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To Miriam. Just because.

And as always

For Captain Tamara Long, USAF

Born: May 12, 1979

Died: 23 March 2003, Afghanistan

You fly with the angels now.


I’d like to thank Wendy, Scott, Bryan, Joe, Tony and Carol for assistance in building bits of this story and providing research assistance when the spiritual journey of Janea (quite suddenly) came together.

I’d like to thank George Spence for help in details of the development of the Chattanooga Art District. And for ignoring my complete violation of reality in that regard. ALL THE WAY!

As always I’d like to thank Miriam for her help, understanding and support. Not to mention a memorable lecture on pageant drama.

As usual the members of RingTAB especially Supervisory Special Agent Jon Holloway for lending credibility to both the FBI side of things and unarmed combat.

Again I’d like to thank Rogue and Cruxshadows for giving me a foundation on which to build a story.

This book has been in the works for a long time. From well before Warehouse 13 came on TV. The Warehouse 13 reference at the end of one of the stories was a very late but I think humorous add. I’d like to thank the writers and producers for not only making a really good television show (words that are very hard for me to type as they’re so uncommon) but for featuring my novels in one of the backgrounds.

Last, I’d like to thank the entire staff of Dragon*Con. I’d have placed odds on major body count and they somehow managed not only to keep it to zero but to hold one of the best Dragon*Cons in memory. Great job, guys and gals. By the way, the Dragon*Con that is pictured in this book is from 2007 with some modifications. It’s changed in layout since then. And gotten bigger. And bigger and bigger and Bigger! When LSU fans that have been “goin’ ta Mardi Gras since I could hold a can a be’r!” get freaked out…


And on that note:

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this,—and all is mended,—
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream.

Queen of Wands

A Card in the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot deck

The Queen of Wands is the joining of water and fire, representing fire’s flickering movement and is a card of restlessness and relentlessness. The Queen of Wands represents an individual who is well-grounded but prone to recklessness when challenged, who is self-initiating and goal oriented, a firm friend and a formidable foe. The Card represents the Seer and is the symbol of Vengeance.

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