The release of Shadow Hunter has come…if you haven’t read those prequel to the EXECUTION UNDERGROUND…NOW is the time for ONLY $0.99 cents!
See where it all began in this exciting prequel to The Execution Underground, Kait Ballenger’s sexy paranormal series about the men who hunt evil and the women who love them.
Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf, the line between good and evil blurs as they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22299907-shadow-hunter
What is your favorite part of the book?
When it comes to Shadow Hunter, I have two favorite parts, the ending and the moment when Tiffany sits down on the fire escape outside Damon’s apartment to finally read all the unopened letters he sent her since her brother’s tragic death. Both of these sections are my favorite because of the emotional weight they hold. As an author, I love torturing my characters, and as a reader, nothing brings me more pleasure than when I can cry alongside the characters and feel their sadness and pain as my own. It’s at that moment when I know I’ve truly connected with a book and something magical has happened. For me, as a reader, the ending and that moment with Tiffany in Shadow Hunter do just that for me and I hope they do for everyone reading the book. While I won’t give away the ending, I will say one of my proudest moments as a writer was when my editor called it “indelible!” and regardless of how many times I read that scene, it continues to bring tears to my eyes, just like the first time I wrote it. However, I can and will share the scene I love with Tiffany so much. I don’t know that the emotional weight of it will hold true without having read the whole book, but I hope you enjoy the excerpt all the same. All Best, Kait.
IF BONES COULD TALK, TIFFANY’S WOULD HAVE GROANED AND SAID, THAT. WAS. AMAZING. She stretched and twisted herself out of the tangle of bed linens, grinning like a fool as she mentally replayed the passion she had shared with Damon. She inhaled deeply, the scent of his skin filling her nose. He lay on his stomach next to her, mouth cracked open and arms spread, one over his head, the other dangling off the side of the mattress as he slept. She listened to the sound of his breathing, and watched his chest rise and fall. Her fingers itched to run over the brand across his shoulders. The dark black ink contrasted with his lightly tanned skin. Watching him sleep, seeing him so totally relaxed, sent her heart racing faster. He was so sexy, so perfect. She bit her lower lip and fought to restrain herself from waking him, from pushing herself against him, kissing him deeply and seeing if what she’d heard about a man’s sex drive upon first waking was true.
Before she could stop herself, she brushed the smooth skin of his face with her thumb. The sharp, chiseled lines of his cheekbones and face stunned her. Even while he slept, he was breathtaking, beautiful in his intensity. But when he was awake, nothing gripped her more than the icy blue depths of his eyes. They pierced through her, wild and ferocious, and sent chills down her spine. Like an angered Siberian tiger, both hypnotic and terrifying.
Still dead to the world, he responded with a low grumble. He leaned into her touch, then settled into sound sleep again. She smiled. Being with him for a second time had been so different from the first. When she’d given him her virginity, the pain had been minimal, and he had impressed her with how quickly he’d assuaged her fears. But the second time had blown her away with how familiar it had been in its intimacy. And unlike the first time, this time she’d known that the man she lay with was her B, the man she’d dreamed of for years.
Rolling to her side of the bed again, she stared up at the ceiling. For someone so distant, calculating and sometimes downright cold, Damon’s capacity for tenderness had touched her, revealing the man behind the mask, the man she’d come to know through letters. There was no doubt in her mind that he cared for her. The same feelings coursed through her when they touched.
Whether he knew that or not, she wasn’t certain.
She clenched her jaw. Anger built inside her as she thought of how stupid she’d been. How could she have been such an idiot? She should have known that the man she knew, her B, wouldn’t intentionally have left Mark for dead. Damon still blamed himself, but after nearly losing him in the same way, she didn’t blame him anymore.
Her mind wandered to all the letters she’d never answered. How deeply had she hurt him?
Swinging her legs over the edge of the bed, she stood and padded across the room to her desk. She slid the bottom drawer open and dug underneath the piles of school papers until she found what she was looking for. She pulled out the large stack of envelopes—not a single one opened.
She set the letters down, then quickly cleaned herself up and got dressed, then pulled on a black pea coat. Finally she grabbed the letters, walked through to the living room and stepped out onto the fire escape.
The cold winter air stung her cheeks. She sat down on the top step, her favorite quiet place. She glanced at the sky. Not a single star in sight thanks to the overwhelming lights of the city. She exhaled a long breath.
She had to know.
Note from Kait: What? You didn’t think I’d actually let you see what the letter say, did you? For that, you’ll just have to read the book 😉
Kait Ballenger is a full-time romance author, wife, a former professional bellydancer, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series about an international network of supernatural hunters who fight to protect humanity.
With a B.A in English from Stetson University (2011), Kait is graduate of Spalding University’s M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program (2013), where she studied dual-genre in screenwriting.
When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a book. She lives in Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (yes, like the heroine in Charlainne Harris’ books), and two mischievous cats Elliot and Olivia (yes, like the Law and Order characters), near the love and care of her supportive family. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she will be a bestseller and have people name their pets after her characters too.
She is represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.