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Excerpt from one of the Anger Management Novels

WARNING!!!!!!!!

I am sharing this as a favor to readers who asked what the big deal is about this series. Anger Management is just that, real emotions, real reactions, no political correct worries. There will be offensive names and cruel language, because once again, these books are about people when they hit the bottom, have had life turn its back on them and they react accordingly.

They also get the life that they deserve as well as the happily ever after that they deserve.

 

So, if you are at all sensitive, can’t take offensive language, or real emotional anger for whatever reason, this may not be the series for you and this warning will be on all the Anger Management books.

These books like all the rest will have romance, humor and people that you can fall in love with and root for.

That’s my promise.

 

Chapter 1

Middleboro, Massachusetts

 

            Carly pulled the lollipop out of her mouth with a soft “plop” as she leaned forward to whisper to the woman who was a cross between Mary Poppins and the Pillsbury Dough Boy. “Is she making you nervous?”

            The Mary Poppins/Pillsbury Dough Boy straightened to her impressive height of five-foot-one and with a huff, put her nose up in the air as she pointedly ignored Carly. Not that Carly could blame the woman. With the insane amount of money that was being offered for this particular job she was willing to overlook the fact that their potential employer, a woman in her mid thirties, wearing a rather tasteful suit who seemed unable to move from her spot in the doublewide driveway, had apologized a grand total of twenty-three times for a man that none of them had met yet.

            “Again, I’d like to apologize for how we’re doing this interview today,” Mrs. Harris said, bringing the apologies to a grand total of twenty-four times.

            Two of the four women applying for the job looked nervous while the other two looked ready to bolt.

            Good.

            If Mrs. Harris was able to scare off two of them, Carly was sure that she could help the other two come to a similar decision. She’d pretty much do whatever it took to get this job. Well, almost anything. She did have lines that she never crossed. She would never kiss anyone’s ass or put out for a job.

            Patients were a job, nothing more and that’s how it had to stay if she wanted to continue working in the home nursing field. If she allowed herself to get close she’d die a little inside every time she had to move on or lost a patient.

            Other than her two major rules, she would do anything to get this job, including scaring off the competition. It wasn’t because she was desperate to work with this patient. To be honest, she didn’t know much about him other than he was a thirty-two year old who’d been paraplegic for less than a year and was not adapting well to his new life. The other thing that she knew about him, which really didn’t matter to her except that it meant that her pay check probably wouldn’t bounce, was that he came from a very wealthy family.

            No, her reasons for wanting this job were very simple. She was returning to the area, her hometown, after five years and she had nowhere to live. Well, there was that offer from her parents and brothers, but they would just end up driving her out of her goddamn mind so it was probably for the best if she didn’t take them up on their offer. She had more than enough money in the bank to find her own place, but she preferred to work as a live-in and save her money for the future.

            So, here she was at one in the afternoon, standing in a driveway of a large one level home, sweating, hungry and determined to do whatever it took to get this job while her potential employer repeated herself between shooting nervous glances back at the house. Interesting. It seems that she wasn’t the only one to notice either.

            Good, very good…

            The faster that she got rid of her competition, the faster that she could move in. She really was not looking forward to sharing a super pink bedroom with her eleven-year-old niece and her unnatural love of boy band posters if she didn’t land this job today. If she had to hear little Emily cry one more time because some pop star she was destined to marry was seen kissing another girl, Carly was going to kick her brother’s ass for not sending the kid to a convent.

            “Are we going to interview with the patient one at a time?” a woman, who reminded her of her fourth grade teacher, asked.

            Mrs. Harris shuffled her feet, trying not to look nervous, but by this point it was really a lost cause. She cleared her throat and then did it again, trying to find the right words and failed. “No, I think it will be best if the five of you were to meet my brother all at once instead of stretching this out,” she announced with a bright smile that looked brittle and failed to comfort them.

            There was an awkward pause before she continued. “Once again, I’d like to apologize for my brother. Since the accident he’s been…isolated. He’s a little rough around the edges, but once you get to know him, he’s a real sweetheart.”

            Several of the women shared a look while Carly had to bite back a smile. It sounded like the patient was going to be a terror. That didn’t bother Carly. She welcomed a challenge. She’d rather have a feisty patient than someone who just lay in his bed, waiting to die. Judging by the looks of the other women, they didn’t share her sentiment.

            “If you’ll follow me,” Mrs. Harris said with a forced smile as she gestured towards the house, “I’ll introduce you to my brother.”

            As they followed her into the house, Carly couldn’t help but notice the anxious looks the other women were shooting each other as they entered the small foyer. She also couldn’t help but notice the stench of body odor, old food and layer of dust covering everything. The dirty clothes thrown everywhere along with old pizza boxes and Chinese takeout boxes lining the walls was a nice touch and probably just made her job of getting rid of the competition that much easier.

            “As you ah, can see there will be some light cleaning involved with this position,” Mrs. Harris said with another one of those forced smiles that actually looked like they were starting to hurt.

            Carly barely stifled a chuckle. Light cleaning? She was going to need a dumpster and some bio-hazard suits to clean this house. Ah, but that was no problem for Carly. That just meant job security, which was a good thing in her book.

            “Bret?” Mrs. Harris called out, still trying to maintain that smile. “Bret, there are several people here that I’d like you to meet.”

            A man in a wheelchair rolled backwards into the foyer and glared at Mrs. Harris while Carly quickly looked him over. Dark hair, shaggy and unkempt, a week’s worth of whiskers hiding part of a thick, ugly scar that ran from the right side of his temple to his jaw, a wrinkled shirt that looked slept in and a pair of boxer briefs that definitely needed to find a new home, preferably in a dumpster somewhere, far, far, far away.

            “Get. Out,” Bret said firmly.

            When no one moved he clarified his point in case here was some sort of misunderstanding.

            “GET THE FUCK OUT!” he roared.

            Two of the women jumped and made a fast retreat. Cool. Two down and two to go. Sighing softly, Carly leaned back against the wall, waiting for the patient to do the work for her. With the way things were going, it looked like she’d be sleeping in a boy band free room tonight.

*-*-*-*

            Bret watched as two of the women scrambled for the door and tripped over their orthopedic white shoes in their rush for freedom and probably fresh air. Not that he cared. He was used to the smell by now. Even that weird odor coming from the corner in the living room was starting to grow on him.

            He threw a glare at his sister as she glared right back at him. When the hell was she going to move on and forget that he existed like everyone else had? It was really starting to fucking annoy him. He’d accepted his new life and so should she. The sooner the better. He wanted nothing more than to live in peace and quiet while the rest of the world went and fucked itself.

            His glanced at the two women trying to hold their ground in front of him. They looked like the nurses at the hospital and the rehab they’d stuck him in with their starched white uniforms and bleached sneakers. They looked boring and bitchy. There was no way that he was having either one of them in his house, not that he planned on accepting any of them. He didn’t need anyone. He shook his head before moving his eyes to the woman casually leaning back against the wall, looking incredibly bored.

            Now she definitely didn’t look like any of the nurses that he’d seen in the past year. She had short spiky black hair, killer green eyes, tight black blouse that ended just above her belly button, leaving a section of perfectly tanned skin bare above her waist hugging jeans. He gave her a dismissive look before returning his attention back to his sister. She was definitely gay. Not happening. He didn’t need to sit in his chair and watch someone else, a woman no less, get more pussy than he did. Fuck that, a man has his pride after all.

            “Take the two ice bitches and the girl and get the hell out of here, now.”

            Melissa sighed heavily as she crossed her arms over her small chest. “No.”

            He narrowed his eyes on her as he considered her response. “What do you mean by ‘no’?” he demanded, daring her to say something that was going to get her thrown out on her ass along with her trio of bitches.

            “Exactly what I said. No. You’re no longer living alone. You’re not taking care of yourself. You can’t get out of the house without help. This place and you reek. I’m done with this whole mess, Bret. You either accept the person I hire or you’re going into a nursing home,” she announced firmly, letting him know that she wasn’t playing around.

            Everything in him stilled at the threat. She wouldn’t………

            “I already had Michael start up the paperwork. If you don’t accept help we’re pushing to have you declared incompetent. You’re unable to take care of yourself and we have over twenty witnesses who will swear to that. You either accept this new situation or you’re going to be living in a nursing home by Friday.”

            He looked her in the eye, searching for any evidence that this was a bluff. It wasn’t.

            Shit.

            “You….fucking…BITCH!”

            She didn’t so much as flinch. “Just to let you know that whoever we hire will be under my employ so you won’t have the authority to fire her. If it doesn’t work out then you will be going to a nursing home. Do you understand?”

            He understood all right. She had him by the balls. Her husband was a mean son of a bitch when it came to the law and Bret wouldn’t be able to find anyone good enough to defend him before he found himself in the geriatric ward.

            Shit.

            There was no fucking way he was going into one of those situations. The rehab center they’d forced him into after the accident had been a nightmare. It was only by sheer luck that he’d managed to get released without Melissa pulling this shit before.

            His eyes went back to the two ice bitches that looked smug. Fuck. If they knew that he couldn’t fire them, he was totally fucking screwed. He had no doubt that he’d be able to run either one of them off without a problem, but then he’d be back in the same situation in a day or two.

            No, he needed to find someone he could handle, control even. Someone that would be here for appearances, but leave him the fuck alone so that his sister would hold off on this bullshit plan of hers. Someone like…

            His eyes darted to the dyke by the wall. She looked bored, very bored. She also looked really laid back, like the type of person who went with the flow and would be more than willing enough to collect her check and keep her mouth shut. Yeah, this could work.

            “Fine. I’ll take her,” he said, gesturing to the girl leaning against the wall. “The ice bitches can go,” he said, already pushing forward.

            “Well, I never!” one of the ice bitches exclaimed.

            “Uh huh, just don’t let the door hit you on your fat ass on the way out,” he said absently. His attention was already focused back on the television. His favorite soap opera was starting and he really wanted to see if Jack was going to discover that Janet had been fucking his father and brother for the past year and that the baby he thought was his son might really be his brother. Daytime drama fucking rocked.

            There was a small commotion in the foyer followed by chattering. He rolled his eyes and raised the volume. Melissa was probably filling her in on bullshit like paychecks and duties, nothing he cared about.

            He tossed the remote on the couch he had very little use for nowadays except for a place to throw his trash and settled in to watch his show. His beer was now lukewarm, but he was in no mood to roll into the kitchen. Maybe his new little helper would come in handy after all. She could do beer runs, he thought with a chuckle.

            “What’s so funny?” Melissa asked as she stepped in front of him, but was careful not to step in front of his television. She’d learned that little lesson very well a few months ago.

            His good humor instantly died away. “Nothing. Get out.”

            “I’ll get out of your way in a moment. Your new nurse’s name is Carly Maxwell.”

            “Couldn’t fucking care less.”

            “She’s been hired as a live in caretaker. She’ll be sleeping in the room next to yours.”

            “Whatever. Just tell her not to bring any women here, and we’ll be fine” he said absently, wondering how writers came up with this shit.

            Melissa mumbled something under her breath. “Try to be nice to her. She actually comes highly recommended.”

            “I’m sure we’ll be the bestest of friends,” he said mockingly.

            She rubbed her temples with the tips of her fingers. “Look, I know this isn’t the ideal situation and I’m sorry that I’ve had to resort to doing this, but you need help, badly. You used to be one of the greatest guys I know, but now….” she shook her head sadly. “Now you’re angry all the time.”

            He snorted.

            Her hands dropped to her sides. “You’re alive, Bret. Isn’t that enough?”

            “Yeah, it’s just fucking awesome being stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Really makes me appreciate life and all that shit more,” he said dryly.

            “Bret-”

            “Don’t.”

            “I’m sorry about Michelle. I know…I know it hurt when she walked out, but you can’t let that bring you down.”

            He barely held back his anger. “I’m over that bitch.” And he was. It didn’t hurt that the bitch had gone and married his best friend and went on the honeymoon they’d planned two weeks after the doctor gave him the news that a wheelchair was going to be his new best friend for the rest of his life. Yeah, he was just fucking peachy about that.

            She looked at her wrist watch. “Look, Michael’s going to be home soon and I want to go make sure the kids are okay.”

            “Good. Don’t come back.”

            “Bret…,” she said on a tired sigh.

            “Go.”

            “Fine. Be nice to Carly. Don’t cause any problems or you’re going to Pine Oaks,” she threatened coolly.

            “Fucking bitch,” he grumbled.

            She looked like she was about to argue, but didn’t. Well, she was smarter than he thought. He heard the front door close and sighed. It was time for more important things, like his soaps.

 

© Rerum Industries, Inc. 2016 All Rights Reserved. 

82 Responses to “Excerpt from one of the Anger Management Novels”

  1. jenna says:

    Just finished your excerpt for tufts new anger mgt series. As with your other books it looks phenomenal… however, I’m going to give this one a pass… the man in the wheelchair is a major trigger for me and there is no way in hell I can get any closer to the subject matter. You’re writing is awesome… I look forward to checking out other books in the upcoming series.

  2. Kayla says:

    Oohhh okay. People had problems with this? For real?! I didn’t read anything that turned me off and I get annoyed when there’s a lot of curse words used. This was great and as much as I want to read another EMS book I want you to finish this first. Mostly for yourself, because it sounds like you really really want to write it. Then for us, your loyal readers.

    • Jane says:

      Nothing to do with the curse words and everything to do with using language that has been used as a reason to justify killing people. As if who they were born as should be used as an insult.

      • R.L. Mathewson says:

        Ah, Jane,

        The word that was used in this book has not been used to justify people. People’s hatred and belief that they know better and are better are the reasons why people who are different in any way are being subjected to bullies and scumbags taking all their hate out on them. I asked several of my gay and lesbian friends to read the first three chapters and disclosed the plot of the book. They were fine with it and told me that they couldn’t wait to see how I have Bret redeem himself. It’s going to happen, but you cannot redeem someone unless they seriously fuck up.

        That is all 🙂

        Thanks again 🙂

  3. Lynn says:

    Oh yeah. This sounds like a good one. Just one question. When can I have it ?? Today! Please. Look I said please.

  4. Jane says:

    Woooow you really are pathetic, trying to justify using that kind of language as a way to tell a story. There’s no need for it and it only reflects on the kind of person you are. and of course people will be offended, and it has nothing to do with the curse words everything to do with the fact that apparently you think it’s okay to be a raging homophobe.

    • R.L. Mathewson says:

      Hey, Jane! Thanks for the personal assaults. Really appreciate it 🙂 A few of my best friends who are in fact homosexual got a good laugh at it. Thanks 🙂 If you are not able to put yourself in this guy’s situation, that makes you pathetic. Not me. He went from having it all, the perfect life, good friends, good family, and a promising future to being stuck in a wheelchair and dealing with losing it all at once and yes, mostly because of his anger. Like all the characters in my books this man will more than redeem himself. Let him be angry, let him lash out at the world, let him be human. When you’ve hit rock bottom, you hate everyone and everything including yourself. There was a warning on this excerpt because some people cannot separate fact from fiction. You apparently had a hard time, because you jumped to conclusions. You don’t know me. You have never met me and hopefully I will never meet you, because I don’t like people who are snobs and are full of hate. I have friends of every color, nationality and sexual orientation. I care more about who the person is and how they treat people than anything. You read an excerpt with a warning, decided to use it to get some anger issues out. Good for you. This book is being written as well as several other books in this series, because there are people who have been kicked so far down to the ground and worked their asses off to make something out of themselves that they deserve a chance to have a happy ending and I am going to give them exactly that. Thank you for taking your time to try and make me look like something I’m not. Feel free to move on and don’t read my books anymore. I don’t want someone narrow-minded and judgmental reading books I write to put a smile on someone’s face who’s having a shitty day.

      Thanks again, and best of luck to you. I hope that you’re able to get some help with your anger issues,
      R.L.

      • Jane says:

        Wow you’re using the “I have gay friends so it’s okay to insult all the others” as an excuse. Did you ever think that that wasn’t enough of the human population to ask if they found it offensive? Of course not or else you wouldn’t have used that word. It’s a pretty simple concept.

        • R.L. Mathewson says:

          Ah, Jane, I can tell you’ve got some interesting anger issues going on. No, my gay and lesbian friends were not the first people to read it. First, I asked a few of my straight friends, they I asked my friends taking care of family members who are severely challenged, then I posted this excerpt in The Bradford Team so that I could get honest feedback and made sure that I didn’t go to far to show how full of rage this man was. They said they knew I would make him redeem himself. Word spread to my FB page so, I posted it here and put a warning that you clearly ignored and asked for people’s opinion. If you were interested in making this book something worth reading, something to get the message across and help people who are down and out on their luck, you would have started a simple conversation and made suggestions, but instead you lowered yourself to acting like a child. If you have something to say that would help this book without changing the amount of anger that he is experience I am all ears, hence the reason that I posted this.
          FYI, you know nothing about me, but you judged me on a book that came with a warning. Don’t judge people, you’ll end up all alone.

          • Cincin says:

            Gonna (slanging now) let ya’ll in on a southern secret. You know how we southerners say “That’s nice”? Welll! Here’s the joke.
            (You have to read this talking with a southern drawl.)
            Two friends were sitting on the veranda sipping a mint julip. One southern belle says, “When I bore my husband his first male child, he bought me a Mercedes Benz. When I bore my husband his second male child, he bought me a 5 carat diamond ring. When I bore my husband his third male child, he bought me a stable full of ponies. Honey what did YOUR husband buy you?”
            The second southern lady replied, “Why honey he sent me to Finishing School.”
            “Finishing School? Whatever for!!!?”
            Well, darlin’, it was so I could reply to comments like that with “That’s nice”, instead of [email protected] you!”

          • Natasha says:

            I just wanted to tell you I was never interested In reading because I’m dyslexic I avoided reading at all cost until a couple of years ago someone told me to read your book NFH. Now I can not put them down I’ll keep reading every book over and over again until you come out with a new one! I love everything you write, I find myself laughing so hard I’m crying and my husband just looks at me like I’m crazy. But anyways I wanted to say thank you for giving me a love of reading I never thought that would have been possible.

            Thank you and please never stop writing!

          • R.L. Mathewson says:

            Hello, Natasha 🙂

            I’m glad that you enjoyed the books and that you are now a book lover 🙂 Not many know this, but I’m also dyslexic. It took me longer to learn how to read than the other children. I remember having to work harder, being embarrassed that I couldn’t read even very simple words or knew the order of the alphabet because the letters always jumped around. But, I also remember the first book that I was able to finish on my own. It was an children’s book about George Washington. It was a decent sized book and took me two months to read, but I still remember the feeling of accomplishment that I felt when I finished that book. It was amazing and after that, I was hooked 🙂

            Thank you for reaching out, Natasha 🙂

            R.L.

          • Libby says:

            Hey Natasha welcome to the magical world of books couldn’t think of a better author to get you hooked love all her work but NFH will always be my favourite series

        • Jenna says:

          Jane… At this point you’re being argumentative just to be a troll.. you cannot judge the entire book by one chapter.. and if you find it to be so offensive at this point then your scope of books to read must be small and fluffy indeed… Please have the courtesy to allow the author to express herself as she feels is necessary.. reading this novel is not required for entry into heaven… Although, reading it might illustrate the redemption of a troubled human being…

          • R.L. Mathewson says:

            Thank you very much, Jenna. I fully plan on having this man turn his life around, hence the series, “Anger Management.” This serious is going to deal with a lot of crap that we all have to face and it’s fun, or lives filled with sweets and flowers. I am making this as real possible and unfortunately when people hit a certain point, they stop caring and start hurting whoever they can, whenever they can to make themselves feel better.

        • Rochelle says:

          Jane, you sound incredibly ignorant. Just because an author has a character use a word does not mean they feel that same way. Just as if an author writes a horrific murder scene it does not mean they want to commit a horrific murder. The character is not the author. How many movies have you seen where a bad guy uses a word you do not like? Do you hold it against the producer? The actor? Look at say, American history x, the perfect example. Edward Norton played a horrible person in the beginning, a racist, used every racial slur you could think of. But he redeemed himself. Now do you think everyone involved in that movie was racist? Get real! If anything everyone involved in that movie was against racism!!! Just as R.l. Is against hate all around. You however seem to be all for it

        • Samantha says:

          Jane

          Why on earth would you read something on a website that you know you won’t like and just complain about it? Surely, you have better things to do?

      • fiona says:

        Can i just say, that i did take note of the warining before reading this chapter and i would have continued reading regardless of whether it had been there or not. Your books make me laugh like I have never done before while reading. To not be able to read it for what it was “NOT REAL” I feel sorry for some people. Keep up these fantastic stories you rock. Knowing alittle bit about your back story makes me admire you even more. My sister has two boys with disabilites and i know how hard it can by. All the best for you and your family.

    • Susan says:

      Jane, Raging homophobe. I did not get that from this little chapter. I got a guy in a wheelchair that has lost his dreams and he has anger issues. You don’t have the right to attack an author for their storytelling style. You know want I do when I don’t like their style/stories I don’t buy or read them. You’re a consumer not a dictator or a sheriff trying to build a posse.

    • R.L. Mathewson says:

      Thank you, Jenna 🙂 My new favorite person in the whole world 🙂 When my book for this series comes out, I hope readers will see why it was so damn important for me to write this series. Until then, I just hope they can read it with a grain of salt and give the characters a chance to smarten up.

      • jenna says:

        I just feel it’s necessary to say, irregardless of how it is received, it is more important that you write what you feel is necessary. The honesty that comes from within you is more important than the opinion of the masses (or an individual). I do hope that others will find value, but I sincerely hope that this process provides you with what you need… from my heart to yours…

      • Cincin says:

        Hey,
        Just wanted to make certain that you know your true value. I have All of your books on my kindle. I have read them NUMEROUS times. Why? After a long day of dealing with my real life, you take me away to another life. According to all of the post in your defense, you provide this escape for many. Do you know how precious that really is? If you did, you would not even respond to the negative because you are way above that behavior. We all feel this way. Hold your head and heart up, because you have nothing to be ashamed of.

  5. Sandra says:

    I think it sounds like an awesome beginning! I hope we got to read it soon? .. Btw I love the bradfords can’t wait for their next story❤️

  6. Lyndsey F. says:

    I cannot wait for thus. This sounds like it’s going to a great series. I found nothing offensive in this what so ever . I have faith in you that he will redeem himself in a big way. And as for others saying “how dare you use that word” screw off. Not like they’ve never used a word that someone else would take offense to. Keep on using what you feel works best and I’ll be patiently waiting to read this!!

  7. Lavender says:

    Just read the excerpt for your new book and, wow, am I looking forward to it. But then again, I pretty much love everything you write. Anyways, I can tell that this series will have much more emotional tension than any of the previous books you’ve written and I just wanted to tell you, Go For It. I for one am looking forward to see how Brett overcomes his anger (and gets some sense knocked into him).

  8. Mary says:

    I love this! I love all your books though (especially the neighbors from hell) and I can not wait to read this!
    On another note you will never be able to please everyone and I hope that a few judgemental people do not stop you from writing this book!

  9. Rochelle says:

    Some people need to stick to reading at the third grade level with unicorns and butterflies and never leave the house because obviously the real world is too much for them. They also shouldn’t ever watch a movie rates over G

  10. Terry says:

    Feels real man. I’ve had some emotionally torn up teens day some pretty horrible things tho me at work because I refuse to let them suffer alone. After they settle their issues they are motified by what they said.

  11. Crissy says:

    I wanna read the rest of it like right now! :p Not a fan of the word either (but yeah I’ll still read the book! You’re awesome 😉 ) but it’s coming from a character who doesn’t give a fuck, so you kinda have to pretend not to give a fuck either to make him real. Some people don’t seem to get that. No sense trying to change the mind of someone who can’t fathom that they just might be wrong. Why can’t people be offended without being assholes anymore? LOL Maybe Jane needs to go reread her worn out copy of Twilight and leave the hard stuff to the grownups. I’m hetero and like penis or I’d probably stalk you til you agreed to marry me. Keep being a badass and don’t waste time you could be finishing this for me (hehe) arguing with trolls. Happy writing! :-*

  12. Monique says:

    Fuck! Yes! Woman!
    I love it! The bitterness! The anger! The feels!

    As with each of your books I can feel myself invested in the characters already! Can’t wait!

  13. Sharon says:

    I don’t find anything offensive. I’m more intrigued, and want to know all about Bret and Carly. I’ve read all of your books and love everyone of them. BTW….NFH Playing for Keeps and Perfection are my “goto books”. Anyways, it sounds like Bret is an asshole but has a good reason to be, he had a life changing accident, got screwed by his girl and best friend….I get his anger issues. No, let’s see how Carly is going to help him. Thank you R.L. !

  14. Jennifer says:

    Really looking forward to this series. I love everything you have written so far. Books make for a better read when you can get emotionally involved in the characters. When you yell at them or cry with them laugh with or at them. That is what makes you such a fantastic author.

  15. Natasha says:

    I found Bret to be offensive, but I’m pretty sure that’s the point! He’s being a dumbass, and I look forward to reading about how he redeems himself. A character saying hateful things does not mean the author is hateful. It means they’re showing an unfortunate part of reality. Keep writing RL! I love your books.

  16. Rayanna says:

    I found this excerpt to be a great start at showing the anger someone has when they believe they’ve lost everything they feel that matters. I find that anger can come in many forms, but the first always seem to be to push others away. I look forward to seeing how Bret redeems himself and overcomes the anger.

  17. Jennifer says:

    I love all your books and the chronicles. If someone has found something offensive here, it must be because she herself is gay, has been called a dyke and was offended. I am a bitch, was I offended for myself or on behalf of my sister bitches… NO. They need to own who they are and quit crying over petty ass shit. Don’t like it, then don’t read it really pretty simple. Cause a fuss & then you make people want to see what the fuss is about and most times determine that your rant is unwarranted. Write your book baby, can’t wait for it to be released!

  18. Sharona says:

    I love all of your books, especially you’re humor, but this looks like a more polished, serious, version of yourself. It has been wonderful to see you grow as a writer, and I look forward to reading this one! Perhaps people were expecting something more lighthearted, but in all fairness, you did post a warning (although, I’m not sure why). Just finished Robert Gailbraith’s new book, which put me through the ringer, and the language there was much more abrasive. Maybe you could say this is a different genre to prep people emotionally?

    Overall, please continue to explore and hone your gift!! You have a knack for humor that makes me laugh out loud, but to couple it with serious/real life scenarios is explosive. Rooting for you and excitedly waiting for this new series!!!

  19. ronnie says:

    You can’t please everyone. I enjoy your stories! If someone does’nt care for the exerpt the solution is simple they do not need to read or buy it! No need to attack the writer. Please do not let this person discourge you. I look forward to the series. When will the first be ready for purchase? Waiting. … impatiently…. but waiting 😉

  20. Allison says:

    I loved it and I can’t wait for more!
    If people get offended by this then they are just not seeing the reality behind the words.
    It makes perfect sense to me why he would use offensive language… Not because he’s homophobic or sexist , but because his pain and anger have become so intense and consuming that he’ll just say whatever he needs to to lash out and hurt others. In my opinion, books that don’t worry about being PC end up feeling so much more real and authentic. Can’t way to see more!

  21. Diane says:

    Now this I want to read more of.
    Very polished. Look forward to reading the book.
    If some don’t care for it, then they just don’t have to buy it. Be interesting to see how she feels with the anger that radiates off him.

  22. Michelle says:

    I can’t wait for this book. The first chapter was very realistic of people’s responses to these kinds of devastating situations. If they don’t go into a deep depression, they hate the world. I work in a Neuro ICU, and I’ve been there when people are told they’re never going to walk again. As far as the language or so called offensive name calling, it wasn’t bad at all. I too have gay friends, and they say it’s usually the rediculously politically correct people with overkill that are the offended ones. No one else. Keep up the great work!

  23. Michaela says:

    I really like this excerpt and are curious, how this situation will resolve itself. (or better, how your characters will interact, I see a lot of potential mischief in Carly Situation)
    As fort the discussion about being offensive:
    I’m not a native English speaker, so I probably don’t get everything going on here.
    But if every book, that somebody finds offensive, is banned, we wouldn’t have any books left.
    So just calm down, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it. But there are many people out there, who are really looking forward to this book, and it’s not fair to spoil their fun or personally assault the author (especially on her own homepage)

  24. Heidi says:

    Love this! I cannot wait for you to release the full book……. if you want someone to review this book prior to release I’m completely happy to do so! I love your writing style and how raw your characters are. I have a feeling this will be my new favorites!

  25. Shelagh says:

    I can’t see a problem with this book this is what happens in real life when people get sick or injured they take it out on everybody else. I can’t wait to read the rest so there no need to slag the author off JANE

  26. Janelle says:

    l do love your writing style. This teaser made me want to grab and blanket , climb in my chair and read it to the end. Well shit, that means I have to go tend to the real bull shit in my life. Thank you for posting this first chapter. I agree with almost everyone here. If you don’t like it, don’t read it ! Last time I checked we have the right to read and write what we want. God bless America, home of the free because of the brave. Peace-out Please, when will this work be done? Soon???

  27. Cara says:

    I love love love it!!!!!!!Awesome start to a new series and can’t wait to read it! I love my Bradfords and can’t get enough, and the Chronicles get me through to the next book. Would love to know when this will be released!

    Jane go back to your books where the Princess rides a Unicorn that poops rainbows and everyone is politically correct…Yuck! In other words quit pushing your ideas about how things should be by attacking an author for what her characters say. If you ignore the warning then you have no one to blame but yourself.

    Hugs R.L. and sending cuddles and thanks for a wonderful new book!!

  28. Lori B. says:

    Hooked me right away. So what if it isn’t all jokes and giggles. It is real life, and as always it is well written.

  29. Colleen Joseph says:

    Okay, had to comment. I wanted to keep reading when it came to an end, can’t wait for the whole book 😀 This (so far) seems to be new and refreshing. I was not offended at all and frankly neither should anyone else, however, people will “flame” for attention and look for anything to bitch and whine about. Clearly there is one simple solution Jane, DON’T READ THE BOOK. geesh some people’s kids. I look forward to reading this, rock on R.L.

  30. Kadashee says:

    First I thought when I read that except is I need this book in my life. I laughed out loud and thought if I was his sister I would have tipped him out his chair. Now of course many disabled advocates would have found that wrong but you can only call me a bitch so many times before you end up on the floor.
    He called the girl a lesbian but he didn’t threaten her or try to beat her up. I’ve called my lesbian friends inappropriate names and they’ve called me inappropriate names but I love them and they love me. So it doesn’t bother them and it sure don’t bother me.
    I say give the book a chance before you make a decision.

  31. Cincin says:

    I don’t usually make comments, but now I feel the need. Living my whole life in a small southern town, and teaching at risk middle school students, I have witnessed all types of behavior, issues, generalizations and prejudice. I have been hit and called every name in the book, but at the end of the day (everyday) I realize that none of it was personal.
    Ms. Matheson, you have a God given talent —-you make others enter another world where there is absolute love and happiness. Please don’t feel you have to justify, defend or entertain those that have no imagination.
    Sincerely,
    Cin

  32. Susanne says:

    Okay, this was AWESOME!!! One nasty person, who shouldn’t read at all, and a lot of wanna read this?? No brainier…..write away!! I like how this is going!! Write whatever floats your boat, I say…can’t please everyone all the time!! Can’t wait for the next book!! You ROCK and I love your books!! ?

  33. Nancy says:

    Love all your books! Glad you don’t let haters get to you. Can’t wait to read what happens. And as for pushing through your “trigger” whatever it may be, you will do it.

  34. Kimberly says:

    RL I love the beginning of this book. You’ve captured the attitude of someone who’s hit rock bottom and has anger issues. Anyone who can’t read this the way it was meant to be read, should just move on to another book or even website. I’ve read all of your books and I love everyone of them. You capture the true humanity of people. The way you’ve captured Bret’s raw anger is wonderful. You’ve made him a real human being at the end of his rope and angry as hell. I’ve known a couple of people like that and the way you’ve written him is real life. Keep on going. I can’t wait to read more chapters and the entire book!!!!
    Jane, I hope you just go onto another website and don’t come back here. It’s obvious you look around to find people to argue with. You must have a lot of anger issues yourself and we don’t want to hear your babbling. So please just move on.
    RL,
    I look forward to each and everyone of your writings. Please keep your chronicles going and writing your books. There are many many many of us who love your writing and look forward to everything you write. I tell everyone I know to read your books.

  35. Libby says:

    Context is the key – imagine if writers only wrote tough emotional scenes using political correctness filter how bland and boring – frankly if that was the case I’d rather read the phone book – oh wait! There’s a guy in my phone book called Richard Face (I swear I’m not making that up!!) – gasp!! Call the PC Police!! I’m glad RL is going out hard in this series – she always makes me laugh, cry and think. Hope this book will be released soon

  36. Ashley C says:

    If I want to cuss out a person who left a reply that showed how ignorant they were would that be politically incorrect? Maybe I need anger management classes too! Lol

  37. Janine Warren says:

    I don’t understand why some people need to vent. I love your work & look forward eagerly to see where your wonderful mind will take me.

    • R.L. Mathewson says:

      I am aiming for next year at this point. I’d like to get it out earlier, but I promised Reese’s book (NFH) and Kale (Pyte) for 2016 so I have to try to get them done.

      R.L.

      • Amber Anderson says:

        You are only one person with two kiddos, I dont even know where you find the time anyways to write! Ill wait patiently….as possible lol

        • Libby says:

          Well Amber, you’re a better person than I am willing to be patient (glaring at RL Mathewson) write FAAAAAAASTER!! And no, I don’t have Anger Management issues…but I may need the EMS to get my Cursed Heart beating again!! Like a Bradford at a Buffet I need the next instalment from any of the series really…*glares again at Ms Mathewson and taps foot impatiently*

          • R.L. Mathewson says:

            Lol, I’m trying, Libby!

            I had a plan this year, a really good plan. I had every book that I was going to write this year planned out and then I got hit with a medical problem, kids had problems, then they got hit with insomnia and I basically lost 7 months of full-time writing. I was able to write here and there, but nothing that would help me keep up with my promises. I will tell you that I have to write Reese’s book and Kale’s book next since I made a promise. Then I plan on working on Cursed Hearts, EMS, HH and Anger Management, and another Pyte and Bradford (Not in that order).

            I am hoping for a better year with no one getting sick and sleeping habits returning to normal 🙂

            R.L.

          • Libby says:

            Hi RL – aren’t you glad I’m not your editor or publicist!! I can fully empathise with you on the insomnia – it’s your work I turn to in the lonely hours to get me thru if I can’t sleep I might as well be entertained and have a laugh!! You must have exceptional time management skills to juggle family, friends and writing!! Look forward to Reeses story…

  38. Katy says:

    Cannot wait for this book to come out! Looks amazing! Your books are always my go to when I need a good laugh. Thank you for being such an amazing author 🙂

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