Happy Sunday! How did I possibly miss Talk Like a Pirate Day? Well, I spent most of it with a pirate, and he likes to talk, so that’s my only excuse. “Arrrrr, matey” is not in Jean Lafitte’s extensive vocabulary!
Today, I’m doing the final proofread on PIRATESHIP DOWN before it heads off to be formatted for Kindle and for print. I’m still tinkering with the contents, so I’ll be glad when it’s gone and I can no longer second-guess what needs to be in there! It does begin with an expanded version of the short story “Talk Like a Pirate,” though. I have a scene snippet below.
First off, I’ve been previewing the DARK SECRETS anthology this week, and last, but not least, I want to give you a sneak peek at THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR, a novella by Mina Khan.
About THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR: A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother. …Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?
MY THOUGHTS: This is such a fun story (well, in a noir kind of way). I think Djinn (or genies or whatever you want to call them) are very underrepresented in urban fantasy, and this particular djinn, Ashmael is smokin’ hot and has an agenda that differs from that of the young witch whose only bidding of him is to protect her. And there’s an evil stepfather, of course–plus lots of chemistry between Ashmael and Dahlia–to throw Ashmael’s agenda off course. I think you’ll really enjoy this story!
Now…sorry if I’ve used this snippet before. I do some snippets on Facebook and think I did it there, but not here. If I’m wrong…oops. In this scene, Jean, Rene, and DJ are in the hands of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, aboard an LSU research ship that Jean sort of tried to commandeer. Well, okay, more than “sort of.” Jean has a fake I.D. identifying him as Jean Breaux, Rene has told the officers that DJ is Jean’s wife, Jane, and that he is Jean’s cousin, Denis Villere.
We climbed to our feet, and I could feel the aura of Rene’s nerves, which matched my own. They were going to arrest Jean; I had no idea what they’d do with Rene and me.
Jean silently turned around and allowed himself to be handcuffed. I figured the silence wouldn’t last long, however, and I was right.
Deputy Leclerc cleared his throat and turned Jean to face him. “Mr. Breaux, you have the right to remain silent.”
“Pourquoi?” Jean gave me a quizzical look, and I placed a finger over my lips in a shhh gesture.
“Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.”
“Where shall this court be held? I do not feel—”
Leclerc glared at me, and I shrugged. What did he expect me to do? I poked Jean in the back with a forefinger and he shut up.
“You have the right to an attorney,” Leclerc continued. “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”
“I wish to have my attorney Edward Livingston brought here, tout de suite, Jolie.” Jean’s glare in my direction joined that of Leclerc.
“No problem,” I said, smiling. When hell froze over. As near as I recalled from my history lessons, Edward Livingston had been the pirate Lafitte’s attorney in his human life. I had no intention of dragging an undead lawyer into this cluster.
The poor public defender assigned to Jean’s case is going to need some serious therapy once this is all over!
Now…did you win a book this week? You know the routine: Email me using the contact tab at the top of the page and provide your mailing info and what you won. I mailed out a pile of stuff last week and hope to get caught up with mailings this week. Patience, please 🙂
SANDYG won a TBR book for commenting on the fairy tale post.
KARIN A won a TBR book for commenting on the devil post.
KRISTIA won this week’s Readers Choice giveaway and chose Mirrored by Alex Flinn.