Hunting for Spring
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loose Id
Date of Publication: 1/12/16
Word Count: 63,000 words
Cover Artist: Veronica Tibbs
Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception, until the day he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he was hunting down, the girl’s a mystery and he can’t get that blinding smile or those gorgeous curves off his mind.
Since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up, and despite her initial reluctance, the hungry way she scans him down promises something powerful.
However, her secrets have repercussions, and faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into the web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, all concealing the machinations of a darker foe—one that plans to bring Philly to ruin.
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He took two steps back, quite aware of the presence on the other side of the room. “You know, stealing someone’s kill is bad form,” he complained, cutting through the quiet tension.
“Looked to me like you could use the help.” The female voice came from behind him.
Conor turned around, his hand inching for his Glock.
She sat on the countertop, one leg hanging over the edge. Long strands of dark, messy hair hung past her face, brushing her cheeks as she lifted her chin. The woman had the sort of striking features that made men gape, and Conor fell victim. Her blue eyes intensified with a curious light as she scanned him, and in the shadowy room, her pale skin took on a silver hue. Even though her dark eyebrows knitted together, lending her features a sort of stark fierceness, her pursed mauve lips softened her face.
The girl tugged on the cord of her hoodie, and her eyes narrowed. “What’s a normal kid like you doing hunting a beastie like that?” Her boots hit the ground with a thud, and she brushed her knees off, making the buckles of her cargo pants jangle.
Conor arched his brow, wiping his jacket sleeves on the wall in a sad attempt at getting rid of the wight crud. “Sweetheart, whoever trained you in magic should’ve given you the rundown on everyone you might encounter—including hunters.”
He caught the recognition flashing in her eyes, as well as the careful way she stalked around him like a panther surveying an encroaching predator. “Well, feel free to p*ss off, then.” Her words were curt but not shocking. Hunters and casters shared a history of bad blood due to the chaos so many irresponsible witches caused. However, one bit of curiosity lingered within him—why had she been tracking the wight? Unless she’d created this monster.
About the Author:
A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. Not only can her poetry and prose be found in different magazines, but she’s had an array of novels and novellas published through Decadent Publishing, Boroughs Publishing, Hazardous Press, and Jupiter Gardens Press. For more casual content, she’s a regular contributor on CaffeineCrew.com, a geek news website.
Interview with Katherine McIntyre
I hail from the suburbs of Philadelphia, which actually came into play with my most recent story…set shockingly in Philly. We’re the city of quality cheesesteaks, Yuengling, and Wawa. Also lovingly called Filthydelphia.
Tell us your latest news?
Well, the most recent is my new release, Hunting for Spring. I’m thrilled for this book to hit e-shelves and can’t wait to share a story in my favorite genre with everyone. It’s got sassy banter, competent badasses for leads, and the story culminates in one of my steamiest scenes yet. Plus, an adorable puppy steals the show.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was a kid and never stopped. Why is probably a bit more complex. I’ll let you in on a little secret—I’m pretty sure my DNA is comprised of pixie dust and unicorn spit, so ever since I was little I was bursting with creativity. I ooze it out of my pores and collect it for rainy days. Seriously though, I wrote stories in crayon, and then as I got older I collected sheets upon sheets of tales in notebooks. All through high school I began a thousand stories I never finished, until I hit eighteen, which marked the first time I finished a manuscript.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hrm. Well, I guess I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t really become an author until the past couple of years when I got published. And I’ll admit, it took awhile for it to sink in that I was an author. I’m talking like…four or five books in when it hit me. I always expected some big fanfare moment to announce that I was an author, but the realization occurred with a slow seeping gradualness, like the crawl of a sunset until you blink and the sky’s turned dark.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first manuscript which shall not see the light of day was a romantic fantasy tale, which was primarily inspired by my relationship woes at the time. My first published book though, An Airship Named Desire, was a culmination of a lot of facets. First off, I’ve been obsessed with pirates since I was a wee lass who went down the Outer Banks and had her head crammed with tales of Blackbeard. Secondly, Bea is the spitfire voice inside my head that has been there for years. To this day, she’s one of the easiest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure for writing. I never, ever need to question how she’d react to a situation or what she’d say.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Most definitely. I tend to be in the less is more camp, and I also subscribe to the Snarky Dialogue Club. I’ve been told that I do description well, but I’ll be honest, I feel my way through stories via my main characters, so a lot of detail gets tossed out the window.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles usually come last for me. Hunting for Spring was a symbolic title, since throughout the story Conor and Brenna both happen to be searching for what spring symbolizes—hope, growth, and rebirth.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t want to spoil anything, but I went with a sort of Last Unicorn ending, because from an early age, I realized life wasn’t all butterflies and sunshine—you had to live with the grief and the regret too. So if I had to hone in on any message apparent, it’s that despite the regret and loose ends that life likes to leave dangling, you can pave your own path of hope, even if the past was all rocky ground.
How much of the book is realistic?
The character’s emotions in it are, however I highly doubt fairies are going to come pouring out of Fairmount Park any time soon. I will say I did scope some of the settings out myself since I happen to live in the suburbs of Philly. That’s actually my tactic to handle the abstract situations, like the idea of fighting off nightmarish Unseelie, I’ll equate to adrenaline pumping situations and the feelings that invokes.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not directly. I don’t really lift straight up situations from my life, but people I’ve run into along the way will add aspects to characters, or common jokes and interactions I’ve had will become dialogue. My husband laughs when reading certain characters because they’re doing a very ‘me’ thing that I didn’t even realize while writing it. For example, the pup in Hunting for Spring, Failinis was based off of a sweet little lemon beagle I’ve met…so watch out, folks, you might end up in one of my stories!
What books have most influenced your life most?
My influences all stem from childhood, so a lot of my early ones were the Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce, and the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Note the recurring theme of fantasy in there, though I felt all three books/series had different lessons to teach.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’m from the school of practical application, so while I admire the heck out of authors who’ve scored it big, their situations aren’t always accessible to my here and now. I’ve learned the most from other writers from my publishers. The folks from now defunct Breathless Press, Decadent Publishing, Boroughs Publishing, and Loose Id have been a delight to work with and learn from.
What book are you reading now?
Currently reading Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. I got horribly sucked into her Psy-Changeling series back in October/November and have been bulldozing through the books.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Hmm, two authors that were new to me over the past year were Nalini Singh and Maggie Stiefvater. Though one’s spicy paranormal romance and the other is young adult, those happen to be my favorite genres. I adore both writing styles for vastly different reasons. Maggie Stiefvater’s work is poetic and deep, which stirs me to my core while Nalini Singh’s is so sexy and swings from laugh out loud to heart melting within moments.
What are your current projects?
I’m editing a young adult fantasy involving druids and an epic fantasy realm, and I’m writing a paranormal romance with two argumentative, feisty leads. Needless to say, I’m smitten with the characters, and their story has been so much fun to write so far. Plus, with it being set in Boston, I now have an excuse to travel up there.
What would you like my readers to know?
If they’re looking for take-charge females, emotionally savvy men, and ragtag crews, my stories should be right up their alley. High warning for passionate speeches too, I have a tendency for those. If you want to chat books, come hit me up on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kmcintyreauthor!