Snippet Saturday – Author’s Choice

How about an excerpt from GOING UNDER?

Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group


It was hard still, to pull into that driveway and see Anthony’s truck off to the side with a tarp over it. To know he wouldn’t be in his workshop in the garage or out back working on his garden.

Everything was so different now.

AJ, the only other surviving member of the Falco family, met Molly at the door with a hug and a kiss to the cheek. “Good to see you. Come on in, she’ll be happy to see you.”

Rosa was in the kitchen, her favorite room in the house. She looked up from the counter where she’d been rolling out dough and smiled. “Hi there, doll. Come give me a hug.”

Molly did, filching a slice of apple afterward. “Pie. Yum.”

“Good thing you came over. I haven’t been able to get used to having two less people eating my pies. I make too much.” A cloud passed over Rosa’s features briefly, before she went back to work.

“Not like it’s a chore to eat pie. So”—Molly hopped up on a chair—“I called Meriel Owen today and offered her my services as a media relations person.”

Rosa looked up, surprised. “Look at you. What did she say?”

“She asked me for my résumé and all that stuff and said if it checked out to expect to come out later in the week to be interviewed.”

“You’re going to move to Seattle? Just like that?” AJ poured himself a cup of coffee and got one for his mom and Molly as well.

“Not just like that. Not really. I’ve been out of sorts for a while and then yesterday the other partners kicked me out of the firm. I’ve got an attorney fighting it, but really, to be honest, it’s going to be about how much money they throw at me to go away. My life here is . . . well, it’s not what it was before. And I think I can make a difference with Owen.”

“I think you can too. But I worry. That’s a lot of exposure to be on television as an official Other spokesperson.” AJ shrugged.

“I lived a long time not really hiding that I was a witch, but not necessarily waving a banner about it either . That got me nowhere. No, that’s not true. It got me slapped and humiliated by my partners and watching, horrified, as humans like PURITY have set out to destroy me and mine. What’s left of us anyway. I’m mad, AJ. I’m mad and sick and tired.”

He blew out a breath. “I’ve been talking to mom about moving someplace with a clan. The witches in clan territories are more organized. Safer. Owen is as big as it gets in the States.”

“Yeah, together with Gennessee, they control from northern Mexico up to British Columbia. I’ve never been to Seattle, but I researched it a bit. Wetter than here, but less snow. I don’t know. I guess I feel like it’s my time to do something right and meaningful. I don’t want all these deaths to mean nothing. Or worse, to have people like Carlo Powers use that to do us more harm.”

Rosa threw up the evil eye. “Pig.”

“Yes. That interview last night, my goodness. I should send him a thank-you note for that last push into this decision.”

Rosa grabbed her attention and held her gaze. “You have so much potential. Your gifts are strong. Use them to put that creature in his place. This is a good choice for you. I’ll miss you. Who knows, maybe AJ will convince me at last and we’ll come out there too. You were meant for greatness. I know this.”

Molly knew that coming here would make her feel better. Knew Rosa would say exactly what she needed to hear.

“If I do move, I’m going to miss you guys so much.”

AJ snorted. “Sweetness, you’re going to be too busy saving our world to miss us.”



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