Questions About Guardian, and a New Teaser!

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We are less than a week away from the release of the first Hidden: Soulhunter book, GUARDIAN! I am dying for you guys to read this one! Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a few questions about the book and this new series, so I figured I’d take a second to answer them here for you…. and keep reading, because there’s a new teaser from the book as well!

Soulhunter Q & A

Q: So… is this a new series? A spinoff? Explain yourself, woman.

A: Hidden: Soulhunter is a spinoff series of Hidden. It focuses on Eunomia, and is told from her point of view.

Q: Where does it fall in terms of the main series?

A: Hidden: Soulhunter takes place two years after the events of Nether.

Q: So, is it a continuation of Hidden?

A: In some ways, yes. The events of Soulhunter are a result of what happened in Hidden, and the things that happen in the Soulhunter series affect the rest of the Hidden world. (For a more in-depth explanation of the way I am planning future Hidden world books, check out this post.)

However, because this series focuses on Eunomia, you get a different look at the world. She is very different from Molly in many ways, and her life experience and history plays a huge role in her life now. The things that happen in Soulhunter are things that only E can handle… which is why she got her own series. 🙂

Q: Are the other characters from Hidden going to be in it?

A: Sure! Most of the old cast appears in Soulhunter. Some are more important to E’s story than others, but I think Hidden fans will be happy to see some familiar faces in the book and catch up on what’s happening with their favorites.

Q: Do you have to have read Hidden to read Hidden: Soulhunter?

A: No. I have tried to write this series in such a way that those who haven’t read the main series can start reading Guardian and not be lost. This series has a self-contained story arc that, while it ties into the main storyline, stands separately as its own plot. Of course, if you’ve read Hidden, it’s likely you’ll enjoy this series even more because you know the characters a little better, but I’ve tried to strike a balance between making it welcoming to readers who have not read Hidden as well as those who read the entire Hidden series.

Q: Fine. I want it! When can I have it?

A: It’ll be available in ebook format on Monday, 5/4/15 from Amazon. Paperbacks will be available shortly after.

Q: Is there a pre-order? I really like those.

A: Sorry, not this time. I am not organized enough to do pre-orders. Maybe someday I’ll do them, but for now it just makes more sense for me to do them this way.

Q: Okay. Can I get a reminder that it’s available?

A: I’ll send out a newsletter (you are subscribed to the newsletter, aren’t you?) as soon as it’s available, and I’ll also definitely be sharing the links on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Q: All right. So where’s my teaser, Colleen?

A: Here ya go. 🙂

* * *

Hephaestus and I appeared in a train station in Beelitz, Germany. Train stations and airports tended to be good places to reappear, because usually no one was focused on anything other than getting to their gate, and, if they were not, nowadays they were usually staring at a phone or other device.

“Okay. Fill me in here. Who’re we lookin’ for?” Hephaestus asked me.

“Friedrich Munch,” I said, leading him out of the train station. “Mass murderer. Killed seventeen teenage boys in an attempt to regain his lost youth.”

“Sickening.”

“Agreed. But of our two souls here in Germany, he’s the less evil of the two. We are also here to hunt the soul of one Peter Stumpfe. In his time, in the late sixteenth century, he was known as the werewolf of Brandenburg. He claimed the devil made him do it, and he was tried with cannibalism and murdering sixteen women and two infants.”

“And was he a werewolf?” Hephaestus asked

“He was. There was a werewolf clan here at the time, but he was a loner.”

“Why do I have a feeling there’s even more to it than that?” Hephaestus asked.

“Stumpfe was a sadist who enjoyed playing with his food before he ate it,” I answered, and he nodded. “If you need to get an idea of how monstrous he was, those two infants he killed? He ate their hearts. One of them was his own son.”

“Those are the ones I most would like to kill,” Hephaestus growled, and I nodded in agreement.

“This was where he ran after he was executed. I had to chase him down. This is as good a place to begin as any, considering how long he has been free,” I said. “There is a small inn down this road, I think.”

“E, when was the last time you were here?” Hephaestus asked with a laugh.

“Not that long. It is still here, I am sure,” I told him with a glare, and he laughed.

‘If you say so. Are we walking or traveling the sensible way?”

“We will walk. It is the best way for me to sense for energy signatures. Is that all right?”

“It’s your party,” he said.

I furrowed my brow. “I would not call it a party.”

“It’s a figure of speech, E.”

“I do not like those.”

“I noticed,” Hephaestus said, and I shook my head. We walked on, and I noted with some amusement that, as I’d predicted, his eye was caught by every distraction presented to us. Car models we did not usually see in Detroit, the man playing some one-man-band contraption on one of the street corners. He was in his element.

“You should take your family on travels more often,” I said to him. “You love this.”

He shrugged. “I will someday. When things settle down.”

“That could be never, my friend,” I told him, and he nodded.

“Eventually,” he said with a shrug. “So… what’s the deal between you and the shifter?”

I stumbled a little and swore under my breath in irritation as he laughed. “Yeah, that’s what I thought,” he said.

“There is nothing going on. He is my friend, and Mollis has us working together on this mess.”

“Sure. Yeah. That’s all,” he said, and I could tell from his tone of voice that he did not believe a word of it.

“He is too young for me. He has no understanding of our world, and he wants someone who will be a meek, delicate little flower,” I said, waving away my irritation, able to be more open with Hephaestus than I allowed myself to be with most beings. “He wants to know every detail of my life, and gets irritated when I will not tell him every single thought in my head.”

“We both know he doesn’t want someone who’s meek,” Hephaestus said.

“Well, he thinks he does, except when he thinks he doesn’t,” I answered. “I can be honest with you. I like him quite a bit. But he has had a whole mess in terms of relationships before me. And I am not particularly adept at putting in the time long-term with anyone. The relationships I have had the past two years have all been short and I was able to walk away before they became ridiculous.”

Hephaestus scratched his chin, thinking. “From experience here, E, things don’t really get good until they start getting ridiculous, until you start arguing about shit you’d never imagined yourself arguing over, and then you just look at one another and laugh. Until you’ve been through late nights and tears and anger and every other emotion, and you know one another inside and out. That’s when the relationship shit gets good.”

I shook my head. “I will have to take your word for it.”

“Why not find out for yourself?”

“It would be stupid,” I said. “And I do not want to talk about it anymore.”

* * *

Guardian (Hidden: Soulhunter, Book 1) will be available 5/4/15. 

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