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Author Kait Ballenger has stopped by the blog to tell you about her debut single title release Twilight Hunter. She's also hosting a contest!  Read on to see what she has to say:

Top Ten Six Reasons I Love the Execution Underground

When I was first asked to write a list of my top ten favorite things about the Execution Underground series, I was somewhat at a loss. Obviously, as an author, I have to love my own series or I would never invest so much time, blood, sweat and tears into it. Narrow it down to ten things...where would I even begin? So, I sat down and started brainstorming. Would I write about the mechanics of the Execution Underground as an organization? About all the weaponry and technology they have at their disposal? Would write about the lore of all the different mythological creatures? Werewolves, vampires, demons, shapeshifters, witches, faeries, and ghosts are just a few of the different creatures that appear throughout the series. The possibilities for supernatural conflict are endless. Or what about my heroines who break the trope of weak females we often see in the romance genre? My girls are fierce. They’re supernatural hunters, werewolf packmasters, powerful witches and demon fighting faeries. They kick serious ass and hold their own right along beside the hunters of the Execution Underground.

 

But as awesome as all those things seemed to me, it didn’t seem to really pin down what I think is so great about the series. Something still seemed to be missing. Then, it hit me. There aren’t ten top things I love most about the series—there are six. Six fierce, strong, muscled and handsome things that I thought I would introduce readers to in this post: the six hunters of the Rochester division of the Execution Underground.

 

1. Damon Brock

Occupation: Vampire Hunter and Leader of the Rochester Division of the E.U

Height: 6’4

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Eye Color: Ice Blue

Hair: Black, buzz cut extremely short

 

Ahhh Damon. *dreamy sigh* Damon is definitely my favorite member of the Rochester division. He is a fine specimen of a man. If I could have one of my characters from the series come to life, it would be him. Why you ask? Damon has always been my favorite, because he has always been the character I’ve known the least about. He’s mysterious, even to me...and what paranormal romance reader doesn’t love a dark, mysterious alpha male? ;-) When I first started writing the series, the reason I chose to make Damon’s book the last of the six novels was not only because I hoped readers would fall in love with him and anticipate his book as much as I do, but also because I knew it would take a lot of time for Damon’s story to fully unravel. Needless to say, that unraveling began a lot sooner than I initially anticipated. Damon is the main character in Shadow Hunter, a short prequel novel to the series that appears in an anthology titled After Dark alongside a Lords of the Underworld novella by NYT Bestseller Gena Showalter. Shadow Hunter tells Damon’s origin story, a story I never had any intention of telling, and how he came to establish the Rochester division of the E.U.  The Damon you see in the first full length book of the series, Twilight Hunter, is very different from the character you see in Shadow Hunter. Why? Well, you’ll just have to pick up a copy and see for yourself. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will say Shadow Hunter shows a much softer side of Damon than you’ll see throughout the rest of the series. So what I love most about Damon Brock, aside from his mysterious tortured persona, is the metamorphosis he goes through—all the trials and tribulations he has to overcome before he can finally have his happily ever after. Damon’s story begins in Shadow Hunter, which was released on June 25th and ends with Dark Hunter, his full-length novel, which is the sixth and tentatively final book of the series.

 

2. Jace McCannon

Occupation: Werewolf Hunter

Height: 6’4

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Eye Color: Emerald

Hair Color: Auburn, chin length

 

Jace McCannon: my most uncontrollable character in the series. Jace may be a native of Honeyoe Falls, New York (a small town not far outside the Rochester city limits), but his Irish temper gets the best of him every time. Jace is where the whole series began, and despite Damon being the leader of the division, Jace was the first hunter from the series to waltz into my mind. Naturally, I chose to write his story first: Twilight Hunter, which released on August 27th. Jace is the ultimate bad boy. He smokes Marlboros like a chimney, drinks Bushmills like a fish, and after reading only a short amount of his story, you’ll clearly be able to identify Jace’s favorite word. I’ll give you a hint: it’s four letters, starts with an f and ends with a k. What I love about Jace though, aside from his naughty nature, is Jace has a secret. A deep, dark secret that’s unknown to the other members of the Execution Underground. Jace is the best werewolf hunter on the east coast, but it’s easy to have an advantage when you’re the same type of monster you’re hunting. If you think Jace is feisty on a regular day, wait until you get him underneath the light of the full moon, and watch his half-supernatural bloodline emerge.

 

3. David Aronowitz

Occupation: Demon Hunter/Exorcist

Height: 6’6

Ethnicity: Jewish

Eye Color: Dark Brown, near black

Hair Color: Black, very short/near buzz-cut

 

Though at first glance, David Aronowitz might seem like just a good ol’ Jewish boy, he’s far from it. David is ferocious when it comes to fighting the hell spawns that have been hawking his every move since before he first learned how to ride a bicycle. David has a wicked sense of humor and a love so deep for his ex-fiancé that it haunts him worse than the demons constantly on his tail. What I love most about David, aside from his love for Allsún, is his constant drive to do right by humanity. David is one of the only hunters in the world who cannot only kill demons, but can exorcise them back to hell without hurting the possessed victim. I can’t wait to share his story in Immortal Hunter, which releases in April 2014.

 

4. Shane Grey, Ph.D

Occupation: Occult Specialist/Witch Hunter/Professor at the University of Rochester. He is also in charge of the security systems and technology of the Rochester Division

Height: 6’3

Ethnicity: Causcasian

Eye Color: Honey/Golden Brown

Hair Color: Light Brown

 

Dr. Shane Grey is a nerd. A big nerd. A nerd who also happens to be ridiculously ripped and handsome. Shane is the youngest member of the Rochester division and by far the most intelligent. A classic overachiever, Shane specializes in the occult and black magic, monitoring the witch and warlock covens of the Rochester area and ensuring they aren’t wreaking any havoc. Though he’s what every book-nerd ever wished for—a gorgeous, intelligent man with a sensitive side—what I love about Shane is his potential. Shane may start out the series as an odd duckling, but by the time his book rolls around he’s quickly realizing his full potential and he’s more powerful than ever he expects.

 

5. Ashley (Ash) Devereaux

Occupation: Ghost Medium/Poltergeist Hunter

Height: 6’3

Ethnicity: Caucasian and Creole

Eye Color: Grey

Hair Color: Golden blond

 

Any woman who has ever melted at the sound of a sweet, Southern drawl will love this Louisiana boy—I know I sure do. Ash is one of my favorites. Ash may be slow talkin’ and smooth, but he’s got a hardened heart from years of being haunted by the dead. Ash can see and hear all the plights of those on the other side, those who are unable to move on, and he drowns out his demons with an endless supply of Crown. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders in the form of an ongoing battle with Post-Traumatic Stress and never once complains. But what I love most about Ash is that once he does find love, he’s willing to go to the ends of life and beyond to keep it.

 

6. Trent Garrison

Occupation: Hunter of Shapeshifters (Non-Werewolf)

Height: 6’4

Ethnicity: Latino (El Salvadorian)

Eye Color: One blue, one green

Hair Color: Black

 

After a fight with a nasty shifter leaves Trent with an intense facial scar, he’s doubtful that he’ll ever get his hunting game back. He struggles to find his footing when he returns to the field. But what I love about Trent is his ability to stay calm and collected in intense situations and when he slowly starts becoming one of the monsters he hunts, his patience has never been put to the test so intensely.

 

There you have it. The top things I love about the sexy men of the Execution Underground. Hopefully, they’ll capture your heart exactly like they did mine. ;-)

 

Giveaway:

 

The giveaway runs from midnight to September 5. US and Canada entrants only. Includes books by Kait Ballenger, Gena Showalter, Cecy Robson, and Kate Serine.  

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Bio:

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 (April 2014), and don’t forget to check out Shadow Hunter, a prequel novella to the series featured in the After Dark anthology along NYT Bestseller Gena Showalter—now available in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats. For more information, please visit www.kaitballenger.com or follow her on Twitter @kait_ballenger.

 

Website: www.kaitballenger.com

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kait_ballenger

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaitlynschulzromanceauthor

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989661.Kait_Ballenger

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For more information on the other books listed on the giveaway, check out the following websites:

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Back Cover Blurb for Twilight Hunter: 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…

 

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Comment by Angela VH on September 4, 2013 at 12:08am

I love Jace so far! When he took it to a certain member of the E.U. in Twilight Hunter, I fell in love! ;}

Comment by elizabeth gray on September 2, 2013 at 5:05pm

Can't wait to read this series. I would have to say Trent. I am a sucker for lost boys, and not thinking he's good enough just makes you want to love him more.

Comment by Casey Harris-Parks on September 2, 2013 at 2:21pm

I think Trent is going to be my favorite. He seems very Beast a la Beauty and the Beast. 

Comment by Falana Hunter on September 1, 2013 at 2:32pm

I think I will have to read the books before I decide. I would like to gather my own thoughts about them because as we know women do not see men the same. Looking forward to reading about them.

Comment by Janie McGaugh on September 1, 2013 at 1:34pm

I think Damon will probably end up being my favorite.

Comment by jackie woodland on September 1, 2013 at 11:42am

I think Trent would be my fav as I love a man who needs some tlc but can still be an alpha male.

Comment by Dawn Morris on August 31, 2013 at 4:23pm
Im gona go with Ash
Comment by Leslie on August 30, 2013 at 1:46pm

Maybe the one with scars

Comment by Carolyn Johnson on August 30, 2013 at 12:40pm

Jace McCannon

Comment by Cindy Barton on August 30, 2013 at 11:35am

Alright - I have a thing for guys with scars so Trent would have to be mine!  His eyes would be a fun turn-on too, one green, one blue.  He isn't perfect, but that's what I like.  Thank you for the giveaway.

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