Monday, August 4, 2014
Bluewater Bullion - Book 7 of the Bluewater Thrillers
Dani and Liz are claiming that they have seniority, insisting that they’re entitled to my full attention. They’ve been sulky and difficult to work with when I’ve taken time off to contemplate Connie’s next adventure. It was one thing before her first book was published, but they’re seeing her in a different light now. I wouldn’t say they’re jealous, but they’re demanding that I take my time with their story and not let Connie rush me.
After six books, they’re wanting to do things a little differently. They’ve decided they want to be less dependent on their network of friends. They think that they can make it on their own, without calling Phillip and Sharktooth every time things get rough. So far, they’re doing all right, but they’ve had to slap me down a couple of times when I thought bringing in reinforcements would be expedient.
Characters in a series are like children; they grow and change quickly. That’s as it should be. Otherwise, their stories would become stale. This particular change isn’t one that I anticipated, though. I’ve been expecting one of them to get involved with a man, but their standards are high, and neither has found an attractive candidate yet. Witness the following exchange, where they’re discussing their two male guests in Bluewater Bullion.
“Gerald’s kind of hot,” Liz said.
“Not my type,” Dani replied. “He’s a little too limp-wristed.”
“So you like Joe better?” Liz was referring to their other guest. Joe Thompson was a former Navy SEAL employed by Yates to help him find the wreck.
Dani shook her head. “Loser. My bet is he got run out of the Navy. He strikes me as a bully, and he’s way to quick to tell you about his experiences.”
“He’s sure built like a Greek god,” Liz said.
“Like they say in Texas, ‘big hat, no cattle.’ That body comes from too much time wasted in the gym – not useful muscle.”
Liz laughed. “There’s no pleasing you. At least they’re both easy to look at.”
Or this one, where they’re talking about one of the guests and a woman friend that he’s brought aboard for a day’s sail:
“You know, he’s a nice enough guy, but … ” Dani shook her head.
“But what?” Liz encouraged her.
“I don’t know. She seems a lot more outgoing than he is.”
“So?” Liz said.
“They seem a little mismatched, I guess.”
Liz chuckled, shaking her head.
“What?” Dani asked. “Why are you laughing at me?”
“Not you. Us. Sometimes I think neither one of us is ever going to find a guy that measures up.”
“Nothing wrong with high standards,” Dani said. “I don’t want somebody that I have to take care of all the time; that’s a pain.”
“Well, do you want somebody like that around all the time?” Dani asked.
“Not all the time, but maybe just every so often. I mean, he is pretty hot, you know?”
“That’s what you said about Joe the other day. He ever get around to asking you out?”
“I think he sort of lost interest after Gerald told him I was going to shoot Rigo.”
I need to get back to work and finish Bluewater Bullion; I certainly don’t want these two annoyed with me. Besides, I hear Connie tapping her foot …
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