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Our Deadly Destinations guided tours are almost over. Be sure to take a look at all of our previous locations. Today’s tour takes us to the Lazy S Ranch, home to Rachel Vincent’s heroine Faythe Sanders from her SHIFTERS series. Rachel has a story in the CHICKS KICK BUTT ANTHOLOGY (already available from Tor Books) that takes place in the Shifters universe. Faythe is giving us a tour of the ranch and thanks to Tor Books , five of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below.
Lazy S Ranch Tour
Hey, come on in. You’ll have to excuse the mess. We have both a baby and a teenager in the house, so there are clothes and toys everywhere. No, we’re not really looking for any more enforcers at this time, but I suppose I could show you around a bit, if you’re that interested.
What? Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the baby crying. He seems to have hit the terrible twos about a year early. Of course, the way everyone spoils him, I suspect that phase will last a while. But yes, this is the inner sanctum. The heart of the South-Central pride.
On your right is the living room. We didn’t use it much in the past, but we’re a full house now, so we tend to use every available bit of space. For the moment Vic and Brian have kind of taken the room over. Right now, they’re organizing the patrol schedule for next month. We’re pretty rigorous about it, and we’ve called in toms from all over the territory, but we try to accommodate their jobs in the real world as well, so there’s quite a bit to organize.
Brian, get your feet off the couch before my mom sees you!
She’s really more of a den mother now, in the sense that she mothers everyone. I don’t think I could run this place without her.
On the left is the dining room, and yes, that’s a new table. The seven foot table had seen better days, and it was getting crowded, so we traded it in for a longer model. I like it, but it still feels kind of weird and new. Probably because Marc hasn’t yet had occasion to throw it across the room. So it’s not really broken in yet.
That’s Kaci seated at the end. She’s supposed to be doing her math. If her cell phone continues to provide a distraction, I will take it away. Yeah, she heard me. Cats hear everything.
We tried sending her to public school, but she broke some poor kid’s arm the first day when he snuck up behind her in the cafeteria. I suspect he was flirting, but she hasn’t had time to find a good balance between her feline nature and her human social skills yet, and that poor fool had no idea he was sneaking up on a werecat. So now she’s homeschooled. Sort of. She’s at home, and there’s school work. We’re trying really hard to make the two mesh.
This is my dad’s office. Only it’s my office now. I hate sitting behind the desk, though, because that was always his place, so I let Michael handle all the paperwork and computer stuff. I think better on my feet anyway, and it took me a long time to realize it’s okay for me to be a different kind of leader than my father was. I just hope someday I’ll be half the Alpha he was.
Michael? Yeah, he splits his time between his law practice and the ranch now. He and Holly have practically moved in, and Holly’s been a big help. Well, she’s been a big presence, anyway. But she didn’t grow up with werecats, and she doesn’t eat meat, so every day’s another adventure, on that front.
Through there’s the kitchen. Mom’s making lunch. She’s always cooking something, and every time I tell her to take a break, she looks like I just tried to send her into exile. So I’ve given up. The woman likes to cook, which works out well, because everyone else likes to eat. Smells like lasagna. House favorite. You’re welcome to join us, if you’re still here.
There are five bedrooms in the main house. That one’s my mom’s. My parent’s spent nearly thirty years in that bedroom, and I wasn’t about to kick her out of the master suite just because I’m the Alpha now. That was their room, and it always will be. And no, you can’t glance inside.
Don’t ask again.
This one’s mine. And Marc’s. We’d planned to get a place of our own after the wedding, but that never happened. We’re needed here, and committing to a commute would be stupid. But he’s almost convinced me to start construction on a small house near the back of the property. Something like the guest house, only for just the two of us. I’m still thinking about it. We’ll see.
Don’t mind Marc. He always growls at strangers.
Oh, no, he totally means it as a threat. But you should be fine, so long as you don’t make any sudden movements, and don’t stand any closer to me than you are right now. Maybe back up one more step. That’s good.
This is Manx and Owen’s room. Shhh, looks like they just got the baby to sleep. Owen and Ethan grew up here, but it’s getting crowded now, with the crib and the rocker, so we may have to come up with a nursery soon. Especially considering that Manx is…um…expecting again. But you didn’t hear that from me.
Owen’s over the moon. We all are, actually.
There’s Kaci’s room. You can peek in, but enter at your own risk. There are dishes growing whole new species of plant life in there, but my mom’s refused to clean it up on principle. It’s become a battle of wills. How cute is it that Kaci still thinks she’s winning?
This was Michael and Ryan’s room, when they were kids. For now, it’s the guest room, but Mom and Manx are already looking at nursery wallpaper. It’s still not safe for a tabby to live away from the bulk of the pride’s enforcers, so she and Owen are stuck here for a while. Fortunately, she seems to like the company. She’s adjusting pretty well, I think.
That’s it for the main house, except for the bathrooms and the basement, and no one outside the Pride is allowed in the basement. Pride policy.
Out back is the guest house. I’m not sure why we call it that. The enforcers live there, and they’re more family than guests, or even employees. We’re at max capacity right now. We’ve had to hire several new enforcers in the last few months, to help get us through this period of political flux. We’re hoping it’ll settle down soon, but honestly, who knows.
And if you squint just right, you can catch a glimpse of the incinerator through this window, behind the barn. See it? Before my parents bought the place, it was a functioning ranch, and the industrial incinerator was for disposing of the corpses of dead animals. We use it much the same way, only we’re disposing of the bodies of our enemies. At least, the ones stupid enough to try to get past the patrols.
No, that’s not a joke either. You want a closer look? The walk is short, and it’s a fascinating machine. Don’t worry, we only put our enemies in there.
Now, what Pride did you say you’re from again?
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series, about a werecat named Faythe Sanders, who is learning to define her own role in her family and fighting to claim a place in her Pride.
Rachel’s young adult series, Soul Screamers, debuted on August 1, 2009. My SOUL TO TAKE is the first in the series, about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she’s just discovered. Soul Screamers Book 5, IF I DIE, will be available on October 1, 2011.
BLOOD BOUND (Unbound, book 1), the first in Rachel’s new adult paranormal series, will debut September 1, 2011.
A new resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and she consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
Want to read more from Rachel Vincent?
This giveaway is provided by Macmillan/Tor Books
Five winners will each receive a copy of the Chicks Kick Butt Anthology
Available on June 7, 2011 from Macmillan/Tor Books
About the Book:
Chicks are awesome—and never more so than when they are kicking some serious vampire/werewolf/demon/monster butt.
Chicks Kick Butt is an anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).
Edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine, Chicks Kick Butt features original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers:
Features Stories by: Rachel Caine, L.A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jenna Black, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Elizabeth Vaughan, Carole Nelson Douglas, P.N. Elrod, Nancy Holder and many more.
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