The other day I got a letter from my life insurance company, and the first sentence was a friendly “We hope you’re enjoying the benefits of your policy.”
I thought, “Oh, that’s nice…”
Then I realized that in order to ‘enjoy the benefits’ of a life insurance policy, I’d have to die. Exactly what were they trying to say there?
I’m ambivalent about insurance anyway. I’ve always considered myself an optimist, but buying insurance means I’m basically betting that something bad is going to happen to me. The insurance companies (the true optimists, apparently) are betting that everything’s going to be fine. This completely messes up my worldview.
I won’t get started about how insurance companies stubbornly pretend everything is still fine even after you submit a claim. That’s a different rant, but I will say this: If you want the most comprehensive list of weasel-words ever compiled, take a look at the wording of an insurance policy.
But I suppose policy wordings aren’t actually that much different than playing poker: The rules are set out before the cards are dealt, and you can ante up if you want. I’d just feel better about the whole thing if it wasn’t my own wellbeing in the pot.
If I’d saved up all the money I’d spent (and will spend in the future) on insurance, I wouldn’t need the insurance. But I don’t dare cancel it, because I haven’t saved up all that money. And with Murphy and his Law breathing down my neck, I just know that if I cancelled, I’d somehow manage to launch my vehicle into the middle of our living room the very next day, destroying the car and house and leaving myself disabled with huge medical bills. And I’d probably run over somebody in the process, so I’d get sued into the bargain.
Hmm. Maybe I’m not as much of an optimist as I thought.
Anyhow, insurance might be a crapshoot, but here’s a sure thing: We have a cover and release date for Book 14!
The big day is Wednesday, March 27, and pre-orders should be available by this weekend. (If you’ve signed up for my New Book Notification list, you’ll get an email with all the purchasing links.)
Here’s the big reveal:
Secret agent Aydan Kelly’s supposedly-dead mother Nora has resurfaced after thirty years, and the chain of command assigns Aydan to investigate her for treason. With only two weeks before Nora leaves the country under diplomatic immunity, Aydan struggles to piece together her mother’s questionable past.
Two days into Aydan’s investigation Nora announces she’s leaving early, and Aydan’s director gives her an ultimatum: Solve the case before Nora escapes, or face imprisonment for dereliction of duty. Meanwhile, an unknown enemy is stalking Aydan’s friends and the threats are escalating.
When time runs out and prison walls loom, claustrophobic Aydan must make an unthinkable choice: Sacrifice her friends, or lose her freedom forever.