Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Welcome Angela Hunt!

Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to feature friend and fab author Angela Hunt today.

If you know of Angela Hunt, you know you're going to get a great read. Angie is one of the most prolific writers and readers I know.

Her latest contemporary novel, THE ELEVATOR (Steeple Hill), will be available in book stores June 26! Furthermore, she has just signed paperwork for the novel to become a Lifetime TV movie!

Get caught in The Elevator!
In the path of a devastating hurricane, three very different women find themselves trapped in the elevator of a high-rise office building. All three conceal shattering secrets —unaware that their secrets center on the same man.

The betrayed wife, eager to confront her faithless husband, with rage in her heart and a gun in her pocket . . .

The determined mistress, finally ready to tell her lover she wants marriage and a family . . . The fugitive cleaning woman, tormented by the darkest secret of all . . .

As the storm rages ever closer, these three must unite to fight for their lives in the greatest test of courage — and faith —any woman could ever face.

Reviews of The Elevator
"Prolific novelist Hunt knows how to hold a reader's interest, and her latest yarn is no exception . . . Readers may decide to take the stairs after finishing this thriller."
--Publishers Weekly

"...a brilliantly plotted novel...the hurricane approaching the Florida coast is no match for the storm brewing inside the claustrophobic confines of a high-rise elevator. ...Be prepared to lose some sleep until you reach the last page!"
Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Thorn in My Heart

"Hunt traps three women in an elevator during a hurricane, dangling them, and the reader, from a tangled web of interconnected deceit, failure, crime and fear. ...The Elevator...creates the perfect set-up to keep you turning pages long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep. ...Loved it."
Lisa Samson, award-winning author of The Church Ladies, Songbird and Straight Up.

Where'd Angie get the idea?

Easy - the cover of Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down."

I had picked up that book for my book club to read, and I found myself staring at the cover, which featured the shoes of four different people against a background of sky. Then I naturally began to think about people trapped in a crucible . . . like an elevator.

And though that'd be tense, what would make the situation worse? Maybe the arrival of a hurricane? Next thing I knew, I pretty much had the plot synopsis in my head. All that remained was working it out . . . and finding a way to keep a reader's attention (a bit of a challenge when most of the book is set in an elevator!)

And now I'd like to offer you fifteen fun things to do the next time you're caught in an elevator!
1. Grin at another passenger for a while, then announce, "I'm wearing new socks!"

2. Make race car noises when anyone gets on or off.
3. Whistle the first seven notes of "It's a Small World" over and over and over . . .

4. Open your purse, peer inside, and ask, "Got enough air in there?"

5. Stand silent and motionless against the back, facing the wall, until everyone else gets off.
6. Greet everyone getting on with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Queen of the Universe.
7. Meow.

8. Start a sing-along. "Kum by yah" works well.

9. Say "DING!" at each floor.

10. Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.

11. Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and then go back for more.
12. Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers (you'll know all about these after reading THE ELEVATOR!).
13. Take pictures of everyone aboard with your cell phone - even if it doesn't have a camera.
14. When there's only one other person aboard, tap them on the shoulder and pretend it wasn't you.
15. Hold a copy of THE ELEVATOR, read it, and keep moaning, "Why didn't I take the escalator?"

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Georgiana D said...

#14, LOLOLOL! I'm going to do that one! Sounds like a fun read, and I'll be interested to see just how she pulls off a novel inside and elevator. Thanks for the laugh!

Megan DiMaria said...

I'm looking forward to reading The Elevator. And -- thanks for the laugh. I can't wait to get on an elevator and try some of those suggestions.

A prisoner of hope,

Stacia said...

OMG - the 15 things to do an elevator had be laughing so hard I almost peed - I swear - LOL! Hope ya don't mind, I had to swipe it & share it with my myspace buddies :o)

Sabrina L. Fox said...

I can't wait to pick up this book, but I tell ya, the elevator advice had me cracking up. I've been riding the same rickety elevator for nearly 15 years everyday at work...I will laugh every day now thinking of these suggestions. ;)