Welcome to my post on the Breathless Press Naughty List Blog Hop! I figure, since we're being naughty and all, I'd make a confession that surely put me on the naughty list when I was younger. (I've done worse, but this all I'm willing to admit to right now! ;)
It was my senior year in high school, New Year's Eve. I was seventeen and going to a party with my friends. The problem was, I had a midnight curfew. I tried and tried to convince my mom to make it later...even 12:30 or 12:15, but she wouldn't budge. How could I celebrate New Year's with my friends if I had to be home when midnight struck?
My solution? I spent the night with my friend, Tina. She didn't have a curfew. Woo hoo! Party time! Mom suspected I was up to something, though. So she made me promise to call her at midnight, so she could be sure we were back at Tina's house.
How was I supposed to do that? We didn't have cell phones back then. The party consisted of a bunch of people backing their pickup trucks around a bonfire in the middle of a pasture. (I grew up in the country...what can I say?)
So, no cell phone to call mom with, but we also didn't have GPS or caller ID. So, at ten till midnight, Tina and I drove up to a payphone on the side of the road. I popped in a quarter and dialed my parents' house. A huge eighteen-wheeler barrelled by as soon as she picked up the phone.
Busted. Or so I thought. I'm sure my voice was tipped with panic, but maybe mom had been asleep. I told her I was at Tina's house and everything was fine...even as more cars whizzed past. She said okay, and we got off the phone.
Now, I don't know if she really knew what was going on and just let me get away with with, or if I really fooled her. (I'm sure I'll find out once she reads this post!) But when I look back on it, it was way too easy. My own children are going to have to be a lot more creative if they ever plan on sneaking out. They'll have to keep their GPS turned on at all times, so I can track them!
I can think of quite a few other naughty things Tina and I did as teenagers, but I think I'll end my confession right here. For my blog hop prize, I'm giving away an autographed, paperback copy of my novel To Catch a Spirit.
I thought this novel would be appropriate, because I named a minor character after Tina. *Disclaimer-- The character is NOT based on my actual friend. The real Tina is much more shy and reserved than the Tina in the book. But the way the two characters interact does reflect our friendship.
If you'd like to win a copy of To Catch a Spirit, just leave a comment on this post. I'll pick a random winner at the end of the hop. *You do have to live in the United States to win, though, since it's going to be shipped through the mail.
Here's what To Catch a Spirit is about:
But the ghost is the least of Logan’s problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it’s about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.
Sex and money. That’s all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he’s plagued with recurring visions of his future wife’s death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He’s given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She’s everything he’s ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.
If she’ll even have him. Allison’s lost too much already – her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can’t help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment…and ghosts…or face spending the rest of her life alone.