I’ve got a massive backlist out there, but I’m focusing mostly on my indie releases now, which a lot of my readers haven’t heard of yet. So we’re going to be putting up excerpts of the indie work I’ve done—both full length and short collections, each Wednesday, to encourage you to give my new work a try.
Today’s excerpt comes from Fury’s Magic.
Series Page for series information and pics of the characters: Fury Unbound
Book Page to find buy links: Fury’s Magic
I had heard of the Restructuring Law. It was brutal. If a citizen fell into arrears on their mortgage, or if they couldn’t pay their taxes, their rights would be terminated until they managed to pay off their debt. They weren’t forced out of their home, but anybody who belonged to their immediate family was subject to involuntary government service at slave wages and the money would then be applied toward the back debt. The only exceptions were children still in Under School, those who were infirm or disabled to the point of not being able to work, and those who were already employed.
“I already pay most of my wages to them. We barely have enough to eat or to pay our rent. If they pass the law, the interest alone will swamp us. My children will inherit a crushing load of debt. And my son won’t be able to continue studying beyond Under School. His life will be mired down because my husband died and left us in a hole so deep that I don’t know how to get out of it.” Tears streamed down her face. “I just wanted to protest how unfair it is. That’s all.”
I glanced over at the Devani. They were poised, weapons at the ready. Mist rising from the sewer grates began to cloak the area as the clouds socked in. The atmosphere was so thick I could barely breathe, and I could feel the fear that was beginning to build. Fear had a way of taking on a life of its own.