I’m so sorry to bother you but I’ve been all over the site and searching through the “I’m looking for” options with no results. Maybe I’m missing it!
I’ve just signed up to view news from the IA Facebook site. There is a Facebook and Blog post titled “Nevada’s Snippet Will Be Posted on the Blog” at https://ilona-andrews.com/nevadas-snippet-will-be-posted-on-the-blog/ and I’ve dug around on the blog for any postings several days after but no luck. I found a link to what I think was the location from GoodReads but the end page is a 404 error. Is there any chance that I can find what appears to be a great snippet and catch up? Here’s the text from the GoodReads site (comments section): “(EDIT: Here’s another long snippet of Catalina coming home after a hard day to a kitchen filled with family including the 8,5 months pregnant Nevada. There’s also a glimpse of Rogan… https://ilona-andrews.com/snippet-bribe-youre-my-favorite-truthseeker/ )”.
I tried to do any and all research to find it on my own to avoid embarrassment and public shaming in front of the BDH but to no avail. Thank you so much in advance for the help!LaVonne
Sometimes we write snippets for the readers, usually because they request it, but those snippets are then discarded. That was a fun, slightly sappy snippet, which was never meant to be in the novel. It was fan service. 🙂
Unless the snippet is specifically marked with the book’s title and heading EXCERPT, everything is subject to change and the content of the snippet shouldn’t be taken as being representative of that novel. Unfortunately, shortly after that snippet was posted someone left a very long review of EMERALD BLAZE on Goodreads blasting the book based on the contents of the snippet. The review has been taken down for whatever reason, but I’m guessing several people have read it.
So we let the snippet run its course and took it down. We need to figure out a better way to segregate fan service fun stuff from the actual books. This is part of the reason when people ask us for specific scenes, we usually say no. I can offer you the snippet of pregnant Nevada from the actual book, but it doesn’t have Rogan’s reaction to pregnancy. I think you could probably hunt it down on Facebook fan group.
I walked into the kitchen. The whole family had gathered around the oversized dining room table. Bern, my oldest cousin, big, broad shouldered, with tousled hair that couldn’t decide if it was light brown or dark blond. Leon next to him, a sharp grin on his face. Arabella, looking surly, her long blonde hair curled into ringlets.
On the other side of Bern, at the head of the table, Grandma Frida loaded her taco. Thin, bird-boned, with a halo of platinum curls and a hint of machine grease at her hairline, she saw me and winked. On her left, Mom scooped mango salsa on her plate. Dark haired and bronze skinned, the only person in the family with darker skin than me, Mom used to be athletic and hard. Her last tour robbed her of the full use of her left leg. Even after two surgeries, her knee still hurt. Next to her Nevada picked up a pickle, dipped it into honey, and stuck half of it into her mouth.
“Eww,” Arabella said. “Someone take that away from her.”
Nevada squinted at her. Most of the pregnancy books I read warned to expect mood swings in the last trimester. Nevada was forty weeks pregnant and cool as a cucumber. She claimed she’d put on forty pounds, which didn’t slow her down any, and if she had mood swings, we sure as hell hadn’t seen them. She was her calm, sometimes scary, self, and the look she gave Arabella would have given the five Primes I’d met today a serious pause.
“Touch my pickles and die.”
I sat into the chair next to Nevada. She reached over and patted my back. Leon must have brought everyone up to speed on our monster adventure and race to the MII.
Arabella squinted back. “You’re almost nine months pregnant. Shouldn’t you be soft, and happy, and glowing? When are we gonna see some glow?”
Arabella clearly had a death wish.
Nevada finished her pickle spear and licked honey off her fingertips. “I’m the size of a house, the kid inside me keeps kicking me in the kidneys, I have to pee every five minutes, my legs cramp, and I can’t get out of bed by myself. I have to roll to the side like a walrus, which is harder right now since my husband is somewhere in the Russian Empire and he isn’t there to steady me. And how was your day of being young, beautiful, skinny, and carefree? Why aren’t you glowing?”
Arabella stuck her tongue out and turned back to her plate. Something was wrong.
“What happened?” I asked her.
Arabella rolled her eyes. “I can’t get any privacy in this family.”
No, you don’t. “What happened?”
“Some guy rear-ended me on Wilcrest Drive.”
The collective chewing stopped.
“Are you okay?” Nevada asked.
“I’m okay, Baby is okay, he just bounced off my bumper.”
“Damn right he did,” Grandma Frida said between bites. “That’s 7.5 mm ballistic steel.”
Arabella loved her red Mercedes. We bought it for her used, and she had been in three accidents since getting her license. Now it was four. After our warehouse was attacked by an elite mercenary team, Grandma Frida tried to convince her to switch to something more “sensible”, but my sister refused, since Grandma Frida’s idea of sensible was a tank. Grandma settled for upgrading the Mercedes to VPAM 7 armor. She upgraded the engine, too, to compensate for the added weight and now the Mercedes sounded like a pack of hungry lions.
“What were you doing out on Wilcrest?” Mom asked.
“I wanted Oyster Nachos from Cajun Kitchen.”
Nevada’s eyes glazed over for a second. “Oh, that does sound good.”
“I’ll get you some next time,” Arabella said.
Leon dropped his fork on the table and shook his hands. “What happened with the accident?”
“Nothing happened. The guy who came out had slicked back blond hair, like he was some sort of greaser. He got out of the car and I thought he was going to be nice to me because I curled my hair and had a sundress on. And he came out looked at his grill, and then he grabbed his hair which looked stupid and started screaming that it was an aftermarket grill. He accused me of driving my mom’s car, not knowing how to drive, called me the C word. And then his friends in the car were laughing.”
“So he just screamed at you?” Nevada leaned forward, her expression focused.
Three years ago, Arabella would have exploded. She would have changed shape right there in front of the Cajun Kitchen, stomped on that Tahoe, and rode it like skateboard up and down the street. We had dodged a giant bullet.
“And what did you do?” Nevada asked.
Arabella sighed. “You want to know what I did? Nothing. I stood there like a moron and let him scream at me. I don’t even know why I did that. I’m not a pushover person.”
“What did the driver look like?” I asked.
“I don’t know, I didn’t look at him that well. Blond, well built, jock type, probably twenty-five, twenty-eight, between 160 and 180 lbs, about five foot ten, clean shaven, black T-shirt with a grey outline of Texas on it, khaki cargo shorts, carrot red Nikes with white laces, a fake Rolex. And not a good fake Rolex, either. He was driving a black Chevy Tahoe, maybe 2012 or so, with a small dent in the bumper on the driver side. There were three other people in the car.”
“Did you take a pic?” I asked.
“No,” Arabella squeezed out through clenched teeth. “Like I said, I stood there and let him yell at me. He didn’t even give me his insurance. Since he kept screaming about his grill, I told him he could sell the knock off Rolex he was wearing to pay for a new one. He started cussing, and I said that we needed to get the cops involved. He just drove off. It was a random thing. I don’t want to talk about it anymore. We were talking about Nevada. When is Connor coming home?”
Really? That was a low blow.
A week ago, Connor got word that one of the soldiers he served with got himself entangled in a kidnapping in Russia. He was part of the rescue team, which hadn’t come back to base. Peter was one of the sixteen soldiers who made it out of the Belize jungle with Connor. My brother-in-law would do anything for them, but Nevada could be due any day, so he’d hesitated. And my pregnant sister practically pushed him into the plane to the Russian Empire to go and rescue the rescue team. We hadn’t heard anything since.
“Arabella,” Mom said in her sergeant voice.
Arabella looked at her plate.
“You’ll know when I know,” Nevada said. “He’ll handle it and come home.”
And of course, Rogan handles it and does, just in time. Because he is that kind of a guy. We wouldn’t let him miss the birth of his baby, never fear.
For those interested, Oyster Nachos is a real thing in Houston. No idea how it tastes, but I’m guessing it’s yummy.
Thank you for the snippet! A long snippet, which I love. We of the BDH salute you all!
Now I want to go to Houston’s Cajun Kitchen……thank you so much for the goodie!
Ok, so my first thought was Oyster Nachos? Gross. But then I read the description and it sounded better. I’m sure my husband would like those (and probably everything else on the menu). I hope the owners are fans of yours so they get to be all excited that you used their restaurant in your book! ????
Orlana Curry says
I have found myself part of this family and part of bed and breakfast family. I love them both. I know it must be difficult to keep up with both stories, but I hope you do. Thank you for allowing me to be in both stories.
Thank you for a snippet to stave off this dreary (again) Monday!
Maria R. says
Oh my, oh my! Thank you so much. Truly get a chuckle out of the Baylor family comment of “I didn’t get a good look…” then gives a detailed description I’d never put together .
Oyster nachos sound amazing!! Thanks for the snippet!
We’re thankful for everything you share with us.
Yoiks! Oyster Nachos? I can’t even look at the mollusks once the shells are opened and figure it was a very hungry person that first gave them a try. .Then again, maybe the taco seasoning kills the taste? I put cucumbers in honey so probably I’ve got no room to talk. That’s only some vinegar and salt away from Nevada’s chosen treat.
Oysters actually taste pretty good cooked. I liked them better than scallops as a kid. Not going near them raw, though, no matter what goes with them. I’ve had microbiology, thank you very much.
Thank you. Love the family interactions!
Thanks for the info. Loved the snippet, thank you. Now I’m sitting here hitting refresh and waiting for fans in the know to start the discussion on oyster tacos. ????
I remember Rogan’s reaction. It was amazing. I hoped we would see more of it. Ofcourse I am happy with everything you write.
oyster nachos, gross… oyster anything, gross.
Thank you for the story. I love the little family snippets because the characters are so real. It doesn’t have to be part of the book. I feel like I am quietly standing beside them in the kitchen.
+1 on the oysters! They are even disgusting when fried and I have always been of the “fry it, it will taste great” school. Clams are good, but only ultra fresh and in a lovely chowder.
I can’t believe some troll reviewed a book that’s not even published yet, let alone based on a single snippet that might or might not actually make it through the final edit. What a total jerk. I thought that snippet was fun, I’m sorry to hear we won’t see it again.
Hang in there!
Patricia Schlorke says
Thank you for the snippet of the Baylor/Rogan family. 🙂 I loved that Arabella didn’t know who rear ended her car but got a very good description of the guy. That snark…never went away.
If Rogan had missed the birth of his baby, the Baylor family would have stormed the Russian Empire, get everyone out, and held it over his head forever. Glad he made it in time. 😀
Oh good! Arabella didn’t really look at the guy and listen to the description- excellent witness
Caroline P. says
thanks, I love your snippet.
Great as always. Thanks so much for a hint of what to come!
You are the best! Love the Baylor family scenes so much.
If I am remembering the previous fan service, I like this scene much better. Glad you kept the section where Arbella says she doesn’t know what the guy looked like then rattles of a description that would make a sketch artist smile.
Thanks for the snippet but I didn’t think the fan service snippet was sappy.
I thought it was sweet and funny. I really liked it and am sorry it’s gone.
Perhaps you could put them in a section marked “Outtakes” or just “Outside Snippets” and not kill them?
No matter what you do, some folks are not going to read it properly, and some of those are going to post reviews based entirely upon their own stupidity. You can’t fix stupid. State your case dispassionately, and move on.
I mean I would definitely give oyster nachos a try!
And now i want to go to Houston for oyster nachos. (Which would be fine, if i didn’t live 18 hours away. lol)
Thanks for the expert. I’d go taste test oyster nachos, but I’m allergic to shellfish which drives my Cajun friends nuts. So I’ll just agree they sound yummy.
I don’t care if the earlier post was sappy. I’ll take sappy. I love the Takis fuego, I love the mango ice cream, I love the many many pancakes and ???? .
I love the apple pie and Greek gyro.
It’s a peek at family’s ways to show-care and love …
Support and compassion.
And today we have a hint of Arabella’s maturity and her awesome memory.
Go House Baylor.
Families are the most important thing in our lives.
I personally adored the snippet with Rogan’s reaction to the pregnancy. I’m sorry it didn’t make it into the book. It made it into my memory, at least, but it was a great reaction. I am aware that when a book is being written, some things have to be cut to stop it from becoming so long that nobody will want to attempt to read it, but that scene will stay with me while I read the finished the product.
Arabella not taking a good look at the guy who hit her was also in a snippet a while back. I laughed then; I laughed now.
Being in the mood to laugh made me laugh at, ” Her last tour robbed her of the full use of one of her left leg.” I can understand why and how that could happen, but you don’t usually post stuff without proof-reading it, and it made me laugh when it stopped me cold to wonder how many left legs she might have. Chalk it up to me needing to laugh today. It’s been a rough couple of weeks here.
Amanda P says
Thank you, off work with the Flu, you just made my day
Perfect as always! Thank you for your thoughtfulness for the BDH
I love love love snips! It breaks my heart that people who are obviously not fans comment such nasty things to make you take things down or even not write them. It’s so hard to find a series that you can get lost in and when you do find them the books are few n far between so the snips we get bring us back to our favorite characters & their world’s. I’m so in love with the Innkeeper books that I get so excited when you post anything about them and end up devouring it in mins. Keep up the great work and ignore the haters!
I just love your writing so much & imagining about having to deal with negative comments & reviews makes me queasy. And angry on your behalf! I wish you didn’t have to deal with that!
I respect your talent, dedication, sacrifice & work so much! Thanks for sharing. I loved Rogan’s reaction & wished to see even more.
Happy to know I wasn’t hallucinating some of those snippets I looked for the other day when I was wanting some Emerald. Whew!
Bonne Kelly says
Lovely snippet! No oysters for this lady but peanut butter and pickles are to die for!
Yes!! Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches!! Either wheat or white bread is good, but sturdy bread (not Wonder bread – too squishy). Dill slices like for hamburgers, or slice whole kosher dills lengthwise, in thin slices.
(My sister prefers bread-and-butter or sweet pickle slices.)
Childhood comfort food is the best!!
I’m sure Connor cane running just in time to catch his kid one handed lol 😉
Regina Hullihen says
Some people just aren’t happy unless they can destroy someone else’s day. I liked both snippets, and appreciate that you take the time to let us see them and peek into your thoughts on writing and life.
As always, thank you for the snippet!!
Oh, Gawd, fabulous, thank you! I’ve been in withdrawal lately. Need more.
Thx again! – A.
By the time Arabella gets her book it would be couple of years since this moment and the baby might already manifest cool powers 🙂 Can’t wait!
I don’t think we’ll have to wait that long for the powers…
Patricia Schlorke says
Ooooo, a hint of what’s to come. Yay!
oh thank you, thank you, thank you! That gave me a shiver. I’m already on tenterhooks for EB and it just got a whole magnitude worse.
Oh wow. Are we going to see it on the incoming Hidden Legacy book? Or is the answer too spoilery?
Susie Q. says
As Rogan warned Nevada frequently, their powers aren’t complementary but both are duos or possibly trios (Rogan has kinetic, tactile and some empathy which I think would be mind oriented and Nevada truthseeker and sureshot when shot at) and Neveda’s dad is sort of a wild card passing along 3 different talents. Add in House Andrews as their creator and the odds of a prime increase. I get dazed and amazed by their creativity on a regular basis.
This was very fun, thank you!!
Note to self: print ALL snippets promptly. I’ve always printed everything that you let us know will not make it into the book. I fold them in half and put them in 6×9 poly envelopes that I tuck between the appropriate books on the shelf, one poly envelope after each book. Always so fun to re-read after the new story is out!
OMG, what a cool idea. I wish I had done that in the past. I will start doing that today. I do love some Arabella. She reminds me of my youngest child so much snark and spunk!
Sara Joy says
Brilliant! I’ll have to make a similar plan…
Oyster nachos would maybe 3 oysters on them.
Ooh I’m itching to kick some fictional ass. Feeling weirdly protective of the younger Baylors. Wonder why Arabella just froze like that? I mean, that’s character growth, but I wonder if there’s anything else going on.
Anyway, loved the snippet. Thanks for asking for it, LaVonne, and thanks for sharing Ilona ♥️
First, thank you for the snippet. Second, I went to GR just in case I found something, and oh, I found, but omg, people are so meen, I don’t believe that they leave reviews and comments on books thay haven’t read, that haven’t been even published yet, and for the hateful comments, and especially about Julie, I always wandered why did you stoped so harshly with her, cose it was obvious that you loved her, I can’t even…. Please don’t read this kind of stuff, write what you love and what you want, do not care about the toxic I..ts. And please tell Brandy that we love her and want to read her! Stay strong and positive and believe that not everyone is hateful idiot in this world.
PS going on FB to dig, hoping for better people.
I love both versions of the snippets. I end up hunting “takis” for the taste ????. But no on the “Oyster taco”
For anyone looking for Rogan’s reaction to the pregnancy, that part was posted in the fb fan site
I love both versions of the snippets. I end up hunting “takis” for the taste ????. But no on the “Oyster taco”
Thank you!!! Maybe this is the place to handle these things and not Goodreads.
Hi, thanks for the snippet. I love it. I was surprised that so many had been looking for the Nevada telling Rogan that I have been searching for days. I loved that segment. It was a wonderful look into the family. Thank you for the explanation.
I’m sorry to hear the Rogan reaction snippet is gone, I really liked it. I hope Del is doing great, Batty is winning the other cats over, the kids are healthy and your allergies are in abeyance.
There was also a nice scene with Nevada and Catalina discussing swords. Catalina just got a new one.
Love the snippet. I missed that one. Many thanks for posting it.
Patricia Schlorke says
This is just a thought since you have so much writing to do: for the snippets that are usually posted here, why not make a “short story” volume for the fans? Nalini Singh did this with her newsletter short stories that don’t make it in her books. She calls them “a peak into the characters every day lives” and can only be available to her newsletter subscribers. That way all of us who love these snippets that are discarded from any post (facebook, here, Goodreads, etc.) can go back and re-read them as we want to. As I say, it’s just a thought.
It would immediately rated on Goodreads and people would make judgement about our ability to write based on the unedited work.
This is literally a deleted scene that we turned into a quick freebie for the blog and it is rated and reviewed as if it was a finished work. When we cut something, it’s because it wasn’t good enough for publication. 🙂
((Shakes head)) Some people just suck. Makes me wish I was a super hacker (alas, not any kind of hacker) and could go after trolls. Sorry you have to deal with idiots, but we all appreciate it! ????
This was a wonderful snippet! I just had to wait from May until December 27 to find out what my first grandchild will be. It was a healthy baby girl, although a little small at 5lbs and 11 oz. Baby and Mom are wonderful. Anyway, I did not deal with the is it a boy or is it a girl very well. I was very nosey and wanted them to find out and tell me but they did not know until she arrived! Now I have to wait to see what Nevada and Rogan are having… the suspense may kill me. It’s like another member of my family. That is how much I enjoy your books! Thank you for the snippet.
I wonder why people do that? What reason could there possibly be to know the sex of an unborn child? My first pregnancy, I told my parents and in-laws that I would have a girl before I had seen a doctor to confirm the pregnancy. My in-laws laughed and said I had no way of knowing, my parents nodded and smiled because they knew that I knew. At an ultrasound to confirm that it was a single child, not twins, the tech asked me if I wanted to know the sex. I said, “I don’t need you to tell me I’m having a daughter.” The second time around, at an ultrasound to confirm serious issues had passed, the doctor – who was new to me because we had moved the month before – asked if I wanted to know the sex of the child. I said, “No. Until it’s born, I have a son; once it’s born, it won’t matter.” Truth all the way around, and I had a son.
But it didn’t matter to anybody, because a child is a gift in your life, male or female, and it’s not as if you’d return the gift once you get it, is it?
My brother and his wife was told by doctors they where having a girl or at least they where 97% sure it was a girl, so happy and bought stuff for a their coming girl, guess what Zachary showed up they had to run out and get blue blanket and clothing….understand the wanting to know but still. Lol just to add matters I was a boy by doc guess…so to me life still has surprises even when the technology gets better.
OMG, what a cool idea. I wish I had done that in the past. I will start doing that today. I do love some Arabella. She reminds me of my youngest child so much snark and spunk!
I love the snippets, canon or not, and I’m always disappointed when they disappear, even though I understand why it is necessary. Rereading those helps with the wait between books.
Maybe you could create a category for deleted scenes, slice of life, or non-canon snippets to help differentiate between the excerpts and the fan service?
As a fan, I appreciate the amount of extras that you guys make available!
Yes please! I love all the snippets and the non-canon stuff is especially interesiting and fun so I would appreciate a section where you can immerse yourself in these moments again. I was searching for the mentioned snippet too and could not find it again. I chalked that up to my limited powers of observation 🙂
I usually avoid all snippets just because I don’t want to be spoiled in any way for the book, so unless you post something that says it has nothing to do with the book, I sadly don’t read it.
Linda Trainor says
Love this world. I often wish I could move in.
Me too! Of course, I’d like to be in several of their worlds, so I hope they all exist in alternate plains of reality. Then, I can bounce/portal from one to another, just by choosing a different doorway in my home’s magic hallway.
Dang it! “Planes of reality “!
Me too – or rather, I wait until after the book has been released and I’ve read it before I then go back and read the snippets. It does sometimes mean I miss out though, but it is what it is 🙂
Thank you for the peak! Love it.
How frustating for you, and hopefully embarrassing for the reviewer. Who writes a review if they haven’t actually read the book? I guess we know who never actually read the book for their high school book reports! Which begs the question why would you want to write a long review of a book you haven’t read? That is some amazing ego. Anyway, I am glad it is down and no longer plaguing you too badly. I am also glad you regave us this snippet! I recall the long detective type description when she hadn’t really looked, but the pickles were new! Thank you!
Tina in NJ says
I’ve always felt that Arabella might end up being a lawyer, mostly based on her terrorizing the high school debate team as a freshman. She’s sharp as a tack and very competitive. However, if her casual observation is this good, maybe investigation is her future. You both, of course, will decide what happens to her.
Thanks for the snippet.
David in Fremont says
Not sure her observation was ‘casual.’ Combined with her weak denial, I think she found him hot.
No. Being asked, “Are you okay? Is anyone hurt?” might go some way toward making a woman predisposed to noticing hotness. Being screamed at by an asshole on the side of the road after he rear ended you is not hot.
It’s Monday and I’ve already worked 23 hours. I’ll take a snippet any day, but especially days like this past week. 😉
Thanks needed my reading fix. I appreciate everything you write.
Thank you for the snippet ???? This version is great as well as what I recall from the first one, in both I was amazed about Arabellas cool and her recall.
And I really cannot believe that you are spoiling us with all these beautiful snippets and then people twist it around in such strange ways. Thank you for still believing in the overall goodness of people and continuing – those snippets really make my days! Its always a joy to discover them on the blog and keep wondering how they will fit in the big picture.
Any snippet day is a good day. 🙂
*reads menu* I would TOTALLY try oysters nachos. YOLO
Wow. Sorry that some people have no sense. Thank you for this snippet. I truly enjoy reading your writing, and this one made me smile – family!
Oh my. Thank you so much. I don’t care if it makes into the books. I just love reading about their world. Any of your characters’ world(s). I really appreciate you both! I also appreciate your family because your family has characteristics that can be seen in the books. I love your family life that you y’all about. I am fan girling but I want naysayers to leave my favorite authors alone! Your books and blog are great! Bye now…
Thank you, this was awesome.
Debra K Hoffmaster says
Loved it. Thanks. Makes the wait go faster.
Thank you. I love the snippets both cannon & non-cannon.
Thank you for the snippet. Whenever I picture Grandma Frida, I always think of Rita Moreno.
I think of Estelle Getty. ????
Dawn Chalmers says
I think of Betty White!
Kelly Jacobs says
I loved finding the first chapter of Emerald Blaze at the end of my copy of Sweep with Me!
It was Awesome!
Greatful for all droppings from authorlord table!! Enjoy and move on – like a beautiful sunset 🙂
Sorry, Nevada. No raw shellfish when you’re pregnant. (I think I’ll let someone else tell her. ????)
Love love love oysters… went to Tokyo and had Oyster Okonomiyaki, it was delicious. I would definitely try oyster tacos.
I can’t believe someone would blast EB based on the snippet. But then again, people can be so weird. Thanks for this snippet, it’s absolutely fantastic!
Love snippets. They keep me going til the next book comes out.
Amanda B says
❤️❤️ thank you! I love this family and these books so much! Even going to be talking about them at an interview Friday because they want to know what my favorite books are! ❤️
Elizabeth G says
I really loved the snippet and any snippet. I’m sorry that some People can’t take fan service or snippets well.
I really appreciate you sharing this. I’m going to guess that we’re going to meet those boys again…. and I’m going with Pancakes little brother was involved 😉
Thank you for sharing!
Loved it (as usual)!
Thank you and have a great week!
Thanks for the snippet! I am intrigued by oyster nachos, but mostly because I assume they are nothing like my grandmas’ oysters. Both grandmas ostensibly made the same oysters, but one grandma always put milk in everything, so hers were always mushy (she was a good cook, for any food that she couldn’t find an excuse to add milk to). The other grandma’s oysters would be good if she didn’t put black pepper on them.
April White says
Bill G says
A lovely way to start the morning. Aside from the folks who want to tell you what to do and how to organize your website.
Thank you for the snippets, temporary or not.
Hmmmm. So someone is baiting arabella to explode.
You are so clever, I had not thought of that. Love this group!
This is SO SAD to hear! I try to avoid spoilers, so I wait for the book to come out, read it, and then scour through the “Hidden Legacy” tag to read all the snippets and extra bits I missed. This means there are snippets I will never see? Because of stupid people on Goodreads? I don’t know whether to be raging mad or heartbroken. Plz plz don’t delete the snippets. I live for them in my post-reading-depression-phase. <3
thank you for all those snippets. i enjoy them everytime.
a „snippet“ which has no part in a book but in a series ist mostly known as bonus. so why not simply call it bonus? i love those bonuses, they are always so much fun to read. ???? thank you for those
Love any and all snippets… Makes waiting time in-between books easier.
Please don’t stop.
Thank you ????
Now I want to go to Houston + Cajun Kitchen for all the food 🙂
Michele G says
Thank you for the snippet. I love it and can’t wait for the book. Do you want to share your recipe for Mango Salsa?? Wasn’t Catalina making it in Sapphire Flames?? I have been looking for a really good salsa recipe.
I think it’s the word snippet that implies that it’s something snipped from a larger piece. Maybe when you post something that’s not from a book you could call it a short. I mean, a short story has no minimum word count, so it wouldn’t matter if it was just a small scene. Personally, I don’t care what anyone calls them, I just love seeing those fun little bits of your book universes. It would be a shame if we lost those, because some people are jerks. Hearing that there was a story that disappeared before you got to read it is real disappointing.
Diane P DesAutels says
Tery Gohsman says
Snippets are what keeps me going. Next best thing to the books. Thank you
Love the snippets (all of them)! Hard pass on the oyster nachos! Yuck! LOL!
I’ve noticed that a lot of people say they worry about (or don’t worry about) spoilers. Is this truly a problem? After all every one of the BDH is going to read and reread (multiple times, most likely) every book, story and snippet that comes their way, sooo…. doesn’t that make spoilers a null idea?
Thank upyou for the snippet!
Sorry some people must find a reason to bite the hand that feeds them (snippets!)
Oyster Nachos are real – if you are a fan of oysters in any form you will like these – or I hope you will. They are amazing. Then again I am a fan of oysters, my hubs is not so he might disagree – I dont listen to him when it comes to food – more for me!
Thank you for the snippet – makes research/writing a bit better to have something not written by me to read that also has nothing to do with my own stuff! You both are greatly appreciated!
Ellen D says
Huh some people are so dissatisfied in their own lives they try to tear down others. Ok back to the oyster nachos. Maybe for research purposes y’all could give us some feedback. I mean it would be a great break.
I’m on my way to Houston this weekend and can’t wait to try the oyster nachos at Cajun Kitchen! Thanks for the snippet.
Ooo please report back!
Richard Cartwright says
Man, I wish y’all wrote for Baen. The eARC would be son sale in a month or two and i wouldn’t have to wait till August.
People like that are the reason why we can’t have nice things! I think any review on GR should be banned until, I don’t know – the book is released maybe?? I don’t get people rating and reviewing books that aren’t actually published books yet (or ARCs) Love the snippets, slices of life, shorts – call them what you will. Would hate to lose them due to <> people.
You could make a mini-directory listing for ‘Fake Snippets’ and have a disclaimer that these are all non-canon snips that people requested (or just label it non-canon snips). I think they’re really cool and like reading them before the book comes out.
Dana, Lexington says
Thank you so much for the snippet. Just ignore people like that, because they are always out there, and there’s a lot more who aren’t, and appreciate all you put out.
You are helping me get through a bad week; my mother passed away Monday and dealing with funeral home, family, and all the rest. And Hugh and Elara are helping me go SOMEWHERE ELSE for a while. Thank you.
So sorry for your loss Dana. Sounds like you are shouldering the aftermath. I resented that after my father passed. No time to grieve quietly or catch your breath. It sounds like you are finding space for yourself.
My heart goes out to you, Dana. Sending you strength and hugs.
The person who “reviewed” the book based on the sniopet probably wouldn’t pick up on the distinction. Some people just see what they want to see and run with it.
Me? I take any and all offerings: snippets, excerpts, persoectives, twitter convos. I am easy to please ????
Sherri S says
Thank you for the snippet from my favorite book family! Love the Baylors and the Hidden Legacy books. I grew up in a neighborhood just off of Wilcrest and Westheimer in Houston. These stories remind me of home and of my crazy family. Minus the exciting magical abilities, of course! ☺️
Chris Carroll says
I’m glad I found this snippet and post. I never knew that some of the snippets just get lost. Oh my. I used to make myself NOT read any snippets, thinking it would spoil my read when the book came out. What have I missed?? Oh the horror!
I’m sorry to hear that some reviewers are using snippets and reveals to backlash during a review. Fortunately, the majority of your readers love what little bonus peeks we get into your worlds. Heck, I’d read your shopping list if you posted it, although in my mind I’d have Kate and Curran arguing about lasagna noodles or something.
Thank you for spoiling us!!
How can someone blast a book based on a snippet that may or not be in the book and the book isn’t even published?
You will never lose a bet if it is based on the stupidity of people.
PS: I have been looking high and low for the “How does Rogan react to the pregnancy” snippet. If anyone can find it in facebook please let me know.
Oy, that was great! Thanks for the smile and warm, happy feeling. You guys are wonderful!
+many on appreciation of any and all snippets! :^)
Side note in support of my application for the Beta Reader Brigade (BRB): the comment regarding Arabella stomping the Tahoe and riding it like a skateboard comes before she mentions the guy was driving a Tahoe.
I have fallen in love with the Cajun Kitchen menu. The Viet Cajun thing sounds way yummy.
I haven’t read through all the comments so I don’t know if it’s been suggested but could you perhaps put the non-book scenes in a downloadable file that you update like the Curran POV scenes that are grouped together?
Vanessa V Kilmer says
Love this snippet. Is Arabella in love with someone who’d wear a bad Rolex knockoff?
Question: This has been driving me crazy. Is there a Lark/ Sophie story where she’s older and living alone? Maybe in a holiday compilation or a novella.
Tony Norton says
Innkeeper book 2
Vanessa V Kilmer says
That’s not the drone I’m looking for. 🙂
I see her in her house. A separate storyline. I could be hallucinating.
May I ask what’s inside the ramekin in the photo heading this post? I’ve never seen that before and can’t ID it.
They look like tiny onions to me. In the UK, they are known as silverskin or cocktail onions
Perhaps with balsamic vinegar …
They look like (smoked or browned, unless some other seasonings) pearl onions.
yum. Thank you, again and as always. You are very generous.
Thank you. Even the small glimpse of Nevada was welcome.