Teaser Tuesday – 24/8/21 – Family and Reflection

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

One of the men smiled at him. Or at least Declan guessed it was supposed to be a smile. It looked more like a sneer. “You’re the vampire known as Declan?” he asked.

“I am,” Declan confirmed. After all, it wasn’t as though they’d have a photograph to check his likeness against, or access to those pain-in-the-ass forms the council insisted he fill out every couple of decades.

“The council has issued an invitation for you to meet with them,” the other man said. He was taller than his companion but still shorter than Declan. Both were heavily built. So this was the new generation of council enforcers? The council was definitely slipping compared to what they’d sent out in the old days. At least these two pretended to be polite.
“I’m busy. I’ll come by later,” Declan said, more to see their reaction than anything.

“Councilor Coate wants to speak with you now,” the first man said. Although his voice was firm, his complexion had paled somewhat.

Declan bit back a grin. “Jacob or Jasper Coate?” He knew damn well it would be Jacob but asked the question anyway.

One of them turned a lovely shade of red, and the other studied the ground. It was nice to see his reputation still preceded him, although it had been at least a couple of decades since he, Jonas, and Simon had had that big run-in with the council. “Give me a moment, and I’ll grab my coat,” he said, as a reply didn’t seem to be forthcoming. “Wait here.”

He turned and walked back into the kitchen before they had a chance to recover their composure.

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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