Resolute for New Year’s

I’ve sat down to write this blog post a few times, and never quite known what to say, or how to say it. It’s been a crazy rough few months in my world. Depending on how you count, we’ve now had 3 or 4 different family emergencies since the beginning of December. I had a nasty flu that knocked me out for more than a week flat on my back.

And Penguin told me that they won’t be buying any more Mindspace books.

I knew that was a possibility. My editor had been good to me in letting me know the lay of the land as early as possible. But I had done everything in my power to write better books, to promote more, and to connect with readers. I had hoped with everything in me that I’d be able to make them change their minds. So it was still a bit of a shock, and a disappointment.

Like I said, it’s been a very, very rough holiday for me, and the writing hasn’t really happened. I’m coming back to work now, but for my sanity I may need to work on another (non-Mindspace) mystery to get my feet back under myself. This will delay things for the next book in the series, guys, and I’m sorry. It will happen, I promise, but it may not be immediate.

I am super committed to my readers and I love you guys. As I said more than once already during the tour for Vacant and other books, I have blocked out at least nine books in the series, and I plan to make good on the whole series. So many of you have reached out over the last two years to say you love the world and the characters, and that’s been incredible. You deserve more books, and you’ll have them. I just need to figure out details of when and how and what. And like I said, I need a little time to figure out me after Life Happened this Christmas.

I am feeling sad but resolute, tired and angry and discombobulated. But mostly I feel grateful, to have such amazing readers. I appreciate you guys, and the books will keep coming.

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VACANT Blog Tour Scavenger Hunt Winner Announced

Hi all!

Just popping in to your holiday celebration to announce the winner of the VACANT Blog Tour Scavenger Hunt!!!

MOLLY SMITH

Congrats to Molly, and thanks to each of you who visited our awesome tour hosts and participated in the scavenger hunt. (And thanks to each of the blogs who participated, you guys rock!) We hope you enjoyed each of the posts, and had fun collecting all of the clues.

Hope you’re all having a great holiday.

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Scavenger Hunt & Contest Updates!!

All of our “CLUE-styled” Scavenger Hunt clues have been posted, all of our VACANT Blog Tour stops are live, and you’ve got til tomorrow night to win so many things!

There are individual blog contests and giveaways happening on many of the blogs (some have ended, so check each blog’s contest info). Print books, audio books, ebooks – they’re all up for grabs. Not to mention — the GRAND PRIZE for the Scavenger Hunt:

  • $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • Signed Copy of MARKED
  • YOUR name as a character in an upcoming Mindspace Investigations novel!!!

All of the listings on the original Scavenger Hunt blog post (HERE) are direct links to guest posts, interviews, reviews, contests and CLUES!! Be sure to use the checklist on that page to mark off the clues from each blog. When you’ve figured out who’s left – be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter entry form (also on that page) with your “Suspect”, “Location”, and “Weapon” guesses. (Also on the rafflecopter are ways to sign up for the mailing list, and help share some VACANT love.)

Don’t miss out – hit the sites on the tour… read the cool stuff (and give those hosts a little thank you in their comments for playing along)… enter all the contests… check off the clues… and GOOD LUCK!! (Only one day left!!)

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Thank you so much

I am overwhelmed by the great wishes, generous reviews, and the outpouring of love and support you all have given me during the launch of Vacant. It truly means the world to me. Thank you. I am so lucky to have such amazing readers!

In appreciation, I’m sharing more deleted scenes from Mindspace to give you guys more Mindspace. Here are three brand new deleted scenes:

Adam’s Brother (a deleted scene from Marked)

The Marsh (a deleted scene from Vacant)

Psychic (a deleted scene from Vacant)

I hope you enjoy.

Also, for those who are interested, the Clue-inspired Scavenger Hunt is still on & going strong until December the 20th. One lucky entry will get a character named after them in a future book.

Thank you guys again. I am so lucky to have you as readers.

With all joy,
Alex

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Talk Mindspace with Me

Hi all, I’ll be doing a Facebook chat today (Nov. 29th) at 4:00 pm EST at my Facebook page.

Come ask me questions, squee with other fans, and talk Mindspace with those who get it.

Also, for the early readers, there will be a spoiler-friendly chat Saturday December 6th at 2:00 pm EST. More details forthcoming.

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VACANT Blog Tour and Scavenger Hunt Starts Today!

Today we’re starting a month long celebration of the release of VACANT! We’ve got guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and reviews lined up to give everyone a bit more info about the genre, the story, and me! Below you’ll find the complete tour schedule of blog hosts, and links to their sites.

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In addition to the posts, we’re doing a CLUE like scavenger hunt. In case you haven’t played CLUE… it’s a mystery game, and the rules are super simple…

How To Play

Just like the classic game of CLUE, your job is to try to determine WHO committed a crime, in what SETTING, and with what WEAPON.

In our game to celebrate the release of VACANT, most of the clues will relate to the Mindspace Investigations world and characters.

At participating blog tour stops, you’ll find clues, clearly marked, that you can cross those off your checklist. At the end of the blog tour, you should be able to see who/where/what the culprit is by which items on your list are remaining. to be clear, the clues you FIND are not going to be the winning guesses… you’re trying to determine what is left at the end of the game.

Starting on December 20th, there will be a rafflecopter entry form here on this blog to make your guess. A grand prize winner will be chosen randomly from the correct entries after the blog tour is over, on December 24th. What’s the prize, you ask?

Winner gets a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble, a signed copy of Marked, and a character from a future book named after him/her.

Be sure to check each participating blog on the tour for interviews, guest posts, excerpts, reviews, individual blog prizes (all sorts of Mindspace Investigations goodies) and, of course, the clues!!

So, there you have it. You can right click and save the clue list below. Under the checklist is our schedule of blog tour hosts. Also… it’s only a week until VACANT is available for everyone!! Thank you for your support thus far. I’m excited to see everyone’s thoughts about the book, the blog tour, and the game.

Good Luck.

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 Blog Tour Schedule:

Nov 25th – SF Signal
Nov 26th – I Smell Sheep
Nov 27th – Thanksgiving (US)
Nov 28th – Ashley’s Random Blog
Dec 1st – What The Cat Read
– BookHounds
Dec 2nd – NicholasKaufmann.com
Books Make Me Happy
Dec 3rd – Vampire Book Club
Dec 4th – Little Read Riding Hood
Dec 5th – Insane About Books
Dec 8th – BiblioFiend
Dec 9th – Smart Girls Love Sci/Fi & Paranormal Romance
Dec 10th – Reading Reality
Dec 11th – Short & Sweet Reviews
Between The Lines
Dec 12th – That’s What I’m Talking About
Anna’s Book Blog
Dec 15th – Tynga’s Reviews
Dec 16th – Janice Hardy – Fiction University
Dec 17th – Suzanne Johnson – Preturnatura
Amberkatze’s Book Blog
Dec 18th – Fantasy Literature
That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 19th – Books That Hook
Literal Addiction
Dec 21st – Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd – Open Book Society
Dec 23rd – My Bookish Ways

December 2nd – VACANT (Mindspace Investigations, #4) releases!!
December 20th – Rafflecopter entry form posted and open for guesses.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR GUESSES AND ENTER TO WIN!

December 24th – Scavenger Hunt closes at midnight – winner randomly chosen (from eligible entries) and announced. You must get ALL THREE GUESSES correct to be eligible to win. GOOD LUCK!!

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The results are in… and fair warning

On Friday I asked my email list (and the wonderful social media community) what you guys wanted for me to do to celebrate the launch of Vacant on December 2nd. I gave you some options, and you guys gave me some great ideas. Here’s the breakdown.

 

What bonuses should I give you guys to celebrate the launch of Vacant first week of December? Pick just two.

A video hangout with nine fans broadcasted live.
17.39%

A Facebook question and answer session on her author page so everyone can join.
43.48%

More Three Words-type stories, a new one every week until the launch.
26.09%

Excerpts and deleted scenes from Vacant. Because Mindspace.
78.26%

 

First off, you guys rock. You asked for things and you will get them.

First, I will be sending out the promised excerpts and deleted scenes to my email list only for the next two Fridays, and then more frequently leading up to the launch. So if you want more Mindspace, make sure you’re on the list! This is your fair warning - these will be list-exclusive items. (Hint: if you’re not on the list, wander over to the box on the bottom right and sign up. You’ll also get some free non-Adam short stories.)

Second, because you guys asked, I’ll be doing a Facebook question and answer session sometime in the week leading up to the launch. It’s a little tricky since that’s Thanksgiving week, and most people will be traveling. Perhaps the Monday evening before the launch Tuesday would work out best?

I’m also playing around with the idea of a Q&A (on Goodreads, perhaps, or Reddit if I can figure that out) the week after the launch for those who read early and want to ask follow up questions. A kind of Book Club for the true fans. Might be a fun Saturday activity on the 6th. What do you say?

As for your awesome ideas:

  • I will be doing a signed copy drawing on Goodreads. Great idea.
  • I’m drafting Book Five during NaNo, so that’s already in the works. Yay!
  • I also *love* the idea of auctioning off a named character for charity, so I’ll do a bit more digging on how that works (suggestions welcome).
  • Last but not least? The Tech Wars stories are something I want to do, but I want to finish Adam’s series and at least one more in another world before I come back to them. I love that you guys are so excited! Please do be patient with me while I make the other ideas in my head happy :)

Oh, and stayed tuned. I’ll be doing something special for my blog tour this time!

Only 28 days and counting…

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Spooky Halloween Blog Hop

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To celebrate Halloween, I’m posting an exclusive section of Vacant, the fourth Mindspace Investigations novel out December 2nd. One lucky person who comments below (or posts on Twitter including @ahugheswriter so I see you) will receive his/her choice of an audiobook in the series OR an *early* copy of Vacant when I receive it more than two weeks prior to publication date. So you’ll want to make sure to comment or Tweet!

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Make sure to keep reading after the excerpt for a list of other blogs to visit for spooky words and fun giveaways.

Happy Halloween!

Alex

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We drove through several streets in Savannah until we ended up at a long concrete box with bars on the window, what looked much more rough than the one and only gun shop and range Cherabino had taken me to a few months ago. One lone street light sputtered overhead, a half-dead biolumescent bush in a median in the cracked parking lot looking like it hadn’t had any water in years.

The sign above the concrete front said Hard Knocks in harsh lettering, with a single painted gun shot hole, with a ragged edge.

Mendez and Jarrod went ahead, to introduce themselves to the gun shop owner; I collected myself, finally getting out once I was sure there was no minds around likely to be an issue for Tommy. The surroundings felt… too empty, actually. Much too empty, though I couldn’t put my finger on any particular reason why.

My feet weren’t used to dress shoes, and so the blisters of the day rubbed as I walked across the parking lot, low-level distracting pain. I’d had to learn to ignore much worse as part of my Guild training, so it wasn’t a deal breaker. But I’d have to peel off the socks and treat the things so they didn’t get infected later.

I felt Tommy’s impatience a step behind me. And a sudden burst of emotion from Jarrod in Mindspace ahead, tamped down all too suddenly. I walked in the front door, which they’d already opened, and saw why.

Lying on the floor was someone I presumed was the gun shop owner, shot in the chest at least twice, blood bloomed on his shirt already drying into that funny brown-red, limps already stiffening in rigor mortis.

“I take it you did not expect a crime scene in here?” I asked Jarrod, blocking Tommy’s view of the scene with my body. Just in time, felt like.

“Hey, I want to see,” he said.

“No you don’t,” I said.

Jarrod sighed, and walked over to the wall where a phone hung.

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Ah, murder and mayhem in the world of telepathy. Gotta love it.

Need more spooky reads & giveaways? Check out my fellow blog hop writers in the list below.

Lisa Alber – a copy of the Kilmoon mystery book and an Irish gift

Heather Webb – signed books or chocolate

Anna Lee Huber – giving away audiobooks for the Lady Darby Mysteries

Jennifer Delamere – advanced copy of “A Bride for the Season”

Kerry Schafer – signed copy of Wakeworld

Stacy Lee – advanced copy of Under the Painted Sky

Janet B Taylor – $15 Amazon gift card and some chocolate goodies

Hazel Gaynor - advanced copy of The Memory of Violets

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Flash Fiction & Giveaway at Books Make Me Happy

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Hi all,

Today I’m participating in Jennifer’s Halloween Flash Fiction event over at Books Make Me Happy. Check it out for a flash fiction story by me and a chance to win a copy of Marked.

Alex

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My New York Adventure

If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I recently visited New York for ComicCon. Since I’d never been to New York before, that was a little nuts (in a great way). I’d only ever seen the city in television and the movies, and it was both more and less than I was expecting.

I landed in JFK, because what do I know and the flight was cheaper. Then I take a taxi to Times Square. My hotel was supposedly the Times Square South location. One would think it was at Times Square, right? Actually, no, it was ten blocks south in 36th, but that’s another story. So, first foot set in New York, in the middle of the hubbub of Times Square, culture shock in all its loud glory. I get lost. Three times. I finally only make it due to the kindness of a random doorman. (“Are you lost, honey? Can I help you find it?”) Then I make it to the hotel, but it’s the wrong hotel. Time for good directions, deep breathing, and a stop at Olive Garden because they’d actually let me sit down. Then a ten block trek south before I finally find it.

Then ComicCon. With 150,000 people. You know, like this.

ComicCon at the Javits Center. With a LOT of people.

 

That was early on Saturday. Later the mound of people (seen at the back) covered the entire floor. It was overwhelming. Truly, truly overwhelming. Getting lunch was a little like scaling a high mountain in a thunderstorm. You needed a sherpa to get anywhere in good time.

I was amazed at how friendly the New York geeks were. People would actually talk to you about your favorite fandom in line for coffee, sitting in rest places, even in line for panels. They showed up in costume, they had joyous opinions, and when they heard you didn’t know about the Favorite Thing they were there for, they’d share all the details with you so you could love it too. If New Yorkers are as rude as advertised, I didn’t see it at ComicCon. In fact, they were very warm.

I was on the Doctor Who panel with some amazing folks, and the audience was wonderful too. (You can listen to it in all its glory here at the 6:00 mark thanks to the amazing Anton Strout.) I was also lucky enough to make it to other panels that made me squee in fangirl glee. Also-NASA. And companies in space. In space!

After collapsing into a small puddle at the end of the weekend, I was lucky enough to have lunch with my amazing editor, Rebecca Brewer, who I had also able to hang out with during the con. Rebecca is from Texas, and a total nerd, and it was such a joy to meet her in person. (I will admit to having knit her a hat.) She was kind enough to get me sorted on the subway, otherwise known as the most confusing place in the world, and I was off to see more of New York.

I saw Mood, the Project Runway store that was *way* bigger and more cramped than I ever expected.

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Look at all the fabric. In piles. It takes up FAR more room than walking. Who needs walking?

Also, I went to see The Last Ship, which was really great. Broadway type musical! With cool choreography and a totally unexpected feel. LOVED. My writer brain wants to rewrite the ending though :)

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I met up with friend A.E. Decker to do the grand tour of the city on Tuesday. (9.5 miles of walking. I know because pedometer.) We visited the Obscura shop from Oddities, had astonishing bagels and scones, and saw the Fashion District, the Village, a really cool comic shop with Planet in its title, and many other areas that made me happy. I love that you can walk everywhere in New York, but I dislike that you aren’t really allowed to sit down. Ever. Considering I was toting a 30-pound bag (because visitor), the not sitting thing became a problem!

My all time favorite stop? The amazingness that was Chocolate Moderne, a place on the fifth floor of a nondescript building where you have to tap on an unmarked door to get in. Their chocolate is a spiritual experience.

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Then off to Pennsylvania with my friend, a knitting shop, a vinegar store, and brainstorming for more amazing stories. Then the plane home, happy and exhausted from all the people and all the sights. A wonderful week, but tiring! I needed two days to recover from introvert burnout. So happy though. :)

 

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