I’m thrilled to introduce today’s guest blogger since I’ve known her “back when.” I had to laugh during her post because I can so see Alexia doing what she describes, and yes, she’s filled with random interesting facts. Please help me welcome today’s guest…Alexia Reed.

As a paranormal writer, I am always trying to come up with new and interesting psychic abilities to give my characters. Now, you’d think it’d be easy. I mean, it’s paranormal! Anything can happen right? True and while it’s easy on some days, on others, there’s nothing left in that creative well.

Case in point, this weekend I was stuck on a new character. I had some limitations I wanted on this new ability but I couldn’t think of something that is interesting and yet, disposable. Now, I’m a slightly odd person. Sometimes a walk may help me get through a block, but it doesn’t always. What does help (and here is where the weird comes in) is doing rolling hand gestures and pretending I’m doing martial art moves. And trust me, I’m no master. I butcher moves horribly. lol. If you know me, I’m an awkward, small person with no coordination. I’m very clumsy. I walk into walls all the time.

So me pretending to do all these fancy moves…yeah, I’m sure you’d be laughing if you saw me. The thing is that if I can somewhat visualize the action behind the ability then I can figure out something. I have a character who always hangs his hand down to the ground and wiggles his fingers. He does this to twist and draw psychic energy toward him so that he ball up the energy in his hand. I came up with this because one day I just started doing finger motions as I was walking down the hall.

So yeah, this weekend I was trying to figure out some moves…anything that’d give me a hint of a thread of thought. What’d I end up with? The character, by throwing his hands out in front of him (almost like jazz hands but no moving fingers) can create a barrier that wraps around someone and decompress them. Like if you were to somehow end up in space without your protection suit.

Random research fact while trying to explain this ability: Did you know that if you happen to be in this situation you shouldn’t hold your breath? Your lungs may explode apparently. Sounds incredibly painful.

When you’re stuck on a problem, no matter what it is, do you do something “different” to try and figure out a solution? If so, what?

Thanks Leah for having me on your site!

**Alexia is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate to a commenter. Contest will be open until Friday May 11th at 8 a.m. and the winner will be chosen by random.org and announced later that day.** Contest is now closed.

Hunting the Shadows

by Alexia Reed

Hunting the Shadows by Alexia ReedAmy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim…

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

You can purchase Hunting the Shadows through the Carina PressAmazon, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

Alexia Reed is a dark paranormal romantic suspense author. You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.


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16 thoughts on “Alexia Reed: Hunting the Shadows

  • May 9, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I don’t know that that my solution to problem solving is all that different. When I need to think about something like that I sit on my couch and pet one of my dogs while I am thinking. My dogs’ unconditional love helps me think.

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Hi Margie — I feel the same way with Seamus — wonder if, in addition to knowing you’re loved, it makes you calm down and see things differently?

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Sometimes playing fetch with the cat helps…but she gives up too easily for it give me a good brainstorming session. Pets can do wonders!

  • May 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m so laughing about doing random moves and walking into walls!!

    I don’t have anything specific that I do to seek clarity, but when my mind is muddled, I give it some quiet time … mindless physical work or a long drive (and in texas, when i say “a long drive”, I mean … well … a pretty long drive!) … and usually once my mind is cleared, the good stuff starts coming back!

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      I do some of my best plotting while in transit. I take the bus so just staring out the window helps. It lets me to just…faze out.

  • May 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You so crack me up. For me, I go outside and talk to myself. Yep, I’m crazy but it helps. Sometimes a one-sided conversation helps me. Of course, our six yr old thinks his momma is crazy. 🙂

    Congratulations on the release!


    • May 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Haha! I talk to myself a lot when I’m studying or trying to understand something that’s a bit over my head. Talking it out is a good process!

  • May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    LOL I love that you do Martial Art moves to get unstuck. I’m sure your housemates think you look cool!

    When I’m stuck on a story, I do some housework or do something crafty. Being focused on something opens my mind the answer. I brainstorm longhand.

    I may add Martial Arts moves to my how to get unstuck arsenal.

    Thanks for sharing your process.

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Ah the cats think I’m crazy. But I can’t help that. At least I do it with the blinds closed… :p

  • May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Just stepping in to say hi and thank everyone who has taken the time to make Alexia feel so welcome. And also to say I find my best ideas come when I’m doing something mindless, like washing dishes or folding laundry. *sigh* Maybe my writing would go faster if I did more housework. I know my family might appreciate it considering I haven’t done yesterday’s dishes yet. 😉 Ooops…

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Great excerpt. The book sounds very good.

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    When I do not have a solution to a problem, I research for hours on the internet. Like lately when I’ve spent hours on researching high heart rates and diabetic diets. I am stressed and I still am searching after 4 days.
    I would love to win. I have not read any of your books and not a big paranormal fan. I give those to my youngest daughter.

  • May 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Alexia, I like your way of coming up with super powers for your characters. 🙂 Sounds kinda fun. I tend to get ideas in the shower– sometimes I don’t even realize that I’m thinking of a plot problem and suddenly the answer is there! I love it. Then there’s other time’s I get a bit desperate and pull out the vaccumn cleaner. That tends to get me thinking really fast and back to the keyboard. LOL Nice cover, by the way.

    Leah, you sound like me on the dishes, and the laundry, and the rest of the housework. But for the lack of accomplishment on that end, I should have more written by now!

  • May 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    And according to random.org’s list randomizer, the winner is….

    Margie! (Margie, I’ll be sending your email information to Alexia so she can arrange to send your gift certificate to you.)

    Congratulations, Margie, and thank you to everyone for taking the time to visit and leave a comment.

    There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

    Stacey Joy
    Timestamp: 2012-05-11 13:36:54 UTC

  • May 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thanks so much! I love meeting new authors. I’ve put Hunting The Shadows at the top of my TBR pile along with Perfect Proposal and Hidden Heat as I have to catch up with Leah’s Hauberk series also.

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