Thanks, Jennifer, for having me on today!
If you’ve read the other books, you’ll remember Jackson. (Don’t worry if you haven’t as I wrote them to stand alone.) He’s the playboy, the charmer of the Seattle area Guardians, who are sworn to protect humans from Darkbloods. But he’s hiding a terrible secret. One that, if anyone finds out about, will threaten not only his job but his life. His blood and energy needs have been steadily increasing and he worries that if things continue, he’ll soon revert back to the ways of his violent ancestors. And as a Guardian, that means a death sentence.
Arianna Wells, the human woman he falls in love with, is also hiding a secret. In addition to her job as a graphic artist at Xtark Software, she also runs a paranormal blog that she keeps hidden from her employer. (www.Paranormalish.blogspot.com) If they find out she has a blog and didn’t tell them, they’ll fire her. Several years ago, she made the mistake of not hiding her identity, which had disastrous consequences, so she learned her lesson.
Although I don’t work as a computer programmer (I used to be a systems tester and did some programming), I have friends here in the Seattle area who work in the software industry. Several have told me stories of employers who demanded they turn over their social media passwords because they wanted to make sure their employees weren’t sharing company secrets. That’s how I got the idea that Arianna could lose her job if they found out she had a blog she didn’t tell them about.
On that same note, this article was circulating around Facebook the other day. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/03/21/hand-over-your-facebook-username-and-password-if-you-want-a-job/
It’s exactly what Arianna went through at Xtark. Jerks!
If a potential employer told you to turn over your social media passwords and you really needed the job, would you do it or would you lie like Arianna did and say you didn’t have a blog (or FB, Twitter, etc.)?
I’m giving away a copy of Tempted By Blood to one random commenter.