Blood in the Sand comes out tomorrow!
We're both incredibly excited, needless to say. The book was a labor of love--we love these characters, we love this world, and we love sharing it with all of you.
So here's the last excerpt. It features Jed being an old cat lady, which is always one of our favorite things to write.
“Jed.” Redford’s voice was slightly muffled, probably because he’d buried his face under the pillows. He was just a lump under the blankets, grunting whenever Jed elbowed him back awake. “Tell me why we’re up at two in the morning again?”
Jed covered the phone receiver with one hand. “Because,” he explained, like it was the most obvious thing in the world, “the time difference means it’s eight in the morning back home.”
Back to the phone, he raised his voice. “No, you are a sack of shit, and if you don’t fucking put the phone where I want it, I will personally— Yeah, you better run for your manager, you fucking pussysnatch.”
“Okay.” Redford was apparently unfazed by Jed’s outburst. He’d rolled over just enough to peer out at Jed, eyes heavy with sleep. “But why does it have to be eight in the morning? ’Cause it’ll still be daytime back home if we did this at a normal hour.”
Turning his attention back to Redford, Jed smirked at him, expression softening, running his hand through Redford’s hair. “Yeah, but you know how she gets in the morning. ’Sides, I was going to do this yesterday, but I went out. And my contacts are very good at what they do, but I don’t think this would have helped my credibility any.”
There was a new voice over the phone, and Jed immediately started shouting. “Oh my God, whose cock do I have to fucking deep-throat over there to get one fucking simple thing done, you fucking sack of fuck-faced—” In an instant, Jed’s tone turned from murderous to crooning, and his whole face lit up. “Hi, baby. Who is being just the best kitty in the world? Hmm? How’s my Knievel?”
There was a loud, disgruntled meow, and Jed could hear the rattling of the cage door. Probably their cat had just taken a swipe at the phone. “I know,” he apologized, raising his voice to be heard over the meowing. “But it wasn’t my idea to put you in a mean old animal hotel. That would be your other daddy. He is a very bad man.”
Redford promptly thumped Jed on the leg, narrowing his eyes up at him from his cocoon of blankets. “Am not,” he mumbled.
“Yes he is,” Jed continued, voice a soothing singsong tone. “But don’t worry, baby kitty, I will punish him. Now you be good, and I will be home to save you very soon. I just have to kill one little stupid man, and then we will all go fishing. Who likes fishes?” Delighted when he heard the loud carburetor purr and the distinctive sound of Knievel head butting the cage, he grinned. “That’s right! You do! We will go get lots and lots of fishes.”
The phone was thrust at Redford. “Say hello,” Jed demanded.
For those of you who have already answered the previous five competition questions, thank you! We've got your answers, so you don't need to post them again. For those who are just joining us now, we're going to list all six questions so that you don't have to go post hunting to find them. We've put comments in a moderated queue so that only we can see them.
1. In Blood Howl, what was the one thing that could kill a werewolf like Filtiarn?
2. Jed and Redford met one of Jed's ex-clients at the gun show; what was his name?
3. What do Jed and Redford get to eat after they play basketball?
4. What is one of Jed's nicknames for Victor? (There's multiple correct answers for this one, Jed loves his nicknames.)
5. What are Jed's very last words in the book?
And now for the sixth, and last:
6. Whose house is Redford living in at the start of the book?