Today we are excited to have Tiffany Allee stop by on her Official Blog Tour for LYCANS UNLEASHED the third book in her From the files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series available now from Entangled Publishing. She is here today to talk about her heroine, Astrid and give us a little snippet from her book where she is describing her powers to Mason. Stay tuned to the end of this post where we have a giveaway for $10 Amazon Gift Card and a signed bookmark featuring this series.
INTERPRETING INHUMAN POWERS WITH HUMAN SENSES
I’ve always wondered how having inhuman powers might be interpreted by our very human brains. If we saw a real vampire, what would it look to us when he moved? How would a normal human’s mind process it if he or she were changed into a werewolf, and was forced to turn with the first full moon?
The heroine of Lycan Unleashed, Astrid Holmes, is a sensitive. Essentially, she’s a human who is able to feel the energy that otherworlders emit and leave behind. This is a power that is very useful for the detective, since the world is filled with otherworlders—everything from vampires and lycans, to succubi and sirens. But the way that she’s able to feel and understand the power she senses is still very human-like.
For her latest case, she is forced to work with Mason Sanderson. He’s a former Chicago Paranormal Unit detective, and now works with the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency (OWEA). The OWEA is the otherworlder equivalent of the FBI.
This gets a little tough for both of them, since they share an attraction and a bit of rough history. Astrid’s power isn’t helping them get along any better. While it’s useful, it can also be a bit distracting for her, which rightfully annoys her partner.
With that thought in mind, I’m sharing a snippet of a scene where Astrid explains to Mason exactly how her powers work—and how annoying and distracting they can be.
Excerpt from LYCAN UNLEASHED
“Being a sensitive is like having a sixth sense. Except instead of it being one type of sense— like seeing or smelling or touching or hearing— it kind of meshes into a sensation that combines them.”
He nodded. “Yes. I understand that.”
I almost snorted. Understood it? Not likely. Not in a real way or he wouldn’t have to ask about my lack of focus around otherworlders.
I got up from the loveseat again and walked around to sit next to him. A foot of couch sat between us, and I had the sudden urge to close the gap. “Close your eyes,” I said instead.
His brows pinched in confusion, but he closed his eyes.
“Imagine that you’re watching a movie,” I murmured.
“Big screen?” he asked, voice husky.
I smiled. “Sure.”
“Now as you’re watching, a song starts to play. It’s loud, and contradictory to the tone of the movie. You can still hear the movie, but you have to focus on it so you don’t miss bits.”
He grimaced. “Okay.”
I touched his arm, my hand soft against the material of his shirt, and his power caressed my skin. Hard muscle beneath the cotton flexed in surprise at my touch, but he didn’t pull away.
“Now, you’re still watching your movie. The song is still sounding, but now something is touching you. Here and there. Small brushes. Barely noticeable.”
A muscle in his jaw clenched and I watched it with some interest. Did my presence make him tense, or was he merely impatient?
I gripped his arm. “Now colors occasionally flash across your vision. On the screen, between the screen and you. Not enough to block your view. They’re like shadows, and only if you concentrate on them can you really see them. See their form. Again, they don’t interrupt your movie, but they’re distracting.” I dropped my hand from his arm, unable to resist a small caress as I let it fall. “And to top it all off, a smell overwhelms you— maybe burnt coffee, maybe something else. A taste invades your mouth. Maybe it’s pleasant, like strawberries, but it’s still uninvited.”
“It’s not like any creature really tastes or smells like coffee or fresh air or anything else. Energy is just energy. But the subtle differences that I can feel are interpreted by my brain. So, it interprets them in mostly familiar ways.”
His eyes opened and focused on me. Shivers rushed up my spine and my breath caught in my throat. I’d expected an expression of understanding, but his face flashed with lust so plain I felt my own body clench in response.
She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (Entangled Publishing).
Tiffany has an MBA in accounting and nearly a decade of experience in corporate finance. All super useful stuff for a writer who spends far too much time trying to figure out fun ways to keep her characters apart, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books—of course!).
Giveaway provided by Entangled Publishing
A $10 Amazon Gift Card and a signed bookmark featuring From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series by Tiffany Allee
Available now from Entangled Publishing
Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed—not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.
Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.
Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.
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- Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLEAugust 8, 2012