Dawn Ius

Author - Screenwriter - Editor

OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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Without further (boring) pre-amble, here's the synopsis for OVERDRIVE, which launches Sept. 13, 2016 from Simon Pulse. I could not be more excited about this book!

"Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.

Unless.

Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?"

Intrigued? You can add it to Goodreads here and even pre-order it here.

Check back tomorrow for a less obvious "P" post as we continue the #AtoZChallenge of OVERDRIVE.

~ Dawn

 

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Saturday, 09 April 2016 21:28

#AtoZChallenge: H is for Heist

OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 
(P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!)

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I've always been fascinated by "heists"—I love movies like The Italian Job, Oceans 11, and of course Gone in 60 Seconds. The sheer planning, creativity—and yep, lunacy—that goes into a big heist is actually staggering! And there's something about those montage scenes, right? <grin>

For today's "H" post, I thought I'd take a look at a few of the biggest and most bizzare heists and burglaries in history. As predicted, most of them have to do with cash—or jewels.

THE HARRY WINSTON HEIST

In 2008, four men—disguised as women—stormed into one of Paris's most exclusive jewelry stores, herded the employees into a corner, and minutes later, escaped with $108 million in diamonds. Though no one was ever arrested for this robbery, the police have nicknamed the brazen quartet "The Pink Panthers." A million-dollar reward is up for grabs for any information leading to an arrest of these thieves.

saddam qusay 300x189CENTRAL BANK OF IRAQ HEIST

In the middle of the night, a small group of men led by Saddam Hussein's son, went to the Central Bank in Iraq with tractor-trailers and forcibly withdrew almost $1 billion dollars. About $650 million of this was later found stashed in the the walls of Hussein's palace. The remaining money remains MIA. 

THE GARDNER MUSEUM ART HEIST

Two men dressed as police officer conned their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on late night in 1990—and pulled off one of the biggest art heists in history. Among the stolen sculptures and historical artifacts were the works of Degas, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet, for a total haul worth $500 million. While several suspects have been considered, the art—and the thieves—remain at large. 

AFP Getty 3251353THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

Hailed as one of the biggest robberies of all time, the Great Train Robbery took place in Buckinghamshire, England when a train transporting millions of pounds was taken over by a team of 15 robbers. The men all escaped the scene, but 13 of them were quickly caught and arrested following a swift investigation by Scotland Yard. 

THE BAKER STREET BURGLARY

In 1971, a crafty team of thieves tunneled into the Baker Street Bank and stole three million pounds worth of cash and valuables from the bank's safety deposit boxes. The robbers eluded police for some time, but two years later, most of them involved were captured—except the mastermind, still believed to be on the lam.

Crazy, right? These thieves are obviously much better equipped than Jules and her crew.

The A to Z Challenge takes a break tomorrow, but I'll be back Monday with a muscle car that will be very familiar to fans of the TV show Supernatural. 

~ Dawn

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