Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post, Series Spotlight & Giveaway with Kait Ballenger!

 Hello book monsters and literal addicts!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are happy to welcome Kait Ballenger to the our blogs today!






Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014).

For more information, please visit Kait's website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


Kait is the creator of the brand-spanking-new series The Execution Underground, which currently has SHADOW HUNTER, a short story that can be found in the AFTER DARK Anthology.  The first full length novel of the series, TWILIGHT HUNTER, will be released on August 27, 2013.  Let's take a look at both books in the incredible new series:






SHADOW HUNTER
Execution Underground, #0.5

Vampire hunter Damon Brock's newest assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. 

Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But being alone is no longer an option when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. Forced to unite against the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.



Available Now:


Add AFTER DARK to your Goodreads shelf! 
 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16180772-after-dark




TWILIGHT HUNTER
Execution Underground, #1


Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind-or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

Available for Pre-order:


Add TWILIGHT HUNTER to your Goodreads shelf! 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14288739-twilight-hunter





Top Five Things Readers Should Know About The Execution Underground World

1). Unlike the heroes in most paranormal romance, the hunters of the Execution Underground are not supernatural creatures. In fact, the Execution Underground is made up entirely of humans—or at least, headquarters thinks it is. These elite men have been chosen to be trained as members of an international covert organization. The Execution Underground is like a supernatural police of sorts. They're out to protect the best interests of humanity, which often means policing supernatural creatures, whether it be through monitoring to assure the general population’s safety, or when necessary, destroying any threat to human life.

2). The Execution Underground is made up entirely of male hunters. At this time, there are currently no female members of the Execution Underground. The reason for this is because the Execution Underground was founded hundreds of years ago, during a time in which women were not hunters. Over the years the Execution Underground established a brotherhood of sorts, and thus they are very set in their traditional ways. There are no current plans for any female hunters to be involved in the Execution Underground, but there is always a possibility of course.

3). The six men featured in the Execution Underground series are not the only hunters involved in the organization. The Execution Underground is comprised of an international headquarters based in the U.S with multiple divisions scattered throughout individual cities internationally as needed. Each division is comprised with a different number of hunters depending on the needs of that particular region. The series focuses on the six hunters who make up the Rochester, New York division of the Execution Underground. Though there are no current plans of books beyond the stories of the initial Rochester division members, the possibility is open to explore different cities, divisions, and hunters both in the US and around the globe.

4). The Execution Underground usually finds its recruits through legacies, the sons of men who are already members of the organization, or those who have knowledge of the supernatural or rare human capabilities (such as being a ghost medium or having the ability to exorcise demons, etc). Because of this many members of the Execution Underground were recruited after someone they loved or cared for was hurt or killed by a supernatural creature, though this is not the case for all hunters. After recruitment the potential of hunters sign a contract binding then to the organization until they choose their retirement--which most of the time hunters never retire until they are forced to do so by H.Q. After this initiation and contract signing, there is no turning back. There is no deciding that the training is too hard for you or that you’re unable to become a hunter. This is because the Execution Underground maintains an extremely high level of privacy with their secret and privileged information as well as their hunting techniques. They do this in order to help keep the hunters already in their organization safe. Upon signing the paperwork, trainees are tattooed with a unique symbol on their shoulder blades or some other section of their body to mark them as a member. Then, the training begins. Hunters are trained in fighting skills for several years both in-house and field-training. Upon completion of their training, they receive an injection which gifts them with additional strength, speed, and healing capabilities which helps them keep up with the supernatural creatures which they hunt.

5). Though this series focuses on the male hunters, the heroines of the Execution Underground series are no damsels in distress. They are strong and powerful females. They're both rogue supernatural hunters as well as supernatural creatures themselves.



To celebrate the release of SHADOW HUNTER and the AFTER DARK Anthology, Kait is giving away a paperback of AFTER DARK on both Book Monster Reviews and Literal Addiction.

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28 comments:

Heather said...

What authors inspired you? Thanks for doing the giveaway.

Emi Lia said...

This series sounds awesome? Do certain actors, models, or people in your life inspire your characters?

Emi Lia said...

And thanks for the giveaway! :)

May said...

Sounds like a great series. First time that I heard about this series but will look for it!

pam said...

I haven't read any of your books but I will now!

Adisty Sri Mulianty said...

Haven't read your book yet, but this one sound great. would love to try it on.

Na said...

I really like the setup for the book. It sounds thrilling and vamps are my favorite creatures.

Kait Ballenger said...

Thanks for all the fabulous questions and comments, everyone! I hope you all enjoy the series =)

To answer the questions =)

Heather--I would say the authors that influenced me most are JR Ward and Laurel K Hamilton. I really like the alternating male/female deep points of view in JR Ward's work, so the Execution Underground series is set up the same way. I've been reading Laurel K Hamilton since I was about fifteen, so I think Anita Blake as a character made me gravitate more toward writing strong heroines. I also aspire to write sex scenes that are just as hot as Laurel K's! LOL!

Emi Lia--Generally, I don't pick actors or actresses out that I imagine as my characters. Usually, I'm able to just picture the characters in my mind and I find it hard to find a look alike. However, when I'm having trouble envisioning a certain character, I have on occasion looked up possible models. I imagine David Aronowitz (the hero of book two in the series) to look like Joe Manganiello ;-) As for people in my personal life effecting my books, though I don't base my characters on anyone I know personally, I think it would be impossible for the people I know not to effect my work on a subconscious level. The hunters of the Execution Underground all have traits that I really admire in a man, so, for example, naturally some of those traits are similar to personality traits of my husband.

Elizabeth H. said...

Do you have plans for any other series' planned? Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Elizabeth H. said...

Do you have plans for any other series' planned? Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Kait Ballenger said...

Elizabeth--Thanks for commenting! At the current moment for my adult PNR, the Execution Underground is my sole project. Once the series is more established and a couple of the books are out, then I'll start thinking about starting up other PNR series. However, I'll have a YA urban fantasy series written under my maiden name, Kaitlyn Schulz, coming sometime soon. ;-)

Angela Van Horn said...

*can't wait for Twilight Hunter to hit the shelves, so she can squee over it with other people!*

gmarie said...

Another new series, and it sounds AWESOME! I'm really excited to read this. I'm kind of liking that the heroes are human and not paranormal. Congratulations Kait! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

Pam Rushen said...

This sounds great. My TBR list just keeps growing.

Victoria said...

You're new to me. When did you first get interested in vampires? Thanks.

Zoe Forward said...

Love the premise for this series. Can't wait to read.

Kait Ballenger said...

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! It's fabulous to see so much excitement for the series!

Gmarie--I'm glad the mostly human aspect to the heroes is being received well. I think it's refreshing to have some heroes who aren't paranormal creatures, so I'm hoping readers like that twist.

Angela--I know you were reading the advanced copy of Twilight Hunter you won. I hope you enjoy it! If you do, I'd love if you'd leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Good reviews really do help =)

Victoria--I am a debut author, so I'm new to everyone ;-) I was first interested in vampires when I was a kid. Queen of the Damned had just released in theaters and my mother said I wasn't old enough to watch it yet, so naturally I wanted to. Buffy was also still really popular then, so I was intrigued by my female family members who were interested in the paranormal genre. In the Execution Underground series though, vamps are the bad guys. ;-)

Thanks again for commenting, everyone! Good luck in the giveaway!

VampedChik said...

Your a new author for me but I will definitely be checking out your books! :)
-Amber

lindalou said...

I've loved Gena's books for a while... I have all of her Lords of the Underworld series. I'm on your EU Team Kait! This book should be AWESOME pairing both of you. :-) Thanks for the contest!

Barbara E. said...

The Execution Underground sounds pretty interesting, I'm looking forward to learning more about the group while reading Shadow Hunter. :D

Kai said...

Congrats on your first two books. I haven't read any of your works but I love the storyline of your two books. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Kait Ballenger said...

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! I hope you all enjoy the series. The After Dark anthology releases on June 25th of this month and Twilight Hunter (the first full length book) releases on August 27th. =) Cheers!

SdyLion said...

This is a new author for me but her writing looks like something that I would be interested in. Thanks for the opportunity. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Kyla Whitley said...

love the book cover! looking forward to reading! thank you for sharing!
jukyjoauka at aol dot com

Filia Oktarina said...

I will looking forward to read this book. Haven't read any your book before, so you're new author for me.

jmcgaugh said...

This sounds like a great series!

Kaci Verdun said...

Great post, sounds like some really good reads! Thanks for the giveaway!

Meghan said...

I freaking LOVE the cover!!