Please welcome Linda Conrad to the convertible today! Let's all wish her a Happy 25th book! Linda is giving away a copy of one of her books to one lucky commenter today!
What Am I Doing? Where Was I Supposed to Be?
I must be getting old. Shusssh. Who said that?
I’ll be darned if I can do a single thing anymore without putting it on my “to-do-list” and then checking it twice. Take today for instance; I was thrilled to be asked to blog here and agreed instantly. Uh, and then much later I checked my calendar. So, I (like I suppose many of you are) am off today to the Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando. I will check in as often as possible. Promise. And I may see some of you at the Literacy Signing tonight.
Back to this blog; I know I planned on mentioning my two current books out for Silhouette Romantic Suspense: HER SHEIK PROTECTOR was on the July list and COVERT AGENT’S VIRGIN AFFAIR is my August release. I was going to mention them…somehow. But for the life of me I can’t remember now how I planned to do that. Sigh. I didn’t write it down. (or I can’t find my list)
Anyway, here’s a fun excerpt from HER SHEIK PROTECTOR:
Rylie stared at the back of the closed door, still waiting for Darin’s return and to hear him say he needed her help. Ten seconds. Forty. One minute. Two.
Okay, she got that he was worried about her. Really she did. But she’d also hoped he was coming to know the person she was inside. The person who could never in a million years wait around in safety, sitting on her hands while someone she cared about worked to save her life.
Two hours later Rylie’s ears were popping again as she crept through the quiet corridors, looking for any sign of Darin or the Taj Zabbar kidnapper. The train must be heading lower, going in the direction of the lake below the mountains. Rylie could almost feel gravity pulling her downward.
The train rounded a steep u-curve right then, and Rylie got a good view through the windows into another corridor as the snaking cars doubled back on themselves. There, maybe only two or three train-car lengths ahead, she saw two men locked in mortal combat in the well-lit corridor of a sleeping car.
She pushed through pressurized door locks and tramped across the little bridges called vestibules that connected two cars. Through one car. Then into the next.
Then she heard a noise coming from the end of the car. It sounded as though someone had momentarily gone through the pressurized door onto the next vestibule. Shoving hard to open the door, she blinked at sudden air movement and turned her head in that direction.
To her amazement, she saw shoes…well, feet with shoes on them…as they disappeared up a ladder that she’d never noticed before. A ladder to the roof of the train? Why?
After she heard a distant shout, sounding for all the world like Darin’s voice, the why didn’t seem too important. If he could chase someone to the roof of a train, she could follow.
And I was going to tell you that COVERT AGENT’S VIRGIN AFFAIR is my twenty-fifth book for Silhouette. Apparently that is some sort of milestone. But I still can’t remember what else I was going to say.
Does that happen to you? My short term memory is shot, but I’m much better at long term. How about you? Here’s a little memory quiz to check for yourself.
1) What was the name of your first pet? (mine was Slinky the cat)
2) Who was your first best friend? (not counting relatives, mine was Janet in first grade)
3) What’s your first memory? (mine is playing in the snow for the first time in New York. I was four and had always lived in Miami)
4) What’s the first book you can remember reading all by yourself? (Winnie the Poo)
There you go. I don’t even remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I remember these things. How about you? Give it a try and let us know how your memory is now. Have fun!
To celebrate my twenty-fifth book release, I’m giving away one lucky commenter’s choice of either HER SHIEK PROTECTOR or COVERT AGENT’S VIRGIN AFFAIR. Post those memories to win!
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