In Seasinger, Shira Wen is a cultural anthropologist who’s done a little too much digging – and it’s made her a target of some very powerful supernatural creatures. On top of that, her new boss at the university is her ex, a lecherous jerk who nearly wrecked her career. Into all this chaos strides Kai Vance – a man with one hell of a secret. . .
A short walk down the hall put her in front of Robert’s door. She didn’t bother knocking.
“This is the last straw,” she fumed, slamming the spreadsheet down on the desk. “You can’t end the Young Anthro program just so you can have some extra PR money.”
“I can, and I did,” he replied smoothly. His smile didn’t falter. “Part of my job is keeping this department fiscally responsible. Your program, while laudable, requires resources that the department can’t afford to float.”
“We’ll have some more fundraisers,” Shira said in exasperation. “Car washes and bake sales! I can -”
“Again, it’s a matter of resources. Every minute you’re sitting at a bake sale table is time you could have spent working lesson plans, speaking at a school, attending a conference, or working at a dig site.”
“So…” she bit her lip, thinking. “I’ll limit our Anthro trips to our working sites.”
“Where you’ll be supervising teens instead of working,” Robert pointed out. “Shira, it’s already done. I’ve finalized the revised budget and it’s been approved. Maybe we can talk about a summer workshop for a few days duration, if we have the residual funding.”
“And you couldn’t have discussed this with me?” she fumed.
“There was nothing to discuss.” Robert got to his feet and walked around the desk, smiling in a very patronizing way. “I realize this club is your baby, but I know you’re better than this, Shira. You’re a scientist, and a good one. We need you doing more important things.”
“I’m putting together a think tank. We’ll meet once a month as a group, but I plan on having some intensive one-on-ones so I can…get to know people better.” He reached out, twirling a lock of her hair around his finger. “We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.” Continue reading
“So…what? I’m supposed to be thankful you and your kind haven’t killed me yet? Is that it? ‘Cause I’m not feelin’ the love.”
In book three of my Elemental Destinies series, Earthsinger, we meet Matt – a long haul trucker who finds himself caught up in a mystery that’s been millenia in the making. All of his new friends are talking circles around him, and Manni – the girl he was sent to fetch on a top-secret run – is bewitching him with her body every time he tries to get a solid answer about any of the strange happenings around him.
In this scene, he’s finally had enough… Continue reading
Utter silence greeted her as she perused their stunned faces.
She narrowed her eyes. “You want it lower?”
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His lips twitched but good manners kept him from saying more.
It’s almost here…Earthsinger breaks on Friday the 26th! And for all of you who’ve been waiting for Manni and Matt to collide, you’ll get your money’s worth, I assure you. In this scene, Manni and Matt share a quiet moment after a tumultuos day…
“Sorry I woke you up,” Matt said roughly. “I get nightmares sometimes. Wash is used to me.”
“It’s okay,” Manni said. “You didn’t bother me.” She rolled back toward him. “I get nightmares, too.”
He looked over Wash’s head at her. “You’re not just sayin’ that to make me feel better, are you?”
“I mean it. Even though you shrieked like a little girl and should be really embarrassed.”
He let out a reluctant chuckle. “Nice.” He rubbed Wash’s ears. “Still bustin’ on me.”
She had the grace to look chagrined. “Sorry. People do odd things in stress situations, I know that. I guess it was just…unexpected.”
“Because I used to be a fighter?”
“Yeah. And you’ve been so salty with me I guess I figured you for a tough guy.”
He raised up on one elbow so he could see her better. “You haven’t been sunshine and daisies either, y’know.”
“I know.” She said it without a trace of apology. “If you wanted kum-bay-yah sing-alongs, you should have invited Cecy along for the ride.”
“I doubt that would have gone over with Brad,” Matt said. “And I didn’t invite nobody. You’re a job, remember?”
She arched a brow. “How could I forget?”
Matt laid back down and stared up at the ceiling. His hand remained on Wash’s back, stroking slowly through his fur. Wash’s eyes were drooping as his owner lulled him back to sleep.
“It hasn’t been all that bad,” Matt said. “With you, I mean.”
“Thanks.” Manni laid back as well.
The silence stretched between them, and for a moment, Manni thought he’d fallen asleep, until Matt’s voice carried across from the other bed.
“So…what does a hot woman like you have nightmares about, anyway?”
Manni made a huffing sound. “Where to begin…”
It turns out they both have good reason for their bad dreams, and together they find a way to team up against the things that haunt them…all while trying to save the world. Catch the whole story with Earthsinger!
I was all set last week for this to be a countdown post to the launch of Earthsinger – which is set for Monday.
It’s already a month behind schedule due to some mad scrambling on book two of my YA series (under my alternate moniker). I feel really crappy about that, but the YA books are a major big deal since they’re being traditionally published, so they get priority. Continue reading