An unedited snippet of Family Law 7 in progress.

“Good evening. We haven’t met but your private com number was given to me by April. I’m Lee Anderson and resident on Derfhome below you. April and I are friends and are doing a lot of business together. I have an art project I’d like to propose to you.”

“I very rarely accept commissions,” Lindsey told her. “April is one of the few for whom I’ve drawn a custom image. Also, Heather, though that was through my dad. Tell me what you have in mind. It will have to be something interesting that I want to do.”

“I’m going to be striking coins for my world. Providence. I want an image of the flying Derfhome carnivore named the Twool for the coin faces. That’s also the name of a extraordinary vehicle I own and it will be struck on millions of coins eventually for which you’d be known as the artist. That’s advertising of the sort you can’t just buy and whatever fees you wish to charge me for your services.”

Lindsey was irritated with this person. She wasn’t just confident. She was well past that and just radiated arrogance. Friend of April or no, she’d dispose of her in short order. She thought a moment what to ask. A London Good Delivery Bar was about five hundred solars. One of those, no, two of them sounded about right to be an insane demand.

“Yes, I’ll drop everything I’m doing and make your image for a sample of each coin upon which it is embossed and a thousand solars.” She smiled, waiting for this young woman to faint away or erupt in objections.

“That’s fine,” Lee agreed. “I have quite a few images and videos of the creature. Would you like them to work with or would you prefer to find your own sources?”

Lindsey stared at her a moment before it registered that Lee was entirely untroubled by her extravagant demand.

“Your*pix*would*certainly*be*helpful,” Lindsey heard a stranger slowly say with an odd catch to her voice.

“Sweet, here’s a link to my Twool folder,” Lee said. “Let me know if you need any other resources. I understand you work with Heather’s mom, who understand carving and engraving. If she requires a separate fee to help with the conversion of your images to fab files for the dies let me know.”

“I’ll*put*that*to*her,” Lindsey promised, still in shock. She sat frozen staring at the blank screen for several minutes after Lee had disconnected. Finally, she recovered, realized what she’d done, and did the first very difficult step of this project.

“Sylvia! I’m sorry. I’m afraid I accepted a joint commission without consulting you.”

25 Responses to An unedited snippet of Family Law 7 in progress.

  1. Teresa December 9, 2023 at 10:36 am #

    Ooooooooooo. Can’t wait to read the full book!

  2. Emmy December 9, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

    Second Sentance – Shouldn’t she be possibly related to Heather, not April – unless April took Heather’s last name in some kind of ceremony we’re unaware of, she’d still be Lewis.

    • Mac December 9, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

      Yeah I got confused on a rewrite. Will fix it.
      I should learn if I’m going to rewrite a section just delete it and start again or it will get all muddled.

      • Thomas December 11, 2023 at 8:35 pm #

        Nonplused doesn’t mean that; it’s the opposite

        • Mac December 12, 2023 at 9:08 am #

          Thanks Thomas. I was going by the Wiktionary 2nd definition = Unfazed, unaffected, or unimpressed. When in doubt I’ll change it and I did.

  3. Zebulon Dakota December 9, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

    Yay! I’m excited 🙂 One glitch: “I understand you work with Heather’s mom, who understand carving and engraving.” – who understands –

    • Mac December 13, 2023 at 7:13 am #

      got it

  4. Todd December 9, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

    Hopefully Lindsey engraves this encounter in her heart!

  5. Richard Creurer December 13, 2023 at 1:12 am #

    The last couple of Family Law novels had me giggling to myself and laughing out loud several times. This looks as if it continues to give the readers more of this. Thanks, Mac!

  6. Peter Justice December 13, 2023 at 2:09 am #


  7. Big Ben December 13, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for the snippet. I like how Lindsey, who entered the April series all those books ago as an insufferably arrogant spoiled brat, now kinda thinks that of Lee.
    And since her brother Eric was so involved with Jeff’s (literal) money making, it would be cool if she somehow roped him into helping her.

  8. Janaki December 16, 2023 at 3:30 am #

    Big, big grin 🙂 I don’t know if Lindsay had the chance to do her homework about a certain Lee Anderson before, but she should do them now, and asap! Else she’s in for a rude awakening to Derfhome reality!

  9. Andy December 20, 2023 at 4:45 am #

    Oh man! I can’t wait to read this!

  10. Silke December 23, 2023 at 9:14 pm #

    Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!
    And as always I’m really happy and thankful for your snippets =^.^=

  11. Nick December 24, 2023 at 10:46 am #

    Merry Christmas to Mac, his family and all his readers.

  12. Anna Zintl December 24, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

    I feel like this commission should go directly to Sylvia! It’s her medium. She’s the senior artist. Why would April recommend Lindsay over her?

    Also isn’t Lindsay almost 200 years old at this point? Did she never grow up?

  13. Michael December 24, 2023 at 10:12 pm #

    hehe not too much money to upset Lee

    who understands carving

  14. Mr. Meval December 30, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

    I never would have thought Lindsay was a dick, even in private. That does not seem like her. At least she kept her yap shut till the punch line but it was a muted punchline.

    • Mac April 1, 2024 at 7:54 am #

      We can all be dicks now and then if somebody rubs us the wrong way.

  15. Lauren December 31, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

    I love it and really just want to know when it is being released. I just re-read the entire series.

    • Mac December 31, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

      No set date. I write as I am able. I’m my wife’s caretaker. Wish I had more time because I enjoy it.

  16. Mr. Meval January 12, 2024 at 12:27 am #

    Very believable to me. Never ever fail make unreasonable quotes for unreasonable demands. 🙂 I made 20x my weekly take home pay for being too tired and just quoting crap over the phone.

  17. Harry K January 19, 2024 at 10:01 pm #

    Cool. I just re-read FL #1 – #6 in anticipation of the new book. Any ETA for #7 yet? Eric was always the more engaging of the Pennington kids, and he’s working for on Fargone now, so will we see him in the new FL as well?

  18. Ola M March 31, 2024 at 11:36 pm #

    Edit suggestion:

    I understand you work with Heather’s mom, who understand carving and engraving.

    – who understands carving..


    ps. Hope the shoulder is doing well!

    • Mac April 1, 2024 at 7:52 am #

      Thanks! Shoulder is doing great.

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