Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Three-Book Deal for a New Mystery Series!

I'm thrilled to announce the news that Midnight Ink has acquired my new mystery series in a three-book deal!

The Accidental Alchemist is the first book in a new mystery series about alchemist Zoe Faust and her gargoyle sidekick, Dorian, who was accidentally brought to life by a French stage magician. It's set in Portland, Oregon, but like my Jaya Jones treasure hunt mystery series, this one also involves a lot of history from different parts of the world.

I wrote the first draft of The Accidental Alchemist for NaNoWriMo two years ago, while I was going through chemotherapy. I'm sure I was subconsciously thinking about the Elixir of Life from alchemy as subtext, but what I was consciously writing about were things I felt passionately about: my life-long fascination with gargoyles, my new-found love of cooking, and my passion for twisty puzzle-plot mysteries.

As a kid, I always joked about having a pet gargoyle. It was never going to happen in real life, but why not in fiction? As for cooking, I never thought much about it until my cancer diagnosis. But once I started learning how to cook, I learned how absolutely amazing vegan food can taste and how much fun cooking is! Cooking from scratch has become so much a part of my life that it made its way into this series. So as I craft this complex mystery plot, I'm weaving in my other passions. It's a lot of fun to write -- and once it's out I hope you enjoy the finished product!

Dori the gargoyle with my NaNoWriMo mug filled with a homemade smoothie.

22 comments:

  1. Congrats, Gigi! Can't wait to read the next series.

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  2. Gigi! Congratulations -- this gives me new hope in the Good-Things-Happen-to-Great-People theory of life!

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    1. I'm so glad you've been part of my journey, Camille!

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  3. Gigi, I'm thrilled for you! Midnight Ink--that's quite a coup! And having read a draft of the first three chapters, I absolutely can't wait to read more.Dorian is a great character!

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    1. I love Dorian! I'm so glad others want to read about him :)

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    1. Thank you -- I'm definitely having a lot of fun writing it, so I hope you enjoy reading it!

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  5. Hi Gigi. I'm just rhrilled for you. It couldn't happen to a nicer person and I love hearing about your journey. That's a really cute gargoyle, by the way. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! And yes, I do love my gargoyles ;)

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  6. Love the alchemist concept but the gargoyle is genius. What a vision! Truly can't wait to read. So happy for you:-)

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    1. Thanks, Diana -- I'm so happy I get to write about a gargoyle in this story!

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  7. I'm so glad its going to be a series. It has all the components to be a great one.

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  8. I have just finished the third book I really hope there is another book ..
    I did not feel the Max /Zoe story finished. I want to see where you want it to go.

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    1. Thanks for writing -- yes, the series will continue, so there will be much more Zoe and Max to come.

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  9. Your books on alchemy have been a constant companion on many road trips. I love the recipes you talk anout and keep wanting to try them. Is there any chance Dorians brothercan be saved and join the group as a foil to Dorian? How much trouble could two living gargoyles get two people into?

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    1. So glad you're enjoying the books! I'm working on the next book now, and those gargoyles are impossible to keep in check, so anything is possible...

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  10. I am absolutely in love with this series! I just finished listening to the audiobooks for the 3rd time!! I can listen to them over and over and never get bored. I sincerely hope the series continues with many more books. I am hooked!!!!

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it! And YES, the series continues. I'm working on the next book now.

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  11. I am very happy that you are continuing this series. I have never liked reading books, so I avoid it whenever possible. A co-worker started listening to the first audiobook of this series, and I was quickly hooked. I could not wait to get to work just so I could get back to the book. After listening to this series, I'm wondering what else I have been missing out on. I going to start reading or listening to books more often. Thank you for writing this series, and I can't wait for the next book.

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    1. Josh, this email makes me so happy -- I hope you discover many more great audiobooks.

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