Fabulous day! We've got an interview with Natasha Brown to start things off.
SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.NB: Jax has no family. He’s alone, and that’s how he likes it. He’s a cougar shifter who travels from town to town working as a mechanic, never staying long enough to put down roots. His life changes quickly when he witnesses a hooded man feeding on his landlord’s neck. This becomes a problem for Jax when a secret society of shifters which he never knew existed accuses him of the attack.
SC: Shifters. They're such party crashers, non? Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?NB: There is definitely room in my imagination to believe in things which I can’t see or touch. I don’t think I could be a fantasy writer if I didn’t. I do remember waking up from a dream when I was young, opening my eyes and seeing a man looking in at me from the hallway. After clearing the sleep from my eyes, I realized he wasn’t truly there. To this day, I can still picture him, curiously checking in on me.
SC: That's pretty vivid. What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?NB: I’m close to finishing the second book in the series, the Half-Bloods, which will follow one of the secondary characters from Half-Blood Descendant. Readers will get the opportunity to find out more about Deane’s past, the new breed of blood-suckers, as well as meet a new character, Verity.
SC: We'll all be looking forward to that! Thanks for dropping by for a chat. Let's take a look at your book now.
Half-Bloods: A Paranormal Series
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural Suspense
Publisher: Future Impressions
Date of Publication: Sept 23rd 2018
Number of pages: estimated 250
Word Count: 76k
Cover Artist: Natasha Brown
Tagline: Shifters live in secret. They’re not the only ones.
USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Brown blends urban fantasy, paranormal romance and supernatural suspense in the Half-Bloods, an adventure for lovers of shifters, vampires... and more.
Jax never stays anywhere long enough to put down roots. He’s a shapeshifter—the only one of his kind, or so he thinks. While prowling on his landlady’s property, he is stunned to find a man feeding on her neck. Although he frightens away the blood-sucker, Jax leaves behind a paralyzed woman and a trail of blood in his wake.
Aerilyn teaches high school and doubles as a guardian for the Genus Society, an ancient underground shifter organization. After learning of a cougar attack in her own mountain neighborhood, she suspects a rogue shifter is to blame.
When the Society accuses Jax of the “animal attack,” he is ordered to stick around until he can clear his name. Desperate to regain his freedom, he must put his trust in his beautiful guardian. Their forbidden attraction leads Aerilyn to wonder if the blue-eyed drifter is innocent. And if he is, the Society has an even bigger problem on its hands—one that feeds on blood.
Aerilyn pulled off her jacket and set it on the ground. Next, she slipped off her shoes and unbuttoned her jeans. A cold breeze whistled through the valley, raising goosebumps on her arms as she pulled her V-neck off. She held the fabric to her chest and hunched away from the wind.
When it died down, she dropped her shirt onto her growing pile of clothes. She rested her hand against one of the aspens to brace herself while she took off her socks and happened to glance back at her companion. Jax was down to his underwear, standing in the moonlight. Dark lines adorned his back, forming what appeared to be an intricate tattoo, one she couldn’t see well enough from her vantage point. She could, however, see how muscular he was. As he tugged at the waistband of his boxers, she blushed and looked away, reminding herself he would be gone as soon as her father allowed him to leave town.
She didn’t waste any time removing the last of her clothing and stood among the pale aspen trunks, calling to the energy at her core. It surged through her pores, chasing away all visible marking of her humanity until none was left. Aerilyn took a deep breath and stepped out from behind the trees.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Natasha Brown's imagination has always been a distraction. The books she read in the dark past bedtime fed her excitement for fantasy worlds. Once she started writing, there was no stopping her. By day, Natasha’s an assistant teacher at an elementary school, and by night she’s a book cover designer. Her weekends are spent writing and spending time with family.