Teaser Tuesday – 30/11/21 – Family and Reflection

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

“I’ve already said I’d come quietly. Give me a moment to get my coat.” Declan glanced at Lucas. There wouldn’t be any reading of rights. The council had its own brand of justice and law, but even so, technically this was still an arrest. “What are the charges?”

“Theft of council property,” Alfred said, “for starters.” The two men with him hadn’t said a word but instead left all the talking to Alfred. Enforcers weren’t known for their wit and conversational skills. Alfred, however, clearly loved his job, but that wasn’t a surprise.

Declan grabbed his coat and brushed briefly against Lucas on the way back to the open door. “Phone Jonas and Simon,” he hissed in Lucas’s ear. “I have a really bad feeling about this. Please don’t follow me. I don’t want you dragged into this any more than you already are. I’ll be the one paying for this, not you.”

He walked out the door and was gone.

Lucas grabbed his phone and punched in Forge’s number. “You have to come home,” he said when Forge picked up. “The council’s come for Declan. They think he stole something from them last night. If we don’t get him out of there, he’s screwed.”

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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