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Happy 4th of July! Deadly Destinations day four takes us to sunny San Diego. Rachel Caine’s Bryn Davis is a funeral director at Fairview Mortuary with an unusual backroom business. Thanks to Penguin/Roc, three of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below.
Bryn Davis’ Guide to San Diego, California
by Rachel Caine
Hello, and welcome to my world.
So, my name is Bryn Davis — see, it says right here on my lab coat — and I’m the newest funeral director at Fairview Mortuary, which is located in San Diego, California. Fairview is a family-owned establishment, and it’s got a very fine reputation. … What? Yes, it’s true, with the rise of the big “branded” mortuaries and all their cost-effective pricing, the business at Fairview is a little down. Okay, a lot down. They can’t seem to keep staff on for very long, either, but hey, it’s a great opportunity for someone relatively new to the business. Mr. Lincoln Fairview is a legend.
So, this is my office, very nice and soothing; I meet the bereaved in here, arrange for all their needs. If you’ll follow me, I’ll show you the rest — ah, there’s Lucy, our receptionist, she’s great. Mr. Fairview doesn’t seem to be in, unfortunately. Well, I promised I’d show you everything. It’s getting late, Lucy’s locking up, but we’ll just take a quick look around downstairs…
Yes, that’s the Preparation Room. Now, this is something you just don’t see on a typical tour. We keep it very clean and neat, but it’s a bit disturbing for people … yes, that’s an actual body. Hmm, he shouldn’t be out here on the table unless someone is still here to work on him … Oh! Uh… hi, Freddy. This is Freddy, he’s our man downstairs.
Freddy, I can’t believe you just said that to our guest. My God. Ignore him, he’s a pig. We should be going and –
What? What did you say? No, that’s impossible. That body didn’t move on its own. Well, if it did, there are certain reflexes that can still occur after…
OH MY GOD. That’s just not right. That man is DEAD, he’s decomposing, but he’s moving.
Mr. Fairview! You scared ten years off of me… why are you locking the door? We really need to be leaving now. I’ll just show my friend out…
What’s that syringe? What is that? NO!
No, let’s not go into the details of how all that occurred, trust me, it’ll only distress you unnecessarily. You’re FINE. Just fine. In fact, you probably feel better than every, right? No pain, no little nagging problems.
Yeah, the catch is … you’ll need to have this shot on a regular basis. As long as you do that, no problem, you’ll stay just as you are. Well, okay, there’s another few catches. First, you have to pay a lot of money for the shot, because it isn’t exactly legal. Second, from time to time, you may find yourself doing things that maybe you don’t necessarily want to do … the drug has these side effects, and if someone knows the secrets it’s pretty easy to make you do things … okay, we’ll go into that later, don’t hyperventilate.
Third? Oh, yeah, third. I’m afraid that if you don’t buy your shot, Mr. Fairview there is fully prepared to let you rot. And I mean that literally. As in, fall apart. Just like that man on the table. You can last for five, six, maybe even seven days like that. So it’s better to come up with the money, believe me.
Or — and this is top secret, okay? Work with me: help me track this drug back to his supplier. If we do that, the company that invented it claims they will help us out with a lifetime supply … and no, I don’t believe they’ll keep their word, but I think we can trust the guy I’m working with, Patrick McCallister. He’s going to help us stay alive — as long as we help him put a stop to his boss’s secret plans for the drug.
I know, it’s a lot to take in.
Meanwhile … take the shot. Survive just a little longer.
Trust me, it’s better than the alternative.
Rachel Caine is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the young adult Morganville Vampires series (Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, Kiss of Death, Ghost Town, Bite Club, andLast Breath). She is also the author of the powerhouse urban fantasy Weather Warden series (Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, Windfall, Firestorm, Thin Air, Gale Force, Cape Storm, and Total Eclipse), as well as the popular Outcast Season series, set in the universe of the Weather Warden novels (Undone, Unknown, Unseen, and Unbroken).
Her newest urban fantasy series, The Revivalist, is set to debut in August 2011 with the release of Working Stiff.
She has also written paranormal romantic action/adventure for the Silhouette Bombshell line, including Devil’s Bargain, Devil’s Due, and the award-winningAthena Force: Line of Sight.
Rachel is also a contributor to several short story collections, including My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, Strange Brew, Dark and Stormy Knights, Hex Symbols, and Retro Murder (all edited by P.N. Elrod), and the New York Times bestseller Many Bloody Returns (edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner). She is also a contributor to the Immortal andEternal anthologies(edited by P.C. Cast), The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (edited by Trisha Telep), and Eternal Kiss (edited by Trisha Telep), among many others.
A former professional musician, graphic artist, web designer, and corporate communications executive, Rachel finally left the business world in 2010 to devote her time completely to writing. She and her husband, award-winning fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Fort Worth, Texas.
Want to read more from Rachel Caine?
This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc
Three winners will each receive a copy of Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Available on August 2, 2011 from Penguin/Roc
About the Book:
Bryn Davis is new on the job as a funeral director, but even she knows that once you’re dead, you ought to stay that way. But Fairview Mortuary has a hidden backroom business: reviving the dead for profit, at extortionate rates.
Finding out may cost Bryn more than her life … it may just take away her death, too.
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