Heavy Metal’s Car Chase

Last weekend, I was excited to be able to go to New England, where I feel more home than I do anywhere else, even though I’ve lived in Pennsylvania longer than I did in Massachusetts.

Because I love New England so much, I often set books or scenes there. Some of Under the Moon and Heavy Metal both take place in Boston and Misquamicut, Rhode Island.

My trip took me through the area where Riley is engaged in a car chase, so I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of that area.
car chase shot 1The chase starts, kind of, on I-95 near Mystic, where Riley spots a car that’s been following her and gets suspicious about the guy who’s supposed to be here to protect her. She dumps him out on the road and takes off.

Then she gets pulled over by the cops, which doesn’t deter her pursuers, as she wishes it would. She takes a short break in the Dew Drop Inn (which was never on this road, but that’s artistic license to make tribute to a piece of my childhood).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 1
Route 1

The bad guys show up again once she’s back on the road. They follow her off quite Route 234 onto Route 1, but things are getting a little crazy. This is way too populated and dangerous, even if the vintage Charger she’s driving has all the power she needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 2 onto Route 78
Route 2 onto Route 78

Then Riley misses her turn. The GPS tells her to turn right, but that’s even more populated and crowded with traffic, so she turns right onto Route 2. And here’s where my heart swells, because Route 78 was always my road to paradise. (Not that I thought about it in those terms back then! LOL)

For Riley, 78 means both hope and terror. She’s close to help and safety and Sam, but she can’t lead these guys to people who are vulnerable. She can’t interrupt the important work they’re doing at Chloe’s cottage.

So she has to make a decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 78
Route 78, Riley’s Last Stand

This is where Riley makes her last stand. She spins the car to block the road and uses her newly honed powers to stop them, then to get away when they turn the tables on her.

Unfortunately, it was raining when I traveled this route, and it was sunny and a bit hazy when Riley did. You’ll just have to imagine the headache-inducing sunlight reflecting off chrome in these shots.

And I’ll leave you with one more:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misquamicut Beach
Misquamicut Beach, where both Chloe and my heart live

Week of Insanity? No, Month of Insanity vying for “of the Year” status

birds on brick walkway
My husband made new friends in Boston!

What a week this has been!

On Sunday, we drove 7 hours from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.

On Monday, we moved Number One into her dorm. Emerson College’s system is amazing. They’re right in the city, on Boston Common, so you can’t exactly park and unload at your leisure. You pull up to the curb, they check you in, hand out passes, unload your vehicle, and take everything up to your room while one of you take the car back to the garage.

Sunday night/Monday morning, I paid for the WiFi in the hotel. But after that, I checked my e-mail Monday night in the lobby. After that, I had no access until I got home Wednesday night.

It was awful! Because Heavy Metal came out on Tuesday, and I couldn’t be involved with the release at all! HUGE thanks to all my fellow Entangled Publishing authors for helping get the word out on Facebook and  Twitter while I was gone.

I’m not the only one with a new release! Entangled has a slew of new books out this week. Particular shout-out to the Select authors who share my “book birthday”:

Heaven and Hellsbane cover Deep Rising cover

Heaven and Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

Deep Rising by N.R. Rhodes

Other releases include:

Ivy Entwined by Laura Simcox, Entangled Edge

Risky Surrender by Robin Bielman, Ever After

Eat, Play, Lust by Tawna Fenske, Flirt

Take Me, Diane Alberts, Ever After

One Night at the Spa by Kathy Lyons, Ever After

The Demon’s Desire by Kenda Leigh Castle, Covet

The Awakening: Liam by Abby Niles, Covet

Chaos by Christine O’Neil, Entangled Teen (Ember)

Darker Days by Jus Accardo, digiTeen

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Entangled Teen

The Liberator by Victoria Scott, Entangled Teen

Everlast by Andria Buchanan, Entangled Teen

Relic by Renee Collins, Entangled Teen

Gamble in Gold by Natalie Anderson, Indulgence

 

There’s definitely something for everyone in that mix, so check them out!

Now, I’m off to play catchup with work, writing, laundry, and prepping for my blog tour. Let the insanity continue!

 

Release Day for Soulflight

Soulflight CoverJust Released! Click here for an excerpt.

Soulfight, Book 2 of the Soul Series

Samantha Ranger can fly. Thirteen years ago someone shot her because of it, and threatened her family. She ran. Now, in saving the life of a child, she’s given them the ability to find her again.

Rock Davis, a freelance spy and friend of Samantha’s cousin Alexa, is sent to protect her. But when he learns who wants her, and why, his mission is compromised by his desire to use her to save his sister and stop one man and his dangerous delusions.

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Sneak Peek Sunday for March 10, with more Soulflight

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday! Thanks to Sara Walter Elwood/Cera Dubois for sponsoring this weekly six-paragraph sneak peek blog hop. Click here to see more great excerpts!

I wanted to feature Heavy Metal in honor of it going up for pre-order at iTunes (get links for the iBookstore, Amazon, and B&N here). But then I realized the book’s still in production, and I don’t have final approved copy to excerpt yet. :/ So here’s one more taste of Soulflight, which should be released in a week or so! It’s a little different, some insight into the villain. Let me know what you think!

The weasel should be quaking where he stood. There should be a puddle at his feet, and the smell of fear perfuming the air.

The fact that none of that was true both annoyed and pleased Pike. He hated clichés, and the scene in his head was straight from a badly written Hollywood production. Those reactions from Wallie would also put Pike in the position of intimidator. He disliked that role as well, though he did take it on when necessary.

He was not a criminal mastermind, bent on the destruction of or control over the world. He was a visionary. True, nothing would stop him from achieving that vision, but that did not make him a cardboard character.

“So, whadda we do next?”

Pike turned his attention back to Wallie. Rock Davis’s message had been unexpected. Pike would never have anticipated the man’s involvement, though now the connection was clear. Samantha had gone home—most injured animals did—and her home was not typical. It contained Alexa Ranger, who, he’d learned recently, was a former agent connected with several government agencies. Her previous employer was GenCom, where she’d been supervised by—of course—Rock Davis.

Pike had lost track of Davis over the last few years. He’d known he’d left the military, but after that his actions had ceased to matter. Well, they’d ceased to matter long before that, but Pike did sometimes suffer from nostalgia.

Soulflight Cover

Heavy Metal is Available for Pre-Order!

HeavyMetal-cover-mockupIf you order your books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, you might be happy to see that the paperback of Book 2 in the Goddesses Rising series, Heavy Metal, is available for preorder!

Amazon has their pre-order price guarantee, so that if you pre-order now and the price goes down, they’ll charge you the lower price or refund the difference.

And B&N gives free shipping with no minimums to members.

If you’d rather order from Powell’s or BAM or elsewhere, stay tuned. I’ll post links when I have them. Ditto the e-book formats. Heavy Metal will be available in stores on August 27.

Soul of the Dragon cover

Sneak Peek Sunday: Excerpt from Soul of the Dragon

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday! This is my first participation in the new six-paragraph sneak peek blog hop sponsored by Sara Walter Elwood/Cera Dubois. Click here to see more great excerpts!

 

Soul of the Dragon coverRyc stood in the shadows between dunes and watched Alexa swim closer to shore. He hadn’t been able to stay away once Cyrgyn had flown off. It had been weeks since he’d seen Alexa, weeks when he knew she’d been training and preparing for the battle sure to come. He’d forced himself not to go to her, not to make excuses like his ability to help her train. She’d be fine with Cyrgyn. She needed to be with Cyrgyn.

But eventually he’d weakened, and he couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

She stood and his mouth went dry. Completely naked, her body shone silver in the moonlight, her long hair unbound, flowing over one shoulder and covering one breast. It made the exposure of the other all the more erotic.

Pressure grew in his chest, his desire fighting his integrity. She was not his, could never be his, but he felt driven to brand her so.

She stopped halfway up the sand and stared into the darkness that surrounded him. Her stance was combative, ready, despite her lack of weapon—or clothing. She looked like a comic book heroine but so much more.

After a moment she relaxed, walked the few feet to her clothes, and picked up her tank top. “Come on out, Ryc,” she called after she’d yanked the shirt over her head. “I know it’s you.”

Upcoming Appearances

My overall website is under construction (obviously!). As I get the new pages established, please note these upcoming booksignings if you are in or near Central Pennsylvania.

Under the Moon Cover

Event:        Paperback Exchange Celebrates 30 Years!
Date:         Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:   829 State St. Lemoyne, PA 17043, 717-761-2430

Authors Natalie J. Damschroder, Megan Hart, Catherine Jordan, and Jeri Smith-Ready will mingle with readers, read passages from their own books, and sign copies. Gift certificate drawings will be held.

Event:        Booksigning at Barnes & Noble
Date:         Saturday, November 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
Location:   Camp Hill Shopping Center, 58 South 32nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-737-0221

Authors Natalie J. Damschroder and Megan Hart will chat with readers and sign copies of their most recent releases. Come early for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra event at 10:00 a.m.!