Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Excerpt from Deserving of Luke

Since I didn't post an excerpt yesterday when Deserving of Luke hit the shelves, I thought I'd do it today.  Hope you enjoy!

As he looked over Paige's son, Logan felt his entire body tensing, readying itself for battle even as he told himself that it couldn't be.  That he had to be mistaken.  That Paige wouldn't have his child without telling him. 
            The words circled his brain over and over again, a particularly ineffectual mantra.  Because even as he was talking to himself, even as he was trying to convince himself that he was wrong, that he was making a huge mistake, he knew that he wasn't.  This child-- this handsome, lively eight year old boy with the silver eyes and small birthmark on his right cheek-- was his son and he didn't even know the kid's name.
            The realization was a blow that nearly brought him to his knees.  Shock and sorrow warred within him, followed by the beginnings of a rage so powerful it made him shake. 
            His child had existed in the world for eight years and he hadn't known.
            His child had grown and laughed, hurt and played, for eight years and he hadn't known.
            His child had--
            "Hello, Logan." 
             He turned dazed, furious eyes back to Paige.  "Why didn't you tell me?"  He didn't bother with pleasantries, didn't even try to hold back the question that was burning inside of him.
            She raised one cool, blond eyebrow, smiled serenely as if the same meeting that had just blown his world to hell and back had barely affected her. 
            "I did tell you.  You just chose not to believe me."
            That was it.  No explanation, no plea for forgiveness, no acknowledgement of guilt.  Just eleven words that did nothing to lower his blood pressure.
            "You know that's a bunch of bull--"
            "No milkshake today." She cut him off in mid-sentence, which was probably a good thing considering the word he'd been about to say, turned to her son, their son, and said, "We'll get one next time. We need to get back soon or Aunt Penny's going to send the cavalry after us."
            The boy rolled his eyes.  "There's no cavalry anymore, Mom.  Now the army uses tanks."
            "That's a good point-- and even more of a reason for us to head home.  Can you imagine a tank rolling down Main Street?"
            "That'd be cool!  Do you think it would point its big gun at the diner?"
            "I can only hope."  With that cryptic comment, Paige stood, not even bothering to wait for the check.  Instead, she dropped some money on the table and began herding her child toward the door.
            She'd almost made it to the front of the diner before he regained the power of thought.  Of speech.  "What's his name?" he demanded, loud enough for the whole damn restaurant to hear.  Not that he cared.  Worrying about what others thought seemed worse than stupid when he was watching his child walking away from him without a backwards glance.
            She turned then, and for the first time he realized she was fairly vibrating with the same anger that was whipping through his own system.  "None of your damn business."
            And then she was gone, leaving behind a silence so complete that the slamming of the door echoed like a gunshot. 

I'm at TLA in downtown Austin today, so if there are any librarians out there, look for me in the Walker booth.  I'll be giving away ARCs of Tempest Rising!  Have a great day, everyone!  And don't forget to comment for chances to win the RT basket I've put together :)


  1. Love the excerpt! The book sounds great. One more on my To-Buy-List. :) Have a lovely day in Austin!

  2. Grreat excerpt and I can't wait to read my copy of this book!!! :)

  3. Great excerpt, Tracy, and happy release week.

  4. Thanks, guys! TLA was so much fun today-- meeting the marketing people from my YA publisher and then walking around and talking to people about books for my oldest son. I ended up with an armload :)

  5. Good excerpt. Makes me want to read more.

  6. Loved the excerpt.Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great excerpt. i just added another book to my to-be-bought list. it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I think i have found a new author and new series with Dark Embers. can't wait for the other books to come out.