Howdy from Austin, Texas, home of rolling hills covered in bluebonnets, great music, Tex-Mex and weird characters. I’m one of those characters, an attorney living a modern life with high rises and technology, but with one foot firmly planted on South Congress with the hippies and nonconformists eating Torchy’s Tacos and dancing at the Continental Club.
SoCo they call it now – it’s where my last client got into some serious trouble burning down a giant billboard. I’ve been trying to get him out of that mess, but things just keep getting worse for him and me. We’ve been to court, tried arbitration, and almost resorted to begging, but this Goliath corporation will not budge and now they’ve sent a monster after me named Boots King.
The police and my investigator, Ag, have been trying to find Boots, but he’s “slipperier than snail snot” as my office manager Betty likes to say. Yes, you can’t know me without knowing my office staff – we’re tight. I include my law clerk Val in that group. He keeps us all looking fashionable and stylish while we run around Austin protecting the innocent, foiling bad guys, and eating at award winning restaurants.
Just last week, we attended a lunchtime lingerie show at client Slag’s strip club. You should have seen Val’s eyes pop when he saw his first pole dance. We’re not entertaining ourselves all the time. We actually get some work done downtown in The Law Office of Merit Bridges, and make sure our clients are well served and happy – the ones who manage to stay alive that is.
My son, Ace, spices up our lives as well. He’s in Houston in a special school for dyslexic students. He’s the love of my life now that his father is gone, but I don’t want to talk about that. Ace and I get down to our beach house in Port Aransas as often as possible to heal our wounds and eat Gulf seafood.
I’d like to stay and chat longer, but I have a big trial coming up in a few days and I have to kick the boy toys out of my bed, get to work, and prepare for the fight of my life. More on that later. For now, just know that I plan to win. Not many mess with a Texas Lady Lawyer and survive to tell the tale. Next time you’re driving through town, give me a shout and I’ll brief you over a glass of wine.
Dollar Signs is the first book in the NEW Texas Lady Lawyer legal thriller series, published by Starpath Books, LLC, February 2016.
MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.
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Meet the author
Manning Wolfe is an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas. She writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first book in her series featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them. Connect with Manning at manningwolfe.com, on Twitter or on Facebook.
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