Our first Paranormal Summer Camp visitor is J. C. Daniels, author of the upcoming urban fantasy novel, BLADE SONG. You probably know her better as Shiloh Walker, author of several series, such as her steamy Grimm novels, her FBI Psychics books, or her erotic paranormal romance series The Hunters. BLADE SONG is a bit different from her other books because it's urban fantasy, not paranormal romance, so be prepared for action and shapeshifters and *maybe* a bit of romance!
Her guest post is an exclusive story about her new protagonist, Kit Colbana. BLADE SONG, the first book in the Colbana Files, is a real treat, and so is this story. Get ready for an awesome introduction to this new world!
Summer Camp…or as Kit calls it… hell.
Vignette…not part of any story. Just set in the same world as Blade Song
I was working a case, trying to track down an accountant. He’d thought it would be fun to skip out with some money that belonged to the wolf pack.
They weren’t happy.
If I found him, I got half of the money he’d taken off with…about twenty grand.
Assuming I found him. That was a lot of money. But I had to find him.
Which was why I was at Beautiful Day Summer Camp, located in southern Georgia. The accountant had a kid attending camp here. I was hoping they’d let me talk to her for five minutes. Hoping…but I wasn’t counting on it.
I could hear kids laughing. Screaming. Squealing.
And for some reason, the sight of that tall, wooden fence had flung me back in time a good fifteen years.
I’d been eleven the first time I was sent to the training camp where my kind went for a month out of each year. If I’d been bigger, stronger, I would have started attending the camp at age nine. As it was, I was still the skinniest, weakest thing there.
Sixteen hours of intense training every day, running mile after mile after mile…learning how to track, how to hunt.
The one good thing that had happened during the training camps…when I was twelve, they put a bow in my hands. If I had been back at Aneris Hall, my home, I don’t know if I would have been given the chance to touch a bow. My grandmother preferred to see me with weapons I just wasn’t very good with. Battle axes. Maces. Things made for people twice my size, with a hell of a lot more strength.
One of the instructors had thrown the bow at me, told me to figure it out. It had been one of the poorer quality bows, and the arrows hadn’t been the greatest, either.
I had found myself a relatively quiet corner and spent a few hours practicing. By the time camp ended that summer, I’d been hitting my target…almost every single time.
Warriors…my kind were warriors. To the disgust of my mother’s family, they’d discovered that summer that even I hadn’t been overlooked.
A week after I left camp, my grandmother had used that bow to beat me.
I don’t have a lot of good memories of my childhood. Only one good memory of anything that might be considered summer camp.
Passing a hand over my mouth, I tried to brace myself to walk through the damn gate.
This shouldn’t be so hard. It was just a bunch of kids.
More about BLADE SONG:
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.
If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…
You can also check out this free Kit Colbana story on Tor.com.
Other books by J. C. Daniels:
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Win some blades and books—check out the J. C. Daniels Book Tour! For a full list of the prizes and disclaimer, please visit her blog.
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This giveaway is part of the BLADE SONG Blog Tour so the rules are a bit different from the rest of the giveaways in the event. But before I get to that, you're probably wondering what you could win, right? Well, here's the scoop straight from J. C.'s blog:
The bag contains swag from RT, a couple of samplers, as well as a T-shirt and cap from Ellora’s Cave, The Vampire Shrink from Lynda Hilburn, The Wolf Gift from Anne Rice and Cowgirls Don’t Cry by Lorelei James.
The books and bag were picked up for giveaways at RT.
The earrings…I wanted something that was kind of… Kit-like. Kit likes shiny stuff, but usually the sharp short of shiny stuff. So the dagger earrings were perfect.
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Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things. (Author photo by Ayrica Bishop.)