Tall, Dark and Intimidating #mfrwhooks

My sci fi romance, Alien Contact for Runaway Moms, has two main threads, each with its own romance. So far, the hooks shared on this blog hop have highlighted the thread involving the search for the runaway mother. Today’s hook switches to the runaway’s thread.

Audra Verhailey, twenty-three years old, has accepted the help of an alien Kwadran, who guides her silently through the woods. As she hikes, she thinks through her reasons for running away to the alien’s island.

“I’m doing the right thing,” she whispered to herself as she tromped over fallen branches that cracked underfoot like gunshots from a pursuing posse. “The right thing, the right thing.”

Even Mom, a level-headed high school principal, had begged her to get Roxie away from the baby’s dad. I know, Mom said as she thrust a roll of bills into her purse, that Tom controls your money. And everything else, including makeup, clothes, friendships, thoughts. So take this and run away. Hide.

But no matter where I go, he’ll find me!

If you can just keep away from him for a month or two . . .

Mom was right, as usual. After a while, Tom would act as though he didn’t care that she’d left. He hated losing — but not as much as he hated people thinking he was a loser. For him, everything was about appearances.

So Audra knew she was doing the right thing…but being right didn’t mean her escape would end well.

So far, it couldn’t have gone worse. Tom’s paranoia made him hard to get away from, so she’d had to creep away in the middle of the night. Then her wallet, containing her driver’s license, credit card, and nine-hundred-eighteen dollars, was stolen on the ferry from Astoria to Kwadra Island, leaving her without friends, money, or even identification in an alien land. Anguish clung to her skin like filth that would never wash off.

Roxie was worth it all, of course, but Audra’s nerves were shot. Instead of being able to relax as she approached the ultimate in safety, she had to endure Mr. Tall Dark and Intimidating’s brooding silence. She couldn’t take his company much longer without screaming or lashing out or . . . or something.


  1. Be sure to check out the hooks by other great writers in the Book Hooks blog hop.
  2. Alien Contact for Runaway Moms goes live on September 1 and is available for pre-order. So order your copy now:


  1. So far I’m really enjoying my ARC, Ed!

    1. Glad to hear it, Lisabet. Now turn off the computer and go back to reading!

  2. Such an interesting scene. Tom sounds like an awful person.

    1. That’s the general idea. I had to make sure readers understood and identified with Audra’s risky decision.

  3. “Anguish clung to her skin like filth that would never wash off.” What a great line!

    1. Feel free to borrow it Kayelle. Er, no — steal it. (“Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”)

  4. interesting excerpt

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