Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Hybrid by Christine Murphy Giveaway, Excerpt & Interview

The Hybrid
The Wild Clan Sagas
Novel 2
Christine Murphy

Genre:  Futuristic Romance

Publisher:  KnightFall Publishing

Date of Publication:   August 1, 2015

ISBN:  9781311085313

Number of pages:  200
Word Count: 139,328

Cover Artist:  Christine Murphy

Long Book Description: 

The ruling hiarchy of the known world, BioGen, continues to manipulate the genetics of the human race to try and prevent the extinction of mind-kind.  In their meddling to control life, BioGen combines human DNA with alien.  Success is achieved and unique females are created and industrially born.  The baby girls are surprising in their beauty and abilities, but BioGen, in their need to control and conquer, force the delicate females away from their caregivers.  Their only goal is to hone the powerful gifts of the maturing teenagers.  In the end, however, they perish one by one because of the uncaring ways of their handlers until there is only one extraordinary woman remaining.

Born part human and part Phoenix, Sara has hidden among the enemy since she was created. Disguised in the appearance of a Nul working for BioGen, she searches for the truth about her creation and the sisters she lost during childhood. During her duties she is assigned to guard and observe scientific experimentation on a man who she discovers is no other than one of the Wilder males.

Captured as a young man while searching for his brother, Justin is forced into service to be one of the highly coveted Companions.  Refusing to be broken and used by the Gen female population he is tortured and then used for genetic research. Under the Headquarter's control his very sanity and memory is almost destroyed.  Ultimately BioGen will destroy him if he can't find a way to escape back to The Wilds and his family. The fates bring him a breath-taking woman who is the key to both his freedom and hers.

Thrown together in hopeless circumstances, the fated lovers are initially enemies. However, Sara is instantly drawn to Justin and she has no choice but to free him from BioGen's grasp. At first Justin sees her as nothing more than his way to escape but it doesn't take long for him to see the mysterious beauty under the surface of her disguise. Together they find a way to escape from the enemy's Headquarters. 

During their run for freedom they will find the most unlikely allies in both Daman, a high class Companion, and Defiance, an underground group of escaped males who just may have their own agenda.  Joining the group of criminals is a dangerous consideration, however, Justin and Sara must team up with Daman, who is now leader of Defiance, if they have any hope of reaching The Wilds.  In the end there is no choice as BioGen's assembling army begins an all out attack on Justin's family and the Rogues. 

In the search for answers and freedom, Sara and Justin's growing trust and dedication to each other will become a flame of passion and love.  They will discover the intense love they have for each other makes them stronger than all of the uncertainties and dangers in their life.  Sara's gentle caring will allow Justin to trust again and recover his memories.  In return, his belief in her will allow Sara to harness her Phoenix abilities.  Only the two of them have the true power to save Justin's family and the Rogues who call The Wilds home. 

In one great clash of wills at the edge of civilization a great battle will be waged between BioGen's Nul army, the Rogues, and Defiance.  In the midst of the conflict and chaos will be two incredible lovers who will do anything to save those they care for.  Justin will rejoin his family and give Sara the strength to harness the fiery ability of her Phoenix side in the final showdown.  In the end, only the power of love will prevail and ultimately set everyone free. 

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Excerpt 1: 

At first she refused to look at the inside of the room. Instead, she shoved the door closed and took a deep breath. Finally, she focused in enough so from the corner of her eyes she could see the room was the same, unchanged from the past. Same sterile white walls, white floor, silver equipment with the many wires and probes, and same medical trays with the shiny silver scissors and scalpels. All of it in her mind were instruments of torture. All she knew was she had to get a grip or she would soon be the one on the table being experimented on.

            Distracted she nearly jumped a foot when the Gatherer dressed in white surgical scrubs stepped into view and called out, “I’d be careful if I were you. Even though he’s strapped down this male is a fighter, especially with the amount of hormones and drugs we have pumped into him. He’s already taken out two Monitors and several guards.”

About the Author:

Christine Murphy started her writing career at a young age even before she was putting words to paper.  Living in the Midwest left her with plenty of time to read and develop her creative mind.  Her first short story was written in grade school and was in a fantasy-type style.  Later she took an online course in writing and created another story based on the adventures of a Native-American youth searching for her purpose in life and filled with lots of symbology. 

Science-fiction fantasy was her main reading preference but quickly shifted to romance.  In the beginning she preferred Contemporary Romance but that didn't last long when she discovered Christine Feehan and JR Ward.  Paranormal Romance had infected her and she read as much of it as her voracious mind could adsorb. 

Eventually Christine joined the work force, and although she continued to read, she didn't pursue her need to create her own worlds other than in her head.  Her imagination continued but reality kept her busy including a successful medical based career in the military.  Working as a clinical laboratory scientist she was stationed in several locations in the United States and in numerous areas of the world including England, Italy, Germany, Africa, and the Middle East.  Finally her career brought her to a small town outside the Tampa Bay area in Florida.  This is where she finally realized time is too short to put off those enjoyments in life especially when her husband was struck with leukemia.  He successfully recovered but it made her decide she wanted to pursue writing which seemed to be put off her whole life. 

Within two years she had completed an entire series - The Sphinx Warriors Series, and started the first book of The Wild Clan Sagas.  Currently she continues to write from her Florida home while looking out her back lanai to a small pond where the wild-life gathers and the flowers bloom in exotic pinks and purples. This is her place of peace and freedom she has searched for all her life and where her husband and crazy African Gray Parrot, Raider, hang out with her.  It’s the place where her creativity runs wild while she spins tales of adventure and passion. She captures the unique characters, civilizations, conflict, passion, and love in her writing from the fantasies which still spin in her head.  She captures the strong, spirited, and powerfully attracted characters and all of their adventures and share it with others who are searching for that very thing to make their lives more exciting.

If she accomplishes nothing else in life, she hopes to share the romantically magical worlds and the lovers she sees with all of the passionate readers out there.  Her next projects are continuing to work on her Wild Clan Sagas and her Midnight Riders Series as she partners with KnightFall Publishing and CK Productions.


Where are you from?
Originally I am from the Midwest – Illinois – so I would be what you call a corn-fed girl.  ;)  I lived there up until the time I joined the military and then have traveled everywhere since.  I’ve lived in S. Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, Ohio, Maryland, England, California, and finally Florida.  My travels were via the Army and Air Force as I was both enlisted and officer.  So as you can see I am well traveled and experienced many adventures along the way included deployments and temporary duty in Germany, Italy, and Qatar.  Now that I am retired from the military (but not really retired now that I’m working a civilian job) I have finally settled in Florida and I do love it here.
Tell us your latest news?
To start, the second book in my Wild Clan Sagas is releasing in August 2015.  It is the second book in the series with the first being The Source.  This series started out originally as one novel but once I was done I found there were too many characters and plot to not write more books.  The plan is to have a total of four books, but who knows, it might end up more.  At the same time I am also working on my Midnight Riders Series.  Road To Redemption has already been released but I have two more books written – Road To Devotion and Road To Temptation which will start releasing this Christmas.  I am currently writing Road to Ravishment which should be completed by the end of this year.
When and why did you begin writing?
I truly began writing short stories when I was in grade school and later took a writing course shortly after I was married.  I really never took off with writing because I was always too busy with work, kids, life, and all the other endless things that take up time.  However, when my husband came down with cancer I realized the “I can do that later” might never come.  So determined to start writing I dove in and haven’t looked back.  I’ve been writing now for about three years now and have completed a total of twelve books with ten published by August of this year.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believe I started to consider myself a true writer when I truly committed to sitting down and capturing my imagination in writing.  I set up a work station in my kitchen on the large island and have two computers.  One for writing and emailing, the other for book cover and movie creation.  I like the space because it is open and I can see into my living room as I perform my creation in words.  I believe the “being a writer” was driven home when my first ebook was published.  It was that moment of excitement when I saw the first book cover of my first book.  Once I was published I knew there was no going back for me no matter how successful I was in the career.  I was instantly addicted.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Two things inspired me.  The first was when I read the Twilight Series.  The emotions of the experiences that the characters in those books went through reminded me of the emotions I went through in highschool.  So many feelings that I wanted to relive and capture that feeling of youth.  Everyday life had sort of repressed all of the adventurous things I wanted to do when I was younger.  The hammer that drove my desire to do more home was when my husband was told he had cancer.  The suffering he went through to survive on the other side motivated me to reach for the goal of writing and being published.  Even if I failed, how bad could it be it comparison to having to go through chemotherapy sessions.  Plus my writing was kind of a psychological way to work through the demons that haunted me because of what he had to go through while I watched.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think I have a particular writing style other than I like to create visual background with my words and interlace it with tension and emotions that capture the imagination.  I like action so I like my books to be fast paced.  If I get bored with them how can I expect my readers to be excited?  So I work hard at making sure the stories are exciting and keep them on the edge of their seat but at the same time draw them in to the characters and the romance.  I like to create the ideas and write down the synopsis first and then create the entire book from there.  Sometimes I just start from a few notes or jot down notes as I write.  Sometimes I don’t do anything.  The characters seem to have a life of their own and just take over my imagination like The Source in The Wild Saga.
How did you come up with the title?
I read once that a title should be short and concise.  Too long and it might not jump out at the reader.  The Hybrid – my latest book picks up on the fact that the main character is a blend of human DNA and alien DNA.  She is breathtaking and unique no matter what her outer appearance. In The Wild Clan Sagas I chose The Source (second book in the series) because in genetics the genetic material always has an original pure source that started it all.  In the series the rare female born with the pure genetic material was a source, hence the name.  For my Sphinx Warrior Series I wanted to include the ancient past in the name since that is where the social structure from the characters came from.  The first book was Sphinx Resurrected and plays on the fact that the characters genetics are related to the Sphinx of Egyptian times.  The Resurrected part came from the fact they were trying to rebuild a race that was almost extinct by find the one woman who could save them. 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The central premise of The Wild Clan Sagas, including The Hybrid is that no matter how advanced civilization becomes or what challenges face us love is the most important factor.  Love and family is everything to fight for no matter what the cost.  In the Hybrid, Sara longs for love and Justin has lost his family and has been captured by BioGen.  Together they find each other and escape.  They are fated to become lovers and only as a team will they find their freedom to escape to The Wilds.  They will be free to love who they want and be with their family without the influence of a futuristic government determined to use them as nothing but genetic material for procreation.
How much of the book is realistic?
Although the book is futuristic with an evil government like structure, high tech cars that can travel a sky road system, and medical techniques that don’t exist today,there is still realism.  The older cities, the every day furnishings, the clothes, and the forests are all described in realistic detail.  The interactions between characters exist today with everything from anger to love to happiness and all the other emotions.  Clothes, weapons are both futuristic and of modern times.  The discussion is understandable versus being bogged down by scientific or technical jargon that could lose a reader.  Realism is mixed in with futuristic fantasy at a level that still makes sense but appeals to those readers who like a bit of science fiction in their story lines.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the descriptions in the books are from experiences I may have had such as riding on underground trains as in The Source and The Hybrid when I was in England.  Another experience came from camping in log cabins on the waterfront of a lake which was incredibly peaceful when I was in Tennessee visiting family at Christmas.  That was where I came up with the idea of The Wilds and where the Rogue live in what was known as Canada.  Some of the personalities –both good and bad – I have used with the characters of my books from people I have meet through the years, especially while I was in the military.  Some of the emotions that I have experienced I have captured and integrated in my books.  I find it very therapeutic to work out real life issues this way in the imagination of my books.  I can fight an enemy which may be a negative emotion in real life that I want to get rid of.
What books have most influenced your life most? 
My favorite genres when I was younger was science fiction/fantasy but as I grew older I got into romance.  After a while I found that I lived some sub-genres than others in the romance realm.  My favorite I have found are the paranormal or superhuman realm of romance such as those written by JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood and Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunters.  These books captured my imagination and I liked all of the brooding males, action, and dark enemies to fight, not to mention the incredible heroines that end up with the guy.  I also enjoyed The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer because it touched the young woman in me from back in the day.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would have to say JR Ward and all of her incredible Black Dagger Brotherhood men.  Her writing was both exciting and dark and I like all of the brooding males running around.  There was no pansy cutesy hand holding and love scenes.  No, the character interactions are raw and more realistic including the male view on “feelings” and the way they think.  She captured both the masculine and feminine (and some in between) in her writing.  She wasn’t afraid to take her scenes to the extreme of the sensual or the disgusting.  All of it was fascinating and kept my attention for hours.
What book are you reading now?
When I’m not into my writing I’m working on Cat’s Lair by Christine Feehan – one of the Leopards Series.  She is an incredible writer as well and I’ve enjoyed her books for year.  She was my first paranormal romance writer that I indulged in before JR Ward or the others.  Her Dark Series with the Carpathians was the first time I got into the series format and since then have always been fascinated with series.  I think the multi-book format allows a writer to better develop not only the characters but a whole complete society and structure for the characters to exist in.  That is why I have gone toward the direction of series writing.  The Source started as a single book but after writing it I realized it has so many characters and plot lines that I could continue to build on and work with. 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I hate to say it but in between my own writing and reading my favorite authors works I have had little time to find new authors to read.  However, if a book captured my attention, no matter who wrote it I would definitely check it out.  I believe that new authors should have the chance to be recognized for their works.  Some readers and others in the field may not be quite as open but I would hate to miss the next up and coming author who will blow all of our socks off.  I endeavor to continue to reach for that recognition but most of all want to write books that my readers will love so that they will keep asking for more!
What are your current projects?
My most current project is finishing with the advertising and other items still pending for The Hybrid.  Most of the work is done but there is always one more detail or one more location to get the word out to my readers that I have another novel that has been released.  My other current project is writing the newest novel in The Midnight Riders Series – Road To Ravishment.  I am excited because it is the fourth in the series and involves Mace – a hunk of a blond-haired, emerald green-eyed biker who will do anything to protect the Spirit Heart he is assigned to protect.  Kayla is that Spirit Heart who is determined to destroy the demons trying to find her and steal her soul.  She is a DJ by night and hides among her technology from the Scythian Spirit Demons.  When she runs into Mace she initially thinks he is the enemy because she trust no one even when he is trying to save her.  Needless to say the tension between these two is incredible going from outright enemy to red hot lovers.  I can hardly wait to finish so the novel will be ready to release to the world.
What would you like my readers to know?

I would like all the readers out there, be that they enjoy romance, paranormal, historical, science fiction, or any other combination to enjoy the many creative materials out there.  Since I have started writing I have met so many great people and appreciated there feedback, critiques, and suggestions for my books.  All of the support has really made all of the effort in my writing worth it.  I am dedicated to provide imaginative and quality material for my readers to enjoy.  If nothing else in life I hope my writing inspires everyone out there to reach for your goals in anything you endeavor in.  I hope you enjoy my work and that it brings you enjoyment.  May all of you find your purpose in life and someone to share all of your success and adventures with.

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5 ebook sets of The Hybrid and The Source –( first Novel in the Wild Clan Sagas)

1 comment:

  1. Thank for hosting me. It came out great. I hope everyone enjoys the excerpt, the interview, and other goodies. Don't forget to sign up for the giveaway.
    Christine Murphy