Sunday, October 13, 2013

Meet Alex Finch, Monster Hunter - and Enter the Swag Bag Giveaway!

Welcome to the party pavilion! I would like to introduce Alex Finch, the main character of my new YA paranormal, Alex Finch: Monster Hunter.

She is an ordinary teenager, getting through high school, living with her secret crush on the most popular boy in school, when something happens that changes her life. Forever.

Here's the description, and a short excerpt:

Meet Alex Finch - tomboy, techno geek, monster hunter.
Reluctant monster hunter.
A school project, an absentminded project partner, and a misplaced backpack all change 16-year-old Alex Finch's life forever.
In a single afternoon Alex finds the missing backpack, has a run-in with Sam, the boy she's had a crush on since first grade - and discovers that monsters are real.
That mind-blowing incident throws her life in a completely different direction, uncovering secrets that cost her more than she could ever imagine. And the further she digs, the darker and more dangerous the secrets become.
What else is hiding behind the ordinary facade of her California beach town?
Alex is about to find out.
*Includes an exclusive excerpt of Truth and Consequences, the second Monster Files adventure, coming your way in time for the holidays!
Life is funny.
Not ha-ha funny, but strange, smack-you-in-the-face, bizarro world funny.
Who knew that one decision, one small, insignificant choice, would change my life? Change it in ways I could never even begin to imagine. And according to my mom, I have quite the imagination.
Okaylet me back up, start closer to the beginning. Before the strange.
My name is Alex Finch. Alex to everyoneexcept my mom, who insists on calling me by my given name: Margaret. Which is short for Margaret Agnes Alexandrea Finch. A mouthful, I know. I was blessed with the name of every aunt who didn’t have a child of their own. I was just thankful Mom didn’t have more sisters.
Fortunately, Mom only drags the full name out when I’m in trouble. Since I tend toward the loner end of the social scalemeaning I spend copious amounts of time in my roomit’s easy to stay Margaret free most of the time.
Basic statistics: I am sixteen, on the short side of short at barely over five feet, a devout tomboy, an only child, and more than a little bit of a techno geek, trapped in a school full of blonde and tan beach bunnies. Trust me, it can be challenging. The dance classes I’ve been taking since I was six get me out of my own head, and help keep me sane and centered. Without them I’d be kicking some blonde booty out of sheer frustration.
I find myself talking to my laptop more than other people. Don’t laughI’ve had some of my best conversations with Red, my lightning fast, do-anything-I-can-program system.
It may sound pathetic, and scream wallflower/no dates ever/why bother going to the dance syndrome, but at least Red doesn’t ask me if I’m sick again, and how a twelve week session in the tanning salon at the mall would give my pale skin such a nice glow . . .
Yeah. So, there is my life in a few sentences. Short, pale geek, loner, and pretty much happy with the status quo.
Until the day I discovered that monsters were real.
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Thanks for stopping by, and until next time - read on. :)

About the Author

C.A. Dean believes in ghosts, witches, magic - and monsters.

She loves the supernatural, the odd and the strange, and writing about it is like going to a job she loves - no work and all fun.

She would love for you to join her as she hunts for monsters - real and imagined.

And there's the official biography, out of the way.

I love telling stories, and my four nephews have been a big influence in what I read, and now what I write.

Sliding into YA has been as easy fit, especially since I've been reading and loving it for years.

Alex Finch: Monster Hunter is the first book of a series I have been planning for a while, and I can't wait to introduce you to Alex and her rather quirky friends. :)

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I look forward to meeting you. :)


Debby said...

Thanks for the great post. I am heading over to the other sites now.
DEbby236 at gmail dot com

Cate Dean said...

Thanks, Debby - glad you enjoyed it. :)