To celebrate ‘Side Hustle Tango’ going off to beta readers this Monday I wanted to share a little more of it. Jax and Noami’s partnership is still being fleshed out. As you might expect it’s a lot of learning on the run.
“So… who are you?” The man with the spray bottle asked, his hand lowering, the spray bottle resting in his lap. They’re in a room that’s about three meters square, empty except for the two currently occupied chairs. No table or anything else. “No one.” Jax replied. The other man cocked his head, “No one? That’s not good. Nobody misses no one’s when they don’t come home.” Jax nodded, “Fair enough. My name is Michael Keaton, I’m—” He didn’t finish because a stream of water hit him in the face. “We have your gPhone.” Spray bottle man reminded Jax, withdrawing the device from his jacket with his free hand. Jax thought hard about the ident he had last used. He was sure it wasn’t his real one. “Fine, fine. My name is Leonard McGarry.” “From?” The other man a go on motion. “Here. I live down—” More water. Jax rubbed his face, “Cut that out!”
I really like the spray bottle to get to the truth… trope, almost. It adds playfulness to a serious situation. Bonus points to you if you can identify Jax’s alias.
‘Side Hustle Tango’ comes out in May. The first book in the Grand Human Empire series, ‘Any Job Will Do‘ comes out next week. You can pre-order it now, and if you order from me directly, you get it a few days early as a bonus for buying direct. I hope you’ll take a look, I’m really excited to tell this new set of stories. This series is a mix of some of the same (Space Opera) and something new, (no aliens, a diverse cast, and more) stuff you (I hope) you like in my writing.