Escape From Reality Series *Interview with characters*

“Welcome to Escape, Colorado. We hope you never leave.”

Escape From Reality series is a multi-genre/multi-author series. Each book is written by a different author, some repeat with their own mini-series within the series. All of the novellas are 99c and based in the town of Escape. That means your favorite characters come back again and again, even when the author is different. It also means there’s almost 40 books worth of this town of various genres and themes, including old Wattpad favorites. We hope you’re ready to jump in.

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Charlotte Parker: “Today we are going to ask some of the current residents what makes Escape so special. Let’s start with Gage, a local EMT and son of the current mayor, Dan Greystone.”

Gage: “Just saying I’m an EMT will suffice.”

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Charlotte: “I’m sorry about that. I’ll make a note of that for you.” [scribes in notepad] “So what makes Escape special to you?”

Gage: “It’s the people really. They are why I do this job and why I love it. They come to Escape for a getaway, and I’m here to make sure it doesn’t turn into a disaster.”

Charlotte: “What makes it a potential disaster?”

Gage: “Hikers get carried away and do more than they can handle, they get lost, just about anything really.”

Charlotte: “That sounds dangerous. I heard there was a cave in recently, were you a part of the team sent to help?”

Gage: “Yes, thankfully there were no tourists. Our environmental scientist and recreational team from the Lakefront Center were running a typical cave check before taking anyone into the caves. They were uninjured and safely retrieved in under an hour.”
Charlotte: Escape has a big push for the environment. One of the slogans about the town is “excitement at its most natural” to encourage visitors and residents to keep their footprint low. Does that influence what activities people can do here?”

Gage: “You’re right. The environment is important here in Escape, people love it and come here for it, but the people are a priority. The cave in is natural, and it will influence what activates we let visitors do. There are other caves that have passed their safety check, so it’s not fully off the table. Even if it was, there are plenty of places to hike, swim, and more.”

Charlotte: “There’s rumors about you and the new drifter, Mia. I heard she was at the cave in too! Is anything happening there?”

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Gage: “She was one of the people in the cave in, but she is fine and will go back to work educating at the Lakefront center in no time.”

Charlotte: “But is anything happening with her? Other residents have been saying there are some sparks between the two of you.”

Gage: [Laughs] “I’d like to believe there is, but I think the sparks are more about her hating me for some reason. You’d have to ask her, but she’s not much of a talker.” [Looks at his watch] “I actually have to get back to the station. My lunch is over, and I want to be ready in case another hiker needs some help.”

Charlotte: “We will let him get back to work because I spot a few other residents coming up.” [Waves] “Hey Ladies! How are you today?”

Skye: “I’m fine. Who are you?”

Charlotte: “I’m a reporter writing a piece on Escape in honor of the new mayor to bring people into town. I’m asking people what makes Escape so special to them.”

Peyton: “I love the wellness camp! It’s full of fun girls who are really looking to improve themselves. They have been fantastic friends and the residents of Escape have been even better. Skye and I met last year at the 4th of July festival in town, and have been best friends ever since. We even write letters to each other during the school year since I’m not from Escape.”

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Charlotte: “So you come here for the summer every year for the wellness camp?”

Peyton: “Yeah, like the town says, it’s an escape. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer, I want to come every year I can.”

Charlotte: “Wow. I knew people came from all over to be in the camp, but that’s exciting. I’m glad you like it here. And what about you?”

Skye: “I’ve lived here for years. I’d rather be outside than at home any day.” [Shrugs] “It’s just like Peyton said.”

Charlotte: “So Summer is the best time to be here?”

Skye: “I like it. I get my friends back, there’s no school, and it’s warm outside so I don’t have to be inside all the time. Winters are a little cold, but there’s still a lot to do.”

Charlotte: “What’s it like going to school here for people who may move here?”

Skye: “It’s weird. You go to elementary school and then secondary school. We don’t get a lot of new people moving in, so you’re with the same people for a long time.”

Charlotte: “Is that always a bad thing?”

Skye: “No, it means I get to see my brother and you’re guaranteed at least one friend. It just means you know who to avoid as well.”

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Charlotte: “I’m sorry to hear that. School is hard enough.”

Skye: “Yeah, we’re all ready to move on from it. Escape is a great place, but small towns tends to make people who grew up here want to leave. If you’ll excuse us, we were heading to the diner for lunch.”

Charlotte: “Well, there we have it, Tom. People love it here and everyone comes back for more. I wonder if we could find that ghost hunter lady who’s supposed to be coming next year. The old sanatorium would provide some history on this little town, and some people really love a good ghost story.”

Tom: “We can pick up the piece after lunch, maybe we can get Cassie Baggans on the phone for an interview about her week-long challenge in the old building. Besides, I’m starving, so I need something before we find more people and we have a meeting with the current mayor and the replacement at two. Since they are the ones paying us, we should make sure we keep them happy.”

Charlotte: “That’s fair. I was hoping to run into Mia or another Greystone. Romance always makes people enjoy reading a piece. Escape has the scenery and people, but readers want someone to root for and I hear Mia is that person.

Tom: “Maybe after lunch. For now, cut and take a break. I hear Ellie’s diner has the best food in Colorado. Maybe we can interview Ellie and Lottie while we eat. That will be the best interview yet.”

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GIVEAWAY: Become a character for the Escape Series! Be used in COUNTLESS books for years to come, just be prepared for your character to go through A LOT. Your name, or the name you choose, will become a character in an upcoming Escape novella by Sara Schoen.

To enter, follow me on Wattpad @XxNightStripexX or twitter @SaraNSchoen, if you don’t have those, you can find me on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/authorsaraschoen

About the Author

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Sara Schoen holds a degree in Biology from James Madison University. She has been an adamant writer since she was young, and now enjoys reading, ghost hunting, and traveling. She hopes to have readers find solace in the worlds and characters the creates and in some cases, provide a cautionary tale. Sara plans to continue writing and explore various genres in the future.

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Rescue Me Giveaway

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In honor of the release of Rescue Me today, I’m doing a giveaway on Facebook. All you have to do is like and comment (by tagging another friend) on the link below.
Rescue Me is *Based on a true story*
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Blurb: Mia Daniels is running away.

She’s leaving her family, her job, and her life behind, all to get away from her past. With no plan, she packed her suitcase and took off for a town where she thought she’d be safe. She should have known she wouldn’t be safe anywhere…

Gage Greystone is running from his family name.

His family has owned the town for generations, but he doesn’t plan to take it over from his father. He has a dream to save others; from the treacherous hiking trails or from themselves. Maybe that’s why he’s so attracted to the newest resident of Escape, Mia. She seems to be silently begging to be rescued. From what, he doesn’t know, but he’ll do anything to rescue her.

But this rescue may be impossible for the decorated emergency serviceman…

 

About Escape: In case you haven’t heard about this NEW mutli-author and multi-genre series, listen up. We have over 20 authors giving you more than 40 stories! Each book releases the 15th of every month, starting TODAY. Each book is 99c and on Kindle Unlimited. The genre can be anything, the author chooses everything, and you get an escape.

Escape, Colorado is a small town surrounded by the trees and nuzzled into the mountains. There are breathtaking water areas and hot springs that are said to hold the cure all for any illness, along with beautiful hiking trails for everyone to visit at all skill levels. For outsiders, who don’t know its history, it also holds a lot of promise….

Add it to your TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34357351-rescue-me

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You’re entering to win a paperback, water bottle, and sunglasses to start your summer beach reads off right. To enter:

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#13 in Hot New Releases!

 

Project Revolution (book 2 of R is for Rebellion)

Rebellion is more than skin-deep…

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The #13 hottest contemporary romance releases on Amazon, Project Revolution!

The Sequel to the Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Coming of Age AMAZON #BESTSELLER is on #LIVE!

🚨🚨Project Revolution can be read as a sequel or a STANDALONE.🚨🚨

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SYNOPSIS

Madison Bell has had enough…

All her life, she’s been called a kiss-ass and teacher’s pet, all for the crime of being a good student. Her only goal is to make it through high school unnoticed, but Linkin Phillips kills that plan. He teases Madison relentlessly and is a rude jerk in general…but what’s worse, she has a crush on him.

Madison decides to shed her goodie-goodie image and remake herself. But she didn’t anticipate how deep the change would go…

When she makes “cool” new friends, she realizes a fresh reputation is more than the clothes you wear. Her reinvented identity comes with dangers and challenges she hadn’t anticipated.

Her situation isn’t looking much better than before, but is she ready to give up and accept the torment from everyone–including Linkin–that went along with her former image? She’s torn between her new life and her old one, and her choice will not only affect her present, but could change her future forever.

One thing is certain–Madison will never be the same again.

Will Project Revolution be a success? Or end up destroying her life?

✻✻ REVIEWS ✻✻

5 stars – “OMG I did not think that Sara could out do herself after the first book…but she did!! This book was so wonderful!! Heartfelt, endearing and full of real life. I was given a copy of this book and am choosing to give a review because I loved the book that much.
Madison is in her senior year of high school and feels like she doesn’t really know her friends. She plays soccer but doesn’t feel super close to anyone on the team. Then there is Linkin her arch nemesis who thinks he is the king shit. People call her goodie because she does well at school. Then one day Beth and Linkin play a nasty prank on Madison and not only them but all her friends are involved. Heartbroken Mads runs away from school back home. Her best friend Lauren comes over and they plot revenge….nothing terrible but enough to hurt…and Mads gets a makeover. 
She goes back to school with a fun prank and a bit more confidence and starts to make new friends…but are they good friends? Then Linkin starts following her around and she doesn’t understand why…will Linkin turn around and be a decent guy for once or is he just sucking up to bring more hurt. This book is a MUST read!! So so so good!!” – Melissa S

4 stars – “I loved this story so much. Although it’s written for a “younger” crowd, I definitely found myself really interested and reading for hours at a time. I love Madison’s thought processes and realizations through her journey. I thought the plot was pretty quick but not so much that the reader would be confused. I don’t recall there ever being a slow part that bored me. It really showed the ups and downs of high school, which is both terrifying and enlightening. I would recommend this to my friends, for sure!” – Alexandra V

5 stars – “This was a funny, heart warming and endearing read! The MC, Madison, aka ‘Mads’ is downright adorable and I liked her both as a “goodie-goodie” and as a bad a$$. The plot moved fast but didn’t make the reader feel like they were missing anything. All in all a fantastic read and this is one of those books that I could totally picture as a movie!!” – Kiarra T

5 stars – “I loved Madison. She’s such a good student. People call her a kiss ass and she becomes tired of it. With meeting new friends comes new changes but will it be good changes or will it be a bad idea” – Paula G

Review: Raging Fire

Review of my newest release RAGING FIRE

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Raging Fire (Guarded Secrets, Book 4) by Sara Schoen

Review by Cora Kenborn

It’s hard to go into the tail end of a series and not feel like you’ve jumped into the deep end of a pool with ankle weights tied to your feet. Unless the author is a master storyteller, it’s usually impossible not to draw some of the previous storylines from earlier books into the plot. I went into this book wondering if I’d drown in acronym hell. I knew of the CIA and FBI, but CIRA was a new one, and I had no clue why the main characters all had names that sounded like Gremlins (Spit Fire, Night Stripe, Whip Lash…) However, the prologue hooked me with the cool, collected, and somewhat robotic “Spit Fire” girl, who sat in front of a handcuffed high-ranking cartel member and calmly shot him up gangster-style.

Yes, please.

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Raging Fire Releases TODAY! (GIVEAWAY and series SALE INCLUDED)

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Blurb:

CIRA agent, Spit Fire, has a mysterious past…

No one knows what she went through before joining the agency, and that’s how she wants to keep it. She survived and managed to walk away, or did she? Even after establishing a life at the agency there’s something she can’t let go of—the need for revenge. She fights to keep innocent lives safe, but in her world, safety is only an illusion. Especially when Camden Cardoza reveals her worst nightmare has come true…

Her stepfather, now under the alias of Harley Sanchez, is the new leader of the Cardoza Cartel. Harley knows she’s an agent and he’ll be expecting an attack from CIRA, but he won’t expect her to come alone. Spit Fire isn’t willing to risk losing any more lives to the Cardoza Cartel. She’s determined to put an end to Harley once and for all. Not only to avenge those she’s lost, but also to give others a chance to live. After all, he ruined her life and now she’s hell bent on returning the favor.

Revenge and the need to protect the other members of CIRA has always been her first priority.

For Spit Fire, this is her life and her family.

Family…that was always the problem.

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Suicide Mission: FREE ON AMAZON!!

Covert Operations: On sale! 1.99

Left For Dead: On sale! 2.99

Raging Fire: NEW RELEASE! ❤

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Best Seller Status for Rebellion Project!

Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Coming of Age BEST SELLER. The perfect summer beach read for romance readers according to reviews. Rebellion Project, hit #9 in hot releases on Amazon! Is currently #22 in contemporary romance, #88 in Romance, and #59 in Coming of Age! Ratings are average of 4.6 on amazon!

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“Wow!! This book was honestly amazing. I am definitely a sucker for a good romance novel and this one went above and beyond my expectations. I was truly surprised throughout the book. Definitely not your typical predictable romance novel. If anyone is looking for something to read, I highly recommend “Rebellion Project.” I could not stop reading and will definitely be looking to read more books by Sara Schoen. She’s an amazing writer. You will not regret reading this book!!” Amazon Customer

“This novel by Sarah Schoen is very well written . She does well in her explanation of the high school experience as told by the goodie-good girl . I would rate this book a four star novel . I would recommend this novel to anyone that does not have a real experience as to what it is to be on the wrong end of bullying . Also , I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good YA novel.” – Books and Boys

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REBELLION PROJECT by Sara Schoen

*~BLURB~*

Lauren Scott has always been tormented by her peers for being a good girl…

She is viewed as the golden child by her parents—following their rules and allowing them to make all of her life decisions. But after a lifetime of walking the straight and narrow, Lauren feels as though her life is passing her by.

When she catches her father having an affair, she throws the rulebook out the window…

Lauren realizes that even if she does everything perfectly, life can—and will—surprise you. When life throws her a major curveball, she sets out to live for herself, making the rules up as she goes and smashing through everyone else’s expectations, but she doesn’t know how to live without a guideline. So, Lauren is forced to ask her biggest tormentor for help—Kayden Daniels.

Kayden is nothing but trouble—which is why Lauren needs him so badly…

Kayden turns Lauren’s whole world upside down with a mischievous smirk and a proposition. But if Lauren wants his help to remake herself, she has to pay the price—her virginity. With no one else willing to help her, she agrees to make the trade. But when her change becomes too much to handle, will she give up or will she keep moving forward with a new reputation and a more adventurous life?

Cliques, stereotypes, popularity contests, and drama.

Some say it’s just another day in high school.

For Lauren, it’s the Rebellion Project…

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Iguana Falls – Argentina and Brazil sides

If you want to go to Argentina in the winter (aka United States’ summer) but don’t want to be cold. I suggest Iguazu, where you can see the number 2 ranked water falls in the world (a note for my American friends, Niagara Falls is number 9). Thanks to the Olympics being hosted in Rio, Brazil waived the need for a visa so by chance we were able to see both sides of the falls! The falls are the boarder between Argentina and Brazil and the experience of seeing both sides was amazing.

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Brazil shows more waterfalls with a better view and a catwalk, where you will be soaked so a poncho is recommended, and Argentine side let us going on a Gran Adventura, which is being able to boat UNDER the waterfalls! It was cold but so worth it.

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The Argentine  side also let us see the falls from above, whereas Brazil was from below. I’m thrilled we got to go to both sides, Brazil was my favorite side though. Can you blame me? Look at these photos!

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The hotel was great too, the Saint George, I got a plate of warm cheese (called Provoletta) in a pan every night for an appetizer. Best. Thing. Ever. I ate straight cheese and LOVED it so much I did it for three days in a row.

The town is much like a beach town in used to in the states and really made me feel at home. We walked to see the sunset at the river, joined a random Zumba class, and got to enjoy some warm weather before heading back to Buenos Aires to winter.

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P.S watch out for Coaties…They like bags and will steal from you.

Cemetario Recoleta

On the list of things you must do while in Buenos Aires is the Cemetatio Recoleta. Home to over 5,000 above ground tombs and graves and filled with a history to last centuries. I highly recommend a tour but BA walking tours (look for the guys in the orange jackets) they run a tour around 3 every day but get there a little early.

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Let me first say that I love cemeteries, it’s a very strange thing to say but I find them fascinating. Cemetario Recoleta only made me that much more excited to be there. The architecture of the tombs and the sheer size of them is enough to make you stop and stare. They are beautiful monuments to countless people included Eva Perón, who is buried in the Duarte family tomb.

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The tour will give you the back story you won’t find anywhere else, but if you’re a tomb raider yourself and take an interest in all the small places you won’t see on a tour, don’t take one. You’ll want to go it alone and search for anything you can. Sometimes the best way to learn history is just to explore it.

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All in all, a creepy but much needed visit to BAs most popular cemetery should be on your list, just don’t forget to look inside of the tombs, you never know who was buried alive or what could be waiting for you on the other side.

 

Subte Adventures

When traveling abroad always remember your map, the language your supposed to know, oh and how to get back home. If one fails, you have the other two, but if all fail, you’re screwed.

There’s two ways to get directions in Argentina, to no surprise they are the same as in the states, you either except the fact that you need help until someone helps you or you suck it up and ask. Usually I am one to just ask, but something about being in Argentina makes me force myself to learn.

So here we are, four of my group including me, on the corner of Paraguay y Florida holding a map out in front of us trying to find our way to the subte. We really only know the green line, and went we wrong direction to get to the green line. We can find the intersection on our map, and at this point multiple people have passed us. We have no idea where the nearest subte is but we are determined to make it there.

Thankfully an Argentine who knew English helped us out and we made it back to the residencia unscathed. Success.

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There’s also a few ways around the city of Buenos Aires other than walking such as, bus, bike, rollerblading, taxi, and of course, the subte. The subte is their underground/subway. Like all subway systems, it’s packed with people during high traffic times like when my friends and I are going to school. Well, if you ever want to clear a subte car learn from me and just puke…I’m not kidding. When you think people can’t move because they are so packed in, you’re wrong. I got motion sick on the subte and I was convinced I could make it to my stop at cadetral before getting sick, again I was wrong. Though I have to say people on the subte are way more polite than I’m used to in the states. Before I got sick one man offered me his seat because I was not looking good about four stops from my destination, but also someone gave me a cough drop, which I learned is a social thing in the winter from my professor, so after I got sick I had something to get the taste out of my mouth.

Fun fact: I also threw up on Scotts pants, I can gareentee you he doesn’t want to see my breakfast ever again,  but mostly on myself so no one else was effected by it really. I threw up one stop away from my destination and they cleaned the train. And don’t worry, I gave Scott a medialuna as an apology and told him breakfast was on me that day instead of on him.

Moving on to taxis, we had a week of free travel and for some of that I was with my parents in Rio de Janerio. Well, in the grand scheme of traveling problems that could happen, getting up at 3:30am to confirm my reservation and being told I had one, then at 4:30 not getting the taxi I reserved from the airport because I was told they were more trust worthy than regular taxis, 4:50 am being told they don’t have my reservation (after they confirmed it and my professor had made the reservation for me) and that I had to get a taxi to basically get there right then is pretty bad.

I won’t lie, I cried a little bit.

It was really frustrating and I was scared to take a regular taxi cab because I had heard all these terrible stories about them, but you know what? It worked out. After hailing my third taxi, one waved at me when I raised my hand to get his attention and the other just drove off while glaring at me, I got in and told him where I had to go, in Spanish, and he took me to the airport. He didn’t do anything, he didn’t even talk to me which with the morning I had was just what I wanted. Sure, I was worried he was taking me for a ride, but I wasn’t in the position to do anything about it. It was 550 pesos to get there and it was the same to get back to my residencia when I got back and took a different taxi, not from taxi Eziaza. This time I had exact change so it was even better. I guess what I want to say is don’t believe everything you hear and embrace the experience of just giving away to chance. I made my flight, the driver was nice to me, and as far as I know neither took extra money from me.

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