Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Office #Romance and the Characters in Richard H. Hardy's Novel ~ The Infinity Program ~ Guest Post, Excerpt, #Giveaway


I am so happy to have Richard H. Hardy back on Sapphyria's Book Reviews!

Please welcome Richard as he discusses with us his thoughts on office romances.

What are your thoughts on having an office romance? 

How did you go about creating the tension and the attraction in Jon and Lettie's relationship?


Office Romances and The Infinity Program

The office romance has a special, built-in tension. When a couple has problems, they’re often carried directly into the work place. In The Infinity Program, Lettie’s decision to put the relationship on hold causes a lot of pain for Jon, especially when he has to work closely with her at the office. His unhappiness escalates when he thinks Lettie is interested in someone else at the office.

An office romance can put a couple into a fishbowl. Small spats or squabbles can become a sideshow for the rest of the staff. When I worked in IT, I witnessed a few such blow-ups. One of the programmers I worked with once said, “This is better than watching the soaps!”

Disagreements about office happenings can carry into a couple’s personal life. A romantic dinner for two might be marred by something that happened at work. Possible disagreements abound: “The boss did the right thing” — “No, the boss is a jerk.” “Sam just stands by the water cooler all day “ — “No, Sam works very hard.” “The new hire is kind of cute” — “The new hire has an undershot chin.” The list can go on and on!

I used several different approaches in The Infinity Program to heighten the tension between Jon and Lettie. Their respective status within the company is one example of that. Lettie was a senior technical writer whereas Jon was just a newbie. While Lettie has a good understanding of the work environment, Jon doesn’t have a clue. I also used Harry, the brilliant programmer, as a source of tension between them. The tension escalates when Jon, in an effort to save Harry’s career, inadvertently undermines Lettie’s position in the company.

Jon and Lettie first get to know each other as they compare notes on Harry Sale. As the story progresses they both start to realize that they are drawn to one another. Lettie denies it at first, but eventually realizes that Jon is something special. I tried to bring a little humor to the many ups and downs in their relationship. They definitely have a few rocky moments!



About the Infinity Program:

Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways--Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious onthe floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn't know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access thealien system. In the process he crashes his office's Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.

Book Details:

Formats/Prices: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 250
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819336

Excerpt:


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About the Author:


Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.

His family later moved to England and then on to America.

After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.

He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted tothe technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

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About Married One Night:

What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!


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Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency. 

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night

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#BrewRelease ~ Brew (Book 1) and Boil (Book 2) in the Salem's Revenge Series by David Estes #Giveaway #TwitterParty #Fun #99cents

Welcome to the Release Day for Brew (Book 1) and Boil (Book2) 
in the Salem's Revenge Series. 
In celebration, I asked David Estes to pen me a little post about his inspiration for the series along with why witches. 
Enjoy!!

Something Witchy

By David Estes

Lately, I’ve been getting asked a lot: Why witches? It’s a great question considering I’ve just released the first two books in my new Salem’s Revenge series, Brew and Boil, which centers on a witch apocalypse. Although nothing in particular inspired me (not even Harry Potter, although I LOVE that series), I couldn’t get the idea out of my head one day. After having written a successful 7-book dystopian series with NO paranormal elements, I just felt the need to switch things up a little and add something fresh to my usual dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of book. Witches really felt right in my head for three reasons:

1. The Salem Witch Trials- As we all know, humans make a lot of stupid mistakes, and those mistakes usually repeat themselves. So I asked myself the question: What if the Salem Witch Trials came back? What if people became fearful of the unknown and misunderstood again, to the point where laws were passed preventing the practicing of magic? During the original Salem Witch Trials, it was a completely different world than it is today. Today we have social media and 24/7 news coverage and the type of mob mentality that just might allow Salem’s Return to become a reality if the wrong people took control of things. The very thought of a repeat of the Salem’s Witch Trials but on STEROIDS brought so many ideas in my head that I couldn’t ignore them. I just had to write this book. And of course, that begged the question: What if the witches managed to fight back this time? Like really fight back. Yeah, it’s time for the witch apocalypse!

2. A new brand of witches- Witches have been done a million times, so why do them again? Well, I think Harry Potter showed us all that putting a new spin on any fantastical thing can reignite an entire genre of books. My goal for the witches, warlocks (or warls as they’re referred to in slang in Brew), and wizards, was to keep what everyone loves about them, but create a new brand of new-age magic-born who are more complex, more current, and just as deadly. Instead of covens I have gangs of witches, for example, separated by magical specialty. They hate each other almost as much as they hate humans (well most of them). For example, there are magic-born that focus entirely on raising corpses from the dead, called Necromancers, or Necros. Other gangs include Brewers, Spellcasters, Destroyers, Pyros, and Mediums, to name just a few. From there, I was able to let my imagination run wild.

3. Witch hunters- If there’s a witch apocalypse happening, then there needs to be someone to stop it, right? Bring in the witch hunters. Where the government failed to protect its citizens, the witch hunters have stepped in, learning the best ways to fight back, obtaining the very best in magical weapons, and doing whatever they can to survive. The main character, Rhett Carter, is lucky (or unlucky) enough to meet a witch hunter who trains him for survival.

Early reviewers of Brew and Boil have compared the series to a cross between Angelfall (but with witches instead of angels) and The Walking Dead (but with witches instead of zombies). So if you like that sort of thing, you can buy the books on Amazon in both paperback and ebook. And if you act fast you can get them at a major discount: Brew is only $0.99 until October 17th; Boil is only $0.99 until October 7th.

Thanks so much for all your support and a HUGE thanks to Amber for letting me stop by her AWESOME blog to talk about why I chose to write about witches and magic and all things creepy this time around!

David Estes



Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world. Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.
But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; He has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from. And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.

Revenge. That’s all that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped everything from him - killed his friends, cursed his warlock father, shattered his future - leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their mistake. When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again as he tries to remove his father’s curse. Separated from Rhett, Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish, who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s destined to play in the future of humankind. Wrapped around everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Blitz & #Giveaway: Ursa Unearthed (Scourge Survivor Series, Book 2) by J.L. Madore


About Ursa Unearthed:

Mika’s life has never been normal, but it’s hers.

After being told by the Great Spirit to stand up for the Earth Mother’s children and “save the great species from extinction,” she buries herself in an investigative journalism career hunting down poachers and exposing illegal trade in wildlife exotics. A survivor by nature, she would rather fight injustice than maneuver the hassles and heartache of relationships anyway.

When danger suddenly finds her unprepared, Mika’s perception of her life is shattered and she is hurled into a realm of magic and murder she does not understand. Seduced by Bruin, the powerful and sexy warrior who saves her life, Mika is catapulted into a world where Were-creatures and Scourge assassins threaten not only her life but her heart as well.

With the boundary between worlds crumbling, Mika realizes that her destiny to save the great species will draw her deeper into a reality more terrifying to her than anything she has faced before.

Trusting in love.


Book Details:

Ursa Unearthed
Scourge Survivor Series, Book 2
JL Madore

Genre: Fantasy Romance

ISBN: 978-0-9916763-2-3
ASIN: B00KUEGYMO

Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: David Wysotski

Excerpt:

Ambar Lenn – Fate's Journey

Alone in the dark, Aust sat at the bottom of the grand staircase of Jade's manse, staring at the cryptic words mounted on the foyer wall. Translated by the Centaur, Chiron of Deleran, the Queen Oracles' prophesy hung opposite the double entrance doors. Aust's Elven brothers and warrior friends boasted thoughts and theories as to its meaning, but theories they remained. And on nights when reverie evaded him—which occurred more oft than not—he sat within the silent stone walls of Jade's new home and tried to glean the prophesy's meaning:

Journey of Fate, two realms to purge

Weapons drawn against the Scourge

Blaze of passion,

Trust unearthed,

Cleansing of past,

Spirit rebirthed,

Fate or free-will, which to choose?

With love to gain and life to lose.

Darkness hides in familiar form

A brother's betrayal, a sister's storm

Empower lost souls or evil shall reign

Noble the child of argenteous mane


Journey of Fate—the first line referred to their Ambar Lenn, everyone agreed on that point. Four fortnights past, the inception of his, Galan's and Thamior's journey to manhood had triggered unforeseen events. On that night—the night the exile of his people was lifted—the three of them had set off from the Highborne village to find their path.

Aust had yet to find anything . . . save grief.

His Eda had been slain, his Naneth left heart-weary, and his people so offended by his goddess-given affinity to communicate with his animal brothers and sisters, they cast him out.

Galan fared well enough, and for at least that much, he rejoiced. Jade was a remarkable female, and to have Recognized with his mate . . . there was no greater blessing. Together, partners in life and purpose, the two now served Castian as Protectors of the Realm of the Fair.

Thamior's journey? Well . . . Tham remained Tham e'ermore. Aust marveled at the strength of spirit the male possessed, his love and wonder of all things, the simple joy he found in living free within the Realm of the Fair. Tham had yet to make any progress in his journey, yet paid it no mind.

Weapons drawn against the Scourge—Aust was more than ready to take up arms against the enemy of the realm. He yearned to prove his value, burned to avenge his dead. There were moments, the fury boiled so white-hot in his blood, he almost drowned in the lure of vengeance and pain. He quelled those impulses as best he could.

For the choices made to navigate the journey of the Ambar Lenn would determine if he could ever be thought of as a male of worth. And so he pushed back the anguish and the anger and waited . . . .

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About the Author:


JL Madore, lover of family, animals and chocolate has a soft spot for romance and a hot button for sexy stories. She didn't find writing so much as it found her. Waking each morning with a vivid cast of characters tangled in chaos in her head, it seemed essential to capture them on the page.

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Author web links: www.jlmadore.ca




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Book Details:

Hometown Heroes - Hotter Ever After

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 9/30/14

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HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine--Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.


SHE'S WORTH IT ALL (Club 3, Book 4) by bestselling author Cathryn Cade--Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she's worth it all?


DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies--A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop - looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie's Monday get any worse?


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