Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ordinary Housewife or Deadly Assassin

Character perspective:  Alexa Martinez – Ordinary Housewife or Deadly Assassin

Alexa didn’t grow up believing in fairy tales.  From an early age, she was trained to kill—literally.  Her father was a contractor for The Company (CIA) and she worked with her father.  Sometimes the line between good and evil blurred, but she was the one of the best operatives in the business.  She was taught that fear would get you killed.  So she lived her life always keeping one eye on the door and one hand on her gun.  Even after she married, she continued to live dangerously—until she had her daughter.                                                                                                       

Basement Level Five: Never Scared picks up years after her daughter was born.  Alexa is retired from the business and has taken on the role of ordinary housewife.  Yet she’ll never be normal, and her children live with constant guards.  It was the internal conflict between Alexa’s past and her future that propelled the book.  

At its core, the book is about her choice to leave the past behind for her children.  I wanted the conflict to be one that would resonate with many people.  I think a lot of us have made questionable choices while younger that continue to impact us as we age.  At this stage in her life, she’s firmly running away from her past.  She has tried to be a good wife, loving mother, and dependable friend because she wants to be better for her children.  She has the best intentions.  Unfortunately, she can’t run from her past. 

Alexa is one of my favorite characters because there are so many layers to her.  She’s a complicated woman.  On one hand, she’s definitely not someone you want to cross.  If she’s gunning for you, fear is an appropriate emotion.  On the other hand, she’s a person you definitely want on your side.  She loves her family unconditionally.  She’s loyal and a fierce protector of those she loves.  Alexa is a flawed character, but my hope is that readers will root for her as much as I do.
Basement Level 5: Never Scared will be released on April 28th through Black Opal Books (

 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 their alter lives forever. Now she must make a choice—is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet proof glass?

L. R. Wright

I’m a devoted wife of many years and mother to 3 wonderful children who inspire and motivate me to follow my dreams.  In addition to writing, I love romance novels, fine wine, and hanging out with my friends and family.  I crunch numbers for a living, and plan events for fun. 

Twitter: @LWrightAuthor

Wow what an amazing character. I have a single mom/assassin/southern belle ms on my to do. Yours sounds so fun. Thanks again for coming by and sharing. Congrats on the release. 


  1. Thanks for having me, Bri! This is my first stop on the blog tour and it's very exciting. And I love the idea of a southern belle/single mom/assassin! Sounds awesome!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I hope I can start it off on the right note.

  2. Hi Leslie, Wow, the book sounds wonderful!! Can't wait to read it, and you already know I love the cover :)

    Good luck, April 28th will be here before you know it.


    1. Thanks Debbie! I appreciate your support! I picked up your book and plan to read soon!

  3. Wow, Alexa sounds like a character I'd like. Great post and congrats on your upcoming release. Looking forward to reading your book. Best of luck and may you sell lots of copies.

  4. Thanks so much, Zrinka! I appreciate it!

  5. Hi Leslie and Bri
    I have the book on my TBR list.

    Bev Irwin / Kendra James

  6. Hello Leslie, this sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it. Great cover also. Kim

  7. Very nice. Alexa sounds interesting. I love this kind of plot. Can't wait to read it.

  8. Thank you to everyone for welcoming Empi and checking out her book. And most especially thank you for taking the time to comment.