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
In my novel, Someday in Dublin, Michael and Amy have a whirlwind romance that hits an overwhelming obstacle, leaving them both wounded. With an ocean between them, they both find it hard to recover, and even harder to get over what was nearly in their grasp. In this scene, Michael is doing his best to keep life on an even pace, but his loving cat, Useless, has something to say about that.
Michael stared at the television set, flipping through the channels one more time, even though he’d already done it twice.
He glanced over at the clock on the wall.
“It’s not even nine,” he said, “And here I sit.” He looked over at Useless, who blinked at him slowly before she lifted a paw and began a bath.
“I can’t even think,” Michael said in disgust. Continue reading
In this scene, Manni and Matt have a Come-To-Jesus talk after he experiences an elemental interaction firsthand…
“What the hell just happened?” Matt asked, turning in a slow circle. His hands were cupping his ears which were still ringing in the aftermath.
“You just met an Original,” Manni said, dusting the front of her pants. “And that one was the queen mother of them all.”
“An original what?” He demanded. “What the hell is going on here? Is she…” He shook his head, as if trying to talk himself out of it, then forged ahead. “Is she a space alien? Or what?”
“Or what,” Manni answered in a deadpan. “I know it won’t do any good to tell you it’s not what it looks like. You’re in the middle of this, and it’s going to take longer than we have right now to explain. If you want to live, you’re going to have to trust me and not get freaked out.”
Sky Woman will always hold a special place in my heart as my first “official” novel. It was born from a rather steamy daydream I kept having in the car on my commute home from work. It was so pervasive, and ate so much of my brain, I finally decide just to write the damn thing out. I let is sit for a long time, then stumbled into the world of fanfiction, where I discovered to my surprise that I could write 50,000+ words in thirty days – again and again and again. So I put Sky Woman up on Smashwords and Amazon, and I hoped for the best.
It turns out my readers loved Miri and her family as much as I did, so I went on to write the Seeder Saga, and that, as they say, is history.
In this scene, Miri makes a decision – after being transplanted on a planet far from home and meeting Lunan, first son of the first son of the House of Falenua. And this decision has been a long time coming… Continue reading