A warm Love Bytes welcome to author Jeff Adams joining us today to talk about his new release “Tracker Hacker”.
Jeff talks about his departure from romance with this new releases , shares an excerpt and there is a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Jeff 🙂
Thanks to Dani for having me here at Love Bytes to talk about my latest release.
Tracker Hacker is a departure for me in that it’s not a romance. I call it a young adult cyber thriller. Theo Reese is a high school hockey player who has loads of computer smarts and happens to work for a covert agency alongside his parents. However, all of that doesn’t keep Theo from having time for a boyfriend.
Theo and Eddie met because Theo needed a chemistry tutor and it was Eddie to the rescue. It wasn’t long before they became boyfriends. While the relationship is nearly a year old as Tracker Hacker opens, there’s still plenty going on with them. It’s not easy for Theo to balance his “real” life that includes school, Eddie and their friends long with his secret agent work. Theo’s cover story is that he’s got his own cyber security consulting business. However, when the agency he works for falls victim to a cyber attack, Theo’s pushed to his limits to help crack the case, especially because his father’s gone missing.
This case is a huge reality check for Theo about the agency he and his parents work for. Until now, he’s been behind the scenes, helping to design gadgets or security programs and occasionally helping on missions if field agents come up against technology that prevents them from completing the mission. This time out, Theo is directly involved since he’s not only one Tactical Operational Support’s top security specialists, but he’s also desperate to save his dad.
The mission tests Theo and Eddie. Eddie knows Theo pretty well and he knows there’s something more going on than the regular “work” Theo does. While Eddie trusts Theo, he doesn’t get why there are so many secrets and why his boyfriend seemingly has to carry the weight of the world. It’s not easy for Theo either not being able to discuss what’s happening. It’s a lot for a sixteen year old.
Below is an excerpt showing Theo and Eddie. You’ll see how much Eddie’s concerned about Theo while at the same time Theo’s getting an unexpected education. After the excerpt you’ll find a Rafflecopter as well so you can enter to win an ebook or paperback of Tracker Hacker.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the excerpt and that you’ll pick up the book so you can get to know Theo even better.
“I think I may need to launch an intervention.” Eddie fell in step with me in the hallway between first and second period. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but you look like hell.”
I already knew that. I’d seen myself in the mirror before I came to school. There’d been very little sleep last night. Even though I tried, it didn’t happen. Instead I’d made breakthroughs on how to trace the mind-controlling aspects of the trackers.
“Ton of homework,” I tried to stifle a yawn as I spoke, “plus a client deadline that’s insane.”
He pulled me out of the hallway traffic and leaned against a wall. He embraced me, and I rested my head against his chest. If I wasn’t careful, I’d doze off on him.
“Don’t run yourself ragged.”
We stood silently for a while as the bustle in the hallway intensified as next period drew closer.
“Are you sure that’s all that’s going on?” he finally asked.
“What do you mean?” My voice was muffled since I didn’t move.
“I’ve seen Hurt Theo a lot over the past year, with all the various hockey injuries. I’ve also seen Stressed and Tired Theo when you’re overworking.” He gently moved my head so I looked at him. “You say you’re getting past what happened, but it feels like something else has piled on.”
I craned my head up farther and planted a kiss on his lips. I wish I could tell him what was going on. Mom, John, and I talked a lot last night. Unfortunately there were so few other people I could say anything to.
“Nah. I’m just straight up tired. The client work is more than usual. It’s a tough project, and it’s not getting done as fast as they want.”
I rested on his chest again because I liked it there. The warning bell rang. We had two minutes to get to class.
“I don’t know how you manage to do all this, or why you do it.” I shrugged in his arms. “Is there anything I can do?” he asked. The concern in his voice tugged on my heart.
“Let me stay like this for a few hours.”
He gently hugged me tighter.
“I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t go over well. You know how teachers can be. How about we go off campus for lunch and you can rest for a few minutes and I’ll make sure we get back on time.”
This guy was awesome. I’d planned to see during lunch how things were going with Lorenzo, but the truth was that I couldn’t do much while I was at school other than listen to Lorenzo or respond to text messages. Hanging with Eddie would be perfect. He might be less suspicious of what I wasn’t saying, plus I could close my eyes for a few minutes.
“I’d love that. Meet on the front steps at twelve fifteen?”
“It’s a date. We’ll get some food and maybe you can grab a quick nap or something.”
“You think of everything.”
“If I did that, I’d have a way for you to not look like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I don’t like it. But if I can’t fix that, I’ll at least get you some lunch and a few minutes of rest.”
I pulled out of the hug and gave him another kiss.
“Yes, I am.” He kissed me again. “We gotta get goin’ or there’s going to be a tardy mark.”
“See you in a few hours.”
“Yup.” He gave me one last kiss before he sprinted off. As I walked into class, which was just a couple of doors away from where we were,
I made a promise to myself to do something special for Eddie once this madness was over. He was being a saint. This was the first time since we’d been a couple that I’d had something major going on with TOS, and Eddie was being patient even when he knew I was holding back.
Meanwhile, I was learning the art of deception, using him for practice.
Someone from each stop on the blog tour will win an ebook and one lucky person from across all the stops will get an autographed paperback (I’ll ship it anywhere in the world).
High school student. Hockey player. Computer whiz kid. Covert agent?
At sixteen Theo Reese is the youngest agent for Tactical Operational Support. His way with computers makes him invaluable. He designs new gadgets, helps agents (including his parents) in the field, and works to keep the TOS network safe. But when a hacker breaches the system TOS uses to track agents, Theo is put to the test like never before.
Thrust from behind the safety of his desk, Theo must go into the field to put a stop to the hack. He’s scared but resolved because one of the missing agents is his father. And just to make it more interesting, he has to keep everything a secret from his boyfriend and teammates.
Can Theo get the job done, save his dad, and make things good with his boyfriend?
Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several shorts and novels.
Jeff lives in rural California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance.
Jeff is the co-host of Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance fiction as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at biggayfictionpodcast.com.
Learn more about Jeff at http://jeffadamswrites.com/