Not everything I write makes it into the final book. This scene was originally in VALIANT LIGHT but was cut due to pacing. I thought you might like to see Riley and her apprentices on a trapping run at Beck’s favorite bar.
Denver Beck's time as an apprentice Demon Trapper was anything but easy. This time he's deep in Atlanta's metro system facing a wily, and ravenous, Gastro-Fiend.
This is a short story set before the first book in the series.
Merry Christmas, y'all!
All I Want for Christmas
A Demon Trappers® Short Story
Chilly December weather drove Riley Blackthorne inside the Grounds Zero. Of course, she never needed an excuse to visit the one coffee shop that served the best hot chocolate in Atlanta. Since they were offering half-price drinks, the place was bustling on Christmas Eve.
This short story is set after the fourth book in the Demon Trappers series. If you haven't read that one, this has spoilers GALORE. This story is the counterpoint to the initial conflict between Riley and Beck from the short story IF ONLY . . .
One of the key dynamics in the Demon Trappers series is an event between Riley and Beck that occurred two years before the first book. This is that interaction (I call it the “Riley kicked to the curb” scene) and it sets up their tumultuous relationship. This is why Riley detests him so much, and why Beck really had no other choice.
November already? Holy cats, people! In some ways this year has flown and in others it has dragged along like a sleepy snail. So let's look at what's up for Demon Trappers in the New Year. *Photo is the interior of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House near Oakland Cemetery*
As we continue through what is a truly unimaginable year I've been using the time at home to work on author-related stuff. My theory is that if I get a LOT done now, then once things open back up I'm going to do some heavy-duty traveling. What author stuff have I been doing? Read on!
Beginning today, Funk-n-Fiction is hosting a short story event that runs through Halloween. Thirty authors (including myself) will offer up suitably creepy (or funny) stories and DeviantArt artists are showcasing their work with each story! For more information, and to be part of the prize giveaway, check out www.FunkNFiction.com
My story--The Cat with No Name--will be posted on Oct. 28th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. I hope you enjoy it!
As we grind through this most extraordinary year, I've been working on various projects to keep myself sane. I love writing anyway, but right now it's my sanity check. Spending too much time on Facebook or Twitter tends to make me swear a lot and so I step back into my imaginary worlds to make things right again.
At the end of June our dear Dali ran out of her allotted nine lives. Her kidneys finally failed, so our vet helped us send her over the Rainbow Bridge. Her transition was done with a great deal of love and care. and we are truly grateful to the staff at Animals Are Family here in Porto.
Dali was a feisty feline, full of opinions, very set in her ways. She was 6 years old when we adopted her from the animal shelter and was always an only cat. Her original name was Dolly, which was rather old-fashioned, so I renamed her after Ilona Andrews' white tiger in her Kate Daniels series. Ironically, as our Dali's eye problems advanced she become more and more like the Daniels' Dali who had issues with her sight as well. She was present in our household from 2012 onward so she leaned on my hand and keyboard during the course of many books. She made the journey to Portugal with us and handled it better than we did.
Now our Dali is romping on the other side of that bridge, turning her nose up at various food offerings, and can see well once more. One day we'll meet up with her and I suspect her first complaint will be that no one is feeding her food she likes. I also suspect whatever angel was assigned to take care of her will shove her at whoever crossed that bridge first, and then scurry away.
Dali was always one of a kind. Rest well, dear. We miss you. And yes, that food is different than what they fed you this morning. Just give it a try, will you?
You might like it ... or not. (sighs)
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