Tern Maiski: Raven's sister and confidant. Tern doesn't sugarcoat anything and has your back with a box of condoms and a lecture on safe sex when you need it, whether you want it or not. Those of you who have read DREAMWEAVER have meet Tern before. She's very protective of those she loves and is quick to give advice. Her book, DEATH CACHE, is next and will be out in November. There is a bonus chapter in SHIVER that helps introduce her and the sticky situation she finds herself in.
Fiona Maiski: Raven, Tern, Lynx, and Chickadee's mother. She's a widow with a huge heart and a core of steel. She runs the Chatanika Lodge and manages her family with a firm hand and loving smile.
Chickadee Maiski: Raven's sixteen year old sister. "Dee" is impressionable, and Raven has been more of an second mother to her than a sister as there are so many years between them. She doesn't handle secrets well.
Grandma Coho: Artistic and eccentric. You never know what she'll say or do. Case in point, she has a group that meets once a month to toast Blood Marys in sympathy of the mosquitoes plight.
Eva Maiski from MOOSED-UP. I love this woman as she constantly makes me laugh with her demands. She's not afraid to get in your face, and doesn't take crap from anyone even though she's pixie size. She takes on her very tall and very muscular husband, Lynx, without batting an eyelash. I think Eva could take down a bear with just a lift of her eyebrow.
Lana Harte from HOOKED. She's Aidan's sweet, young cousin and worried something bad is going to happen to him. She's right.
"She’s the one who told me to get lost." He shook his head. "She broke my heart."
Tern advanced into the room. "She was hurting. You should have waited, given her time. You should have known better."
"Staying wouldn’t have helped anyone."
"She needed you, Aidan."
"I was the last person she needed or wanted to see then."
"She was hurting, she lashed out. People do that. They hurt the ones they love the most because those are the people who are supposed to stay and be able to take it. If you aren’t here to make amends, then make your trip short. Don’t let her care for you again. It almost killed her the last time."
Were they talking about the same woman?
"She looks like she’s done just fine without me." There were no signs that Raven had suffered. She had a loving family around her. A business that was thriving. She seemed happy.
"Maybe outwardly it seems that way. But she doesn’t date. Ever. She works too hard, never vacations, never cuts loose like she used to. She’s different. A shell of who she once was."
Tern shook her head, her long hair flowing around her shoulders. "This is different. She’s old. Not mature. Grandma Coho acts younger than Raven." She sighed and looked away for a second before stabbing him with her huntress stare. "If you hurt her again, I will come after you this time. I will make you suffer like no one has made you suffer before. Got that?"
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