Author Spotlight: Renee Scattergood – Author of the Shadow Stalker Series

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Today I’m thrilled to share with you the next installment of the Shadow Stalker Series. Renee has kindly provided an excerpt for us. If you return tomorrow, I will be reviewing episode 8 and sharing my thoughts on the journey so far.

Shadow Stalker: Broken (Episode 8) Excerpt

By Renee Scattergood

My chest tightened painfully and tears filled my eyes. I was truly trapped. This was why he hadn’t used a recinder. He didn’t need one. There was nowhere I could run that he wouldn’t find me. All the power I had been given by the shadow people was useless. Why had they allowed my parents to bring me into the world, if my fate was to be at the mercy of my enemy? A cold realization hit me. Maybe Makari was right and the shadow people were liars. Emotion rolled through me in a wave, tearing an ear-piercing sound from my throat. Makari loosened his grip, startled, but his expression was no less determined.

“No,” I screamed in my mind. He couldn’t be right. This couldn’t be right. I took a deep breath, forcing myself to relax. “What are you going to do to me?”

When Makari didn’t answer, I lifted my head to look at him. He pressed it down and secured a strap across my forehead, so I was completely immobilized.

“You seem to be immune to the effects of the shock wands, but maybe you will respond to a different kind of pain. It’s an old method of torture, and one the Galvadi rarely use anymore,” he said, as though reciting simple facts. “But sometimes it becomes necessary.”

This was it. This was likely the torture method used in Kado’s vision. I couldn’t let it happen. “Makari, please. Please tell me what I can do to make you see there’s another way.”

“I’ve already seen, Auren. I know who you are. This isn’t about proving your innocence anymore. It’s about proving to my father I have more worth than being a hunter of shadow stalkers,” he stopped what he was doing, and rested his palm on my forehead. “You’re going to tell me where the Coalition are hiding.”

He was going to torture me for information. No! “I will never tell you that.”

“Oh, you will, Auren. Then I’ll give you to my father, and you will never be able to hurt anyone in the Serpent Isles again. He might finally see my worth once you are dead, and…” his voice faltered. “He has everything he needs to destroy the remnants of the Coalition.”

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E8 KindleAuren finds a way to escape the pain of her torture, but when Makari realizes it’s preventing him from “cleansing” her, he finds ways of randomizing the pain to keep her present. Still, she does not succumb to the torment.

When Makari can’t get through to her, he decides Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, is right. Auren is the delohi-saqu. Now Makari is no longer concerned with cleansing her because the delohi-saqu cannot be cleansed. He resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information about the Coalition. If Auren can’t resist, her friends and hundreds of innocent people will die.

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Renee Scattergood

Renee Scattergood, author of the fantasy series, Shadow Stalker, and novella, Demon Hunt, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog for a free copy of her latest episode of Shadow Stalker: http://reneescattergood.com

Author Pages:

Renee Writes: http://reneescattergood.com/ – my personal website and blog.

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

Social Media:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/118427336236369690813/+ReneescattergoodAuthor/posts

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Bound by Fate – Episode 7 of the Shadow Stalker Series by Renee Scattergood

It is my great pleasure to introduce Episode 7 of the Shadow Stalker series by Renee Scattergood. In Bound by Fate, we follow Auren into unknown territory as she undergoes compulsory treatment within a Reconciliation Centre. It is an emotionally fraught episode, with danger at every turn. Just when it seems that Auren might find her loved ones and gain information to help fight against the war, her worse nightmare comes true – her true identity is discovered. It is an episode which will leave your hungry for more.

 
E7 KindleAuren escapes the Dark Isle to find things are worse on Appolia than she imagined. Very few have survived the invasion of the Galvadi Empire, and even her best friend, Jade, has gone missing.

While attempting a rescue, Auren is captured and faces abuse and torture at the hands of her enemies. She knows as long as she can hide her true identity, she might succeed in helping the Coalition, but one of the Galvadi knows she is the delohi-saqu. For his silence, she is forced to pay the ultimate price.

Purchase at Smashwords

Shadow Stalker: Bound by Fate (Episode 7) Excerpt
By Renee Scattergood

Once inside the office, I closed the door behind me and felt my way to the computer. I didn’t want to risk turning on a light, so had to figure out how to turn on the machine in the dark. As it turned out, the computer was in standby mode. It came to life as soon as I touched the screen. I’d used similar computers in school, so it wasn’t difficult to navigate. It was simply a matter of finding the right file.

I spotted one labeled “Residents”. Really? They called their prisoners residents? I opened the file and, sure enough, I found a list of detainees assigned to this reconciliation center, which was apparently called, Brynn. I scrolled down, barely breathing when I came to “Z” and saw my father’s name. He was here. They were keeping him in a cell in block D. I was in E block, which meant he couldn’t be too far. I felt a nagging pull in my gut, but I dismissed it as the effect of knowing my father was close by.

As I was closing the folder, another file labeled “Shadow Stalker Attenuation” caught my eye. I opened it and saw a folder labeled “Recinder”. A recinder is a circular collar worn on the neck by shadow stalkers. The alloy, Beryllonium, contains properties which interfere with a shadow stalker’s ability to use their powers. All captured shadow stalkers, if not sentenced to death, are fitted with a recinder. Once locked in place, the recinder cannot be removed unless cut with a specific tool.

I flicked through the file. Apparently, the alloy was also used to make weapons against the shadow stalkers, something Kado had referred to. If I could somehow get the information to the Coalition, there was a chance they could find a way to counter it. But I knew my time had run out as soon as I heard voices in the corridor. I switched the computer to standby, wondering at the pull inside me. It was stronger than before. I hesitated in the dark, reluctant to reenter the shadow world, especially after reading about the recinders, and the alloy used to make them.

The door swung open before I made my decision, and by then it was too late. They saw me before they switched on the light. Two guides stood in the doorway, gazing at me from beneath their robes.

“Well, well,” one of them said, dropping his hood.

It was Makari. But how? And why was he dressed like a guide?

“If it isn’t my little lizard.”


Renee ScattergoodRenee Scattergood, author of the fantasy series, Shadow Stalker, and novella, Demon Hunt, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter on her blog: http://reneescattergood.com

Author Pages:

Renee Writes: http://reneescattergood.com/ – my personal website and blog.

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

Social Media:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/118427336236369690813/+ReneescattergoodAuthor/posts

 

 

 

Focusing my energies – WIPpet Wednesday/ROW80

I usually start with my WIPpet, but it relates to my ROW80 update, so I’ll begin by saying my goals have taken a back seat this week, or should I say, all but my writing goals. I dedicated the time to working on my NaNo novel and things are progressing at a steady pace. I’m still behind, but that’s okay.

So, on to WIPpet. The maths is easy this week – 19 paragraphs for the date. I wrote the scene this morning, so it’s still a little rough around the edges, but I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

As he walked the path to Lilly-May’s door, Tyler was consumed with memories. A week had passed since he’d lost his mind and kissed her, but it could have been moments ago. The feel of her soft mouth on his, the surprised little sound in her throat, her small, capable hands on his arms. She hadn’t been appalled by his behaviour, she had been intrigued by it.

His feet paused before the first step, finding a stubborn will of their own to prevent him from moving forward. He knew why – Lilly-May was a beautiful, sensual creature, driven by curiosity, and when it burned away, he would be a pile of ash.

The same fierce determination he used to confront a fire spread through his system. He could do this. Then she opened the door and he could barely breathe, let alone move.

She’d left her hair down, so it caressed the edge of her slender shoulders. The golden hue of her skin was untouched, making him want to groan. She wore a deep blue strapless dress, which clung to her generous curves and stopped just below the knee. And, sweet Jesus, he was in so much trouble.

“Thank you,” she breathed, her green eyes sparkling. “Though, if you keep looking at me like that, we may not make it to dinner.”

Tyler grinned, he couldn’t help it. He wasn’t even embarrassed she’d seen his reaction to her, he was tired of hiding it. Tired of hiding himself. “How about we skip to dessert?” He was shocked as soon as the words left his mouth.

Lilly-May, on the other hand, laughed in delight. “You’ve been keeping secrets from me,” she said, closing the door and turning the key.

“Secrets?”

Her shoulders lifted in a careless shrug, pulling his eyes away from her face. He wanted to sink his teeth into that soft flesh. So much trouble.

“I always knew you were charming, but I’ve never seen the affects of that first hand.”

“That’s because, where you’re concerned, I’m usually trying not to trip over my own tongue.” What the hell is wrong with me?

Her eyes widened in shock, a moment before she smiled. “Who are you, and what have you done with Tyler?”

He groaned at the reminder. She only saw him as the quietly serious and loyal member of their group. A family she’d claimed as her own. There was no going back from this, because he wouldn’t pretend anymore. “Promise me something, Lilly,” he said, needing them to be clear on this one thing. “Promise me, whatever happens, this won’t come between us.”

She searched his face for a moment, all traces of humour gone. “I promise. Whatever happens, you’ll always be my friend.”

It should have discouraged him, yet he was oddly soothed by the term. His heart might be in tatters by the end of this, but he wouldn’t lost her completely. Enough with the drama, Ty.

“In that case,” he said, moving up a step so they were nice and close. “Good evening, Lilly.”

Before she could reply he bent his head, and did what he’d wanted to do since the moment she stepped out of the house. Pushing aside her hair, he placed his lips against her shoulder and kissed the smooth skin.

Her sharp intake of breath had arousal beating in his blood, so he stole the sound with his mouth. She came alive, her arms locking around his neck as she tried to get closer.

It was a wild thing, the fire building between them. Every thought in his head snapped out, until there was only Lilly-May.

Thanks, as always, to K.L. Schwengel for providing us with an outlet to share our works in progress. I’m on my way to visit the rest of the gang!

I hope you’re having a good week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

False Awakening by Callum McLaughlin

Hi everyone

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce Callum McLaughlin’s new book False Awakening. Below you will find a synopsis, excerpt, purchase links, and more about the author himself. Enjoy 🙂

False Awakening (ebook, ad version)

Synopsis:

When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions. Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some things are best left forgotten.

With a past that is unwilling to let go, her only option is to delve into the depths of her own mind so that she can uncover the truth and finally awaken from her living nightmare.

Excerpt:

Before either of her friends could speak, two police officers in full uniform filled the doorway.

“What are you two doing in here?” asked one of them. Male, tall and inherently intimidating; his ice-cold eyes moved from Dan to Luke as he swept into the room, bringing with him an atmosphere far cooler than any breeze. “We specifically told you not to speak with the victim until we had questioned her.”

The word victim made Abi’s stomach squirm again.

“We’re sorry,” said Dan, looking more uncomfortable than ever as he sidled towards the door.

“We were worried. We had to make sure she was okay.” Luke did not budge from Abi’s bedside as he looked the officer directly in the eye.

“I’m afraid we’re going to have to ask you both to leave immediately,” said the second officer. A woman who appeared at least a few years younger than her partner, she held a notebook and pen in her hands that Abi suspected were intended to document her version of events; events she still scarcely remembered besides the deeply unsettling image that had invaded her mind a mere moment ago.

Purchase links:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

P1000905 - Callum McLaughlinAuthor bio

Callum McLaughlin was born and raised in the Scottish countryside where he continues to live and work. Aside from his own creative writing endeavours, he operates on a freelance basis, producing content for blogs, websites and magazines.

Beyond literature, he is interested in all things music and nature, taking his biggest inspiration from the world around us.

Author links:

Blog

Twitter

Goodreads


I already have my copy, and will be reviewing False Awakening later in the month.

If you would like to read a review of Callum’s first novel, The Vessel, click here.

Pro-Week Blitz Tour (#1) – Shadow Stalker: Episode 2

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Writing Room 101 is delighted to take part in Renee’s latest tour to promote Shadow Stalker: Episode 2. This will be the first of three posts. Today I will be sharing a special interview and an excerpt from episode 2. On Wednesday I will post a review for you and Saturday will be helping to bring the event to a close.
Interview with Renee Scattergood
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think it was when I first decided that I wanted to write for a living. I was in my late 20’s. I’ll admit it was a bit difficult calling myself a writer at first. There seems to be this unfounded stigma against calling yourself a writer or author unless you’ve had something published. But someone told me that if I love to write then I’m a writer. Even if I don’t do it professionally.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve actually written a couple of manuscripts before Shadow Stalker, but they weren’t very good. I may or may not try to improve on them and rewrite them later. Shadow Stalker is the first story that I came up with that I absolutely loved from the start. I was inspired to write it after reading The Celestine Prophecy. The two stories have absolutely nothing in common, so it probably seems unlikely, but my character, Kado, was born as a result of reading that book.Do you have a specific writing style?I actually prefer to write a story from one character’s point of view, as if they are the one telling the story. I think it really allows me to get into that character’s head and write as though I am that character. It’s a lot of fun.

  How did you come up with the title?

I wanted to do something related to shamanism. Shadow Walkers are people who are able to walk between worlds. The world of the living and whatever other world is out there that we can’t see. I didn’t want the to be too closely tied in to Native American Shamanism, though, because it’s only loosely based on “real” shamanism. I didn’t want people to get the wrong idea, so I decided to use the word “stalker” in the title instead. Stalking is a shamanic technique (which is a bit difficult to explain), but I liked the way Shadow Stalker sounded.

What books have most influenced you?

Well as I said before, The Celestine Prophecy is what inspired me to create the character, Kado. My love of telling stories was influenced by George Lucas. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and my first real writing experiences was writing for a Star Wars based online simulation role playing game. That is what got me out of my shell and over my fear of sharing what I wrote. It was a great experience for me. My biggest writing influence in recent years has been Terry Goodkind, the author of the Sword of Truth series. And more recently, I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from Lindsay Buroker, author of The Emperor’s Edge series.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Wow, that’s hard. I think it would have to be George Lucas more for his multi-business experience. He’s definitely a man who has benefited from risk taking. It would be great to learn from him.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Writing the action can often be really difficult for me. I see the story play out in my head as I’m writing and sometimes it sorta goes too fast for me to keep up. I usually need to do a lot of rewriting to get the action exactly how I want it.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was when I decided to write it in parts that are similar to a tv series. Learning how to do that effectively has been quite a challenge because from what I can tell, no one has done it before. It’s not the same as publishing a novel one chapter at a time. Each episode has to contain its own story while still being part of a larger story. I also have to end each one with a hook, but without being too annoying about it. It’s quite the balancing act.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

I just hope you enjoy my stories, and if you do, leave me a review or rate it at the retailer where you purchased it, and/or on Goodreads! That will help me out a lot!

How long does it take you to write a book?

In the past it has taken me about 2 or 3 months to write a full novel, but I’m working on techniques to shorten my writing time. It takes me about 4 to 6 days to write one episode of Shadow Stalker.

Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

The only thing I can think of is that I usually need to multitask when I’m writing. I can’t focus on just one thing at a time, except when I’m editing. Then I have a hard time focusing when there are other distractions. It’s a bit odd when I think about it.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I was born in the U.S. and came out here about 10 years ago to meet my husband in person. We met online and were friends for about a year. When I got out here we decided that we never wanted to be apart again. I’ve been in Australia since and I love it here. And yes, we are still very happily married. 😀

Outside of writing, I don’t really have much time. My daughter is autistic and ADHD, so she takes up a lot of my time, but she is awesome. I wouldn’t change anything about her (except maybe her insomnia issues…I think we could both live without that). We love watching movies and reading together. She also wants to write some children’s stories. She’s a pretty good artist for her age.

Do you use an outline or just write?

Up until now I have always just written. I mean, I would have the story planned out in my head, but I didn’t really write anything down, except little facts that I needed to maintain consistency. I recently read something about how having a loose outline, like maybe a paragraph per chapter, can help increase your daily word count and stay on track with the story. So I’m giving it a try.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given by another writer?

Write/publish consistently to keep your reader’s happy, build your mailing list and keep in touch with your readers regularly so they don’t lose interest.

Is there any advice you’d like to share?

Write/publish consistently to keep your reader’s happy, build your mailing list and keep in touch with your readers regularly so they don’t lose interest. 😉


SSE2 Cover 3 JPGI have a special sneak peak available for you, and have conveniently added it to a separate page so as not to overwhelm you with text. Please click here for an excerpt from Shadow Stalker: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2).
 

Hands of Evil Blog Tour – Day Three

Thank you to Laura Standen (Editorial Stand) for hosting today. I couldn’t reblog in the usual way, so I’ve provided a link below. Laura has included a book interview, focusing specifically on Hands of Evil, and an excerpt for those who haven’t already read it 🙂

Here’s the link – Interview with Author – Melissa Barker-Simpson

Thanks for your support.

Mel

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WIPpet Wednesday – Following the rules.

This week has been decidedly unproductive in terms of writing. On a positive note though, I’ve had a few books to enjoy in my role as beta-reader, so at least I wasn’t staring at the wall, or indeed banging my head against it as I was last week.

Last Wednesday was my first experience as a ‘Wippeteer’ and I received a huge welcome. This is especially appreciated, since I now realise I fluffed on the rules. I completely missed the whole ‘maths’ thing, but then it always was my weakest subject J

So here’s what I’ve been working on.

 

The smell registered first. Slapping her awake like a hand-full of smelling salts; strong enough to make her eyes water and her stomach heave in protest. The aroma of death and decay clawed at her throat. She had no idea if her captors were close by and she didn’t care. Her lips began to move instinctively, the chant increasing with every jagged breath until she was clear of the rancid stink assaulting her nostrils.

 She didn’t open her eyes right away. Instead she took stock of her injuries. Her head hurt, which was a given – she had been struck from behind. Her hair was a little frayed too, but it would heal. It wouldn’t be the first time someone had tried to cut it and it wouldn’t be the last.

Reaching out with her senses, she explored the six by eight cell and found nothing out of the ordinary. If you didn’t count the pit in the centre of the room, which probably accounted for the smell.

Her hands were bound above her head, connected to a thick, coiling chain which attached to matching cuffs at her ankles. There was something odd about her binds.

 

The math is pretty simple 27-8-1-4 = 14 sentences.

I hope you enjoyed it. If you want to find out what the others are up to, click here.

Thanks for reading.

Mel 

WIPpet Wednesday and the Writer’s Rant

After reading Elaine Jeremiah’s recent post and her participation in K.L Schwengel’s WIPpet Wednesday, I couldn’t resist the urge to take part.

I needed the diversion, the thought of writing something that doesn’t make me want to bang my head against the wall (figuratively speaking). The final edit of Worlds Apart is not going well. My readers are waiting to get their hands on it, but I’m hesitant about sending it their way. I have a really strong picture of the main character in my head, but the world I placed her in doesn’t seem to fit. It’s a fun world, or I should say worlds, since the novel deals with alternate realities. But, as with all my characters, she responds to the environment I put her in and I can’t find a balance between her strength of will and the completely alien concept of interdimensional travel (her ability came as a surprise to her!).

So I’m putting it aside for a while, despite the fact I’ve given myself a deadline of November to get it published.

I’m also taking part in an anthology, a collection of Fantasy Romance stories. The excitement of writing something new adds weight to my decision to hold off on Worlds Apart! Perhaps if I write the first draft of the novella my mind will be completely clear and I can go back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. And I’m probably fooling myself. A huge part of me wants to run away from the characters in my head, even though I get so much pleasure out of them. I have an outline for the next Morgan and Fairchild series and book three of the Gifted is also vying for attention. I need a plan of action, and I definitely need to get inside Mishka Jenkins’ head because she would have a system I can use to help me focus. Since ‘borrowing’ someone’s consciousness is only available to me in Worlds Apart I’ll just have to ‘suck it up’ as my brother would say.

As I decided to take part in WIPpet Wednesday, here is an excerpt from the novella I’m writing for the anthology – as yet there is no title!

 

Tobias stood at the edge of the clearing and watched his partner work off the excess energy. A battle was coming, he could feel it in the air, in every fibre of his being, and he was ready for it.

“When you’re through with the peep show, how about you come spar with me for a while?” Monica said without turning.

The witch had eyes in the back of her head, he thought bitterly. She anticipated his every move. They either worked together too often, or he was getting old. Either way it made for an interesting practice session.

He watched her as he crossed the field, appreciating the fact she came prepared. Her uniform was custom made and, modified with a touch of magic, it clung to her curves. She was tall and lithe and exuded danger like a carefully applied camouflage.

Her dark, midnight blue hair was pulled back in a long plait that hung down her back. It was adorned with harmless looking jewellery, but Tobias knew it was an illusion. The hair was just another weapon. When she shot power into it, it would snap out like a snake, wrapping itself around her victim to cut off their circulation.

 

I hope you enjoyed the little snippet. Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for the opportunity and Elaine for passing the ball.

Thanks for reading.

Mel