Wednesday, August 01, 2012

PSC: Story and giveaway by J. C. Daniels (a.k.a. Shiloh Walker)

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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!

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Summer Camp…or as Kit calls it… hell.

Vignette…not part of any story. Just set in the same world as Blade Song

Summer camp.

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.

Blade Song blog tourSummer camp.

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.

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More about BLADE SONG:

J. C. Daniels 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…

Jenn's thoughts

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon

You can also check out this free Kit Colbana story on Tor.com.

Other books by J. C. Daniels:

J. C. Daniels Sexy Little Surprises

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giveaway

Enter to win…

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.

To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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.

Shiloh Walker J.C. Daniels Blade Song blog tour prizeDagger Earrings

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Shiloh WalkerShiloh 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.)

 

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Jenn

Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

22 People left their mark' :

  1. Thanks for this post, I'm so curious about this book and heard a lot of great things. So thank you for sharing that with us! And thanks for the giveaway as well!

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  2. I also tempted by the book and so happy you did something for the international entrant too ( the prize is wonderful but i prefer an amazon card and be able to enter than be excluded so thank you)

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  3. I just love those earrings!! They are so very cool. I have to get myself a pair.

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  4. I love her books. I haven't read any thing under the J. C. Daniels moniker yet but this one sounds SO good. What a great giveaway too. Thanks.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. This book sounds fun. I'll need to see if I can hunt it down. :)

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  6. Wow! What a giveaway! The book sounds fantastic! I love Shiloh but have not read anything by her as J. C. Daniels. Book sounds great! Count me in.

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  7. Those earrings are awesome! I am a shifter fan so this is my kind of story ;) thanks

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  8. My daughter would love those earings...she is much younger and can pull them off.

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  9. Y'know, I was kinda 'eh' about getting this book - no reflection on J.D. (Shiloh), it's just that I have *SO* many books on my TBR already, I didn't want to start another series. But the reviews have been rolling in from so many people I trust, so I think I'm gonna HAVE TO add this to the TBR! ;)

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  10. Durn my typo-ing fingers... I was thinking J.C. Daniels, and decided to be cutesy & only use the initials... J.C. not J.D.
    Grrrr

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  11. Great Vignette.Can't wait to read Blade Song.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  12. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!

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  13. This is a great Summer Camp!

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  14. Great guestpost, I really need to read this book!

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  15. Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  16. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. This looks good, though after seeing the cover of her previous book, I'm a little nervous about it!

    Is it just me or does the cover model look like Lexi from Vampire Diaries?

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  18. Goodie more books about my favorite things!

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  19. Wow looks like a great book and giveaway, entered thanks!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! Hear so much praise for Blade Song and I'm intrigued :)

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  21. Great post! That book looks and sounds awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway too!

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