By Kait Ballenger, author of Twilight Hunter
One question I’m frequently asked by readers is: why did I choose to write Twilight Hunter hero, Jace McCannon, as such a bad boy? For those readers who haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of Twilight Hunter yet, the first full novel in my debut Execution Underground paranormal romance series, allow me to explain a little about my hero. Jace is more than a little rough around the edges. He drinks, he smokes, and he swears worse than a sailor, all on top of being a badass werewolf hunter to boot. He’s the quintessential bad boy with a lot of anger, aggression, and a little self-loathing for the half-wolf nature he secretly hides from the rest of his teammates. All this coupled with loads of physical strength, stamina, and a rocking body, makes Jace a true alpha, but deep down Jace has a really good heart and is extremely loyal to those he cares for. He also falls wildly in love with Twilight Hunter’s heroine, allowing us to see his sweet side.
In Twilight Hunter, bad boy and werewolf hunter Jace must partner with a female alpha wolf, Rochester packmaster Frankie Amato, in order to catch a sick sexual sadist who is murdering innocent women in the Rochester, NY, area. While Jace may start out as just your classic bad boy, there is so much more complexity to him than that and as the novel progresses, we begin to see his softer side. Thus, the answer to why I chose to write Jace as a classic bad boy character with a unique twist is: because that’s what I love to read and I also wanted to give Jace lots of room so he could grow and change as a character throughout the book.
Now, I’d like to hear from you, readers. What do you love about bad boy characters? What drives you to want to read about these sexy alpha males time and time again? Do you love a bad boy who ultimately can show us his good side? And if you’ve read Twilight Hunter, let us know what you loved about Jace and his bad boy attitude. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
About the Author
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 (January 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 http://www.kaitballenger.comor follow her on Twitter @kait_ballenger.
About the Book
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…