don’t know.”
She closed her eyes and wondered how she was going to get out of this. Grabbing an empty pop bottle, she pitched it behind her. Footsteps raced toward the sound. Once they were passed her, she bolted for the street as fast as she could go. It seemed too easy, but she went with it—until she ran right into a third man, who grabbed and hauled her off her feet. She struggled, kicking and punching him. Finally, he lost his grip and dropped her.
She immediately socked him in the balls. It stunned him, but not enough to disable him. He grabbed her hair as she slammed him in the knee with her good foot. His leg buckled, but his grip remained steady. She grabbed another stray bottle and bashed him in the face. Releasing her, he collapsed to the ground with a thud.
Another man advanced toward her and she kicked him in the chest. Yanking her knife from its hiding place, she thrust it into his neck. As a third man charged her, she pulled the knife out and plunged it into that man’s leg.
A groan pulled her attention back to the first man, who was struggling to his feet. She slapped him across the cheek with the butt of her gun. He slumped back to the ground. She leaned down and peered at his face. “Who the hell sent you?”
I just want to retire from my 9 to 5 to write. I guess hope springs eternal. If I can’t write full time, I really just want to write realistic stories. I want to write heroines that have been through something or have done things that have real consequences. Oh, and I want to write a book that will be made into a film.
Are you working on anything new? Give us a preview of what’s to come!
I’m working on a few different novels. I’ve completed my second novel, IT’S COMPLICATED. It’s a romantic coming-of-middle-age novel about a woman torn between two brothers with each of them offering her something she feels she needs.
Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. She’s also my favorite author.
Where can readers find you and your work?
Facebook: Leslie Wright Author
Basement Level 5: Never Scared can be found at:
Is there anything else you’d like to say before we finish up?
Thanks for having me! I appreciate the opportunity!
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