Updates and a New Short Story
Hello Monster Hunters!
First, I want to let you know that I’m hard at work on final edits for Redemption. We’re still on for a July 4th-ish soft-launch, with the big splash starting the week of July 7. In the meantime, though, I have a few things for you. First, I’m going to give away five ARCs of Redemption in a few weeks, so be on the look-out for that.
Second, you know what I love? Seeing what you guys highlight in the books. These highlights (once they reach critical mass–I think that’s 3 people) pop up on the book’s page in Amazon, and it cracks me up to see what people find “highlight-able.” So, if you own a Kindle and you come across a line you find amusing or interesting, would you highlight it? I’m serious, I get a giggle out of this, and I do check to see what’s out there. I’m also surprised by the lines that get picked. The courage/acquiescence line from MA2 I thought would probably be there (and it was), but the Scarlet Letter line from MA3? I totally didn’t see that one coming. Just something fun for all of us.
Finally, Rhiannon asked last week if we could get the scene between MA4 and MA5 that I mention in passing in the Chapter One teaser from the Redemption cover reveal. Mainly, she wanted to see Dani Archer’s reaction to the fact that her baby had been subpoenaed by Congress. Well, ask and ye shall receive!
Mama Tigers Don’t Stand By
“What?” I yelled into the phone, shock sending my blood pressure into the atmosphere. “Say that again.”
Mamie squeaked on the other line. “Hearings. Congressional hearings.”
“And it’s the whole team?” I asked, softening my tone to avoid stressing my daughter out. She didn’t like it when my temper flared, even if it was aimed at someone else.
Right now, it was definitely aimed at someone else. Congress, to be precise. And my temper was more than flaring—I was pissed. I rarely used that phrase, and I never used it lightly. “Pissed” was reserved for times when Mama Tiger had her claws out. Someone was out to get my youngest child…and I was going to crack some heads together because of it. That was the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the damn truth. So help me God.
“Yes,” Mamie said. “Everyone. All five wielders—including Matt and Will—and even Uncle Mike and Aunt Julie. They’ve all been named in the subpoena.”
I counted to ten before asking, “And where’s your dad?”
“Mamie, sweetheart, answer the question.”
She sighed. “He’s leaving today. I can’t say more over an unsecured line. Are you…are you coming to D.C.?”
The calm in her tone when she said “unsecured line” like she was a government operative wavered when she asked if I was coming. My sweet girl, worried about her friends and family…she might be eighteen, but she needed her mother. I couldn’t—and wouldn’t—disappoint her.
“Yes.” I looked around my office. Most of the file boxes were packed and sealed since I’d just finished a big case. I had two more pending, but those could be handed off since they were in the early stages. “I’ll call in and ask a few colleagues to cover for me and I’ll fly out tomorrow.”
“Good,” she murmured. “I want you here.”
This sounded like more than her usual worrying. “What’s the matter?”
“I’m just…I’m tired,” Mamie said. “And a little scared.”
“It’s okay, sweetheart. I’ll be there as soon as I can,” I told her. “Is Michael around?”
“He’s busy with the general, but Aunt Julie is in her office. Want to talk to her?”
I wanted to talk to my brother, but my sister-in-law would have to do. “Yes.”
There was a muffled conversation, then a brisk voice answered, “Captain Tannen here.”
“Julie? It’s Dani.”
“Hey. So I guess Mamie told you.”
She sounded tired, and that was unlike her. Another reason I needed to get to D.C. I had a feeling my brother, his wife and my baby niece would need some looking after as well. Good thing I had enough TLC to go around.
“I’m researching flight information right now. If I fly to Denver and take a red-eye, I can be at your house by eight tomorrow morning. I’ll bring my laptop, and I can use Georgetown’s law library in a pinch, although I doubt Congressional hearings regarding monster hunters is all that well documented. Is there a place for me to work in your office, or should I plan to work out of your house?”
“Um, Dani, we’ve got Army counsel on—”
“No,” I said firmly. “I represent Matt. And I’m going to ask the Cruessan’s if they want me to represent Will as well. The boys are underage and they should have better protection than just Army counsel.”
“I agree, but are you objective enough for this?”
“Of course not,” I snapped. “But this is one case in which counsel doesn’t need to be objective. The need someone willing to fight claw and fang for them.”
Julie sighed. “Don’t tell me—I’m a mom, and I get it. Whether or not Congress will allow it is another story.”
“Congress can go to hell,” I said. “They messed with the wrong kid, and the wrong kid’s mother. Now, is there a place for me to work, or should I rent a small office near your neighborhood?”
She laughed. “The dining room table is all yours. And Dani?”
“Yes?” I asked, already distracted with travel plans and plotting out my argument for a leave of absence at work. It’s not like I could tell the other partners the truth. One, they’d never believe it. Two, I could be arrested for saying too much. No, I needed to invent an ill relative or something.
“Thank you for coming,” Julie said. “The kids—Will included—will be glad to see you. They may not admit it, but they need you.”
I clicked “purchase” on the airline’s website. The ticket was eight hundred dollars, but whatever. “Then tell them I’ll be right there.”
Because Mama Tigers don’t stand by.