Exclusive Scene from Suzanne Wright!
It’s Day Two of #WelcomeToMyWorld and the treats keep coming! We’ve had an exclusive excerpt from J. R. Ward’s Blood Vow, the superhero chat with Jayne Ann Krentz and Emma Jane Holloway and giveaways over on Facebook. Now we have an exclusive scene from Suzanne Wright, author of the Dark in You series!!!!
Come join Harper and Knox at Grandma Jolene’s Halloween party!
It was quite a sight. The streamers and banners fluttered with the breeze. Pumpkins lined the path, and fake tombstones, and dismembered limbs were strewn across the lawn. Knox could hear the music and laughter from there. Not his scene at all. But somewhere inside was his mate, who was deliberately ignoring his calls.
“Look on the bright side,” said Keenan, his sentinel. “She could be dressed in a slutty maid uniform. They’re always fun.”
Reaching the porch, Knox looked carefully at the life-size Grim Reaper near the door, not trusting that it was simply a prop. Imps took delight in tormenting people. Keeping a wary eye on the reaper, Knox pressed the bell, and a bloodcurdling scream sounded from nowhere. He didn’t jump. Not even when plastic spiders rained down on them. But his heartbeat did kick up just a little—something he’d take to his grave.
The door opened, and a woman in a Maleficent outfit grinned at them. “Knox, always a pleasure,” said Jolene, Harper’s grandmother. She frowned at Keenan, who was frantically batting nonexistent spiders from his head. “You got them all, sweetie. Now come on inside.”
Knox walked into the house, squinting to see through the smoke. “Is this courtesy of Martina?” Harper’s aunt lived to set shit on fire.
“No, just a smoke machine. Martina’s over there.” Jolene gestured to a zombie showgirl who was doing the Cancan dance while a bunch of imps cheered her on.
“Where’s Harper?” The sooner he found her and got out of there, the better.
“Somewhere inside. Go one through.”
The smells of candy, popcorn, hairspray, and cookies scented the air. Lots of people gathered around the hall, talking, drinking, and laughing; all were dressed in Halloween costumes. Some outfits were good, like the Edward Scissorhands costume and the weird yet creepy scarecrow getup. Other outfits were clearly DIY, like the guy wearing a red cardboard ‘Kissing Booth’ . . . who, Knox quickly realized with a frown, happened to be Tanner—one of his sentinels and Harper’s bodyguard.
Bemused, Knox walked over to him. “You dressed up?”
Tanner’s cheeks flushed. “This is Jolene’s doing.” The hellhound took a swig from his bottle of beer. “I’m just being a good sport.”
“Huh,” said Keenan. “How busy is your booth?”
Tanner spared an approaching hellcat a longing glance and said, “Not busy enough.”
Devon sidled up to Knox, fingers digging into her hair. “This wig itches like crazy.” Her Medusa dress rustled as she gestured down the hallway. “I’m pretty sure Harper’s in the living room.” She spun with a hiss when Tanner tugged on her wig.
Tanner just smiled. “Such a cranky kitty.”
She scowled. “Don’t you have some bones to bury?”
Leaving Keenan to try to stop the two from arguing, Knox stalked down the hallway and peeked into the living area. There was no sign of Harper. There was, however, an imp singing Ghostbusters to his hedgehog on the Karaoke. And that wasn’t weird at all.
Spotting Harper’s cousin, Ciaran, dressed in a Where’s Waldo costume, Knox headed over. “Where’s Harper?”
Ciaran smiled. “Happy Halloween to you too. She was in the dining room last time I saw her.”
Turning, Knox strode out of the room. As he ducked to avoid a fake spider web, he almost crashed into a little girl.
She waved up at him, her smile angelic. “Hi, Knox!”
“Heidi, you look . . .” Like a creepy kid ghost from a scary movie. “Cute.” Her hair had been backcombed, her face was white with black smears under her eyes, and she was carrying a headless doll.
“Grandma Jolene did my make-up,” she said proudly. “Want some candy?” She pointed to the dining area, where there was a table filled with novelty candy, ghost-shaped cookies, sandwiches, popcorn, and pumpkin pie.
“No, thanks. I’m looking for Harper.”
“She’s in the kitchen.”
“Thank you.” Knox held out his hand. “I’m going to need my wallet back.”
Grumbling something under her breath, the little pickpocket handed it over.
With a nod of thanks, Knox headed to the kitchen. There was yet again no sign of Harper. As he got a good look at the guy in the Mad Hatter costume, he couldn’t help but think that it was the right choice of outfit. Knox inclined his and greeted, “Lou.”
The devil grinned. “Surprised to see you here. How come you didn’t dress up?”
“Because I’m not eight. Have you seen Harper?”
“She went outside with her friend.” Lou popped a jelly eyeball in his mouth. “You got her pregnant yet?”
Knox sighed. “I’m not having this conversation with you.”
“All I want is your solid oath to name your first born son after me.”
“It’s not going to happen, Lou, let it go.” As a motion-activated hand scuttled across the floor, Knox moved aside, almost bumping into a guy wearing a hospital gown complete with a plastic bare ass. As Lou picked up the electronic hand and started using it to fondle the plastic ass, Knox stalked out of the kitchen and into the backyard.
And there was his mate, sitting on a hay bale with her friend. They both looked up at him, Harper shot him a bright smile. With that, his frustration eased away.
Raini, who was dressed as Harley Quinn, gave him a quick wave and retreated inside.
Taking Harper’s hand, he pulled her to her feet and kissed her hard. “You taste like candy apples.” He skimmed his hands up her bare arms, which were chilled by the breeze.
She frowned, smoothing a hand down his shirt. “You didn’t dress up.”
“You did,” he said, studying the beige dress that had stitch marks, patches, and a red heart on it. “But I can’t work out what you’re supposed to be.”
“Duh, a voodoo doll.”
“Ah, I see it now.” He kissed her again, ending it with a punishing nip to her lower lip. “You didn’t answer your phone.”
“You tried calling me?” She blinked, all innocence. “There’s a lot of noise in there.”
“You were hiding from me. I’ve no idea why. You knew I’d come for you.”
She shrugged. “Hiding from you was really the only way to get you to come inside.”
“Sneaky.” He cupped her hips. “Tell me you’re ready to leave.”
“We haven’t gone out to terrorize all the trick-or-treaters yet.”
“I want to take you home.” He slid his hands down to cup her ass. “There are a lot of things I want to do to you, and I can’t do any of them here.”
“Stop using your sex voice.”
He kissed, licked, and bit her neck, knowing how sensitive it was. “Come home with me.”
“But it’s early.”
“You love me, right?”
“Yes,” she breathed.
“Then come with me.”
“But I haven’t—” She froze, brow furrowing. “Is that… is that Lou singing Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do with It? on the karaoke?”
Knox gave her a faint smile. “Yep. And if the whistles and catcalls are anything to go by, he’s dancing and possibly even stripping. I think we both know that Baby Got Back will be next.”
She groaned. “Let’s just go.”
“If you insist.”
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