I love gadgets, bonus for futuristic technomagical ones. If a given gizmo could
conceivably appear in both a James Bond film and a Bruce Sterling story, it is
sure to twitterpate my fangirl heart. So of course my hero for WANTED AND WIRED had to be
plugged in. But this is a romance, right, so less gore and more hotness.
Which of made me think of cars. My first car was a 1966 Mustang (4-barrel 289),
and I loved the way that girl roared when she topped out. So, keeping that
feeling in mind, the manuscript and I played a bit of what-if.
After a while, Mari shrugged and settled down into the leather seat, facing
forward. “Well, I’ll work on the bloodthirsty, but it’d be a damn shame if I
reformed completely, ’specially before I get to test out your cannon here.” She
nodded to the gearshift, still unwilling to let it go.
Out the wing-shaped windows, the desert stretched endless and black with no feds
in sight, but she knew they were out there, looking for her. Hunting her. Being
prey didn’t feel so stark as long as she had a weapon in her hands.
Especially this weapon. She cricked her index finger, and the emplacement
shifted, responding perfectly to her touch. The barrel was way too short for a
conventional load at this caliber. Might be electromagnetic. Whatever its inner
workings, she was pretty sure it was fully integrated with the car.
And so, she suspected, was Heron.
Mari firmed her fist on the gearshift, slipping her palm down to the base. A
corresponding twitch fluttered over his jaw.
Holy crapfire. He felt it.
Felt her grip on the stick, felt her shifting the cannon. Felt her palm tracing
in metal the shapes she would like to be making over his body. The certainty
bloomed simultaneously in her mind and between her legs.
“You’ll have your chance in about seven minutes.” His voice was tight, clipped.
No way could they be thinking about the same thing. She bit her lip to keep from
“We don’t have any live targets right now, but we will shortly. My inputs are
showing a roadblock up ahead. Their lasers are hot, but our shielding will hold.
We will be in range within six minutes.”
She panned her gaze across the desert. She couldn’t see anything yet, which
wasn’t surprising considering how fast they were going. But she did discern a
shift in the pattern of the black sand horizon, a shudder of shapes. She leaned
forward until her forehead mashed against the windshield and turned her head to
She had to let loose of the gearshift when she moved, and she thought she heard
Heron sigh. Regret or relief?
But she didn’t have much time to ponder, because right up there, smack-dab in
front of them but up in the air, the sky looked a whole lot darker than it had
any right to be. No stars, just black, a giant black, and headed right for them.
“Um, Heron? Remember when you said that we were safe from everything but the
hand of God?”
“Don’t look up.”
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Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a
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she writes, mostly fantastical or futuristic or kissing-related stories. When
she isn’t writing, she’s performing a sacred duty nurturing the next generation
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Wowsers. Thanks for the introduction and excerpt! Love it. (Kathleen Bylsma 9:14pm April 11)
Interesting... caught my attention... I am a big superhero fan... my fav Batgirl (Colleen Conklin 9:36pm April 11)
My favorite is Iron Man! This sounds like a great read (Shakeia Rieux 12:05pm April 12)
Love the excerpt. This sounds very different from most romance novels that I read. Thanks for the chance. (Tanja Dancy 12:35pm April 12)
My favorite is Thor. Sounds interesting. Thank you for the introduction. (Valerie Miller 8:26am April 12)
I've always loved the Batman cars! They are sooo sleek and sexy too! I love that there is something new that always pops up and it has technology everywhere! Pretty intense intro. (Tracey Concannon 9:28am April 12)