Book Tour: Dark Energy by John O’Riley - Guest Post and Book Excerpt

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Title: Dark Energy
Author: John O’Riley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Josephine uncovers an important secret about the Valituras, a power-hungry organization that has lived in secret for centuries. They have amassed powerful dark magic and infiltrated all levels of the government. Now that their existence is publicly exposed and Josephine’s discovery leads to the capture of more Valituras agents, they decide to make a big move and declare war against the country. Josephine scrambles to protect herself and her loved ones from this powerful foe.
As she uncovers more clues in her search to expose the hidden identities of the Valituras leaders, her boyfriend grapples with his new talent of white magic which proves to be a potent yet unreliable source of power. Even as Mark’s abilities expand, he struggles to avoid burnout which will lead to a coma and reversion back to mainstream magic. When the U.S. government’s MADA department hires him to attempt restoration of an ancient historical site, American Stone Henge, the Valituras target him for termination.
As Josephine’s psychometry brings her closer to the truth about the Valituras, she fears the answers will come too late.

Guest Post
Inspiration for a New Take on Immortality

I’m very excited to talk about a new take on immortality and what helped to spark my imagination towards shaping this idea which is my grandmother. I loved my visits with her as I’m sure most people can relate who are close to their grandparents. My grandmother had a group of friends who played cards practically every day. Their enthusiasm and sometimes amusing antics over the game tickled me. They could get pretty lively. I remembered it well when I began outlining the first book in my Grumpy Old Wizard series.

Some of the things my grandmother said to me stuck in my mind. For example, she told me that her mind always felt young but when she reached a certain age, her body didn’t cooperate. She said she would always be young at heart. It was very interesting to see the world from her perspective based on a life-time of experience. It gave me ideas for incorporating certain elements in some of my characters that would hopefully provide readers with a different perspective on immortality and to some, perhaps a more realistic take on it if they had similar experiences. My grandmother has moved on to a better place now but I like to think that a piece of her lives on through the Grumpy Old Wizard series.

Dark Energy is a contemporary fantasy and I strive to continue to make the storyline a fun adventure like the previous books in the series. I toss in bits of subtle and not-so-subtle humor to add entertainment and to help breathe life into the characters. The story takes place in sunny Florida about fifty years after a catastrophe that turns virtually everyone throughout the entire world into a wizard.

Enchantments are commonplace so the magical community no longer needs to hide their abilities. The protagonist, Josephine O’Connor, is an immortal woman in her eighties with a body of a young woman in her twenties. She’s a powerful wizard but there are laws against people like her using magic. She measures at the top of the scale as a category six which is the same type of wizard that caused the catastrophe that transformed everyone into wizards worldwide so she fits into an unfortunate stereotype.

You can visit my website at to see all titles available including the Grumpy Old Wizards series.

Here is the complete series in order:

Grumpy Old Wizards (Book # 1)
Corruption (Book # 2)
Dark Energy (Book # 3)

Book Excerpt
“Hello, Josephine,” Lorcan said.
“This isn’t a social call, Toadstool,” Josephine snapped.
“What did I ever do to you?” Lorcan’s expression was hurt.
“You tried to curse me twice, you turned my best friends into a vampire and a succubus, and you almost killed my grandson.” Josephine’s beautiful brown eyes glittered with hostility.
“It’s hard to believe I did all that.”
“You’ve done that and more, Toadstool.”
“Why are you calling me that?” Lorcan regarded her with puzzlement.
“Because that’s the nickname I gave you when I met you and realized what an ass you are.”
Josephine closed her eyes so she could focus and to discourage any further conversation. She awakened her psychic receptors which unfortunately made her more susceptible to the dominant psychometric energy inhabiting the room which stemmed from the boredom, anger, and sick thoughts of the many previous occupants. She reached out with her mind to access Lorcan’s. It took her several moments to find the memory suppression enchantment which was programmed to mutate its energy signature to blend in with Lorcan’s when detected. Josephine made sure not to probe at it too closely so she wouldn’t have to hunt for it again. She wasn’t an expert on this type of spell so it frustrated her to try and reverse it. She examined the details of the enchantment which was slow and tedious work. When she finally made her first attempt to disarm it, the spell immediately mutated and slipped out of her grasp. She managed to keep track of it for several seconds before it vanished from her sight.
Josephine heaved a frustrated sigh and tried again. When she found it, she noticed it had once again changed its configuration. It reminded her of a network of veins deeply entrenched throughout Lorcan’s mind.

Author Bio
John O'Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

He was raised in California then Washington state and has lived in Missouri, Oregon, and Florida. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill.
He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who helps inspire him.

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