Everyone has that special item that they tuck in a purse pocket, perch on their desk or drape over the foot of their bed. You know, that seemingly insignificant thing that somehow wards off any bad guys, bogeymen, or ne’er-do-wells who might try to do you harm. It could be as cliché as a rabbit’s foot or, if you’re religious, a rosary. For others, it might be a blanket passed down from one generation to the next. The Peanuts gang always made fun of Linus for his security blanket, but even as adults we hang onto those things that make us feel protected and loved.
My own personal talisman was a camping axe; I slept with it beside my pillow for several years of solo apartment dwelling (and that one time I had the creepy roommate who opened my door and watched me sleep. Tip: never trust Craigslist for electronics or living partners.). I’d picked it up before my first big camping trip, just in case I had to show some stray bear that he’d chosen the wrong tent to raid (N.B.: a bear would have used my mini axe for a toothpick after eating me, but such is the power of a talisman that I thought I could ward one off). My friends thought my choice in sleeping partners was weird, but as a woman living alone, my little axe gave me just enough peace of mind to get some much needed shut-eye every night. I never had to use it, thank goodness, but its presence lulled me into the belief that it would keep away anyone who might go bump in the night.
In Radio Silence, my heroine Arden and her best friend John flee their college town in the aftermath of an unknown cataclysmic event. They have a long hike ahead of them and they must pack light. One of the only items Arden carries with her is her Louisville Slugger, a gift from her dad when she moved across the country to attend school. She hopes that it can keep her and John safe; unfortunately, she is wrong. Luckily for her, John’s brother Gabriel intervenes when they are attacked, kicking off a contentious relationship that evolves from disdain to desire.
Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the “off” switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family’s cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.
It turns out isolation doesn’t necessarily equal safety.
When scavengers attack, it’s John’s ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden’s life, so he can’t be all bad…but he’s also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren’t bloodthirsty maniacs.
No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?
Book one of the Off the Grid series