Aftermath of a Hurricane

 

I live in southeastern PA. You can’t see it on the photo above because Hurricane Sandy is sitting on top of where I live. I have to admit, it sucked being out of power and water for a few days, though to my surprise, the lack of electricity didn’t last as long as last year’s October snowpocalypse. My trees all stayed standing up and I only lost a few branches and a bit of roof flashing. Last year great hunks of my trees tore off in the snow, so in all, this year for me hasn’t been that bad.

Unfortunately, others weren’t so lucky. I lived in New Jersey for over ten years and used to work in Manhattan. Today I finally got my internet back and was able to look at some pictures, read some articles. I had to stop. I ended up in tears. Places I’d visited, vacationed, and spent all my time at are irrevocably changed.

What didn’t surprise me? The reports of how good people were to each other. I am not at all surprised by this. Once, in one of those crippling blizzards (1993 maybe? I can’t remember exactly) I remember trying to struggle through the streets of Manhattan over piles of snowdrifts. I kept falling. Each and every time I went down someone dashed over and helped me up. This wasn’t the only time the generosity of New Yorkers astounded me. I once had a whole pile of strangers help me get my car unstuck in the East Village. I could go on, but it’s not important.

In the wake of this terrible storm I just want to sit in my (now warm) house and revel in the feeling of joy I suddenly have — the human race isn’t all violent. People are still nice. Yesterday I talked to three of my neighbors and all of them were caring and sweet and wanted to help, even though I was trying to help them at the same time. This is what restores my faith in humanity when I’ve been bombarded with vile news headlines every day.

I just want to say: Thank You. Thank you everyone.

Storms! Earthquakes! Various bad things! How about a free copy of Love Storm?

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I adore hate stormy weather/disasters. I’m alternately frightened and exhilarated by them. Thunderstorms, hail, blizzards: generally you’ll find me frantically updating the weather app on my phone and monitoring three different radars on my desktop computer when bad weather looms. My all-time favorite weather movie EVER is Twister (sadly, I can still quote lines: “Debris!” *characters watch sticks fly past the car window-then an airborne bovine* “Cow!”).

When I was a little girl, my dad liked to take me outside during electrical storms. We’d sit on the porch and watch  lightning flash in the sky. This made my mom CRAZY with worry (sorry mom!). My current house has been struck by lightning twice. Here is the stump of a tree we had to take down from a strike:

I’ve been in floods (link: I worked in Manhattan during that particular flood and saw cars floating past my office window). Blizzards. Several hurricanes. Ice-storms. I was even in an earthquake last year and terribly disappointed when I felt nothing (I was in the middle of the mall in DC! Close to the epicenter! I didn’t feel even a rumble! ARGH-so frustrating). Someday I swear I’m going to go tornado chasing, maybe when my kids are grown. In the meantime, I console myself with fiction: The Day After Tomorrow is my second favorite weather movie (I’m a bit of a disaster-movie buff). One of my favorite books is (a gift from my brother): The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told. Oh, and don’t forget Volcano (the coast is toast-bwaahahaha!) and Dante’s Peak (I have to admit I have NO DESIRE WHATSOEVER to experience a volcano up close and personal. I’m a little obsessed, but I’m not INSANE).

Oh, and let’s not forget Love Storm. The book I wrote about weather and the natural world going crazy. I had a seriously awesome time writing this novel. I completely geeked out with my characters. The heroine is named Zoe Brooke. Um, yeah. Water reference anyone? 😀 Care to figure out what the names of the heroes mean?

Sean Adham: _______

Charles Aponivi: _______

Whoever guesses the meaning of both of their last names first (post your answers as comments) will receive a free ebook of Love Storm when it releases on Tuesday, May 8 from Siren-BookStrand. Click here to read an excerpt.

 

Categories: Erotic RomanceContemporaryMenage a Trois/QuatreParanormal
Word Count: 61,567
Heat Level: SEXTREME
Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

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[Ménage Amour: Erotic Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/F with M/M, light bondage, HEA]

Zoe Brooke found her life in art, trying to exist on her own terms. Sean Adham found it in work, knowing that money couldn’t provide what he truly desired. Charlie Aponivi found his in study, never expecting more. With dreams their only guide, how will they find each other?

Zoe, Sean, and Charlie know they must bond to survive, but kidnappers are out for their blood. Sean knows he needs his bondmates, but even with his money and influence, he finds no trace. Zoe knows who Sean is, but fears how her life will change if she surrenders to a biological compulsion. Charlie risks everything to meet his lovers and almost loses his life.

How will they come together when Charlie is captured and Chicago is bombed? When they confront the couple behind it all, will they be able to control their power? Or will the storm they call destroy them?

A Siren Erotic Romance