Guest Post with Giveaway (Book & Kindle) ~ The Torch Is Passed by Bill Powers

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The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story is my second suspense/thriller novel and sequel to The Pharm House: A Harding Family Story. I’m currently working on the third installation of the Harding Family trilogy with a working title of The Lost Codicil.

The consistent storyline involves the Harding Family; Nicholas Harding, who in The Pharm House is a scientist/executive at an international pharmaceutical company, gets caught up in a plot to take over the company that threatens his career, his life and his family.

The Pharm House is a foreboding and darkly suspenseful medical thriller set in the hidden underworld of the global pharmaceutical business. Even though The Pharm House is set in a pharmaceutical company, it is really a story about family. Nicholas is a regular guy—a single dad trying to raise a precocious 11-year-old daughter while clawing his way up that ever so slippery middle-management ladder. But unknown to Nicholas, there are dark forces inside Marshall Pharmaceutical; he is about to be drawn into their plans, finding himself fighting for his career, his family and perhaps even his life.

Do you ever wonder how drugs get in those little brown bottles? Read The Pharm House and you may give it a second thought.

The Torch is Passed opens with young Andrea Harding having just graduated college.  Her world is turned upside-down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family left, other than her paternal grandmother, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries, the family company— and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.

The youngest Harding soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also targeted, forcing her to kill both would-be assassins. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, and longstanding relationships are put to the test. Along with her new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family, growing up along the way—and seeking her revenge.

Brimming with plot twists, unexpected decisions and recurring threats to relationships, The Torch is Passed is a tantalizing read with historical references, including a subplot involving an old land deal setup by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company over one hundred years ago. The Torch is Passed, as well as the other books in The Harding Family series, carries the basic theme of “family” and what people may be driven to do to protect their family.

My background is in pharmaceutical research and development, about as non-fiction as you can get. I have a Ph.D. in Toxicology (in fact, a lot of my R&D friends still tell me they don’t get what I do now, but that’s okay).  I have always had a love of books, words and stories. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina with not much to do during my free time. My dad was a school principal and gave me free run of his school library. I read everything I could get my hands on, fiction and non-fiction. When I was in grad school, I started thinking, “I can do this”—write a fictional novel. I had gotten hooked on thrillers with Robert Ludlum. My first try was pretty horrible, but the idea wouldn’t go away.

The Torch is Passed is a really entertaining story that quickly pulls the reader inside the world of the Hardings. If you enjoy contemporary suspense/thrillers, you’ll love Torch. And in addition to entertaining you, it’ll make you think a bit. Just how far would you be willing to go to protect your family? Sometimes we don’t know until we find ourselves in a horrible situation.

I write for lovers of modern mystery/thrillers. As an author, if that’s not your cup of tea, I take no offense if you choose not to read my books. But if that genre is in your “wheelhouse,” then check out The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story.

post-divider righttorchSeries: A Harding Family Story (Book 2)
Publisher: BookBaby (February 4, 2016)
Genre: Thriller
ISBN-10: 1682226786
ISBN-13: 978-1682226780
ASIN: B01AB3A3Z2
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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First there was The Pharm House, Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, where readers met Nicholas Harding and his daughter, Andrea. Now comes the second Harding Family story. In the exciting new thriller, The Torch is Passed, Andrea has just graduated college and her world is turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries.

The youngest Harding soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also violently attacked. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, including Don Marshall, with a shady past including an incident that also involved Andrea's father. Then there is Marcus Ricci, widely believed to have ties to the New Jersey mob. Also on the suspectlist are the Oakes brothers, Carlton and Jefferson, who run Oakes Industries along with their silent partner and cousin, New Jersey state senator SchuylerColfax. They recently made a seemingly irrational attempt to purchase Harding Industries and were rebuffed by Nicholas. 

Along with her new allies, including an abrasive, but loyal, attorney and an eccentric southerner with more money than G-d and an intriguing background in international espionage, Andrea urgently seeks answers why anyonewould want to kill her entire family– grows up along the way and seeks her revenge.

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of The Torch Is Passed to give away.
 
Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on July 25th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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billBill Powers is a former pharmaceutical Research & Development executive, world traveler, and history buff turned author.

Bill’s first Harding Family novel, “The Pharm House”, was published in 2013 and was named a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. Bill has published his second story in the series, “The Torch is Passed” and is working on a third installation.

In his debut novel, Bill put to use his twenty-six years of experience working for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical R&D, where he ultimately rose to the position of Vice President, Global Preclinical Development. In his years with the company, Bill was instrumental in the development of several marketed pharmaceutical products, leading groups of scientists in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Bill has also led research groups in Belgium and India, in addition to his extensive personal travels in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

He earned his PhD in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, and has published numerous abstracts, articles, and book chapters on a variety of toxicology subjects.

Bill’s parents were both teachers who stoked his childhood love for words and voracious appetite for reading. He is married, with one adult child, and has moved away from the corporate world to focus on his writing career.

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  1. Thanks for inviting me to Lori's Reading Corner!

    Bill Powers

  2. I really enjoyed this book also.

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