Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ebook Giveaway with Harry Wegley

author Harry Wegley

H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He is a Meteorologist who worked as a Research Scientist in Atmospheric Physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area, where he and his wife of 46 years enjoy small-group ministry, their seven grandchildren, and where he pursues his love of writing.

He has a 3-book romantic-thriller series, Pure Genius Series, contracted with Harbourlight Books, Pelican Book Group and has been requested to write a 4th book in that series. Book 1, Hide and Seek, released in February 2013. He also published his childhood adventures in a humorous memoir, Colby and Me: Growing up in the 50’s.

cover of Hide and Seek, man and woman are shown on cover

A computer security breach within a US defense contractor's firewalls leads investigators, Lee Brandt and beautiful, brilliant Jennifer Akihara, onto the cyber-turf of terrorists, where they are detected and targeted for elimination. Lee leads them on a desperate flight for survival into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Will Jennifer's pursuit of truth about the conspiracy, and the deepest issues of life, lead her into the clutches of terrorists, into the arms of Lee Brandt, or into the arms of the God she deems untrustworthy?

Excerpt (from chapter 6):
Jennifer pivoted towards his car and stopped. Her eyes lit up and checked out his Mustang like a scanner digitizing an image. She smiled warmly at him. “A classic. Very nice, Lee.”
It was the second genuine smile she’d shown him. What that smile did for an already beautiful face was incredible.
Good taste in cars. I wonder about her taste in men.
No, I don’t wonder anything about her.
Now in control, the right side of his brain turned a deaf ear and continued to savor the smile.
“I’ll swing by your parking spot and lead you to a shortcut through a couple adjacent lots. And about National Aerospace Computing Security…have no fear, Lee is here.”
Even in the dimly-lit parking lot he could see the rolling eyes. She strode down the lot towards her car.
In her presence he couldn’t turn a decent phrase. But he sure could turn a decent phrase into something stupid. He pulled out his keys, stopped, and snapped his fingers.
Jennifer’s visitor’s badge.
Randy wasn’t in the gate shack and he forgot to return her badge. When he glanced down the lot Jennifer was nearly to her car. He trotted towards her. “Hey, Ms. Akihara…Jennifer. I forgot—“
The area lit up like mid-day. A deafening boom sounded behind him. The shock wave blindsided him with the force of an NFL linebacker, knocking him forward to the concrete. He stuck out his arm to protect his face. His body rode on his right forearm for several feet, while the rough concrete rasped off his coat sleeve and much of the skin underneath it.
He lay sprawled out on the parking lot pavement. His mind struggled to comprehend what had happened. When he picked himself up, he shook his head to remove the cobwebs. There were too many of them. Blood ran down his right forearm. Pain brushed some of the cobwebs away.
Arm burning and ears ringing, he looked for the source of the blast. It came from what had been his car—from what was now only a blackened shell. The sense of loss hit him in his gut. He might never be able to replace that car. He brushed away a few more cobwebs. The clearing of his mind brought a bigger worry. Better a bombed car than a bombed body. But the bombing attempt had failed, so…
The air emptied from his lungs and he drew a deep breath. His pulse quickened. The realization hit him like a stinging slap on the face. They were in big trouble, but the incoming flak wouldn’t be the kind that got one fired. It would be the kind that got fired at one—bullets from people who killed to keep secrets.
Despite their delicate search on the infected computer their foray must’ve triggered attention and it wasn’t all coming from some hacker halfway around the world.

Comments from reviews:
"Mr. Wegley—let's see more of Jennifer & Lee. Either write faster, or get your publisher to publish faster. I'm waiting!"
Kate Hinke
"...the story really comes alive and pulls you along for a heart-stopping ride. Hide and Seek by H.L. Wegley is a definite keeper if you love suspense with a touch of romance. "
Ginger Solomon
“Wow, Mr. Wegley definitely keeps you on the run and out of breath through this whole story.”
Donna M. Basinow
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How to enter the Hide and Seek giveaway:
(1) Be or become a follower of Sleuths and Suspects.
(2) Leave a comment for Harry.
(3) Leave your email address in your comment [you can spell it out to deter spam, for example, bob (at) gmail (dot) com]. Please leave an address that you check on a fairly regular basis. 

The giveaway ends June 8th! A winner will be announced June 9th. The winner has one week to respond to my congratulatory email before another winner is chosen. Thanks for participating! 


  1. Good morning, your a new author to me and i would love to win this book

  2. Sounds like a great book! Put me down. jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Shirley, I'm a new author to me too :) -- at least for fiction. I published for several years in the scientific world, but fiction is a lot more fun.

  4. Good interview, Heidi. His web-site, The Weather Scribe, sounds interesting. I'll pass on this contest because I'm a dinosaur -- I always go with the print books.

    Harry, what's next with your Pure Genius series?

  5. Jeff, we finished galley proofing for the human-trafficking story, On the Pineapple Express, and are just waiting to get a release date. Book 3, Moon over Maalaea Bay, wraps up the human-trafficking story on Maui with a nightmare for a honeymoon(don't worry, I always write happy endings). It's in final editing with the publisher and will, hopefully, release late this year. Book 4 ends the series. I'm nearly finished with the first draft and it goes back to the subject of cyber-warfare and terrorism, with the adopted daughter, now a PhD candidate, following in her mom's footsteps. Hope all that wasn't too much of a spoiler.

  6. Looks like a great read. I loved the excerpt and my fiancé is in the Air Force, too. :)


    1. Thanks, Anna! My Air Force service all came during the cold war and Vietnam War eras. I owe the Air Force a great debt of gratitude. They sent me to college and gave me experience that served me well for my entire working career. And, now that I'm retired, that experience is contributing to my writing. Hope your fiance is as blessed by his service time as me and my family.

  7. Harry,
    Your book sounds great! I'm interested. Thanks for the opportunity. kimkendall1@gmail(dot)com

  8. Add me. tormhake @

  9. Another new author to me. Your book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity!


  10. Kim, Mary, Jo, Thanks for your interest in my book. It was a fun story to write and parts of it are true. Which parts, I'm not telling. :)

  11. This sounds like a great suspense series! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. This sounds like a book I'd really like. Maybe I'll win it.
    O Norman

  13. A new author to me and I look forward to reading your books.


  14. Looking forward to reading your work.
    Wes Harris

  15. Wes, Jo, Veronica, and 'O' Norman, A few minutes ago I finished final edits for the 3rd book in the Pure Genius Series, Moon over Maalaea Bay. It goes back to the publisher tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy the series. I'm a novel newbie, so it's exciting to watch my writing improve. If you like Hide and Seek, you will definitely like the rest of the series.

  16. Veronica Sternberg is the winner. I'll be contacting Veronica shortly. Thank you to everyone else for participating! I hope you stop by and participate in some of the other giveaways!