Today’s Deadly Destination is from Linda Grimes‘s Ciel Halligan on Ciel’s diary from QUICK FIX, In A Fix #2 (published on August 20, 2013 by Tor (Macmillan)). Want to win a copy IN A FIX and QUICK FIX? Enter via the widget below.
Deciphered Excerpt From the Previously Stolen Green Suede Diary of Ciel Halligan, Aura Adaptor:
Diary! First of all, let me just say how happy—and relieved—I am to have you back. I honestly thought I’d never see you again after those crazy Vikings took you. I was afraid all my feverishly recorded hopes and dreams (and, all right, fantasies) would be lost forever. Which would be a real shame because, damn, you hold some astounding descriptions of…um, never mind that. Thank God I wrote them in a code only I can decipher.
So, to catch up:
The facilitating business is going okay. Still not netting enough to qualify as a living wage, but what’s family for if not to support a poor, struggling entrepreneur?
It’s not that I don’t charge my clients enough—I do. Sometimes I even think I make them pay too much. Then again, can you really put too high a price on being able to solve people’s problems for them as them, and allowing them to take credit for the whole thing? That’s got to be worth some bucks, right? And if my fees weren’t so high, I’d never be able to keep my clients comfortable while providing the services I do. Overhead gobbles humongous chunks out of my potential profits. Operating three deluxe client hideaways isn’t cheap. And they have to be deluxe because, let’s face it, the clients who can afford to pay what I charge are accustomed to primo accommodations. If I ever expect to rack up any repeat business, I have to keep them happy.
As for my personal life…well, that’s as big a mess as ever. You already know every little detail about my ridiculous crush on Mark the Super Spy, so I won’t bore you by rehashing all of that. Suffice it to say, he’s as hunky as he ever was. But (and this is the big news) it does seem like he’s finally starting to realize I’m a girl. He kissed me! And not just on the top of my head like he usually does, either. Right on the lips. He might be starting to see me as more than a substitute kid sister.
Which would be utterly fantastic news if Billy hadn’t complicated everything by suddenly deciding he wants to be more than just a pseudo-cousin. It would be easier if he weren’t so damned good looking…and smart…and funny…and…well, sexy. He knows all about my forever crush on Mark, and is suddenly determined to push the spook out of my head.
Gaaah. The whole situation has me totally confused. I’m about ready to say screw ‘em both!
(No, not like that. Though it could be one solution, I suppose… Nah, that would never work for me. I’m too inept at this romance BS to take a chance on juggling.)
So forget them. My love life will just have to sort itself out.
In the meantime, I’m going to stick to the important things. I have a business to run: Ciel Halligan, Facilitator. Places to go and people to be!
P.S. Billy, if you found where I hid this—again—and have been able to decipher it, I will know it. And I will kill you. Twice.
Linda is a former English teacher and ex-actress who now channels her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas, where she rode horses, embarrassed herself onstage a lot, and taught teenagers they’d have to learn the rules of English before they could get away with breaking them for creativity’s sake. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, whom she snagged after he saw her in a musical number at the now defunct Melodrama Theater in San Antonio. (There’s nothing like a rousing chorus of “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait” to hook a man for a lifetime.)
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Available on August 20, 2013 by Tor (Macmillan)
QUICK FIX—the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES.
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It’s supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it’s wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she’s crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.
Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She’s young for it, but she’s always been precocious, so it’s not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches—adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can’t change herself back.
Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel’s brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who’s determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly’s unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who’s been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
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