Thursday, December 8, 2016

Guest Blog and Giveaway Bounty Huntress by Sheri Queen

Sheri’s Top Five Bounty Huntress Playlist Songs

Thanks for having me as your guest. Today I’d like to share a bit about the music that helped set my mood when I wrote this story. Once I’m deep in my writing zone, I tend to write in a quiet place, but getting into the zone is where music helps. 

When I started thinking about my Lykoi character and what inner turmoil existed for Janda, I instantly connected her with the song “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. Listening to the song allowed me to visualize Janda and how she might feel when she falls in love with Alexander Holden.

Next on the playlist, also from Imagine Dragons, is “Bleeding Out.” 

“Bleeding Out” set the tone for Janda’s willingness to sacrifice herself and risk losing Alexander’s love to save him.

Another song relating to Janda’s character was Pink singing “Just like Fire.” When I listened to that, I saw Janda digging deep to confront her inner demons and find the determination she needed to fight for what she had with Alex. I just love the force of this song. 

I also had songs that focused on the aspect of time because playing with time in the interdimensional setting was important to Janda and Alex and the development of their relationship.

The songs I listened to the most about time also came from the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” album. In particular, I liked “Story of Time” because the instrumentals on it really created a sense of urgency and danger that fit the storyline of Janda trying to reach Alex in time to save him.  

As for Janda’s stay at the interdimensional hotel, which I envisioned as an excessively lavish environment hailing to the 1920s and 30s, I loved getting into the Jazz Age, Gilded era mindset by listening to The Electro Swingers. Janda was a fish out of water in the ritzy establishment, but she held her own, and in some ways rather enjoyed her visit there. Her encounter with Sebastian, a very ancient vampire, was a pivotal point in the story. Sebastian was a great character, who came to her aid—with ulterior motives, of course. That was a fun section to write about. One of my favorite songs for that part of the story was “Retro Electric Hoochie Coochie.” 

These were just a few of the songs that inspired my writing. It could be entertaining for readers to listen to them once they’ve finished Bounty Huntress. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks again for the chance to share more about Janda’s story.

Bounty Huntress 
Sleepy Hollow Hunter 
Book One 
A Hotel Paranormal Story
Sheri Queen

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wilda Press

Date of Publication: November 9, 2016

ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0692803370  
ISBN-10: 0692803378 
ASIN: B01M226DL7

Number of pages: 163
Word Count: 40,422

Cover Artist: Kelley York, X-Potion Designs

Book Description: 

Janda Gray’s a Lykoi—part werecat, part wolf—shunned by both sides of her lineage.

She yearns for the day when she can escape the disdainful glances and leave her home on the outskirts of Sleepy Hollow, NY. When she lands a lucrative bounty hunter contract, she thinks her life is finally turning around. All she has to do is lure her werecat target from the safety of the Hotel Paranormal.

Then she meets a werepanther. Her life will never be the same.

Alexander Holden, second-in-command of a powerful werecat clan, is accused of murdering the woman he was to marry. He must find the real killer to clear his name or spend the rest of his supernaturally long life on the run.

Complications arise after Janda falls for the man she’s supposed to be capturing.

Now she must decide if following her heart is worth risking everything, including the love they’ve found in each other’s embrace.

Love is about making sacrifices. Saving him is all that matters.

Bounty Huntress is the introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Hunter series, as well as a Hotel Paranormal story.

The Hotel Paranormal is THE place for supernatural beings looking to get away from it all. Beings like werewolves, vampires, elves, sprites, djinn and more check in from all over the world for business and for pleasure—and sometimes for both.

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Bounty Huntress excerpt #2:

I leaned against the trunk, stretched my legs out on the limb, and closed my eyes. I felt a presence. Someone or something was watching me. I kept my eyes shut and used my other senses to search the space around me. A slight vibration traveled along my legs, and the faintest whisper of breathing came from directly above. I opened my eyes to a panther on a branch a few feet away. I did a dive to the ground, rolled upon impact, and readied myself to shift.
The panther was fast leaping on me, and pinning me to the ground. No way could I change now. He glared at me with penetrating golden-yellow eyes, then snarled a low warning. I’d been the underdog enough in my uncle’s pack to know when to submit. The panther could have killed me already, and in not doing so, he gave me a chance to survive. I’d wait for an opportunity to either attack or escape. His choice. I was in a shitty mood, so I’d be happy to kill the beast if I could and be done with him.
He nudged my head with his muzzle, sniffing my hair. Running from a predator is a sure way to ramp up their killer instincts, so the fact he hadn’t ripped me apart and seemed more curious than hungry meant this panther wasn’t just a panther.
“Alexander Holden?”
He raised his head to stare at me, confirming my suspicions. Son of a bitch.
“Get off me!” I shoved at him as best as I could in my current position. He got the message and backed off. I sat up and tugged at the dress that was beyond repair. It hadn’t covered much of my body before I’d destroyed it, and now it was akin to wearing a dust rag. Wonderful. At least the essential parts of me were more or less concealed, but I had no delusions about my appearance. I brushed off dirt and ran my fingers through my hair to loosen the tangles. Alexander Holden sat on his hind quarters and watched. I could swear that bastard grinned.
“Enjoy it now, buster, because it’s the last peep show you’ll get from me.” I stood as gracefully as possible, which didn’t go well, and raised my chin defiantly. I might be a mess, but I still had my pride.

About the Author:

Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. In particular, she loves visiting old graveyards.

Twitter: @SWQueenFlemming

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Sheri Queen said...

Thanks for the guest blog feature today!

Mary Preston said...

This looks like a great beginning to the series.