A Startling and Unexpected Visit By Renee Scattergood (Shadow Stalker Series)
A Startling and Unexpected Visit
By Renee Scattergood
Have you ever gotten the feeling you were being watched or followed? I was out with my daughter, playing Pokemon Go, when I felt it. I glanced around, but no one was there. Still, when I went back to the game, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Despite not seeing him, I knew someone was out there, watching me.
“Maybe we should head home,” I suggested to my daughter.
“No way. We have to get to the Pokestop!”
I groaned. I didn’t want to startle her by telling her about my feeling, but at the same time I was freaked out. But then almost as quickly as the feeling came, it passed. Huh.
Both of our faces were plastered to our screens when I bumped right into someone. I was about to apologize, but as my eyes lifted to take in the giant before me, my voice cracked.
“I have a bone to pick with you,” the eerily familiar man said.
“I don’t even know who you are.”
“Look! I just caught a Pikachu!” My daughter cut in, hardly noticing the man.
The man smiled. “That’s wonderful,” he said, then turned to me. “What is a Pikachu?”
“Um. Who are you?”
“You mean you don’t know?
I shook my head.
“You should. You created me. I’m Kado.”
He grabbed my arm to steady me as I swayed on my feet. How was this possible? He was a character in my Shadow Stalker serial. He wasn’t real!
“So,” I said, gathering my wits by distracting myself with capturing a Weedle. “What’s this bone you need to pick?”
He snatched the phone out of my hand, so he had my full attention. “Of all the people on the Serpent Isles, not to mention the Dark Isle, why did you pick Makari to be my foster daughter’s mate? Not that I don’t like the boy, but the fact that he is Drevin’s son creates a…complication.”
“Well, don’t you see? That’s the whole point. A story needs complications to be interesting.”
“Hmm. I understand, but I’m not sure I like the direction she is headed.”
I shrugged. “Would it help if I told you it all works out in the end?”
“I suppose that will have to do. You are more cryptic than the shadow people.”
“I have to be. The story would be ruined if I gave too much away.” I grinned.
Kado nodded and handed me my phone. “It was a pleasure to meet you face to face.” Then he leaned in, his eyebrow raised. “I hope I won’t need to return.”
He disappeared before I could respond. I knew his last words would haunt me, especially as I wrote the last episodes of the serial. If Auren and Makari bothered him, how would he feel about what was coming?
“Come on, Mum! We need to get to that Pokestop!”
I blinked. “Yeah, okay. I’m coming.” I had a feeling this would not be the last time Kado appeared in my life.
Blurb: 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? *Prices may be higher in some stores. I have no control over this.
“Demon Hunt, a Shadow Stalker prequel Novella, by Renee Scattergood, is a must read for Shadow Stalker fans, as well as all readers of fantasy. Scattergood writes an entertaining novella with strong characters dealing with unique problems. Full of adventure, Demon Hunt hooks the reader from the start, holding them until the end.”
~ Debra Mauldin, Blogger and Author
“Renee Scattergood has outdone herself once again, by bringing a new direction into the Shadow Stalker series with her prequel novella, Demon Hunt. Scattergood shows a deep connection to this world of her creation, allowing her readers to stand side by side with Kado and Auren as they face a Demon from the shadow world.”
~ KJ Hawkins, Author of the Tales of Ferres Series
Blurb: Auren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.
“This is the first time I’ve read a serial and I didn’t know what to expect. I was pulled into the story right away. The pacing was cleverly crafted so that while the action had the pages turning, there was enough back story to keep you rooted in the plot.”
~ Melissa Barker-Simpson, Author of the Morgan and Fairchild Series
“Scattergood’s writing style is simple and straightforward and her characters very believable.”
~ Grant Leishman, Author of Tortured Minds
“One of the best things about the series are the characters, who are human and sympathetic. The heroine is both a tough, capable young woman, and a naive and self-centered teenager; the tension between the two sides of her personality as she is suddenly forced to leave childhood behind and enter into adulthood is often well-captured, as is her ambivalent relationship with her foster father.”
~ E.P. Clark, Author of The Zemnian Trilogy
Blurb: Auren is captured by the Galvadi trying to rescue her friend, Jade. Then she is tortured by the man who is supposed to love and protect her. When Makari finally realizes she’s not the delohi-saqu as his father claims, he helps her escape, but their plans don’t go as expected
“…Another great installment from Renee Scattergood! Absolutely loved it, it has some serious action from the foster parents that was not in the first installment. Keep it up!”
~ Tonya Thomas
“…Ms. Scattergood has outdone herself…The emotion and detail that she puts into every page is amazing. I found myself rushing to pick up the book to continue reading…”
~ Tabitha Barret, Author of The Third Throne Series
“Wow. Just wow. This series just keeps getting better and better…”
~ Louise Findlay, Author of The Rogue’s Odyssey
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.
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. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6):
Renee’s Author Spotlight: – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.