Let me tell you a little bit about S. L. Wallace. The surname is a pseudonym, but it’s a pen name based on fact. She is indeed related to the famous William Wallace. You see, her mother has a passion for genealogy, and people in her family like to tell stories. That makes for some interesting dinner conversations. Her paternal grandmother always told outrageous stories, like how she was considering going out for Halloween with nothing on, just a raisin in her navel — yep, she was planning to go as an oatmeal cookie! Her mother, on the other hand, likes to tell family history as true, yet fascinating, stories. Because of her mother, she had heard the surname
Wallace. When the movie Braveheart came out, she went to see it. Once she heard the name William Wallace, she had trouble concentrating on the film because she kept thinking that name sounded so familiar. As soon as she got home, she called her parents, hoping to connect with her mother. Alas, she was not home, but her dad was, so she posed her question with the hopes that he may have the answer, or if he didn’t, that he would be willing to pass along the question to her mother upon her return. “Dad,” she said. “I just got back from seeing Braveheart, and the main character’s name was William Wallace. Is he any relation, do you think?” “Yes, he is,” her father said with certainty. “Really?” she asked. “Yes, but that doesn’t mean you’re related to Mel Gibson.” Clearly, her father inherited his mother’s sense of humor, but he’s also a history buff. He went on to explain the Scottish clan system, including surnames. S. L. Wallace is honored to be able to carry on the name.
About her book:
Price of a Bounty
Keira Maddock has never considered herself a lady. In fact, she often acts in ways that would be considered downright un-ladylike. A hired killer and thief whose only goal is to provide the necessities of life for herself and her sister, she has learned to be brutally effective in her trade, with skills as sharp as the weapons she prefers. And when the head of a huge, shadowy corporation hires her to remove a powerful and wealthy opponent, Keira is happy to oblige. Until she meets him…
Scott Maddock is a hardened Terenian soldier-for-life. His job, to uphold the motto of the realm: “Reliance on Citizens Makes Us Great!” Soldiers work for the Gov, and the Gov is run by heads of corporations. But where do Scott’s loyalties really lie? Only he and his best friend know for sure. April Maddock is trying to make it on her own and has taken a job with a wealthy family. She has chosen not to fight the system like Keira, nor to fight for the Gov like Scott. Unlike her siblings, she recognizes the good in everyone. Even so, outside appearances can be deceiving. April knows that better than most. Infested with greed and divided by power, the realm of Terene bears remarkable resemblance to our own society. But opposite despair, there is always hope. Whereas Keira Maddock brings destruction, Guy Bensen brings promise. Wealthy and powerful, yet thoughtful and caring, he is an anomaly who throws her completely off guard. When she learns of his connections to Scott and April, Keira knows she has made the right decision in not only sparing his life but in joining his cause.
We arrived early. I went in first and chose a small table off to the side of the room as far away from the dance floor and piano as possible. Guy sat at the bar, ordered a drink and turned his gaze toward the dancers. He looked like a businessman who had just concluded a long day at the office.
I saw Brody Delaney before he saw me, so I stood to get his attention. He walked over and joined me.
“Hello, Brody.” I smiled. “It’s nice to see you again.”
“How do we do this?” He started to hand me his briefcase, but I stopped him.
“Put that down. After a job well done, it’s traditional to sit and have a drink first. We’ll talk, and then make the exchange. There’s really nothing to it.”
He sat and placed the briefcase on the floor beside him.
“How do I know you’re not really working for Cybonautics? I wouldn’t put it past them, and this could get me into a lot of trouble.”
“You’re being paranoid. Why would anyone at Cybonautics hire me to do something that will only advance your career?”
He signaled to the waitress and ordered two martinis, one for each of us. As she was leaving, Guy walked by, stumbled into her, apologized and continued on to the restroom.
I put my hand on top of Brody’s and commanded his attention with my eyes. “Brody, I think you’ve got what it takes. You saw an opportunity and took it. I think you’ll make an excellent CEO at CalTech.”
“I can only do that if you’ve done what I hired you to do.” He spoke as if this had been his idea. That was a good sign.
“I have, and I hope you’ll remember that Kendra James gets the job done.”
“Kendra, now I have a name to go with your face.”
The waitress arrived with our drinks. As she turned to leave, Guy stumbled into her yet again, on his way back from the restroom. I covered my mouth and giggled. Brody looked at me rather than Guy. He smiled too.
I reached out my glass. “I’d like to propose a toast…to new friendships.”
Our glasses clinked, and we each took a sip.
“Do you like what you do, Brody?”
“I guess. It pays well. I didn’t realize I’d have to be watching my back so much though. Everybody wants the top position, but everyone can’t have it.”
“I know what you mean. Those access codes you wanted? They’ll help both you and your company get to the top, won’t they?”
“Yes, they should.”
The waitress returned then with an appetizer. “Oh, I didn’t order…” Brody began.
“I did, before you arrived. Thank you.” I smiled at the waitress who set down two small plates and a platter with artichoke dip and cubes of bread.
There was also small tracking device on the plate she set in front of me. I picked it up. “I hope you’ll remember who helped you get to the top and that we’ll be able to trust each other from now on.” I dropped it into what was left of Brody’s drink.
He looked down at his briefcase in alarm, then back at me. “Did I blow it?”
“Not yet. I can’t fault you for being cautious, but I wouldn’t try anything like that again. I am good at what I do. I hope you believe that now.”
He glanced around the room. I was glad to see that Guy had already left.
“I also hope we’ll be able to work together again sometime soon.” I stood and held out my hand.
“What do you mean?”
I dropped my hands to the table and leaned toward him. Did I really have to spell it out? “There may come a time when I’ll want to call in a favor from a friend at CalTech.”
Brody looked at me in alarm.
“Don’t worry. You could always say no. Until then, let’s get together for drinks every now and again.” I removed the list of access codes from my purse and handed it to him.
“That’s it, and to show you that I really am a nice person, I gave you a discount. I wouldn’t leave your briefcase unattended until you’ve emptied it. Enjoy the dip.” I picked up a small piece of bread, scooped up some artichoke dip, popped it into my mouth and swallowed. “Delicious!”
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