Demon Huntress and Karilyn Bentley

DSC_4616 copyBandit Buddies, please help me welcome back one of my favorite authors, Karilyn Bentley.  In the past Karilyn has stopped by to chat with us about her dragon shifters. This time, she’s here to give us the scoop about her new Urban Fantasy, Demon Lore, A Demon Huntress novel.

Suz: Karilyn, welcome back to the Bandit Lair. Pull up a barstool and we’ll have Sven mix up your favorite drink.

Karilyn: Yummy! I love visiting the lair. The company is great and who doesn’t love the sexy Sven? <waves at Sven> I’ll get the party started by ordering a margarita. Can’t beat those! Oh, and please apologize to Ermengarde for me, no dragon shifters this time. She’ll have to wait for my next release. 🙂

Suz: Tell us what made you decide to add another genre to your stories and how you came up with the idea for the Demon Huntress series?

Karilyn: Like so much in my life, it wasn’t planned, I kind of fell into it. It’s not like I sat down one day and decided to write a UF. I started writing this funny scene (or what I thought was a funny scene, it’s been cut from the book so maybe it wasn’t as hilarious as I thought) with an ER nurse. She was snarky and messed up and popped into my mind and wouldn’t let go. But I needed a story. I also had an opening scene from the very first book I wrote (the one hiding in the closet) that I wanted to put in one of my books. I loved the scene and the tension it built, it was the only scene in that first book worth saving. Ever since I wrote it years ago I wished it would belong in some book. The scene was of a doctor being shot while at work in the ER. One day it clicked in my mind to combine the two and voila, Demon Lore was born.

Suz: Tell us about your new book, Demon Lore.

Karilyn: Demon Lore is the story of Gin Crawford, empath and ER nurse, who finds a mysterious bracelet that gives her demon hunting powers. Needless to say, she’s not too excited about her new gig. 🙂  Here’s the blurb:

Gin Crawford has enough problems dealing with her empath abilities. Finding out she’s the world’s newest demon-slayer is the last thing she needs. Unfortunately, when she slips on a mysterious bracelet she is given no other choice. On the plus side, her new gig comes with Tall, Dark and Handsome, a mage who may or may not have her best interests at heart. Thrust into a power-play between good and evil, Gin must choose a side before she becomes the next victim in the ongoing battle.perf5.000x8.000.indd

Suz: When creating an alternate world, did you find it hard or easy to do? How did you decide which powers to give your heroine?

Karilyn: I’ve always written in an alternative world (doesn’t everyone to some extent?) so building another one wasn’t difficult. Remembering what I wrote is the problem. I have to use a series bible to keep my place. Or hopefully keep my place. 🙂  When I started writing the story, I wanted Gin to be a demon huntress, to fight the nasties in the world. But I’m a pantser so my unconscious gave her an extra ability (empath) along with a host of problems. And a hot guardian mage.  🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The evil man-thing stands on my porch, his lips turning in a menacing smile of death. I don’t need to touch him to know he wants me dead. Muscles freeze, trapping my breath in my lungs. Like a rabbit in view of a wolf, I’m immobilized, waiting for death’s blow. Time slows, his gaze locks on mine, trapping me in place. Move, move, move! My mind screams as the man’s fingers twitch.
But the spike of adrenaline explodes into my limbs too late to stop the backhand blow slamming across my jaw.
I superman it halfway across the living room. Land on the hardwood floor in a thud of pain-ridden limbs. My jaw morphs into a screaming ball of nerves. My head no sooner hits the floor than I hear the bracelet scream, a high-pitched wail quivering through my skin like vibrations from a tuning fork. The bracelet tightens around my wrist, cutting off the circulation, and then it loosens with a pop at the same time I hear the door click closed. 
Ohgodohgodohgod, I’m going to die. I don’t want to die. No, no, no, no, no. Pain and terror hold me crumpled on the floor as my mind crawls backward in time.
But I’m no longer a child, fearful of fists and words, cowering on the ground.I’m a fighter.
My head spins, but I refuse to lie on the floor waiting to be killed, so I attempt to stand. Evil Guy laughs as I ass-plant it. Laughs as a moan escapes my lips. He takes a step toward me, right arm drawn back for a hit. His fist hurls toward my face, but I manage to block it with my left arm. My right arm, the one with the bracelet, shoves forward, slamming into his chest.
His black eyes widen, mouth open in surprise, his hands fluttering to his chest before dropping. I stare at my hand, stare hard, for I’m as surprised as Evil Guy. The bracelet had become a sword, a long, thin spike of metal extending from the silver links, straight into Evil Guy’s heart.
A sword?
Definitely a sword. The flat of the blade rests against the back of my hand, cool metal heating from the warmth of my skin. Small silver links circle around my palm, lending stability to the two-foot long sword.
I’m not sure which scares me more, Evil Guy paying me a visit or the fact the bracelet performed a morphing trick.

Suz: Being an urban fantasy, you’re writing in 1st person. Did you find this any problem?

Karilyn: Nope. I find it easiest to write in 1st person. I had to teach myself to write in 3rd.

Suz: Okay, it’s late, you’re writing…what snack do you reach for? Salty or Sweet? And what beverage do you wash it down with?

Karilyn: I have a sweet tooth the size of the Pacific. That said, I try not to eat when writing. But I do drink. 🙂 My beverage of choice is tea, caffeinated, decaf or herbal. Sometimes in the evening I’m known to have a glass of wine with my writing.

Suz: Are there going to be more in the Demon Huntress series?

Karilyn: Yes! I’m glad you asked. As of now, there are a total of five books in the series. I have a lot of fun writing them and hope the reader enjoys them as much as I do!


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