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🌏BlogTour🌍 “Of Scales and Fire” by Natalina Reis – incl. Author Drop-in & #GIVEAWAY

Natalina Reis has a new MM gay/bi paranormal/urban fantasy romance out, Of Magic & Scales book two: Of Scales and Fire.

The author stops by to share her about writing, “Of Scales and Fire.” And there’s a giveaway!

The cast of supporting characters from Natalina Reis’s “Of Magic and Scales” are back and stronger than ever, and so are the pop culture references and silly jokes Aiden likes so much. As Aiden and his new family are joined by an unexpected antagonist that may yet prove to be their undoing, will their (un)domesticated new life as a couple be turned upside down?

Aiden Mercer’s life has changed dramatically since his days of being a man-whore, where he spent most of the time either running his coffee shop in sunny Portugal or man-watching at the beach. He now has Naël, a cranky merman to love and to hold, and his sister, Vee, and friends to care for. Life is good.

But life never seems to stop surprising the American ex-detective. A mysterious order of monks, a mermen poacher, shocking revelations about his parentage—and whoever is hunting him down—turn Aiden and Naël’s summer into one to remember. Or maybe one they’d rather forget.

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Giveaway

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Excerpt

It had become a running joke with us—the fact that I had no clue who or what I was. It was painfully obvious I was a magical of some kind, but no one seemed to be able to identify which one. I had lived my whole adult life thinking I was just a Joe Schmo, only to find out that was far from the truth. I was still pretty ambivalent about it. It was nice to have powers other humans could only dream of, but on the other hand, it also meant I was forever linked to a group of creatures I had fought so hard to stay clear of.

I pushed him away, pretending to be mad at him. “Well, I am very poorly acquainted with my own powers, and until I learn how to better control them, I’m not much help to anyone.” I took another quick peek at the couple now walking out the door.

Fouchard slapped me with the kitchen towel. “Those powers were what saved my sister two months ago.” It was true; I had helped rescue his sister from the hands of a serial killer bent on getting rid of all magicals who didn’t fit the traditional mold. My boyfriend took a couple steps until his lips hovered over mine, his heady scent invading all my senses. He was the one who held all the magic. “Stop being so down on yourself and own it. You do with everything else, why not with this too? It’s part of who you are.” True, except I really didn’t know who I was. Fuck, I didn’t even know my own birthday. “Besides, you have magic in those fingers of yours,” he whispered, a wicked smile spreading on his lips. “You’re a true sorcerer with that mouth.” He brushed a thumb along my lower lip. Then he looked down at my crotch and licked his lips. “And other magical parts.” He let it hang as he lifted his eyes to mine.



Writing Of Scales & Fire

By Natalina Reis

How did you choose the topic for this book?

This series started as a challenge to myself. My publisher was looking for urban fantasy series with a story arc. That got me thinking. I had written one series before and promised myself never to do it again. As a pantser, series are particularly challenging, so when I finished my Jewel Chronicles I promised myself never to write another series. I am extremely proud of that series, but it was painful to write. But I guess writing series is a bit like giving birth. After a while, you know it was extremely painful, but the memory fades enough that you’re willing to do it again.

That’s what happened; I had been playing with the idea of writing a story set in my home country of Portugal and also with the idea of a merman; thus a new series was born. Unlike my first series though, Of Magic & Scales, was a lot of fun to write thanks to Aiden’s breezy personality and his crazy circle of friends.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

I always seem to have the same goals and intentions in every book I write, no matter what subgenre. My first one is, of course, to entertain, to take the reader out of their own lives and carry them off into someone else’s. Nothing like getting lost inside a story. But I also hope to make people aware—in a subtle way—that humans of any color, background, religious belief, sexual preference, you name it, are all united by one thing: the need to love and be loved. Just like eating, drinking, and sleeping we all have this need to feel, both physically and emotionally, loved.

Who did your cover, and what was the design process like?

My covers for this series were done by BookSmith Design who has also done a lot of my other covers. Claire is amazing. She has a gift to capture your vision in almost perfect detail. For the covers of this series all she had to go by was that there was an interracial gay couple, a merman, and—in the case of the second book—a pivotal scene set in Roman underground galleries. And voila! She came up with this gorgeous cover. But wait until you see the cover for the third book.

Tell us one thing about your characters that we don’t learn from the book, the secret in their past.

Well, I could tell you but then I’d have to silence you. Just kidding. But I really can’t tell you because those secrets will all be revealed in the third and last book in the series coming out in June. In the words of Samuel Jackson, hold on to your butts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


Author Bio

Natalina Reis

Natalina wrote her first romance at the age of 13 in collaboration with her best friend. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes. She’s the author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, Loved You Always, and Lavender Fields.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she’s taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.



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Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Natalina-Reis/e/B01ADQ9FJW/



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