OOOOH I’ve got awesome werewolves today!!! AND not only werewolves, but some other fun shapeshifters, with an excellent twist on how they came to be 🙂 This was a fun one for me, and now I get to share it with you! Here we go!
The Lycan Hunter
Gardinian World Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 103,000
Cover Artist: Kelsey Jordan
Kyran of the Blue Ridge Pack has spent most of his life searching for an end to the Forever War. Finding a Hunter among their greatly diminished ranks who was willing to forgo their “shoot first” mentality was harder than it seemed. Then fate–or the gods–gifted him with Alexis James, a petite Hunter with a nasty habit for killing his kind and a need for his surgical skills.
Alexis only has two wishes in life: make it through her next assignment, or die a relatively quick death. With a heart hardened by miserable circumstances and painful memories, her view of kindness and common decency was marred by scars of swift retribution. So when the blue-eyed Lycan saw fit to save her life, she wondered: At what cost?
After eight thousand years of war, the end is becoming a reality, but is the possibility of peace worth Kyran’s soul and possibly Alexis’ life?
Alexis stood outside of the small, weathered hotel room she’d reserved and scanned the horizon. She’d made it to Nowheresville, North Carolina without a single Hunter sighting. Granted, it had taken her three days to make it here, but that had more to do with the ridiculous amount of energy she spent to stay away from heavily populated areas, avoiding the areas that she remembered had past issues with Lycans, and trying to be mindful of her healing stomach.
She sighed and went back inside to stare at the horror movie ugly tropical wallpaper and depressing furniture. All of it needed to be updated. One look at the front desk clerk/owner and Alexis knew that the man’s beaten body wasn’t capable nor did it care for things like twenty first century amenities. There wasn’t a shiny new flat screen mounted on the wall or nice faux marble counter tops in the bathroom. The only TV she had to watch was a turn knob set, that when she checked, only had three channels. The bathroom was a beach-bungalow-don’t. Overall the décor was a clusterfuck of stuff that didn’t make sense. The depressed beach atmosphere was at odds with the fact that the hotel was over a hundred miles away from any beach. Maybe it was to remind the guests of where they really wanted to be.
She collapsed on the well-worn bed and thought of her next move. She needed to turn in her rental and get a new one sometime soon. Over the next few days she would have to make it to New York and eventually she would make her way to Ireland. Flying to Ireland would be both cheaper and faster, but taking a cruise would give her some time to decompress.
Ireland was the perfect place to go. There were very few Lycans there and Hunters never stayed for long durations. Alexis was sure that Ireland was one of the few places that she would be able to relax a little until Kyran pulled together whatever he was trying to do. That was her plan, despite knowing that it was highly unlikely that when the war did come to an end that she would be around to appreciate it.
She was just getting comfortable when there was a knock at her door. She drew her weapon and glanced through the peephole. It was the front desk clerk. She cracked the door as far as the slip chain would allow. It was a flimsy defense, but paranoia and overzealous defenses would keep her alive.
“Hi ma’am, I just wanted to check and make sure you were cool enough. These old AC units don’t work as well as they should sometimes.”
“Yes, I’m fine. Thank you.”
“Well if you need anything feel free to let me know.”
“Thanks, will do. Goodnight.”
She closed the door, slid the deadlock in place, and went over to the backpack Ronan had given her before she left. He had tried to give her his credit card, but she refused. She didn’t need a way for Kyran to track her, but she also carried cash–a hundred grand–on her at all times. That paranoia and knowledge that her parents had been gunning for her death for years made carrying cash a necessity.
Fifteen minutes later, she had finished cleaning, oiling and reloading her guns when another knock sounded at the door. This time the clerk wanted to know if she had enough towels. Ten minutes later she answered it to have him give her info on the local area. Another knock sounded and Alexis rose from the bed and stashed away any hopes that she would get a restful night’s sleep.
“Yes?” she asked.
“I’m sorry, but I wanted to warn you that the local sheriff just called to say there is a bear wandering around. He is notorious for rummaging near city limits.”
“Thanks. I think I’ll be okay.”
“Well, I don’t know if you are licensed to carry, but just remember to shoot as fast as you are accurate.”
“I’ll remember that.”
She tried to keep the look of surprise off of her face as he told her some information on the continental breakfast she could get in the morning before he excused himself back to the front office. She closed the door on his latest interruption and began packing up her cleaning supplies. It was time to leave.
There was no way she was staying for breakfast. If it was anything like the décor she might die from ingesting it. There was also the fact that there was something up with the clerk.
No hotel, at least not one this unloved, would allow its clerks to be so overly attentive. It was like he was checking on her. Whoever he was he knew the mantra about how to shoot that Torin had taught her. Was it possible that the old man just happened to know it? Yes, but she wouldn’t take any chances.
Alexis tensed as a soft rustling brought her attention from slipping on her holster. It was possible that it came from the room adjacent to hers, but walls weren’t that thin. Were they? She shook her head because from what she remembered there had only been one other car in the parking lot and it was at the other end of the lot at one of the rooms towards the end. The only logical place the sound could come from would be from the back of the hotel where a tree-lined field was located.
She rolled to the floor as silently as she could, keeping her body below the low lying window. It wouldn’t matter if whoever was outside had infrared, but it was better to assume that they didn’t.
She grabbed her bag and slung the straps over her shoulders just as two shots fired.
The rounds entered low on the wall and buried themselves in Sheetrock next to her.
Crap, high powered rifles with barrel silencers. Fan-fucking-tastic.
I love werewolves. They are always going to be my favorite supernatural character. I love it even more when they are totally cool, and have this awesome background 🙂 This is the story of the star crossed lovers, kinda, who kill each other’s kind, who happen to fall for each other. But, think more like Hunger Games type environment of kill or be killed, with extreme military training for the hunters, and some very HAWT wolves! Serious action, not so Romeo and Juliet, but it can be sweet, in between the death threats LOL I loved it!
So Alexis is our lovely lady hunter. She had totally sucky parents. Seriously, I hope they die horribly soon! Anyways, she is, from birth, trained to do nothing but kill lycans aka werewolves. She has never been shown love, or affection, or hell, cartoons for that matter. She is also taught that she is insignificant and defective by her peers and parents. She has a crappy life, until she is wounded quite badly and saved by a lycan. She still tries to kill him when he saves her. LOL It’s ok, she misses. However, he seems to save her a lot in the story. Alexis is very strong, very independent, she has one of the highest kill counts in the hunters. And yet, she totally gets sentimental when she’s finally shown decency. She is always seeming to get hurt, probably because she literally throws herself into battle. She even saves the enemy, who maybe isn’t the enemy after all. I liked her character. I wanted to hug her alot. I’m glad things worked out like they did.
Kyran, aka Ky, is the HAWT piece. LOL He’s the alpha of his pack, and all he wants to do is have peace between the hunters and the shapeshifters. They’ve been at war for thousands of years, and he wants it over. He will do anything, even go above and beyond to befriend a hunter to try to make this happen. Said Hunter happens to be Alexis, who still wants to kill him, and yet, he’s in over his head because he can’t help his attraction to her. Kyran is so sweet, having the more affectionate upbringing. He has a totally awesome brother, Ronan. AND I am so happy to say that I’ve found two men who are good enough in their confidence to show each other their feeling without being sappy. YES! They had some of the best parts of the story. Ky is a total catch, man of your dreams, droolworth main character. GIMME ONE! LOL And things are about to get really crazy for him!
There’s an astounding amount of really good side characters in here! Ronan, Ky’s brother and second, Marce- I’ve shortened her name cuz I forget how to spell it LOL-, Jillian, Trinity, some of the bad guys, Torin-he’s pretty awesome- and Lykil-the very awesome God of Destruction. I love LOVE his character. All of these characters, as well as the mains, were so well written. Look I even remembered their names without reference. They just stuck because I liked them. I love when you enjoy the whole thing, not just parts of a book.
Let talk about world building. I love the new spin on who and what shapeshifters are and how they became. I love the tension between the hunters and the shapeshifter. You can seriously feel it. I am totally all in for all the wonderful action that was in this book. I kept feeling like I should be ducking bullets or fielding bombs, or dodging punches. It’s also very much an emotional ride because Alexis learns to be a whole new person, with emotions attached, while there are just some seriously devastating moments! All I can say is…. PLEASE GIMME GIMME MORE! REALLY! PLEASE! I know there has to be something, because it’s really coming now, but I need something! LOL a WONDERFUL, DEVELOPING, ENGAGING, WOLFY 5 PAWS!!
WELCOME! First, tell me a little about your book ….
The book was inspired by Within Temptation’s song Howling, which is where the idea of the Hunters spawned. The concept of the Lycans came flooding in later and my focus shifted to include prophecies and gods and the Forever War.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I started writing poetry at thirteen to deal with all the things I couldn’t readily articulate to those around me. My focus shifted to writing novels in 2007.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book spawned from a question I had about a vampire series I’d been reading at the time. I couldn’t get the solution I’d come up with out of my head, so I sat down and wrote it.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of the events or experiences in the book aren’t based on a particular person or event. I did have to tap my friend’s experience in the military to get some of Alexis’ training and reactions to be more authentic. Trust me it was bad beforehand.
How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?
First, let me say how much I love this question, because I really do love this question. Second, I kill people off because their death means something to the world, whether that be good or ill depends on the character, but it has to mean something. Some deaths may seem frivolous to readers but anyone I kill permanently is for a reason. Yes that permanently is there for a reason 🙂
YES IT IS! AND I love that answer!! Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Seriously?! You don’t want that list. It’s really long, like my TBR pile.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Wow! Who don’t I look up to? The easiest answer is the authors out there that are doing it right, the ones that are being true to their craft and making awesome books.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I could worry forever about the things I didn’t get quite right. I think if I did it all over again the things that I would change would be on the publishing side, which had to do with things I learned the hard way.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding time to write all of the books I have outlined is my primary challenge. Well, that and keeping my muse from tossing her every creative thought at me.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m always reading something of a paranormal nature. Paranormal romance tends to be where I pick up most of my books, the latest being Healing the Hunter by K.C. Taylor.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Actually I designed my cover. I’m working on the concept of my second cover, but I might have to ask someone else to do it due to time constraints for the next book.
WELL DONE! I love the cover! Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned how important it is to finish the story and that when the story is finished to let it go. Never try to force more out of it than is actually there.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I think I would choose to be Nigel. He isn’t around too much, but I like him.
Wait I liked him too… Hello HAWT, nerdy, scary bad ass hunter 🙂 Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I’ll keep it two series…okay three. For those who like erotica, I’d say give Abigail Barnette’s The Boss series. For paranormal romance I say try the Marnie Baranuik Files by A.J. Aalto and the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am truly grateful for each one of you. Seriously, you guys rock! I appreciate your support more than you know.
PLEASE come back soon! Please write more of this series! AND I should have said this first, THANK YOU for coming!
About the Author:
Like everyone, Kelsey has her share of vices, which typically centers around sinful frappes made with Blue Bell Coffee ice cream, late nights hanging out with her demanding muse, spending an embarrassing amount of time reading, and napping.
When she isn’t indulging in her love of books, music, late nights with her muse, and delicious, but fattening frappes, she is spending time with her husband and daughter.
Two signed printed copies with three complimentary bookmarks per book! YES THAT’S AWESOME!
So, now I hope you enjoyed today! I hope you check this one out too! AND good luck! I wish you all a very wonderful weekend. I will be in the grind studying for my finals… Have I told you guys lately that going back to college later is for the birds!! UGH! Anyways, this semester is almost over, thank you sweet baby Jesus, AND I can’t wait to get back to reading more pleasurable books more often- LIKE THIS ONE! Happy reading and Later Gators!