Welcome to Scene-Snippet Sunday (or as I inadvertently renamed it last week, “Scene-Snipper Sunday”). I can’t even blame auto-correct on that one!
I don’t actually have a scene snippet today, but I am working on book four in the Sentinels Series, which will be called PIRATE’S ALLEY. I have a plotting process I go through with each book, and it starts with a title (check), a 50-word “Big Idea” (check), and a 200-word blurb, which is where I am now in the process. So I thought I’d share that with you. [And if you’re a fan of the Penton series, check out the Susannah Sandlin website for a sneak preview of Lovely, Dark and Deep–first in a new series called The Collectors, coming December 24.]
If you were disappointed because our favorite undead French pirate was absent for chunks of Elysian Fields, you’ll be happy to note he has a great big front-and-center role in Pirate’s Alley (in case the title didn’t give it away).
Things change as the writing and editing take place, of course. Usually they change quite a bit. But here’s a sneak preview of PA as it currently stands….
Wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco isn’t feeling the holiday spirit as Christmas approaches. A vampire and the world’s most powerful wizard have her on their “naughty” list, and she fears more than a lump of coal is coming her way. Her holiday card from the Interspecies Council is a summons to appear at a January hearing. She can’t take two steps without tripping over a certain six-foot, conniving elf—and none of Santa’s elves ever behaved like this one. Her significant-something Alex has a wish list of things for her to change about herself.
Oh, and lest Jolly Old Saint Nick forget, she has her own Christmas wish: help in controlling an undead pirate on a murderous rampage. The pirate Jean Lafitte’s mortal life might have ended in 1825, but now, as an immortal member of New Orleans’ Historical Undead, he’s a lethal enemy to have—something the elves aren’t taking seriously. They should.
DJ isn’t known for her patience or political savvy, but if she can’t control the Pirate Lafitte, the delicate interspecies dance going on in the halls of preternatural power will turn into one deadly New Year’s fais-do-do.