First, I want to thank Allison for asking me to drop by today. I always have this “fangirl squee” thing going on when one of the MSW writers asks me to guest. *Squeeeee* Okay. Moment over. To business. 😉
I wasn’t sure what to write about but then, after the recent storms here in Oklahoma and the big fire in Colorado Springs, I decided to talk about adrenaline junkies and people who do extreme things. I’m Oklahoma bred, born, and raised. Mostly. My dad was from Colorado by way of Wyoming and Colorado Springs is my “heart home.” I wish I couldn’t fathom that kind of damage, but I can. For those of you who don’t know me, I spent time as a forensic photographer in the fire service and as a technical investigator (CSI) with a metropolitan police department. I worked the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. I worked the May 9, 1999 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, and a whole bunch of floods, fires, and disasters as a member of a search and rescue team. I admit, I was–the operative word is was–an adrenaline junky. I’m too old now, despite the fact there’s a part of me that really wants to go and help. I’m “wise” enough now to know I’d just be in the way. Dammit.
On May 31, El Reno, Oklahoma was hit by the widest tornado ever recorded—2.6 miles. There were so many “storm chasers” in the area they were running over each other. Three professional chasers died when their vehicle was hit by the storm. One “unprofessional” (Gee, this looks like fun!) chaser also died. Sadly. The chasers sponsored by The Weather Channel almost died. Want to see how many were there? Here’s a LINK to a map and article. Go look. I’ll wait.
A number of those little white dots were “Extreme Vacationers.” There are people who put together tours and people who actually pay big sums of money to ride around chasing tornadoes to get photos and video they can put up on YouTube. Seriously? Who the hell thinks this is a good idea?!? As a professional who has tripped over lookie-loos at scenes while trying to do my job, I just have one thing to say. People? Just. Stay. Home!
But we’re human. We like the thrills and chills. We want that rush of adrenaline hitting our system. Or some do. Some of us would rather write or read about the adrenaline junkies, about the men and women who live extreme lives. Me? Now that I’m older and my knees remind me that climbing through a debris field is a bad idea, I’ve become an armchair junkie. I do both–read AND write. My heroes and most of my heroines are alpha-type personalities. My favorite books and authors have characters who do all the things I’d do (or once did), but I can live through them vicariously. From the comfort of my air conditioned home, which has hot showers, fresh coffee, and my comfy chair.
In my current series, MOONSTRUCK, I take alpha to the extreme. These six serialized novellas stand alone but follow one over-all plot arc–a group of paramilitary werewolves battling a corrupt corporation with the help of the women they meet and fall in love with. The women are just as strong as the Wolves. They have to be to deal with their mates. 😉 The sixth book, ROGUE MOON, just released and is available for Kindle as part of the KDP Select program at Amazon.
Rudek Tornjak is a Wolf without a pack. A man scarred by his past, he prefers it that way. While living in the shadows of the French Quarter, whispers of treachery and betrayal reach his ears—along with accusations implicating him in unthinkable acts. He comes out of hiding to confront his accusers only to discover he’s under a death sentence. On the run, he encounters Isabelle Fontaine, a woman with a past of her own she’d rather keep hidden. Family is everything to Izzy and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep hers safe. Crossing paths with a shadowy corporation and a rogue Wolf puts the people she cares about in jeopardy—not to mention her own life and heart. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are more personal under the full moon, but when a betrayed Wolf fights for his honor, no one is safe—not even the woman he loves. Warning: Doubt a Wolf’s honor and you’ll get a serving of hot blood and guts to go.
So here’s my question to all of you. Okay, questions. 😆 First, who’s an adrenaline junky? Raise your hands. Do you like extreme sports? Extreme vacations? Extreme living? Or would you rather read about/watch someone else taking all the risks? And final question, would you do something extreme if you could?
I’ll give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one commenter so they can go buy a book to feed their own adrenaline addiction. 😀
Allison here: Silver James is a long-time friend of all us gals at Murder She Writes and I was thrilled when, two years ago, I got to meet her in person in NYC, along with Toni. Silver is truly one of the kindest and fantastically interesting people I’ve met in this business — and why I love the writing community!
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