The Hunted Book One
Author: A.R. Kahler
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.
Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.
Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.
When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there's more to this than a fight for survival. He's a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn't play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world
Music has always played an integral part in my writing process. Seeing as 'Martyr' has been in the works and through many incarnations over the last ten years, the music I've written it to has changed drastically. There are certain styles and artists that have highly influenced me, however. So a brief overview of a few artists that immediately come to mind.
The Sucker Punch soundtrack is sort of the ghost soundtrack for Martyr. It's haunting and epic, pulse-pounding and melancholy. Which is pretty much the book to a T. I have an entire Pandora station centered around the soundtrack. It probably gets more play than any other station...
Florence and the Machine filters heavily into the book as well. Again, it's the bands ability to be both powerful and ethereal and a little off-beat that really gets my brain going. Florence has a way with words and melodies that is really inspiring. I kind of want her to write the book's theme song.
The Glitch Mob is another driving force in my writing. Not necessarily just the band, but that entire style of dirty techno that could be a battle anthem. I often need to write to music that I could work out to (save for when doing sad scenes) and this style has always gotten my blood going.
All that said, the playlist changes every day, and every scene can require a different tone to hit the right emotional chord. I don't know where I'd be without Pandora....
Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.
Born in Iowa and educated across the States, he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and drummed with Norse shamans. Sometimes he also walks about on stilts. Or sews. Or hammers tiny pieces of metal into pretty shapes.
When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably drinking coffee. And seeing as he currently resides in Seattle, there’s coffee aplenty.
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