One Night in the Hill Country
By Felipe Adan Lerma
In One Night in the Hill Country, a suspense thriller, Sam (Samantha) takes four young cousins to the Texas Hill Country to search for a kitten, visit some vineyards, and enjoy a Saturday afternoon.
They encounter a mis-guided effort by brother and sister, Rolf and Tara, to use illegal immigrant children as bait to catch men who would abuse those children.
Cultures clash and mesh among the children, while the adults play for life and death.
Add note: While issues of abuse, immigration, and are integral to the story, emphasis is on trust and the meanings of family and friendship.
There is actually a nice alternation of action, suspense, humor, and tenderness.
My thoughts about Samantha
by Author Felipe Adan Lerma
Sam is a complex character. Just the fact that she uses her shortened name is reflective of that. She can be casual, and she can much more.
Her Uncle, she tells the young cousins involved in the stories with her, raised her and her brother from a young age. And calling her Sam, was his affectionate coping way of raising a female child.
She hasn’t married, or had children, but there’s no indication in the stories that she’s adverse to that. In fact, the stories of her youth she tells the six young Texas cousins she’s befriended, after helping them solve a robbery, indicate she had typical infatuations and affections.
And of course, she goes out of her way to remain friends with the six children. Taking them places, telling them stories.
So I think she’s still very much revealing herself to me. Sometimes I wish I knew everything there was about her, but she just winks and goes about her business.
I’ve no doubt she will keep surprising me – and I try and capture some of that (smiles).
Bio of Author Felipe Adan Lerma
I am a grandfather of five, dad of three, oldest of six, and have been married for 30+ years to a wonderful lady by the name of Sheila (smiles).
She and I are young seniors, and themes of family, the arts, and fitness, color nearly everything I write.
My reading interests for several years now, have veered toward mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. In my new novella, “One Night in the Hill Country,” I merge both my reading and creative interests.
In this particular work, as is my usual preference, much is suggested, without overt resort to graphic sex or violence. My wife says it’s my best work to-date. I hope you are able to give it a chance, and enjoy it also.