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Many of you have seen this already, but I’ve released an e-bundle of all the works in my Bigtime superhero paranormal romance series to date — the books Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and Nightingale and the holiday story A Karma Girl Christmas.
You can get the e-bundle through the following sites:
And here is the e-bundle description:
KARMA GIRL—BOOK ONE
After a surprising betrayal, investigative reporter Carmen Cole decides to devote her life to unmasking superheroes and ubervillains in Bigtime, N.Y. But her actions put her in the middle of a battle between the Fearless Five superhero team and the ubervillains of the Terrible Triad.
HOT MAMA—BOOK TWO
Fiona Fine is the hottest fashion designer in Bigtime—literally. That’s because she moonlights as Fiera, a superhero with superstrength and volatile, fire-based powers. And with two new ubervillains in town, Fiona will need all of her powers just to survive.
Thanks to her unwanted superpower, fashion designer Bella Bulluci may be the luckiest woman in Bigtime. But luck can be good or bad, and it seems like just as many embarrassing things happen to Bella as do positive ones. But Bella is going to need every bit of her good luck when she becomes the target of two ubervillains intent on stealing a prize sapphire.
A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS—HOLIDAY STORY
On Christmas Eve, Carmen Cole is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. An ubervillain plans to steal and then sell the toys to the highest bidder, but Carmen is determined to stop the villain—and make sure that this Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her.
Anxious brides. Drunken businessmen. Panicked partygoers. As Bigtime’s premiere event planner, Abby Appleby is capable of handling almost any crisis, but even she’s not prepared when she finds herself in the middle of a fight between superhero Talon and his ubervillain nemesis Bandit.
I am hoping to write and publish more in the Bigtime series, but it just depends on my writing schedule, which is already pretty full for 2014. We’ll see what happens.
In the meantime, I hope that everyone enjoys the e-bundle. Happy reading!
ALEX HUGHES ON SCIENCE FICTION AND MORE
Jennifer: Welcome, Alex! Please tell readers about your Mindspace Investigations series.
Alex: Thanks for having me on the blog, Jennifer. I’m a huge fan of your work and I’m thrilled to be here.
The Mindspace Investigations series is about a telepath who is also a recovering addict working with the police in future Atlanta to solve a series of crimes. The first book is about a serial killer who kills with the mind. I like to call them telepath police procedurals.
Alex: Sure. The major characters are Adam (our hero) and homicide detective Isabella Cherabino. At the start of the series they’ve been working together a few years, but this time she’s brought him in on a particularly puzzling crime scene. When the killer threatens her life, Adam must step up to save her. He’s more than half in love with her but thus far Cherabino is oblivious, which is hard. Adam is struggling with his addiction and slowly working the Twelve Steps program, slowly building confidence and competence. Then (in Book Two) at a crime scene he comes face to face with a murdered former student—someone he owed. And Cherabino must help him solve the case.
Jennifer: What appeals to you about the fantasy and science fiction genres?
Alex: I love nearly all types of fiction, with a special love for anything commercial (mystery, scifi, romance, suspense). I love reading about and telling stories about characters with flaws overcoming obstacles in any of those areas. For me, though, the present day real world is a very small sandbox. Sometimes the stories I want to tell fit nicely into that sandbox, but more often I’m playing with things in the grass outside. What could be and might be and wasn’t—well, all of that is very interesting to me. Introducing an impossible element and study how normal people change when dealing with that element, making real world problems metaphorical and exaggerated to make a point, playing at the edges of what is possible now, playing with old stories and might-have-beens, all of those are interesting to me. And, as it happens, they call that approach science fiction and fantasy.
Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Mindspace Investigations series?
Alex: I had just re-read this amazing book by Joan D. Vinge called Catspaw, a cyberpunk book about a tortured telepath trying to make his way in the world. I wanted to write something very much like it, but since I was a cop show fan I wanted him to be a detective. One of my good friends at the time was struggling to recover from anorexia, and going through that struggle with her really touched me. I knew I wanted to talk about addiction, about her struggle, but I also knew a physical drug would be easier to understand in the context of what I had already. I did try to write cyberpunk, as well, but it turns out my personal style tends much more towards noir.
Jennifer: What are some of your favorite fantasy and science fiction books/authors and why?
Alex: Must I pick a favorite star in the sky? I grew up on (to name a few) authors like Heinlein and McCaffrey, Weber and Lackey and Bujold and Asaro. I love how they’re about the people, the characters, and how they interact with the science or fantastical elements. Strong characters and societies just grab me and don’t let me go.
Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?
Alex: When I was a kid (maybe ten? Eleven?), I was a huge, huge reader. I mentioned to my mom briefly that I should write something like one of the novels I was reading, and my mom being my mom said, absolutely, honey. Write it. She set me up on the computer with a document open and said go. I think she was shocked when she came back in an hour and there was a chapter done. Not a very good chapter, mind you, but a chapter. I finished that book a few years later and have been writing ever since.
Jennifer: What’s next for you? Will there be more books in the Mindspace Investigations series?
Alex: I’m working on Book Four right now; Book Three (Marked) is with the publisher and will be out in April. I’ve got a short story in the same world I’ll be releasing myself in March, and I’ve got nine books planned out in the series. I have a lot to say in that world. But I’m also working on other ideas for other worlds to play in. I love writing, and I love connecting with readers, and I plan to do both for a very long time to come.
MORE ABOUT ALEX
Alex Hughes is the author of the Mindspace Investigations series from Roc. She is a Semi-Finalist of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, a Finalist in the 2013 Silver Falchion Awards, and a graduate of the pro-level Odyssey Writing Workshop. Over the years, she has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area, including Decatur during her time at Agnes Scott College.
On any given week you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and typing madly. Find out more about Alex at her website or follow her Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.
Alex is offering a print copy of Clean, U.S. residents only. To enter, use the form below.
SCARLETT DAWN ON FANTASY AND MORE
Jennifer: Welcome, Scarlett! Please tell readers about your Forever Evermore Trilogies.
Scarlett: Hello, hello!
First, let me say I’m thrilled to be here. I’m a huge Estep fan! Woot, woot! *massive hugs*
So let’s see….the Forever Evermore Trilogies are new adult fantasy (with a twist of paranormal). There are Mages, Vampires, Shifters, and Elementals. Four Kings and four Prodigies. The Kings merge their Prodigies together during the Prodigies senior year of college, which takes place at King Hall University in Choep, New York. The Prodigies…well, let’s just say they like to rebel against the rules.
Jennifer: The second book in the series, King Cave, was released on Jan. 1. Can you tell us a little about it?
Scarlett: King Cave starts off right where King Hall ends, directly in the office they were in when the warfare started outside on King Hall’s grounds. Pearl and Jack are still passed out on the ground while Antonio is telling Lily and Ezra they have to run…oh, and Ezra’s mom is still hunkered under the desk and holding the death-spelled book. Clashes of battle are echoing in their ears, and Ezra doesn’t take the news of running very well.
In a nutshell, King Cave barely lets you breathe before tossing the reader into another round of turmoil for the Prodigies…or is that the Kings and Queens? Hmm.
Jennifer: What appeals to you about the fantasy and new adult genres?
Scarlett: Fantasy for me means: the unknown.
I adore that. It can truly be whatever the author wants to create, a world of possibilities made by the most creative of minds. It doesn’t get much better than that. There are no boundaries.
New Adult is like a shiny gem that is suddenly thrown into the dirt and marred. It’s when young adults step outside of their parents shelter and experience life as a real adult for the first time. There is so much chaos and self-evaluation during that time period in an individual’s life that I can’t help but love writing it.
Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Forever Evermore Trilogies?
Scarlett: I was inspired by another series that I was writing. It was good…but just not good enough. I felt I could do so much more with the storyline, so I started over with a blank Word document and merely started writing. Pretty simply really.
Jennifer: What are some of your favorite fantasy books/authors and why?
YOU! Gin kicks serious Elemental ass.
Nalini Singh. Hawk is just hawt.
Chloe Neill. The disorder that Chicago resides in rocks.
Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?
Scarlett: I started writing when I was sixteen. Life took hold, and I had to put it aside for about ten years. Then I went to see a movie called Twilight…yep, that’s right. I had no clue it was based on a book until I got home and googled it. The next day I was at the bookstore buying the set. That series got be back into reading and writing.
Jennifer: What’s next for you? Will there be more books in the Forever Evermore series?
Scarlett: Everyone has always asked me how long the Forever Evermore Trilogies are. Here it is:
Books 1-3: Lily’s story
Books 4-6: Caro’s story
Books 7-9: Her name’s a secret
That’s 9 books in the Forever Evermore Trilogies.
And yes, I’m already halfway through the 3rd book of the Forever Nevermore series, which comes after the Forever Evermore Trilogies. Yeppers. I’m a busy girl.
MORE ABOUT SCARLETT
Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Scarlett is giving away a Kindle e-copy of King Hall. To enter, use the form below.
The book is available in print, audio, and e-book formats from many retailers, including the following:
And here is the book description:
How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . .
Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.
This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. . . .
This book is a prequel origin story that takes place about 10 years before the events of Spider’s Bite, the first book in the series. So readers will get to see the assignment that truly turned Gin into an assassin in The Spider. The book also delves a little deeper into Gin’s relationship with her mentor, Fletcher Lane.
But what I think is the most fun about the book is Gin “meeting” some of the secondary characters for the first time. There are also lots of little Easter eggs and references to people and places in the books that I hope fans of the series will enjoy.
This really was a fun book for me to write, and I hope that everyone enjoys reading more about Gin’s past and her relationship with Fletcher.
Happy reading and happy holidays, everyone!
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