I am excited to welcome author Tiffany Allee, who has just released her first Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency novel, Banshee Charmer.
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
The Importance of Fitting In
The idea of fitting in—or not fitting in—is something that we’ve all had to face at one point or another in our lives. For most of us, this probably played heavily in our motivations throughout our teenage years especially. The main character of my paranormal romance novella, Mac, struggles with fitting in on a daily basis.
Not only is Mac a female police detective, but she’s also an otherworlder—a nonhuman. While Mac is not alone in her so-called “freak” status, she is unique in the fact that she’s a half-banshee. I’ll let Mac explain exactly what that means in her world, in a discussion she has with the sexy and mysterious Otherworlder Enforcement Agency (OWEA) Agent Aidan Byrnes. The first line of dialogue is Mac’s.
“That’s true—to a certain extent. Their screams can kill and, unfortunately, most banshees scream when they’re hit with a vision. That’s why they live away from humans.”
“But all banshees are women, right?” He grinned. “How do they, you know, make little banshees?”
“Some journey out to mate with humans. They only produce female children, and only keep the ones who inherit their full range of abilities. The rest are discarded as half-breeds.”
“Oh yes,” I said bitterly. “Literally. Like trash.”
“I’m surprised law enforcement around their reservations allows them to journey into human territories, let alone toss out their young.”
“It’s not legal, but they’re difficult to police. I mean, I wouldn’t want to try to stop a full-blooded banshee. Plus, they look like humans. So unless you catch one crossing the reservation line, they can be hard to ID.” I rested the cold beer against my cheek. What was this? My third? No wonder I was so chatty.
“So what happened with you?” Aidan murmured.
I shrugged. “My dad was in Ireland for the summer. He’d just graduated high school and wanted to see his homeland or some such nonsense before college. He met my mom in a small village. He stayed, and so did she. He doesn’t talk about it much, but I guess they cared for each other. She cared enough to leave me with him after I was born instead of tossing me into the ocean.”
“Well, you seem to have turned out okay without her in your life.” He leaned toward me, forearms resting against the table in front of him. “Gotta be kind of lonely, though. I don’t think I’ve ever met a half-banshee before. I’ve met a couple full-blooded ones. Well, fully powered ones, really. But never what they call half-bloods. I’ve never met anyone quite like you.”
Well, wasn’t I special?
Mac struggles every day with fitting in, as an otherworlder working among humans, as a woman on the police force, and a person who struggles to get men to see past her banshee bloodline. This type of struggle makes a character more relatable to me.
What types of struggles or character issues make characters real to you?
Meet Tiffany Allee!
Tiffany Allee currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver, and is happily married to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books, of course). Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband
and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.