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Thanksgiving Prep


It's Thanksgiving week, so I have already started meal prep. As I write this, the bread machine is baking the second loaf of sage and onion bread for the stuffing for Thursday's dinner. I was going to do the first batch of gravy today, but I may just do that Wednesday while I'm baking pound cake and making cranberry sauce instead. I'm working on prepping a couple of manuscripts to share with some of my volunteer readers, and I can always send all the gravy home with the boys Thursday with their leftovers and make a second batch for here on Friday. We'll see.


So I can get back to the writing, I have a quick snippet for you today from Hunting Medusa.

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She never should have had sex with him. She knew it. She'd known it beforehand.


And she should definitely not still want him.


When the phone rang, it was a relief. For a few seconds. Until she realized it was Thalia. "My cousin." She didn't think she needed to explain her mental caller I.D. to him.


Kallan held her gaze for a long moment. "Don't try to let her know what's going on," he said at last. "I know where a lot of your cousins are located, and I'm not the only one."


Her heart pounded harder at the implication, but she got to her feet and picked up the receiver. "Hello, Thalia. How are you?"


"I'm fine, Andi, but I think you need to get away for a while."


She frowned, feeling Kallan's presence behind her. Close behind her. Close enough to hear her conversation. "What do you mean?" His body heat teased her.


"The Harvesters are out and about. I'm afraid for you."


Andi shut her eyes for a second, then opened them again when he put his hands on her shoulders. She shot him a glare and moved away, back toward the table. "I'm fine."


"Please don't ignore this, Andi. You know I'm hardly ever wrong."


That was true. But she wondered if her cousin realized she was often very late with her flashes of intuition. Far too late in this case. "Okay. I'll give it some thought, all right? Mom said something the other day about visiting." Gods, had it only been two days ago? "And Aunt Lydia just called yesterday, too. I could go see either of them if anything seems odd."


His hands settled on her shoulders again, massaging the tense muscles there.


She didn't bother to shrug him off this time. He was persistent. "I could even come visit you," she teased, forcing a lightness into her tone.


Her cousin cleared her throat. "I actually have company right now," she said after a moment, and Andi could almost see her blushing. "You remember I met someone in Athens last summer? Well, he's come again to stay for a while." Even over the phone, the emotion in Thalia's voice was obvious.


One more cousin safe--none of the cousins who'd fallen in love ever had the curse land on their heads. A tiny bit of relief made her relax further under Kallan's touch. "That's terrific, Thalia. When do the rest of us get to meet him?"


"We're talking dates," the other woman said, a hint of a smile in her tone now. "I'll be sure to let you know."


"Good. And thanks for the warning. I miss you."


"I miss you, too. I've got to go, Andi. Talk to you soon. But promise you'll be careful. Danger is coming from more than one direction."


She pushed the off button on the phone and shut her eyes, ignoring the slight sting in them. She was not envious of Thalia's good fortune. She was just in an impossible situation here.


His warm breath brushed the top of her head a second before his lips. "That was good."


She wanted to tell him to go screw himself. She wanted a weapon to swing at him. She wanted him to wrap his arms around her and carry her down onto the nearest flat surface.


Her eyes popped open. Damned hormones.

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Now I'm heading back to that short contemporary story so I can send it off to a couple of reader volunteers. Before I go, though, I want to say I'm thankful for all of you, thankful you've read and liked my books, thankful you hang out with me here and on my social media pages. If you're celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope you all have a wonderful day! (And that you sneak in some reading time!) See you next week!

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