A little more from Chaos Burning…

Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group

By the time she left, Lark had a headache, but it was worth it to have received all the information she had.

Her phone pinged and she pulled it from her bag to catch sight of her mother’s number so she headed back to her temporary digs to answer it.

“You’re going to make me old if you don’t keep me updated on your whereabouts, darlin’.”

She smiled, instantly feeling better. “You’re already pretty old, I guess I should be careful. I briefed Helena earlier. I figured she’d talk to you.”

“She did. But it’s not the same as a daughter calling her mother to let her know she’s safe and not talking to strangers. Your father is going to be jealous I got to talk to you and he didn’t. I may have to lord it over him a while.”

“Ha! I got the side eye just now for being a Californian. Lucky for you, I have manners and so I’m supposed to let you guys know you did a good job with me.”

Her mother’s laugh made things better. “Clearly you didn’t speak to this person long enough to spew any of your colorful insults.”

She found herself grinning, knowing it was part of why her mother had called and Lark loved her for it. “I miss you guys.”

“I miss you too.” Rain paused. “You don’t have to be gone, you know. They could have sent someone else.”

“You and I both know that I had to go for a while.” Lark shrugged though her mother couldn’t see it.

“She doesn’t blame you.”

“That’s not quite true. Helena knows I’m not to blame. Which is different from not blaming me. We need some distance between us. I can’t see another way around it if we don’t.”

Her mother was quiet for a long time and finally sighed. “I love you. Don’t be gone too long. Your father and I didn’t have two daughters to only see one on a regular basis.”

“I just left two days ago. I don’t think we’re DEFCON one just yet.”

“You’ve been leaving for months now. Be good and stay safe. Call me tomorrow.”

“Love you too.”

She hung up and looked out the window for a while. The sky in the distance was purple like a bruise. She felt a little like that inside.

18 comments to “”

  1. Carrie F.
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:43 am · Link

    Come on June …I need this book ..hurry hurry

  2. Blanche
    May 17th, 2012 at 6:38 am · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Chaos Burning, come on June!!!

  3. Melanie J.
    May 17th, 2012 at 7:31 am · Link

    Yup, yup.. cannot wait till June!

  4. Lori T
    May 17th, 2012 at 7:34 am · Link

    I hate to rush time (as it already goes so quickly) but come on June!

  5. lea
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:13 am · Link

    Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. Guess what I preordered as a gift to myself. And no one had better bother me while I read it, either!

  6. Melissa B
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:33 am · Link

    Awww…torture!! Want it NOW!!

  7. Christine
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:35 am · Link

    Definitely looking forward to this. Really need to reread the first book

  8. Louise
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:27 am · Link

    I agree, hurry up June! So many great books coming out next month. Really looking forward to Lark and Simon and the gang! 🙂

  9. Viki S.
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:51 am · Link

    This is going to be SO good. Can’t wait!

  10. Jordan H
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:17 am · Link

    This sounds so good!!

  11. Carey
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:27 am · Link

    Still intrigued. This excerpt presents more questions to be answered. Going to add it to my list now.

  12. Melissa Lamb
    May 17th, 2012 at 12:20 pm · Link

    The more sneak peaks I read the more I want to read this book!!!

  13. bn100
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Another nice excerpt.

  14. Diane
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:46 pm · Link

    I like reading about a good relationship with you Mom, warms my heart!

  15. Jen B.
    May 17th, 2012 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I’m not going to read the excerpt. Yup, I’m going to buy it so I’m not going to read the excerpt!

  16. OrielaJ
    May 17th, 2012 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I seriously can’t wait to read this book.

  17. Tracey D
    May 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am · Link

    I’m convinced! I’m convinced! Yes, I WILL buy this book!

  18. Aurore
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:33 am · Link

    Thank you for the excerpt!