When we think of the old west, we think of stagecoaches and sheriffs and landowners and cattle. We think of railroaders and Native American Indians and farmers. Some of the natural disasters that affected the settlers were droughts and tornadoes and severe thunderstorms and floods. But the one thing we don’t think about is black-outs or power outages. The men and women of the west didn’t have to worry if a power grid went down. They had no power grids.
In fact, it wasn’t until Thomas Ediston invented a viable electric light bulb in 1879 did some fortunate people actually have electrical power. By the end of the 1880’s electrical stations were developed to provide power for city residents, but the service was limited to only a few city blocks.
It is estimated that by 1930, only 10% of the rural population in the U.S had electrical power.
How far we have come.
Now, one of our biggest fears is that entire cities could be involved in a power outage. Power
grids do go down occasionally. One of the biggest black-outs in United States history happened in 1965 near Niagara Falls. In a domino effect, soon the entire city of New York was in the dark. At the height of rushhour, on a Tuesday night, the city was in chaos. It is estimated that 800,000 people were trapped inside the subway. Can you imagine?
Well, I did. Although, I’ve never been in a black-out, (the closest I’ve come was being trapped in an elevator with 2 co-workers for 45 minutes) I started thinking about what would happen if two of my main characters were victims of a black-out situation. And thus, my new release, One Secret Night, One Secret Baby, was, uh, born.
Have you ever been in a blackout or been in any sort of power outage? If not, yay! What would frighten you the most if you were ever in one? And read on to see how one Los Angeles power outage affected my hero and heroine Dylan McKay and Emma Bloom.
An unforgettable baby dilemma. Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands.
During a city-wide power outage, Emma Bloom turns to her old friend Dylan McKay for help. The Hollywood heartthrob comes to her rescue, action-hero style, and sees her safely home. But what happened next? The details are blurry—because Emma was tipsy, and an on-set accident leaves Dylan’s memory of that night in tatters.
But soon irrefutable evidence surfaces: Emma is pregnant. It’s hard enough sharing her secret with a man used to fending off scheming women. But Dylan does the right thing and proposes. And then, one day, his memory returns…
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