A Ride of Terror by Mariah R. Embry

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Mariah R. Embry is here to help us laugh with a funny story.

Take it away, Mariah.

A Ride of Terror

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up around strong, amazing women. My mother and I are like the Gilmore Girls. We’ve always been very close.  My mom and nana are just as tight and talk pretty much every day. I’ve also been lucky enough to be extremely close to my nana. We would have our day where she’d take me to the movies, zoo, mall, museum, etc. And it would always be a good time.

So, it’s safe to say that whenever my nana, mom, and I are together, it is bound to bring a ton of laughs.

My fondest memory is back when my nana and mom accompanied me to my cheerleading competition at Disney Land. We met up with my dad and stepmom there. My nana isn’t the biggest fan of rides, so the ones that we all went on were the kiddy rides. The ones that don’t go over twenty-miles an hour and have little props that pop out at you. Oooh, so scary.

When I went to California Adventures with my dad and stepmom, we went on all the fast rides, but my favorite was the Tower of Terrors. Now for anyone that hasn’t gone on this ride, it is an elevator. You sit down and go all the way up. It’s nice and slow going up. But then the lights shut off and the elevator drops like one-hundred feet without warning.

To this day, that is my favorite ride to go on.

Anyways, the competition day came. We lost it was super sad, but my nana promised to go on any ride I wanted. Even though our team came in last place, I was beyond excited to have all my family with me at Disneyland. Somehow, my dad and stepmom were able to keep a straight face when I told my nana that I wanted to go on the Tower of Terrors.

I remember her saying, “Now, Riah, you know I don’t like the scary rides.”

I was like, “I know nana, but it’s only an elevator.”

My nana knew me and knew that something was off about this, but she figured how scary could an elevator be?

I remember all of us crowded into our seats on the elevator.  My mom and I were upfront. While my nana sat between my stepmom and dad. Everything was fine going up. Nana even said, “this isn’t too bad.”

And then the lights went out.

A creepy voice came over the speaker. And my nana exclaimed, “Oh my gosh!” from behind me. The next thing we knew, the elevator went falling one-hundred feet, and my nana was screaming behind me. She was so startled that everyone just started laughing because her reaction was priceless.

After the ride, my nana attacked me with tickles and said she’d never trust me when it came to rides again, before asking if we had enough time to go on one more.




by Mariah R. Embry

“We’re down on our luck and could use anything you could spare.”

Too afraid to look up, Octavia waited until hearing the person say something. “I’m sorry to hear that. Here you are, this is all I have.” The person grabbed Octavia’s dirty, calloused hand and placed a wad of cash into it.

Stunned by the fact that someone would actually touch her, Octavia looked up to be met by the most intense black eyes she’d ever seen.



I’m Mariah R. Embry. I’ve been writing pretty much my entire life, and I am so happy that it is now my career. I love writing romance novels because deep down I’m a hopeless romantic. Plus, falling in love is fun. While romance is my first passion, I love writing murder mystery, fantasy, and poetry. When I am not writing, you can find me hanging out with my best girlfriends, relaxing with my kitties, or dancing at home in my PJs.


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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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