Family Law 6 – a tiny snippet

“Oh, my goodness.”

“Sam, I hate it when you say something like that out loud and then expect me to beg to know what has you upset. Can’t you just go ahead and tell me?” Bill asked.

“I’m sorry. Lee stayed at the hanger rather long. I expected her to head home. She waited to leave until a couple of Red Tree soldiers showed up in full gear. They had duffels and some equipment cases like they aren’t just paying a visit and they appear to be putting cameras and sensors out.”

“You probably precipitated that,” Bill King speculated.

“Then why not right after my visit?” Sam asked.

“Fair point. But maybe they would have been lax without anybody nosing around. The way you described it the aircar was just a shell at that point. You said it was up on stands. I bet it didn’t have the pods mounted yet, did it?”

“No. I can’t say I ever saw them sitting around either,” Sam admitted.

“Well, in any case, now they have a functional vehicle, with whatever is in those pods to make it go,” Bill said. “You may assume the chassis you saw before is nothing special so it wasn’t worth guarding. Be happy you didn’t go snooping around and get caught by Red Tree’s Finest instead of an irate mechanic. I doubt they’d let you go as easily.”

“I can’t argue that. These boys looked hardcore. I’ve been trying to think how we could use this locally instead of reporting it home and everything I come up with is simply too dangerous.”

“Keep thinking that way. And warn me if you suddenly get crazy brave because I don’t want to be anywhere around when you start juggling this time bomb.”

“No, I won’t do anything stupid,” Sam promised. “It’s just frustrating. We’ve been here years and when we finally start getting some important intelligence everything has changed so it’s pretty much useless to us.”

29 Responses to Family Law 6 – a tiny snippet

  1. Larry Southard February 19, 2021 at 6:37 pm #

    I am looking forward to the next Family Law!

  2. Jim Helvin February 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm #

    Thanks for snippet, looking forward to the book release, both Family Law and April series. These series and likewise Nathan Lowell are my got books to both read and listen to during these crazy times.

  3. Kevin Harrison February 19, 2021 at 11:56 pm #

    Any eta

  4. Aimee February 20, 2021 at 12:03 am #

    Me to

  5. Sarah February 20, 2021 at 1:27 am #

    I appreciate the snippet! Always love the little bits, they tode me over between books.

  6. Jim February 20, 2021 at 2:07 am #

    Thank you, Mac! Greatly appreciate even tiny snippets.

  7. Dorcas Gray February 20, 2021 at 9:37 am #

    Good snippet!

  8. Teresa February 20, 2021 at 10:58 am #

    I really like the Family Law series. Can’t wait for this one!

  9. Boojum February 21, 2021 at 6:32 pm #

    Family Law and April are my favorite currently running series. Anticipation is wrecking me!

    • Mac February 21, 2021 at 8:19 pm #

      108k words – patience is a virtue HAHAHAHAHA

      • Charles Hornby-Waring February 22, 2021 at 5:06 am #

        We’ve been patient

        Now give us our book!!! Please!

        • Mac February 22, 2021 at 7:47 am #

          Working on it daily.

        • Anonymous February 25, 2021 at 6:27 pm #

          start throwing money at him.

      • Leon February 22, 2021 at 11:44 pm #

        Nice evil laugh

  10. Harry K. February 23, 2021 at 11:25 am #

    Another great teaser. Any ETA on FL#6 or the next April? Have just re-read “Paper or Plastic” and “Neither Here nor There” again, and they were just as much fun as the first time I read them! If you ever finish the April and FL sagas, I’d love to see sequels to either or both of those novels as well.

  11. Mark February 27, 2021 at 8:55 am #


    Am halfway through re-reading the April Series again, then will re-do Family Law Series (unless you release FL6 before i finish April Series)

  12. Chuck February 27, 2021 at 2:05 pm #

    Now I very much enjoy April and the Lee series but the spelling and syntax errors drive me crazy. Ai as editors really suck and know it will bet better with time, but i’ll be long dead by the time it is, unless You can direct me the life extension office ?

    • Mac February 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm #

      I’m doing the best I can. Make sure you have the latest versions by going in your Amazon account and checking content and devices for updates. You can spend a great deal for editing and get very little help. I’ve run everything through Grammarley but that isn’t perfect either. I’ll also note I get complaints that things are wrong that simply – aren’t. I’ve quoted style manuals to college professors who then say – ‘Well, I’ll be damned…I never knew that.”

      • Nitpicky March 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

        Should Grammarley ever learn when to replace ‘hanger’ with ‘hangar’, the program will likely start to write reviews informed by it’s individual literary taste.

        • Mac March 5, 2021 at 4:09 pm #

          It is weak on technical things but it still helps if you are as grammatically impaired as I am.

  13. Michael February 28, 2021 at 11:00 pm #

    Sorry to whine at you…after the last post

    Amazon does not have the have the best Family Law as a preorder yet.

    • Mac March 5, 2021 at 4:14 pm #

      I don’t do preorders. I know authors love to do that to get a big ranking number on release. I rarely break into the top 100 in genre. I am not desperate to get each book out – quality will suffer. I’ve experienced that with authors I liked and when they had six novels planned ahead every three months they went downhill. I don’t need the stress of meeting a release date. It’s still fun and I don’t intend to kill that.

  14. 1Stew March 2, 2021 at 2:53 pm #


    Please pay no attention to the Nit pickers! New work is way way better than fixed ancient typeos to the gods of Nitpickerdom…
    Just flip that rearview mirror up and roar down the road!

  15. Jim March 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm #

    The stories are so good to me that I can switch off the “picker” part of my brain. Good stories are relaxing and enjoyable, yes I’m a fan.

  16. Margaret March 3, 2021 at 11:38 am #

    I do my own auto correct as I read. It doesn’t seem to matter how careful an author is, mistakes always slip through. If it gets too bad, I just don’t read those authors any more. Mac, yours aren’t that bad. Eagerly awaiting the next in each series. (As a former math teacher I found out that if you are the one to make the mistake, it is hard to find it but if someone else looks at it, the mistake pops right out.)

  17. Mac March 6, 2021 at 5:29 pm #

    Fixed hanger/hangar… Rolls eyes.

  18. Ann March 7, 2021 at 6:34 pm #

    Grammarley is a flawed product that doesn’t know as much as it is hyped to know. Just check out reviews on youtube by Professors of English. There is much that Grammarley doesn’t know and that makes its recommendations limited to English experts that can evaluate its responses. It also doesn’t like passive tense but that doesn’t make it wrong.

  19. Ember March 8, 2021 at 4:47 am #

    Speaking of revisions – I was happy to see on my last read-through of the April series (book2?) that the scene with the Frenchmen had the “mustard lick” back in. I missed that and thought it was a shame it disappeared for a while. I think it really fits April’s mischievous nature and burgeoning flirtatiousness .

    • Mac March 13, 2021 at 10:55 am #

      That got restored when I dumped my relationship with a certain publisher who objected to it.

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