Monday, June 25, 2012

Beta Test Excerpt and Giveaway with Eric Griffith

 from Chapter 1 of BETA TEST

Molly didn’t find it funny. She flew out of her chair like a greyhound after an electronic rabbit and rounded the table. Before Melvin knew what was happening, Molly ground his face into his salty pretzel crumbs.

“Yalp,” was all he could say.

“You piece of lemon-scented dog shit,” Molly said.

Sam’s mouth fell open. He didn’t know what shocked him more, her display of speed and strength, or that Melvin had managed to piss someone off enough to get assaulted right in the office.

Those nearest, including the CEO, pushed their chairs back, rolling away from the small lady filled with the crazy, in case she turned on them.

Sam felt pity for Melvin, who never won a single fight. But at the same time  it pleased him that Molly, a woman a quarter of his size, had forced Melvin into a submissive position in Sam’s defense. Erotically pleasing, even.

“You’re what I’m going to miss the least around here,” Molly said, sneering. “I—”

Going to miss? Sam’s entire upper body, from sphincter to scalp, tightened, waiting for her next word.

Molly caught his eye through her dangling blue hair. Sorrow crossed her face and in that instant Sam Terra knew.

Molly loved him back.
Melvin groaned as his molars were forced against the inside of his cheek on the veneer tabletop. Molly released her grip.

Would she apologize? Beg forgiveness? Sam was sure she wouldn’t. She never backed down, never surrendered, never retreated.

Molly retreated. She dashed out of the fish bowl, eyes on her watch.

Melvin, snot streaming from his nose, screamed in the high-pitched voice he got when manhandled. “I want that bitch fired!”

“Molly!” Sam juggled his handheld into his pocket. He hurried after Molly while the rest of the group stared.

“Sam, leave her, she’s not worth it!” Melvin yelled at Sam’s back. “Aww. . .”

When Sam got outside the glass door, Molly was gone.

Hardcover - 278 pages
Publisher: Hadley Rille

Book blurb: 

Sam Terra is having a bad week. He lost Molly, the woman he secretly loves, when she vanished before his eyes at the exact same time that ten percent of the inhabitants of Earth disappeared.

Naturally upset, Sam follows clues about the global vanishing with questionable help from his friends including a misanthropic co-worker and a childhood pal. When Molly reappears in the body of a man during a night of monster-laden devastation, Sam finally learns the truth. Not just about her, but about the planet Earth and the entire cosmos surrounding it.

What we consider mundane reality, others consider a game...and not a very good one. The whole thing is about to be shut down.


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Author bio: 

Eric Griffith is the author of the sci-fi novel BETA TEST from Hadley Rille Books, which Publishers Weekly called “an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale.”  By day he works as the features editor for By night he sneaks out of the house to write fictions. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York. 

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Debby said...

I can think if several men I would love to smash into a bowl.
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