Reality is an illusion we create to convince ourselves nothing will ever change. ~Renee Scattergood
I remember clearly the first time I set eyes on the Shadow Stalker series. I was about to get started on my monster book, doing research for the title, and through some quirk of fate, and came across the series on Amazon. It was titled with two of my tentative keywords. I was familiar with Renee already. She does a lot for other authors, but this was the first time I gave the story a long look. I had to make sure that I wasn’t writing the same thing she already wrote. Lucky for me, the two stories had nothing to do with each other, but the original Shadow Stalker has been in my kindle library since.
The Shadow Stalker series starts out with a girl named Auren preparing for a camping trip that her foster father, Kato, finds inappropriate for an 18-year-old. Though Auren thinks of herself as an adult, Kato doesn’t agree, reminding her that she still has a lot to learn. An education waits on Luten Isle with her friends. She’ll discover exactly why Kato has been so overbearing. After she sneaks out to join her friends, the Galvadi choose their camping trip as the perfect time to attack and start burning villages.
The story captures your attention right away, and it’s hard to resist plunging deeper in. You follow Auren as she discovers the truth about her family, Kato, herself, and the person she will become. This isn’t your normal fantasy novel with a weak hero the finds their strength halfway through. Auren has been preparing for the attack since she was a girl, she just didn’t know it. The protagonist is not a weakling, but she also isn’t a super-strong character that will deal lazily with every problem. She has very relatable strengths and weaknesses, and she’ll charm you from the first moment you meet her.
If you haven’t read the Shadow Stalker serial yet, download Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) free straight from Renee’s website.
The New Release
So, today, I’m happy to announce that Renee has released Part three of the series. No more waiting to hear more of the story. It’s out, it’s ready, and it’s available everywhere, though I’ve laced this article with the Amazon Link, as most people will do their book shopping there first. For those already familiar with the Shadow Stalker series, part 3 includes episodes 13-18. Here’s the blurb:
Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow, they must get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.
The third installment of the series takes us on a interesting ride, with episode 13 starting 3 years after Auren’s escape from the torture of the Galvadi, and they’ve been busy, developing new technology to hunt down and destroy the shadow stalkers. Auren has been growing too, and through the course of the series, we’ll see her gather her strengths and pave her own way toward her destiny. I love a character that seizes control of her own plot!
Renee has granted me permission to publish an excerpt from the new series, so if you haven’t stopped reading my blog and bought the book yet, here’s a little something to tease you:
Cali gave me a nudge as she took a seat next to me. “Do you have any idea what’s going on?”
“No idea,” I said, moving over a few inches so she had space to sit between me and Shai on the log someone had converted into a bench.
Shai slung an arm around her cousin and Cali returned the gesture, then wrapped her free arm around me. I smiled at her. Cali was the only one who had helped me maintain my sanity over the years. It drove me crazy never knowing what was happening to Makari. Kado kept me busy, as usual, but any time I had a free moment, all I could do was wonder if he was safe. I would know if he died. I would sense him again in the shadow world. He had been blocking me to keep me safe, though I had no idea how it was supposed to help. All it did was make me want to go to him, which would be more dangerous.
Of course, Kado would never allow that. He saw my thoughts as I had them most of the time, and he would know as soon as I made the decision. I learned quickly not to allow my thoughts to go down that path too often. That’s where Cali came in. She distracted me by helping me forget the war and making me feel like a normal person once in a while. She was as good a friend as Jade, except she didn’t encourage me to disobey Kado when I was angry.
“Maybe the Galvadi have decided to give up,” Shai said, pulling me out of my thoughts.
“I know. It’s wishful thinking.”
I smiled at Shai. “I want this to be over too.”
“You’ll figure it out soon.” Cali gave my shoulder a squeeze.
All the shadow warriors knew the end of the war would not come until I stopped Drevin. The only problem was I had no idea what I was supposed to do, and no amount of training helped. Each day it seemed like I was further from my goal instead of closer.
After everyone had taken their seats, Kado held up a hand calling us all to silence. “Makari has just given me some disheartening news. The Galvadi have developed a—”
I tried to listen, but I couldn’t get past the fact that Makari had been here. “He didn’t even bother to see me?”
Kado glared at me, and I suddenly realized I’d blurted it aloud.
“Makari has to keep a low profile for his own safety, and they were not aware he had left. He couldn’t stay away long.”
“I think it’s time he left the Galvadi all together,” I said, folding my arms over my chest.
“It would be the healthier option,” Cali added on my behalf.
“Makari’s work has been invaluable to us, and would not be possible if he weren’t living among them for the time being,” Kado said, then leaned in my direction looking straight into my eyes. “And he knows what he is doing.”
Kado watched me, and I was sure he was waiting to see if I would continue to interrupt him. I remained silent, but neither he nor Makari would be able to convince me the man I loved wasn’t taking an unnecessary risk.
A Little About Renee
Renee Scattergood isn’t just a writer. She devotes much of her time outreaching to other authors and helping them on their path, including this one. She’s always more than happy to discuss ideas, and her author spotlights are well known in my circles on Twitter. I love reading her blogs, as she digs into the thought process of authors through interviews and promotes their work without compensation. Probably one of the nicest people you will meet on the interwebs, especially if you’re an author. I’ll end this post with her bio and contact information, and I urge you, if you haven’t been to her website, http://reneescattergood.com/, to check it out when you have a chance.
|Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter.
Renee’s author pages:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2
Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts
BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/renee-scattergood
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507658.Renee_Scattergood
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