August 17, 2009

Fatal Encryption - Debra Purday Kong Guest Spot & Giveaway!

Fatal Encryption
by: Debora
Purdy Kong
Publisher: Gypsy Moon Press; 1st edition
Release Date: (April 15, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 370

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My Rating: 4 Tiaras! Photobucket


Dressed as Kermit the Frog on Halloween night, an unemployed Alex Bellamy wonders where his life went wrong. It could be worse. A few miles away, Zachary Ternoway is stabbed at his front door. In need of cash, Alex agrees to help catch a computer prankster at McKinleys' Department Store. But things turn serious when someone vows to permanently encrypt the store's data and torch the building unless ten million dollars is handed over in two weeks. Alex knows there's a connection between the murder and the extortion threat, yet time's running out. People are questioning his competency, and a killer's threatening his life.

Starred Review by Cheryl K. Tardif
(taken from web site)

FATAL ENCRYPTION is a corporate caper with plenty of twists and turns, and an assortment of appealing characters to keep you guessing. Debra Purdy Kong's newest novel offers a well-plotted mystery reminiscent of the classic whodunits. A great beach read! --Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author ...

I'd like to thank Debra Purdy Kong for taking time out of her busy day to stop by and tell us a little bit about her newest book "Fatal Encryption"! (Which I loved by the way) It's a modern day thriller told like the old detective type mysteries that all of us enjoyed so much! I guess you'd call one of those a "Whodunit?" Right?

Anyway, Welcome Debra! Tell us a little bit about "Fatal Encryption"

Fatal Encryption is the second mystery featuring the trials and tribulations of twenty-eight-year old Alex Bellamy. In the first book, Taxed to Death, Alex is full of enthusiasm, optimism, and a bit of silliness, until his friend and co-worker, Andy, is murdered.

After I finished that book, I knew right away that I had more to say about Alex's story, but I didn't know what the plot would be about. My background in criminology and my job as a secretary in a firm of accountants had inspired an interest in white-collar crime, which was how Taxed to Death came to be. It was my grandfather, however, (also a retired accountant) who said to me, "Why don't you write something about computers?" Bingo.

Ideas started to flow and I began the research. Out of this, Fatal Encryption was eventually born, but only after many drafts and several years, not to mention the help of my critique group and an editor. My grandfather passed away before the book was published, but I think he would have liked it.

Thank you SO much for being here Debra, it's always nice to get a little big about the book and where the ideas cam from. Please feel free to stop by anytime!!

About the Author -
(Taken from the author's website)

Debra Purdy Kong:

Years ago, when I was a criminology student, I spent many hours writing about criminal behaviour for term papers. By the time I received my diploma, I realized I’d rather write crime fiction than work for the Criminal Justice System, a decision I’ve never regretted.

While I learned the craft of writing, I worked as a secretary for accountants, professors, lawyers, and a host of other interesting people and businesses. Many experiences from those years worked their way into TAXED TO DEATH, my first mystery novel.


When I left full time employment to raise my children, I used pockets of free time to develop short fiction while I kept working on novels. Needless to say, a number of my parenting experiences found their way into stories, essays, and anecdotes. When my children were older, I worked in retail for five years, but am currently devoting more time to fiction and writing reviews. Most of my reviews can be found at

Some of the results include TAXED TO DEATH, featuring Revenue Canada Agency auditor, Alex Bellamy, and FATAL ENCRYPTION, which picks up eighteen months after Alex has been fired from RCA and is still between temp jobs.

My other series featuring public transit security cop Casey Brisseden, begins with DEADLY RESURRECTION, a tale of family deceit and present ramifications.

Would you like to win your very own AUTOGRAPHED Copy Of "Fatal Encryption" courtesy of Debra Purdy Kong?

Here are the Rules:

This contest is open to EVERYONE! So all of my INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS feel free to join in the fun! I have the shipping so it's MY decision this time!

You MUST have a Street Address (Sorry No P.O. Boxes at this time Please)

How do you Win?

First, this giveaway is open to my readers and followers of my blog! So, IF you haven't done so, go over and *click* the follow button! That way you'll get ALL of my updates!

Next, give me your first comment with your name and email address and tell me that if you were unemployed and could have any job in the world. What would that job be?


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+10 If you add my button on your blog! (or anyplace you'd like to share me...let me know so you get your points)

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This amazing giveaway will run from NOW until Sept. 17th
(cut off time is MIDNIGHT EST - NO exceptions!)
and the WINNER drawn on
September 18, 2009


  1. I'm not sure if I should spread my comments out into different entries or not. Which is more convenient for you?

    +1 gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com
    If I could take any job in the world (and would automatically have the required skills and training), I would like to be a perfume designer. I love scents, and unlike becoming a chef, I wouldn't be tempted by food all the time. Or a writer with amazing talent and an agent (because I look up to writers very much).

    +3 I follow on twitter

    Thanks so much for the contest! I'll post a link on my blog and be back.

  2. +1 I'd be a journalist for a news magazine


  3. follow on Twitter - sumrthyme


  4. This sounds great, but I think I'd need to start with "Taxed to Death." Can't start with book two.

  5. Ok, I'm mentioning this on my blog Tuesday (link goes live at 3 am CDT). I just became a follower. And I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader. :)

    And if I could have any job, I think I'd like to be a writer.

    Also, you should check your email for some good news from me... :D

  6. Hello! Without a doubt, I would love to be an actor/singer on Broadway. Thanks, Cindi

  7. "Tweet!"
    Many thanks to you.....Cindi

  8. Also, I follow you on Twitter!
    Thanks a bunch!

  9. I posted your giveaway on Facebook!
    Thanks, Cindi
    Thanks, Cindi

  10. Hello! I'm following you from MBC! :)

  11. Hi.Book sounds good. I would want to read it.


    +3 - I follow your blog

    I would love to be chef and head a Michelin starred restaurant..

  12. I would love to be a writer. I know it's a lot of hard work and I can't write at all or even come up with a good idea but I still think it would be nice to see your name on the cover of a best-selling novel! :)
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

  13. I follow you on Twitter-CarolAnnM
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

  14. Lisa lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

    If I were unemployed and could have any job, I would love to be a tour guide in London. I read about an author who is a tour guide in Highgate Cemetery! Some people have all the luck!

    I'm a follower on Twitter!

  15. Hi, I'm following you from MBC. Have a great afternoon!

  16. I'm a follower.


    I want to be a writer.

  17. Tweet

  18. Gaby, you can do whichever you'd like best. : ) You're always welcome here!

    MJ, I've got you!

    J.Kaye, they're both really good. But the only thing they both have in common really is Alex. It's pretty much a stand alone book!

    Chris, THANK YOU! I'll be watching for it! And thank you for your very SWEET email.

    **If anyone needs to reach me with questions or comments, just hit the comments tab at the top of the page and let go! xxoo

  19. WindyCity! Nice to see you! Thanks for spreading the word!!

    Hello Momma Such! Adorable blog you have! Thanks for stopping by!

    Shweta and are BOTH in!
    Good luck !!

    LisaAnn624 thank you! very nice to see you! I LOVE new visitors (especially the ones that comment!!)
    Many Thanks and Much love!!

    Hello Bridget! So nice to see you and WAY TO GO with spreading the word! woo-hoo!!

    xoxo Park-Avenue Princess

  20. I just became a follower of your blog. Please enter my name in your draw.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. If I were unemployed and could have any job I would be a writer!!
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. I am unemployed (sigh) but if I could have any job I wanted I'd be a librarian or maybe an archeologist :-)

    I am a follower.

    I also follow you on twitter -- doodlebug40.

  23. I'd love to be an ambassador or being more realistic the owner of a library or a bookshop.

  24. I`m a follower.

    If I could have any job in the world, I`ve always wanted to own a little bookshop in the south of France (don`t ask me why - it just sounds super romantic and laissez-faire)

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  25. If I could have any job I would have a bookstore! I've always wanted one!

    I follow you on twitter! dcf_beth

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  26. I follow :)

    My email addy is linked to my blogger name ;)

  27. +1 I would work for NASA in teacher education if I could not make it as an astronaut
    +2 Tweeted
    +3 Follow on Twitter @ossmcalc
    +5 Shared on Facebook under Christine Womack

    thank you,

    womackcm at sbcglobal dot net

  28. I would love to be a novelist...

    karen k

  29. Please add my name to this wonderful giveaway...

    i'm a follower ;)

    karen k

  30. A story with a frog!! Even kermit! WOOT! LOL!


  31. I follow you on twitter...I am Frogarita


  32. I added it on my sidebar under contests!


  33. I would like to enter!

    Umm.. be rich count? xD
    Being serious.. I would like to own a library.. so that I could read all the books for free!

  34. +3 Follow you on twitter (@sheeredry)

  35. Another book going into my shopping cart...

    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

    I would be a pastry chef. I love to create and give desserts as presents.

    +3 I follow on Twitter

  36. Could I enter, please? My email address is kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

    If I could have any job, I'd be an editor at a big publishing company. That would be my absolute dream, I think. :)

    Already following your blog!

    And already following you on Twitter :)

    Thanks for the contest!

  37. sound like a great book i would be a news anchor thanks for the chance to win
    +3 i follow on twitter

  38. I am unemployed, retired actually, but if I had to re-enter the workforce I would like to be a neurobiologist or a science teacher.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

  39. +2 Just tweeted

    +5? Added to my blog's sidebar

    This book sounds so good!

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

  40. Froggy

    hmmm...I honestly have no idea what I would do. :(


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