Monday, April 18, 2011

Deadly Determined

by Alex St. James
from the Alex St. James mystery series by Julie Hyzy


It's great to be here, finally. My author, Julie, has kept me under wraps for quite a long time. Let me introduce myself. My name is Alex St. James. It used to be Szatjemski, but my father changed it a long time ago because he thought the name sounded too ethnic. And, actually, I was probably known as something else before that, but I have no idea what it was. Not yet at least.

I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start again...

As a news researcher in Chicago, I investigate stories for Midwest Focus NewsMagazine so that our on-screen talent, the gorgeous Gabriela, can report it. My hard work = her triumph. But that's the way it works for those of us blessed with ordinary looks. And you can believe that our boss, Bass, sees to it that I remember that.

Unfortunately, I also have an ex-boyfriend in the business. Dan. He works for a competing station and the operating word there is "compete." The man is ruthless. Handsome and charming when he wants to be, but there's that mean streak...

I look back on my time with Dan and wonder: What was I thinking?

Anyway, I also have a great deal of good fortune, all of which comes from my family. My folks, my aunt, my uncle and, most of all, my sister.

Lucy was born slightly disabled. She has an unusual condition, one that renders her cheerful, optimistic, and chatty, but unable to ever live alone. After her birth my parents were afraid of bringing another disabled child into the world, so they decided to adopt. That's when I joined the family. I'm Lucy's baby sister, but because of her disability, I feel more like the older sibling.

Now that my folks are retired, I've started looking for my birth parents. It hasn't been easy. Too many headlines have waylaid my efforts and I can't seem to catch a break where my own history is concerned. Maybe soon. Maybe.

So far I've had two adventures on my own, Deadly Blessings and Deadly Interest. These took place in 2005 and 2006, back when we all had cell phones, not smart phones. Can you imagine how much more I could do now? That is, if my author lets me out of confinement.

My two stories went out of print a few years back, but my author has put them both up on Kindle, Nook, etc. and even has a couple short stories planned for the future. Once she's finished writing for Grace and Ollie this year, she promises to help me find my birth parents. Honestly, she's the only person who can help at this point. Until she brings me back I'm left in a sort of limbo, waiting.

Let me tell you, the minute I'm able to, I'm going to rush out and get started. Julie has the beginnings of my next novel started and this one already has me intrigued. I just hope she leaves me time a little personal time to do my own digging.

Wow, I've shared a lot, haven't I? I guess that's what happens after a long time without interacting with readers. And I haven't even begun to tell you about the actual mysteries themselves. But I'm determined to get back out there and start living my life as soon as possible. Hear that, Julie?

For those of you with ereaders, or who download stories to your computers, I hope you check out Deadly Blessings and Deadly Interest.

But in the meantime, are there any protagonists you miss reading about? Series that have disappeared? Who would you like bring back?

Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to say hello. I hope to be back again one of these days.

Alex St. James


  1. Well, I can tell you about a series I am looking forward to reading: that's yours. I love Julie's other books and I know she'll treat you right. Good luck with your adoption project.

  2. I have enjoyed reading your first two adventures, and would love to read another. And I wish you success with your search

  3. Glad you're being set loose on the world again, Alex. I'm looking forward to reading more about you and especially, how the adoption search goes.
    Good luck!

  4. Thank you, Mary Jane, Janet, and Erika,
    I'm looking forward to my search and to reporting back to all of you. Let's just hope Julie stays on deadline. Otherwise I'm sunk

  5. Good luck with the search for your birth parents. I have a feeling that's going to be an interesting story!

    ~ Krista

  6. Hi Alex, I have your two stories and need to find time to read it. I did, however, read the story that Julie co-authored with Michael Black, so yes, I'll be getting to your story and I hope we see more of you.

  7. Thanks, Krista! I hope it's an easy road. So far it hasn't been.

    Dru - I'm so glad to hear you read the adventure I had with Ron Shade. Wow, that was something. Waay more hard-edged than what I'm used to, but fun nonetheless! Thanks for picking up the first two!

  8. Chiming in late (had a lovely day out with my friend in downtown Charleston). I look forward to getting to know you better, Alex. I'll have to snatch up your books.

    As for a series that I'd like to see come back, Elizabeth Peters's Vicky Bliss series is one of my favorite comfort reads. But, alas, I don't think she's writing anymore in the series.

    Luckily, there's plenty of new mystery authors and books to fall in love with. Like this one!

  9. So enjoyed White House Chef series and first Grace installment. Found out about Alex through library search. Excited to know a new venture is coming from a talented, and thoughtful, author.

  10. Hi, Dorothy. I'm so glad you had a nice lunch. Always great to connect with friends. I haven't read Elizabeth Peters's series, but I've heard great things about it.

    Liz V - thank you so much. My books did come out in libraries when they were released. Did you ever think about being a detective? I could use some help with my researching!

  11. This one looks like it sooo needs to be on my TBR list! :)