Femme Friday! SCIFI’s SEXY CLEVER sleuths – Guest Donna Frelick
FBI Special Agent Alana Matheson is good at her job, despite a past that would make even a seasoned agent cringe. She has no time for the outside help the victim’s family has brought in on a kidnapping case, no matter how good-looking he is.
But galactic tracker Gabriel Cruz is no ordinary private investigator, and the skills he brings to the job will save both their lives. Because Lana and Gabriel are not the only ones seeking an unusual little boy and his mother. Their rivals in the chase are not of this world, and only an alliance built on the bonds of love can ensure that Lana and Gabriel beat the alien hunters to their prey.
Lana, the heroine of the second book in my Interstellar Rescue series, Trouble in Mind, is not the first FBI gal to encounter the unknown on the job. The most famous FBI agent of all, Dr. Dana Scully, is back at work investigating monsters, aliens and government conspiracies on Chris Carter’s THE X-FILES for six episodes this winter. And#FemmeFriday @DonnaSFrelick Talks Scifi’s Sleuthing Heroines #IARTG #SFRTG #SFR#SCIFIROM http://ow.ly/YdYCE, heroine of J.J. Abrams’ FRINGE, faced down not only an alternate universe, but her own alter ego in that apocalyptic science fiction love story.
What does it take for an FBI femme fatale to fight the bad guys and win, when those bad guys may hail from another planet, dimension, timeline or genetic code? Well, first, like any investigators, they need a cop’s instincts. Lana Matheson has the best solve rate in her Nashville office because of her uncanny intuition. Olivia Dunham had insight that was bred into her and honed by training as a child. Scully is the most skeptical and rational of the bunch. She just plods along using good, old science to find her proof. And has her mind blown every 15 minutes.
All of these women have overcome something in their pasts to get where they are. For Scully, those scars are never fully revealed, but it is clear that her relationships with her parents were never the loving, supportive ones she longs for. As a result, she keeps a tight hold on her emotions. In FRINGE, we learned all about poor Olivia’s manipulation as a child at the hands of scientists at Massive Dynamic. The more she learned and experienced, however, the tougher she got, until she was running a resistance campaign after the barrier between alternate universes had been breached.
Lana, too, carries the weight of her past. She’s kept it strapped down tight until now, fearing it would blow her apart. But Gabriel’s arrival in her life has cut everything loose, forcing her to re-examine and jettison the burden once and for all.
None of these FBI agents would be worth their training without the physical and mental courage to stand up to the horrifying threats they face. Call it grit, call it determination, Lana has plenty of both. She digs in. She pushes on. She just doesn’t give up. That’s Lana—a cop’s instincts, a haunted past. And major attitude.
Trouble in Mind launches February 16, 2016. You can pre-order your Kindle copy now on Amazon.
Donna S. Frelick was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her SFR Interstellar Rescue series. She lives on 43 beautiful mountain acres in North Carolina with her husband and two talkative cats. Find her at http://donnasfrelick.com; blogging at http://spacefreighters.blogspot.com; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DonnaSFrelickAuthor and on Twitter @DonnaSFrelick.