For my friends here in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving! (For my friends outside the U.S., well, Happy Thanksgiving anyway.) And thanks for sharing your own traditions and memories with Betty yesterday!
I’m thankful for a lot of things today, including the day off from the day job. I’m a decent cook but it’s not a favorite activity of mine, so I’m thankful I had my family time last weekend and all I have to do today is heat stuff up. I’m thankful for the chance to be working on a new book, although I’d be more thankful if I knew for sure I’d meet my Monday deadline. I’m thankful Penton IV, aka ALLEGIANCE, is all done and put to bed and that I really love it.
Also, a shout-out to Stefan at The Civilian Reader for including the Sentinels series in his holiday gift guide for today. If you don’t read this UK-based book blog, you should! The Sentinels characters will have their holiday thanks tomorrow. Today, let’s hear from the residents of Penton…
NOTE: They were NOT allowed to say they were thankful that Matthias Ludlam’s reign of terror appeared to be under control (note I said “appeared”), nor were they allowed to say they were thankful
to have survived the last year. Those are givens. So…
Aidan Murphy, 400-year-old Irish master vampire and leader of the Penton scathe, is thankful that his mate, Krys, has adapted to well to their life together. Although the last thing he really wants to do is become a member of the Tribunal, he’s also thankful that when the US representative steps down in a few months, she’s recommended he take the job.
Krys Harris, Aidan’s mate and a doctor, is thankful that although they lost a lot of Pentonites in the last year, their core group has come through intact, more or less.
Mirren Kincaid, head of security for Penton and a 400-year-old Scottish warrior, is glad that SOB Matthias is still alive, because it means he still might get a chance to kill him. (Mirren never did listen to instructions very well, and, um, I am not going to be the one to tell him he has to come up with another answer. The man still has his battle-ax.)
Glory Cummings, Mirren’s mate, is glad he’s letting her pick out some of his clothes now. She’s slipping some color into his wardrobe, but shhhhh, don’t tell him. Since he’s color-blind he doesn’t know the difference. He thinks it’s all black, but he looks fine in that red XXXXL sweater.
Will Ludlam, Penton’s newest master vampire and a real babe, um, I mean baby at age 70, is glad his iPhone survived the Penton siege so he can listen to his own music again instead of Randa’s Brad Paisley crap. The Grateful Dead rule!
Randa Thomas, Will’s S.O., is glad to be reunited with her dad and brother, even though they are still freaked out that she’s a vampire. She’s also glad that Will has his music back so he can quit grousing about hers.
Cage Reynolds, UK representative who’s been living in Penton but is currently back in London for a while, is thankful he was able to rescue a certain newbie vampire from Matthias’s clutches—although he is taking a time-out to try and figure out how he feels about her. He’ll be more thankful when that’s all sorted out.
That newbie vampire, who shall remain under cloak of anonymity to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t gotten that far in the series, is thankful she survived her turn to vampire, at least most of the time. But she’s very, very confused about her love life, and she thinks feeding is kinda gross.
Mark Calvert, Aidan’s business manager and human familiar, is thankful Cage Reynolds has taken his sanctimonious British ass back to England. (Little tense there much, Mark?)
Hannah, aka Hvresse, Penton’s other lieutenant, turned when she was 12 and the daughter of a Muskogee shaman, is thankful for Barnabas, the bloodhound she recently adopted. Hannah does not understand why the other vamps think Barnabas is so ugly, or why they think it’s funny for a vampire to have a bloodhound for a pet—especially when she puts her Hello Kitty scarf around his neck.
[Nik Dimitrou and Robin Ashton, from Storm Force, say they aren’t sure they’re thankful that they’re being transferred to Penton. Jury’s still out on that.]
Now, it’s your turn! Tell me what you’re most thankful for this year, and I’ll choose one winner to receive your choice of a signed book from the Penton series or, if you already have them, a surprise book or two from my massive TBR mountain.