Teaser Tuesday – 6/5/21 – Family and Reflection

This week’s #teasertuesday is from Family and Reflection, book 3 of The Sleepless City series I wrote with Elizabeth Noble.

A loud knock sounded at the front door.

“Now what?” Lucas muttered.

Boggs materialized in front of them. He looked annoyed. “There are two gentlemen at the door,” he said. “I don’t know who exactly they are, but I heard them talking before they knocked. They’re from the council.”

“I already apologized about that weird stuff in the garbage,” Lucas said.

“Not that council.” Boggs rolled his eyes. “The other one.”

“The Supernatural Council?” Declan was on his feet immediately. “Did you hear what they wanted?”

“I didn’t wait around to find out. I figured you’d appreciate some advance warning instead.” Boggs liked the Supernatural Council about as much as they all did.

Declan turned to Lucas. “I’ll deal with this. You’ve had enough of werewolf politics for one day.” The council was supposed to be equally ruled by werewolves, vampires, and humans, but the reality was somewhat different. When Jacob Coate said something, the rest of the council tended to listen, despite the bitching that went on about it afterward.

That was one thing he hadn’t missed while away from Boggslake, although in fairness the Supernatural Council in Paris wasn’t much better. He swore they were all cut from the same cloth. Jonas had said once that he could imagine them filling in their application forms when they’d joined up. “Bigot.” Check the box. “Asshole.” Another checked box.

It was almost a shame it wasn’t as simple as that. Hundreds of years of tradition and rules passed on to each new generation. Joy.

By the time Declan reached the door, Boggs had made himself scarce again. If he had any sense, he’d stay in the kitchen with Lucas, especially as there was a fair chance the council’s errand boys would be able to see him. The Supernatural Council didn’t appear to know Boggs existed, and it was better it stayed that way.

“Can I help you, gentlemen?” Declan said politely after he opened the door.

A couple of werewolves. Wonderful. He didn’t recognize either of them, but that wasn’t unexpected. Neither looked that old. They’d probably both been in diapers the last time Declan had had any direct contact with the council.

You can read more of this story here.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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