Welcome to the Strangers on a Train blog tour! Strangers on a Train is a series of five short, sexy stories releasing today, April 2, 2013. Written by Serena Bell, Donna Cummings, Samantha Hunter, Ruthie Knox, and Meg Maguire, the stories explore the thrill and heat of meeting a romantic stranger in an unusual setting.
In my Strangers on a Train story, Ticket Home, the hero stalks the heroine’s commute home determined to win her back. Writing Ticket Home, I thought a lot about the train rides in my own life.
I love trains—the sound of them, the even quality of the ride, the way a train is fixed in its tracks. Your car goes everywhere you take it, but a train belongs to the destinations it serves and the scenery it provides. On a train, you don’t have to keep your eyes on the road the way you do in a car, and nothing blocks your view of the world, the way clouds do from an airplane window. You can fully experience both the scenery and the interior of the train—its peculiarities and its people.
And no two rides are alike—the repetition and familiarity of a commute feels totally different from the adventurous thrill of going somewhere completely new—like the time my parents took me on the train to see my exotic, perfume-scented great aunt in her white-carpeted New York City penthouse.
Here’s a little bit from Ticket Home about the feel of Amy’s commute (which happens to be that same train that carried me on my adventure to my great aunt’s apartment):
She hesitated, but her need to get away overrode everything else. She took her laptop case and followed the conductor, not looking back but feeling Jeff’s gaze on her neck. Trailing down the length of her spine, following the flare of her hip, teasing its way down her thighs. Yes.
Safely ensconced several cars down under the watchful eye of her new protector, Amy gazed out the window as her heartbeat steadied. The train ran express from here into the city, gathering speed and pouring itself along the rail until its rhythms synchronized with hers. She felt its hum in her bloodstream and in the soles of her shoes, and she watched the landscape change like video in fast forward, scraggly growth on the embankment giving way to an industrial landscape and then to the open plains that surrounded Co-op City, the buildings like quadrangular tumors.
The train began its elevated journey over the tops of the multifamily units in the Bronx, and she played the game she always played, trying to imagine the families that crammed into those boxy, exposed houses—the mothers who hung their underwear out for the commuters to see, the children who played on those balconies and back porches, some of which should have been condemned.
He had not followed her, and she breathed more easily.
They stopped at the 125th Street station. Here, the city finally began to edge in close to the tracks, and buildings crouched, blocking out the world. The train was packed now. A heavy woman with a frayed backpack sat down beside Amy. The woman and the backpack crowded her, but she didn’t mind. If anything, she felt safer.
Then they were underground. Inside the tunnel, features flickered into and out of existence, advertisements and station signs rushing past as Metro-North’s route merged with the New York City subway. She was almost there. She prayed he’d given up.
Tell me about your favorite train rides. Are they well-worn tracks, like the commutes in Ticket Home and Thank You for Riding? Or are they adventures or personal challenges, like the rides in Back on Track, Big Boy, and Tight Quarters? When you think of the train rides you love most, do you think of scenery? The inside of the car? The voice of the conductor? The people you rode with? The place you ended up?
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KATHLEEN POWER is the winner – thanks all for blogging with us!!
About the Book:
Strangers on a Train
April 2, 2013
Romancing the rails…
Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter
Reid isn’t happy about the mix-up that saddles him with a claustrophobic roommate on his New York train tour. Then his weekend with Brenna progresses to a weekend fling, and so much more.
Ticket Home by Serena Bell
Encountering her workaholic ex on her commuter train is the surprise of Amy’s life. Especially since Jeff seems hell-bent on winning her back.
Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire
At the end of Caitlin’s commute, her extended flirtation with a handsome stranger finds them facing a frigid winter night locked in an unheated subway station.
Back on Track by Donna Cummings
A wine tour isn’t enough to take Matt’s mind off his baseball slump—until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…
Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
Mandy doesn’t want romance, but monthly role-playing dates with her stranger on a train—each to a different time period—become the erotic escape she desperately needs. And a soul connection she never expected.
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Serena Bell; Ruthie Knox; Samantha Hunter; Meg Maguire; Donna Cummings
About the author:
Serena Bell writes stories for Harlequin Blaze, Loveswept, and Samhain about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better.
Serena wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that’s particularly useful now that she’s the mother of two school-aged children.
She recently survived a cross-country move and is still plucking dishtowels out of her lingerie drawer. When she’s not scribbling stories or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by a seven-year-old, she’s practicing modern dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, needlepointing, hiking, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices.