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(A Paranormal Reverse Harlem)
by USA Today Bestselling Authors Megan J. Parker and Nathan Squires
It’s hard to hide when the forbidden magic you wield is written on your skin…
“Skin witch” Mikkie Locke has spent her life running; running from her past, running from hunters, and running from a destiny she doesn’t want. And when you’re a Taroe working in an “in plain sight” magic shop, that’s easier said than done. Every day she’s away from the protection of her tribe is a day she’s risking death. The enchanted tattoos that cover her body are a constant reminder of who and what she is are a beacon to her enemies that scream “KILL ME!” to those who hunt her and other nonhumans; other creatures of the mythos community.
And the danger has just become more severe.
A new group of anti-mythos hunters have come to town, and she knows that the time has come once again to run. But Mikkie is tired of running, and between her anger, her assets, and the small team of four strong, sexy men who have her back, she’s beginning to think she might have a chance.
But in an ever-changing world, this breed of hunter has decided to make changes of their own. The stage is set for a war, and there’s more on the line than their lives…
Excerpt from New Moon:
Mikkie froze at this, thinking that maybe it would help him to feel some warmth, even if he thought it was Nikki for the time being.
What could it hurt?
His lips were feather-soft against hers. They seemed to linger, test her mouth—as though he doubted she was even real—but then, growing confident, the pressure grew. Raith was drunk, but his kiss wasn’t; it seemed to have been frozen, kept away in a deep, dark place just in case he’d ever get a chance to take it back out and deliver it to the person he’d been saving it for.
Even if I’m not that person, I can be, Mikkie thought. He needs me to be her so badly. Damn me, Mark was right; this is what he needed…
The kiss deepened, unlike any she’d ever felt. She loved her boys, and her boys loved her; she knew their kisses well, but she’d never felt one like this.
Because it’s not yours! she scolded herself. You’re stealing this one; this is wrong!
Wrong, sure, but it was also nice, and it was a nice thing to do…
“Please, Nikki,” Raith whimpered, nearly crying, against her mouth, “don’t leave me again…”
This was a plea that she was desperate to answer. She looked into his eyes, feeling his desire, feeling all the sadness and passion filled in this beautiful broken man, and she realized two very important things:
She couldn’t deny Raith…
Meet Authors Megan J. Parker and Nathan Squires!
Megan J. Parker lives in upstate New York and is normally found lounging in the writing office with her husband and fellow author, Nathan Squiers.
Since the debut of her first novel, Scarlet Night, Megan J. Parker has gained international recognition and has been a bestseller in paranormal romance and dark fantasy. Her first novel, Scarlet Night, also was a runner up for 2013's Best New Series Award on the blog, Paranormal Craving. In 2016, she became a USA Today bestselling author and since then, has been on the list three times.
Nathan Squiers, along with his loving wife & fellow author, Megan J. Parker, two incredibly demanding demons wearing cat-suits, and a pair of “fur baby” huskies, is a resident of Upstate New York. When he isn't dividing his time between writing or “nerding out” over comics, anime, or movie marathons, he's chasing dreams of amateur body building. If he can't be found in a movie theater, comic shop, or gym, chances are “the itch” has driven him into the chair at a piercing/tattoo shop… or he's been “kidnapped” by loving family or friends and forced to engage in an alien task called “fun.”
Interview with Megan & Nathan:
Q: Hi guys! Tell us a little about yourselves.
Megan: Hi! 😊 I’m Megan J. Parker, born and raised in Upstate New York. I’m a lover of comics, movies, and art. Growing up, I was immersed in both Japanese anime/manga (comics) as well as smutty romance novels and I like to think a lot of that shaped who I am now. I USED to only write (smutty) fanfictions from my favorite anime & comics and dark/emotional poetry. With the help of my husband, Nathan Squiers, I was able to hone my craft and, in 2012, put out my first novel, Scarlet Night. I now write all sorts of different genres and styles—I have a passion for storytelling and love to share that with others.
Nathan: I’ve always got an answer lined up for interviews, but the “who are you?”-ones always trip me. I always wind up feeling like it’s the first day at a new school or like I’m in a recovery meeting or something, reciting my name—wondering if my name really matters and such—but… *deep breath* I’m Nathan Squiers: originally from Andover, Massachusetts but planted my “roots” in Upstate New York when I was young. I’m an unabashed geek AND an introverted nerd with an affinity for (of course) reading as well as movies and comic books. I write everything—novels, comics, screenplays, poetry, all ranging from horror-to-romance and everything in between—provided it’s a story that I feel will be both fun and challenging to write.
Q: Why paranormal? What drew you to the genre?
Nathan: I grew up with depression and anxiety. Anybody who’s struggled with it knows that there’s a certain “pull” towards fear and self-isolation and, of course, the macabre. When you’re battling depression and suicidal thoughts for that long, you begin to form a sort of “bond” with the subject of death. Demons, vampires, werewolves, magic… these are all things that get sort of lumped by society into the realm of death—anything occult or “spooky” gets treated that way, really—and, while it’s usually inaccurate and inappropriate to do this, I think that’s why a lot of people with mental and emotional struggles tend to find a sort of comfort or “kinship” with the paranormal. Beyond that, however, is the fact that I developed a fascination with psychology and philosophy, so I always found myself asking myself questions like, “What if a vampire had depression?” The idea of a being of immense strength and power—a being that others are so terribly fearful of—somehow having these incredibly crippling thoughts and emotions fascinated me. I suppose what draws me (and my writing) so much to the paranormal is the fact that something could be so very different from us and yet, at the same time, somehow be eerily relatable. It’s a real thrill to weave those connections and create “monsters” that readers can see themselves in.
Q: What’s your favorite type of paranormal creature and why?
Megan: Werewolves. Ever since I was a child, I loved dogs/wolves. Every chance I got at the zoo, I would be caught running straight for the wolves, coyotes, or fox areas. Along with my love of dog-like animals, I always loved “beastly” characters, one of my favorite children’s movies was Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (still is). Those two things when combined ARE what typical werewolf characters are comprised of. When I started reading paranormal romance and paranormal manga/comics, I always gravitated towards the ones about “beastly” men, especially werewolves. I suppose the idea of transformation and becoming something strong and wild always fascinated me.
Q: Tell us about your heroine. What inspired her quirks and struggles?
Nathan: In my wife’s and my latest novel, New Moon, the heroine of the story is a young, tattooed magic user named Mikkie. She’s had a rough-yet-sheltered life—escaping from a cursed village that was later destroyed—and, over the past few years, she’s only just managed to really claim her life as her own. She’s had to deal with racism and animosity for being tattooed—a rite of passage for her people—but, all the same, she’s managed to push through it and even begun dating a small group of various supernatural, super-powered (and, of course, super-sexy) men. Unfortunately, the secret of all paranormal creatures was revealed nearly a year earlier, so she’s been seeing a great deal of harassment and violence towards her and a magic shop she’s been running. Lucky for her, however, her late-sister’s husband, a werewolf who serves as a “law enforcer” for the supernatural government, has arrived to help her (and himself) cope with the recent loss. Because she’s had to rely so heavily on herself and because she feels ashamed for running from the problems that ultimately got her sister killed, she’s reluctant to accept this newcomer’s help. However, when she sees that he’s just as much in need as she is, the dynamic begins to shift and barriers are broken. If I had to give Mikkie a single key struggle through the entire novel it’s having her overcome the limitations she’s put on herself and discover her full potential without just slipping into the shadow of her sister.
Q: Tell us about your hero. What motivates him?
Megan: Raith is…well, he’s complicated. He’s a character that was created in my Scarlet Night series and I put him and the main hero from the Scarlet Night book through hell. And, when he finally starts to get a “happy” life, my husband (with my permission) goes ahead and ruins all of that in his novel, New World Order, by killing his wife/lover. So, starting in New Moon, nothing motivates Raith, honestly. After months of mourning, he finally calls his wife’s mother to deliver the news only to discover that his wife had an estranged sister, our heroine, Mikkie. After that, his motivation grows into helping with her troubles and coming to grips with his wife’s death and his growing love for Mikkie.
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