Dawn Ius

Author - Screenwriter - Editor

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 16:02

#AtoZChallenge: Q is for Quick

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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Confession: I like to drive fast.

I'm not reckless or anything, but there's something about being behind the wheel of a car that knows how to corner, especially if it's a stick shift. Better still if it's a muscle car, because the engine "growl" is better...

My current "fast" vehicle is an older Mazda RX8, a 2009 black beauty I called Anne (my husband's truck is named Henry—clearly I'm in charge of naming...) and she still has a lot of pep to her (6 gears, top speed of 220 kmp). While I prefer muscle cars, there are a few "quick" modern cars I'd love to drive—at least once. Like these...

 

Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra

This Italian super car reaches speeds up to 231 mph and has an acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, aply nicknamed "God of the Winds." With a price tag of $1.3 million, odds are I'll never get to take this baby around the block, but no question it's quick!

 

McLaren F1

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 has three seats in the front, with the driver—interestingly—seated between the two passengers. Maybe that's to protect him/her when the car rockets to a top speed of 240 mph in 3.2 seconds. Want to take it for a spin? Be prepared to shell out $5.58 million.

 

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

saleen s7 twin turbo 04

If I were to consider a super car—rather than a 1967 Shelby GT 500, for instance—it would probably be the Saleen. At just over half a million bucks, the Saleen is the most affordable of the super cars—and tops out at 248 mph. It's not half bad on the eyes either.

 

Bugatti Veyron — The Super Sport

bugatti veyron super sport 0Aesthetically, this car is a bust for me—too rounded, or something. It doesn't quite feel like a sports car to me—but looks are deceiving, because this Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the Guiness Book of World Record's title of being the fastest supercar in the world. It cab go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, and maxes out at 253 mph. Gulp.

Any of these cars make your driving bucket list?

Excuse me while I go take my putt putt around the block. See you tomorrow for the letter R as I start winding down the #AtoZChallenge of OVERDRIVE.

~ Dawn

 

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 16:29

#AtoZChallenge: J is for Judge GTO

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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JudgeGTONick's knowledge of muscle cars is about the only thing that doesn't drive Jules crazy in OVERDRIVE—at least not in a bad way. So when he not only knows that Pontiac's Judge GTO is considered one of the first ever muscle cars, but also that it's named after the popular 70s Tv show Laugh In, she concedes she may have met her match. 

Before writing OVERDRIVE, the Judge wasn't on my muscle car radar. But after learning more about it, and scrolling through dozens of images, I get the appeal—not a bad looking car! Unconvinced? I could spout a bunch of statistics and fun facts to try and sway you, but I probably couldn't do it as eloquently as the author of this fascinating article

Fired up about OVERDRIVE yet? I'd love it if you'd add it to your Goodreads. The book launches September 13—but comment on my blogs throughout the #AtoZChallenge and you could win an advanced reader copy, coming soon! 

See you tomorrow for my "K" post, featuring a beloved TV muscle car from my youth. 

~ Dawn

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:09

#AtoZChallenge: D is for Dodge

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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D is for Dodge — Super Bee & Coronet

Of the seven cars on Roger Montgomery's wishlist, two of them are built by Dodge—the 1970 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T (featured yesterday) and the 1970 Dodge Super Bee. Aside from a few modifications, the two look similar, and frankly, neither is considered the "movie star" of the muscle car world—that title is reserved for tomorrow's post, IMHO ;-)

Dodge must have recognized the need to spruce things up if they wanted to sell more of their muscle cars though, so in 1970, the company introduced about a dozen high-impact colors. Six of them stuck, becoming popular requests for many car enthusiasts, so much so that Dodge limited production of certain colors, making them more collectible than the others. 

You'll have to read the book to guess which of the Dodge muscle cars Jules and her team must find in one of these high-impact colors, BUT, below are six choices. Comment on which color you guess is on Roger's wishllist, and if you're right, I'll send you cool OVERDRIVE swag. Be sure to leave your email so I can PM you for your address. Good luck.

 

Sublime

Sublime

 

Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy 2

 

Citron-Yella

Citron Yella

 

Go Mango

Go Mango

 

Panther Pink

Panther Pink

 

Top Banana

Top Banana

Okay, I admit, I'd probably drive them all—especially Sublime! Which of these colors makes the most impact with you?

Check back tomorrow when I reveal the "star" of the book on my "E" post for the #AtoZChallenge of OVERDRIVE.

~ Dawn

 

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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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C is for Camaro, Coronet, and maybe Corvette

The letter “C” must have been a popular letter in the muscle car era—there are more “C” letter muscle cars on the market than for any other letter of the alphabet. From the Chevelle and the Camaro, through to the Charger and…the Corvette?

Not so fast. Although the Corvette ranks high on many a collector’s most-wanted list, this two-door sports vehicle was never marketed as a muscle car, despite a seemingly endless debate among experts and amateur car enthusiasts. Having only two doors alone is enough to disqualify the Corvette, but it’s a small distinction for anyone set on having one.

Or two, as is the case for OVERDRIVE’s Roger Montgomery.

Of the seven high-end cars on Roger’s “must have” list, two of them are Corvettes—but they’re not your average Stingray, and they each have unique sentimental value. You’ll have to read the book for details on the two drool-inducing cars Jules Parish and her team are tasked with stealing, but here are two other VIP “C” cars that make Roger’s list:

1968 ZL1 Camarocamaro

Chevrolet only produced 69 of these beauties, but the car still ranks as one of the most potent to leave the company’s shop—fast and rare. No wonder it’s ranked as one of the most collectable cars in the world. The truth is, Chevrolet never intended to put the car into street legal production; the engine—rumored to produce more than 500 horsepower—was built for Can-Am Racing, and perhaps ironically, was intended to be used in a Corvette body. I don’t know about you, but I’d drive it.

Coronet1970 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T

By the peak of the muscle car era in 1970, the Dodge Coronet had lost a lot of competitive ground to the Super Bee and the re-designed Charger. But in a last-ditch attempt to boost its sales, Dodge gave the Coronet a heavy facelift which included a somewhat bizarre front end, a curvier body, and a 440 six pack. Sadly, the makeover wasn’t enough to edge out the Coronet’s competition, and the car is still considered the “ugly duckling” of the muscle car world. After all, Prince never wrote a song about it.

Which “C” car would you drive? Given this list, I’d pick the 1968 ZL1 Camaro if, you know, someone had to twist my arm—though I admit, the Chevelle looks pretty sweet in some years.

Check back tomorrow when I’ll talk about another Dodge muscle car featured in OVERDRIVE. And don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the #AtoZChallenge!

~ Dawn

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