What better to get us over the hump of the week, sliding back down hill to the weekend, than visiting with Dane and Sara from ESCAPE TO MY ARMS? I love it when fictional characters take time out of their busy lives to share with us!
So Dane--I love that name by the way--tell me about yourself? What are your strengths & weaknesses?
I’m an outdoorsy kind of guy. I like to hunt and fish and go to the range for target practice. My biggest strength is probably that I know a lot of survival skills that don’t involve any kind of gadgets. I can navigate with only a compass and a map, I can kill and cook my own food, I can pump my own water from my well. I’m pretty self-sufficient. My biggest weakness is that I don’t let people in to know me on a deeper level than just being the guy having a beer at the bar.
That's a problem for a lot of guys, but it's good that you are so self-aware. What’s your family like and how does your upbringing affect you now?
My family is all gone so I’m on my own. Being on my own has really affected a lot about me. It’s the reason I am a bit withdrawn from people, the reason I live in the cabin and the reason I am so content with living on my own. I’ve been on my own so long now that it’s hard to remember what it’s even like to have a family.
That must be a lonely existence. If you could pick any tangible object to symbolize you, what would you pick and why?
Probably my bow. It’s strong and powerful even if it doesn’t come off that way. I take aim, fire and hit my target, always getting what I want.
How did you and Sara meet? And what was your first impression of her?
We met when I shot at her truck in the woods. In my defense, her truck shouldn’t have been on my property in my woods. Luckily I only hit the truck and not her. My first impression was that this girl who tried to defend herself with a teeny tiny pocketknife was way out of her element and that she was probably going to be a pain in the ass. I was right.
Ooh! So what DO you like about Sara?
What’s not to love? She’s smart and funny and sarcastic. She’s resourceful and surprisingly prepared for any situation. And I do mean any situation. Good thing too or that would have been an uncomfortable evening for me. She’s a quick learner and a good listener. And she’s hot. Have you seen her in a tank top? Damn. My darlin’ is fine.
On that note, let's turn the tables for a minute and ask Sara a few questions. Sara, tell me about yourself? Strengths, weaknesses?
I’m your average kind of girl. Except that I have a hidden bunker with my family full of supplies that will help us survive the end of the world as we know it, should it ever happen. My biggest weakness is that I haven’t trained with any kind of weapons. I’m sure that makes me easier prey if the time ever comes. But for now, it doesn’t bother me that much. I don’t want to fight anyway. I’m not a fighting kind of person. My biggest strength is probably my resourcefulness and problem solving. I can usually see a problem and plan how to fix it before it even becomes an issue.
What’s your family like and how does your upbringing affect you now?
My family is the reason why I got into the prepping lifestyle. They were all big into being prepared for anything and I guess it just rubbed off on me. After a while, adding supplies like clothes and food to a hidden bunker each month just started to feel normal. Now I can’t imagine what I’d do without the bunker and my prepper family.
Okay. Now that we've got the basics out of the way, let's go for a juicy one. Describe Dane for us. What was your first impression of him and did it change over time?
I was terrified of Dane when we met. He was this big, scary guy with a gun and I didn’t know what he’d do to me after he found me on his property. Lucky for me, Dane is only big and terrifying on the outside. Inside he’s a big mush. My opinion totally changed to seeing him not as a threat but as an ally. Now he’s my big, muscley protector!
He is at that! But is there anything about Dane that you would consider a flaw?
He’s stubborn and set in his ways. Did I answer that too quickly? He knows what he wants, what he likes and what he’s willing to do. Try to get him to change something that his mind is set on and you may as well be trying to make a pig learn to fly. It just isn’t going to happen.
I believe it! How about a lighter question? If you had an unexpected free day, what would you do with it?
If I had a free day… a free normal day… I’d find a beach somewhere, sit in the sand, drink a fruit beverage and watch the water. I can almost feel the breeze on my cheeks now.
Sounds wonderful about now! Thank you for stopping in and sharing yourselves with us today.
Thank you so much for having Dane and I here today to chat! We had a great time!
Thank you so much for having Dane and I here today to chat! We had a great time!
My pleasure! You can check out ESCAPE TO MY ARMS by clicking on the following links:
Find out more about Heather Thurmeier by going to her website at:
Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.
Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.
Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?
Love the premise! Here's an excerpt:
Sara sipped her wine and nibbled on another square of chocolate. He was right. Again.
They didn’t know what would happen in the future. Hell, they didn’t even know if there was a future to look forward to at this point. So why shouldn’t they enjoy the moments like this one while they could? Moments when they were safe, warm, fed, and comfortable. They might not get many more nights like this if things kept getting worse, as they seemed to be. Best to savor the time while you had it instead of squandering it away with fights.
At this point, she didn’t even know what future awaited her at the bunker. Would she live with her family for the rest of their lives, never to interact with people from the outside world again? That’s sort of what they wanted, wasn’t it? Wasn’t that why they hadn’t told anyone about the bunker, because they couldn’t trust anyone?
What if this was her last night on her own? It might be her last night to live her life however she wanted to before she had to start making group decisions with her family.
“You’re right.” She polished off the last of her wine in a big gulp. Her head already swirled with the effects of the alcohol. She’d always been a lightweight when it came to getting drunk. Tonight would be no different. Good thing she’d planned to stop at one this evening. She had other plans for the rest of the night.
“Right about what exactly? I said a bunch of stuff.”
She put her wineglass on the floor and took his hand in hers. “You were right about enjoying this moment we have tonight since we don’t know what the future holds, or even if we have a future.”
“Does this mean I’m forgiven?” He smiled, squeezing her hand.
“Yes. And then some.”
Sara took the wineglass from his hand and set it down next to hers, then straddled his lap, resting her hands on his chest. She pressed her mouth to his, delighting in the surprise on his face.
She wasn’t a throw-caution-to-the-wind kind of girl, but for once she was going to do just that, since she didn’t know if she’d have wind to be cautious of later on. Tonight, she’d live by her feelings. Tomorrow she’d go back to surviving.
Great excerpt! Well what are y'all waiting for? Click on over to Amazon and pick a copy up!