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Monday, December 15, 2014

Vacant by Alex Hughes blog tour: Review + giveaway!

Sorry for the absence, folks! Teaching, job hunting and family stuff have taken over my life and I've barely had time to read, which is why you haven't seen much of me (and may not for a little while). But I committed to this tour for VACANT because I'm a huge Alex Hughes fan, as you probably know if you're a long-time reader of the blog, and I wanted to spread the love!

The fourth book in Hughes' Mindspace Investigations series, VACANT is a serious game changer and I was glued to my e-reader from start to finish. It has all of the great qualities I associate with the series: strong writing, an intriguing case, and nice character development. It's hard to discuss VACANT without referencing previous events so be forewarned!

VACANT is a book about choices -- choices Adam has to make in this novel and choices that he's made in the past that come back to haunt him. It's a rewarding novel to people who have been with the series since the start since we get to see how much Adam has grown and also how much he continues to struggle.

In a brief, happy moment, VACANT opens with Adam and Cherabino on a date. They're at a concert, which Adam finds overwhelming at first, until he realises what an incredible high he can get from everyone's positive energy. (Is this foreshadowing a new addiction for him?) Things rapidly take a turn for the worst, though, as Cherabino is set up for a murder she didn't commit and Adam is called out of town to help the FBI with a case. It's a nicely set up conflict for Adam: does he protect Tommy (whom he's seen die in his process visions) or does he abandon his charge to help Cherabino when it's obvious she's being railroaded? It makes VACANT a meaty read since it forces Adam to make touch choices and shows us a lot about his character.

Even without the emotional turmoil, VACANT pays out on a lot of Hughes' promises from previous novels, as old enemies come out of the woodwork. The links to previous novels are nicely orchestrated and add some excellent layers to the story. Plus, Adam finds himself working with a new team, which places him sorely out of his element, not just because of new partners but because he's working as a Minder, not as an investigator. I love a good fish-out-of-water story and Hughes delivers it in spades with this story.

VACANT ends in a way that has me eagerly anticipating what Hughes gives us next. The world's become a lot bigger now for Adam and I'm so curious to see where Hughes will take him (and us).

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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.

Here's our clue:


You can find other clues by visiting other blogs on the tour:

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 & 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 & Literal Addiction
Dec 21st - Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd - Open Book Society
Dec 23rd - My Bookish Ways

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We're also giving away one (1) print copy of VACANT to a lucky reader!

US/Canada/UK only

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Hughes_authorphoto2_verysmall-681x1024Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. 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!

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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4 People left their mark' :

  1. Since I enjoy science fiction, I would love to win a copy of Vacant. The Mindspace Investigations series is a new series for me and I have added it to my wishlist. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm halfway through book 3 in the series. I love this series so much!