Published by Penguin on 2014-12-02
Genres: Fiction, General, Science Fiction
Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig. I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.” Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat...
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! For all the latest news and free short stories, join Alex’s email list at http://bit.ly/AlexsList.
PLEASE WELCOME ALEX TO BOOKHOUNDS
- What is on your nightstand?
Right now? A Kindle (currently reading The Rookie by Scott Sigler), Gold Bond lotion, a pen, an envelope back to jot notes on, a glass of water, a reading lamp, and a lot of dust. Also a Doctor Who book I’ve just finished reading, and a hairband.
- What author would you totally fan girl?
Mercedes Lackey, Catherine Asaro, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Also Robert Heinlein. I would totally fangirl for Robert Heinlein.
- What makes you cringe?
Nails on chalkboard. People talking about problems endlessly and not wanting to talk about solutions, or anything positive. Lack of respect. Pushy salespeople. Beets. Pencils with #3 lead. Saying the wrong thing. Blue cheese. Flat tires. Any weather colder than 45 degrees or so.
- Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
Yes. My husband jokes (but he’s not joking) that when the men in black suits show up at our door he’s not asking questions, he’s just pointing them to me. I mostly haunt the FBI forensic sites. Mostly.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Depends on the day. I’m a “recovering pantser” which means that by nature I prefer to sit down at the keyboard and see what happens. Unfortunately, as a method to write a book, that one’s slow, convoluted, and frustrating. So I try to outline at least the basics, even if I change my mind as I go, and some days I obsess over plot points. Others, though, the words flow and the magic happens. Those days are precious.
In addition to fun blog posts, interviews, and exclusive excerpts, fans will have a chance to solve a mystery during the month-long VACANT blog tour! A “Clue-like” checklist is available to download from the author’s blog, to be marked off as readers visit stops along the tour schedule. Somewhere on participating blog posts will be clues (clearly marked) that will eliminate specific “Location”, “Weapon”, or “Suspect” options. At the end of the tour, a rafflecopter entry form will help Alex choose a grand prize winner amongst all who correctly guess “who dunnit?” based on the remaining options. There will also be individual blog giveaways for print, digital, and audio copies of Mindspace Investigations novels.
CHECK OUT ALEX’S WEBSITE FOR ALL THE INFO AND THE GIVEAWAY HERE
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
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
Between The Lines
Dec 9th – Smart Girls Love Sci/Fi & Paranormal Romance
Dec 10th – Reading Reality
Dec 11th – Short & Sweet Reviews
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 – Preturnatura
Amberkatze’s Book Blog
Dec 18th – Fantasy Literature
That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 19th – Books That Hook
Dec 21st – Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd – Open Book Society
Dec 23rd – My Bookish Ways