Thursday, November 22, 2012

#BookChat BROKEN BUILD by Rachelle Ayala #technothriller #romanticsuspense

Jen Cruz Jones hides a horrible secret behind her new degree, toned body, and exciting job at Silicon Valley’s hottest startup—until a man linked to her past is killed by a hit-and-run.

CEO and founder Dave Jewell is about to land a huge deal. He doesn’t need blood on his car, threatening phone calls, and Jen wrapped in broken code and blackmail.

A gang of thugs hunts Jen, and she takes refuge in Dave’s protective arms. Together, they must thwart a killer and rescue an innocent victim from their past. Love blossoms, but a damaging revelation points straight at Jen, threatening to tear them apart forever. 

From the Author
The premise is simple. Find the worst thing that can ever happen to a man. Have a woman be responsible for it. Put them together, mix in a huge dose of chemistry, an unsolved murder and industrial espionage and let nature take its course. I won't say what Jen did to Dave, but it's bigger than breaking his heart or sleeping with his best friend. It's the kind of agony no one gets over with. The idea to this story actually came to me when I was critiquing another friend's manuscript. I suggested upping the stakes in her story by having the woman be at fault in the situation rather than just a bystander. My friend did not take the bait. Maybe it was too over the top. But I found a nice situation to run with.

Reader's Reactions
"Plenty of twists and turns for every reader. Did I mention that Dave is a bit of a playboy? All I can say is yummy! The chemistry between the pair sizzles."

"I enjoyed Jen. She has everything a woman wants--a great body, a great job. Her only problem is her damaging secrets! I like that Ayala developed a strong woman who can make it on her own even though she loves Dave and will more than likely lose him when he figures out that she's responsible for much of the turmoil in his life."

"From reading the other reviews there seems to be no middle ground on this one. You love it or you hate it. Hated it. Too many convolutions, extraneous characters, etc. The tech speak got to be tiresome and I know tech. ... It seems the author has a working knowledge of computers. She should stick to a job in that field and forget writing stories."

Behind the Scenes
On the surface, a "broken build" refers to a non-functioning software system during the development and test phase of a project. It causes untold stress, finger pointing, tiger team investigations, and long overnight hours to fix. It a symptom of underlying problems including superficial management, lack of adequate infrastructure and of course, bad teamwork.

On the spiritual level, a "broken build" is a person who has lost all of his bearings. He has wandered far from God, relied on his own wits, and made a complete failure of his life. King David experienced both heady success as a national hero and abject degradation as a morally depraved murderer. In Psalm 51, he cries to the LORD with a broken spirit and lays his human wisdom aside. He empties himself of pride and self-esteem. And when he cries to God in his brokenness, God is pleased to bind his wounds, heal him, and make him rejoice.

Surprised? Broken Build is ultimately a story of redemption and healing. Both Dave and Jen must hit bottom, stop making excuses, and admit their own faults before they can rejoice in the new life God grants them.

Are you excited to read this spiritual dimension in Broken Build? I have Good News. Broken Build is free on Amazon for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. While the datacenter burns on Thanskgiving Day and Jen struggles to rescue the Black Friday Build that will determine the company's survival, you could be hitting the Amazon servers with umpteen downloads of Broken Build.

Download Now [FREE Nov 22-23] and enjoy it with your turkey leftovers and early morning shopping. Please leave me a comment on how YOU deal with a broken build.

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