Girl in the Box Series

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The Girl in the Box
Contemporary Urban Fantasy

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...


Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1
Untouched: The Girl in the Box, Book 2
Soulless: The Girl in the Box, Book 3
Family: The Girl in the Box, Book 4
Omega: The Girl in the Box, Book 5
Broken: The Girl in the Box, Book 6
Enemies: The Girl in the Box, Book 7
Legacy: The Girl in the Box, Book 8
Destiny: The Girl in the Box, Book 9
Power: The Girl in the Box, Book 10

Limitless: Out of the Box, Book 1
In the Wind: Out of the Box, Book 2
Ruthless: Out of the Box, Book 3
Grounded: Out of the Box, Book 4
Tormented: Out of the Box, Book 5
Vengeful: Out of the Box, Book 6
Sea Change: Out of the Box, Book 7
Painkiller: Out of the Box, Book 8
Masks: Out of the Box, Book 9
Prisoners: Out of the Box, Book 10
Unyielding: Out of the Box, Book 11
Hollow: Out of the Box, Book 12
Toxicity: Out of the Box, Book 13
Small Things: Out of the Box,  Book 14* (Coming May 16, 2017!)
Hunters: Out of the Box, Book 15* (Coming July 25, 2017!)
Badder: Out of the Box, Book 16* (Coming September 2017!)

 *Forthcoming - and possibly subject to wild, artistic scheduling changes.

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1. Be courteous. No name calling, no nastiness.

2. This page will be culled every 30 days or so for ease of reading. Older posts may be deleted at any time, but I'll try and leave them up as long as possible. If someone asks a really awesome question (subject to staff opinion on what makes up a "really awesome question") then it may stay.

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50 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this series. Can you please tell me when the rest of the series will be available on audio? I drive about 20 hours a week for work and I am dying to finish the series. Please help!!!!

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    1. Sadly, it probably won't be, Audry. When last I checked a month or so ago, book four had only sold something like 300 copies, total, over the last year and a half of release. Unfortunately, that's just not enough to justify the cost of continuing the series in audiobook, as it does not even make enough to pay the narrator for her time. Sorry. :(

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    2. Geeky as it sounds (and IS) I've 'read' at least 30% of the 20 books out so far via my iPhones "voiceover" feature.

      It's not very expressive, but after 100 or so pages you really don't notice anymore as you're so 'into the story' the manner it's reaching your language center and transferring into your imagination becomes irrelevant 🤓

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    3. I use my kindle fire audio that's stored in it. Good enough for me. I just started the first book.

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  2. love reading all the books about Sienna, keep it up. When is she going back In time.

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    1. Going back in time? Probably 2018 or 2019.

      She'll meet Akiyama in early 2018, though, if that's what you were asking. I got a little sidetracked on writing that particular book.

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  3. I LOVE the girl in/out of the box series! I have literally never read so quick in my life! I got toxicity on preorder and read it in 2 days. Now sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next! I love Sienna's character so much- she's sooo funny, I regularly find myself laughing at her jokes and sarcastic manner. I also love how descriptive the books are, they really allow you to imagine what's happening! They would make an awesome film/ Netflix series- is there any ideas for the future to get them on the screen?

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    1. Unfortunately nothing at present. I've had a couple offers I've had to turn down because they just weren't the right fit.

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    2. If you ever receive an offer that meets your requirements, would love watching this series on Netflix.

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  4. I've now read every book in the Sienna Nelon series. I just love it. Can't believe I've caught up and now need to wait until May for the next one!! She's such a great character and i don't remember someone sticking in my mind d like Sienna does. I'm going to be heartbroken when you finish this series. Keep writing Mr Crane i always recommend you to others

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    1. Well, the good news is that you'll have a while on that. We're currently plotted up to forty books in the Out of the Box series, and I'm still having hella fun with these. (Book 14, SMALL THINGS, is a personal fave because I think it's the funniest damned thing I've ever written, but contains a healthy dose of hearty feels as well.)

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  5. thanks for that info , can not wait for 2018 . next book I read I will have to paist my self, because I try to read it all in one day as I get so into it, many thanks for sienna.

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    1. The next book (SMALL THINGS) is actually the longest Sienna book yet. So maybe it'll take you longer than a day this time?

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  6. I feel like you are writing them just for me, if this girl was real I would love to meat her.

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    1. Wish my blog had a "Like" button for comments, because I like this!

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  7. I do appreciate your communication with your readers. Your series has been my favorite in a long time, and I genuinely enjoy reading them. I read fast as it is, so I knock them out in about a day, but I adore this series and just wanted to say thank you. Perhaps when I finish my novel, you could provide feedback. (; haha

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    1. Thank you, Tay! And my lawyer says I can't read other authors unpublished works (it's a legal nightmare for reasons of copyright infringement) but I do wish you luck finishing it! It's the first step into a much bigger world, to quote Nick Fury...

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  8. I am writing to let you know that even older people me (56) enjoy reading this series. I really like the characters in the books. I have read all of them a couple of times, when you give us a new book I re-read the series. I am happy to hear that you have 40 books plotted out. Thank you for writing the series. It is awesome! Mary screen name slowmotoad@aol.com

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I'm glad you enjoy the series.

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  9. Has anyone ever made a list of metas that Sienna knows She keeps mentioning other metas I don't remember.

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    1. In a long-running series like this, it's starting to become necessary, isn't it? I'll look into putting an encyclopedia on the website here, see if I can come up with something.

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    2. I've been thinking we ought to put some entries into Wikipedia, then the fans can contribute to character lists and you don't have to get too distracted from your writing (which none of us want!). I'd be happy to get something started if the idea has your blessing.

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    3. You can try if you want, but Wikipedia has some very strict guidelines about what can be added, and I'm not sure any of my universes qualify.

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    4. Hmm, probably why Sanderson keeps the Coppermind wiki separate. Well, I'll look into it

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    5. Hilariously, I've looked occasionally to see if I even rated a Wikipedia page of my own (I don't) but for the first time today I saw that I'm at least listed in the Robert Crane page. So...progress, I guess?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crane

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  10. I read the First book of Sienna in 4 hours. Luckily you have written quite a Lot of them.Looking forward to them.Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome! You certainly went through that one quickly. I hope you enjoy the rest!

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  11. Wow! I just realized that I read the entire Girl In The Box series before I read The Sanctuary series for the first time, and haven't read it since. Maybe that's what I will re-read.

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  12. This series is awesome. I am totally enjoying reading it. I am only on book 4 but I have no doubt I will fly through it. I happened upon it by accident and was hooked off the first chapter. I see that Sienna's story continues in the "Out of the box" series. I cannot wait!! I am so glad you are writing so many books in the series. Many times I get hooked on a series and then they end it too soon and I have to look for something else to read. I look forward to having so many books to read in this series. It will not take me long to catch up. I have heard about the "Sanctuary Series" and so will also look into that. I have not read that either. I get so excited when I find a new author that I like!! So many new books to read! It is great and you are great. Thank you for doing what you do!!

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    1. Just watch out for book five. It gets...rough.

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  13. This series reminds me of the syfy show I used to watch until it got more graphic sexually and less action. I am late to the party. I recently finished the first 10 novels and now "Limitless." I just love Sienna with her sarcastic wit. I also cried like a baby after I read I think book 5 and shouted with joy after Sienna surprised and clocked Phillip (with his smug self) on the roof...that's what his behind gets for being so ruthless. Your writing is so descriptive and I am truly happy I came upon your series through the online BookBub. This ol' lady (51 yrs old) will keep on reading to catch up and to remain informed on the happenings of Sienna Nealon.

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  14. I love these books and can't wait to start the next 1. Because I love the character so much I've just named my daughter after sienna

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  15. So, small things finished, and now it's time for my questions... firstly, I like that you poked hints about greg's power while he was playing with Eddie; did those play out as you had hoped, or did you want more/less hinting? Secondly, with greg and Morgan out of the life, will we be seeing them again as a part of sienna's agency? Thirdly, with genetics; will Eddie be a naturally stronger Atlas, or does strengthening the bloodline do nothing?

    Now, in regards to revelen. Firstly, is Vlad the Watcher? Omar, a seemingly low level (totem pole, not power) person in his organization, knew the Awakening, and seemed almost forthcoming with his gloat, until he died, so... Was he originally a Relevenite, or actually higher up? Thirdly, every other middle man we've seen, cavanaugh, harmon, and omega, have had awe inspiring powers and supervising complexes, so why was mark such a pushover?

    Now, three power questions: the Stat boost and the skill tree; are those one use and done situations, or could someone keep juicing for more power? If sienna were to take either of them, would it only boost her powers, or would the soul squad grow as well? Lastly, chicken and egg question... when cavanaugh developed suppressex, he stated that he was given the formulas for both. Was he also given the formula for the skill tree unlocker, and... is this the first Awakening the world has had?

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    1. 1. The hints played out fine, IMO, but the readers' opinions are the ones that matter. If you knew who Hank Pym was, maybe you got the hint. If not, (most of my audience probably falls into this category) then probably not so much.

      2. We will likely see them again, but no promises. Not as part of the agency, though. They're straight up murderers, and however we feel about them at the end of the book (cuz I softpedaled them pretty hard), Sienna would be reluctant to hire them on that basis. She might not voice it, and we might be empathetic to their situation, but I promise you she does not forget what they've done.

      3. Ehhh, it's kinda tough to judge the "strength" of an Atlas in these terms. They can shrink or grow within a range, and once you get past a certain point, it's a pretty insignificant delta. I mean, who would notice if Eddie is capable of going to two microns in size smaller than Greg?

      4. Vlad has many names. The Watcher is not one of them.

      5. The Awakening is probably not what you think it is.

      6. McGarry hadn't juiced, or had done so and was found incapable of meta powers. HIs skill was setting up the logistics of a criminal organization, and as nice as it might have been for him to have powers to draw on, he fell into the portion of the population that had no genetic ability for it, so...they just used him for what he was good at and overlooked his powerlessness.

      7. Yes, the Stat boost and Skill Tree Unlocker are one and done concoctions.

      8. It will only boost her natural succubus powers, because they're in her DNA.

      9. No, he was not given the formulas for those. They were developed later, the fruit of his organizations' various experiments with those formulas.

      10. Based on your questions, the Awakening is not what you think it is. And it will probably not come to fruition until 2019, so...you're going to have to wait on those questions.

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    2. I love your speediness and how you keep the mystery going. Here I was, thinking the awakening is in relation to the humanity as a whole gaining power, so since that's not the case, it must mean when the Sleeper stirs.

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    3. Correct. That's what the Awakening is. (Though thematically it has dual meanings, because...well, you'll see.)

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  16. History question; hades was obliterated, but what happened to persephone?

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    1. Good question. I'm not sure. And I'll remain unsure until I come up with a good reason for her to have disappeared or died.

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  17. Please note I am writing this before reading small things,
    I really hope Janus is behind this massive arch, it makes lots of sense seeming as Harmon would not be able to control him and he is an empath, also he killed manipulated Maruis into killing Jupiter then Sienna into killing him. It makes lots of sense that he would try to kill of all his rivals and also why this group really wants to kill her. I am aware that it is very possible that Janus was a character only introduced for the Prequels then quickly phased out but it would be a really cool thing to happen!

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    1. I actually didn't mean to phase him out! He was supposed to be back by now, Out of the Box was meant to have a much tighter story arc, but it keeps growing as I come up with more ideas.

      Janus is definitely up to something. Much like Senator Foreman, though, I'd intended to bring him back before now, but because of the growth of the series, I keep putting him off and putting him off. Foreman was meant to play a big role in last year's story with Harmon and crew, but by the time I got around to settling things in book 11, it had been seven books since we'd seen him, I figured out how to do it without him, so...I just sort of let it go on without him. It's been a similar thing with Janus. That said, he will be back eventually, because he truly is up to something with reviving Omega. I just don't know exactly when he's coming back. But he's not the big, overarching evil behind the scenes, sorry. :(

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    2. Well, given how small things ended, would we be seeing Janus and karthic soon?

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    3. I have thought about inserting them into the next book, almost the way Marvel does some of their movie tie-ins. But I'm presently leaning toward a No on that because it wouldn't really be germane to the plot at hand. And because Omega is more or less a criminal organization at heart, and Janus and Karthik are restarting it, I almost feel like Sienna would unconsciously or consciously avoid them for fear she'd be obliged to bust them for doing wrong. Janus would know this, too, and probably know she's in the area, and might shift locations to avoid dealing with her. Plus, the two of them don't really fit into the Scotland trilogy...so I may just glaze over them other than a few mentions. I just don't think they fit what I'm trying to do, story-wise, other than if I squeezed in a scene where Sienna awkwardly dropped by Omega HQ and Karthik and Janus even more awkwardly entertained her in the way you do with that old acquaintance that you haven't see in forever who stops by unexpectedly and kinda unwelcomely.

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    4. There could be some contention over the Omega fortune that Sienna is using because to be honest no-one alive has a real claim to it and Janus did have access to it before it was moved into Liechtenstein.
      (Sorry about the deleted message, I forgot to reply,)

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    5. He doesn't know about that. As far as he's concerned, it's gone and he was all about building a new one for the challenge, anyway.

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  18. Theoreticals here; if sienna absorbed a skill tree and/or power up infused meta, would she get the base, or increased power?

    Andromeda is proof that omega isn't afraid to reprise a succubus, so what's stopping Janus from creating a new succubus, and supercharging her with power boosted metas? Or anyone, for that matter?

    Also,the b (reed) and c (veronika) squads have been pretty cozy... if you had to get rid of two characters, how would you do it, and would you pick minor, major, or one of each?

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    1. 1. Base.

      2. Why would he need to? They did it against his advice, in order to defeat Sovereign. I mean, unless Sienna goes nuts or some other 'bus does, what need does he have of kidnapping a fellow human being, imprisoning them, and then murdering dozens and dozens of additional human beings against their skin? I mean, Janus has some weird ideas, but committing mass murder in order to create a being that could destroy him for no specific, defined purpose? Not really his cuppa tea.

      3. Meh. Killing minor characters is mostly pointless, because you don't get much emotional oomph from it, so unless you're desperately trying to emphasize the stakes at hand, I tend not to do it. So it'd be a major character or two, and it'd be in the most emotionally painful way possible, because otherwise why do it?

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    2. Had a feeling on 1, but asked 2 in the case of an "x to catch y" scenario. 3, I'm glad that if there's going to be a death, that it hits home hard, hopefully like vara, zach, or ms. Darlington Sr.

      If you could pick any visual medium, such as syndicated tv, premium tv (such as HBO or netflix) or a movie, which would you pick for your books, and would you pick differently for sanctuary vs sienna?

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    3. Argh. I would have said movies for Sanctuary up until Game of Thrones, but now...TV for all, I think. CGI has just come so far, it's now possible, with the right production budget, to make amazing, epic battle scenes on the small screen. The Battle of the Bastards last year, for instance...probably one of the most amazing battles ever put to film. Ever.

      That said, I do tend to try and come up with stuff that makes me think, "Yeah, they'll never be able to film this!" But I hear George R.R. Martin did that, too, and now with the current tech...they can. So something similar will probably happen to me by the time anything actually happens for my series.

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    4. Truth be told, I'm surprised Netflix hasn't tried anything. If an indie book called 'Blame!' Can make a feature length movie courtesy of Netflix funding, I'm shocked they haven't said hi yet.

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    5. Well, there are a lot of indie books out there. I hadn't heard of this, "Blame!" though I would be more interested if it was called, "BLAM! The Incredible True Story of the Sound Effects Editor for the 1960's Batman Series."

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