Hunted – A Cycle Thirteen Novel by Jill Kaelin- Book Cover-Inkspell Publishing LLC
That’s how old I was when I found out I was special. I was given my rose quartz gem and taught about my past.
That’s how many times I’ve lived in this world. This is my thirteenth life cycle as a human.
That’s how many seconds it took me to fall in love with Mike. It’s also the amount of time I had to say goodbye to him just before he was killed by Reggie, the hunter that’s been after me for months.
Will Reggie succeed in killing me too, and possibly eradicating the planet of the unicorn race forever?
Title: Hunted – A Cycle Thirteen Novel
Author: Jill Kaelin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 218 pages (e-Book format)
Release Date: August 16, 2013
Publisher & Website: Inkspell Publishing LLC
Just then the bell rang. I handed in my completed worksheet, busy-work, really, and hurried to my locker, almost convinced to let Jules in on the reason why I avoid the male gender.
If I could just get there before Jules, I could grab my books for biology and leave before listening to any more of her nonsense about Mike Evans. As soon as I thought his name, that warm feeling came over me and I caught myself thinking about what class he might be headed toward right now, where his locker might be, if he was talking to any of the girls…was I jealous? Why should I be? All I have to do is say the word and he is mine, but is that how I want it to happen? Is that how true love should begin?
Just as I rounded the corner to the hallway by the gym, I was overcome with a sense of elation. Mike Evans was standing by my locker…the boy who looks like he stepped right off the cover of a magazine, with his designer jeans that fit just right, his blue Polo shirt with the sleeves stretched to capacity, revealing the strength in his upper arms. Elated, that was how I felt, I was sure of it now. At exactly the same time, utter joy and sadness filled me because he was there; the boy who would worship the ground I walked on if I let him, the boy who lit a fire in me I hadn’t even known existed, the boy whom I could never even be friends with, was standing by my locker…waiting for me.
This is one of my favorite parts from Hunted. It shows how Skye has this inner battle with herself over whether or not to allow herself to fall in love. Mike, a very hot and hard to resist hunk goes so far as to change his school to be closer to Skye. But is that enough? Will Skye and Mike find true love? Will it be enough to battle the evil Regnir Vingus, III, whose only goal is to eradicate the planet of Unis forever?
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How did you go about getting your unique blurb? Did your agent or editor help, or did you rely more on personal creativeness? If you created it yourself, what was your inspiration behind it?
Originally, I wrote three different blurbs for the publisher. But when it came time for publishing they asked me to try something different. I tried to play with the numbers that were in my book, since it’s a Cycle Thirteen novel.
On your journey this far as a published author, have you ever been surprised by a controversy among reviewers or fans? For example, you created a character without thinking too much about what readers would think of him/her?
So far I haven’t had this issue arise. It’s still pretty early…I’m sure somewhere along the road this will happen.
What are two topics that you “Googled” while doing research for your novel Cycle 13: Hunted?
I definitely “Googled” unicorns and I also researched gems and the myths behind them extensively.
Has there been any advice offered by other writers that has been particularly helpful?
Oh gosh, so much! I couldn’t possibly remember it all. I’d have to say that several of my fellow Inkspellers have reached out to me over the past year and have helped me gain confidence, understand the whole “track changes” editing program, and just basic tips and tricks of the trade. It’s been a whirlwind year preparing for the release of Hunted and such an exciting experience.
Reveal one thing about yourself that most people don’t know and would be surprised to learn.
I love pickle juice. Weird, huh? (I’m so glad I got that off my chest.)
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About the Author
A mother, teacher, writer
Since elementary school, I remember being in love with words. Spelling them, writing them, reading them…I even hang them up around my house. I think I owe my love of language to my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Templeton. I can recall sitting around in a circle in that old, red-brick school, listening to her read aloud Greek mythology. The oxymoron there was that she was the most prim and proper teacher I ever knew, right down to the white buttoned up blouse held together at the collar with a cameo pin. The way she read made words come alive.
I had written a few things here and there throughout my life. I used to think I’d be good at children’s books, and it wasn’t a far stretch since I worked with children every day and knew what they liked. But then I read the series by Stephenie Meyer, maybe you’ve heard of it…Twilight. This was the type of story I knew I had to write. Teenagers were my audience. It helped I had one at home to learn from.
My idea didn’t come in a dream. No, I wasn’t that fortunate. It happened through research. And lots of it. The only criteria I had was that I wanted my story to be different from everything else out there. I wanted my story to stand out. No vampires or werewolves. No witches or wizards. Unicorns were my choice. And I think the story that unfolded is definitely unique.
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