Scene-Snippet Sunday and Weekly Winners

Gigner kittenAck–where did the day go? Oh yeah. Grocery shopping. I really HATE grocery shopping. I haven’t yet figured out a way around it, however. But it’s Sunday and therefore time for a Scene-Snippet.

I’m finishing up revisions on BELLE CHASSE today, so how about something not too revealing from there? (Think of it this way, by the time the book actually comes out on November 8, you’ll have forgotten the snippets–LOL.)

In this scene, DJ is at Jean’s house in Barataria and has just written a note to send via transport to her cousin Audrey, who only got a mention in PIRATE’S ALLEY but becomes more important in BELLE CHASSE. She’s interrupted by our old friend Adrian Hoffman.

“Writing the great American wizard novel?”

            I gritted my teeth out of habit. Adrian Hoffman no longer irritated me, at least not most of the time, but I’d disliked him for so long that whenever he spoke, my first reaction was a knee-jerk negative. I needed to get over that. Adrian is my ally. Adrian is my ally. Rinse and repeat a few hundred times.

            I turned to find him lounging in the doorway to the study. “Sending a note to my cousin to bring a few things from New Orleans next time she comes. You need anything?”

            “You trust her?”

            If anyone knew how the Elders worked, it was Adrian. His father had been First Elder, after all, and Adrian himself had worked at Elder Central in Edinburgh for years. I needed to consult him on matters more often. Like whether they’d enlist one of their young family members to spy for them. Since I’d once employed the undead Louis Armstrong as my spy, I had no room to judge. Although Louis was the worst spy ever.

            “I’m not sure, so I’m being careful what I entrust to her. She sent some holy water after I asked for it, for example, but I never said what it was for. It could be to bless Jean’s undead fleet of pirate ships for all she knows. I don’t intend to tell her I will be using it to scry. I doubt anyone among the Elders would figure that out.”

            Adrian nodded. “Agreed. It’s too far outside the realm of their skills, so they tend to forget you can do a lot of elven magic. I wondered if you were going to watch the Interspecies Council meeting today. I don’t know what time it will be.”

            I nodded my head. “It’s at noon, and I’m going to be set up and ready. Florian is trying to frame me for conspiring with Christof and stirring things up between the fae and the elves, so I want to hear what he’s going to say.”

            Adrian leaned against the doorjamb. “Do you know where they’re meeting? Surely they’re running out of public buildings to destroy.”

Heh. I’m sure they can find a few public buildings left to destroy in New Orleans, right?

Now…did you win a book this week? If you see your name, please email me at or via the “Contact Me” tab above. Unless stated otherwise, these are for print books. If you missed the memo, by the way, I’m now not giving away single TBR books (so ignore the TBR tab for now); I’m stuffing as many as I can into a flat-rate Priority Mail box (at least six, and up to ten). For international winners, because the postage would be half my monthly paycheck, I’ll substitute a Book Depository gift to the equivalent of the US postage, which is about USD$15.

STEPHANIE F won a box ‘o TBR books for commenting on the pathetic state of my office. Which has not improved since Wednesday, sadly.

ROGER won a box o’ TBR books for commenting on the “Ain’t No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day” post.

CARL SCOTT won this week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway and chose Marc Turner’s Dragon Hunters. This is the second book in his Chronicle of the Exile series; if you’d prefer the first book in the series, let me know.

And that’s it for today! Off to revision land for me, and stop by tomorrow for a new Reader’s Choice Giveaway….which might have to run Tuesday if I can’t get it finished. Revisions come first. So PROBABLY tomorrow 🙂

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day. As you can see, I’m spending the day of romance with Jean Lafitte and Rene Delachaise (okay, and DJ and Adrian Hoffman). Could be worse!

(Oh, and what does the kitten in the sweater have to do with anything? Nothing. I just thought it was cute!)


4 thoughts on “Scene-Snippet Sunday and Weekly Winners

  1. Nice snippet made my day a happy one. Now must go shovel snow, about three inches. Thanks in advance for the box o’ TBR books.

  2. ^^ now i’m curious about wha Roger will get.
    Thanks a lot for teh snippet i can understand why Dj has difficulty to trust Adrian immediately^^, habits are hard to die^^

    courage for teh revision! take care and try to eat whiel at home at least ( box on your way soon as well)

  3. Always enjoy the snippets. Are you having fun destroying the public buildings in your story? Congrats to the winners.