In my latest novel, WAY OUT OF LINE, Hal moves to Zimbabwe, in Africa, to hide from the authorities with his friend Demetrio, after they escape from prison in Texas.
He is not really a felon, but was given a very long sentence for statutory rape because Trent’s parents were influential in the community. Just for making love to Trent–the love of his life.
She lied about her age. She was really only fifteen, under the legal age of consent in Texas. She beats herself up about it every day–if only she could have known how severe the consequences would be.
In Zimbabwe, Hal learns about rhino poaching and witchcraft.
This video of a street puppeteer in Zimbabwe is awesome–if they had a talent contest there he would definitely qualify.
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An earthquake triggers a Texas prison break in my newest novel WAY OUT OF LINE.
When she read the first draft of this novel, my editor, Jude, didn’t think it was a good idea–because she didn’t think Texas had earthquakes–but actually, they do.
The largest earthquake ever to hit Texas was the Valentine Quake in west Texas on august 17th, 1931. Measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, it could be felt in an area of 647,000 square kilometers in Texas and 518,000 square kilometers in New Mexico. Several buildings were damaged, but thankfully, no deaths were reported as a result of this quake, although if it had occurred in a densely populated area, the results could have been disastrous.
Several other earthquakes have occurred in Texas over the years, the most recent being on May 17th, 2012 where a magnitude 4.3 quake rattled east Texas in the early morning hours.
I lived in San Diego, California for a few years and experienced a few temblors, including the Northridge quake in the north Los Angeles area in 1994, that destroyed bridges on the freeways and resulted in the death of 54 people. (Yes, we could feel it all the way down on San Diego).
They are scary, but I think I would personally rather be caught up in an earthquake than a tornado if I had to choose one of the other.
More info on earthquakes can be found at the USGS website.
Purchase a copy of WAY OUT OF LINE at http://www.uncialpress.com/Way-Out-of-Line.html and Amazon.com ASIN:1475218346
Thanks to all who entered to win an eBook copy of WAY OUT OF LINE.
The winners are Sherry S. and Amelia R.
Congrats, guys, and hope you enjoy it!
If anyone belongs to Goodreads–I’ll be giving away a print copy there soon.
Congrats to Monica, who won an eBook copy of WAY OUT OF LINE. I really hope you enjoy it. Sorry to those who did not win–but here’s another chance.
I’m holding another competition to give away another two eBook copies of WAY OUT OF LINE.
Here’s the info about the book:
Two kids from Texas–a sizzling romance–one stupid mistake. Intrigue, terror and undying love culminate in the vast African Wilderness.
Trent lied about her age. Hal was convicted of statutory rape. Two lives, ruined. Hal never forgets his first love despite a brutal existence in prison, a desperate escape, and a chance for a new life in Africa.
Trent can’t forget Hal, nor can she forgive herself for his fate. She seeks solace and expiation in a religious cult. Her parents kidnap her from the cult to have her deprogrammed, but instead, she is taken by a militant group and held for ransom at their camp in Mozambique, Africa.
Hal and his friend, Demetrio head into the wilderness to rescue her. At the end is violence, death, and maybe another chance for Hal and Trent.
To win, subscribe to this blog, and comment on this post to say you want it. I’ll hold a drawing to determine the winners.
The competition will close on June 21st at 10:00pm Eastern US time, and I’ll announce the winners the following day.
P.S.If you don’t want to enter to win, buy a copy at http://www.uncialpress.com/Way-Out-of-Line.html .