Mind on the Run

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Reading has always been my favorite escape.

Well, that or champagne and chocolate on the beach. (In my fantasy world the champagne is always chilled, the chocolate rarely melts, and sand never creeps into uncomfortable places.)

I was neck-deep in winter and in desperate need of distraction when I wrote Don’t Bite the Messenger, my urban fantasy novella with Carina Press. For those of you fortunate enough to have avoided it, winter in Alaska is cold, deep, and still. I found myself wandering aimlessly or lying – salted slug-like – on the couch. Do any of you get the winter blahs like that? You find yourself craving Color. Motion. Excitement. Something to heat your blood and confirm you’re still alive and vital in the darkness.

I’d reread all my favorite books, read a few new ones, and watched every movie with a scene like this in it:

I needed more, and this is where Sydney Kildare, Malcolm Kelly, and the world of Messenger came from.

Anchorage, Alaska

The vampire population may have created an economic boom in Alaska, but their altered energy field fries most technology. They rely on hard-living—and short-lived—couriers to get business done…couriers like Sydney Kildare.

Sydney has survived to the ripe old age of twenty-six by being careful. She’s careful when navigating her tempestuous clients, outrunning hijackers and avoiding anyone who might distract her from her plan of retiring young to a tropical, vampire-free island.

Her attitude—and immunity to vampires’ allure—have made her the target of a faction of vampires trying to reclaim their territory. Her only ally is Malcolm Kelly, a secretive charmer with the uncanny habit of showing up whenever she’s in trouble. Caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, Sydney has to count on Malcolm to help her survive, or the only place she’ll retire is her grave…

Sydney is as determined as she is capable and, despite a rough upbringing, she’s still quick to laugh (don’t let that phenomenal cover fool you) and quicker to help people who need it. Malcolm is hiding secrets behind a charming smile, and his first encounter with Sydney leaves him wanting far more. All he has to do is keep up as she speeds through the frozen streets of Anchorage and beyond.

The story starts with a kiss, a car chase, and an explosion…and then it really gets going. Just what we need on a long winter’s night.

What’s your favorite escape? Is it in your imagination, or is it a real place? Where does your mind turn when it requires rest or revival?


Regan Summers lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and alien-monkey hybrid of a child.

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9 thoughts on “Mind on the Run”

  1. Diane Dooley says:

    In real life I cope with long winter nights with a roaring fire, chai tea, pots of homemade soup and escapist reading.

    In my imagination I’m travelling the world. I think it’s time to visit Alaska with Sydney as my guide.

    *packs thermal underwear*

    *clicks buylink*

  2. Kathy Ivan says:

    Reading has always been my escape, from reality, from my often boring work life, and from the “there’s nothing to watch on TV” life!

    I love reading and getting to know people and locations that come from another writer’s imagination. Congratulations on the new release!

  3. I can’t imagine keeping at all sane during the long winters in Alaska. You’ve found a great outlet for all the crazy. ;)

  4. Diane – Might I suggest thermo-nuclear underwear? It’s well below zero today!

    Kathy – What’s the deal with all those channels and nothing to watch? I’ve never walked away from a bookcase disappointed, nor does browsing shelves wear out my clicker finger.

    Tiffany – I wouldn’t call it “sane”, not exactly. :)

  5. Julie Rowe says:

    I can’t imagine getting through winter without books. They are the ultimate escape!

    Love the premise for Don’t Bite the Messenger and can’t wait to devour it.

    Go hard or die young!

  6. 'Fenika' says:

    Congrats on the book release!

    I am surviving the winter by steadily wrapping up my Buffy the Vampire Slayer box set DVDs. I don’t normally watch much TV, but in the winter I need an escape through visual media.

    I also like to read, write, and to wander through my mind and think up ideas which will never turn to words on paper. It all makes for a nice escape, along with more energetic hobbies like horseback riding… (during which I can pretend I’m a Great Equestrian ;) )

  7. I hope you enjoy it, Julie! Thanks for dropping in. :)

    Fenika – Buffy is all-season programming as far as I’m concerned, but she and the Scoobies totally make winter more bearable.

  8. eva hugh says:

    escape in reading one of my story collection in quit room!

  9. Danielle West says:

    My imagination for sure. Well, I guess the imagination of the authors that write the books that I read :) What I wouldn’t give to have those worlds in MY head and know all of the characters.

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