Victoria Powers (the redhead on the right) is the only child of Brenda Powers, a single mother who lives in a trailer park on the edge of Belford (the town where Hometown is set). In 1994, at the time Hometown begins, Vicki is just shy of eighteen years old. Brenda is thirty-five.
In stark contrast to Angelina, Vicki is one of Belford’s Bad Girls. Not that she’s ever hurt anybody (okay, there have been a few brawls, but they totally started it, and she only ever fights people who can fight back) or stolen anything, or done anything unduly destructive (at least by the standards of a bored small-town teenager). She does like to drink and smoke (smoke what? What’ve you got?) and screw (more on that later), but those things are incidental, really. She’s the daughter of a drunken trailer park slut and an unknown or run-off father. She was always going to be one of the Bad Girls. People (mostly her classmates, but they’re certainly not alone) have been calling her a whore since she was in seventh grade. Authority figures from teachers to police officers consider her a troublemaker who needs to be put in her place.
Angelina Santos-De La Cruz (seen on the left above, with the leg injury) was born in late February of 1977, nine months to the day after her parents’ June wedding. At the time the Hometown begins, in the fall of 1994, she is seventeen.
Angelina is just a Good Kid in pretty much every dimension: she’s a shoo-in for valedictorian, she’s an athlete (captain of the field hockey team), she’s in the school choir, and she’s in all the school plays. The eldest of seven children, she got used to taking on responsibility early on, and she helps out a lot at home – once all those school activities are done, of course. She’s also an active participant at her family’s church, though she’s maybe not quite as devout a Catholic as they are (more on that later).
What’s more, she doesn’t fall into the trap of many a Good Kid and become self-righteous. She has friends among all strata of Belford High School society, and she doesn’t judge people for having a different life than she does. Many of the school’s bad girls – including Vicki – have waited for quite some time for the slut-shaming to begin before they realized it wasn’t going to.
And for those who do become her friend, there are certain benefits. She is fiercely loyal and fiercely protective, and while she’s not unusually large, her physical strength as an athlete and the self-defense techniques she was taught by her father – Belford’s chief of police – make her an effective protector indeed. Yes, this becomes an issue during the course of Hometown.
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The brave young women you see before you are Angelina Santos-de la Cruz and Vicki Powers, the heroines of my novel Hometown. I can’t tell you exactly what they’re facing because, well, that would be telling. This scene is from the end of the novel, and Angelina and Vicki are facing the final horror with nothing but a flathead screwdriver, an injured leg, and their indomitable wills.
The thing they’re facing might be in more trouble than it thinks.
Thanks to the talented MJ Barros for this marvelous interpretation of my two heroines.
One week from today, I will take Turning the Curse Part 1 down from my Amazon page. Going forward, I will only be posting novellas at Amazon once they’re completed, no more of this chapter-by-chapter stuff.
But don’t worry! The complete novella should be completed before too long, and until then, I’ve got some other stories on the way.
A brand new story up on Amazon for the first time in far too long! Here is the Amazon blurb:
It’s May Eve, and the full moon is shining down. Elizabeth Shipton is walking the moors outside McAllister’s Mill, and she is afraid.
For a beast has been harrying McAllister’s Mill for months – a werewolf. A half-human shape is spotted under the full moon, then, in the morning, half-human paw prints are found around ravaged flocks and herds.
No people have been killed yet, but Elizabeth fears that by coming out on this night, she may be volunteering to be the first. But that is a risk she must take, for she, alone out of all the people in McAllister’s Mill, knows who the werewolf is: the man she loves, William Archer.
Elizabeth doesn’t have the power or the skill to either fight the werewolf or protect him from his hunters, but there is one way she can save him: the werewolf’s blood rage cannot be stopped, but it can be redirected into other passions. To save the man she loves and the people of her town, Elizabeth Shipton offers herself up to the werewolf’s wild passions…and is shocked to find her own passions responding.
An homage to Hammer Films, Turning the Curse is an erotic supernatural romance.
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The world is ending not in fire or ice, but in terrible beauty. Download the chronicle of beautiful doom free at Amazon now through Thursday!
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