The Meeting: An R.L. Mathewson Chronicle

An R.L. Mathewson Chronicle

The Meeting

            “Settle down!” Jared  snapped, eyes narrowing with displeasure as the bickering continued. He opened his mouth to tell the annoying bastards to shut the hell up when his normally sweet daughter-in-law stepped in.

            “Quiet!” Haley shouted, shocking everyone in the overcrowded living room into silence. When she was sure that she had their attention, she nodded, looking quite pleased with herself as she gestured for everyone to have a seat.

            A few of them grumbled and bitched, but they did sit. Well, the ones that could find a seat did. The rest of them, the majority of the men who’d refused a seat so that the women could be comfortable, leaned back against the wall or doors as they scowled in Jared’s direction, still looking annoyed about the summons they’d received for this meeting.

            “Where the hell is R.L.?” Christofer, a newcomer to their group, demanded harshly, pointedly looking away from the small, furious looking, woman that by the looks of it, wanted to tear him limb from limb.

            “I’d like to know that as well since she left me in a really fucked up situation,” the woman, he thought her name was Cloe, said, her eyes practically narrowing to slits as she continued to glare at Christofer.

            Trevor let out a disbelieving snort as he shook his head in disgust. “Get in line, sweetheart. You’re not the only one that she left in a fucked up situation. I’m about to get my ass handed to me at Fenway.”

            “At least she didn’t leave you getting your ass chewed out by your boss,” Jodi, the young woman who rented from Trevor, said, sounding irritated even as she pointedly looked anywhere in the room but at Danny, his nephew who appeared not to care or notice, but Jared knew his nephew well enough to know that he was watching her every move.


            But, something that was going to have to wait for another time. Right now he needed to calm everyone down and get them to focus before they did something stupid that would make more problems for R.L. Not that she’d asked for his help. She hadn’t. She was too damn stubborn to ask for help and now it was catching up with her.

            With a heavy sigh and a prayer that his wife was almost done making brownies, he explained the situation to the characters that made up the R.L. Mathewson world with the tact that Bradfords were known for.

            “R.L. is an idiot,” he said, getting right to the point.

            “What the hell are you talking about?” Eric asked with a frown, absently reaching out to put a staying hand on his wife’s shoulder and most likely stopping her from kicking his ass, he thought with a grin.

            God, he loved the women that R.L. created, but that didn’t take away from the fact that the woman was in fact, an idiot.

            “She’s fucked up,” he added, hoping that it would be enough to explain things. Judging by the confused expressions thrown his way it wasn’t so he opened his mouth to further explain when Jason, with a muttered curse, took over.

            “What I think he’s trying to say,” his son began, ignoring the glare that he was sending his way, “is that she’s taken on too damn much, putting all of her attention on her kids, books, the readers, the Chronicles, organizing The Great Escape Author Event and starting Blanket House and none on herself.”

            “I knew that she was taking on too much,” Ephraim bit out from across the room, his eyes turning the eerie red that kind of freaked him out.

            “I don’t think it’s that,” Nick said, shaking his head as he folded his arms across his chest and leaned back against the wall. “I think she needs to learn how to prioritize.”

            “She needs to take care of her health,” Zoe added with a sigh, rubbing her hands down her face, her frustration clear.

            “I thought that’s what she’s been doing,” Chris said, looking confused as he shot a questioning look to his father who could only shrug.

            “Nope,” Trevor said, letting the word pop out of his mouth, sounding pissed and for good reason.

            “What has she been doing?” Madison asked with a concerned frown as she stood up and moved so that she could stand by her mate.

            “Letting her problems kick her ass,” Jason said, glancing around the room and not looking any happier about it than Jared was.

            “As I said,” Jared felt the inclined to add, “she’s being an idiot.”

            “Well,” Jamie said, frowning adorably, “shouldn’t someone tell her?”

            Jared couldn’t help but chuckle. “Someone already did.”

            “Who?” Caine demanded, not bothering to pause in glaring at the Pytes in the room.

            “LaTrese,” Jared said with a grin.

            “Who the hell is that?” Shayne, the man who always seemed to be glaring at well, everything, asked.

            “She’s R.L.’s friend as well as her business partner. She’s the main force behind The Great Escape Author Event and one of the Directors for Blanket House. She also acts as R.L.’s manager, kicking her ass and getting her to focus. She’s actually pretty cool,” Jason explained.

            “And she clearly wants me,” Trevor felt the need to point out, which of course earned him several eye rolls and a few muttered, “Arrogant bastard.”

            “Well, what did she do?” Rory asked, shifting uncomfortably on Connor’s lap as she tried to find a position that would accommodate her large belly where another Bradford, and yes, Jared considered all the James offspring Bradfords, grew.

            “Not much,” Jason said with a shrug, “well, nothing on purpose, but she made R.L. see that she was being an idiot and needed to get off her ass and take care of business.”

            “So, what about the Chronicles?” Trevor asked, trying not to look too anxious about being stuck in Fenway.

            “She’s going to get back on schedule with them starting on March 2nd. She’ll start back with getting your ass out of Fenway and write the Chronicle that she owes the original Team Bradford,” Jason said, not looking too pleased with the details of his elopement and the disaster of a wedding night being shared.

            “And our books?” Christofer asked, gesturing lazily towards Danny, who stood in the corner, looking bored.

            “She’s still working on them. She just needs a few weeks to get everything handled and develop a schedule that will cover everything.”

            “What about the readers?” Marty asked from the comfort of her husband’s arms.

            “Jenn, her other business partner and friend, is handling that. She’s going to try and answer readers questions on FB and continue doing the giveaways on the Pyte/Sentinel and Team Bradford pages.” Jason further explained.

            “And the Bradford Family Cookbook?” Izzy asked.

            “Lauren, another business partner, is handling that so readers can send their recipes for review to the email without worry.”

            “So basically she’s trying to get her act together and this time she’s accepting help,” Nick surmised with an approving nod.

            “Exactly,” Jason said, looking relieved.

            “So, what does she need us to do?” Jodi asked, still pointedly looking away from Danny.

            “Give her a few weeks to figure everything out,” Jason suggested with a shrug.

            “As long as she gets me out of Fenway,” Trevor said with a heavy sigh as he held out his hand towards his wife.

            “She will,” Jason promised with a knowing smirk.

            “Smug bastard,” Trevor muttered, leading his wife towards the kitchen.

            “Touch my brownies and you’re a dead man,” Jared calmly explained as he made a show of inspecting his nails.

            “Cheap bastard,” Trevor muttered, changing directions and heading for the front door right behind the rest of the group.

            “Think she’ll manage to pull it off?” Jason asked, pausing by his side.

            Jared couldn’t help but chuckle as he got to his feet. “Yeah, I think she’s finally gonna get it right.”


Author’s note:

I thought it would be more interesting if I gave you an update through my favorite characters.

My main problem is organization and making time for everything, including me. Got a wake up call when I landed my butt in the hospital so now I am looking to make some changes, make improvements. It will take a few weeks to get things going, but I think we should see improvements on how the books and Chronicles are handled very soon.

Thank you for standing by me and for being patient while I figure things out 🙂


45 Responses to “The Meeting: An R.L. Mathewson Chronicle”

  1. Avatar Marcy Cordova says:

    I’m happy to hear you’re getting help! I think that accepting help when you need it can be one of the hardest things to do. I hope you’re healing up quickly and we can all be patient for as long as you need. 🙂

  2. Avatar Marcy Cordova says:

    I’m so happy to hear that you have friends that can help you! I think one of the hardest things to do is accept help when we need it. I hope you’re healing quickly, and know that we can all be patient as you take as much time as you need. 🙂

  3. Avatar Tiffany Morris says:

    This was awesome!!! Your characters and fans will be patiently waiting on you. Don’t take on too much. You’re kick ass and your books are kick ass! I LOVE the Bradford’s and can’t wait for more from them but make sure you’re taking care of yourself too! 🙂

  4. Avatar patricia says:

    Yes all that matters is you. Of course this placed a smile on my face, but it wouldnt be possible without you. 🙂

  5. Avatar Katy+Nielsen says:

    I am sorry that your life is so busy it made you ill! I hope you can get sorted and get some pressure off yourself soon!
    I love love love your stories! I’m dying for the next Bradford book!
    Take care of yourself first!

  6. Avatar Phyllis Lopez says:

    As one of your fans we trust you. You have not failed us. We have all been concerned for you. We love the Chronicals but understand your health and family comes first. What kind of readers would we be if we put our interests before your health and family? A dediicated and true fan puts empathy first. That is what is wrong with this world right now. Family should always come first. We will stick by you and wait.

  7. Avatar Kim+K says:

    Oh R.L. you need to not be so rough on your self …I as a fan of your work love your books and am more than happy to wait for your books if it keeps you happy and well to be able to write them because without you there are NO MORE books so please get better soon and take care of yourself. You should know that if there is anything your fans can do to help we will, because we are your fans… On another note after reading that Meeting it brought up a good idea… CROSS OVER…huh huh…lol get better soon we miss you

  8. Avatar Teri Lloyd says:

    Good luck…take care of yourself. You are such an amazing writer that we will always be here waiting for the next amazing book. Now is a good time to reread all our books by you..

  9. Avatar Charlene Burnett says:

    I agree with Phyllis. You need to concentrate on you and your family. Your loyal readers understand and support you. All we want is for you to be well and healthy!

  10. Avatar lizbeth says:

    Take your time, we aren’t going anywhere. Take care of your self and your children. Your health is not something to mess with, I know I work in a hospital. You’re an amazing writer your worth the wait. Now get some well needed rest and take some time for your kids. Feel better.

  11. Avatar Ozie DiLorenzo says:

    This was so creative! That’s why we love your work! Even in the rough times your talent shines. I hope you are feeling better. Take care of you. I’m glad you’ve accepted some help to share the burdens of your success. We aren’t going anywhere. Best wishes.

  12. Avatar Lori Gonzales says:

    Agreed! Take care of yourself and your family. The rest will come. And we will be patiently waiting supporting you.

  13. Avatar Michelle C. says:

    Take care of you!!! I can always retread your books, and laugh just as much as the first time!!! You are an amazing author with great talent, so get yourself better!!!

  14. Avatar Kadashee says:

    Take care of yourself. Your health is most important. I know I have the current Bradford, Pyte/Sentinel books to keep more then statisfied. We are loyal we’ll wait.

  15. Avatar Katrina says:

    Take care of yourself! Glad to hear you’ve got friends around you who pay attention. Don’t worry about the readers. We await you on your schedule!

  16. Avatar Kendall says:

    Take care of yourself! That is what matters the most. Your readers love you and will still be here no matter what.

  17. Avatar Norma Edel says:

    Take care of yourself R.L. Yes, all of us are eager for your next book, but not at the expense of your health. Glad to see you are prioritizing and hopefully you will put #1 first, YOU. Take care and thank you for this chronicle…
    P.S. You are NOT and idiot!

  18. Avatar Denise+Navone says:

    Awesome way of telling us. Most importantly is take care of you. We will still be here, waiting & re reading the books you’ve already blessed us with. You should remember RL addicts of your writing will always be here to support you.

  19. Avatar Angela Garcia says:

    I love all of your books and characters and always look forward to more, more, more, but in order for that to happen there has to be a YOU…. So you definitely need to continue to take care of yourself. I am glad that you are surrounded by awesome, caring people that are willing and able to help you. Thank you for the update. As always take care and God bless. Hugs

  20. Avatar Deb+MacArthur says:

    thank you for sharing with us R.L. take your time, get health,y get the kids healthy. Hope a speedy recovery for you!

  21. Avatar Terry+Dixon says:

    Seriously, your thanking us for being okay with you making a healthier life for yourself. Jared might be right about you….wink.

  22. Avatar Mayra says:

    Jajaja I think this is one of the best!!! Please get better so you can continue with your great work!! So take care and get to work!!!

  23. Avatar Tracy M says:

    You being fit and healthy is more important than anything else RL – am glad you are feeling a bit better…
    Would rather have you well and happy – the Chronicles and books can take a wee back seat just now…. <3

    Take care lovely!! xxx

  24. Avatar Cris Meier says:

    Will I think your books are the shit, like for real, and am anxiously awaiting the next one…. I am glad that you are taking the time to take care of yourself! As a reader, I know I can re-read all your books a million times happily until you are back on track and able to work on your next one. Take good care of yourself and family!

  25. Avatar Nancy says:

    very cute way to send an update – I’m so glad you are on the mend and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all your characters. Wishing you good health!!! <3

  26. Avatar Nicola says:

    Love it! Loved all those characters in the same room. I’m still undecided which team I’m on so I’m going to be team R.L., get well take the time you need. You’re worth waiting for xxx

  27. Avatar Jessica says:

    R.L. – as the flight attendants instruct before every flight, put on your mask before helping others with theirs. I can always re-read (and I HAVE MANY TIMES) all of your most excellent books. Take care of yourself.

  28. Avatar Kirsty Stainton says:

    I like many others am happy to wait however long it takes to read your books 🙂 all that matters is that you get yourself fit and well again, take all the time you need honey 🙂 loved the way you used your characters to update us all.

  29. Avatar Benilda says:

    Welcome back!!!im glad your ok and a lots of friends that helping you,ilove your books but the most important is you health take your time we all love our amazing author !!!!

  30. Avatar kerstenmichele says:

    I loved this. It truly was the best way to keep us updated. Take care and don’t worry I’m not going anywhere. I will wait. I just got done rereading the NFH series for like the 3rd time. Get better and take the time you need for yourself.

    • Avatar helz39 says:

      YOU are awesome, YOUR books are awesome. Never forget that, you have so many fans out there, me and my sister included, we have enjoyed many cups of tea and chats over your books. But the important thing is that you look after yourself if that means having to wait a little longer so be it.

  31. Avatar Christa Ray says:

    You just take care of your self and all of us readers who love you as much as I do (your my favorite) will wait as long as we have to! I have read all your different series more than once to keep all the characters fresh in my mind and will do so again if I have to!
    This was a great little story, loved the concept of it all and could see all these characters in my mind sitting around a room talking. FANTASTIC!!!

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