Title: Hunter’s Assessment
Series: Arcturian Bloodlines
Author: Karyn Pearson
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publisher: The Writing Network
Formats Available: Digital
Release Date: TBA
After years of training, they should have been ready for this. It was supposed to be a simple mission: eliminate the vampires and acquire the intel they’re guarding. Shane Kantor figured that this hunter’s assessment would be like every other test the Hunter’s Society had thrown at him and his squad. But he was wrong. Now Shane might just lose everything: his life, his legacy, and worst of all, her.
“Hi,” she said, extending a hand. “You’re Shane?”
“Yeah,” he nodded woodenly, swallowing a lump in his throat as he shook her hand. “So you’re Sophie. My Predictor.”
“Yep, that’s me.”
“It’s an honor to have you on my squad.”
Sophie looked shyly away from him, laughing lightly. “No,” she murmured, shaking her head. “The honor’s all mine. I didn’t know you were the Grandmaster’s son. I feel lucky to have been chosen to be part of your squad.”
“Yeah, I figure the Grandmaster wouldn’t want to leave her own kid stuck with just anybody,” Troy, the Marksman, agreed. “If it was me, I’d want to have someone like you well-protected. Wouldn’t want the Grandmaster’s son accidentally getting killed from having incompetent squad mates, now would we?”
Shane frowned. “Let me just make one thing clear, alright?”
“By all means, go ahead, oh righteous leader,” Troy drawled.
“Forget that I’m the Grandmaster’s son. I don’t want preferential treatment. I don’t want you all to look at me and see Shane Kantor, son of Nadia Kantor, the Grandmaster and leader of the Hunter’s Society. I just want you to see me as your friend, your comrade. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re all equals here. Understood?”
“Yes, I understand,” Sophie replied.
Shane looked to Troy, waiting for his answer.
The Marksman sighed, nodding reluctantly. “Alright,” he muttered, throwing his hands up in a gesture of half-surrender, half-compliance. “No favorites?”
“No favorites.” Shane confirmed.
Troy grinned. “So, Mister Not-the-Grandmaster’s-son, how good are you in a fight?”
The Dancer’s eyes lit up with amusement as he regarded his new comrade. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
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About Karyn Pearson
Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy, #1) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs, Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated 'puppy dog eyes attack'.
Her current projects include Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy, #2) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she isn't writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research,which make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.