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Cover Reveal & Charity Donation: Martyr by A.R. Kahler


Martyr (The Hunted: Book 1)
by A.R. Kahler
October 14th 2014
Spencer Hill Press

Book Blurb:

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.


Alex’s Bio:

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

In the past few years he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, drummed with Norse shamans, and received his Masters in creative writing from Glasgow University. And that’s the abbreviated list.

He is the author of the tantalizing CIRQUE DES IMMORTELS trilogy, which debuted in 12/12 from 47North. MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, will be published 10/14 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

He can be followed on Twitter @ARKahler or at www.arkahler.com


 A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to charity and we’re asking people to vote as to which one it should be given!

To which charity should A.R. Kahler donate a portion of his proceeds from MARTYR?
The Trevor Project
To Write Love on Her Arms

Poll Maker

Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do?

Today I want to talk about ten levels of bad guys. (My ten levels anyway) Brought to you by one who must write their characters. If you’re a reader or writer, director or movie goer, you love to hate these guys, and no story is complete without one. They bring drama, tension, risk and danger to our favorite tales. We’d be lost without them. So … Who is your favorite type bad guy?

1. The first on our list today is the nice, bad-guy. Too good to be a true bad guy, too bad to be a hero. We wonder if there’s more than a little redemptive in this guy. He’s a rascal, a thief, womanizer and scoundrel, but we love him for it!

2. This guy is evil charm at it’s finest. He’s slick, refined, funny and rotten to the core. (And my personal favorite, p.s.)

3. Then there is this one, (also a favorite) who is more gritty, evil and COMPLETELY sexy. The love ’em and leave ’em type without the, ‘thank you ma’am’. You know you want to be the one to make him good, but you never will.

4. Next is the intelligent villian. He’s an evil genius and the smarter the bad guy, the more he makes us ask, what makes this wacko tick? We are fascinated with his twisted mind and he gains our respect with his sick brilliance. We watch him destroy everything in his path like a bad accident. You can’t turn away as he commits his heinous crimes, admit it, and he’ll do it to you over and over again. Thank you, sir, may I have another?

5. Animal bad guys. They won’t play nice, no matter how politely you ask them. The shark was sooo bad, as was the rabid dog, Anaconda, not to mention the king sized ape who proved a handful, too.

6. This boy is ALL bad. He hunts and hurts without conscience and we only try a little to understand his reasons. It’s understood he’s beyond redemption which frees us to enjoy his royal rottenness.

7. There’s the emotionally scarred, criminally insane, comic book bad guy. He fascinates us with his mystery and general, crazy evilness. I don’t know why there is something sympathetic about him, but there is, don’t you agree?

8. Inanimate object bad guy. (He does not remain inanimate long) You know in your heart there’s something just wrong about this villian. This type gives me the super shudders. I avoid them myself.

9. Paranormal evil bad guy. This is the spooky, creepy sort that gives me nightmares and keeps my nightlight ON! Yo.

10. Yeah baby!  I stinkin’ love this crap. (Yes, I know that means I must have been a dude in another life) These bad guy are well .. . monstrous. There’s no reasoning with this level of fantastical evil. Our minds don’t even try. They are 100% fun to loathe bad guys and they do scary very well.

What about you? Who’s your favorite bad guy of all? Leave a comment and let me know!