Greetings and welcome to my first blog for Sneak Peek Sunday.
Today I am giving you a sneak peek into my YA speculative novel, Lockdown. The theme of this novel is chaos. It looks at how people behave when life is suddenly changed—forever.
A rare great earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest when Rowan Morgan, her brother Michael, and their friend Jake are in the forest. They find their way back to the suburban streets as aftershocks continue to shake the earth:
The dark-shirted man hit the ground. The woman curved her body over her baby’s. Michael, Jake, and I dived for the sidewalk and covered our heads. I couldn’t stop myself from peeking out from the crook of my arm. The house in front of me shimmied in a violent voodoo jig. The last of the glass in the front windows splattered across the lawn. I covered my ears and hoped it wasn’t another big one. How long would it go on?
An explosion on the other side of the street made me lift my head again. The house by the live power line burst into flames. In front of me the woman with the baby wailed loudly. The man crawled over to her side. Somewhere a dog howled. Oliver? No. The tone was too deep. People screamed. Goosebumps ripped up and down my arms.
When the tremor ended, the sidewalk had a six-foot trench in the middle of it.
Jake took one look and erupted in loud, nervous laughter. He sat and hugged his knees to his chest. Then he threw back his head and laughed louder.
Suddenly I was laughing too. People might be dying I reminded myself. Why am I laughing? But I couldn’t stop. Jake and I laughed until we were breathless and tears ran down our faces.
Michael lay flat on his back with his eyes closed. He had bitten his bottom lip and blood dripped down his chin.