For my second blog tour of the day, I am delighted to be able to share an extract from Joanie Chevalier’s travel adventure, The Bus Ride, with you all. Many thanks to Joanie, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in this tour.
When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.
Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.
After being busnapped and everyone receiving a nickname from Devon, the busnapper, they get a chance to band together to save their fellow passengers, the Garcia Family, from their niece’s abusive husband. This is what happens next.
Doug swore as he reached under the dash and took a gun out of a holster hidden there.
A kid desperate to get his deceased mother’s urn didn’t call for a firearm, Doug reasoned. Plus, he got a long nap out of the deal, he couldn’t deny that. But no one harms a woman on his watch. No one.
“Everyone stay here!” Doug demanded as he jumped down onto the ground. He ducked behind the bus and crouched, holding his gun, steadying his shaking hand with his other one. He remembered this morning—it seemed like days ago now—when he had to reach towards MuffinTopMomma’s top to retrieve her cell phone. His hands were shaking just as much. Oh, how he wished he were reaching for a cell phone now instead of chasing a mad man.
The jeep jolted forward, burning rubber, and blocked Sofie and Mamacita against the brick face of the building. The passenger jumped out, and after stuffing his gun into his belt, grabbed both women. With the women struggling, he led them into the store.
Doug ran to the side of the building and stopped to catch his breath. He glanced around to watch LonelyBoy crab-walking to the back of the jeep. A knife glinted in the sunlight, and within a few seconds, he had slashed the tires.
Then he saw MuffinTopMomma zapping the unsuspecting driver with her taser. So much for everyone staying on the bus, Doug thought. His brow furrowed. How will a bunch of amateurs nab a madman with a mission and a gun? Then his shoulders went back and he straightened. We did this once, we can do it again!
Hearing screams inside the store, Doug sidled up to the side of the front door and peered in. The madman held onto Maria’s arm and was pointing the gun at a man behind the register. Mamacita was cowering near his feet, crying.
There were footsteps behind him, and he spun around.
“We have a plan, boss,” Devon whispered.
“Didn’t I tell you all to stay in the bus?” Doug whispered back, sighing.
“Listen, bro. We put together a quick plan. When you hear a crash from the back of the store, I’ll run in and get the girl.”
“What crash? What are you talking about?”
Glass shattered. A brick fell through the now open window at the back door and then a skateboard came flying through.
“What the—?” Doug began.
The skateboard hit its target. The madman fell, groaning and holding his head.
Devon ran in and grabbed the girl, dragging her through the front door.
ToughGirl ran in from the back, throwing anything she could get her hands on at the downed and groaning passenger as she moved forward: chips, water bottles, cigarette cartons, magazines, bags of ice. It was the box of firewood that knocked him out. He was now unconscious and buried in groceries.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.
Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.
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