Friday, January 22, 2010

Book Giveaway - Altered State by Gregg Luke

Homer and Morgan Winegar believe they may have finally found happiness in the quiet college town in which they have settled. Perhaps now in their new life together with Morgan’s nine-year-old son, they can each leave a troubled past behind.
But when Morgan’s psychology students begin exhibiting bizarre behavior, the couple quickly becomes entangled in an experiment headed for catastrophe. Someone is illegally administering a mind-altering drug to unwitting students. With the potential for millions of dollars in profits on the line, the pharmaceutical designers are more than willing to set aside morals to test the limits of the subconscious and mind control.
As the growing ranks of test subjects fulfill increasingly disturbing commands, Homer and Morgan race to discover who’s pulling the strings—and how they are doing it. But as the final stages of research point to a deadly calamity, events from the past threaten to shatter the couple’s fragile trust—just as they need it most. Will they be able to overcome the forces that threaten to pull them apart and find a way to stop the impending tragedy?
Altered State is a masterpiece of pharmaceutical knowledge, diabolical ambition, and well-developed characters. Fast paced and skillfully written, the story moves rapidly through a terrifyingly believable plot to a satisfying conclusion.” –Betsy Brannon Green, Author of the Haggerty Mystery Series and the Duty Series
“Another stimulating read from Gregg Luke. Altered State is inescapably compelling, medically accurate, and disturbingly plausible. Yet amongst the rich science speaks a wonderful message that human trust is perhaps the most cherished gift we can give one another.” –Aaron Jones, MD, FAAFP
Gregg Luke has done it again! What a fantastic read. I don't hand out those 5's too often, but this was definitely deserved! He has a gift of being able to make you love characters, give you a dynamic and interesting plot, AND give you an intense suspense- no way is it predictable or ordinary! Love it!!! -Hillary, LDS Women's Book Review
This book was a lot of fun to research. 99% of the medical, chemical, and psychological references are accurate. Where I wandered into pseudo-fiction is with the creation of SPAAM. If you don't know what that is, read the book! My purpose in writing this novel was to show ability of addiction to alter thoughts, perceptions, and actions. All addiction is chemical in nature, even those addictions where no habit-forming substance is taken; i.e. shopping, gambling, pornography, etc. I believe if you know how something is affecting you, you might have a better chance of beating it. The original title for this novel was Whisperings of Darkness, in reference to Zachary's identifying Scandia's evil subliminal commands as "whispers." My editors thought Altered State was creepier. I like both. I set it at Utah State University because, living in Cache Valley, it was easy to reference. Plus, it's a great school! Go Aggies!
Win your free copy of Altered State by Gregg Luke
Must be a follower of the blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing an addiction you've overcome (or tried to). You all know I'm addicted to chocolate. Still fighting that battle!
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
4 entries for posting about the current giveaway or the month-long contest on your personal blog or putting it on your sidebar. If you post about the overall contest, please let me know which book you'd like your extra entries put towards. (please provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes February 6th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
Join us tomorrow. We'll be giving away A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland.


  1. Hi there!

    I'm a follower now. :)

    I have been addicted to chocolate, but I went for nine months without having any. I'm back on it now, but not eating nearly as much as I used to. that was hard.

    And I twittered: @TristiPinkston

    tristipinkston AT

  2. I'm a follower.

    I'm addicted to worrying. I'm getting better but it's still a struggle not to worry.

    I'm tweeting about it.

    And, I think I should win because I grew up in the same ward with Gregg and always thought he was really cool and an attractive "older" guy :).

  3. I'm a follower. A friend of mine was a pharm scientist and I would love to give this to her. I think she'd love it. :O) thanks!

  4. Great to see you, Tristi. Thanks for following!
    I'll remember to tell Gregg that, Rebecca. I'm with you on the worrying.
    I think she would too, Destrella. Gregg really knows his stuff, but still makes the book interesting for those of us who don't!

  5. I'm a follower now too. And I posted about it on Facebook.

    Um, I'm addicted to e-mail and eating too much, but does it still count if I haven't tried very hard to overcome my addictions?

  6. When I get nervous, I pick at my fingernails and shred them. :( I've overcome it for the most part, but still find that occasionally I still do it unknowingly.
    Andrea :)

  7. Please enter me. I am a follower. I too am addicted to chocolate and to be honest, I have never had a desire to overcome my addiction. ;-) I also have an addiction to reading and again, have no desire to overcome that addiction either. *smile*
    ~Jen Unsell

  8. Hmm... I'm addicted to documenting my life (through pictures, videos, journals, etc.). I haven't tried to overcome it, but I have tried to give myself reasonable expectations ("No, I'm sorry, Heidi, you CANNOT strap a video camera to your head and record everything your children ever do").

  9. I agree the reading, chocolate, and documenting of life are healthy addictions.

  10. I've tried to overcome my food addiction but no such luck yet!

  11. Tweeted:

  12. Tweeted:

  13. I am SO addicted to list making. Not sure if I'm ever going to get over that one.

  14. Pick me! I'm a follower. I was addicted to sleeping, but I broke that habit nearly 7 years ago when my first child was born. :)
    I tweeted at Rachellewrites and FB'd too. And I'd like my extra entries for posting about the contest on my blog to go to this one.
    Thanks! :)

  15. The food addiction is so tough, Lee-Ann. You have to have that stuff to live!
    I need to adopt your addiction, Kim. I walk around the grocery store muttering, "What did I come here for?"
    Laughing, Rachelle. Good thing those little ones are so cute!

  16. I'm a subscriber.

    I am addicted to sweets. Chocolate is the #1 culprit, but any sugary treat will do in a pinch.

    Tweeted for two entries:

    coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

  17. I too am addicted to Chocolate and believe strongly in the Chocolate 12 Step program - NEVER be more then 12 STEPS AWAY from CHOCOLATE - LOL.

    Really, besides chocolate I am also addicted to paper crafting (stamping cards, stamping and making boxes & treat containers, etc)and of course READING! I am a late night reader for sure. If I am hooked on the story I read at every possible moment. I have been known to read at long traffic lights - lol.

  18. I follow- Nickolay

    I quit smoking.


  19. I'm a new follower. I was addicted to cigarettes for over 30 years and finally quit last year.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  20. Wow, Nicolay and Sweetsue. That is extremely impressive. Congratulations on being so strong!

    I'm with you Pat and Robin. Amazingly enough I can't eat sweets with this pregnancy. I keep trying and they keep making me sick. I don't know if this will really kick the habit though because mentally I'm planning what I will eat the second chocolate doesn't make me hurl!

  21. the only addiction i have is smoking and still fighting it grrr

  22. I'm addicted to the computer. I've been trying to cut back, but it's sort of hard to do that. Just 4or 5 years ago I wasn't using it at all.

  23. New Follower!

    I am addicted to Pepsi ( soda)
    I was doing good, not having any for months, and walked into the store, when it was On Sale...and oops....bought (3) 12 packs.....hahahaha
    so, I guess, I am still fighting mine!

    retsbar2go AT gmail DOT com

  24. I follow in GFC
    An addiction I'm trying to overcome: Reisen's Chocolate-covered Caramels.
    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com


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