Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wicked Pleasure Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop
Sept 7th thru Oct 7th
Welcome to my little corner of the scavenger hunt! Thanks for coming by today!
When I was considering just what to post, I thought it might be interesting to talk a little about the background of my latest story, Finally Ever After: Storm Duty. Last April 27, a series of powerful tornadoes devastated my home state of Alabama, and I lived through every minute of it, less than 50 miles from two towns completely leveled by EF5 storms.

At my dayjob as a customer service representative of an electric utility (yes, I am that mean woman in the power office—LOL), I got a firsthand view of the incredible damage wrought by these storms and the inspirational hard work and commitment of the linemen who literally worked day and night to get the power back on.
These guys were out on the ground while the winds were still blowing to make sure that people were safe. Then crews from all over the Eastern United States showed up by the hundreds to help restring lines to hospitals and schools and neighborhoods so that life could get back to normal and rebuilding could start.

I have never been so proud to be associated with a group as I was to be part of the massive restoration effort that took place those five days after the storms.
Finally Ever After: Storm Duty is really a love letter to my linemen, those ordinary yet heroic guys I know so well. So many of them had lost their own homes, but still made their job their first priority. Getting the electricity back on in a community isn’t just their job—they serve as front line responders in times of disaster and they treat power restoration as a vital part of the rescue and recovery work to be done.

I love these guys and wanted to be sure they got their due. Plus, I am here to tell you that linemen are HOT! It takes real muscle to do the work they do, plus brains to figure out the complexities of the modern electrical grid!
So the next time the wind blows hard or the ice falls and the power goes out, remember that somebody’s husband or boyfriend or father (wife, girlfriend, or mother too—props to my girl linemen out there ‘cause those ladies ROCK!) is out there right in the middle of it so that you can pop microwave popcorn and watch movies until the storm passes. Be nice to them!

By Leigh Daley
Their careers drove them apart--could disaster bring them back together?
In the aftermath of a series of tornadoes, Kyle Mathis just wants to guide his linemen to restore power to the devastated town of Milton. When reinforcements in the form of corporate deskjockeys come to work storm duty, he's glad for the extra bodies to help serve food and support the crews working eighteen hour days.
But Kyle is not prepared to face one of the latest arrivals, his ex-wife Jenna. Jenna left him years ago, choosing her career over their marriage. However, being back together in their home town brings back memories and desire--for both Kyle and Jenna.

Can Kyle and Jenna find each other again in the midst of the devastation? Or will their jobs pull them apart and leave not only their homes but their hearts shattered?

Finally Ever After: Storm Duty will be out October 12 from Musa Publishing and will be available for purchase at www.musapublishing.com as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks, and loads of other places.

Come visit me at www.leighdaleywrites.blogspot.com or as my fantasy writing alter ego Arley Cole at www.arleycole.blogspot.com. I’m on Facebook as Arley Cole with a Leigh Daley page.

I am also on Twitter as @arleycole and on www.fanfiction.net/~arcole! I am a serious fanfiction writer and do not apologize for it one bit. When I’m writing fanfiction, all my work improves and goes faster. So I keep writing fanfiction to keep those creative wheels greased. Come see me there! My WIP is a crazy urban romance called “You’re in Good Hands” that features the SUPERHOT Mayhem from the Allstate commercials and that pretty girl eating Werther’s caramels. I double-dog dare you to follow it!
Now for my SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION to win a $10 gift card from Musa Publishing!
Storm Duty is set during what natural disaster?
(Hint: I mention it early on!)

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  1. Tornadoes

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Hi Leigh,
    What a great Scavenger Hunt blog hop! This is fun! :-}
    The answer is: Tornadoes. <^_^>
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

  3. Awesome hunt/hop!! The answer is a series of tornadoes
    Ashley A

  4. Series of Tornadoes

  5. Tornadoes

  6. this is so much fun


    Charitysbookaddiction at hotmail dot com

  7. a series of tornadoes


  8. tornadoew

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  9. Tornadoes!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. tornadoes

    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  11. Scavenger hunts are so much fun. I'm having a very fun time so far.
    Tornadoes, something that I'm very afraid of.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  12. We were stuck on I95 in North Carolina in that storm and just a few feet from the tornado that dragged the 18 wheeler in front of us across the road the up over the guardrail. Crazy.

    Thanks and can't wait for the new release from Musa!

  13. a series of tornadoes .. awful things

    thanks for participating
    glhince at gmail dot com

  14. A series of tornadoes


  15. Answer: Tornado
    Thank you for this opportunity!


  16. Tornadoes, and thank you to all the linemen who go out and put themselves at risk to make sure we have power. Of course my kids and I always have fun when the power goes off. Since they can't play their video games, we pull out the camp lights and play board games. So they can always take a little longer to get to my street!!!

  17. Wow! I was offline for a bit sick, and I have come back to this fabulous list of comments!!! I hope everybody will check back for the winner on October 8!!

  18. Tornadoes, Thx for the Hunt.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com