Did I mention that Mike and I got stuck driving in that wonderful (i.e. yucky, terrible, horrible) snowstorm that hit just before New Year's? Yeah, it was a blast, let me tell you.
We actually thought we were lucky. We'd stopped in Amarillo overnight and made it all the way to Colorado Springs before the snow literally just starting coming down in torrents. No visibility and traffic backed up for miles. What should have been about a 90 minute drive at that point (and this was after 18 hours on the road and an uncomfortable hotel stopover -- with the dog) ended up taking us between 3 and 4 hours. It was dark and freezing by the time we made it home.
Fortunately, because we'd started early enough, much of the snow driving was in daylight. Nice for many reasons, not the least of which bring that the roads would have been much worse at night.
Another good reason, I was sitting in the passenger seat and got in some good reading time as a distraction! I read half of Mary Burton's latest, Senseless.
It's been about six months since Eva Rayburn was released from her ten year prison stint for a murder she can't remember committing. Now in her late twenties, she's trying to get her life back on track and save up enough money to go back to college while keeping her past a secret from those around her. But when a body is discovered behind a homeless shelter where Eva sometimes volunteers, the police start looking at her as a possible suspect. The shelter was torched and the victim burned with a four pointed star, both clues pointing right back at Eva's own crime ten years ago when her sorority house burned to the ground and a fellow student was murdered. Eva walked away with her own four pointed scar and no memory of that night. Now she must figure out the truth behind the terrible events of her past in order to uncover the secrets behind her present.
Senseless is packed with suspense and Burton really did keep me guessing until the end. I'm curious to see what comes next for the characters. Eva's sister is the focus of Merciless, officially due out January 25.
And guess what! I've got a copy of Senseless to give away to one of my readers! Leave me a comment (with your email addy) here before midnight, Monday, January 17 to enter. I'll draw a name next Tuesday and email the winner. (US only, please.)
Good luck and happy reading!