Friday, September 17, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Rewired Series by Alexander Mukte

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Rewired Series by Alexander Mukte. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book in the series and a very interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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ABOUT THE SERIES:
This is a fantastic, genre-bending series that weaves together the best mystery, visionary, and speculative fiction elements. With characters that span across books and time, The Rewired Series explores what plagues humanity and the impact each person can have while leaving you with the promise of a better tomorrow. Alexander Mukte wraps all of these themes inside edge-of-your-seat, engaging mysteries with larger-than-life characters you’ll want to revisit again and again.
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Title: The Recruiter
Series: The Rewired Series #1
Author: Alexander Mukte
Publication Date: February 11th 2021
Print Length: 329 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Mystery Thriller
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A fast-paced and thought-provoking mystery that will keep you on your toes until the very end. The Recruiter is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable start to the series, full of intriguing twists and turns.

Leslie may be an idealist, but she's no fool. She trusts her boss, Ori, implicitly. He has vision, principles, and a way with people. When a bomb is detonated at work, she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of events. All of a sudden, their lives are on the line, and every choice matters.

Is Ori who she thinks he is? Why would anyone want to hurt him? And how do they get out of this mess? Leslie doesn't have it all figured out, but what becomes clear is that there's a lot the world doesn't know about Ori Clayborn.

Jessica is driven to make a difference by uncovering the truth. Investigative reporting is her life. One day she gets a unique assignment that leads her back to her hometown and into Ori's orbit. What will she find, and what's her role in this?

The Recruiter is a captivating, imaginative story that draws you in deeper and deeper, page-by-page. Alexander Mukte creates a universe that pulls you in and doesn't let you go.

The Recruiter just won a 2021 American Fiction Award in the African-American Fiction category. It was also a finalist in the Cross Genre and Mystery/Suspense: Multicultural & Diverse categories.

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EXCERPT:
Ori had a weekly briefing meeting with his leadership team. After they wrapped up, he and Roger walked out at the same time. Ori turned to Roger. “What are you doing for lunch today?”

“No plans,” Roger said as they turned and walked toward their offices.

“Let’s go grab some Korean tacos,” Ori said.

“Sounds good,” Roger replied.

“Leslie,” Ori called over his shoulder, before turning to look at her, “are you down for some Korean tacos too?”

“I’m always game,” Leslie said. “I just need to send one more e-mail, and then I’ll meet you downstairs.”

While downstairs, Roger and Ori waited at Ms. Hetty’s station for Leslie. “Ms. Hetty, we’re going to get some Korean tacos. Do you want me to pick up some for you too?” Ori asked.

“From which spot, the place down the street or the one across town?” Ms. Hetty asked with a suspicious look.

“The place across town, of course,” Ori said.

“Well, Mr. Roger likes to go to the other place sometimes,” Ms. Hetty replied.

“Ha, well not on my watch,” Ori said as he smirked. “So, should I get your usual?”

“Yes, please,” Ms. Hetty said as she started pulling money out of her purse.

Ori looked at Ms. Hetty. “You’ll need to let me pay one of these days.”

“Baby, I don’t want to owe anyone anything,” Ms. Hetty said with feeling. “Making debt a habit is how they get you.”

“Who is ‘they’?” Roger asked.

Ori and Ms. Hetty smiled and just shook their heads. Roger shrugged and decided to let it go. The elevator dinged, and Leslie walked out to join them.

They turned to walk out of the building with Ori leading the way. Roger asked, “Ori, are you actually going to drive us today?”

Ori said with a laugh in his voice, “Of course not. I just know you’re parked in the same spot as always.” They then heard Ms. Hetty call after them. “Ori! Someone is on the phone for you. They say it’s urgent.”

“It can’t be that urgent if they didn’t call your cell, right?” Roger said.

“They’re saying it can’t wait,” Ms. Hetty said.

“Everything is always urgent,” Ori said, “but it’s never the end of the world. Please get their number and tell them I’ll call them back. I need to eat.”

As the group turned to continue walking to the parking lot, they felt a rough vibration, milliseconds before they heard a loud and profound boom. The windows on the ground floor of the building shattered, and the fire alarm started blaring.
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Title: Deeply Rooted Dreams
Series: The Rewired Series #2
Author: Alexander Mukte
Publication Date: February 28th 2021
Print Length: 300 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Mystery Thriller
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This bold and compelling sequel is an evocative page-turner on the journey to a better future.

Since her encounter with Ori years ago, Jessica, an investigative journalist, has continued her mission to print the truth that the world needs to hear. Her pursuit has led her to meet with a source, Zach Carver, a leading mind at Singularity Group. The meeting goes awry, and Jessica awakens to find that she has a gap in time and memory and that Zach is now missing.

What happened? Who is responsible? And how can she help Zach? It is imperative that Jessica find out, and to her surprise, Ori has reappeared to help her do just that.

Malik, an intelligent and inventive young man, is determined to find a way to overcome the virus that has impacted the world. When he crosses paths with powerful people at Confidence Biotech, the leading treatment and contact tracing company, they take an unusual interest in him. Then, all of a sudden, they paint Malik as public enemy number one, forcing him to go on the run.

What do they want from him, and does this mean that he is close to discovering something they couldn't?

Deeply Rooted Dreams is the second installment of The Rewired Series, unveiling more of the universal trial that Ori alluded to in The Recruiter. Alexander Mukte's second novel creates an even more intricate world, striking an engaging balance of mystery and wonder.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alexander had an active imagination his whole life, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son that he began putting the stories in his mind on paper. He wanted to be an example of someone pursuing his passion, dreaming big, and taking chances.

Alexander loves people, their stories, and their backgrounds as well as what shapes them, how they think, and what they dream about. He has a passion for learning and is known by most as an intensely curious person who eagerly soaks up anything and everything he can. He dreamt of a career that allowed him to learn new things every day. In writing, he has found a life that allows him to do just that.

After graduating with a degree in business, Alexander volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps where he aided in creating sustainable small business ventures in Central America. Before taking this leap of faith, Alexander did Business Development and Consulting for large domestic and international companies. These experiences weave themselves into the characters, places and stories he creates.

An avid traveler, Alexander enjoys exploring new places with his family. He was raised in Southeastern Arizona, and now calls Georgia home, along with his wife and two sons.

The Recruiter is Alexander’s first novel, though perhaps the 39th in his mind. We hope you enjoy it, and Deeply Rooted Dreams, as much as we have.

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GUEST POST:
A Day in the Life of Author Alexander Mukte

I’ve always been a morning person. My mind is sharpest then, and I feel so good the rest of the day when I’ve accomplished a lot by mid-morning.

• 3:30AM – 4:00AM Wake up and think about all the positive things I want from the day. I think about what scenes I’d like to write.

• 4:00AM-4:30AM Do yoga stretches to help with my mobility and get my energy right. I end my yoga session with positive affirmations.

• 4:30AM – 5:00AM Meditation helps me clear my head and be present in the moment and the day.

• 5:00AM – 7:00AM Write at least 1,000 words. I end this session by writing a line or two of an ideal scene to write for the next day. This helps my subconscious mind work on the plot while I go about my day. Soundtrack: Pure Classics by David Garrett

• 7:00AM – 10:00AM Make breakfast, get my toddler ready to start his day, and spend time with my family. Soundtrack: Totally Stress-Free on Spotify

• 10:00AM – 11:30AM I either work out in my home gym, or go for a nice long walk in the woods. I love when my family can take part in this with me. Soundtrack (if in the gym): Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail when there are no small ears around, Kidz Bop when there are

• 11:30AM – 12:30PM I make and eat lunch while listening to motivational videos.

• 12:30PM – 1:30PM I shower and nap… (I got hooked on a nice little siesta when I lived in Spain)

• 1:30PM – 3:00PM I read and/or journal. I typically have some sort of reading goal and am in progress on 2-3 books. Soundtrack: Jazz playlist with Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane

• 3:00PM – 4:30PM I just go with the flow and take care of any operational, household, or family things.

• 4:30PM -9:00PM I spend the rest of my evening focusing on family time. Soundtrack: Primary Colours and Don’t Kill the Magic by MAGIC!

Not every day looks this way, but if I stick to this most weekdays, I’m in a really good rhythm. We’re all different though, and may feel optimal at different times of the day. Lean into that!
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GIVEAWAY:
Alexander Mukte will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for everything related to this giveaway.)

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77 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today! Looking forward to any questions, comments, favorite music to write to, or meditation tips :)

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  2. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  4. It was interesting to read your guest post: A Day in the Life of Author Alexander Mukte.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful book!

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  6. Sounds like a fantastic book!!!!

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  7. Thank you all so much for the positive feedback! Very much appreciated!

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  8. This sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover.
    Heather hgtempaddy

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  9. congrats hope this becomes a best seller

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  10. Sounds like a great series. Looking forward to reading the books.

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  11. The books sounds great. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May

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  12. Sounds like a great book thanks for sharing!

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  13. They sound like really interesting books. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Looks like interesting books.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  15. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. I'm a relatively new writer as well, but here is what helps me:
      1) Be disciplined about writing each day. My goal is 1,000 words a day, but I think anything would help keep the momentum going.
      2) Keeping learnings. For any subject that sparks my interest, I find a few books and keep reading and feeding my brain.
      3) Stay positive. As you can tell, the things that keep my energy and state of mind positive are yoga, meditation, and exercise. Find what works for you.

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  16. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. I started writing The Recruiter after the birth of my first son, and was inspired by imagining what I wanted him to see in the world. I wanted to provide him with something that I felt I had lacked growing up, which was more stories centered on positive, successful people of color. This led to a story featuring a Black business leader doing good through empowering small businesses, promoting financial freedom, and countering issues like mass incarceration. And then as you can hopefully tell from the blurb, I built onto that in ways that made the novel an accessible, fast-paced mystery that I hope stretches the imagination and readers' perception of what's possible.
      Then for Deeply Rooted Dreams, I was inspired again by my older son (my second hadn't been born yet), but in a different way. We were going on a lot of hikes and spending time in nature. He's really inquisitive and was asking me all kinds of questions, which sparked my curiosity too. So nature has a big role in this book.

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  18. What is your favorite childhood book?

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    1. What actually comes to mind is what I like to read to my 4 year old. He's liked Dr. Seuss since he was a baby. My favorite book to read to him is Oh The Places You'll Go.

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  19. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - great job with it!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. For The Recruiter, which is my debut novel, it was a few years. I was still in a corporate job, and just spending nights and weekends working on the book. By the time I was working on Deeply Rooted Dreams, I was writing full-time, so that one took one year.

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  22. a great start to the series. thanks

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  23. Those covers are incredible!

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    1. Thank you! cakamura designs did them. I found him on 99Designs and he was great!

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  24. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. A bit from experience, a bit from things I'm actively learning about, and a lot from my imagination. The books have some business ideas and scenarios in them because of my previous career. I lived in Central America while volunteering with the Peace Corps which inspired a couple of characters. I like weaving things like that into the larger stories I dream up.

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  26. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. What is your favorite movie genre?

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    1. I have pretty eclectic taste. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite movies because I love when a good person is able to overcome hardship, and ultimately get all that he/she desires. I like a good heist as well like the Oceans movies. I also appreciate representation, and am a fan of Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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    2. How interesting, I love this answer and it really can give a more intimate insight to person's personality.

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  28. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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    1. My older son is in a big superhero phase, so our family is going with an Avengers theme. I'm either going to be Spider-Man or Captain America. He's so pumped about it.

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  29. Do you use your local library for research?

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  30. Do you make an outline when you write your books?

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  31. Do you have a favorite type of food and or favorite food? I talk food with everyone, LOL

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  32. thanks for the books and 'day in the life'.

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  33. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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  34. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  35. This sounds like a super good book and one I would enjoy.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  36. how do you decide on a particular plot twist? thanks

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  37. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  38. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  39. sounds like a fun one

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  40. The Recruiter sounds like a really interesting and engaging book. It sounds like it would keep me up reading past my bedtime!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. Just saying Hello.

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  42. I would love to learn more about your travels and work when you volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps.

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  43. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  44. This sounds like an interesting book!

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  45. What's the best advice you to other writers?

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  46. My daughter would enjoy these books

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  47. For a first time out, I was blown away! I couldn’t get over how richly drawn the characters were and how vivid the story turned out to be. Instant fan! Recommending this one to all my reader friends.

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  48. I think I am going to check this series out. It sounds great!

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