Moonlight Mile is part of Set in Stone, a multi-author series published by Changeling Press.
Automated vehicles are the inspiration behind Moonlight Mile.
My cover artist – the one and only Angela Knight.
In a future where robotic vehicles control the roadways, the once common skill of driving is a thing of history. As a result the popularity of retro street racing — vintage cars running on fossil fuels with humans at the wheel — is the new rage. Street racing is loud, gritty, dangerous and real. The fans crave it.
Sugar Evans loves to drive fast cars with powerful engines. It’s her legacy. She’s determined to win the race her father lost fifteen years ago in the Moonlight mile, the final and decisive mile of one of the toughest nighttime races on the circuit. To win, she has to beat top contender Callan MacQuaid.
On the eve of the big race, Mac finally meets challenger Sugar Evans. She’s beautiful and sexy hot, both on and off the course, but tonight Mac doesn’t want to compete.
A sensual grin curved his lips and his gaze slid slowly south, causing a sharp rise in Sugar’s heart rate. She took a drink, letting the ice-cold beer cool her off.
“Excited about the race tomorrow?” Sugar glanced around the room. “Isn’t everyone?”
Patrons at a nearby table began to shout and cheer, making conversation more difficult. MacQuaid leaned down. “Shall we sit outside?”
Sugar wondered if hanging around the competition was the best move, but MacQuaid intrigued her. She followed his career, but this was the first opportunity she’d had to speak to him.
He placed a hand on her shoulder and guided her through the packed bar to an outside patio. The metal tables were painted with the racing numbers and colors of the champion drivers. He chose a table for two in the far corner, bearing his racing number, and pulled out a chair. The air was hot and sultry, but at least they would be able to talk without shouting at one another.
“Number nineteen. So you’re Callan MacQuaid?” she asked, wondering if inviting women to his table got him laid.
“My friends call me Mac. We can sit at table forty-three if you prefer, Ms. Evans.”
She was flattered he’d recognized her. “My friends call me Sugar and there isn’t a table forty-three, but there will be.”
He smiled. “You looked good on the track today. Should I be worried?”
She hadn’t been aware MacQuaid had been watching. “Very.”
“Is Ace still your mechanic?”
“He is,” Sugar said. “Dad’s the best in the business.”
“I tried to hire him last year. Now I know why he refused. You’re a good driver.”
Her father hadn’t said a word. MacQuaid paid top dollar while she and her father operated on a shoestring budget. “Racing is in our blood.”
“It rubbed off on me,” Mac said. “I grew up wanting to be Ace Evans. How I envied you.”
“Every time he won, there you were in his arms helping him hold up that trophy. I wanted to be in that winning circle with him.”
“You decided to do something better,” Sugar said. “Hold up your own trophy.”
“Yeah. Ace inspired me.”
Talking with Mac was easy. Although their backgrounds were completely different, they both loved racing. Although she was raised around a sport dominated by men, she’d avoided dating other racers. Sexy as sin, Mac might be the exception.
Mac reached out and took her hand. “I’m glad you’re back on the circuit, Sugar.”
She’d crashed a couple of years ago. Although she’d walked away her vehicle had been totaled. Cars were expensive, and even though her last name was Evans companies weren’t lining up to sponsor her. Things had finally turned around. “I’m glad to be back.”
He ran his ran thumb over her palm, a slow intimate stroke that made her think about things she shouldn’t. Not tonight and not with him. Her mind, her total focus had to be on the race.
Sugar finished her beer and stood. “Thanks.”
“Join me for another?”
“Getting to know you isn’t a good idea, Mac.” “Why not?”
“I’m going to win tomorrow and I can’t afford to feel sorry about handing you your ass at the finish line.”
He stood “Let me walk you home?”
“I know my way home, MacQuaid.”
He slipped his arm around her waist. “I insist, Evans.”
Moonlight Mile is part of Set In Stone, a multi-author series published by Changeling Press. Each book title is a song title. Every story is unique.
I have two books in the Set In Stone series:
Moonlight Mile, an erotic futuristic romance
Play With Fire, a paranormal dragon shifter romance
Moonlight Mile available at Changeling Press, Amazon, B&N and iTunes