For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.
Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Alannah Lynne’s latest book “Matter of Time (Heat Wave Book 5)”. In this one, the author tells us about how she learned to drive a stick shift… and had a melt down with an “automatic”. LOL!!!
You’ll Never Believe… by Alannah Lynne
Before I make my confession, I’d like to point out this was many, many years ago, and that we lived in a rural part of southern Ohio… fifteen miles out in the country on a dirt road with very few neighbors. Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way… my dad taught me to drive when I was ten and a half. It was on his old Ford F150 pickup, with a three speed on the column. I could barely reach the pedals, so I’m not sure how I was able to push in the clutch, but where there’s a will… LOL He drew a diagram of the gears on a roll of paper towels, put the roll on the dashboard so I could see it, and then pretty much turned me loose on our farm.
But the madness doesn’t stop there. My dad owned a construction company, so by the time I was thirteen, I’d graduated to driving his fifteen-speed tandem dump truck. After I mastered that, I needed another challenge, so I hooked up the lowboy (the long trailer used for hauling equipment) and learned to drive around the farm with that. I got so proficient, I was able to back the truck with the lowboy through the gate with 1” of clearance on either side.
When I was fifteen, I finally learned to drive an automatic (although when I took my driver’s test for my license, I drove my mom’s stick shift). My brother had a massive jacked up four-by-four (my sister-in-law needed a step ladder to climb into it when she was pregnant). One afternoon, he was in a meeting with my dad and needed me to move it for him. I didn’t know how to drive it because it was an automatic, so like any panicked fifteen year old girl, I dissolved into a puddle of tears and begged him to move it himself. He just laughed at me, along with my dad and our oldest brother, and said, “You just put it in drive and go.” I can still remember shaking and crying as I climbed up into that big blue truck and tried to figure it out. Five minutes later I ran back into the house laughing and yelling, “That was so easy! And so much fun!” I drive an automatic now, but I still have mad love for a manual transmission; especially if it’s on a fast sports car, like the Cobra my husband and I had.
Blurb of Matter of Time (Heat Wave Book 5):
Some might think the phrase, “you complete me” is a just cheesy line from the movies, but Lizbeth Sanders knows better…
In MATTER OF TIME, Lizbeth has spent the past fifteen years desperately searching for someone to fill the void left by Logan Steele’s disappearance from her life. However, rather than finding love and happiness, all she’s found is disappointment, heartache, and an ever-present longing for the man she can never have.
Fifteen years ago, Logan Steele left the woman he loved to marry his high school sweetheart and be a father to the child he didn’t know he had. He’s always tried to do the honorable thing, to be a good husband and a great father, but despite his sacrifices and best efforts, the shaky foundation of his marriage crumbles and falls apart.
When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth, Logan feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.
About the Author:
Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.