With her past distant and forgotten Natalya has built herself a nice life. She has a job she finds rewarding as a special agent with the Paranormal Investigation Bureau. Her partner, Dante, isn’t too bad for a bloodsucking vampire. Val, her boss, is like a father to her. Her favorite part is that she lives near the Cascade Mountains. Whenever she needs a little vacation, she can shift into a tiger and go running in the woods. Life is good.
That is until recently. Agents are turning up dead and she can’t pin down what is going on. Little does she know that her past is about to come back and bite her in the tail. With no memories before the last year she is a little behind the curve in finding out what is going on. The investigation turns dangerous as the attack turn personal. Lives are on the line, including her own. Will Natalya find out what is going on before it’s too late?
The Interview with Natalya -
Tell me about you. What’s a day in your life like?
I’m a special agent for the Paranormal Investigation Bureau. I am a weretiger and have no memory past about a year ago. My partner is a vampire by the name of Dante. We work nights obviously. We always seem to get thrown the strangest cases. Lately there have been a few dead bodies. I really could use a vacation but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
If your best friend had to describe you in five words, what would they be?
My partner Dante would probably say: sent here to annoy him.
If your enemy had to describe you in five words, what would they be?
I’m not sure who my enemies are yet but I would hope they would say: sent here to destroy them.
Which song sums up your life and why?
Lost by Within Temptation… You will have to read about it.
What one book title sums up your love life and why?
Um Seizing Darkness… because it is about my life.
What motivates you?
I’m not sure yet. Hopefully I will find something soon. For now I just get up and do my job because it is all I have.
Can you tell us a secret about you that few/no one else knows?
If I only knew my own secrets. I just hope they aren’t as bad as I imagine they are.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
About a year ago I somehow ended up in living room of my boss, Val. He said don’t worry I will take care of you all I ask is that you help me keep the peace between the humans and nonhumans. I guess that answers your motivation question.
What’s your favorite color and why?
Deep sea blue, In my dreams I see eyes the color of the deep sea.
What are you passionate about?
Coffee, I need it to deal with all the crazy things that happen at the PIB.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
A hairball? Joking. Probably some change, I’m really not sure.
What’s your biggest fear?
Finding out that I have done something so horrible that I can’t look Val in the eye again.
Describe your ideal mate?
I have no idea really. I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of thing until I get my memory back.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Also, what’s it filled with?
If it is only half anything we might have a problem I generally fill it all the way with coffee and try to keep it that way.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Probably out with my partner Dante investigating some sort of crazy case. I usually just hope it doesn’t involve me needing a shower by the end of the night.
For the Author:
Landing hard, I heard a crunch as the bone in my left forearm snapped beneath me. I didn’t have any time to respond. The damn wolf was trying to rip out my throat with his teeth. I tried to fight back. He was strong. Normally a wolf was no big deal for me, but tonight I had a big disadvantage. I was weaker on the nights I couldn’t shift.
The smoke was filling my lungs and breathing was becoming difficult. We rolled on the ground and the wolf got me by the throat with his hands. He twisted me onto my back and his body pressed me into the cold, frozen ground. His legs pinned my arms to my sides. I couldn’t get the leverage with my feet to push him off.
His fingernails dug into the delicate skin of my neck. The scent of my blood filled my nose. I stared up at the starry sky. It’s not raining, I thought incongruously. I was barely getting any air through his hands clenched around my throat.
I managed to wrench my arms free and began digging at his hands, trying to pry them loose, but with only one working arm it was impossible. I was becoming weaker as I struggled to get air into my aching lungs. My vision started to get fuzzy around the edges.
All of a sudden, the weight of the wolf was lifted off of me. There was a crack and I heard flesh ripping. I was showered in hot, sticky liquid. As I gasped for breath, the scent of the wolf’s blood hit me.
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As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Headphones, laptop or IPad and sit down and just write. Don’t let other things get in the way or your muse will come and bite you in the ass. My muse is very evil…
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If you look in the local Starbuck's or Barnes and Noble you might just find Mariana Thorn. She can usually be found with headphones in and deep into the worlds she has created. There is this thing about her pens if you touch them you might receive a smack to the hand and the well-known glare of destruction.
As a child all her stories involved horses, horses and more horses. There might have been a slight obsession. Writing became more serious in her early twenties but she never dreamed of publishing until much later. Mariana participates yearly in the international event called NANOWRIMO. She has even been known as a Municipal Liaison for that crazy event. There is nothing like the feeling of encouraging other writers, she would say.
Outside of writing one of her favorite places to sit and read are the sunny beaches of Florida. At home in Washington State her favorite activity is riding horses up on the mountain trails. She has an awesome group of family and friends that keep her in coffee and encouragement. Then there is her best buddy Tony, her little dog. She suspects he will try and take over the world someday.