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Today, I welcome Kelly Para, who’s in a new anthology called “Something Wicked”! Welcome, Kelly!
SOMETHING WICKED: Young Adult Short Stories
Published by Buzz Books USA | October 2012
“Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night.”
- Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE
Sometimes, they aren’t costumes.
More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For…
Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.
Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!
Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!
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I swam to him into the deeper waters. His arm came around me, holding me afloat. His features were what Oz would call angelic, with light colored hair, almond shaped eyes, a straight nose and full lips. He pulled the band from my hair and my black strands spread across the water surface.
His eyes were dark. When I looked into them, I could see the reflection of the waters. So deep … in his eyes.
“You’re special, aren’t you, Jaz?”
He closed his eyes and breathed in. “Yes, I can smell it. The magic.” He met my eyes once more.
“Yes, I’m different.”
“My name is Sotos. Say my name.”
“I want to kiss you. Do you want to kiss me, Jaz?”
“Don’t think so.”
He smiled. “I think you do.”
“Yes,” I said, my words breathless. He leaned in, slowly, and pressed his lips to mine. His lips were cool, soft. He pulled me tightly against him. His lips pressed harder. I nudged back. His hand came to the back of my head.
This was wrong.
Something sharp on my tongue.
Blood gushed. Fear speared through me.
And together, we went under.
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Kelly Parra’s earliest stories were told with paintbrushes, but upon discovering the drama and forbidden love of romance and suspense novels, those paintbrushes were replaced with a keyboard. Now a multi-published author in young adult and romance fiction, she has created memorable characters such as a graffiti artist in Graffiti Girl, a psychic teen in Invisible Touch, and a tough undercover narc in her novel for adults, Criminal Instinct. A two-time RITA finalist, she divides her time between her novels, short fiction, and the adventures of motherhood, where she juggles her home life with two children, a tattooed husband, a sweet poodle, and a rowdy pit bull. Visit her website www.KellyParra.com.
Kelly answers One Wish:
1. If you could have one wish that would allow you to do something you’ve always wanted to do (and Ryan Gosling isn’t an appropriate answer), what would it be?
Kelly: That’s a toughie. I think I would go supernatural with my wish and be able to teleport myself anywhere I wanted to at any given moment. I would love to see some amazing places throughout the world, however, I’m not fond of travel. So teleporting would be my answer!