The Hero Blog Hop: Alexis Nevid tells it like it is

Meet Alexis Nevid, private detective, and somewhat reluctant hero. Here she is, sitting at the Coral Reef Tavern, enjoying her favorite refreshment, whiskey on the rocks.

Alexis is a loner, but she has one good friend: Frank Gibson of the Witchfire Police Department. In Check Out Time, she is introduced as a somewhat mysterious woman of Native American descent, with a penchant for Cuban cigars.

She spends a lot of time in her little rented office, her feet propped up on the scratched surface of her desk, amid stacks of papers and piles of books. This is where she is introduced to readers, calmly waiting for an investigation to “fall into her lap”. When Spencer Whellaby, wealthy store owner, bursts into her office and asks for her help, she is thrown aback to discover that he wants to her to investigate a suicide.

Interestingly, I never meant for Alexis to become an important character. But I absolutely love her– she is tough, and she tells it like it is. She is reluctant to get involved in the lives of others, but she is strangely drawn to Naomi Vogler, the main character of Check Out Time, whose sad story touches Alexis’s heart.

Meet Alexis Nevid in my latest Mystery release, Check Out Time. I have a feeling she will be returning in future works. After all, although Alexis has a habit of disappearing when she wants to, she tends to reemerge when we least expect it.

Buy Check Out Time on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Available in print and e-book

Enjoy this short excerpt of Check Out Time . . . .

When Alexis didn’t want to be noticed, she had a talent for disappearing. As the sounds of the night settled in and bats fluttered in the overhang, Alexis sunk into the bench and became a statue—a part of the shadows. When the time came, she would be ready.

No one seemed the notice the dark shadow on the corner of a bench until it began to move, straighten, and become a human being. The night crew turned collectively and saw Alexis emerge from the darkness, smooth and snake-like, much like some denizen from another world.

“Where’d you come from?” Keith asked.

“I’ve been here,” Alexis explained. “I’ve been waiting.”

“Not for this . . . I mean, you didn’t know the power was going to go out, did you?”

“You’re quick, Mr. Ryan. I had a pretty good idea something was going to happen, but I didn’t know what. Now, if you’ll excuse me.” Alexis pulled a nine-millimeter out of a holster on her belt. “I believe there’s something in there waiting for me.”

“What’s going on?”

“I’ll tell you later.” Alexis walked toward the front door.

Thank you to my dear friend Brian’s father, Michael, for taking the Halloween photo of me and immortalizing Alexis.

Who’s your favorite hero? Reply to this blog post with your name and email. You will be entered to win a digital copy of Check Out Time. Good luck!

Beginning July 27 and ending on the 31, over 100 authors and bloggers will share their favorite things about heroes. And everyone is doing a giveaway, including me!

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A fantastic Swag Pack!

Enter to win! Remember to leave a comment.

42 thoughts on “The Hero Blog Hop: Alexis Nevid tells it like it is

  1. My favorite is Eric or Bill from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  2. I have so many favorites that is makes it hard to choose. I will go with Master Adam from Nobody’s Hero. He is a hero is many ways. He goes above and beyond for people whom mean alot to him. Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  3. I really don’t have a favorite hero. I like a hero to be smart, have a strength of character, protective of those he loves, & a sense of humor.

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    Lisa G

  4. I love the heros from Lords of the Underworld series and the Immortals after Dark series. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest(AT)aol(DOT)com

  5. My favorite hero is Harry Dresden from the Dresden files by Jim Butcher. How can you not love a snarky wizard PI who just wont quit?
    achbarrow(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I don’t really have a favorite hero. I do tend to fall for strong, dominant alpha men. Those that are dependable, responsible, intelligent, has a sense of humor, and care about others.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. My favorite would have to be Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. This shifter knows how to put his mate above all else.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  8. I have too many favorites to pick one.There’s something special and unique about every single hero!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  9. hmmm .. real life would be hubby. TV would be Steve McGarrett of Hawaii 5-0 (scrumptious) and to many heroes in my books to even begin to pick a favorite..

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Well it makes a change for the hero to be a woman. I am reading so much lately my hero changes everyday.

  11. My favorite hero is hands down… Bo Novikov from Shelly Laurenston’s “Beast Behaving Badly” He is handsome and sexy, surly, and mean, and everyone hates him, except Blayne Thorpe. His woman. She gets him to behave and not be so mean and he loves every minute of it. He just
    doesn’t show it to the world.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. who is my hero that is hard i read so many good book and then the author can have man or women and then it get straight guy or gay or the vamp or the aplha male or female ilove the differnt way you guys write and read and blog on them

      • Sorry to join on to someone else’s post – but I wasn’t able to post my comment separately for some reason.

        That book sounds great!
        I love every hero I read about! But the real hero is my husband who sits next to me while I read every night! :)
        Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. I have to say Bones I really love him and Cat together one of my favorites!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  14. I have several favorite hero’s. It just depends on the genre. Diane Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series has Roland and Marcu but I’m really looking forward to Bastian’s book. I have a feeling he’s going to end up being one of my top heros. Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  15. Hmmmm to pic a fave hero is like picking a fave book to me! LOL It’s nearly impossible to pick 1! I’m going with one that is going to be in a book coming out in October Duncan O’Brien in From Hel, With Love by Blue Remy
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

  16. Female hero? Hum… My favorite female hero would have to be Kara Thrace from BSG. She dies comes back, finds out her husband isn’t human and stays by his side anyway. She is a kick ass fighter pilot but despite being dead she stays with her people until they are safe on a new planet.
    Debdebss@yahoo.com

  17. That book sounds great!
    I love every hero I read about! But the real hero is my husband who sits next to me while I read every night! :)
    Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

    (I probably look silly for posting again – I just wanted to make sure I was counted as a comment and not a reply to someone else! now that the post is working for me :))

  18. My mom is my forever hero, but my favorite fictional hero is Odd Thomas, from the Dean Koontz series. He’s just so cool!

  19. My hero is my mom. Shes an amazing person. Shes the type of person to give you the shirt off her back, give you a home if you need it, give you the last of her groceries, lend a helping hand, etc. Shes sweet, kind and always has a good word for everyone. She sees the best in people. Shes the type that if your glass in half empty, she sees it as half full and is grateful for it. Ive always looked up to her. If i can be half the person she is, id be happy. My mom works as a manager of a home that takes care of mentally ill people. She had a staff member that tried to get her fired more times than i can count, she gave my mom a hard time, and made her job..hellish. The woman had a boyfriend that stole her purse, which had all of her money, credit cards and the petty cash from her work (shed just cashed the check). (Over thousand dollars i think) The woman ended up in the hospital, had 3 or 4 strokes and was in really bad shape. You know what my mom did? She borrowed the money from check and go (a couple of them), took the blame for everything, and helped this woman get better. My mom wouldnt even accept the money back when the woman tried to repay her. My mom and her are now best friends. I have several stories like this. She may get a bit mad, but her thing is, people make mistakes. They shouldnt be punished for them forever. Whatever happened, happened and its now a new day. :) To me, my mom is amazing. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. My favorite fictional hero is my own, Heath. (Because he’ll stone me to death if I name anyone else. Seriously, living with this guy in my head is quite the experience! LOL)
    He isn’t actually fully aware yet that he is going to be a hero, but that won’t stop him from shoving his way into the spotlight! The funny thing about this is that when he actually does something heroic, like saving a bunch of orphans from a flood or beating the daylights out of an abusive bastard, he doesn’t brag about it. He’d much sooner talk about his sexual conquests, his chess match wins, or his sexual conquests. (He’s with twins right now, thus the double mention. My poor brain. LOL) But in the end, he will prove that he is a great hero. Then again, maybe he’ll be the ultimate villain. I’d hate to rule anyone out just yet, as readers will have a long journey ahead before that answer sneaks out! j.lennidorner@facebook.com

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