Tuesday, April 08, 2014

[Blog Tour] Guest Post: 10 Places to Visit When You’re in Atlanta by Alex Hughes + Giveaway

I'd like to welcome Alex Hughes, author of Marked, the third book in her Mindspace Investigation series to Short & Sweet Reviews blog today! It is her first time on the blog, yay! Today Alex is going to discuss some awesome places you can visit in Atlanta, which is the setting for her Mindspace Investigation series. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end and my review of MARKED here!



Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…

10 Places to Visit When You're in Atlanta
by Alex Hughes 

Next time you’re in Atlanta, drop by some or all of these places recommended by me. Most of them exist in the world of Mindspace, and they’re all fun to see.

1. The Georgia Aquarium. Because fish. Also jellyfish, beluga whales, and one of the biggest ocean tanks I’ve ever imagined. Amazing. It’s close to the CNN Center and the Coca-Cola Museum, just for kicks.

2. Decatur Square. A key area in the Mindspace Investigations novels, it’s easily accessible by the MARTA subway system, and has a lot of fun shops and restaurants to see. Bonus points if you make it to the Decatur Book Festival.

3. The tunnel. A real tunnel under the railroad tracks on the same street as Twain’s, it’s how you’d walk from the Square to Agnes Scott campus, where I went to school. It’s also the location where Joey told Adam the critical clue in Clean.

4. Fernbank. Fun science, and the Martinis and Imax night is how deep space should be experienced.

5. The King and Queen buildings in Perimeter—though you can just drive by. They look like chess pieces, and I used to work in one of them. Also, a pretty courtyard around them, with a lake!

6. Little Five Points. Haven’t set something there yet, but it’s a really cool mix of cultures and fun shops. Check out the burgers at the Vortex.

7. Peachtree City. Take your bike and ride along dozens of miles of cartpaths under the trees. There’s also a triple lake where I used to go fishing as a child.

8. East Atlanta. There is no Thai restaurant as referenced in Clean, but there are dozens of small shops, restaurants, and old brick buildings you’ll love to visit. Do take a friend or two at night, however; some of the streets are safer than others.

9. The Varsity. You’ll either love or hate this classic Atlanta greasy spoon (I hate it), but many locals drive hours to come back. While you’re there, take a walk on the Georgia Tech campus, and perhaps see a play at their student center, swing dance in their ballroom, or drop by a football game.

10. Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles. How chicken and waffles should be done—seriously, try it. Well worth the trip. While you’re in the area, stop by the Fox Theatre. They do plays, concerts, and they also show old movies in the summertime. Not far from the Varsity and Georgia Tech if you’re making a day of it.


 Alex has generously offered to give one lucky Short & Sweet Reviews reader a copy of either Clean (Book 1) or Sharp (Book 2) in the Mindspace Investigations series and the lovely Nita at Penguin is giving away the newest released third book MARKED.

book 3Book 1Book 2

So there will be 2 WINNERS!
(1) Winner's choice of either Clean or Sharp
(Print or eBook in the US, eBook ONLY in Canada/UK/S. Africa/Australia)
(2) Print copy of MARKED (US only)
To enter fill out the Rafflecopter Below! 

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Alex 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! You can visit her at Twitter at @ahugheswriter or on the web at www.ahugheswriter.com.


  1. Thanks for having me on the blog, guys! :)

  2. I would love a print copy of Sharp. I still have to read Clean, but it's waiting patiently on my TBR shelf for me to get to it. I will have to do it soon because I'm getting too far behind and this sounds like such a great series. :D