Friday, March 8, 2013

CRUMPLE ZONE follow up...


..more from Edith Parzefall's 
latest release     


CRUMPLE ZONE




                     Chapter Three



After passing through customs and immigration in Santiago, Lara boarded a plane to Calama, a mining town nine hundred miles north in the center of the Atacama Desert. 


From her window seat, she saw the snowy outline of the Andes, the brown peaks of the Cordilleras, and sometimes a strip of ocean and white sand. Anticipation chased away her nervousness. 

Waiting at the baggage claim, she sent her mother a text message saying she'd arrived safely. 

When she spotted her red suitcase, she hauled it off the conveyor belt, approached the car rental desk, and presented the printout of her reservation. “Hi, I've booked a Suzuki Vitara.”

The lady smiled up at her, took the paper, and punched keys, while scrutinizing the computer screen. “Ah, yes. You'll get an upgrade to a Nissan X-Trail.”

Lara's disappointment must have shown, because the woman added, “It would be twenty dollars more per day, but you get it without extra charge.”

“All right, it's just...the Suzuki is smaller and easier to maneuver.”

“Your driver's license, credit card, and passport, please.”

Lara gave up reading the Spanish contract and signed. She stepped outside into the afternoon sun. The dry air sizzled. Her gaze swept over the parking lot and beyond to the flat yellowish sand. Now she really had arrived in Chile.

She walked to the car rental pickup and showed the contract to a bored-looking man with a leathery, dark face. He pointed out a huge, black monster. She'd never driven such a beast.

When she sets out, little does she know she'll need all the crumple zone she can get... 








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8 comments:

Edith Parzefall said...

Thanks so much for posting this photo excerpt of Crumple Zone, Rosalie. It's always a pleasure to come visit you.

Francene Stanley said...

The scope and sweep of the landscape behind the car is amazing. I feel as if I'm right there with you. And your writing makes it so.

Silvia Villalobos said...

The pictures tell a very good story, Edith. The writing proves it. God, and it looks so much like the Nevada desert.

Karen said...

The pics are excellent and put me right there in the action. Believe me, I've been in a lot of high, dry desert, and it's for real. This makes me want to read the book!

Bob Sanchez said...

Sounds like another enjoyable story, Edith.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Great to be able to spread word about your new book Edith. Thanks everyone for dropping in. Chile is an amazing backdrop for this adventure.

Wendy said...

The vast desert plains in the photo and the 4wheel drive in the accident come through very clearly in the novel. It's just the right physical setting in which to explore the characters' arid state of mind. Very clever and quite scary at times,

Edith Parzefall said...

Thanks so much for dropping by, everyone. I'm happy you enjoyed the photos and excerpt.