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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Must Haves for My Apocalyptic Bunker by Alex Hughes (Marked book tour + giveaway)

Must Haves for My Apocalyptic Bunker
By: Alex Hughes

One of my favorite things about stopping by I Smell Sheep is the incredible guest post topic ideas that Sharon gives out like candy. This topic, another Sharon classic, got my creative juices going immediately.

If the world fell apart, naturally I would have a bunker already set up and ready to go. The absolutely critical items would be:

1. A robot butler. Who can cook gourmet dishes from practically anything, especially canned and dried food. Bonus points if he can play a proper game of chess.

2. A yoga mat and tapes. Hey, what? I get twitchy in small spaces. An exercise form that keeps me calm and centered (and strong) would be awesome.

3. A rifle with extra ammo. Just in case the door doesn’t hold.

4. A set of Kindles pre-loaded with most of the world’s books, and a charger that doesn’t run out. Or: a charger powered by a hand crank, so it literally can’t go out.

5. The hubbie.

6. Lots of paper and pencils.

7. Nice cheerful sunlight-spectrum lamps. Because I like my sunlight, ‘kay?

Optional bonuses (if there’s room):

1. A heating blanket. The ultimate in comfort, especially if it comes with a generator to keep all the other gadgets going.

2. My laptop with Scrivener pre-loaded. Because even if the world is ending, I’ve got deadlines, you know? Plus the other bunker-bound folks are going to want reading material and I don’t want to disappoint.

3. Access to the Internet. So I can watch the desperation and world-ending from my safe armchair, you know, just in case I wanted to.

4. Several friends & family members in adjoining bunkers for dinner parties with the robot butler.

5. A mammoth stockpile of food, not something minor, you understand, but a fort of cans, an herb garden, balsalmic vinegar, salt and pepper and sundried tomatoes and all the other comforts of home. Plus, you know, a hydroponic garden to keep us in oxygen and yummies. We have the sunlight-spectrum lamps already, am I right?

6. A cat. Because if the world is ending, I’m getting a cat, dang it. And cat food, a litter box, etc. etc. to keep her in style.

What about you guys? Do you also require your robot butlers to cook, or are you more flexible in hiring?

Marked (Mindspace Investigation #3)
by Alex Hughes
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Roc
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.…

About the Author:
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 Semi-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novels 2011. 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 at the same time!

**Bonus: Short story “Rabbit Trick” in the Mindspace Investigations world - amazon

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  1. If the world were ending I would like something like a ton of Valium.

    1. lol! not too much, you got to keep your wits about you. Xanax only lasts 4 hours.

  2. Love the guest post topic! My husband actually would love to read this since he is obsessed with the show doomsday preppers.
    I would love to have robot butler to cook in my bunker, but if I couldn't have one then I definitely would hire someone or put the hubby to work in the bunker kitchen. He loves to cook any ways. =)

  3. they would have to be creative too as the food supply dwindled But I am in luck. I love Spam! (no judging!)

  4. That sounds like a fun apocalypse! bring it on if can still have internet..LOL I'm with Steph, lots of valium and wine :)

  5. Oooh, these look good!

    As to a robot butler to cook... heck NO! That's my gig! I prefer fresh ingredients, of course. However, I can do some great things with canned goods.... soup anyone?

  6. So glad you guys had me on the blog! Awesome to hear other peoples' bunker plans too :)

  7. I'd definitely need a robot butler to cook, I have much better things to do with my time. :D