Welcome to the tour! My first guest to kick things off is Renee Scattergood. She lives in Australia with her husband and daughter, but she was born in a town called Neptune in the US state of New Jersey. Her early years were spent all up and down the east coast in places like Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.
She says, “I ended up in Australia when I met my husband online in a chat room. We were friends for many months before our relationship started becoming more serious. We decided we wanted to meet each other in person, so I came out to Australia to meet him. I have not been back to the US since. We married about three months later and we are still happily married today (yeah it can happen)!”
Let’s learn more about her books starting with…
Shadow Stalker is a series of short novellas (episodes) that tell the story of Auren, a young shadow stalker who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire because of their belief that she will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles.
Episode 1: The Hidden Truth
Auren Trask’s perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
Episode 2: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Episode 3: Shadows’ Betrayal
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Episode 4: Forbidden Love
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Episode 5: Destiny Reconciled Part 1
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
About Demon Hunt:
Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.
One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.
With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.
Renee sent me her interview with Cathnor from the Shadow Stalker Series:
Renee: Hello Cathnor! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.
Cathnor: Thank you for having me.
You grew up with Kado, can you tell us what he was like as a child? Was he always this temperamental?
Kado and I have done a role reversal over the years. As a kid, I was the serious one and he was much more laid back. He tended to enjoy adventure, and I was usually the one who would get him out of trouble.
So, in many ways he was much like Auren when he was younger. Do you see a lot of her in him?
They are alike in some ways. Auren is definitely adventurous, but I do think a lot of that was Kado’s doing. He rubbed off on her a bit in that department. He may have become more serious, but his love of adventure never really faded. I think the difference between them is that Kado never had a rebellious streak. He just loved to explore. Auren has a tendency to have issues with authority. She’s actually a lot more like her father.
You said Auren is more like her father, since we have yet to hear much about the wonderful Zain. Can you enlighten us with some details?
Zain is not one you would expect of a leader of the shadow stalkers. He has always been very laid back and tries not to take life too seriously. But when he has to get serious, you don’t want to be on his bad side. He was very good to Kado and I growing up. I don’t think we could have had a better man to raise us and mentor us. There is a mysterious side to him that I don’t even think his wife fully understood. He had a lot of secrets about the shadow world that he would never share. He has a better understanding of why the shadow stalkers were created by the shadow people.
What was it like growing up on the Dark Isle? Did you ever wish for a different life?
I never knew another life. For the shadow stalkers, the Dark Isle is our home. It’s not common for a shadow stalker to live anywhere else. It’s hard growing up on the Dark Isle, and not just because of the intensive training we receive.
The Dark Isle itself is a very dangerous place. Oddly, the plants are more dangerous than the wild animals. Each village is different, but you know everyone and everyone knows you. It’s rare for there to be conflict between shadow stalkers, so the whole village feels like a family. Everyone is always willing to help everyone else.
You learn honesty from a young age as well. Shadow stalkers know when they’re being lied to, so you learn very quickly that deceit will not get you far. So the people on the Dark Isle are much more open and honest with each other than they are in the Serpent Isles. I can’t think of any reason I’d wish for another life.
Did you ever hold resentment towards Kado growing up? What were your feelings towards him?
I was very protective of Kado. It did annoy me at times when I would have to get him out of trouble, but I never felt resentful. I really loved him as a little brother and doted on him from the day Zain brought him home. As we grew, we were always very close.
The way Kado is handling Auren’s training do you approve or disapprove? Why or Why not?
That’s a difficult question. As a rule we do not interfere with how another shadow stalker is training his charge. If they do the wrong thing, it will be the shadow people who
interfere, so we do not have any reason to concern ourselves with that. I will admit that I believe his feelings towards Auren may stand in the way of his objectivity. He cares for her more deeply than he will ever show.
Special announcement from Renee: “I’ll be pushing the release of Shadow Stalker: Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6) to the end of February.”
Thank you, Renee and Cathnor, best of everything with the book series. Check out Renee’s links, below, and visit her web site. And thank you visitors to my blog and our Blog Tour, tune back in tomorrow for my next guest, Maeve La Fay.
Get the links from Renee’s My Books page: http://reneescattergood.com/my-books/ or her author pages for Amazon and Smashwords below.
Authorgraph – http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/ReneeScatts
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts
Social Media Connections:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts
Renee’s Website/Blog: Renee Writes – http://reneescattergood.com/