My teaser this week is from Scintilla. In this scene Brandon, a magical human, meets his werewolf boyfriend's grandmother.
Holding out one hand to Brandon, Raul’s grandmother said, “My grandson has forgotten the manners I raised him to have. I am Natalia Antonia Pilar Varela Fierro, and the head of this family.” She patted Brandon’s cheek. “You call me Natty.”
“Um, Yaya—Grandma—this is Brandon Lynch,” Raul groused.
Brandon laughed and gave Raul a playful jab in his side. “You told your grandmother about me?”
“Told me about you? Ha, that’s understating it. He’s done nothing but talk about you since last autumn.”
“Yaya!” This time Raul’s voice cracked.
Natty stood on her toes and kissed Raul’s cheek. “It’s my privilege as matriarch of this family and your grandmother to tell your secrets when it benefits you.”
Raul growled, but Brandon could tell it was a good-natured growl and probably something they did in jest all the time. As if to emphasize Brandon’s thoughts, Natty growled in return then they both laughed.
“I should’ve known better than to tell you,” Raul muttered.
“Ah, but you did.” Natty leaned closer to Brandon and pretended to whisper in his ear. “And he’d do it again.”
“Ma’am thank you for letting me stay here,” Brandon said softly.
“Call me ma’am again and you’ll see my wolf and it won’t be pretty!” Natty pointed at Brandon. “Oh, young man don’t you grin at me that way, I’m completely serious.” Her demeanor changed to a more somber one. “You’ll be safe here and anyone important to my nieto is always welcome.” She turned to Raul. “Our meal won’t be ready for another half hour. I changed the sheets and put fresh towels in the guest room at the end of the hall, across from Elena’s room.”
“Thanks.” Raul gave his grandmother a peck on her cheek and turned to Brandon, taking his hand. “I’ll show you.” He almost ducked out of range when Natty’s spoon came at him again. “Now what?”
“None of your hanky panky either.”
“Yes, yaya,” Raul mumbled.
Brandon snickered. “She foiled my plan.”
“Don’t worry, I have a back-up plan,” Raul teased and jumped out of reach, hauling Brandon with him.
As Brandon followed Raul through the house and up a flight of stairs he heard Natty call out, “I mean it, Raul!”
“I like your grandmother.”
“I think she might like you more than me,” Raul said and laughed when they reached the top of the steps.
Scintilla is on sale this month for 2.99.
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