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Heroes & Heroines Blog Hop The Wild Hunted

Posted on March 5, 2021Categories Uncategorized  Leave a comment on Heroes & Heroines Blog Hop The Wild Hunted

 

Haydeez Blackhawk has no idea where she was born or who her parents are. She was found under a statue of the god of the underworld, Hades, in a crumbling temple. The only father she has ever known is Joseph Blackhawk, a Native American hunter banished from his tribe. When she was a baby, he branded her with symbols to make her a more formidable adversary.

Her childhood was anything but normal. Instead of playing dolls and riding bikes, she learned how to use daggers and hunt monsters. When she became an adult, she wanted nothing more than to be a normal girl. She latched onto the first man that showed any interest and married him. She thought that’s what she wanted. She thought she was safe, but she found herself out of place and feeling alone. Her broken marriage only made her stronger. After she left her husband, she took not only his dignity but also his prized possession, a 2005 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft tail Classic. She stopped fighting against everything she knew and began to embrace it. She’s bold, opinionated, and likes her life in a certain way, because if she can control it, it can’t hurt her. Now, she lives and works with her best friend, Linx.

She knows what she is: a hunter. She hunts mythological creatures for money, and she’s good at her job. When monsters are terrorizing people, different councils will contact her to track and trap or kill them. Her least favorite contact is Peter, a representative of a group that calls themselves “The Council”. She tries to be friendly, but Peter just knows how to push her buttons.

In The Wild Hunted, Haydeez is hired by The Council to hunt creatures called trow that are stealing babies. As she interrogates the creature, she finds out that there’s more to this. Peter contacts her again to hunt and kill another creature. When she starts to see a link, she discovers what’s really happening.

In Iron Will, Haydeez continues to hunt creatures released by Pandora. The bloodshed increases and Haydeez has to rely on others to keep her focused. There always seems to be another monster and another hunt. The more creatures she kills, the worse it all gets.

 

 

Excerpt from The Wild Hunted:

Haydeez pulled her Jeep right up to the door and stopped the engine. She then reached into the back and pulled out the statue and the light. A shiver rippled over her as the cold air tickled her warm skin.

As she walked up to the entrance, the oak doors opened as if they were welcoming her home.

A tall man in his mid-twenties stood on the other side of the door. He wore ripped jeans with a Def Leppard shirt. His brown hair sprayed in every direction but the right one. “No kiss? And I opened the door and everything,” he said in that familiar British accent.

Haydeez shoved Robley into Linx’s arms and said, “Keep this on him until you get him in that containment unit.” She put the light on top of Robley and walked further into the house, not bothering to close the door. “And make sure to bring in the kids. I’m not fond of frostbite on Bebo.”

“And a hearty ‘hello’ to you too,” Linx huffed as he closed the front door with his foot and flicked on the light with his chin. He tried to balance the statue without falling in the process. “This is our little informant I take it. Kinda heavy for his size.” He turned and followed Haydeez. “Makes me wish I had ‘magical friends’ who could give me strength tattoos,” he added with a strained laugh.

“Sorry. Guess I’m just lucky,” Haydeez said. “Besides,” she began to whisper. “I don’t think my father likes you very much.”

“Great, thanks for that. I already had a feeling but thanks for confirming it for me. By the way, you do know that Bebo is a goat, right? He can stay outside in the barn with the horses.” he said with a grunt as he continued to try to balance everything. His muscles bunched and strained with the awkwardness and weight of the statue. “Honestly, how did you carry this yourself?”

 

 

Excerpt from Iron Will:

The front door slammed shut with a loud boom and vibrations that shook the house. Linx looked up, knife in hand, and waited for Haydeez.  He watched as she stormed into the kitchen, almost rip the door off the refrigerator, and then slam it shut.

“Lasagna?” he asked tentatively as he held a plate out to her.

“It was a dog, just a simple dog. It thought I was playing with it. What could the Council possibly want with a dog?” She smacked her hand down. “A dog, Linx! It ran around, tongue hanging out, jumping from tree to tree.” She rubbed her hands over her face. “It could’ve been a puppy and I shot it with lead dust.” Her shoulders slumped. “Did I do the right thing?”

Linx put the plate down and wiped his hands on a towel. He walked around the island and put his arm around her shoulders. “If you beat yourself up every time you trap a creature, you’d be bruised and bloody every waking moment. Trust me, you don’t want to beat yourself up. You hit really hard, I mean, really hard.” He playfully shoved her. With a smile, he added, “Ready to eat? I know you’re hungry. I could hear your stomach growling when you drove up.”

Haydeez chuckled. “It better not have fish in it. You know I hate fish.” She grabbed the plate and turned to leave the room.

“How do you know if you hate it until you try it, love? You don’t do you?” he called after her. “You’d like it the way I cook it. You’ve liked everything else.” He grabbed his plate and followed.

With a smirk, she answered, “You keep telling yourself that. If it helps you sleep at night…” A chime sounded from inside her pocket. She groaned. “Damn it.” She placed her plate on the table and fished her phone out. “Hello?” She rolled her eyes. “Peter, always a pleasure. To what do I owe the honor of your call this evening?” She made a motion with her hand as she impatiently listened to the man on the other end of the call. “Your dog picked up my dog. They should be on their way to you right now.” There was a pause. “Is my money in the account?” Another pause. “No, Peter. Of course I’m not trying to get you off the phone so I can sit down and eat something after being on the road for several hours doing a job for you. Why would you think such a thing?”

Linx chuckled and shook his head. He placed two glasses on the table and pulled a bottle of wine from a nearby rack. With his eyes on Haydeez, he pulled the cork and waited next to the table for her to finish the call.

An audible pop echoed thru the dining room as Haydeez rolled her head back and forth. “I left it in a net, covered in lead dust. It should be fine. Speaking of my awesome toys, you owe me several UV lights from the last little bundle that I shipped out to you. They better not be damaged from mounting them to the inside of that trunk. Think you could have your lapdog send those back to me sometime soon? I use those a lot.” She rubbed her neck and groaned. “Thanks, I’d like them back in one piece, same way you got them.” She pinched the bridge of her nose. “Yea, just ship it and I’ll pick them up.” She hung up the phone and looked at Linx.

He raised the bottle and smiled. “He always makes me want to drink.”

Haydeez laughed and pulled out her chair. “Better fill that glass.”

 

 

Links:

The Wild Hunted – https://www.blackrosewriting.com/fantasy-paranormal/thewildhunted?rq=the%20wild%20hunted

Iron Will – https://www.blackrosewriting.com/fantasy-paranormal/ironwill?rq=iron%20will

 

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Don’t miss the other stops in the Heroes and Heroines blog hop:

Stop 1 Introduces Sigurlina from Horn of the Kraken
Stop 2 Meet Derek who sees dead people
Stop 3 Meet THYA, a prophesied saviour to her kinsmen
Stop 4 Meet Othrun of A Drowned Kingdom
Stop 5 Meet Fury and Havoc of the Hunters Saga

What to expect from LitCon 2021

Posted on January 22, 2021Categories LitConTags , , 2 Comments on What to expect from LitCon 2021

For those who aren’t familiar with virtual book conventions, it can be hard to decide to commit to something that you’ve never experienced. As many of us have limited time and resources, we totally understand that investing your time and money to promote your book/ blog/ services/ publishing house at something you’re not familiar with can be quite scary.

So let us lay out some groundwork for you on what you can expect from LitCon 2021.

What is a Cyber Book Convention?

LitCon was birthed from attendees of several other book conventions who wanted to see it keep going, despite those other conventions going by the wayside.

Are you looking for a way to get in front of the right bookish people at the right time, but feel lost and frustrated with marketing? Well, then you definitely want to learn more about LitCon.

This is a virtual book convention, allowing you, and readers, to participate from the comfort of their own home. (Because we know that as fun as traditional conventions are, it is just WAY too peopley out there! And last we checked, Covid cannot be spread through virtual meetings.)

LitCon is a wonderful way to network with fellow authors, publishers, service providers, book bloggers, and most importantly readers. Previous virtual conventions that the board have worked with, we’ve seen between 800

 

and 2,000 participants and seen traffic in the thousands during the weekend of the events.

Getting in front of all those readers is a great opportunity, but the best part of the convention for authors is all the before-the-events interaction that allows you to network with fellow book industry professionals, learn great marketing skills, get great tips, and have lots of time to plan and put those skills and tips into action to promote your involvement in the convention!

 

What Kinds of Events to Expect

The fun of LitCon is that while there are key events that we have every convention, there are also new fun events being added every year. Currently we have the traditional staples of a convention such as live panels, blog hops, workshops, story-time, takeovers, cover wars, and more. We also plan on some new fun events such as a Booktube tag. Be sure to check out the store and sign up for the events as they become available.

Want to be notified as soon as new items are added? Sign up for our Newsletter List to get emails letting you know all the fun events as they come out.

Why the Cost?

That is a great question. As you will see, many of the events are absolutely free. Many of us started our author’s journey with little to no budget and we never want to turn authors away simply because they don’t have the money to pay. Virtual conventions like this are how many of us built up enough following to finally be able to invest in ads and we want to give you the same opportunity. Other events are free but ask for a donation to be made to the event manager so that they can use those funds to run paid ads for the event. We do this because we know that while grassroots efforts can work, money helps cut through a lot of the noise on the internet.  Others have a flat fee associated with them and they explain how the funds are used to pay for administrative fees, tech and equipment, and advertising which is how we keep growing our attendee numbers year after year.  We also charge for many of the workshops because we have to pay the professionals who are giving their time and energy to help you grow. We always strive to keep the cost as low as possible so that we can meet every budget.

How do I Decide What Events are Right for Me?

We know that participants come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tech whizzes and others are technophobes. Some are extroverts and love being on camera and others are shy and prefer focusing on their characters instead of themselves. We’ve tried to be clear on the descriptions to give you a sense of what each event will entail. We are also doing this series which will let you know more about each type of event in detail to help you get a better sense of that. Have questions? Feel free to join our LitCon Facebook Group and ask. One of us will do our best to answer.

What’s Next?

From now through February 15th we are working on recruiting authors, bloggers, publishers, service providers, agents, and other industry professionals, getting events set up and volunteers in place to help have an amazing event.  Please share this with your friends in the industry and invite them to join as well. Want to volunteer? We would appreciate your support. The more volunteers we have, the lighter the workload for everyone and the more fun we can all have!

Look forward to seeing you at LitCon!

LitCon2020

Posted on October 14, 2020Categories LitConTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on LitCon2020

Come and join us for LitCon 2020. A literature convention dedicated to authors by authors to collaborate, share and learn the business essentials of being an author.

On Novemeber 13th, 14th, and 15th we will be hosting panels across all genres. Some will include plotting, world building and slam poetry. We have a full list of panels listed on our form. To join in on some of our panels fill out our registration form.

LitCon will also be hosting several business essential workshops dedicated in teaching authors how to market your book on any budget, social media marketing, and e-newsletters. REGISTER TODAY!! SPOTS ARE LIMITED FOR 2020

Kick-off Event

Posted on July 25, 2020Categories Uncategorized  Leave a comment on Kick-off Event

With the cancellations of several conventions. We have decided as a team to have a kick-off event on November 13th, 14th,, and 15th. If you may be interested in being an author on a live panel discussion, character interview, exclusive author interview, and share your books on LitCon. Fill out our registration form, and we will be in contact with you to get your books loaded and set a time for our panels.

We are looking forward to having you join us this November.