Two special things motivated me to share an excerpt of my horror thriller Six Plus One.
First, I’m having a book signing on October 7th. The Hedgesville public library wants to celebrate local authors. This will be my third book signing, and I really need to get my butt in gear to get another book published!
Second, my mom’s co-worker, Mark, loved One By One. He bought a paperback copy from Amazon. After he read the book, I autographed it for him. Hearing about his excitement makes me want to publish the sequel Six Plus One!
Here’s an excerpt of Six Plus One (still a work-in-progress draft until an editor finishes looking over it):
Alta bit her nails, lost in thought as she watched the mountains along WV 28 through the passenger seat window. Raggedy looking trailers surrounded by broken down vehicles turned into a blur while the love of her life, Kendrick, drove at ridiculously fast speeds.
The radio blasted a Big Sean song through the speakers. Kendrick, wearing black rimmed glasses, tapped his fingers on the steering wheel in sync with the hip hop beat. Johanna was squished in the backseat by video equipment lying about. Her body pressed against the door, and the sound mic poked at her thigh. She was skinny like a stick, yet had curves in the right places. Best of both worlds.
Alta smiled a little when she glanced back at Johanna. “Regret it yet that you didn’t ride in the other Jeep?”
Johanna giggled. “Never.”
“I’m sure Declan was pissed.”
“Nah, he understands. We needed to plan our segment and go over our production schedule for the weekend.”
“Something we didn’t even do.”
“Something he never needs to find out.”
Alta leaned over the dashboard and glanced at the speedometer. “Babe, shouldn’t you slow down?”
“Really?” With a glint of mischief in Kendrick’s brown eyes, he smirked. “It’s only us on the road. I haven’t seen anyone for the past two hours.”
“So? Last time I checked animals are outside. Wanna run over a squirrel or hit a deer?” Alta rolled down her window to let some chilly August air in the stuffy space. Their rented Cherokee held a smell, the kind where bleach invaded your nostrils like someone cleaned blood from a crime scene.
Kendrick pressed the brake to slow down.
Johanna chuckled. “There’s the Alta I love. Where have you been, girl? You’ve seemed distracted since we left your house. Get in a fight with your dad?”
He’d have to pay attention to me first. “No. Just thinking.”
“About what?” Kendrick asked, squeezing Alta’s knee for a moment.
Alta’s cell phone rang. She picked it up on the second ring. “Hey, dad, what’s up?”
“Wanted to make sure everything’s okay. Kendrick’s following the speed limit? You guys aren’t bringing attention to yourselves, right?”
“We’re going to isolated woods to contact aliens. What could go wrong?”
***In a perfect world, Six Plus One would be released on Halloween, October 31st. Keeping my fingers crossed…