Did you ever want to sit down and talk to/with your favorite characters? We actually do quite a bit! :) Make sure you drop by here when we say we have a "Character Interview", because our adventures out to meet and chat with some of those characters have been something you don't want to miss... You can also read author provided character profiles here on Character's Corner:
Hello my Literal Addicts!
I am very happy to be promoting for the fabulous Alex Hughes once again today. This time, to celebrate and promote the fourth installment of her MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS series, Vacant.
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
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Book #4
JUST RELEASED 12/2/14!
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For those of you not yet familiar with Alex’s MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION series yet, I thought I'd give you some information on the rest of the series, as well:
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Book #0.5
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Curiosity piqued!? I don't blame you. I really enjoy this series and can't wait to find time to read more. Now, how about we get to the fun stuff? For today, I have an interview between Alex and Isabella Cherabino, the heroine of the MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS Series...
INTERVIEW WITH ISABELLA CHERABINO:
Character Interview with Isabella Cherabino (the third)
By Alex Hughes
This spring, I ran through CareerBuilder’s list of top job interview questions with my character Isabella Cherabino, to see how she would answer. I recently found this third installment in a file, and realized I had never published it. So, enjoy.
Background: this interview is set is two weeks after the previous installment of the interview. Unfortunately, before I was quite halfway through the list, she was called away to an emergency task force meeting, and I was forced to reschedule. And then, again, after a murder case turned. Here’s our third interview. You’ll notice I’m a bit more annoyed with my character the third time around.
A: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to see me.
C: Ms. Hughes, while I am always happy to do a favor for a person who gives me case-solving clues, I would highly suggest you speak to me in a reasonable tone. I don’t have to do this, you know. The department isn’t paying me to answer your questions.
A: (takes breath) Point taken. I just have four more questions from my list to ask. Just four. Do you think you can answer them please?
C: I’ll see what I can do. As with our other visits, however, if a work crisis comes up, I need to take care of that. And Branen has talked to me about spending as much time as I have with you, so this needs to be our last meeting for a while.
A: You realize I’m your author?
C: I don’t see that this has any bearing on the realities of my work situation.
A: (sighs) Fine. Four more questions. In what ways do you raise the bar for yourself and others around you?
C: We don’t just do this for ourselves. We track down killers so we can get the families justice. They—and the victims—deserve the highest standards, and I’ve been very clear about that to everyone I work with. If it means we work another few hours to get it right, that’s what it means. This doesn’t just mean getting the paperwork right. It means showing up at the crime scene and any other situation with full attention, ready to notice and remember everything. It means putting your emotions aside while you’re there so you can represent the victim, so you can solve this case. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be there. I’ve traded cases with other detectives more than once to make sure anyone who shows up at that scene, or talking to that family, can be fully present. Occasionally I’ve asked someone to do that for me, when I have a migraine. The victims and the families deserve our best, and I intend to give it to them.
A: That’s admirable.
C: It’s the truth.
A: Tell me about two memorable projects, one success and one failure. What did you learn from that success and that failure?
C: That’s a long-winded question. I’ll try to be brief in my response. The success would have to be the month that I closed sixteen cases and processed another four to a place where I could close them later. That took the concerted effort of a lot of people, and I learned that getting help from unexpected personnel—including Andrew, our forensic accountant—can really help speed up the process of solving a case without compromising standards and without working so many hours I miss things. As for the failure, well, there’s a case of a murdered licensed prostitute from early in my career as a detective that I will never forget. I thought I had to do everything myself—even the evidence processing, if you can believe it—and I missed a clue. By the time I circled back on the third review of the case, the suspect had left the state, and we never got him. That case—and my other failures—remind me that I’m human like everybody else. Sometimes hard work isn’t good enough, not by itself.
A: What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other people doing the same job?
C: I have the highest close rate in the department, and I have for several years now. I work harder and longer than almost everyone else here, but I also get help from unexpected sources. I can work with our resident telepath and get good results despite his personality flaws. I can get fast results from other support personnel in the department. And I’ve built up some solid experience in the last years on cases. I’m starting to see and feel patterns in the crimes, and that only comes from working the cases.
A: Where do you see yourself in five years?
C: Further up the job ladder at the department. By then, Michael should be senior enough to work his own cases, and Adam will hopefully be a full-timer. Maybe if I’m lucky and I work hard, I’ll get a team to solve a special projects unit. I’d like that.
A: Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but that’s all the questions I had. Thanks for bearing with me and answering them.
C: No problem. Unless there’s anything else…?
A: You’re wanting to leave to go back to work, aren’t you?
A: (sighs) Go on.
Wait!! There's more,.. In addition to fun blog posts, interviews, and exclusive excerpts going on during this tour, fans also have a chance to solve a mystery during the month-long VACANT event! 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 forprint, digital, and audio copies of Mindspace Investigations novels.
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
Dec 3rd - Vampire Book Club
Dec 4th - Little Read Riding Hood
Dec 5th - Insane About Books
Dec 8th - BiblioFiend
Dec 10th - Reading Reality
Dec 11th - Short & Sweet Reviews
Dec 12th - That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 15th - Tynga’s Reviews
Dec 16th - Janice Hardy – Fiction University
Dec 17th - Preturnatura
Dec 18th - Fantasy Literature
Dec 19th - Books That Hook
Dec 21st - Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd - Open Book Society
Dec 23rd - My Bookish Ways
In addition to all of that fun stuff, Alex is offering up an AUDIOBOOK of Clean (book #1) to a winner in the US/UK/Can.
To enter, leave a comment HERE between today (12/21) and 12/23 and let me know what you think of the MINDSPACE INVESTIGATIONS series. Please also include your email address. Entries without an email address will not be eligible.
Thank you all so much, good luck, and as always... HAPPY READING!
Hey everybody, LITERAL ADDICTION is happy to be promoting for Lia Davis again today.
Lia Davis is the author of the bestselling shifter series, Ashwood Falls, a mother to two young adults and three kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
I'm here today to tell you all about Lia's new book from the Decadent ROAR line, Imperfect Mate:
HARMONY SPRINGS Book #1
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For tiger-shifter, Samira Anderson, leaving home for the first time to attend Harmony University should unnerve her. She’s never submitted to the fear of a challenge and doesn’t plan to start now. Meeting her dorm mates and touring the campus excites her and her cat. Although when she meets Gavin Stone, she’s not only nervous around him but fears she might lose the tight control she has over her tiger.
If any more people piled into the dorm, Sam was going to scream. The ground floor of the house was elbow to elbow. She couldn’t walk to the bathroom without feeling like the ball in a pinball machine. The human-shifter ratio was fifty to one.
Sam quickly learned humans were pretty clueless to their surroundings—at least this crowd of students were anyway.
“I hate crowds,” Jesse spoke softly beside her.
“Me, too.” And parties where underage humans drink and play the music too loud.
Camile had handed her and Jesse earplugs, but they only helped to muffle the noise. A headache had moved in, and Sam was ready to crawl out of her skin. Literally. Her tiger begged to go for a run, go find that stream she heard when she’d arrived that morning.
Suddenly, an odd awareness drew her attention to the entrance. Three guys stood in the doorway. One of them looked about as thrilled to be there as she felt. Poor guy. He stood by the door, his hands shoved in pockets as he scanned the room with a frown on his lips. Sam couldn’t get a read on his emotions from so far away, but she could tell he’d rather be doing something else. His friends probably dragged him away from his video game.
He had dark hair that barely covered his ears, but his bangs fell in his eyes in a sexy kind of way. His wire-rimmed glasses kept sliding down his nose. Scanning down to his broad shoulders under a deep purple button down, she grew more intrigued by the human. Something about him called to her.
Jesse’s cool fingers brushed her hand, drawing her attention away for the human to glance at her friend. The leopard lowered her eyes and withdrew her hand. Sam sighed and covered the female’s hand and gently squeezed. Submissives weren’t normally so timid, but Jesse was the poster girl for the word.
“What is it?”
“He’s cute.” She blushed and glanced to where the new guy stood.
Sam smiled. “Yes, he is, and very human.”
As if sensing her watching him, he lifted his lashes and stared right at her. Her pulse spiked while her tiger purred. When he started to advance toward them, Jesse tensed slightly, but Sam paid it no mind. She was too focused on the guy who held her captivated.
When he stopped at the table, she nearly groaned when his cedar-and-mint scent flowed around her, alluring and intoxicating. Damn, she wanted to bury her nose into his neck and bite—
“Hello, I’m Gavin.” He held out his hand.
“What? Oh.” Sam shook his hand and suppressed the urge to purr as some kind of electrical current passed through the connection. What the hell was that?
Sounds good, yes!? For the rest of today, let's meet the hero of Imperfect Mate:
Meet Gavin from Imperfect Mate...
Gavin Stone is a sophomore at Harmony University. He’s also human and a little geeky. Since his long term high school girlfriend broke his heart the last thing he was looking for was another commitment. He buried himself into his studies and avoided the dating scene until he meet Samira at a dorm welcome party. The passion between them was too many to deny.
Name: Gavin Stone
Hair color: brown
Eye color: brown
Degree working for: He’s majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in chemistry
Story told in: Imperfect Mate
I’m so thrilled to be part of this new Decadent line, ROAR, and excited about the release of Imperfect Mate. I can’t wait to get started on the next book in the series.
$15 gift card and book.
Domestic will receive a $15 Amazon or B&N gift card and a signed paperback of choice from Lia's backlist.
International will receive a $15 (USD) Paypal gift card and an eBook of choice from Lia's backlist.
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget below, follow the directions, take action, and mark as 'Done'.
Good luck, and as always... HAPPY READING!
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Wait, before you go... Do you want to meet Lia in person? You can! You can meet Lia, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION's officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.
Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.