Alexis here–since the whole LOTR discussion and our general appreciation for all things scruffy–at least when it’s DJ, Delilah sent us all another present!
Sorry to be so late posting but I’ve been busy. Important Paladin business, you know. Secret stuff. The kind the powers that be would love to know about, but the mission was done strictly on a need to know basis. Life and death. Mayhem and monkeys.
Monkeys, you ask? Yep, monkeys. You see, we decided it was time to introduce our local Kalith warriors to the wonderful world of Indiana Jones. Without warning, we kidnapped Barak, Larem, Bavi and Lusahn and held them prisoner at Devlin’s house until they watched the first three Indy classics on DVD on Dev’s big screen. Just so you know, we treated our prisoners well—pizza, pop, and beer were the rations of choice. Although all of them had watched television before, the special effects in the movies were enriched by Dev’s surround sound system.
Then we packed everyone into various vehicles and headed to the nearest theater so they could see their very first movie on a giant screen with a ripping good sound system. Add hot buttered popcorn along with boxes and boxes of candy to pass around, it was the perfect introduction to a special effects extravaganza.
I don’t know what was more fun—watching Harrison Ford pull off another great adventure movie or watching Larem and company jump every time something happened. Naturally, Bavi handled the experience better than the older Kalith, but they were all grinning by the time the movie was over.
Alexis tagged along with a friend. She said to say she hadn’t laughed at a movie that much in a long, long time.
Delilah sent me another snapshot of our man DJ and I thought I’d share. It’s raining and cool here in Seattle today, so I needed something to brighten my day. I’ll be spending today working on Hunter’s book, but also starting through the copyedits on Jarvis’s book, Darkness Unknown. I loved writing that book–I’ve had a special fondness for Jarvis since he first walked into Brenna’s hospital room in Dark Defender.
Have a great day everyone–and for those of you here in the States, enjoy Memorial Weekend and think of those we honor with this holiday.
Good morning, everybody! Wow–the Mariners have won two games in a row, even coming from behind which definitely shows character! They’re off today, so that’s three days in a row without a loss! Whoohoo! We diehard fans love stuff like that.
And the sun is out here in the beautiful Northwest. This spring we’ve had a lot of clouds, a lot of rain, and a lot of cool temperatures. And just to show how contrary we are, I heard people complaining that it got too hot on Saturday. That’s okay. We usually don’t get more than a handful of days all summer where it gets over ninety, so we have to complain every chance we get! It’s definitely time to dust off the grill and buy out the steak department at the grocery store. Well, and the beer department. Has anybody seen the commercial where the woman runs into her boyfriend at the convenience store when he’d told her he was going to be gone taking care of his grandmother? One of his buddies is riding around the store on a motorized beer cooler. Now there’s an RV I might need in my life!
Anyone watch the music awards last night? Alexis and I both occasionally like a little twang in our music. She especially likes Sugarland and Miranda Lambert, so seeing them win a couple of categories was good. I always like to watch live performances. I caught an old Crossroads over the weekend with Trisha Yearwood and Baby Face. That was cool, too. The Crossroads concerts are almost always interesting to see who they’ll pair together. Sugarland and Bon Jovi was especially good.
The weekend was quiet barrier-wise. I hear Cullen and Lusahn took the kids to the beach for part of the day. They still have to be careful about exposure to our sun until they figure out how much they can tolerate. Shiri kept Cullen busy throwing rocks in the water (our beaches tend to be rocky rather than real sandy) and watching the tiny crabs in the tide pools. Sounds like a good time was had by all.
I’m posting a couple more snap shots from Delilah for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to click on the picture to see it full sized. Alexis says to pass along her thanks, Delilah. The pictures always make her day–
Well, it’s Monday. Hope all of you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day. Alexis was very happy with hers. She obtained a new writing partner—a lovely lady named Jubilee. She’s a yellow and green parakeet whose cage sits right next to Alexis’s computer. Right now, Jubilee is pretty shy and getting used to her new home, but Alexis is really excited about her new friend. She looks forward to collaborating on books with Jubilee as their friendship grows.
The Mariners finally won a game yesterday. It’s nice to know that they remembered how to do that. Let’s hope the trend continues. But these are definitely the times that divide the true fans from those loyalty only extends as far as a winning streak goes. Alexis and I are both true fans!
BTW, Alexis had a great time at the booksigning she attended on Friday night in Beaverton, Oregon. There were eleven writers signing and there was a nice crowd. Good questions and lots of laughter. And if you’re a booklover and ever make it to Portland, Oregon, you MUST go to Powell’s City of Books! It’s a square city block, three stories high, of books–new and used. They have stuff nobody else does. Of course, you can go broke there, but it might be worth it.
Delilah has sent Alexis another cool “snapshot,” which will get posted it this week.
Speaking of music, which we weren’t but are now, I’m hoping to get to go to another concert with Alexis in July. Los Lonely Boys are performing at an outside amphitheater along with Los Lobos. I love good guitar work and the lead guitarist for Los Lonely Boys is really great. Of course, Alexis got reserved seating and I’ll be on the ground in the general admission area, but the music is what’s important, right?
Anyone else got summer concert plans?
Well, off to the armory. I nicked the heck out of my favorite ax and my sword could use a little work. By the way, I’m trying to talk into dropping by. We’ll see how that goes.
I know you all have been curious, but I’ve been waiting for the final approval on the story I had planned for the sixth Paladin book. The hero will be from the Missouri Paladins, although much of the story will take place in the Pacific Northwest. For those who missed the prior discussion, think back to when Brenna was in the cave in Missouri when the alarm went off. She stood to watch the Paladins rush in to protect the barrier. One of the Paladins was wearing flannel pajama pants, no shirt, and he was barefoot. Brenna barely noticed him (and who can blame her with Blake Trahern in her life!), but I could see this guy so clearly and knew he’d be back. He plays a prominent role in Jarvis’s story. His name is HUNTER FITZSIMON. I know this will drive you all crazy, but I really can’t say much more about him because of possible spoilers for Jarvis’s book, Darkness Unknown. However, Hunter is definitely our kind of guy–and I’m really excited to be starting his story.
Please don’t hate me for the limited info, but at least now you know his name.
DJ: As requested, it is officially LADIES’ DAY here at the blog. I’d like everyone to welcome my favorite Handler, Dr. Laurel Young. She’ll take over the rest of the introductions.
laurel: Thanks for having us, DJ. I should warn you that Devlin wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about the idea. I hope he doesn’t take it out on you.
DJ: Don’t sweat it. He deserves to be shaken up a bit in a while. What’s he got to worry about anyway?
Laurel (blushing): Well, the last public interview I did, Alexis asked me how he felt about knowing I’ve seen all of his friends naked.
DJ (also blushing): Aw, gee, Laurel! Did you have to bring that up again? You’re a doctor, for Pete’s sake. You’re not suppose to notice stuff like that.
Laurel: Yeah, of course, you’re right. I’m a medical professional.
DJ: Right, that’s exactly what I mean.
Laurel: But that doesn’t mean I’m blind, big guy. Now you better get going before you get in worse trouble. (laughs)
DJ: Devlin’s going to kill me. At least I heal quick. [sound of footsteps running away]
Laurel: Now that DJ is gone, I’ll bring in the other ladies. Please do me a favor and don’t tell them what I just said to DJ. I’m not sure they’ll be any happier about that little truth than Devlin is. I’m mean they all know I take care of all the Paladins and Kalith warriors, but I don’t think they like to be reminded of what that really means. And seriously, I love what I do. It’s an honor to help these brave men in any way I can. We all owe them so much.
[door opens and three other women file into the meeting room]
Laurel: Just in time, ladies. Let me make introductions. Brenna Nichols is originally from Missouri where she met Blake Trahern. Lacey Sebastian works as a geologist for the Regents. Unlike Brenna, Lacey grew up knowing about the Paladins because her brother Sebastian is one. Her fella is Barak q’Young, the first of the Kalith warriors to join our little group. And finally, we have Lusahn q’ Arc, sister of Barak. She came to this world with Cullen Finley and her two adopted children, Bavi and Shiri.
Lacey: I come bearing gifts: gourmet coffee and herbal teas.
Brenna: And I brought snickerdoodles. I had to make a double batch just to have enough left for us. You all know what a sweet tooth Blake has.
Lusahn: I brought chocolate. Lots of chocolate. I might have crossed into this world sooner if I had known about this wonderful stuff.
Laurel: Bless you all. I’ve run out of my favorite sugary cereal because Devlin found my stash again. I swear I’m going to have to start keeping it in my lab just to keep him out of it. I try to tell him it isn’t good for him.
Lacey: Is it any better for you?
Laurel: Now don’t go all logical on my, Lacey. Besides, isn’t that your third cookie already?
Brenna: Let’s agree to not point fingers here. What’s Ladies’ Day without a few guilty pleasures?
Lusahn: This is my first experience with a Ladies’Day, but I feel strongly that calories and caffeine should be part of it without regrets.
Laurel: I get asked all the time how you’re adjusting to our world. Based on that last comment, I’d say you’re doing just fine! But we’re here to answer questions for all the people who visit DJ’s blog all the time. So ask away, ladies, and we’ll do our best to answer.