Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Backward Compatible by: Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Title: Backward Compatible

Author: Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Genre: Geek Romance

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.Two nerdy gents home for winter breakhave discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss,a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, 
and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

No links yet!! December 2013 release

“These graphics suck,” George says and I look back at the screen. We’re standing in the middle of

the Estate, colorful orbs quivering ahead of us. We each have to choose our starting advantage. Waterfalls

shimmer in the distance and the sunlight streams over multicolored stones in the courtyard.

“Amateurs,” Lanyon concurs. “I mean, they couldn’t have five waterfalls?”

“Your ironic wit is mind blowing, but choose your damn orbs,” I tell them. I consider. Magic,

defense, offense, stealth, and charisma. I always go for magic as a black mage, but I wonder if a druid

needs something else. Screw it. I need charisma in real life, too.

“Charisma?” Lanyon asks. “No one ever picks charisma.”

“We’re a party of a thief, druid, and a bard. We’re screwed regardless.”

“You two underestimate the mighty power of my lute,” George argues.

“Did you start with charisma?” Lanyon asks.

“Hell, no. I have charisma in spades. I started with stealth.”

“Great. A stealthy bard,” I sigh.

“She’s right,” Lanyon concedes. “We’re screwed.”

However, it actually isn’t bad at all at first. We power through the Estate and make it to the Yobanaria

Dale with no resurrections and all at level ten. I’m impressed. George hasn’t actually fought anything, but

he has some pretty awe-inspiring charm mastery already. I think I might have a serious crush. He seals the

deal when he buffs my hailstorm spell without even being asked.

“Can you guys watch El Thiefelo? My mom wants me to eat supper,” Lanyon says.

“Yeah, we’ve got it,” I tell him. “The first boss is in the elven ruins anyway, so we should grind a bit.

I think he’s a twelve.”

George and I explore the Dale, taking out bats and Joba spores. It’s fairly quiet, except for when we

combo with his charms and my spells and he yells out, “Eat lute, bitch,” but it’s nice. We work well,

almost inherently understanding each other. I’ve never been able to play this effectively with anyone. I try

not to think about his eyes. Stupid boys, being cute and stuff.

By the time Lanyon comes back, we’re all at level 12, although Lanyon leveled up just by standing

by a door while we played. Still, we are ready to take on Balsa the Proud. As a black mage, it took me

about nine seconds. Trees don’t like fire. However, druids don’t have the same level of black magic and

all elemental magic is weakened by the need to draw from the elements nearby. Sadly, trees seem to avoid

storing fire runes in their villages. I expect this to be a little more challenging. It might even take fifteen


“First boss. Also known as the freebie bitch to sucker the young folks into a false sense of security,”

Lanyon announces as he runs into the center of Balsa’s lair. The cinema plays and then, in a moment of

pure absurdity, El Thiefelo is squished as Balsa steps on him.

“Can someone revive me?” Lanyon whines.





Sarah Daltry:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in

various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story

about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's

been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial,

friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set

in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most

interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah's stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to

teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really

anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats,

shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s

Fall series, and the Flowering series, including Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Star of


Pete Clark:

Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders is his first published

novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he

has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape,

a collection of linked Western short stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.

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Top More than Ten:

Sarah’s Favorite Video Games:

1. Borderlands 1 and 2

2. Fallout 3

3. Persona series

4. Eternal Darkness

5. Silent Hill series

6. Final Fantasy series

7. Skyrim

8. Dragon Age series

9. Mass Effect series

10. Fable series

11. Bioshock series

12. Magic: The Gathering

13. Perfect Dark

14. Heavy Rain

15. LA Noire

16. Parasite Eve

17. Catherine

18. Zuma

Pete’s Favorite Video Games:

1. Bioshock

2. Resident Evil 4

3. Uncharted 2

4. Eternal Darkness

5. Goldeneye

6. Ms. Pac Man

7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

8. God of War III

9. Dead Space

10. Silent Hill 2

11. Infamous 2

12. Portal

13. Defender

14. Super Metroid

15. Mass Effect

16. Castlevania

17. Call of Duty 4

18. Dragon Warrior

19. Perfect Dark

20. Arkham Asylum

21. Limbo

22. Rogue Squadron 2

23. Medieval

24. Parasite Eve

25. The Walking Dead

26. Metal Gear Solid

27. Team Fortress 2

28. Kagero: Deception 2

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