It’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Karina Cooper’s Parker Adams from Sacrifice the Wicked.
Parker Adams has always done what’s expected of her . . . until a double agent with nothing to lose ignites a passion she doesn’t dare give in to.
Mission Agent Simon Wells is everything Parker Adams has been trained to fight: manipulator, murderer, spy… witch. But for her, what makes Simon most dangerous is his mesmerizing sexual magnetism, powerful enough to tempt even the famed ice queen of the Mission. Though she knows better, each encounter with the deceptive agent leaves her craving more.
Simon isn’t a man to let go of what’s his, and his pursuit forces Parker, a woman he can’t get out from under his skin, to make a stand that could destroy her. If they can work together, they might survive the politics that have enslaved their devastated world—or fall victim to the pitfalls of desperation, bone-deep mistrust, and a hunger that threatens to consume them.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Sacrifice the Wicked.
A big city like New Seattle, and there’s going to be orphaned kids. Some are abandoned on the Mission steps or discarded like old trash in alley trash cans. Others are more traditionally orphaned: a car accident, a murder, a drunken brawl in the depths of the low street clubs.
Some are taken. Though that was just a rumor the orphans tell among each other in the dark hours after curfew.
Parker Adams wasn’t ever “taken”. She never met anyone who was, or claimed to be. The Mission wasn’t a prison; it was a school. A home for orphans, offering a roof over their heads, food, education.
And for kids like her—the quick ones, the bright ones, and the ones with talents—the Mission offered training.
She thrived under the training. An orphan for most of her life, Parker couldn’t remember more than the vaguest hint of her mom and dad. They were one of the lucky ones, taken out by a car accident instead of some of the more grisly stories she’d heard, but they’d left a kid and most of their fortune behind them.
The Holy Order of St. Dominic had taken them in. Kid, fortune, and all.
So she trained to become a missionary. Most of the kids did. You either trained to fight or you trained to think, and Parker was a damn good thinker. Her memory was good, she had sharp critical thinking skills, she knew how to put together patterns.
For Parker Adams, school—the missionary orphanage—was the foundation for the rest of her life. The first step to the short road that would see her reach the support role of technical analyst, and then become the Mission director—the head of Sector Five. The boss.
Who knew that the kids she hung out with, the same orphans she ate lunch with, learned with, even did some basic training with, would one day be working for her?
If she’d known that at sixteen, maybe she would have been more careful. Maybe she would have avoided sneaking out after curfew to make-out with the cute boy from the training hall. Then again, maybe she would have taken the time to slip out a little more. Enjoy things just a little more.
Maybe she wouldn’t have been quite so serious. So studious.
They like to call Mission Director Parker Adams the ice bitch of the Mission. Even as an analyst, they’d never seen her ruffled. Never seen her lose her cool. She was always in control.
The very few boys who remembered her more personally from the orphanage were dead, now; missionaries whose dangerous jobs finally caught up with them. Who was to say otherwise? That she was a flesh-and-blood woman, that she had a beating heart beneath her tailored suits.
The Mission didn’t encourage personal commitments. Not with each other, not with anyone else. A few of them ended up with a spouse, kids, but it wasn’t the point.
That was life in New Seattle. In the Mission orphanages. You eat, you sleep, and you learn. Everything they ever gave her was designed to promote wellness—of the body, of the mind. To train.
School was always in, from the moment an orphan entered the system to the day he or she graduated into the role of full missionary. That’s how they made cool analysts like Parker. Tough agents and deadly protectors.
Get them early. Start them young.
School’s in. It always is.
Meet Karina Cooper!
After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She writes dark and sexy paranormal romance, steampunk urban fantasy, and writes across multiple genres with mad glee. One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an airship captain’s wife, and a steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, a menagerie, a severe coffee habit, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. Visit her at www.karinacooper.com, because she says so.
Want to purchase Karina’s novels?
Dark Mission Series
- Before the Witches at Amazon | Book Depository
- Blood of the Wicked at Amazon | Book Depository
- Lure of the Wicked at Amazon | Book Depository
- No Rest for the Witches at Amazon | Book Depository
- All Things Wicked at Amazon | Book Depository
- Sacrifice the Wicked at Amazon | Book Depository
The St. Croix Chronicles
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Karina is giving away a copy of Sacrifice the Wicked. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Are you where you thought you would be in High School? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. US/CA Only!
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