Today, we were supposed to ‘scan’ the Digital Version of the Time & Unforeseen Occurrence seven-novel series, due to be released on July 1st, 2015. We’d just received the final document from the printer’s and we had to check the alignment of circa 6,000 pages. When I read the word ‘scan,’ I foolishly thought it might take an hour or two – at most, but it didn’t, it took all day. I do confess that we might have made it through the task a little faster, but we’ve missed our friends, and the story, and we found ourselves reading sometimes, instead of ‘scanning,’ when a particularly delicious segment caught our attention.
Tom and Jenny, the leading gentleman and lady of the story, were nibbling on strawberries, sipping on champagne, and soaking in a hot, round, fragrant bubble bath in Jenny’s photography studio, tucked away near TYAX, in Canada’s Coastal Mountains, and far away from their family home in Maui. And winter was on the wing….
Here’s an excerpt from Book #6 in the series, entitled The Fairing Sky:
‘The lake waters thundered against the shore and the northern wind roared angrily, hungrily, as Tom and Jenny watched the first few flakes of snow fall silently and then disappear into the midst of the squalls of swirling, ill-fated leaves, stolen from the swaying trees all around them. Soaking in the warmth of their bubble bath, grateful for the shelter, Jenny hoped that they had brought enough warm clothing for what was sure to be a bitter morning. A large, wet, burgundy maple leaf stuck to the bathroom window, like five groping fingers hoping to hold on for the night. As it slid slowly down the slippery glass an inch or two, Jenny noticed a black spider attached to it, furiously attempting to spin a web, an anchor to help it ride out the raging storm.
Tom lifted his leg, and with his toes, he pulled the hot water faucet toward them, infusing the bath with fresh, steaming liquid, while Jenny poured another capful of lilac-scented bubble bath into the mix. Tom reached over and grasped the bottle of dealcoholized champagne, filling up Jenny’s glass, and was about to fill his own when they heard a shrill scream coming from Gabriel’s room.’
Ah, the joys of parenthood, no? We read the next few pages too… we couldn’t help it! After spending a decade creating the Epstein family saga, we feel that they’re family to us now, and we’re officially junkies, as we seldom go for more than a day or two without visiting with them, either in the first seven books, the sequel (due out in October 2015), or in the final book, the one I’m tidying up now, but I haven’t had the time to enjoy immersing myself in the journey lately, as our upcoming tour is taking all our time.
If you’d like to read the first five chapters of the story on line, you can do it free at my Web site, with my compliments. Here’s the link – http://jesseleighbrackstone.com/first_five.pdf . We’d love to hear your thoughts about the story.
Oh, the featured image at the top of the page is a lake not far from the TYAX Lodge, and closer to our house, going the other way. We think it’s beautiful, but then – we’re a little biased.
G’night, Godbless, and may you always hear the whisper of wings.
Love – Jesse.