Sleepy Hollow Hunter, #1
A Hotel Paranormal Story
by Sheri Queen
Date of Publication: November 9th 2016
Publisher: Wilda Press
Cover Artist: Kelley York, X-Potion Designs
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Bounty Huntress (Sleepy Hollow Hunter, #1) . . .
Hotel Paranormal has a lot of secrets or not so secret behind its doors. Supernatural was the key to the hotel and it was filled with more than enough to keep the twist coming and the pages turning. I feel for the girl that was shunned by both sides of her people. But when the don’t want you do you want to claim them. She gets the chance to make her life mean more but what price will she have to pay to make that life something. She finds so much more than the bounty she has been set to bring in.
I found twist, turns, secrets, heat, and a pace that kept my pages turning. Janda and Alex may have been the first to kick start this series, but there are many others with a story to tell. Come get in on the beginning of the ride and see where it takes you.
Janda Gray’s a Lykoi—part werecat, part wolf—shunned by both sides of her lineage.
She yearns for the day when she can escape the disdainful glances and leave her home on the outskirts of Sleepy Hollow, NY. When she lands a lucrative bounty hunter contract, she thinks her life is finally turning around. All she has to do is lure her werecat target from the safety of the Hotel Paranormal.
Then she meets a werepanther. Her life will never be the same.
Alexander Holden, second-in-command of a powerful werecat clan, is accused of murdering the woman he was to marry. He must find the real killer to clear his name or spend the rest of his supernaturally long life on the run.
Complications arise after Janda falls for the man she’s supposed to be capturing.
Now she must decide if following her heart is worth risking everything, including the love they’ve found in each other’s embrace.
Love is about making sacrifices. Saving him is all that matters.
Bounty Huntress is the introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Hunter series, as well as a Hotel Paranormal story.
The Hotel Paranormal is THE place for supernatural beings looking to get away from it all. Beings like werewolves, vampires, elves, sprites, djinn and more check in from all over the world for business and for pleasure—and sometimes for both.
Half a block stood between me and my future happiness, but it might as well have been a mile for all the good it would do me. From the alley to the bar there was no cover, no shadows to absorb my presence. I’d scoured the surrounding area for another entry point to no avail. Barred windows and a padlocked backdoor thwarted me. I had one shot at getting inside before anyone could stop me, and that meant waiting until the barkeep kicked the last of his patrons out at closing time. While they were busy getting on their bikes, I’d make a mad dash to the front door. I was grateful the street was deserted at this hour, but it was almost too quiet. One stupid move on my part could mean disaster.
I calculated the distance from where I stood, hidden in the alley, to the bar’s entrance and figured I’d probably be fast enough to make it as long as the wolves were so drunk they wouldn’t notice me until it was too late. It was a long shot, but the only one I had. Wolves were quick, even inebriated ones. Their metabolism burned off alcohol within minutes of downing it, which meant my window of opportunity was about the size of a mouse hole. In my Lykoi state I was faster than a wolf—I’d honed that particular skill long ago with all the times I’d been chased—but I couldn’t go Lykoi. Paws didn’t lend themselves to turning doorknobs, so I’d have to do this the hard way. Nothing new there.
I leaned against the brick wall and let the cool autumn air soothe my restless body. My calf muscles twitched, and my stomach rumbled. It was tempting to give in to the urge to transform and run through the woods I’d passed on the way into town. Maybe even hunt a bit of rabbit. I let out a slow breath and resisted my primal desires.
I counted four bikes outside the bar. Mutther’s might be a neutral, no-colors establishment, but I still had to get past the owners of those bikes. Four big-ass obstacles between me and the portal to the Hotel Paranormal. I knew portals existed in most major cities—definitely in Manhattan—but, of course, my only way into the hotel would be through a wolf biker bar. My luck ranged from bad to stinking bad. I was long overdue for a bit of good luck, but I didn’t look for that to happen tonight. My usual mode of blending into the background to avoid attracting attention wasn’t going to work here. There were no crowds to lose myself in, and the glaring neon sign covering three quarters of the bar’s facade was a beacon spreading a swath of red across the sidewalk. Anyone wishing to enter the bar would be doused in light. This had to be the hotel’s idea of a joke—or a test.
MY INTERVIEW WITH SHERI QUEEN
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I aim for a smooth, easy read that introduces readers to characters who aren’t always what they seem. I strive to add layers of emotion to the story so readers might connect with the storyline and/or characters in Bounty Huntress.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I try to ignore the household chores, but my work area has to be relatively organized. Also, if my thoughts are going in too many directions, I find it useful to have a show playing in the background until I settle into the mood for the piece I’m writing. Two Netflix shows that help me set the tone are Penny Dreadful with its dark overtones and Wynonna Earp with its dry humor and conflicted characters. I also play music to help me get into a writing zone.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
All of the above. I begin with a basic character sketch and a general outline of the character’s inner and outer conflict. I do some people watching, but not a lot. If however, I come across someone whose personality just grabs me, then I will pay closer attention to that person and take mental notes of what drew me to the person. As far as building upon the character during the writing process, I most definitely to that. As I write, some characters may end up changing from what I originally intended and that’s okay. It means I’m finding out more about the character and how they fit in the story.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
With Bounty Huntress I’d say there were several characters that grew on me. Janda, the main protagonist, has issues with self-esteem and has had a lonely upbringing. That makes me want to root for her to find happiness. Another character, who wasn’t originally in the outline for the story, is the vampire Sebastian. He evolved with the storyline, and I love his character.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Sebastian and Mutther are both waiting impatiently on the sidelines to have more of their story come to life in the next novel. Bounty Huntress was a novella length due to the contract I agreed upon with the authors in the Hotel Paranormal series. The next novel will be longer, so I can dig deeper into the characters and the story.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I’d say the one thing in me that I can’t control is how I’m constantly seeing stories in simple things I encounter—people, names that intrigue me, locations I visit, and things like severe storms, trees falling, overgrown woods, and neglected buildings that decay and crumble. I don’t write about everything that stirs that creative energy, but I can’t stop visualizing the possibilities of the backstories.
Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. In particular, she loves visiting old graveyards.