Special Needs 2: The ParaSnatcher!

Special Needs 2: The ParaSnatcher!

December 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Special Needs 2 is coming in huge steps! It will be published on the 10th of December.

(Psst, there’s giveaway info at the end of this post 🙂 )

The special illustration we commissioned from Kkohaku, comes from the second volume and features a scene in which Liam and Ryan become an Internet meme. It sums up just how crazy this story is. The meme is called ‘The ParaSnatcher‘ and yes, Liam is sporting a monkeytail mustache.

Special Needs vol1&2 amounted to over a quarter of a million words. That’s one hell of a journey! We can’t wait to share the second part of this story with our readers. If you have at least half the fun that we had writing it, our mission will be accomplished.

When we embarked on writing Special Needs, we knew that the topic of transability and Body Integrity Identity Disorder was obscure at best. But some stories are just dying to be told and we were both fascinated by these issues since the first time we’ve read about them. But even though we wanted to have BIID as one of the main conflicts, we didn’t want the book to be just about that. Nor did we want to write a story about coming to terms with being with a partner who is disabled – sure, it can be an issue, but it’s been done to death, and we believe it can be quite offensive if it is the only conflict in the story.
We wanted to create a love story with relatable, quirky characters whose whole life doesn’t come down to dwelling on one type of issue. That was one of the reasons we decided to make this story so long. We wanted to show a slow and steady progress of a relationship and how the issues unravel on the way. How Ryan tries to learn more about owning a business, how Liam has to adjust to a completely different type of partner. And we didn’t want to just skim over all of that, write that ‘within the last month, Liam and Ryan bonded’. We wanted to show what they do together, what a good fit they are, and how they grow to love one another. Whether a long story like this is something the reader enjoys or not, is up to the reader’s judgment, but I feel happy that we got to tell this story the way we wanted to.

We didn’t just put it into two volumes because of the length, but because of the plot as well. Since the beginning, we had this vision that the story is two parts – one focuses on how Liam and Ryan become a couple, while the second is about coming clean about their issues. So I know some readers wanted to kill us for that cliffhanger, but it just felt right. Now the story is complete though, so I hope it won’t be as bad to have it in two parts as it could have seemed when only volume 1 was out.

Even though this story is finished, both me and Agnes will miss Ryan and Liam after spending so much time with them, so we might cook up a short story in the future. We have one idea for that, but no promises, since it will probably be a while until we get to it. If you’re interested, pop back to our website every now and then for updates.


Share any thoughts on Special Needs vol.1 with us, or if you haven’t read it – tell us what peaked your interest and why you’d like to read it 🙂 We’ll draw the winner on the 10th of December and the prize is Special Needs vol.2 or, if you haven’t read vol.1, the prize is BOTH books.

Leave us your email in the box indicated for it when you leave a comment and that’s all we need!

– Kat & Agnes Merikan

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    Lidia Grizzuti

    December 7, 2013

    Fantastic cover and amazing story of those I never tire to read. So many thing behind the lines of plot:love,sex,secrets,lies,stalker,killer. Above all there are beautiful protagonists. Liam and Ryan are smart and hansome characters, both, hold secrets , but them are one splendid couple and I enjoyed very much reading about them. One writing light, bright,vivid, vibrant but intelligent and original, however speaking of disability or fetish stuff . I look forward to reading the next book

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    December 9, 2013

    Loved the first book. I felt like I was having a heart attack when it just ended at a crucial point!
    The cover definitely caught my attention at first. Both book covers look fantastic. The storyline was the second selling point. When I started reading it, I fell in love with the characters. Can’t wait to read Special Needs 2.

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    December 9, 2013

    to be really honest i had some issues while reading the first book (and not onlt because of the cliffie ;P ) – i just can’t understand why ryan pretends to be paraplegic to the point nobody in his life knows different. i found that troubling, and i guess it’s why i want to read the sequel, to see if i can understand it better.

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    Ashley E

    December 9, 2013

    I’ve had Special Needs on my wishlist since I saw it on a list on GR, but I hesitated to buy it before the second volume was out! Now I’ll have to see if I can squish it on my Christmas list. 😉

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    December 9, 2013

    I have not read the first book yet, but it sounds like something I would like. I love reading about people who work through different types of struggles/challenges – things I may never experience or know anyone who has. And, also like a relationship that keeps building. Thanks for the blog and the giveaway.

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    December 10, 2013

    I love the covers, the characters and the plot. I always hesitated when I read BDSM cautions, but I really loved this story. I have physical disabilities too so I can related it. I was shocked when the first book ended so abruptly. I’ll like to know more about Liam and Ryan relationship, the murders, the success of the hotel, and, well, about everybody and everything. I’m looking forward for Special Needs 2.

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    December 10, 2013

    I loved Special Needs 1. I love reading books that deal with the different, strange and challenging. I work in mental health services and Body Integrity Identity Disorder has ‘cropped up’ a few times, so I was fascinated to see your take on it. The covers are fantastic. The colours are so vibrant. They make the books just leap off the screen. Looking forward to the second of the series.

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      Kat Merikan

      December 10, 2013

      Sam, it’s such an interesting topic that we just had to explore it!

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